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January 19th, 2012

Rain... now snow

January 19, 2012

    Unseasonably warm weather brought with it a torrent of rain, swelling the St. Mary's River beyond it's banks and making the River Greenway Trail impassable to would-be hikers this week.
    Today, local weather station officials said the St. Marys River here had dropped from a Wednesday crest of 18.23 feet to 15.58 feet at 7 a.m. today.
    Cold weather now has Decatur in its grip.

January 18th

County to check out Music House

January 18, 2012

    At Tuesday's meeting of the Adams Country Commissioners, County Attorney Mark Burry presented a proposal from Schenkel and Schultz, a Fort Wayne engineering firm, to inspect the former Music House building for $3,200.
    The commissioners are looking at the now-vacant downtown building as a possible site for a new Adams Superior Court location.
    Chairman Doug Bauman said, "We have to investigate some alternative, and the Music House may be one. We won't know until we look."

Sprungers and FCC honored at Berne

January 18, 2012

    The Berne Chamber, which this year will mark its 35th year of existence, on Tuesday evening posthumously honored the two people who helped cement the organization as the driving force it has become in the community.
    The late Delbert and Irene Sprunger, who not only helped secure a permanent home for the chamber but also served as two of the city's most prominent advocates, were honored with the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization's annual celebration dinner.

Bluhm eyes new term on council

January 18, 2012

    Republican Dennis Bluhm has announced his candidacy and filing for re–election as an at–large member of the Adams County Council.
    Bluhm, a Peterson-area resident, is a graduate of Ohio Northern Univeraity College of Pharmacy and was co–owner of Village Pharmacy in Decatur and Berne. He retired after 32 years as Director of Pharmacy at Wells Community Hospital in Bluffton and has served as a staff pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy in Decatur and Berne.

January 17th

5-year plan for parks is unveiled

January 17, 2012

    A recreational vehicle campground along Parkview Drive as part of an expanded Kekionga Park.
    A new park area east of First Street in downtown Decatur, compete with a stage area, playground and a pedestrian bridge across the St. Marys River.
    Limberlost Park near Geneva enhanced with new walking trails and access points to the Wabash River. Greater accessibility for handicapped residents and more and better restroom facilities at all parks countywide.

1.65 rain here

January 17, 2012

    "There's water everywhere!" city Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 8 a.m. today.
    All city streets were passable, but water was standing on a number of them, including High St., in the low area near the Knights of Columbus. During a time of the year when they might be moving snow, street department employees were putting out high-water signs.
    The minor flooding was the result of a lot of rain in a short time combined with snow melt.

Kuntzman seeks post of auditor

January 17, 2012

.    Wes Kuntzman has announced that he is a candidate for Adams County Auditor.
    He is the second Republican auditor candidate to announce. Mary Beery earlier filed  her candidacy.
    Current Auditor Bill Borne cannot seek a new term due to term limits.

January 16th

Lehman opposes RTW referendum

January 16, 2012

    State Rep. Matt Lehman on Saturday morning told a crowd comprised mostly of organized labor members that he will vote against a proposal to allow Hoosiers to determine at the ballot box the fate of a contentious right-to-work bill now being debated in the Indiana General Assembly.
    The response from union supporters was perhaps summed up best by Decatur resident Daniel Jaurigue, a member of carpenters' union Local 232, who said: "We are watching how you vote, and we're going to fire you."

GOP gets 3rd candidate for Recorder

January 16, 2012

    Gerald M. (Jerry) Walker of Berne has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for  Adams County Recorder.
    He is the third GOP candidate to announce for Recorder, joining Deb Stimpson and Jim Voglewede, both of Decatur, in the field.
    Walker is currently serving as Monroe Township Trustee and previously had served as township trustee/assessor. He is employed with Yager Furniture of Berne,  is pastor of Landmark Baptist Church, New Haven, and also serves on the Berne Tree Board.

Indiana House recognizes Dots in Blue Water

January 16, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS — During session Thursday, the Indiana House of Representatives recognized a resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, to honor students from South Adams High School for their involvement with the charity organization Dots in Blue Water.

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