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August 19th, 2011
Samuel Rugg lives again!
The man who founded Decatur in 1836, the same year that Adams County was created, is being brought back to life by Michael Casper, a retired elementary school principal here, while one of Rugg's three wives, Susannah, is being recreated by Casper's wife, RoxyAnn.
The longtime Decatur residents are giving historical presentations to third-grade students in the North Adams school district as well as those at St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School.
A new event in Decatur this year, part of the Adams County Run/Walk Challenge Series, is the Edward Jones/Kekionga 5K Greenway Gallop, which will be held during the Kekionga Festival and the city's 175th celebration.
The Greenway Gallop will be held on Sunday, August 28, starting at 2 p.m. at the Kekionga encampment behind Riverside Center. Runners will follow an out-and-back trail along the Rivergreenway Trail and finish near the gazebo at Riverside Center.
After 13 years of discussion, planning and "a level of analysis that is not normally done" on similar highway projects, Indiana Department of Transportation officials are once again proposing that U.S. 224 in Decatur be elevated between Bellmont High School and the St. Marys River.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked the Indiana Department of Education from using new teacher contract forms that would have allowed school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay.
It seems only a matter of time now until the eyesore building at Monroe and Second streets is owned by the City of Decatur ... and demolished.
City council on Tuesday night approved a deal with owner Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton in which the city will pay $25,000 for the building and assume the cost of asbestos removal.
The lengthy paperwork process has begun for re-erecting a large railroad bridge over the Wabash River between Berne and Geneva as part of the South Adams Trails hiking and biking project.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey told the county commssioners last week that the bridge, which was dismantled by the Bunge North America plant in Decatur last summer and currently is in storage at Geneva, will probably be reinstalled at its new site in 2014 because it will take that long to complete the process.
A proposed city-county building in downtown Decatur took another step toward reality Tuesday night when Decatur City Council unanimously agreed to spend the funds necessary for its involvement in such a project.
While a city-county building still has numerous hoops to jump through, momentum seems to be building. Now that the city has committed to paying the Schenkel Schultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne to move forward on plans, it's almost assured the county will follow suit.
A Decatur rock and alternative music band called My Lost Tribe will perform twice on Saturday, August 27, in downtown Decatur during the city's 175th anniversary celebration.
The first show will be during the sidewalk sale at the Adams County Courthouse from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the second show will be that evening at a "battle of the bands" at Vinnie's Bar on N. Second St.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana’s broad new school voucher program, saying the law was ‘‘religion-neutral’’ and likely to be upheld.
It was friend helping friend, brother helping sister, sister helping brother and so on as North Adams students converged on the Bellmont Middle School staging area Monday afternoon to find the right bus and head home after the first day of the 2011-12 school year.
All three public systems opened the 2011-12 school year on Monday with a full day of classes.
St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur was among the schools kicking off the new school year on Monday.