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August 30th, 2011
West Nile Virus has been found in Decatur, Terry Smith, superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, announced Monday afternoon.
The Indiana Department of Health has confirmed the discovery, the virus having been found in a mosquito in Decatur a week or so ago, Smith said.
Decatur officials do regular testing as well as regular treatments of storm sewers and areas of water that remain stagnant.
A record 775 Indiana schools — including North Adams and South Adams schools — have received an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘exemplary’’ ranking based on student performance and improvement data.
Adams Central Schools received a B, or "commendable" rating.
The number of schools receiving an ‘‘F’’ and academic probation has been cut in half to 111.
The North Adams Schools Fund will benefit from a donation by Pizza King in Decatur as the restaurant's owners donate 10 percent of sales this Friday to the fund.
"Celebrity busers" will work at Pizza King on Friday to support the restaurant's staff. The celebrity cleanup crew will include North Adams Schools Superintendent Wylie Sirk; former NA school board member Jo-Ellen Eidam; civic activist Larry Isch; North Adams administrators, teachers, coaches; and others from the community.
On Sunday, the 206th anniversary of Samuel L. Rugg's birth, the City of Decatur, to which he gave birth, celebrated his memory as the final event of the community's 175th anniversary extravaganza.
Well over 100 people turned out for the afternoon unveiling of the four-sided black marble monument to Rugg that sits in the front lawn of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office by the St. Marys River, 125 E. Monroe St.
Election 2011 in Adams County will be one of the shortest and easiest in history, with only seven city offices in Decatur and Berne to be voted on — and few names facing the voters.
Due to a state law that went into effect on July 1, the names of all unopposed candidates will not be printed on the ballots, as a way of saving money and streamlining the voting process.
Max Miller, who, along with Larry Isch, co-chaired the Decatur 175th Anniversary Committee, read a summarized history of Samuel Rugg at Sunday's ceremony to honor the founder of Decatur.
Rugg was born in 1805 in Oneida County, New York; came to Cincinnati in 1825; and moved into Indiana in 1833.
He made a home in what became Root Township and, after the county was created three years later, he began riding a horse around the area to find a suitable place for a county seat.
West Nile Virus has been found in some mosquitos in Berne.
Berne officials, quoting reports by an official from the Indiana Department of Health, and Terry Smith, the superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, made the announcement on Thursday.
The fact that West Nile Virus has appeared in Berne "means that residents should limit the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by applying repellants and making lifestyle modifications," the Berne statement said.
It took two cranes, two containers, and two men to begin the process of bringing down a tall chimney at St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur on Wednesday.
One container held two workers from the Martin firm of Fort Wayne and the other held the bricks that the men removed from the aging chimney.
The process resumed on Thursday and will take the chimney down to the roof of the school, at Fourth and Monroe Sts., near downtown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s top education official proposed Thursday that the state assume control of four troubled high schools and a middle school in what would be the state’s first takeover of underperforming public schools under a 1999 law.
More than 100 vendors will be involved in the downtown Decatur sidewalk sale this Saturday, scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Decatur Small Business Association and is part of the city's 175th anniversary celebration.
Numerous other 175th Celebratin activities are scheduled on Saturday, including:
• Food and beverage sellers set up on Madison St.
• Craft show on Madison St.
• Flea market on Jackson St.