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March 26th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the law creating the nation’s broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for a possible expansion.
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools and accepted arguments that it gave families choice and allowed parents to determine where the money went.
Decatur and area residents were mostly back to normal today after a record-breaking snowstorm which began late on the fourth full day of spring.
Officials at the Decatur weather station said this morning that the city received a total of six inches of snow. The snow was so wet and heavy, they said, that it sank as it hit the ground, making an accurate measurement difficult, so the total could have been a little higher.
A public hearing to accept community input on a proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the city of Berne's waste water treatment plant drew no comments Monday evening.
The city is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water effluent that is being discharged from the treatment plant to area rivers and streams. Improvements must be completed by 2015.
Grace Baumgartner, an attorney for the Department of Child Services (DCS) in Adams and Wells counties, appeared with DCS employee Jody Hirschy with a request for the county commissioners on Monday.
New season, S.O.S. — same old stuff!
Spring has arrived but nothing has really changed in the Decatur area and most of Indiana. It's still cold and the snowstorms keep coming.
The latest, which moved into this area late Sunday night, dumped four inches of snow on Decatur by 7 a.m., and light snow was continuing to fall after that reading.
The winter storm had less effect than usual since all Adams and Wells county schools are closed for spring break.
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock said Friday that an investigation into Tuesday's fire at Shaffer Investment Auto has determined that the cause was accidental.
Hitchcock, chief investigator for the local department, said the state fire marshal's office participated in what Hitchcock said was a "thorough investigation."
Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan Eichhorn is scheduled to make her first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court.
Eichhorn was indicted last week by an Adams County grand jury on charges of theft and fraud for alleged incidents that occurred in late 2011.
The incidents involve an alleged fraudulent website set up to allegedly allow Eichhorn a trip to Florida at city expense.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.
Approximately 30 residents of Adams County, both supportive and not, turned out for the informational hearing on the plans of South Adams Trails Inc. (SATI) in Geneva on Thursday night.
In sixth grade English, learning the elements of a short story is a fairly common practice. However, Adams Central Middle School teachers Rhonda Berstch and Lana Shoaf, took this year's project in a unique direction. What started out as a writing assignment to be read by younger students,turned in to an international project.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey, as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator for the county, said at this week's commissioners meeting that sidewalks at intersections are supposed to have curb ramps.
Four of these ramps are needed in the Chapel Chase subdivision, but that is the only county-owned location that needs to have them added, according to Barkey. He expects the project to cost approximately $4,500 and asked where the money should come from.