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August 28th, 2012
A long and drawn-out set of negotiations between Berne officials and representatives of the outlying townships over fire protection costs has not yet been completed — but it’s getting closer.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz won the annual Mayor's Challenge on Friday during the Kekionga Festival.
Schultz, shown in accompanying photo tossing a spear, defeated Berne Mayor Bill McKean to win his second straight Challenge.
Schultz bested former Berne John Minch last year after having lost to Minch two years in a row.
The annual Kekionga Festival wrapped up on Sunday, having drawn large crowds over the weekend amid hot but dry weather.
Bellmont High School is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a "Bleed for the Band" blood drive from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, in the high school auxiliary gymnasium.
Wind turbines haven't often been on the minds of Decatur officials lately, but a rural Decatur resident, Doug Hartman, told city council this week that it should begin to take a good look at the local situation because it could be coming up in the near future.
A six-person race for the District 2 (rural area) on the new North Adams School Board became a reality with a wave of filings in the final hours before Friday's noon deadline.
No less than five people — Mark Bulmahn, Cassie Hammond, David Smith, Daniel Strickler and Jim Vogelwede Jr. — jumped into the field in the final hours. The only previous candidate, prior to Friday, was Deb Bergman, a board incumbent.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an account by Tony Mellencamp of Berne of the events that nearly took the life of his wife, Kaye, earlier this summer.)
There are certain events that happen in our lives that we always remember where we were at, what time it was, and what we were doing. One such event for me is 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Our lives changed at that moment.
Three-dimensional pieces of original art went on display in downtown Decatur Thursday evening as kick-off ceremonies were held for the first-ever Decatur Sculpture Walk.
The event attracted a sizable crowd which gathered around the courthouse for the unveiling festivities and later strolled throughout the downtown area to view the 12 works of art on display.
The living history village will open to the public at 4 p.m.today in Riverside Park as the Festival of the Kekionga shifts into high gear.
The fourth annual Mayor’s Challenge will begin at 6 p.m., with Decatur Mayor John Schultz opposed by a new foe, first-year Berne Mayor Bill McKean.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., games for children will be held in Riverside park.
Several slots have been filled by candidates seeking spots on the North Adams, Adams Central and South Adams school board. But with the filing deadline but a short time away, some seats remained without candidates to fill them.
Two businessmen from China toured Decatur and Adams County this week.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin said the visit is another positive result from a trade mission to China in June by Schultz and Macklin as part of an Indiana contingent led by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership CEO John Sampson.