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March 12th, 2013
By REBEKAH R. BLOMENBERG
Adams Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan presented the State of the Judiciary address for the first time on Monday.
He said that he was amazed by all the lives touched by the court, and he added, "The judge is never bigger than the court, and the court is never bigger than the people it serves."
Erin Ripley, food service director for North Adams Community Schools (NACS), has announced that the school district has been approved for a fifth consecutive year to participate in the state-sponsored Summer Foodservice Program.
Ripley said the program provides an opportunity to continue a child’s physical and social development while providing nutritious meals.
Decatur's property tax rate for 2013 will be .9772 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation now that the city's budget finally has been approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
City Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright made the announcement at this week's city council meeting.
The budget was approved as submitted, the DLGF making no changes.
Further details in Saturday's print edition.
The spotlight was shining on numerous activities and local businesses on Saturday as Spotlight 2013 was held at Bellmont Middle School.
Many of the usual popular activities were back, including bingo and the Rotary Club auction.
Good crowds turned out for the annual event, which ran for nine and a half hours.
See photos in today's print edition.
Last year’s inaugural Decatur Sculpture Walk has been renamed Decatur Sculpture Tour to reflect the expansion of sculptures beyond the city’s immediate downtown area, it has been announced.
The installation date for the 2013 sculptures will be Friday, June 7, with the unveiling on Saturday, June 8, during a downtown celebration according to sculpture tour committee member and Arts Council President Sue Roe.
Business exhibits, bingo, entertainment, an auction, art show, food and lots more will be offered on Saturday when the 2013 Spotlight, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, is held at Bellmont Middle School.
Balloon art, face painting, Sweet Cakes Comedy also are scheduled.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be provided for purchase by the North Adams Food & Nutrition Services. Lunch also will be available. No admission is charged and parking will be free.
The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department may soon begin planning a new fire station on the north side of the town's business park if a land request is granted by Monroe Town Council.
Fire Chief Russell Cook asked council Thursday if the town would consider donating a five-acre plot of land in Monroe Business Park for a new fire station. Cook said the current building on S. Polk St. has "served its purpose," but no longer has the capability of housing modern fire trucks and equipment.
One thing positive about March snowstorms: They normally don't hang around too long.
The seven-inch snowfall which hit Decatur starting Tuesday night was no exception. A bright sun and temperatures around the freezing mark helped melt away a potion of the snow on Wednesday as the city and county quickly returned to normal.
Barring any unforeseen problems and with some cooperation from the weather, Decatur’s ancient onetime street department building could be out of sight with only a green space left by mid-May.
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that a contract has been signed with Denny Excavating of Plainfield, low bidder on the project. In approximately 10 days, the firm is expected to begin some inside work on the building between the city police station and the city swimming pool.
Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Steve Krull presented his annual report to the county commissioners on Monday.
He said that this year the department hopes to do a lot of work fixing up the county parks. He noted that that was the area on which the department's budget placed its emphasis this year, and he said it would be a great improvement.