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November 15th, 2011
A powerful thunderstorm which ripped through Decatur shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday dropped 1.34 inches of rain on the city.
Weather station officials reported this morning the rainfall boosted the St. Marys River almost nine feet, from 3.5 feet at 7 a.m. on Monday to 12.3 feet at the same time today.
Some broken poles and minor damages were reported in the area.
"We nailed it!"
"The stars aligned and it was not by accident."
Those comments, first by Adams Central school board member Steve Maller, then by AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone, were typical of the commendations at Sunday's dedication and open house at the $10 million addition to and renovation of the AC building in Monroe.
Although military service to the nation is the central honor commemorated on Veterans' Day, the guest speaker at Adams Central's annual observance on Friday spoke to students about engaging in any type of public service as a higher calling of citizenship.
Retired U.S. Navy lieutenant-commander Cameron Collier of Decatur, a graduate of AC and the naval academy, told a large audience, primarily students, "What makes one able to say he or she lived a life full of pride and satisfaction? Being able to say, 'I served.'
Just a few weeks ago, Bellmont Student Council hosted its secnd annual charity event called Coats Because We Care during the Bellmont versus Dekalb football game.
A different type of football huddle was seen at Adams Central's Regional pep rally on Thursday night.
Superintendent Mike Pettibone, half-bald, but all-AC, told the crowd that when the Flying Jets were in the midst of a five-game losing streak, he promised to let the team members write their names on his head if they won a Sectional.
Last night, Pettibone made good on his pledge and sat while the boys gathered around and wrote away.
The Jets play at Sheridan tonight.
Decatur Street Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that the latest reconstruction of the railroad crossing on S. 13th St. will be done today and the five-lane highway should be reopened to traffic between noon and 4 p.m.
Thirteenth St. is the right-of-way of two US highways, 27 and 33.
A report from Larry Carty, the North Adams director of transportation, facilities and grounds, at this week's school board meeting turned out primarily to be a discussion with the board over what repairs need to be done at Bob Worthman Stadium.
Money for the work will be included in the North Adams capital projects fund, but both Carty and the board agreed that finances dictate that not everything that needs to be done will be accomplished in the coming year.
A mini-valley of dirt and concrete was created on Wednesday across five-lane 13th St. between Adams and Patterson Sts. by workers who will reconstruct the crossing to make it smoother.
Repair work has been done several times in recent years, but proved unsuccessful. The accompanying photo, looking east, was taken at midafternoon Wednesday.
It is hoped that the work can be completed by Friday.
City police have made numerous arrests of semi drivers for being off the posted detour route.
A somewhat contentious and pointed discussion between members of the North Adams School Board and community activists Charlie and Jean Brune ended abruptly Tuesday night when president Tim Ehlerding called enrollment figures at North Adams "not legitimate stats."
The Brunes presented members with two sheets of statistics they say showed North Adams has lost just over 300 students in the past three years, a drop of 14 percent while the labor force during that same time has fallen only 4.07 percent.
An 11-member committee that met monthly for a year or so to discuss problems in the aging building that houses Adams Superior Court and the probation department now has a new task: educating the public about the importance of a city-county government building in downtown Decatur so a referendum will pass in the November, 2012, election.