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April 13th, 2012
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held its annual recognition banquet April 10, with four special awards handed out during the evening.
The chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Decatur resident Eric Mann. Recently retired as a reporter with the Decatur Daily Democrat, Mann was recognized for his contributions and support of the Geneva Proud organization and for his efforts with the Habitat for Humanity organization, which has constructed several homes in Geneva.
A contract for roofing projects totaling more than $660,000 was approved Tuesday evening during the regular monthly meeting of the North Adams school board.
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, a four-person panel of experts addressed a crowd of community members on the dangers of underage drinking at a town hall-style meeting of the Substance Abuse Awareness Council (SAAC) Wednesday at Riverside Center.
South Adams Schools is looking into the possibility of offering an alternative education program. Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at this week's school board meeting that such a program "provides an alternative for those students who do not learn well in the public high school classroom."
Four teachers at North Adams Community Schools have signed up for an early-retirement incentive program and will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year.
Earlier this year the school board agreed to offer incentives of up to $15,000 in cash or tax-deferred accounts to a maximum of 10 and a minimum of five North Adams teachers who agree by to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Meeting on Tuesday evening, the board agreed to waive the original minimum requirement and accept the four early retirements.
Mayor John Schultz bought tickets from American Legion Post 43 Commander Bob Hoffman for the Honor Flight fundraiser Swiss steak dinner, to be held April 28 at the American Legion Post 43.
All of the proceeds go to the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight taking World War Two Veterans to the World War Two Monument in Washington D.C.
For more information or tickets, contact Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home at 724-9164 or the Decatur American Legion Post 43. (Photo Provided)
South Adams Schools will implement a new plan for teacher evaluations as mandated by the state beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at Tuesday's board meeting that a committee of teachers and administrators has been working on the plan, but that the South Adams plan "is a modification of the Indiana Department of Education's RISE Teacher Evaluation model."
The future is now at North Adams schools, Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk told members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at the group's monthly noon luncheon series on Monday.
Sirk was joined by Bellmont High School Principal Scot Croner and North Adams technology coordinator Miriam Hopkins in outlining to the chamber crowd the advancements in digital technology under way in all grade levels throughout the school district.
A rosy employment picture was laid out before Berne City Council on Monday evening, with three local industries reporting strong sales and an optimistic outlook for the future.
Representatives from two of those companies — Smith Brothers and Key Fasteners — were on hand for the annual review of existing tax abatement agreements with the city. And both were found to have met or exceeded capital improvement expenditures laid out in their original abatement applications.
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock has announced that the Decatur Fire Department is collecting money to purchase and distribute new smoke detectors and batteries to area residents.
According to Hitchcock, after nearly 25 years of having no fire-related deaths, Decatur has had five such fatalities in just over a two year period.