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January 26th, 2012

Spotlight slated on March 10

January 26, 2012

    Decatur’s premier business event, the Spotlight Business Expo, will be held at Bellmont Middle School on Saturday, March 10.  Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the event will continue until 5:30 pm.
    Seventy businesses, and community groups will display there products and services, according to Wes Kuntzman, director of the sponsoring Decatur Chamber of Commerce.  During the day, entertainers will perform on the main stage and Manley’s Meats will have food available in the cafeteria.

Waterloo deputy eyes job return

January 26, 2012

    PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana police officer shot in the face nearly six weeks ago says he is making steady improvement and hopes to eventually return to work.
    ‘‘If I’m able to return, that’s what I’m going to do,’’ Waterloo Deputy Marshal Steve Brady told The Star of Auburn on Monday. ‘‘I’m optimistic I’ll go back to work and continue to be a police officer. Time will tell.’’

January 25th

Jobless rate at 10-month high

January 25, 2012

    Adams County ended 2011 with its largest unemployment rate in 10 months, according to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county's December jobless rate stood at 8.5 percent, the highest in the county since February of 2011. The year's final figures capped a roller-coaster 12 months for local jobless levels.

Serentity House being sought for city

January 25, 2012

    Jerry Setser, Barry Humble and Community Corrections officer Ian Gilbert stood as representatives of Serenity House Inc. last week to ask the board of Adams County commissioners for help in funding a proposed Serenity House.
    In making their plea to commissioners, the trio touted the need for a recovery house in the county. "Alcohol and drug problems don't stop with a jail sentence," said Humble.

Berne has parcel of real estate for sale

January 25, 2012

    The city of Berne has a parcel of real estate for sale, although potential buyers may be few and far between.
    Berne City Council on Monday agreed to offer for sale a .26-acre tract of land, located at the former site of a municipal water tower at the intersection of Welty and Berne streets, for the low price of $3,400.
    City attorney Jim Beitler said special rules apply for the sale of municipal property valued at less than $15,000. Two appraisals of the property set the value of the Berne site at $1,750.

January 24th

Bridge work delayed by weather

January 24, 2012

    The covered bridge near Ceylon is no longer covered.
    Work to reconstruct the bridge built in the mid-1860s began in early November. Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, won the county contract to remove, rebuild and then reposition the bridge.
    Recent high water has slowed work on driving pilings for support in order that the bridge may be taken apart. The wooden structure eventually will be entirely removed, with its pieces strewn about a parking lot at the site.

Wind test ordinance review set

January 24, 2012

    Adams County Building/Planning and Zoning Director Neil Ogg addressed county commissioners at Monday's meeting regarding the proposal of a wind test tower to be built in Adams County.
    Ogg requested County Attorney Mark Burry review the county ordinance under which the proposed construction falls in order to ensure there are no lingering questions before Gamesa, the company erecting the test tower, resubmits to the planning board next month.

Berne council approves an unsafe building law

January 24, 2012

    A dilapidated, burned-out building on Jefferson Street that has been giving city officials in Berne nothing but headaches for more than a year can finally be addressed, following the city council's emergency adoption on Monday of an unsafe building ordinance which mirrors Indiana code.

January 23rd

106 and counting

January 23, 2012

    A special party was held at Evergreen Court on January 6 in honor of Ralph Kenworthy, who celebrated his 106 birthday with family and friends.
    Born in Camden, Ohio, on January 6, 1906, Ralph has been a fixture in Decatur for most of his life. Up until a few years ago, Ralph was still living in his own apartment and could be seen driving through town on his way to a variety of restaurants for a bite to eat, or perhaps to a local bar to play pool against the "younger boys," referring to his friends.

Purdue ensembles to perform in Decatur

January 23, 2012

    The Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club will perform in Erekson Theater at Bellmont High School on Sunday, March 4, starting at 3 p.m.
    Also performing will be the Purdue Flappers, Cowgirls and Ba-Na-Na.
    In addition, the Bellmont High School show choir will perform in a joint musical number with both of the Purdue ensembles.

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