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March 29th, 2011
A crew of men from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was at work on Monday along US 27 north of Decatur cleaning debris from roadside cracks with a high-pressure blower, then filling the cracks with a black tar-like substance. The busy highway's northbound side was down to just one lane where the work was under way. INDOT officials said traffic will be restricted through mid-August for concrete patching. Motorists are urged to slow down and stay alert for traffic changes in the area. Officials said no detours are anticipated.
A presentation was made to the Adams County Commissioners on Monday on a multi-use fiber-optic communications line that's being proposed to run through the county from Jay County up to Fort Wayne.
The commissioners will vote soon on whether to approve the plans of Community Fiber Solutions (CFS), a firm founded in Ohio last October and registered for operation in Indiana in November. The firm provides telephone, television, and Internet access.
The county commissioners discussed at their meeting on Monday a provision of county insurance coverage that would require all people within county government who deal with children to have criminal background checks by law enforcement agencies.
Steve Krull, superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, said, for example, that he has 160 people who help coach soccer. So if each one has to have a full-fledged background check, that would cost $35 per person for a total of $5,600.
An almost $800,000 project to build a visitor center at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva has been fully financed, thanks to the Indiana State Museum, which put up most of the money, and local donors, who raised $200,000.
"We have reached the goal. It is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering the size of the community we have," the site's director, Randy Lehman told the Berne Tri-Weekly News, noting Geneva's population of approximately 1,200 people.
Unemployment in Adams County fell during February to 8.8 percent, down from 9.2 percent one month earlier, according to figures released Thursday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
One year ago, in February of 2010, the county's jobless rate stood at 11.6 percent. County unemployment numbers peaked in July 2009 at 15.2 percent, and the decline since that time has been mostly steady. The highest jobless rate recorded by Adams County during 2010 came in January at 11.8 percent.
The winter which finally came to a close on Sunday evening left behind one of Decatur's snowiest seasons of all time.
The city received just under 45 inches of snow — 44.75 was the exact measurement — from December through early March, with more than half of that total coming in the month of February, local weather station officials said.
By HASAN DUDAR
and CHARLES WILSON
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy who was expelled this week opened fire at his central Indiana middle school before classes began Friday, shooting another teen student in the stomach, police said. The incident sparked an hours-long school lockdown as hundreds of panicked parents awaited word on their children.
The Decatur Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mind's Eye Graphics of Decatur and Armanda Designs, has announced that it will present a series of events called First Tuesday to help local businesses make the most out of their assets.
The initial First Tuesday event will be held on April 5 at 8 a.m. in Mind's Eye Graphics, 1019 Commerce Dr., at the far western end of an addition to Industrial Park.
Officials said space is limited to 15 people.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn’t be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
Sen. Ron Alting, R- Lafayette, said the bill has its best shot in years of passing because of exemptions for casinos, bars, clubs and even nursing homes.
By DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.