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June 27th, 2012

Can fireworks be banned?

June 27, 2012

    PERU, Ind. (AP) — Some local officials are trying to prohibit the shooting of fireworks because of Indiana’s drought conditions despite a state law allowing residents to use them for celebrations around the Fourth of July.
    About two-thirds of Indiana’s 92 counties have issued open burning bans as of Tuesday after weeks of little or no rainfall, with tinder-dry grass and vegetation contributing to numerous field fires around the state that have kept fire departments busy.

Trash burn may have started field fire

June 27, 2012

    The Preble Fire Department responded to a field fire near Magley at 2:16 Tuesday afternoon.
    Firefighters were dispatched to an area near the AEP power plant and the old railroad tracks, behind a row of homes in Magley, according to Preble Fire Chief Dan Elzey.
    After crews extinguished the blaze, which Elzey said  is believed to have started from an unattended trash fire, crews were dispatched approximately an hour later to the same location as the fire had reignited. 

Berne extends ‘sprinkling’ rate

June 27, 2012

    Unusually dry conditions in Berne during have led to some exorbitant monthly water bills as homeowners try to keep their lawns and gardens alive.
    And members of the city council on Monday agreed to give those heavy users a break.
    Clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller reported that utility bills will go out July 1 for May water useage. She noted that "quite a few water bills are pretty high" for the month, including one resident whose monthly water and sewage bill was nearly $800, and another that was $400.

June 26th

City bans fireworks

June 26, 2012

    The City of Decatur is banning the use of personal (private) fireworks this year until the current dry conditions ease, Mayor John Schultz said Monday afternoon.    Berne has already imposed a fireworks ban.
    The period in which it is legal to use fireworks in Decatur opens Friday and continues through the Fourth of July, but that is now negated.
    Adams County instituted a ban on open burning a week ago.

Burn ban stays

June 26, 2012

    The open burning ban will continue in Adams County indefinitely, according to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel.
    Marckel told the Adams County Commissioners Monday that the sporadic rain received in the county last week was "nowhere near what we need" and that conditions have actually worsened.
    "Each day we go without rain, we just need that much more to make any real difference," said Marckel. "I don't see this changing any time soon."

Berne is back on IDEM’s clock

June 26, 2012

    The city of Berne is on IDEM's clock once again.
    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has ordered the city to have in place within 37 months all the equipment necessary to drastically reduce the amount of ammonia in water discharged from its wastewater treatment plant.
    Berne officials aren't happy with IDEM's recent announcement, calling it yet another "unfunded mandate."

June 25th

Large crowd turns out for Relay event

June 25, 2012

    Honorary co-chairs Lou Koning and Katie Birch, along with Lou's wife, Vicky, got things started Saturday as they walked the ceremonial first lap during the Relay for Life held at Adams Central's football stadium.
    Others participating included young cancer survivor Ebony Fawcett, who walked with her mom, Beth Ann, and another young cancer survivor Halle Williams-Seip, who walked with her mother, Ciera Williams, and aunt Sydnie Williams (see accompanying photo).

Ouabache memorial proposed

June 25, 2012

    A lasting memorial to workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is the initial goal of the Friends of Ouabache State Park, according to an announcement.
    At a meeting of the Ouabache Friends group held June 19, the organization decided to pursue placement of a statue at the park in Wells County to honor those who helped build the park more than 80 years ago.

‘Honored’ to be co-chair, Koning says

June 25, 2012

    Lewis "Lou" W. Koning of Decatur was one of two honorary co-chairs chosen by the Adams County Relay for Life Committee to walk the first lap at this year's event, held Saturday and Sunday at Adams Central's football stadium.

June 22nd

Relay co-chair discovers support ‘pretty amazing’

June 22, 2012

    The daughter of Paul and Kathy Gross, Marykate "Katie" Birch, 38, has been chosen as one of two honorary co-chairs by the Adams County Relay for Life Committee for the 2012 event, slated to start at 12 noon Saturday at Adams Central's football stadium.
    Katie graduated from Bellmont High School and lives south of Decatur with her family: children Isaac, 18; Maverick, 16; and Gabrielle, 11; and her husband, Matt Birch.

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