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April 26th, 2012

Voice your opinions about health care in Adams County

April 26, 2012

    Residents of Adams County and the surrounding areas may soon be receiving a survey form in their mailbox. 
    A survey will be sent to a random sample of homes in late April and it is designed to help Adams Memorial Hospital identify the health services needed in the community, the hospital said in a news release. The information will be used for strategic planning, grant applications, new programs, and by community groups interested in addressing health issues.

April 25th

Faurote gets 4-year term

April 25, 2012

    Ben Faurote was handed a four-year term on the North Adams school board by Decatur City Council during a special council session held Tuesday afternoon.
    A razor-thin vote — in what was the council's last-ever school board appointment — saw Faurote retain his board seat by a 3-2 margin over newcomer Stacey Bussel. Future school board seats will be filled by voters as the board later this year begins the transformation from an appointed body to an elected one.

4 families displaced by major Berne fire

April 25, 2012

    Berne firefighters were dispatched to a fully-involved fire at Oakwood Terrace Apartments at 1:50 p.m. yesterday and remained on the scene nearly four hours, with one firefighter suffering minor injuries.
    Berne Fire Chief John Crider reported this morning that a firefighter was taken to a local hospital for examination and x-rays due to a hand injury. The injury was not said to be serious, and the firefighter was treated and released.

Pinwheels comprise a ‘garden’ on the lawn at courthouse

April 25, 2012

    In recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Adams County advocacy group SAFE (Supporting All Families Everyday) has created a pinwheel garden on the south side of the courthouse lawn.
    The blue pinwheels, which will be displayed today  through Friday, are "like a promise to children to keep them safe," said SAFE spokeswoman Cindy Thieme.

April 24th

Heavy fire damage in Berne

April 24, 2012

      One building in the Interlaken Apartments complex on the east edge of Berne was heavily damaged by fire early Tuesday afternoon and may be a total loss.
     Fire departments from Berne and Geneva fought the blaze, with the Preble FD providing Cascade breathing units.
    The complex has 10 buildings in all and 35 units, covering 6.44 acres.
    Further details and photos will appear in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat.
  

Disaster training in Decatur

April 24, 2012

    Disaster of the training variety struck Decatur on Monday night as various local emergency services participated in a table-top exercise.
    The mock disaster involved a huge tornado which tore through Decatur and caused widespread damage, including striking Bellmont High School.
    Fifteen to 20 people were involved in the three-hour exercise conducted at the Decatur fire station on Seventh St., starting around 5:30 p.m.

$6 million EP Graphics expansion gets abatement

April 24, 2012

    With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.
    Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.

Ossian man dies in unusual accident

April 24, 2012

    Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
    According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.

April 23rd

Mock disaster set here tonight

April 23, 2012

    The Democrat has been informed that local emergency services departments will be holding a table top mock disaster exercise over a period of three hours starting around 5:30 this evening at the Decatur fire station.
    The mock disaster will involve a tornado hitting Decatur.
    The entire exercise will be played out in the fire station.
    Following the exercise, the response of various departments will be critiqued.

KFC employee beaten in robbery

April 23, 2012

    Decatur police are continuing their investigation into a Sunday evening assault and robbery at a local eatery.
    Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on N. 13th Street around 10:30 p.m. after a store employee was battered and tied up. Ketzler said the assailant then stole the worker's car and fled the scene.

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