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May 1st, 2012
Indiana’s state advocate for utility consumers has recommended that Indiana Michigan Power receive only one-eighth of the rate hike it is seeking.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is considering a request that I&M says would increase a typical bill by just over 22 percent. The utility says the request would produce about $174 million in new annual operating revenue, but the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor wants that capped at $22 million.
Anyone who "likes" the Decatur Daily Democrat Facebook page through Tuesday, May 8, will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $10 gift certificates to local businesses. Current and new "likes" are eligible to win.
The gift certificates are from Christner's Pizza King of Decatur, East of Chicago in Berne and Crossroads Pantry in Geneva.
Winners will be announced on Facebook and on the Decatur Daily Democrat website.
Golden Meadows Home Director Tom Magnan has announced that over the next several weeks, volunteers from Golden Meadows will be contacting Adams County businesses for help in donating a product, service, or gift certificate to its annual auction.
County residents also may donate to the auction, but donations of used clothing will not be accepted, he said.
Zurcher Tire, Inc. of Monroe has announced that as of next Tuesday, May 1, its name will be Zurcher’s Best-One Tire & Auto Care.â€¨ "Customers can still expect the same great people, values, service and prices that they have come to rely on from this local Monroe business over the years," a news release saide. "Founder and president Paul Zurcher values the business’s connection to the community."
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced Friday that there has been a third fatality resulting from the April 17 accident involving an Amish buggy and a van on SR 124 near CR 400W.
Rekeweg said Jerry M. Schwartz, 17, who has been hospitalized since the accident, has died as a result of his injuries.
No information regarding the condition of Mary M. Schwartz, 44, who was transported by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, has been released.
Residents of Oakwood Terrace Apartments in Berne who survived a devastating fire this week surveyed the damage and tried to salvage some of their belongings on Thursday afternoon.
Jeremy Weaver, a friend of apartment complex owner/manager Keith Hansel, said, "Demolition is expected to begin on Tuesday." He added that after the burned-out building is razed, rebuilding will begin immediately and should take about two weeks to complete.
Zachary McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident, was about to graduate from IPFW in May with a political science degree and begin working at the Indiana Statehouse. Four years as a distinguished U.S. Marine was on his resume.
Then he tragically died in an unusual accident near Chicago on Sunday.
Dave Meyer of the county buildings and grounds department reported to county commissioners Monday that he received a quote of $58,631 from Atlas Building Services to add window flashing to the third floor windows across the front of the Service Complex.
Alternately, Atlas quoted a price of $16,736 to clean the area and add a water repellant to the windows.
There has been a problem with leakage at the complex for quite some time, according to Meyer.
Four families with perhaps as many as 12 children lost nearly all their belongings and were displaced by Tuesday's devastating fire at the Oakwood Terrace Apartments on Interlaken Drive at the east edge of Berne, off SR 218.
Immediate needs of the famliies seem to have been taken care of, Pastor Donald Sauls of Compassionate Ministries said Wednesday afternoon. But, of course, long-term needs are a much larger picture.
Berne Fire Chief John Crider said this morning that the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a building at the Oakwood Terrace Apartment complex Tuesday, displacing four families, may have been caused by a cigarette.
Crider stated that the fire began in the northern, upstairs apartment. The occupant told investigators he had thrown a cigarette out of a window, but that it may have blown back in through a crack in the wall.