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October 14th, 2011

4 minutes each for 14

October 14, 2011

    Fourteen candidates seeking election to municipal offices in Berne and Decatur had their four minutes of fame Thursday evening during a Meet The Candidates event in Berne.
    The forum, sponsored by the Decatur and Berne Rotary Clubs and broadcast live over radio station WZBD, was held at Swiss Village retirement community in Berne.
    Candidates used their alloted four minutes of air time to outline their candidacies for six contested races in Berne and one in Decatur.

Make a difference, Brown tells students

October 14, 2011

    Travis Brown, a motivational speaker, met with Bellmont Middle School and St. Joseph School students at BMS on Wednesday.
    Brown encouraged local youngsters to step up and make a difference in their school and their world by being positive and encouraging to others. 
    Later in the afternoon he met with 60 BMS students, training them to live to their fullest potential, to strive to be lifelong learners, and to be leaders at BMS by standing up for what is right everyday.

October 13th

NA numbers: down, down, down

October 13, 2011

    Enrollment at North Adams Community Schools continues to decline, with the student population throughout the school district this year reflecting the eighth consecutive year in which student numbers have been lower than the previous year.
    Superintendent Wylie Sirk told members of the North Adams school board on Tuesday that 1,854 students are enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 this year.
That number is down from 1,977 at the start of the 2010 school year.

Still no state action on NA elected board

October 13, 2011

    The state Department of Education failed to act as expected at its recent meeting on a citizens' petition that would change the method of seating North Adams school board members from the current appointment process to a seven-member elected board.

Hospital’s CEO praises Lee

October 13, 2011

    During his Decatur Chamber of Commerce address on Monday, Tom Nordwick, president and chief executive officer of the Adams Health Network (AHN), spoke about the medical practitioners here.
    He said the replacement surgeon for Dr. H.S. Lee, who retired this year earlier than expected due to health reasons, will start next July 17, 2012. He currently is finishing his medical studies at Michigan State University.

NAdams sets study of buildings, grounds

October 13, 2011

    A committee has been assembled at North Adams Community Schools to study and review the school district's current use of buildings and grounds, with the goal of returning recommendations a year from now that will guide school leaders in making long-term decisions regarding housing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pettibone: Plenty of classroom space

October 13, 2011

    As the latest Adams Central improvement project moves toward completion next month ahead of schedule, AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone told the school board at its Tuesday-night session that the plans contain plenty of classroom space.
    Pettibone said he chose to speak out because of rumors in the district that the project would leave the school with an insufficient number of classrooms.

Driver ed to continue at SAdams for ’11-12

October 13, 2011

    Driver's education will continue to be offered at South Adams Schools — at least for the current school year — according to Superintendent Scott Litwiller at a board of education meeting on Tuesday.

October 11th

Chandler gets death date

October 11, 2011

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a Willshire, Ohio,  mother and her two daughters after their Disney World vacation 22 years ago is scheduled to be executed Nov. 15 after Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant Monday.

Home suffers 2nd fire in 7-day period

October 11, 2011

    Preble and Decatur firefighters made runs on Monday afternoon to the same house in rural Decatur that they had gone to for a fire just six days before.
    No one was hurt in the second fire because no one was living in the home due to damage from the first fire. But Mrs. Randy Collier, co-owner of the home, suffered a medical problem and was treated at Adams Memorial Hospital after being brought there from the fire scene by Adams County Emergency Medical Service personnel.
    She was later released.

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