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April 15th, 2013
Call in the lawyers.
That was about all on which the Decatur Park Board and the Adams County Park Board could agree during a brief joint meeting on Thursday afternoon.
The two boards had met independently three days earlier, and each group heard a proposal to incorporate the two bodies into one board that would oversee the city-county parks and recreation department.
Longtime Adams County businessman, volunteer, and 50-year scouting enthusiast David Collier was the surprise recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash award from Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday night'.
The award was presented to Collier at the annual Adams County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann on behalf of Gov. Pence and she noted, "You could not have picked a better Hoosier for this award. I'm proud to be with you here tonight."
What happens when you take Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and replace some of the characters with people from the Jersey Shore? You get Ken Ludwig’s "Midsummer/Jersey," the Bellmont High School spring play production, a school announcement said.
The spring play is being directed by Jeannie Smith with set design by Rick Smith. Over 30 Bellmont High School students are involved in the production as actors and/or tech crew.
Adams County's first ever rural sewer project will move forward.
That was the unanimous decision Thursday evening of the seven-member regional sewer board, which voted to proceed with plans to construct a rural sewer system to serve an estimated 233 households in the outlying areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
The annual Adams County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner was held Thursday evening at the Decatur Elks Lodge featuring a spirited address by Hoosier Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.
National Weather Service officials this morning informed officials at the Decatur weather station that the St. Marys River is expected to crest around 20.6 feet here tonight.
Although the river's flood stage is 17 feet, it causes no significant problems until getting beyond 21 feet.
Several changes will be taking place at Adams Central over the next year with four more teachers announcing their intention to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year, accepting the one-time $15,000 retirement incentive package approved by the board of education last month.
The incentive offered qualifying teachers a $15,000 payout that would be placed in a 403(b) account and made available to the retiree as of July 15, 2013. The regular severance package offered to teachers is still immediately available.
Lunch prices at North Adams Community Schools will increase next year, and the hike is entirely due to mandates being handed down by the federal government, school board members were told Tuesday.
Erin Ripley, food service director for the school district, reported to the board that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a statistical formula for its National School Lunch Program and has set a minimum price for school lunches. "The control has kind of been taken out of our hands," Ripley said.
Now we know spring has arrived!
The first major non-snow storm of the season hit the Decatur area in a big way on Wednesday, dropping 2.79 inches of rain on the city by 7 a.m. today
Making matters worse, rain was continuing after 7 a.m. and was likely to continue into the night.
The St. Marys River swelled some 13 1/2 feet overnight, rising from 4.06 feet at 7 a.m. Wednesday to 17.67 feet at 7 a.m. today.
Former Bellmont High School assistant principal Brent Lehman, a 34-year veteran educator and lifelong Adams County resident, was introduced Tuesday evening as the new superintendent at North Adams Community Schools.
Lehman was one of 10 applicants and five finalists for the position and will succeed Dr. Wylie Sirk when Sirk's retirement takes effect on July 1.