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October 19th, 2012
Brian Strauss, who recently resigned as principal at South Adams Elementary School, is facing a number of charges in connection with allegations of improper conduct with a student at South Central Elementary School, LaPorte County, where he taught before coming to Adams County.
Strauss, 40, is charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony; child solicitation, a Class C felony; and vicarious sexual gratification, a Class D felony.
Members of the congregation at First Missionary Church in Berne have launched a Nick’s NEW Coat Project in honor of Nick Taylor, the South Adams graduate who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan earlier this year as a member of the Indiana National Guard.
The project grew out of a story, told during the soldier's funeral, in which a young Nick Taylor chose to give a fellow student in need his new coat (see related story).
A crew from Luginbill Excavating made short work of the demolition of a residence on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Third streets in Decatur on Wednesday.
As pedestrians gathered and motorists drove past to see, the former Richard Roudebush home was razed in anticipation of converting the site into a green space area to be used by the Adams Public Library System.
Members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board hope to know by next month the future of a proposed a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
What shape that project takes, if any, will largely depend on upcoming negotiations with Decatur officials over ancillary costs associated with treating sewage from the outlying areas.
Dr. Kathleen Heimann joined the staff of Adams Memorial (AMH) Hospital this week and is partnering with Drs. Crystal Jencks and Jessamine Hippensteel in their Decatur Family Medicine practice.
Heimann is currently accepting new patients to the Decatur Family Medicine group as well as obstetric patients. A hospital spokesperson said, “Dr. Heimann has a special gift in relating to and educating her patients, plus she is fluent in Spanish.”
After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night in which city officials were challenged to stand up to "bullying tactics" by the federal government, Decatur City Council unanimously passed a 50 percent sewer rate increase which will go into effect with the next billing cycle.
Rates initially will rise 37 percent, then another 4 percent a year later; then, probably, another 7 percent in the third year of a three-phase project, Meanwhile, the city will float a $3 million bond issue.
"When are we going to stand up and say we're not going to do this any longer," Cross Creek resident Greg Litchfield asked Mayor John Schultz and Decatur City Council Tuesday night in reference to an Indiana Department of Environmental (IDEM) mandate and a three-year sewage rate increase imposed later.
Litchfield, a Cross Creek resident, was speaking at a public hearing held within the regular city council meeting on Tuesday night. The hearing lasted one hour.
An unusual mishap occurred at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in Decatur when a cement truck owned by the Erie Haven Cement Company struck a low-hanging, overhead power line on Fourth Street near Monroe Street.
The contact caused one AEP pole to break. Unaware that he had struck the wire, driver Joel E. Christian, 46, rural Decatur, continued down the street until the truck hit another wire, forcing two utility poles to snap.
One of the poles fell onto a parked SUV owned by Carl M. Shaw, Decatur.
Finally some good news regarding the renovation project on the Adams County Courthouse. After initially believing contractors were going to need to replace an additional 500-700 bricks, that number has been dropped to approximately 50 bricks, according to Dave Meyer of building maintenance.
The Adams Central High School Marching Band is now ranked among the top 20 Class D bands in the state and has qualified for the Indiana State Music School Association (ISSMA) Semistate competition.
Last Saturday, marching bands from throughout Indiana competed in regional ISSMA contests at four sites: Chesterton High School, Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Evansville Central High School and Lafayette Jefferson High School.