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January 2nd, 2012

County placed under travel advisory

January 2, 2012

    Adams County was placed under a travel advisory at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
    A travel advisory, according to the Indiana Uniform Travel Alert, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
    Road conditions appeared to be deteriorating, especially in the southern  half of the county.

New doctors get added phone line

January 2, 2012

    Due to high phone call volumes for Dr. Crystal Jencks and Dr. Jessamine Hippensteel of Adams Memorial Hospital’s Decatur Family Medicine Clinic, hospital officials have reported an additional phone line has been added to help with communication between the office staff and their patients. 
    The new telephone number is 301-3641, which will work along with the original 728-3843 number.

Pedestrian hit on 13th St. dies of injuries

January 2, 2012

    Services will be held Tuesday in Van Wert for a 21-year-old Decatur man who died Friday from injuries suffered December 24 when struck by a vehicle as he crossed 13th St.
    Brandon A. Heath died early Friday afternoon in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, six days after being hit while crossing across 13th St. at night.

Shooting voted top story of 2011

January 2, 2012

    (The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 1.)

December 30th, 2011

Borne: Need probe of 'found' $320M

December 30, 2011

By ERIC MANN
    Adams County Auditor Bill Borne has made public a sharply-worded letter he sent to the two men who represent the county in the Indiana General Assembly about $320 million in state funds that were overlooked and then reportedly found this year.
    Borne, who will close eight years as auditor on December 31, 2012, and is an Auditor of the Year award winner, sent the letter to State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, who will be at work in the state legislature starting in early January.

Elected board No. 3 story

December 30, 2011

    (The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 3.)

By J SWYGART
    By the end of 2012, the number of appointed school boards in Indiana will decrease, following approval in November by the Indiana Department of Education of a request from the North Adams Community Schools to have an elected board.

December 29th

Affolder Implement reopens

December 29, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    "Everyone is doing all they can. It's just going to be a tough three of four months. But we'll stick with it," owner Greg Milholland said Wednesday, one day after his Affolder Implement firm in Berne formally reopened for business just eight days after a devastating fire.

13th St. tragedy No. 4 story

December 29, 2011

    (The top 10 stories of 2011 have been selected by employees of the Daily Democrat. This is No. 4.)

By J SWYGART
    A 25-year-old construction worker from Fort Wayne died April 13 in Adams Memorial Hospital, a short time after being hit while on the job by the wheels of a tractor-trailer truck at a highway project at S. 13th and Winchester streets in Decatur.
    The tragedy was voted as the No. 4 news story of 2011 in Adams County.

New alert system unveiled

December 29, 2011

 By JANNAYA ANDREWS
    At Tuesday's meeting, the Adams County Commissioners approved a new travel alert system for Adams County, effective immediately. The new alert system was devised by Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August in order to comply with a new Indiana law which was passed in an effort to form a more unified emergency system throughout the state.
    The new alert system is as follows:

December 28th

Molester gets 90 years

December 28, 2011

BY ERIC MANN
    One of the longest prison sentences in Adams County history, 90 years, was handed down on Tuesday in Adams Circuit Court to a Decatur man convicted twice times in eight years of child molesting.
    Judge Frederick A. Schurger gave Andrew E. Stetler, 33, three consecutive 30-year sentences for the two latest counts of molesting and for being an habitual criminal offender. He did get credit for having been in jail here for 89 days.

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