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August 3rd, 2012

New Principal Here

August 3, 2012

    A reception was held Thursday afternoon at Bellmont High School for Kim Harsh, hired earlier this week as the school's new principal.
    Harsh, second from left in accompanying photo, is seen with Superintendent Wylie Sirk as she meets two representatives from Ivy Tech Community College.
    Harsh comes to Bellmont after spending the past 13 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Hauser Junior-Senior High school near Columbus, Indiana.

August 2nd

PD dispatch center closed

August 2, 2012

    The dispatch center at the Decatur police station on Third St. was officially closed down on Wednesday.
    Now, calls to the police department's telephone number, 724-3123, will be answered by an electronic operator, and the caller will be asked to hang up and call 911 if it is an emergency or to call 724-5345 for all other calls. The call to 724-5345 will be answered by someone in the communications center in the Adams County Jail

Sales tax returns for roads total 0 – 84 miles in county chipped

August 2, 2012

    The Adams County Highway Department finished applying chip-n-seal to county roads last week, according to Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
    Mitchel told the Adams County Commissioners Monday the department covered approximately 83 miles of roadway this year.
    "That's the most we've done in a long time," said Mitchel. "Some of those roads haven't been done for nine or ten years."

State Fair begins 156th year Friday

August 2, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Sate Fair enters its 156th year with great expectations. Never before has the fair offered so many notable free stage concerts or as much free family programming all over the fairgrounds, including a full slate of shows, sports and events at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

August 1st

‘Special among us’ Nick Taylor’s life celebrated before over 4,000 ‘friends’

August 1, 2012

    Nick Taylor was remembered as a leader, a patriot, "an amazing soldier" and dearly missed son, brother and friend during funeral services Tuesday in Berne.
    More than 4,000 of Taylor's "friends" crowded into the same South Adams High School gymnasium where he had accomplished some of his most remarkable athletic feats to pay tribute to the young man from their community who gave his life for his country and the cause of freedom.

Full-time replacement for CC is denied by commissioners

August 1, 2012

    Adams County offices that currently have full-time employees may not necessarily get to keep full-time employees, according to Adams County Commissioners.
    Community Corrections Executive Director Ian Gilbert met with commissioners Monday to ask for permission to hire a full-time replacement for the office's administrative assistant, who will be leaving at the end of August.
    Gilbert said the position is, and always has been, full-time and he would like to keep it that way.

Adams County schools announce registration schedules

August 1, 2012

    Following is registration information for Adams County's three public school systems plus St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur.

North Adams
    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.
     Bellmont Middle School: Monday, August 6, 4-7 p.m., and Tuesday, August 7, 1-4 p.m.

July 31st

Services held for Nick Taylor

July 31, 2012

By J SWYGART
    Nick Taylor was remembered as a leader, a patriot, "an amazing soldier" and dearly missed son, brother and friend during funeral services Tuesday in Berne.
    More than 4,000 of Taylor's "friends" crowded into the same South Adams High School gymnasium where he had accomplished some of his most remarkable athletic feats to pay tribute to the young man from their community who gave his life for his country and the cause of freedom.

'Flag man' in Berne; mourners pay respects

July 31, 2012

    Illinois resident Larry Eckhardt wanted to find a way to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and their families. So seven years ago he began traveling around the nation putting up full-sized American flags in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Over 100 people gathered Saturday at South Adams High School to help Eckhardt put up approximately 2,200 flags in Berne in honor of Spc. Nick Taylor, who recently died in Afghanistan.

Burn ban is lifted-But caution is urged

July 31, 2012

    The Adams County burn ban has been lifted . . . with extreme caution, according to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel.
    Marckel released a statement to the Adams County Commissioners Monday saying that all three Adams County fire chiefs agreed the ban could be lifted, with caution.
    "Some areas of the county have not received as much rain as others and the conditions are still very conducive to grass fires and the like," said Marckel.

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