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July 21st, 2011

Highs keep getting higher

July 21, 2011

From staff, AP reports
    At the rate we're going, 100-degree temperatures could be here soon.
    Decatur recorded its fifth consecutive high temperature in the 90s on Wednesday, and it also marked the third day in a row that the high has been higher than the previous day. Wednesday's top mark was 97, a two-degree tick upward from Tuesday's 95.

Woodcrest project delayed

July 21, 2011

By JOE SPAULDING
    Recent storms throughout the Midwest have had an effect on the building progress of the new rehabilitation unit being constructed at Woodcrest by the Adams Health Network (AHN), it was learned Wednesday night at the monthly meeting of the AHN board of trustees.

July 20th

Hot! Hot! Hot!

July 20, 2011

From AP, staff reports
    One of the worst heat waves to hit Indiana in 70 years tightened its grip on the state Tuesday, forcing communities to launch emergency plans and prompting utilities to plead for consumers to conserve electricity.
    Hoosiers sweltered as the heat index reached 111 in Terre Haute and Shelbyville, 110 in Greenwood and 109 in Indianapolis, Peru and Greencastle. The highest temperature was in Mount Comfort, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis, at 99 degrees.

Devan Barger named Distinguished Ambassador

July 20, 2011

       Adams Central High School junior Devan Barger is reigning over the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair today, having been named this year's Distinguished Ambassador on Tuesday night.
    Bellmont High spring graduate Paul Mesing was announced as the Royal Ambassador.
    Despite the ongoing heat, a large crowd turned out in Monroe for what is traditionally the fair's biggest night, highlighted by the annual parade and the ambassador ceremonies.

City pay hikes stay; budget reviewed

July 20, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    Employees of the City of Decatur are going to get their $1,000 salary increases in 2012, which is the major reason for a rise in the city's proposed budget for next year.    
    But it's money city council and Mayor John Schultz are more than willing to spend in lieu of two facts: No raises were granted for 2010 or 2011, and city department heads returned $600,000 of budgeted money — a major savings — last year.

July 19th

Fair's fans' fiery fight

July 19, 2011

By ERIC MANN
    Okay, Adams County 4-H Fair fans, let's test your knowledge of an important fact about this year's event, with the temperature as hot as it is.
    The question is this: how many electric fans are in use at the fairgrounds?
    The Daily Democrat made an unscientific study of this vital matter on Monday and came up with these numbers, which may well be challenged by a recount or two:
    — 48 fans in the cattle barn.

Finally, some rain...with the heat

July 19, 2011

    Well, at least we got some rain.
    Amid this week's sweltering heat wave, a thunderstorms rolled through Decatur shortly before 3 a.m. today, dropping some much-needed rain on the area. Decatur weather station officials reported a measurement of .34 of an inch.

Walgreens hit by armed robber

July 19, 2011

     A man described by Decatur police as being white, approximately six feet tall, slender build and brown hair, held up the Walgreen's Pharmacy located in the 100 block of N. 13th Street at 8:40 Monday evening.
    Police said the suspect approached the pharmacy counter at the store about 20 minutes before it was scheduled to close and passed a note to the pharmacist in charge. The note said he had a weapon and demanded all of the pain killers that Walgreen's had in the pharmacy.

July 18th

Hot start for 4-H Fair

July 18, 2011

    Adams County's 2011 4-H Fair opened Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds and it seems destined to be one of the hottest in years.
    A National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis said a heat wave expected to crest this week will likely linger for several days.
    According to meteorologist Dave Tucek, the weather service expects the heat wave to drag on until at least July 25. An excessive heat watch has been issued for Tuesday through at least Saturday.

Music at Geneva historic site

July 18, 2011

     Despite temperatures which eclipsed 90 degrees on Sunday, some two dozen musicians and even more spectators braved the elements to enjoy an afternoon of bluegrass and gospel music at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva.
    The Bluegrass Jams are held monthly throughout the summer in a shaded area just outside the cabin that served as the former home of author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.
    Although no admission is charged, monetary donations will be accepted.

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