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July 27th, 2012

Aging council gets Berne funds; fire protection pacts up in air

July 27, 2012

    The Berne City Council earlier this week agreed to continue its $3,000 annual stipend to the Adams County Council on Aging in support of the agency's senior transportation system.
    Council on Aging Director Sharon Tester made her annual appearance to request continued financial support, which she said is crucial to the agency's continued operation.

July 26th

Taylor comes home Sunday

July 26, 2012

    The body of Spc. Nicholas A. Taylor will return to Indiana soil on Sunday, with a private ceremony to be conducted on the grounds of the 122nd Fighter Wing base of the Air National Guard in Fort Wayne at approximately 2 p.m. A family spokesman said Taylor's body will then be escorted to Berne and is expected to pass through Decatur at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Hospital color of month stays the same: black

July 26, 2012

    When a business has total operating revenue of $20,409,965 for the first six months of the year, a figure of $18,127 seems like small potatoes.
    But, for Adams Memorial Hospital, that small number was how much the facility was in the black for the month of June — and for the year the hospital has taken in $147,235 more than what has been spent for expenses.

Recent rainfall here more like normal

July 26, 2012

    Drought conditions may be lingering, but rainfall in Decatur in recent days has been normal ... or maybe above normal.    
    Tuesday's rain pushed the city's total for the month of July to nearly three inches; 2.96 to be exact.
    Decatur received 1.04 of an inch on Tuesday, and in a seven-day period through Tuesday had accumulated 2.33 inches after going the first 17 days of the month with slightly more than half an inch.

July 25th

City dispatch station closing soon

July 25, 2012

    On Wednesday, August 1, at approximately 9 a.m., the Decatur Police Department will no longer dispatch calls for service from the police station at 521 N. Third Street, according to an announcement by Chief Ken Ketzler.

Sex predator said worked at S. Adams

July 25, 2012

    A Monroeville man who was convicted of child molestation was arrested this week in Noble County, where he currently lives, after it was discovered he was working at South Adams High School as a volunteer basketball scout, according to court reports.
    Paul David Baker, 48, volunteered for the South Adams High School girls basketball team during the summer of 2011 and during the 2011-12 basketball season, which violates the terms of being a registered sexually violent predator, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Local educators meet with China rep

July 25, 2012

    As a result of a recent trade mission to China, Adams County's three school superintendents recently met with a Chinese delegate to learn more about joint educational initiatives.
    An Adams County Economic Development Coporation (ACEDC) announcement said Wylie Sirk of North Adams, Scott Litwiller of South Adams and Mike Pettibone Adams Central took part in the meeting held at Adams Central School.

July 24th

Emotional meeting-Berne council tearfully remembers Nick Taylor

July 24, 2012

    A somber mood was prevalent in Berne City Council chambers on Monday evening as city officials paused to tearfully remember one of their own.
    After spending the first hour of Monday's meeting attending to routine city business, council members concluded their evening with an emotional tribute to Nick Taylor, who was killed a week earlier while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Burning ban continues in county

July 24, 2012

    Although the Decatur area has seen some rain in recent days, it isn't enough to lift the burn ban currently in place in Adams County, according to Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock.
    "We've been getting a lot of calls so I want to get this out there," said Hitchcock on Monday. "We've gotten some rain, but it's been spotty and it's not enough. Things are still pretty dry out there."

Wells EMS director facing 76 charges

July 24, 2012

    Now-suspended Wells County Emergency Medical Services CEO Tina Crouse is facing 76 Class D felony counts for allegedly stealing pain medication.
    Crouse, 49, a onetime Decatur resident, was arrested at her near-Craigville home last weekend and jailed under a $380,000 bond. She was suspended with pay by the Wells County EMS board.
    The 49-year-old Crouse surrendered peacefully to the Indiana State Police, according to the Bluffton News-Banner.

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