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February 27th, 2012

Spotlight to shine on art

February 27, 2012

    One of the featured events at Spotlight 2012, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce-sponsored business expo, will be the  North Adams Arts show, Chamber officials said.
    Spotlight will be held Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Bellmont Middle School.
    The art show is sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club, with a grant from the Adams County Community Foundation. The show's main focus will be a juried art show for all Adams County high school art students.

Monroe St. project to likely to last ’til May 1

February 27, 2012

    It looks like those torn-up ramps/sidewalks on all sides of four intersections on Monroe St. are going to be with us for awhile. Probably until early May. With some traffic congestion thrown in.
    The ultimate result, though, will be improved traffic flow once new traffic signals are operational.

Purdue Glee Club dates to 1893

February 27, 2012

    Founded in 1893, the Purdue University Varsity Glee Club is a select ensemble that has entertained on behalf of Purdue for campus, community, state, national and international events, averaging between 50-60 appearances each year.

February 24th

Regulating ‘adult’ businesses no simple task

February 24, 2012

    Members of the Decatur Plan Commission are learning that implementing changes to the city’s zoning regulations to govern adult and sexually-oriented business may be more difficult and time-consuming than first believed.
    The panel met for more than an hour Thursday afternoon to fine-tune recommendations first made public earlier this month surrounding changes to city zoning laws that would restrict where adult and sexually-oriented business may legally open their doors.

County to look at Music House

February 24, 2012

    Adams County Attorney Mark Burry presented a right of first refusal contract to the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday for the former Music House building on N. Second Street in Decatur.
    The commissioners have hired Dave Sholl, of Schenkel and Schultz Architecture out of Fort Wayne to examine the building as a possible site to house Adams Superior Court.
    The contract gives the county 90 days to inspect the property and come to a decision without fear the building will be sold before the process is complete.

Some Postal operations moving to Fort Wayne

February 24, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate operations and move mail processing operations out of eight Indiana cities, including Gary, South Bend, Terre Haute and Lafayette, unless Congress enacts an alternative cost-cutting plan before May 15.
    The changes in Indiana, announced Thursday, are expected to eliminate at least 354 jobs and save at least $39.8 million.
    Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan says the consolidation is necessary to keep the postal service viable.

February 23rd

Shelter for animals is inhumane, group says

February 23, 2012

    A group of area residents met with the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday regarding concerns they have with the Adams County Animal Shelter.
    Joanna Stanley, along with her husband Joe, and two women who live in the count, brought concerns regarding the number of animals, particularly cats, being euthanized in Adams County, as well as alleged inhumane conditions in which the animals are kept.

Slowed Medicare payments help push hospital into red

February 23, 2012

    After showing a slight financial advantage for the 2011 year, the Adams Health Network (AHN) started off 2012 in the opposite direction.
    At the February meeting of the AHN Board of Trustees held Wednesday night, it was revealed that during the month of January, the hospital finished with a deficit of $254,275 after having originally been projected to have had a surplus of nearly an equal amount.

Sweeper shop bids taken on March 6

February 23, 2012

    Bids will be taken on Tuesday, March 6, for the demolition of the former Dwayne's Sweeper Shop (and Holthouse Drug Co.) at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in Decatur.
    The announcement was made at this week's city council meeting by Mayor John Schultz.
    The demolition will follow the removal of asbestos from the building by Air Management Techniques of Muncie, which bid $2,100 for that job.

February 22nd

City has plan to cut engineering fees

February 22, 2012

    Faced with an unfunded mandate to spend anywhere from between $1 million and $2 million to remove additional storm water from its sanitary sewers, Decatur officials have come up with a plan to comply while reducing its total outlay: Do a great deal of the work "in house."

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