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August 7th, 2012
City and county law-enforcement authorities had a busy Monday afternoon, conducting an extensive search for an individual northwest of Decatur and during that time apprehending at gunpoint two people in a vehicle reported as stolen.
The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 6:18 a.m. this morning to assist with a fire at Monroeville Liquors, 102 S Main St., Monroeville.
Decatur firefighters provided aerial and engine support for the Monroeville Fire Department, which was already battling the blaze when Decatur crews arrived, according to a spokesperson for the department.
There was "quite a bit of damage" done to the liquor store, while adjacent buildings may have sustained smoke damage, the spokesperson said.
To see seven-year-old Ebony Fawcett, with her thousand-watt smile and fairylike giggle, playing in her hot-pink room, it's difficult to imagine the hardships this Decatur girl has endured during her short life.
In 2006, when Ebony was little more than a year old, she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a children's cancer that develops in the nervous system, most commonly in the abdominal and chest area, and is associated with the adrenal glands.
Remember when it almost never rained? Not all that long ago, either.
A late surge of rainfall in July boosted that month's total to 3.8 inches in Decatur, just under the July norm of 3.9 inches.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday morning, the city got a whopping start on August's rainfall with 2.14 inches of rain!
Mercer County, Ohio (county seat Celina), Sheriff Jeff Grey recently announced the death of the department's K-9 Unit, Zak. An investigation is under way.
According to the sheriff, at approximately 1 p.m. last Wednesday, Deputy Chad Fortkamp, the K-9 handler, found Zak dead when he returned to his patrol car.
It's budget time again for area governments and Monroe's proposed budget for 2013 was revealed at Thursday night's town council meeting.
The overall proposed budget for 2013 is $391,900. That's up $7,030 from the 2012 budget, according to official documents.
Council President Al Lehman said most areas saw an increase in expenses from last year. The biggest increase came in the Motor Vehicle Highway fund, which jumped $5,180 from last year's budget.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that those interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public school boards in Adams County has until noon on August 24.
Forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.
For the first time, North Adams patrons will have the opportunity to vote for school board members.
Four members will be elected to the North Adams board during November's general election.
A reception was held Thursday afternoon at Bellmont High School for Kim Harsh, hired earlier this week as the school's new principal.
Harsh, second from left in accompanying photo, is seen with Superintendent Wylie Sirk as she meets two representatives from Ivy Tech Community College.
Harsh comes to Bellmont after spending the past 13 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Hauser Junior-Senior High school near Columbus, Indiana.
The dispatch center at the Decatur police station on Third St. was officially closed down on Wednesday.
Now, calls to the police department's telephone number, 724-3123, will be answered by an electronic operator, and the caller will be asked to hang up and call 911 if it is an emergency or to call 724-5345 for all other calls. The call to 724-5345 will be answered by someone in the communications center in the Adams County Jail
The Adams County Highway Department finished applying chip-n-seal to county roads last week, according to Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
Mitchel told the Adams County Commissioners Monday the department covered approximately 83 miles of roadway this year.
"That's the most we've done in a long time," said Mitchel. "Some of those roads haven't been done for nine or ten years."