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January 13th, 2012
Winter reared its ugly head in Decatur and Adams County overnight, with roaring winds causing the most problems.
County roads were slick and hazardous due to blowing snow. In Decatur, some streets were snow-covered and others were nearly clear — depending upon which way the snow was blowing.
The area continued under a winter weather advisory.
Hopes for a new city-county building in Decatur and a move out of the current superior court building seemed to fade away on Thursday with the unseasonable weather being experienced here earlier this week.
It's been said all along that without everyone on board, a new city-county building in Decatur likely wouldn't happen.
At Thursday's meeting attended by a number of city and county officials, two of the three Adams County commissioners expressed opposition, but one offered a possible alternative.
Commissioner Doug Bauman said the antiquated superior court building "needs work beyond what we can afford to fix."
Officials at North Adams Community Schools are looking into the "renovation or replacement" of facilities at Bob Worthman Stadium, according to a report given to school board members Tuesday.
The Decatur area was under a winter weather advisory this morning, with some slight snow accumulation expected today and one to three inches tonight. The other half of the one-two punch is much colder temperatures.
The National Weather Service says an approaching winter storm could drop more than a foot of snow on far northern Indiana and bring wind-whipped blowing and drifting snow, The Associated Press reported.
Doug Bauman of rural Geneva has formally announced his candidacy for a new term as Adams County Commissioner, District Three, on the 2012 Republican ticket.
Bauman said his major goal for the upcoming term is to keep Adams County financially sound and yet still provide services to the citizens as has been done in the past.
For the second consecutive year, North Adams Community Schools is offering an incentive for teachers to make retirement plans in the immediate future.
The school district is offering 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. The deadline for making that decision is only weeks away.
The South Adams Schools Corporation intends to take another stab at selling the former elementary school property located across from the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower in Berne.
School board members, with guidance from attorney Tim Baker, have taken the necessary steps to move forward with another open bidding process by averaging two new appraisals, using the same appraisers as before, and by determining terms and conditions for the sale of the property.
The Adams Central School Board approved a professional leave of absence for Superintendent Mike Pettibone at its monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Pettibone was invited by a group in Jay County to travel to Taiwan, Beijing, and Anjung, at no cost to the school corporation, in an effort to form a partnership between Taiwanese and American schools systems.
At his annual State of the City address given Monday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Mayor John Schultz focused on the steps being taken to continue to improve the city of Decatur and encourage economic growth.
Schultz announced that Prime Inc. has begun operations at the Industrial Park III location located just north of Walmart, and said he is confident this will encourage more businesses to move into the area within the next few years.