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December 30th

Borne: Need probe of 'found' $320M

December 30, 2011

By ERIC MANN
    Adams County Auditor Bill Borne has made public a sharply-worded letter he sent to the two men who represent the county in the Indiana General Assembly about $320 million in state funds that were overlooked and then reportedly found this year.
    Borne, who will close eight years as auditor on December 31, 2012, and is an Auditor of the Year award winner, sent the letter to State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, who will be at work in the state legislature starting in early January.

Elected board No. 3 story

December 30, 2011

    (The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 3.)

By J SWYGART
    By the end of 2012, the number of appointed school boards in Indiana will decrease, following approval in November by the Indiana Department of Education of a request from the North Adams Community Schools to have an elected board.

December 29th

Affolder Implement reopens

December 29, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    "Everyone is doing all they can. It's just going to be a tough three of four months. But we'll stick with it," owner Greg Milholland said Wednesday, one day after his Affolder Implement firm in Berne formally reopened for business just eight days after a devastating fire.

13th St. tragedy No. 4 story

December 29, 2011

    (The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 4.)

By J SWYGART
    A 25-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne died April 13 in Adams Memorial Hospital, a short time after being hit while on the job by the wheels of a tractor-trailer truck at a highway project at S. 13th and Winchester streets in Decatur.
    The tragedy was voted as the No. 4 news story of 2011 in Adams County.

New alert system unveiled

December 29, 2011

 By JANNAYA ANDREWS
    At Tuesday's meeting, the Adams County Commissioners approved a new travel alert system for Adams County, effective immediately. The new alert system was devised by Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August in order to comply with a new Indiana law which was passed in an effort to form a more unified emergency system throughout the state.
    The new alert system is as follows:

December 28th

Molester gets 90 years

December 28, 2011

BY ERIC MANN
    One of the longest prison sentences in Adams County history, 90 years, was handed down on Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court to a Decatur man convicted twice times in eight years of child molesting.
    Judge Frederick A. Schurger gave Andrew E. Stetler, 33, three consecutive 30-year sentences for the two latest counts of molesting and for being an habitual criminal offender. He did get credit for having been in jail here for 89 days.

Berne's new mayor takes oath

December 28, 2011

    Longtime city councilman and former council president Bill McKean was issued the oath of office as Berne's next mayor during ceremonies Tuesday night at Swiss Village retirement community.
    Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony was State Rep. Matt Lehman.
    McKean, a Republican, takes over the office from John Minch on Jan. 1.
 

Tighter extension office security eyed

December 28, 2011

By JANNAYA ANDREWS
    Talk at Tuesday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners centered around a proposed improvement project for the Purdue Extension Service office in the Adams County Service Complex.
    Extension Educator Amy Johnson brought to commissioners' attention the need for increased security in the extension office, primarily regarding protecting the privacy of clients.

December 27th

Collier takes oath of office

December 27, 2011

    The newest member of Decatur City Council, Cameron Collier, was sworn in to his first political office on Monday evening by Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    Collier, a Republican, took the oath during the same event at which 19 other city officials (six elected, 13 appointed) were also sworn in.
    With him were his parents, Dave and Sandy Collier, and his son Barrett. Collier's wife was ill and unable to attend the ceremony at Riverside Center.

Pedestrian hit; listed critical

December 27, 2011

    A Decatur man remains in critical condition with head injuries in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne today after he walked out in front of a vehicle on S. 13th Street and was struck on Christmas Eve.
    The report, released today by the Decatur Police Department, said Brandon A. Heath, 21, N. Second Street, walked in front of a car driven by Virginia K. Hoffman, 67, Mix Avenue, Decatur, at 6:33 p.m. Saturday.

    Bellmont played its first four games away from home but Thursday night lit up...
    Tonight's make-up contest between the Blackford Bruins and the Bellmont Braves...
     To view tonight's contest between the Squaws and the visiting Crestview...

 

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