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March 16th, 2012

All at SA high will get laptops

March 16, 2012

    Every high school student at South Adams will soon be getting a laptop computer for school use.
    The one-to-one laptop program moved forward at a meeting on Tuesday when school board members approved a four-year lease agreement with Medical and Municipal Funding to purchase 420 computers.
    Additionally, 100 computers will be purchased to replace some of the computers in a lab at the middle school.

Iconic train car at the Back 40 is razed

March 16, 2012

    The Back 40 Junction, which has been in business for approximately 60 years, is unfortunately losing a piece of its well-known vintage decor as the executive railroad car, located on the north side of the restaurant, is being dismantled and removed this week.
    Clete Miller, the original proprietor of the historic attraction, said that back when he was establishing the restaurant he heard of a railroad company in Garrett that rented the railroad cars for weddings and celebrations, similar to the Trolley Cars in Fort Wayne.

March 14th

NA to take over special needs co-op

March 14, 2012

    The North Adams Community Schools corporation is poised to take over as the lead legal authority of the Adams-Wells special needs cooperative, pending a meeting scheduled for Monday between the superintendents of the six school districts in the two counties.
    The cooperative serves some 1,500 special needs students in the two-county area, providing services ranging from classroom instruction for emotionally and mentally handicapped students to occupational and physical therapy services.

AC losing three veteran teachers, coach

March 14, 2012

          The Adams Central Board of Education received, and approved, four letters of resignation Tuesday evening. One was from Mrs. Carolyn McCammon, who has been teaching at AC for 29 years.
      “Nothing compares with this school,” said McCammon in her letter of resignation. “We have a culture of excellence that is shared by all, and we also have the freedom to pursue educational goals that will enhance student learning.”

Funds OKed for county comm center repairs

March 14, 2012

    Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, meeting with the Adams County Council on Tuesday, requested and received a transfer from the cumulative jail fund of approximately $75,500 for repairs to the dispatch center located in the Adams County Jail.
    Rekeweg said the dispatch center is in need of some cosmetic repairs, such as painting and new carpeting; however the bulk of repair work that should be addressed immediately is the infrastructure itself.

March 13th

Funeral fall, death bring $6M lawsuit

March 13, 2012

    FORT WAYNE—  The husband of a Fort Wayne woman who fell from the stage at Bellmont High School during a 2010 military funeral and later died has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit, according to a Fort Wayne television station.
    Details of the suit were not available this morning, but it was believed the action was filed in U.S. Federal Court in Fort Wayne.

County court system hailed as ‘rock solid’

March 13, 2012

    Stating that the court system in Adams County is "rock solid" in its goal of delivering fair and impartial justice to county residents, Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller said Monday there nonetheless are issues that "cannot be ignored" regarding court facilities and the safety of those who visit the sites.

Berne change saves money

March 13, 2012

    Acting upon the recommendation of the state auditor's office, Berne City Council changed its process for the purchase of two discharge pumps for the city's waste water treatment plant. And the move ended up saving the city a substantial sum of money.

March 12th

Lawmakers push spending, education in final hours

March 12, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers ended their 2012 legislative session early Saturday after racing through a sprawling education and spending plan.
    The last measure they approved this year is a plan that pays $6 million to state fair victims and $80 million for full-day kindergarten, and puts more money for state reserves before an automatic tax refund is triggered. It also changes the rules governing Indiana's charter schools and officials tasked with turning faltering schools around.

NA lands major tech grant

March 12, 2012

    North Adams Community Schools is one of 23 school corporations statewide to be named as a recipient of state education department technology grant funding.
    The Indiana Department of Education announced this week that the selected school corporations will receive up to $200,000 each to implement classroom technology projects. The grants, totaling $3 million, were awarded through Indiana’s classroom innovation grant program, which is funded primarily through the David C. Ford educational technology fund.

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