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April 23rd, 2012

KFC employee beaten in robbery

April 23, 2012

    Decatur police are continuing their investigation into a Sunday evening assault and robbery at a local eatery.
    Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on N. 13th Street around 10:30 p.m. after a store employee was battered and tied up. Ketzler said the assailant then stole the worker's car and fled the scene.

Time to show your numbers!

April 23, 2012

    Okay, now you've got your yard mowed, a fresh coat of paint on your place and that little bit of junk out of your back yard, all in keeping with Decatur's cleanup campaign that began more than a year ago to spruce up the city for its 175th Anniversary celebration.
    Next on your housekeeping agenda? Check the numbers on the front of your place.

Jobless rate at 6-month low here

April 23, 2012

    Adams County's unemployment rate fell to it's lowest level in six months during March, according to figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county's jobless rate last month was 8.0 percent, down from an 8.3 percent reading in February and 8.5 percent unemployment levels in both January of this year and December of 2011. One year earlier, in March of 2011, Adams County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.

April 20th

NA is awarded $172,790 grant for its teachers

April 20, 2012

    North Adams Community Schools is among 28 Indiana school corporations that will share $6 million in grant funding awarded to recognize and award the state's best teachers.

Lots of applicants for fire department, city police openings

April 20, 2012

    The Decatur Police Department has 29 applicants for its single opening and the city's fire department has slightly less than 20 for its post. The numbers were passed on to city council at its meeting this week.
    Police Chief Ken Ketzler said aptitude and agility tests are scheduled for the 29 and the field eventually will be winnowed to six candidate to present to the city Board of Works and Safety.

Rescued from doggie death row

April 20, 2012

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The life of a mutt that’s been on doggy death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers and the acceptance of a last-ditch proposal to keep the dog alive.
    Now Prada, the 4-year-old pit bull mix that inspired thousands of strangers across the globe to sign a petition to save the dog’s life, could be headed to Animal Planet fame.

April 19th

Dropping dispatchers may save city some $100,000

April 19, 2012

    The plan to close down the dispatch center at the Decatur police station and have all calls handled through the communications center in the county jail could produce a savings of up to $100,000 for the city, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meetjng.
    Schultz had initially unveiled the plans at Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, where he found support.

5-year master plan for parks is turned over

April 19, 2012

    It's been something of a long and arduous effort, but the City of Decatur now has a five-year master plan for its parks system to go along with its new comprehensive plan and redevelopment commission.
    Park board President Larry Isch and Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Krull turned over the plan to city council on Tuesday night, a thick document which has been over a year in the making.

No condition updates are available today

April 19, 2012

    An attempt to obtain condition reports on the two people taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after being injured in Tuesday morning's buggy-van mishap revealed the hospital has no record of them in their facility directory.
    Citing privacy issues this morning, Parkview officials said they did not have any records on them available for publication. Under federal laws, patients may "opt out," meaning no information on them may be provided..

April 18th

Crash claims two children

April 18, 2012

    Two children were killed and four people were seriously injured in a vehicle-buggy crash Tuesday just before 8 a.m.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported that Chandler M. Gerber, 21, of Bluffton, was traveling east on U.S. 124 near 400 E when he struck an Amish buggy driven by Mary M. Schwartz, 44, of Decatur.

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