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April 10th, 2012

Employment outlook said strong in Berne

April 10, 2012

    A rosy employment picture was laid out before Berne City Council on Monday evening, with three local industries reporting strong sales and an optimistic outlook for the future.
    Representatives from two of those companies — Smith Brothers and Key Fasteners — were on hand for the annual review of existing tax abatement agreements with the city. And both were found to have met or exceeded capital improvement expenditures laid out in their original abatement applications.

April 9th

Firefighters warm to task of adding smoke detectors

April 9, 2012

    Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock has announced that the Decatur Fire Department is collecting money to purchase and distribute new smoke detectors and batteries to area residents.
    According to Hitchcock, after nearly 25 years of having no fire-related deaths, Decatur has had five such fatalities in just over a two year period.

Reinhard awarded Lilly grant

April 9, 2012

    The Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) announced that Adams Central senior Shawn Reinhard has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as ACCF 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
    Reinhard will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
    Reinhard, son of Kim and Marvin Reinhard of rural Monroe, will attend Bethel College this fall and plans to major in pre-med.

Armed Forces Day event planned

April 9, 2012

    Armed Forces Day in Decatur will be marked by a special celebration which will benefit an organization which assists veterans.
    Chris Johnson, owner/operator of the Wet Spot (formerly Donna's Tap) in downtown Decatur, unveiled the plans at this week's city council meeting as she asked permission to close off part of Second St.

April 6th

State foul-up provides windfall

April 6, 2012

    Adams County and its political subdivisions stand to gain a windfall totaling nearly $750,000 when the state of Indiana divides some $205 million in County Option Income Tax (COIT) and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds that are being belatedly distributed by the state of Indiana.
    State taxation department officials announced on Thursday that, due to an "oversight," recent income tax revenue was never distributed to counties as it should have been, the second such state monetary snafu in recent months.

Big losses seen due to tax caps

April 6, 2012

    Indiana's property tax caps are going to cost local governmental entities some major capital fund losses during this year's tax collections.
    Figures compiled by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne and presented to the county commissioners this week show a $364,178 loss for Adams County, a $316,769 loss for North Adams Schools, and a $249,713 loss for the City of Decatur.

County, area attorneys honor Biberstein

April 6, 2012

    The Adams County Bar Association honored one of its own in posthumous fashion on Thursday with a memorial proclamation and ceremony in honor of longtime Berne attorney Bob Biberstein.
    Also on hand in Adams Circuit Court to honor the memory of Biberstein, who died last month, were representatives of the bar associations in Jay and Wells counties.

April 5th

Familiar faces seeking NA board seat

April 5, 2012

    Two candidates have thrown their names into the hat to serve as the District 2 (rural) appointee to the North Adams School Board.
    Root Township Trustee Dan Bieberich reports that resumes were received from Michelle Stimpson, who currently holds the seat, and from former board member Juan Gutierrez.
    The candidates will be interviewed at 7 p.m. on April 12 at the Union Township hall. The successful candidate will serve a full four-year term on the board.

Furnace next for city depot

April 5, 2012

    Slowly, but surely, the 100-year-old former Pennsylvania Railroad depot off Seventh St., near Monroe St., is coming ever closer to being ready for occupancy.
    Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the plan commission has awarded a contract to Rorick Electric to install a new furnace (for heat and air conditioning) in the building at a cost of $5,150.    In addition, Tim Ulman has been hired to power wash the basement.

Community service to begin at 1

April 5, 2012

    The Decatur Ministers Association announced on Tuesday afternoon that a community Good Friday service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of God, 1129 Mercer, Ave., in Decatur.
    The service is open to the public.

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