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April 24th, 2012
Disaster of the training variety struck Decatur on Monday night as various local emergency services participated in a table-top exercise.
The mock disaster involved a huge tornado which tore through Decatur and caused widespread damage, including striking Bellmont High School.
Fifteen to 20 people were involved in the three-hour exercise conducted at the Decatur fire station on Seventh St., starting around 5:30 p.m.
With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.
Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.
Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.
The Democrat has been informed that local emergency services departments will be holding a table top mock disaster exercise over a period of three hours starting around 5:30 this evening at the Decatur fire station.
The mock disaster will involve a tornado hitting Decatur.
The entire exercise will be played out in the fire station.
Following the exercise, the response of various departments will be critiqued.
Decatur police are continuing their investigation into a Sunday evening assault and robbery at a local eatery.
Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on N. 13th Street around 10:30 p.m. after a store employee was battered and tied up. Ketzler said the assailant then stole the worker's car and fled the scene.
Okay, now you've got your yard mowed, a fresh coat of paint on your place and that little bit of junk out of your back yard, all in keeping with Decatur's cleanup campaign that began more than a year ago to spruce up the city for its 175th Anniversary celebration.
Next on your housekeeping agenda? Check the numbers on the front of your place.
Adams County's unemployment rate fell to it's lowest level in six months during March, according to figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The county's jobless rate last month was 8.0 percent, down from an 8.3 percent reading in February and 8.5 percent unemployment levels in both January of this year and December of 2011. One year earlier, in March of 2011, Adams County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.
North Adams Community Schools is among 28 Indiana school corporations that will share $6 million in grant funding awarded to recognize and award the state's best teachers.
The Decatur Police Department has 29 applicants for its single opening and the city's fire department has slightly less than 20 for its post. The numbers were passed on to city council at its meeting this week.
Police Chief Ken Ketzler said aptitude and agility tests are scheduled for the 29 and the field eventually will be winnowed to six candidate to present to the city Board of Works and Safety.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The life of a mutt that’s been on doggy death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers and the acceptance of a last-ditch proposal to keep the dog alive.
Now Prada, the 4-year-old pit bull mix that inspired thousands of strangers across the globe to sign a petition to save the dog’s life, could be headed to Animal Planet fame.