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March 26th, 2012

Cleanup is no fun

March 26, 2012

    Decatur firefighters and other city employees were handed the less-than-pleasant task of cleaning up chicken parts that spilled from a truck onto 13th St. near Adams St. around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
    The smelly cleanup took nearly an hour.
    The driver of the truck did not stop and was the subject of a lengthy search. Police said the driver may not have been aware of the spill.
    A fire truck was used to wash down the street.

Hebble reaches No. 100

March 26, 2012

    This is one of thousands of stories of American Red Cross Apheresis donors, but this story is about my friend Jon Hebble as he nears his 100th apheresis donation milestone.
    When asked why he faithfully donates platelets every two weeks at the Fort Wayne ARC Blood center, he sort of rolls his eyes and simply responds, “Because...”

March 23rd

Spring-break activities set for next week

March 23, 2012

    The "family friendly" activities which proved to be so popular during spring break last year are returning, Chris Krull of the sponsoring city-county parks and recreation department informed city council at its meeting Tuesday night.
    County schools will be on spring break starting with the dismissal of classes this Friday and all manner of activities are planned for five consecutive days next week, Monday through Friday.

Indiana Catholic schools end bonuses for referrals

March 23, 2012

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Catholic Church officials in northern Indiana have suspended programs in which some parochial schools offered monetary incentives to recruit students.
    South Bend Community Schools officials have questioned whether it was proper for a Catholic school receiving money from the state’s private school voucher program to also pitch bonuses to those who referred it new students.

Krull exits post with the county

March 23, 2012

    Steve Krull, part-time building and grounds director for Adams County for the past 17 years, announced his retirement to Adams County Commissioners Monday.
    Krull said he no longer feels he can serve effectively as the job has grown so large and demanding and feels it would be best for him to step down from the position, effective March 16.

March 22nd

Offering a VOICE

March 22, 2012

    Adams Central juniors Bess Fiechter and Devan Barger, members of the group VOICE (Indiana's youth movement to speak out against the tobacco industry), headed a table containing some of the ingredients of cigarettes in an effort to inform fellow students of the dangers of smoking.
    The activity was held Wednesday and included a display of 27 pairs of shoes to represent the 27 people who die each day in Indiana due to tobacco, according to the group.

Just keeps getting hotter!

March 22, 2012

    Everyone's been saying it can't last. This stunning spate of warm weather in the middle of March probably can't, but this week it's not only lasting but getting warmer every day.    
    The Decatur weather station has recorded increasing highs for three consecutive days. A high of 73 degrees on Sunday was topped by Monday's 82 which in turn was bested by Tuesday's 85.

Litwiller praises school partnerships

March 22, 2012

    South Adams Schools Superintendent Scott Litwiller, during his state of the schools address at a Berne Chamber of Commerce meeting this week, said, "You've no doubt heard the African proverb 'It takes a whole village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes an entire community to educate its youth."
    Litwiller explained that the community partners with the schools through PTO, music and athletic boosters and by attending school events such as open houses, fundraisers, athletic and music activities, and by volunteering.

March 21st

‘Adult’ limits closer

March 21, 2012

    The City of Decatur is moving ever closer to regulating any "sexually-oriented" or "adult" business which may wish to set up shop here.
    At Tuesday night's city council meeting, an ordinance 25 pages in length was presented for the first time and, no surprise, drew unanimous support from council. It will be a couple more weeks, however, before the ordinance which amends current city law will be in effect.

Biberstein, 73, dies this morning

March 21, 2012

    Longtime Berne attorney Robert L. Biberstein, 73, died this morning in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Berne's city attorney until the first of the year, Biberstein had suffered a stroke several weeks ago and had been recovering at Woodcrest in Decatur.    

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