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May 9th, 2011
Winning $111,000 in 73 minutes?
Two high school students from Adams County did that on April 29 in a state auto skills repair contest sponsored by the Ford corporation and American Automobile Association.
Billy Gilson, a senior at South Adams, and Jacob Bergdall, a junior at Adams Central, were the winning two-man team that defeated nine other tandems in the event at Indianapolis.
A monument to Samuel Rugg, who founded Decatur 175 years ago, will be unveiled in August as the final act of the city's celebration of that anniversary.
The Samuel Rugg Monument Committee — consisting of Max Miller, Wylie Sirk, and Wes Kuntzman — has announced that the monument to Rugg will be placed near the western end of the Wendell Macklin Memorial Bridge on Monroe St.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday signed into law a plan giving Indiana the nation’s most sweeping private school voucher program, and work is now beginning to make the plan a reality for thousands of Indiana parents.
Prayers spanning the gamut of human endeavor, good and bad, were offered at a 35-minute program at the Peace Monument in downtown Decatur during Thursday's annual National Day of Prayer. Nearly 200 people attended.
The noon event on the Adams County Courthouse square featured 11 speakers: from short welcoming remarks by Mayor John Schultz and Dr. Robert Brink, pastor of Decatur Church of God, to longer comments from nine others in the local faith community.
What originally started as a single-person department by former Washington Township trustee Bob Gay in Adams County over 35 years ago — with registered nurse Vickie Gagle in charge — will soon be assumed by a new agency.
May has arrived and that means the city's Operation Cleanup soon will be under way, Bill Karbach, a member of the city's Board of Works and Safety, said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
The Adams County Sheriff's Department is sprucing up the county jail and facing different situations regarding three deputy sheriffs.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg made the report at Monday's meeting of the commissioners, saying the public areas of the jail have been repainted, the hallways are being repainted, and the cellblocks will be repainted as soon as possible because the number of inmates is temporarily down.
Voters in the North Adams school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a general fund referendum which would have generated $1.25 million in additional property tax revenues annually for seven years.
Ballot results showed 86 percent of district residents who went to the polls on Tuesday were not in favor of a tax increase. The final tally was 2,144-345 against the referendum.
It may have been another mostly foul day in Decatur — you know, the kind we've had way too many of lately: cool, damp and windy — but inside City Hall the talk was of warmer times: the Fourth of July and the city's annual fireworks show.
Chief Organizer Adam Eguia was on hand at the city council meeting to make his annual pitch for the fireworks display and, also as usual, it was quickly and unanimously given.
Hughes wins Fort Wayne primary
A former Allen County councilwoman —and former head of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur — won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in the November election.
Paula Hughes got 56 percent of the vote to easily win a five-candidate field in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
The Journal Gazette reports Hughes says she’ll challenge city spending under Henry and plans to cut the mayor’s salary and take-home vehicle.