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February 3rd, 2012

Chamber honors 2 firms

February 3, 2012

    First Bank of Berne has deep roots in Adams County, dating back to 1891 when the financial institution was established in Berne.
    And while its roots in Decatur are less deep, dating back "only" to 1995, the bank was honored Thursday night as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of 2011 during the chamber's annual membership dinner.

Judge to bid for new term

February 3, 2012

    Democrat Fred Schurger has announced his candidacy for re-election as judge of Adams Circuit Court.
    He is the second announced candidate for the position. Republican Chad Kukelhan had previously announced his intentions to seek the judgeship.
    Schurger graduated from Decatur Catholic High School and obtained his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, then earned his juris doctor degree from Indiana University Law School, graduating cum laude.

February 2nd

FW base facing possible closure

February 2, 2012

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The commander of Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing says the base in Fort Wayne is awaiting word on whether it will be one of military bases the Pentagon closes.
    The Journal Gazette reports that Col. David Augustine said at a news conference Wednesday that all he’s heard so far is media speculation. He says hopes to hear of a decision on Friday.

Organizers gearing up for Spotlight

February 2, 2012

    The Spotlight on Decatur Business and Community Expo will return to Bellmont Middle School on Saturday, March 10.
    As in previous years, organizers have announced, Spotlight will open with the WZBD Free Bingo, complete with prizes donated by area merchants.
    Following bingo will be the Rotary Community Auction where many items, donated by Rotarians and local merchants, are offered for sale to the highest bidder. The auction will be conducted by ABC Realty and Auctioneers. 

Ag Extravaganza No. 5 held here

February 2, 2012

    The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently held its fifth annual Ag Extravaganza, at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Decatur.
    According to a news release, items discussed included financial reports, elections, and awards for the Pork Producers, Farm Bureau, and the SWCD.
    Some highlights of the evening included the following:
    • Luke Liechte received the 2011 Pork Producers Scholarship.

February 1st

57 high in city!

February 1, 2012

    On a January day when the normal high in the Decatur area is 33 degrees, the temperature soared to a top mark of 57 degrees at the city's weather station on Tuesday, bringing a preview of the springtime ahead.
    The National Weather Service at Fort Wayne recorded a high of 56, five degrees under the record high of 61 set in 1989.
    The Decatur weather station registered a low of 46 degrees early this morning — 13 degrees above the normal high! The normal low for January 31 is 18.

Elections chief White’s job on the line

February 1, 2012

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s top elections official signed documents showing he was living at an address different than one he listed on voting records, witnesses testified Tuesday as prosecutors began building their case in a trial that could cost Secretary of State Charlie White his job and his freedom.
    White faces charges of fraud, perjury and theft. A conviction on even one of the seven felony counts would force his removal from the politically powerful office.

Affolder seeks seat on council

February 1, 2012

    Former Adams County assessor Judy Affolder, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for one of three at-large seats on the Adams County Council.
    Affolder is the third Democrat, and eighth candidate overall, to announce intentions to seek an at-large berth on the council. Other announced candidates include incumbents Dennis Bluhm and Randy Colclasure, both Republicans, along with fellow Republicans Rob Noetzel, Pat Norton and Tony Mellencamp. Other Democrats seeking election include John Minch and Robert Thomas.

January 31st

Candidate, candidates

January 31, 2012

    The announcement by Adams County Council President Randy Colclasure that he will seek a new term this year means five Republicans are seeking three council nominations in the May primary.
    Colclasure and Dennis Bluhm of rural Preble are bidding for new terms. Also in the primary field will be Rob Noetzel of Decatur, the GOP county chairman; Tony Mellencamp of Berne; and Pat Norton of rural Decatur.

Wind test foes are told to list their ideas

January 31, 2012

     A group of concerned residents addressed the Adams County Commissioners on Monday regarding a proposed wind test tower in Adams County.
    Commission Chairman Doug Bauman asked that Building/Planning and Zoning director Neil Ogg and plan commission attorney Adam Miller address the crowd as to the proper channels for submitting a variance.

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