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August 24th, 2012
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an account by Tony Mellencamp of Berne of the events that nearly took the life of his wife, Kaye, earlier this summer.)
There are certain events that happen in our lives that we always remember where we were at, what time it was, and what we were doing. One such event for me is 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Our lives changed at that moment.
Three-dimensional pieces of original art went on display in downtown Decatur Thursday evening as kick-off ceremonies were held for the first-ever Decatur Sculpture Walk.
The event attracted a sizable crowd which gathered around the courthouse for the unveiling festivities and later strolled throughout the downtown area to view the 12 works of art on display.
The living history village will open to the public at 4 p.m.today in Riverside Park as the Festival of the Kekionga shifts into high gear.
The fourth annual Mayor’s Challenge will begin at 6 p.m., with Decatur Mayor John Schultz opposed by a new foe, first-year Berne Mayor Bill McKean.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., games for children will be held in Riverside park.
Several slots have been filled by candidates seeking spots on the North Adams, Adams Central and South Adams school board. But with the filing deadline but a short time away, some seats remained without candidates to fill them.
Two businessmen from China toured Decatur and Adams County this week.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin said the visit is another positive result from a trade mission to China in June by Schultz and Macklin as part of an Indiana contingent led by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership CEO John Sampson.
Back in June, Adams Health Network (AHN) President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nordwick discussed a looming situation that was going to have a negative effect on the financial picture of the network.
Nordwick told the five members of the AHN Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday that the bullet aimed at Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) could conceivably do more damage than initially thought as a hospital bed tax passed by the Indiana General Assembly could cost the hospital up to $1.2 million per year.
Just in time for the big weekend of the Festival of the Kekionga, which honors our heritage, a seeming part of our "heritage" may be gone.
Those orange "Road Construction Ahead", "End Construction" and other such signs which have begun to seem to be a part of the city's heritage will be removed on Friday. At least that's what an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) representative told Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert on Tuesday.
Two Chinese businessmen left Decatur on Tuesday after spending all of Monday and part of Tuesday touring the city, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's meeting of city council.
They were escorted by the mayor and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Mackin to view operations at Fleetwood, Gold Shield and Bunge North America.
Other local officials attended a dinner held Monday night at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Taste of Decatur will be held Thursday as part of the annual Kekionga Festival and the city's new Sculpture Walk.
Taste will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the courthouse square in downtown Decatur.
Five local establishments will serve small portions from their menu, with offerings ranging from 50 cents to $2. The five:
The Back 40 Junction,1011 N. 13th St., to serve smoked beef brisket sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberry lemonade.
Noon on Friday is the deadline for potential school board members at all three Adams County schools to declare their candidacies.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that anyone interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public boards in Adams County must submit the required paperwork prior to that deadline. Candidate forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.