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July 19th, 2012

City utility rates will be rising

July 19, 2012

    Utility rates in Decatur will be going up in the near future, but it has nothing to do with a new batch of sewage which will be coming Decatur's way from several rural areas.
    Last week, the board of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board selected a subcommittee to negotiate with the city the rates it (the city) will charge for county sewage sent to the Decatur treatment plant.

.37 hikes July rain here to 1 inch

July 19, 2012

    Decatur got some long-awaited rain on Wednesday and more appeared to be on the way late this morning.
    Officials at the city weather station said .37 of an inch was recorded there up to 7 a.m. today and that boosted the city's rainfall to exactly one inch this month.
    The June rainfall here was 1.08.

Fallen power line sparks grass fire

July 19, 2012

    The Decatur Fire Department responded to a grass fire at the home of Laura Love, 4353 E 700 N, Wednesday afternoon.
    Firefighters were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. after a snapped tree top knocked down a power line, sparking the grass fire, according to a department spokesperson.
    Since the line was "hot," Love was told to remain inside the home by the first emergency personnel to arrive. Indiana & Michigan Power repaired the damage later.

July 18th

2 Hoosiers were killed in attack

July 18, 2012

    The Indiana National Guard on Tuesday released its first information surrounding the deaths in Afghanistan this week of Berne resident Nick Taylor and a fellow Hoosier soldier.
    According to a press release issued by the Guard's public affairs office, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger were officially notified of the deaths of the Indiana National Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan.

Big night at 4-H Fair

July 18, 2012

    Heat didn't deter the turnout in Monroe for the 4-H Fair's big night on Tuesday.
    Among those riding were grand marshals Shirley Steiner and Gloria Sommer.
    Following the parade, Elizabeth Liechty was announced as this year's Royal Ambassador, with Devan Barger named the Distinguished Ambassador.
    Other Ambassadors are Elizabeth Shaw, Dusty Gremaux, Lori Dunham, Ryan Hockemeyer, Cody Fuelling, Casey Krueckeberg, Macy Mudd, and Logan Roe.

City redoing personnel policy; eyes ATV ban, P&B abatement

July 18, 2012

    In what was for it a lengthy meeting, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night handled a number of issues, including an update of the city personnel policy, launching an ordinance to ban off-road vehicles on off-road city property, and moving toward a tax abatement for a local company.
    Although there have been some amendments over the years, the personnel policy has not had a good going-over since 1993 until recently, with all council members getting time to look over proposed changes.

July 17th

Berne soldier Nick Taylor killed in Afghanistan

July 17, 2012

    BERNE — The family of an Indiana National Guard soldier from Berne says he was killed Sunday night during an attack in Afghanistan.
    Nick Taylor, 20, of Berne was driving an armored truck when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to his brother Drew Taylor. He told The Journal Gazette that Guard officials told the family that his brother wasn’t the only soldier killed in the attack but didn’t give details.

Big night on tap at the fair

July 17, 2012

    The Adams County 4-H Fair has crowned a Miss Adams County, Kaylea Kongar, and tonight it will crown its 2012 Royal Ambassador.
    Tuesday is always one of the biggest nights for the 4-H annual event and tonight will hold to that tradition. The parade, led by grand marshals Gloria Sommer and Shirley Steiner, will begin to roll through the streets of Monroe at 7.
    Following the parade, attention will shift to the fair stage where several recognitions will be given and the new Royal Ambassador will be announced.

Backhoe backdrop: Statehouse fight

July 17, 2012

    The Adams County Solid Waste Management District's board of directors on Monday directed its attorney to negotiate and execute an inter-local agreement with the county commissioners that ultimately would lead to the waste district's purchase of a new backhoe. That piece of equipment, in turn, would be shared with the county surveyor's office if the legal details can be worked out.

July 16th

Fair’s off and rolling

July 16, 2012

    Kaylea Kongar was crowned Miss Adams County on Sunday night as the Adams County 4-H Fair hit the ground running.
    Activities pick up today, with the rabbit and sheep shows plus the Horse and Pony Show held this morning, followed by the poultry show in early afternoon.
    The Starter Calf Show is on tap at 5, followed by the stage performance of Studio 180 at 6. The Grand Champion presentations will be made at 6:30, then the Decatur Dance Academy will take over the stage at 7.

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