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December 5th

Voter turnout here among the highest

December 5, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s voter turnout in this year’s general election fell off this year when compared to 2008’s level of 62 percent.
    Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said recently that 58 percent of Indiana’s 4.5 million registered voters — about 2.7 million — cast ballots in the General Election. That matched the 58 percent turnout in 2004.
    Lawson says Wells County in northeastern Indiana had the highest turnout in the state at 72 percent.

Council talks of lights, flowers

December 5, 2012

    Christmas lights that are showing their age and a downtown flowers program that is in a financial hole sparked a discussion at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council.
    Councilman Matt Dyer raised the issue, noting that some business people have complained to him that not all the lights are functional.
    Mayor John Schultz noted that the holiday lights are a Chamber of Commerce program, and that the city provides no funding for the lights.

December 4th

Chief deputy exiting post -- 32-year law-enforcement career coming to an end

December 4, 2012

    A long career in law enforcement will officially come to an end December 31 when Eric (Keebie) Meyer steps down from his post as chief deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.
    Meyer will be moving to the Cape Canaveral area of Florida, where he will be joining his wife, Tammy, who was unexpectedly transferred there earlier this year by her company. The veteran lawman said he will likely find some employment in Florida, but it won't be in law enforcement.

Late Hoagland flyer subject of documentay

December 4, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS – When Margaret Ray Ringenberg completed her first solo flight in 1941 at the age of 19, some people said women didn’t belong in the cockpit.
    But the Hoosier pilot proved them wrong, launching a long career in aviation that included service in World War II, a stint in airplane racing and shuttling Indiana senators to Washington.

Nope, our 65 high was not a record

December 4, 2012

    As unseasonably warm as the weather has been recently, we haven't quite broken the record . . . at least not yet.
    According to a spokesperson at the Decatur Weather Station, Monday's high of 65 came close to the 1998 record of 68 degrees, but fell short of setting a new mark. 
    In 1998, Decatur saw a high of 65 degrees four times in the first week of December, then climbed to 67 degrees on Dec. 6, and reached 72 degrees on Dec. 7, according to the spokesperson.

December 3rd

Flower program withering -- York says downtown project $2,648 in the hole

December 3, 2012

    Decatur's downtown flower program is in dire jeopardy.
    Faced with a huge deficit, the program may not get off the ground next year unless necessary cash is raised relatively soon.
    Local pastor Dan York, who has been at the forefront of the program from the start a number of years ago, said Friday that the program is faced with a deficit of $2,648.

Warming up the Spotlight

December 3, 2012

    Spotlight, Decatur’s annual community and business expo, will be held this year at Bellmont Middle School on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., organizers have announced.
    The tradition of  “spotlighting” area business, industries and non-profits will continue this year as the pride of Decatur will be on display, Chamber of Commerce officials said.
    This will be the 17th consecutive year for the event.

Hospital showing plus for financial

December 3, 2012

    A financial statement submitted to the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees this week by Chief Financial Officer Dane Wheeler showed that Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) has a plus financial balance of $389,016 as of the end of October.
    This is nearly $385,000 higher that what the hospital had at the end of October in 2011, but nearly $56,000 less than what had been budgeted for the year.

November 30th

Pence names Espich

November 30, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike Pence tapped a retired lawmaker with four decades of legislative experience Thursday to guide his agenda through the Statehouse as he continues assembling his new administration.
    Pence announced that former state Rep. Jeff Espich would serve as his top adviser for legislative affairs. The Uniondale Republican chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee before he retired from the General Assembly this year and will have a central role in helping Pence push his agenda.

$500,000 software expenditure is approved by hospital board

November 30, 2012

    A capital expenditure of over $500,000 was approved Wednesday evening by the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting. It will allow AHN to expand the capabilities of its long-term care facilities to receive software that will install electronic medical records and billing capabilities.

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