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July 24th, 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.
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."
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.
RALPH D. RUSSO
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal Monday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football’s winningest coach.
Funeral services are scheduled next week for Spc. Nick Taylor, the 20-year-old Berne man who was killed July 16 in Afghanistan.
Visitation will be held next Monday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 8 p.m. in the South Adams High School gymnasium.
Services also will be held in the gymnasium, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31.
Burial will be at the M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne, with full graveside military rites.
The Adams County sheriff's dispatch room in the county jail recently received a much-needed renovation to help improve efficiency, and comfort, for county dispatchers, according to Sheriff Shane Rekeweg.
Rekeweg first approached the Adams County Commissioners with the project back in April of this year, with plans to install new flooring, lighting, walls, ceiling and furniture at a cost of approximately $76,300.
Three applicants for a vacant seat on the North Adams Community School's board of education will be interviewed this evening during a specially-called board meeting.
Submitting applications to fill the three years remaining on the term of former board member Don Elder were Derek Vrablic, Stacey Bussell and Bob Thomas. The school board will meet at 6 p.m. today to interview the three candidates, but no selection will be made at tonight's meeting, according to Supt. Dr. Wylie Sirk.
Temperatures are in the 90s, the 4-H Fair is winding down, Swiss Days and the Kekionga Festival are still to come ... and all three public school systems in Adams County have released student registration information for the 2012-13 school year.
Officials have announced the following dates and times:
Southeast Primary and Northwest Elementary: Monday, August 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.
WHITELAND, Ind. (AP) — A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state’s corn crop is in such bad shape that this week’s rainfall likely won’t boost yields.
U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary Michael Scuse told local farmers who gathered at Kelsay Farms, a seventh-generation family farm south of Indianapolis, that 71 percent of Indiana’s corn crop is in poor to very poor condition due to drought and heat stress.
Officials are saying the rainfall which fell in Decatur and Adams County in the last couple of days isn't enough to end a burning ban. But it certainly was welcome.
In all, the Decatur weather station recorded 1.29 inches of rain, .92 of that coming after 7 p.m. Thursday. That's more rain than fell the entire month of June, 1.08 inches, and boosts July's total to 1.92 inches.