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June 12th, 2012

Berne councilman takes a symbolic stand on pay hike

June 12, 2012

    A first-year member of Berne City Council took an admittedly symbolic stand against big government on Monday evening in voting against a proposed pay increase for  himself and other councilmen.
    Republican Phil Provost, who joined the panel in January after upsetting incumbent at-large councilman Mike Poulson in the November general election, had made fiscal conservatism and smaller government a part of his election campaign. He took the opportunity to reinforce that platform this week.

June 11th

Mental attitude winner

June 11, 2012

    Adams Central's Alyssa Keller was announced Saturday as the winner of this year's Mental Attitude Award in class 2A softball.
    Along with the honor for Keller, Adams Central received a $1,000 scholarship in Keller's name from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
    Keller ranked fifth in the recent graduating class at Adams Central with a GPA of 11.4 (12.0 scale) and will attend the University of Saint Francis in the fall to study occupational therapy.

China trip begins today

June 11, 2012

    Northeast Indiana economic development representatives joined Indiana Lt.-Gov. Becky Skillman today on a state-led trade mission to China to market the Northeast Indiana region to businesses looking to expand into the U.S. market.
    Northeast Indiana will be represented by Mayor John Schultz of Decatur; Larry Macklin, Executive Director of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation; and John Sampson, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Teacher’s words inspired local author to write

June 11, 2012

    Monica Koldyke Miller can pinpoint the exact moment when she knew she wanted to become a writer.
    The longtime Decatur resident, whose historical romance novel, "Threads of Betrayal," has just been published, recently recalled a time when she was 11 years old and just entering the sixth grade at a new school.

June 8th

Warning: lock doors

June 8, 2012

    Area residents, lock your doors! That's the warning Monroe Town Marshall Dio Hernandez gave to town council members Thursday evening.
    Hernandez reported there has been a string of thefts, mainly from unlocked vehicles, that began in the Geneva area, moved north to Berne, and has now become prevalent in Monroe.

City near passage of anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012

    Hiring relatives will be forbidden by law in Decatur — and most of Indiana — by July 1.
    Decatur City Council on Tuesday night began the process of adopting an ordinance curbing nepotism and thus complying with a new law approved earlier this by the Indiana Legislature.
    The law does have a "grandfather" clause, meaning any current situations which might violate the law do not have to be rectified.

Farmers Market is back

June 8, 2012

    The Decatur Farmers Market began its fourth season on Thursday and for the second year in a row is located at Riverside Center, where ample parking is available for vendors. 
    The hours remain the same as last year, with the market opening at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 6:30.
    Participants provide their own tables and covering, if desired, and there is no fee for vendors.

June 7th

Smoke detector drive heats up

June 7, 2012

    Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock says that by the first part of next week, the city fire department will have smoke detectors for use by county residents.
    Anyone who needs a smoke detector may visit the fire station on Seventh St., just off Adams St., or call the department, 724-8909.
    Hitchcock noted, however, that the detectors will not be given to anyone. "Instead, we will take them to the home and install them to be sure they are installed properly," he said.

Fun Family Fridays to begin

June 7, 2012

    Fun Family Fridays will begin this Friday, the Decatur/Adams County Parks and Recreation Department has announced.
    Every Friday will feature something different, something fun, something for everyone, a department spokesman said, adding: "Fun Family Fridays are opportunities for residents of Decatur/Adams County to take advantage of our wonderful outdoor resources."
    Each activity is free and all will be held during a 90-minute period, 5:30 to 7 p.m., each Friday.

Shrine parade on tap here Friday

June 7, 2012

    The local Shrine lodge will host area Shriners as they participate in a parade in Decatur on Friday.
    The parade, due to start at 8 p.m., will feature antique vehicles, tractors, mini-cars, etc.
    The parade will form at and also end at the Krueckeberg building  (formerly Adams Lumber) on Adams St. The parade will go east on Adams St. to Five Points, north on Second St. to Madison St., west on Madison to Seventh St., and south on Seventh back to Adams St.

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