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August 29th, 2011
Election 2011 in Adams County will be one of the shortest and easiest in history, with only seven city offices in Decatur and Berne to be voted on — and few names facing the voters.
Due to a state law that went into effect on July 1, the names of all unopposed candidates will not be printed on the ballots, as a way of saving money and streamlining the voting process.
Max Miller, who, along with Larry Isch, co-chaired the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee, read a summarized history of Samuel Rugg at Sunday's ceremony to honor the founder of Decatur.
Rugg was born in 1805 in Oneida County, New York; came to Cincinnati in 1825; and moved into Indiana in 1833.
He made a home in what became Root Township and, after the county was created three years later, he began riding a horse around the area to find a suitable place for a county seat.
West Nile Virus has been found in some mosquitos in Berne.
Berne officials, quoting reports by an official from the Indiana Department of Health, and Terry Smith, the superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, made the announcement on Thursday.
The fact that West Nile Virus has appeared in Berne "means that residents should limit the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by applying repellants and making lifestyle modifications," the Berne statement said.
It took two cranes, two containers, and two men to begin the process of bringing down a tall chimney at St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur on Wednesday.
One container held two workers from the Martin firm of Fort Wayne and the other held the bricks that the men removed from the aging chimney.
The process resumed on Thursday and will take the chimney down to the roof of the school, at Fourth and Monroe Sts., near downtown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s top education official proposed Thursday that the state assume control of four troubled high schools and a middle school in what would be the state’s first takeover of underperforming public schools under a 1999 law.
More than 100 vendors will be involved in the downtown Decatur sidewalk sale this Saturday, scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Decatur Small Business Association and is part of the city's 175th anniversary celebration.
Numerous other 175th Celebratin activities are scheduled on Saturday, including:
• Food and beverage sellers set up on Madison St.
• Craft show on Madison St.
• Flea market on Jackson St.
There were almost as many "thank yous" as there were dollars raised for a playground at American Legion Park in Decatur when the new play area was dedicated on Wednesday.
One of the chief organizers of Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS), Abby Dyer, told a large crowd that the MOPS committee has raised more than $52,000, which was used to buy the expansive and expensive playground equipment plus several large loads of mulch to spread around the play area.
Building progress for the new medical office building for the Adams Memorial Hospital remains on schedule and the facility should be completed by the first week of September, according to information delivered Wednesday night to members of the Adams Health Network (AHN)Board of Trustees.
A meeting will take place next week in Decatur involving city and Adams County officials to discuss the next step concerning the proposal to build a city-council building in downtown Decatur.
The meeting will include county Commissioner Ed Coil, likely a member of the county council, Decatur Mayor John Schultz, a member of the city council, and perhaps others, such as City Attorney Tim Baker and County Attorney Mark Burry.
Calling Berne "one of our favorite places," U.S. Dan Coats and his wife Marsha visited that community on Tuesday, spending some time at the new Muensterberg Clock Plaza before enjoying lunch with patrons of The Gathering House.