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October 9th, 2012
Beth Ralston of the Adams County Boys and Girls Club spoke Monday at a Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon regarding the new smoke-free air law that took effect July 1, 2012.
The new law states that smoking is prohibited in most places of employment and public places, and within eight feet of a public entrance to these facilities, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Looking back at Decatur's initial Sculpture Walk, Mayor John Schultz remains excited about the experience and its future.
"Wow! What a great event the first Decatur Sculpture Walk opening turned out to be," the mayor said recently. "Being the first attempt at such an endeavor, you really don’t know how the event will actually turn out. I believe the entire sculpture committee was very pleased with how everything fell into place and my thanks are extended to each member of the committee."
The tax man came calling at Adams Memorial Hospital recently with his hand out to collect a check for a hospital tax that was implemented on Hoosier health care facilities by the Indiana legislature over a year ago.
The result, albeit without a smile, was that hospital officials turned over the sum of $1,346,270.49 to the state.
The city's sign replacement project is officially complete, the major project in Anthony Wayne Meadows is nearly complete, and a long, distinguished career with the city street department also is complete.
That was just some of the information given city council at its Tuesday night by Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in northern Haiti is too crowded to serve more Haitian orphans, and University of Saint Francis (USF) students hope to raise $50,000 this fall so a new facility can be built by February, 2013.
USF students connected with Father Andre Sylvestre, founder of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, two years ago. The USF students had been supplying funds and supplies to a variety of sources in Haiti ever since biology major Cortney Shepard returned from a mission trip and founded Formula for Life in 2007.
South Adams Elementary Principal Brian Strauss submitted his resignation, effective immediately, on Wednesday.
"Mr. Strauss informed me that he is under investigation in relation to his previous employment in another county," Superintendent Scott Litwiller said in a statement. "The investigation does not involve his work for or presence in South Adams Schools."
South Adams policy allows the superintendent to accept the resignation on behalf of the school board.
Several Monroe residents attended Thursday night's town council meeting to show their support for the proposed new ordinance that will allow town officials to send citations to residents who do not keep their property properly maintained.
Council President Al Lehman said there has been some improvement in property maintenance since talk of a new ordinance began to circulate. However, Lehman pointed out there are still residents refusing to mow their lawns or clean up trash and junk that has accumulated on their property.
Even as the renovation project on the Adams County Courthouse is winding to a close, unexpected snags seemingly pop up at every turn.
At the beginning of September, Dave Meyer, who heads the county building and maintenance department, told the Adams County Commissioners that as he and Dave Sholl of Schenkel and Schultz Architecture were inspecting the building they found several ornamental leaves that were rusted and falling apart and needed to be replaced.
Last month Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson reported during the town's council meeting that there had been an increase in the number of calls to the police regarding items being stolen out of vehicles. At Tuesday's meeting, Johnson reported that those calls have "gone down a bit."
Johnson still warns the community to keep car doors locked to deter this type of crime.
The Adams County Solid Waste Management District, in conjunction with the privately-owned The Recycle Bin firm from Decatur, will sponsor a one-time Electronic Waste Disposal Day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at the county transfer station.
The collection is open to Adams County residents only.
Items that will be accepted that day, free of charge, include:
• Computers, laptops and tablets