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July 2nd, 2012

Power likely back today; restaurants busy, if open

July 2, 2012

    Indiana &  Michigan Power website this morning showed more than 1,000 Adams County homes remained without electricity.
    The Friday afternoon storm damaged trees and downed power lines as it moved through the area and interrupted electric service for over 118,000 I&M customers in the region. Early today, 48,000 homes in Allen County remained without service. In Wells County, 500 residences were still in the dark and more than 300 Jay County homes were without electrical service.

Two airlifted after buggy hit

July 2, 2012

    A Sunday evening car-buggy mishap on U.S. 27 at 10:38 p.m. just north of the Adams-Jay County line resulted in two occupants of the buggy being airlifted to Parkview Hospital with severe injuries.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported this morning that Richard A. Romine, 32, Portland, was northbound on U.S. 27 when he came upon a northbound Amish buggy operated by Raymond A. Girod, 19, rural Geneva.

June 29th

Storm rips Decatur area

June 29, 2012

A freak thunderstorm packing winds in excess of 65 miles per hour passed through Decatur and Adams County on Friday, leaving a trail of destruction — but no serious injuries initially reported — in its wake.

Records fall; 102 here...and no relief is in sight

June 29, 2012

    Thursday will go down as the hottest day ever for many Indiana locales, and Decatur recorded an official high of 102 degrees.
    The National Weather Service said a large ridge of high pressure brought in the hottest temperatures in nearly 80 years. The mercury hit a record 106 degrees in Fort Wayne and Evansville and 104 degrees in Indianapolis.
    For other cities, it was the hottest it’s been in Indiana since 1988.

Berne pay hikes seen; Provost still ‘no’ on council

June 29, 2012

    Pay hikes for full-time employees of the city of Berne seem assured for 2013; likewise with proposed salary increases for the mayor and clerk-treasurer. Minor pay hikes for members of city council? Well, that's a different story.
    For the second time in two weeks, City Council member Phil Provost on Monday evening voted against a $250 annual pay raise recommended by Mayor Bill McKean.

County group ‘hams’ it up for a Field Day here

June 29, 2012

    Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year entire regions find themselves in the dark, said Derek Augsburger, emergency coordinator for the Adams County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) team.
    "Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate," Augsburger said.

June 28th

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

June 28, 2012

By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

Hospital to take big tax hit

June 28, 2012

    It was a case of the proverbial good news vs. bad news delivered to members of the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting on Wednesday night.
    In discussing the financial situation of the hospital, Chief Financial Officer Dane Wheeler gave board members the good news first: Hospital officials recently completed a cost settlement report for Medicare which should net the hospital approximately $759,000 in Medicare money. But it is not known when the dollars will be deposited in AHN coffers.

Geneva is latest to ban fireworks

June 28, 2012

    Geneva has become the latest Adams County community to ban the use of personal fireworks, joining Decatur and Berne.
    The announcement this morning was made by Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren.
    However, the public fireworks display scheduled for Saturday at the town's ball diamond.will be held, the announcement said. The Geneva Volunteer Fire Department will wet down the area prior to the fireworks and be on site during the display, it was noted.

State under warning for fire danger

June 28, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Record-breaking heat is headed to parts of Indiana on Thursday and could combine with low humidity and winds gusting up to 30 mph could combine to create combustible conditions, the National Weather Service says.

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