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December 29th

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.

Berne's new mayor takes oath

December 28, 2011

    Longtime city councilman and former council president Bill McKean was issued the oath of office as Berne's next mayor during ceremonies Tuesday night at Swiss Village retirement community.
    Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony was State Rep. Matt Lehman.
    McKean, a Republican, takes over the office from John Minch on Jan. 1.
 

Tighter extension office security eyed

December 28, 2011

By JANNAYA ANDREWS
    Talk at Tuesday's meeting of the Adams County commissioners centered around a proposed improvement project for the Purdue Extension Service office in the Adams County Service Complex.
    Extension Educator Amy Johnson brought to commissioners' attention the need for increased security in the extension office, primarily regarding protecting the privacy of clients.

December 27th

Collier takes oath of office

December 27, 2011

    The newest member of Decatur City Council, Cameron Collier, was sworn in to his first political office on Monday evening by Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    Collier, a Republican, took the oath during the same event at which 19 other city officials (six elected, 13 appointed) were also sworn in.
    With him were his parents, Dave and Sandy Collier, and his son Barrett. Collier's wife was ill and unable to attend the ceremony at Riverside Center.

Pedestrian hit; listed critical

December 27, 2011

    A Decatur man remains in critical condition with head injuries in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne today after he walked out in front of a vehicle on S. 13th Street and was struck on Christmas Eve.
    The report, released today by the Decatur Police Department, said Brandon A. Heath, 21, N. Second Street, walked in front of a car driven by Virginia K. Hoffman, 67, Mix Avenue, Decatur, at 6:33 p.m. Saturday.

Super Kids Dare to be Healthy set

December 27, 2011

     The annual Super Kids Dare to be Healthy program will run from January 9 through March 5 and again from April 2 through May 30 to emphasize nutrition (especially better food choices), daily physical activity, and building self-esteem and self-acceptance.
    An announcement said students age 8 to 14 will participate from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during those eight-week periods at the Adams County Service Complex on Jefferson St. between Third and Fourth Sts.

December 26th

Engle named to plan commission

December 26, 2011

BY BOB SHRALUIA
    Mayor John Schultz made his final appointments for 2012 at Decatur City Council's final meeting meeting of 2011, held this week, and rescinded three he had made at the previous meeting.    
    The only new appointment was the selection of outgoing council member Barb Engle to the city plan commission, replacing Max Anderson. The latter, who just completed his first four-year term, asked not to be renewed due to time constraints, the mayor said.

Vote for Wren!

December 26, 2011

    "Vote for Wren!"
    That's the battle cry in a Ohio small community near Decatur as its residents unite to try to win up to $50,000 in a national contest sponsored by Reader's Digest magazine.
    The contest, called "We Hear You, America," started last year and provided financial aid and promotional support to 110 towns across the United States.

     Tonight's historic contest between the Bellmont Braves @ Adams Central is...
    WOODBURN— Like Bishop Dwenger a few nights before, the Woodlan Warriors...
    The Braves entertained a short-handed South Side tennis squad on Tuesday night...

 

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