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July 13th, 2011
A request by the county auditor for the county council to consider increasing the pay of his five staff members by a total of $6,000 led to an unusual and unexpected response from a veteran councilman on Tuesday.
Auditor Bill Borne, who was not present, had submitted a two-page, 11-paragraph, single-spaced request for the $6,000, seeking $2,000 for his chief deputy and $1,000 each for the other four staffers. The council chose to withhold action until the 2012 budget is prepared in September.
A limestone mountain that's also a fountain was dedicated on Tuesday in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor the man who's retiring after being its executive director since 1989 — Marvin Baird.
Baird, who came to Adams County in the midst of a career as a hospital management expert, will leave in coming weeks to move to Greenwood with his wife, Jackie.
Berne City Council on Monday officially signed a contract with LICA LLC for continued improvements to the city's sanitary sewer collection system. The local firm's bid of $789,627 was accepted in April as the lowest of nine submitted for the work. The engineering estimate for the project was $925,000.
A lightning strike during a storm damaged a control unit on a computer in the Geneva branch of the Adams Public Library System on Monday, blew a fuse and knocked out the site's elevator, air conditioner, and Internet and Wii services.
The incident happened around 1 p.m., branch director Rose Bryan said.
Geneva firefighters responded to the alarm, but there was no fire.
The Adams County Commissioners on Monday accepted the bid of Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, for $321,910.93 to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge near Ceylon.
The project will start soon, grant administrator Dave Milligan of Portland said, since June of 2012 is the deadline to have the work done.
County Engineer Tim Barkey said he will help provide oversight of the project.
From staff, AP reports
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Indiana today as humid air combines with readings in the 90s to make it feel much hotter.
The weather service said today’s highs are forecast to reach the lower to middle 90s across the state, but humid air will create heat indexes in the 105 to 110-degree range. The hottest readings will be in southwestern Indiana.
The concept of "honor flights" to reward United States war veterans by giving them free airliner trips to visit memorial sites in Washington, D.C. began in 2004 with World War II vets and will be continued on behalf of Korean War and Vietnam War vets.
Bob Myer of Allen County, vice president of Honor Flights of Northeastern Indiana, made that known at a recent meeting in Decatur of seven local WW II vets who were on the fifth honor flight from the Fort Wayne region to the national capital.
The 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair will kick off on Sunday, July 17, with five days full of various events, including 4-H activities.
Some pre-fair activities are scheduled this Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds: the 4-H dog show at 2 p.m. and the bicycle rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Next Saturday, livestock check-in and the Battle of the Barns will be held.
Then the fair officially begins the next day, Sunday, July 17.
Work is continuing on the circular site of the fountain being installed in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor its retiring executive director, Marvin Baird.
The curved driveway is also being widened to provide easier access to the hospital, which opened six years ago under Baird's stewardship. He retires this summer after 23 years at the helm.
Adrian Richie, former principal at Bellmont High School and now the principal at Lowell High School in Lake County, was severely burned in an accident at home on Wednesday.
Reports received here say Richie was removing brush from his yard to prepare for an open house that was to be held for one of his sons, Austin, one of the state's top basketball players as a senior last season at Lowell High School.
Somehow, the brush pile fire spread to him and he suffered serious burns over 45 percent of his body.