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March 29th, 2012

Hospital drops controversial billing method

March 29, 2012

    A method of billing at the Adams Memorial Hospital for non-Medicare patients will be changed after hospital officials received a legal opinion from Indianapolis telling them it would be legal to do so.
    Last year, the hospital began charging Medicare and non-Medicare patients who sought care from the offices of Dr. David Coats, Dr. Crystal Jencks, and Dr. Jessamine Hippensteel two separate fees, one of which was for professional services, and the second for a facility charge.

Gas prices at record high here

March 29, 2012

    Gasoline prices reached what is believed to be an all-time high in Decatur on Wednesday, when prices jumped some 30 cents a gallon to $4.15 and $4.16.
    Similar prices were seen in Fort Wayne.    
    Meanwhile, most experts expect higher prices as we move toward the peak summer driving season.    
    Prices rose to a nationwide average of $3.90 per gallon on Monday, having gone up 17 cents so far this month.

March 28th

Routine Berne purchase gets a little tricky

March 28, 2012

    What was intended to be the routine purchase of a new vehicle for the city police department is proving slightly more problematic than anticipated for Berne City Council.

City job openings announced

March 28, 2012

    The City of Decatur is accepting applications for three openings.

Decker home; lost both legs saving kids

March 28, 2012

    SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana woman who lost parts of both legs while protecting her two children from a tornado is home.
    Stephanie Decker of Henryville was released from a southern Indiana rehabilitation hospital on Monday.
    The 36-year-old woman tells The Courier-Journal said she was excited to go home and not remain stuck in a bed.

March 27th

The day the roof caved in

March 27, 2012

    Those of us who were here 10 years ago today haven't forgotten it. In fact, 10 years later, the memories remain quite vivid.
    Most of us heard a loud cracking noise on that Tuesday, March 27, of 2002 and there were jokes about newsprint rolling across the upstairs, even though we long ago lost our printing press. Someone even said something about the roof.

Berne to share siren upgrade costs

March 27, 2012

    Berne City Council on Monday agreed to pay $730 as its share of the cost to upgrade three weather sirens to handle new government-mandated frequencies.

Bobo tile dispute begins to heat up

March 27, 2012

    In response to claims made against him by neighbor Richard Lambert, Bobo resident Larry Passwaters addressed the Adams County Commissioners on Monday regarding continuing issues with drainage in the Bobo area.
    On February 27, Lambert met with commissioners and stated that his neighbor, Passwaters, allegedly had a broken tile on his property which was creating some minor flooding on his property.

March 26th

Cover up! Frost possible tonight

March 26, 2012

    Back to normal ... with a little frost thrown in.
    The National Weather Service says Decatur and Adams County can expectd some patchy frost after 10 tonight as temperatures return to normal.
    That's bad news for plants that have already bloomed due to the recent spate of unusually warm weather.
    Experts say major damage is possible for for plants that have already started to bloom this season. In a normal year, trees and plants don't bud until around April or May.

Cleanup is no fun

March 26, 2012

    Decatur firefighters and other city employees were handed the less-than-pleasant task of cleaning up chicken parts that spilled from a truck onto 13th St. near Adams St. around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
    The smelly cleanup took nearly an hour.
    The driver of the truck did not stop and was the subject of a lengthy search. Police said the driver may not have been aware of the spill.
    A fire truck was used to wash down the street.

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