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July 20th, 2012
Temperatures are in the 90s, the 4-H Fair is winding down, Swiss Days and the Kekionga Festival are still to come ... and all three public school systems in Adams County have released student registration information for the 2012-13 school year.
Officials have announced the following dates and times:
Southeast Primary and Northwest Elementary: Monday, August 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.
WHITELAND, Ind. (AP) — A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state’s corn crop is in such bad shape that this week’s rainfall likely won’t boost yields.
U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary Michael Scuse told local farmers who gathered at Kelsay Farms, a seventh-generation family farm south of Indianapolis, that 71 percent of Indiana’s corn crop is in poor to very poor condition due to drought and heat stress.
Officials are saying the rainfall which fell in Decatur and Adams County in the last couple of days isn't enough to end a burning ban. But it certainly was welcome.
In all, the Decatur weather station recorded 1.29 inches of rain, .92 of that coming after 7 p.m. Thursday. That's more rain than fell the entire month of June, 1.08 inches, and boosts July's total to 1.92 inches.
Utility rates in Decatur will be going up in the near future, but it has nothing to do with a new batch of sewage which will be coming Decatur's way from several rural areas.
Last week, the board of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board selected a subcommittee to negotiate with the city the rates it (the city) will charge for county sewage sent to the Decatur treatment plant.
Decatur got some long-awaited rain on Wednesday and more appeared to be on the way late this morning.
Officials at the city weather station said .37 of an inch was recorded there up to 7 a.m. today and that boosted the city's rainfall to exactly one inch this month.
The June rainfall here was 1.08.
The Decatur Fire Department responded to a grass fire at the home of Laura Love, 4353 E 700 N, Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. after a snapped tree top knocked down a power line, sparking the grass fire, according to a department spokesperson.
Since the line was "hot," Love was told to remain inside the home by the first emergency personnel to arrive. Indiana & Michigan Power repaired the damage later.
The Indiana National Guard on Tuesday released its first information surrounding the deaths in Afghanistan this week of Berne resident Nick Taylor and a fellow Hoosier soldier.
According to a press release issued by the Guard's public affairs office, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger were officially notified of the deaths of the Indiana National Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan.
Heat didn't deter the turnout in Monroe for the 4-H Fair's big night on Tuesday.
Among those riding were grand marshals Shirley Steiner and Gloria Sommer.
Following the parade, Elizabeth Liechty was announced as this year's Royal Ambassador, with Devan Barger named the Distinguished Ambassador.
Other Ambassadors are Elizabeth Shaw, Dusty Gremaux, Lori Dunham, Ryan Hockemeyer, Cody Fuelling, Casey Krueckeberg, Macy Mudd, and Logan Roe.
In what was for it a lengthy meeting, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night handled a number of issues, including an update of the city personnel policy, launching an ordinance to ban off-road vehicles on off-road city property, and moving toward a tax abatement for a local company.
Although there have been some amendments over the years, the personnel policy has not had a good going-over since 1993 until recently, with all council members getting time to look over proposed changes.
BERNE — The family of an Indiana National Guard soldier from Berne says he was killed Sunday night during an attack in Afghanistan.
Nick Taylor, 20, of Berne was driving an armored truck when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to his brother Drew Taylor. He told The Journal Gazette that Guard officials told the family that his brother wasn’t the only soldier killed in the attack but didn’t give details.