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March 22nd, 2012

Litwiller praises school partnerships

March 22, 2012

    South Adams Schools Superintendent Scott Litwiller, during his state of the schools address at a Berne Chamber of Commerce meeting this week, said, "You've no doubt heard the African proverb 'It takes a whole village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes an entire community to educate its youth."
    Litwiller explained that the community partners with the schools through PTO, music and athletic boosters and by attending school events such as open houses, fundraisers, athletic and music activities, and by volunteering.

March 21st

‘Adult’ limits closer

March 21, 2012

    The City of Decatur is moving ever closer to regulating any "sexually-oriented" or "adult" business which may wish to set up shop here.
    At Tuesday night's city council meeting, an ordinance 25 pages in length was presented for the first time and, no surprise, drew unanimous support from council. It will be a couple more weeks, however, before the ordinance which amends current city law will be in effect.

Biberstein, 73, dies this morning

March 21, 2012

    Longtime Berne attorney Robert L. Biberstein, 73, died this morning in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Berne's city attorney until the first of the year, Biberstein had suffered a stroke several weeks ago and had been recovering at Woodcrest in Decatur.    

SAdams leader extols district’s IDOE ‘A’ rating

March 21, 2012

    Superintendent Scott Litwiller gave the first-ever "state of the schools" address for South Adams to a room full of guests at a Berne Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Swiss Village on Tuesday.
    Litwiller explained that the elementary, middle and high schools achieved "exemplary progress" status, or an 'A' rating, from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) for the 2010-11 school year.

March 20th

Calendar has caught up with weather

March 20, 2012

    At 1:14 a.m. today, the calendar caught up with the weather.
    Most years, the arrival of spring — which occurred at that time this morning — is cause for celebration, with promises of better weather ahead. This year, however, the beginning of spring simply means ... well, another pleasant, warm, sunny day with temperatures considerably above normal.

Solid waste victory could be small one

March 20, 2012

    Solid waste districts across Indiana won a small victory in the recent General Assembly session, but that success could be short-lived, according to Adams County solid waste director Hank Mayer.

Music House studied, courthouse next

March 20, 2012

    Dave Sholl of Schenkel and Schultz Architects presented the Adams County Commissioners with a detailed presentation Monday regarding the feasibility and cost of renovating the old Music House building into a structure that would essentially house all of the Adams County court offices.
    Sholl gave a power-point presentation demonstrating how the building could be transitioned into an all-purpose county facility, housing both superior and circuit courts, probation, Community Corrections, and the clerk's office.

March 19th

Barn destroyed in fire

March 19, 2012

The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 6:42 p.m. Sunday to the home of Leo Thieme, 6950 E 700 N, in response to a barn fire.
    According to a spokesman for the department, the barn was a total loss. There were no injuries.
    Firefighters remained on scene until 12:30 a.m. Monday.
    No estimate of monetary damage was given.
    Crews were dispatched again at 4:01 a.m. this morning to Fleetwood Motor Homes, 1031 E Hwy 224, in response to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Just buzzing through

March 19, 2012

    Could the turkey buzzards (or turkey vulture, if you prefer) perched all over a large tree at the corner of Winchester and Schirmeyer streets in Decatur last week been on their way to Hinckley, Ohio?
    No matter. Such a congregation of these creatures inside city limits is an unusual sight.
    Every year on March 15 the city of Hinckley has eagerly awaited the return of the buzzards at "Buzzards' Roost" at the Hinckley Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks.

March 16th

Grant gets ball rolling on sewers

March 16, 2012

    The long-awaited grant of nearly $2.3 million to finally bring new sanitary sewers to Pleasant Mills, Roe Acres, Monmouth, Bobo, and Arcadia Village has finally been received by the Regional Sewer District (RSD), according to Berry Scherer of the RSD and Ben Adams of Commonwealth Engineering.     
    Adams and Scherer told Adams County Commissioners this week that the total project cost is $4.51 million, leaving approximately $2.481 million needed to finish the project.

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