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June 14th, 2013
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Wayne has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down on the south side of Willshire, Wednesday night, traveling about three blocks and leaving heavy damage in the area.
The NWS reported the tornado was on the ground less than two minutes with maximum wind speed estimated at 80 mph. Although the tornado was short-lived, it caused substantial damage to homes, ripping off roofs, snapping trees, and rolling a stand-alone garage off its foundation.
"We were very fortunate," Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August said this morning.
"There were some power outages in Monroe and a few trees down here and there; other than that, we had nothing reported to us. Those reports (downed trees) came to us from deputies," August said.
Art Booth of the Geneva Fire Department presented a special request to the Geneva Town Council at its June meeting, asking to use the fire station as fire and rescue career training for high school students.
Although many Decatur and Adams County residents were heading for basements and other types of shelter late Wednesday night, the area appeared to have been spared the worst of Wednesday's long-predicted storms.
There were no reports this morning of any major damage here or in the county and, apparently, no ongoing power outages.
Sewer rates in Berne could be going up more than originally anticipated.
While final financing for a proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the city of Berne's waste water treatment plant will ultimately determine the final scope of that rate hike, various scenarios laid out before Berne City Council on Monday suggest that the increase will be more than the $5-7 monthly that was anticipated earlier this year.
The North Adams board of education on Tuesday evening approved a hefty increase in the rates to be paid to substitute bus drivers in the district.
North Adams Business Manager Larry Carty at last month's meeting recommended a 50 percent increase in the pay currently offered to drivers. His recommendation came after illness and personal matters had left the district short of drivers on more than one occasion. The board failed to act on Carty's recommendation at its May meeting and asked him to gather more information.
Another nail was driven into the future of the Building Trades program Tuesday as the Adams Central Board of Education picked up where it left off at last month's meeting and issued a reduction in force (RIF) notice to teacher Andy Hackenjos.
The tribute to Dr. Wylie Sirk as he nears the end of his career as an educator was befitting the man himself: brief, direct, respectful and dignified.
The North Adams school board bid farewell to Sirk at the end of Tuesday night's board meeting in simple fashion, with a few kind words and a gift as a token of their appreciation for his years of service to the school board. A few former board members were on hand for the occasion as well.
On Tuesday night, the South Adams School Board decided to continue several programs, including Life Matters Counseling, RISQ, and the School Resource Officer. The programs were formerly funded by the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, which expired this year.
This year's Relay for Life will be held at Adams Central School beginning at noon on Saturday, June 22, and ending at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.
All local and area residents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this meaningful event to support survivors and their caregivers, a news release said. This year's theme is "Celebrating With Colors."