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December 21st

Tearful farewell for Engle

December 21, 2011

    After 12 years of holding down the northernmost seat of the half-moon desk-like setup which holds members of city council, the mayor, city attorney, and clerk-treasurer for council meetings on the second floor of City Hall, Barb Engle got out of the chair and walked away for the final time at a little after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
    A few moments earlier, choking back tears, the only at-large member of council  thanked city officials, council members and department heads, saying "it has been a pleasure" to serve.

Three key early wins boost Braves by mat Jets

December 21, 2011

    MONROE — Bellmont senior 113-pounder Jon Poling cradled last year's sectional champ Adam Cook for a 1:44 fall, igniting the Braves on a key early 12-0 run Thursday in front of a nearly-packed house at the Hangar as the No. 13 BHS mat squad defeated rival Adams Central 36-18.
    In a battle of former state streeters, Bobby Keuneke hit a last-second reversal to nip AC's Cody Walburn at 120 pounds. Blake Adams at 126 hit three takedowns to topple Central's Derek Ellinger at 126.

December 20th

Fire damages Affolder Implement

December 20, 2011

    A five-alarm fire that brought out dozens of Adams County firefighters destroyed the rear of Affolder Implement Sales on the south end of Berne on Monday night, but no one was injured.
    No monetary estimate of damage was available this morning, and the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Berne Fire Chief Bill Grimm, who said his department will investigate the cause.

Monroe water rate hike is given final approval

December 20, 2011

    After holding a public hearing held Monday night, with no other citizens of Monroe attending, the Monroe Town Council unanimously agreed to raise water rates by an average of 18.5 percent, starting next month.
    Council Chairman Al Lehman said the Monroe water utility has lost operating money in seven of the past nine years.

Info is sought on recent rash of farm equipment thefts

December 20, 2011

    The Adams County CrimeStoppers agency is seeking information that will help police solve a rash of recent thefts of farm equipment in rural areas of Adams County.
    The Adams County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating four separate thefts of such equipment.
    Police said on November 9,  three-point hitch tractor grader blades were stolen from a shed. These blades measured three and a half feet, four and a half feet, and five feet long. Also stolen in this theft was an old steel truck tire.

December 19th

Problems with county’s three downtown buildings discussed

December 19, 2011

    The Adams County Council discussed the physical condition of the three downtown Decatur buildings owned by the county at the council's December meeting last week.
    Steve Krull, the county's superintendent of buildings and facilities, told council members that some significant water leaks are occurring in the Service Complex on the north side.

Pond enters plea of guilty

December 19, 2011

    A rural Ossian man charged with murder in the shooting death of a four-year-old neighbor boy ended Friday when he pleaded guilty in Wells Circuit Court to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.
    Bruce Pond, 47, entered the plea in an agreement that included filing the manslaughter charge and dismissing the murder charge.

State-funded CC budget given the county’s okay

December 19, 2011

    The Adams County Council, at its meeting this week, unanimously approved the 2012-13 budget of Adams County's Community Corrections (CC), since all the money comes from the state.
    The budget of $448,135 is the same at the 2010-11 budget, with the largest single amount ($118,300) for leasing electronic ankle bracelets worn by people on home detention.
    A new amount in the coming year, as funds were shifted around, allows $523 to be spent for interpreters.

December 16th

New evaluation process detailed by AC’s leader

December 16, 2011

    By order of the Indiana General Assembly and by design of the state's Department of Education, a new system of teacher evaluations will go into effect next year for all public school and charter school instructors.
    At the December meeting of the Adams Central school board, Superintendent Mike Pettibone, a member of the Indiana State School Board, gave a video presentation about the evaluations.

17.4 river crest likely

December 16, 2011

    The St. Marys River was expected to crest at about 17.4 feet — just above its flood stage — in Decatur this morning, local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service.
    A saturated city received .16 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, boosting the three-day total to 1.26.
    The St. Marys, meanwhile, has risen 10 feet in the past 48 hours, to 16.6 feet at 7 a.m. today.
    The area continues under a flood warning.

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