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November 27th, 2012
In a whirlwind tour of Decatur, six Chinese officials — three of whom are involved in education — visited the city Monday and part of today, getting a closeup look at schools and industry.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz and Economic Development Director Larry Macklin led the guests, who arrived here late Sunday night by vehicles after flying into Indianapolis.
Adams County IT Manager Landon Patterson reported on Monday that the replacement of the phone system in the Adams County E911 Dispatch Center is a problem with the phones that are used by all Adams County government offices, not with the E911 system itself.
Patterson said the issue is that the phones used by Adams County employees, including the dispatch center, have been discontinued by the manufacturer and are now obsolete, meaning if there is a problem Patterson will be unable to fix it.
Adams Central is set to become a pilot school in Computer Software Engineering (CSE) for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), beginning next year.
Jonathon Patterson, PLTW teacher, told the AC Board of Education recently that studies show by 2018, CSE will be the number one "hot job."
"We need to have a class that we offer computer software engineering," said Patterson.
Preble has become the 14th community in the U.S. Postal Service’s Greater Indiana District with a Village Post Office (VPO).
The VPO opened last week in the Preble Feed & Grain business in Preble. It became the 73rd VOP in the United States.
A major concern now behind him, Decatur Mayor John Schultz had high praise at this week's city council meeting for the work done on the demolition of the building at the corner of Second and Monroe streets.
Safety was a concern, with a major street near one wall, another building near another wall, and even City Hall close by. But the operation went off without any major hitches.
The Decatur Sculpture Walk committee has announced that People’s Choice voting continues through the end of November. Ballots for your favorite sculpture can be picked up and cast at the Adams Public Library in Decatur or the Adams County Community Foundation office.
The People’s Choice Award will be announced in December. Other prizes will be awarded for the Mayor’s Choice Award, the David Smith Award, and the Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee Award.
Questions, questions; everyone has questions. Like, where does all that stuff go? Or, where did all that stuff come from?
Last week's demolishing of a downtown building stirred considerable interest in these parts. And why not? When was the last time such a large building was demolished in Decatur?
In Vegas, they do it all the time. But not here.
A recent diatribe against state and federal governments has led Decatur City Council to establish some guidelines for members of the public who wish to speak at council meetings.
Some basic restrictions were put in place, but they are restrictions which can be moved aside at the discretion of the person in charge of the meeting.
A delegation from Decatur's potential sister city in China will be visiting here next Monday and Tuesday.
The eight men from Jiaojiang will arrive in Decatur late Sunday night and be greeted. They then will be picked up by a local delegation — including Mayor John Schultz and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Mackin — early Monday for a tour of the city, with several scheduled stops.
Adams County's unemployment rate remained at a four-year low during October, according to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The latest state report showed the county with a jobless rate of 6.6 percent for the month, identical to September's reading and down .7 percent from the local unemployment rate in August.