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January 12th, 2011
Decatur and Adams County were digging out today from Tuesday's snowstorm, and the good news is that no more snow is likely for the foreseeable future.
Officials at the Decatur weather station reported a 4 1/2-inch snowfall.
The National Weather Service said there was a 30 percent chance of further snow here today, and none tonight or Thursday. Chances of snow are pegged at 20 percent Thursday night and through Friday, and at 40 percent for Saturday.
Discussion continued at Tuesday's meeting of the South Adams Schools Board regarding plans for selling the former Berne elementary school property.
Acting Superintendent Scott Litwiller noted that the school corporation has hired the surveyor and appraisers necessary to move forward with the process.
Today's snow storm has affected athletic events for tonight, according to officials from both Bellmont and Adams Central High School.
The annual ACAC boys and girls basketball tournament slated for tonight at Adams Central against Bluffton has been postponed until Wednesday night. The boys will play at 6 p.m. and the girls at approximately 7:30 p.m. ACAC tourney games at three other sites, including South Adams at Woodlan, scheduled for tonight have also been delayed until tomorrow.
"As we stand on the threshold of a new decade, we can all take great pride in what we have accomplished this past year and look with great enthusiasm to Decatur's future."
When the Decatur Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting soon, four awards will be presented and the names of the 2011 winners were divulged during Monday's Chamber event at which Mayor John Schultz gave the State of the City address.
Chamber Executive Director Wes Kuntzman told an audience of some 80 people that the winners this year will be as follows:
Large Business of the Year: Ideal Suburban Homes and Ideal Realty.
A new Indiana law making it illegal to discard televisions, computers and certain other electronics for regular trash pickups will have an effect on Decatur's twice-annual heavy trash pickups.
Referring to an article published in the Daily Democrat on Tuesday, Councilman Charlie Cook asked at this week's city council meeting if there would be an effect felt here.
"There sure will be," Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert replied.
A meeting lasting just over two hours on Saturday morning kicked off this year's Girl Scout cookie sales campaign in Adams County.
A fire, still under investigation, struck around late Thursday night outside the Dolco Packaging Corp. plant in Decatur's Industrial Park, bringing four fire departments to the scene.
The fire destroyed a semi-trailer loaded with polystyrene egg cartons that was parked at a loading dock and led to eight employees suffering smoke inhalation, although all were treated and released at Adams Memorial Hospital.
At the January session of the Monroe Town Council, Jeremy Brown, the town's legal counsel, reported that he and clerk-treasurer Rachel Burkhart have worked out "a more streamlined process" for dealing with delinquent water and sewer bill payments.
Brown said there are two parts to the plan. Sewer bills that are unpaid by Monroe residents will be attached as liens on their property. When the site is sold, the sewer payment must come to the town from the proceeds of the sale.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Commissioner Doug Bauman reported that the county’s payroll in 2010 came to more than $6 million, which, he said, makes the county “an economic driver” locally.
However, the $6,049,283.51 total covers only those people paid by the county, not the two judges and the prosecutors.
Both judges and the prosecutor each get more than $100,000 per year and there are several deputy prosecutors.