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June 22nd, 2011
A messy, smelly subject resurfaced for the first time in nearly two years at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council: horse manure on city streets.
Mayor John Schultz initiated the discussion when he spoke of an "irate" message recently left on his home phone by a city resident.
The caller was complaining about a major mess. Councilman Charlie Cook, who checked on the pile, said it was strung out "for almost 60 feet."
Ben Beer of Bluffton, who works for USI Consultants at Indianapolis, informed the Adams County Commissioners on Monday that three firms attended a pre-bid meeting last week in regard to the project to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge in the south end of the county.
The bids will be opened at next Monday's meeting of the commissioners.
USI Consultants has completed the design of the project.
Those who recall David Anspaugh as a youth in Decatur in the 1950s and 1960s would never have attached the title "living legend" to him.
However, decades later, Anspaugh, a veteran film and television director, has reached that level, having been acclaimed as an "Indiana Living Legend."
Summer officially begins Tuesday, but the summer fun season began last week in the Decatur area with the parks and recreation department's Touch A Tractor event held Saturday in Decatur, Hoagland Days and Decatur's annual Motorsports Festival held Friday (see photo). (Photo by Eric Mann)
Decatur has already had a couple of days which were hotter than any recorded in 2010, but it will be Tuesday when summer officially arrives, at 1:16 p.m. here.
The arrival is labeled the Summer Solstice, which results in the longest day and the shortest night of the yeaar.
Sol plus stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
Figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed that unemployment crept up slightly in Adams County during May. The state report set the local jobless rate at 7.8 percent for last month, up slightly from the county's 7.6 unemployment rate in April but still below the 8.2 percent figure for March.
April's unemployment rate was the lowest seen in the county in almost three years.
Adams Central School's $10 million construction and renovation project is on target to be done this fall and the school board has scheduled a dedication ceremony for Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m.
At the board's June meeting, the latest payment to the prime contractor, Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne, was approved at $1,083,047.24, covering the costs of steel and concrete for work on the southeast corner of the building.
The board also approved the following:
Students at Northwest Elementary School and Bellmont Middle School were soaking up the college atmosphere as the current school year concluded, and will continue to do so.
Hoagland Days schedule:
Merchants' tent open during fair hours.
5-11 p.m.—Food court open.
5-8 p.m.—Fish and tenderloin meals in the park pavilion.
6 p.m.—Bingo in the bingo tent.
6 p.m.—Rides on the midway.
6 p.m.—Crowning the prince and princess in the entertainment tent.
The parks & recreation department will be holding another Touch a Tractor event this Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on the Riverside Center parking lot.
The event is, of course, open to the public and no admission is charged.
Visitors will be able to touch, climb on or see up close many of the tractors and unique vehicles on display.
Free coffee will be provided by the department, while free juice and donuts will be provided by North Adams Schools.