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September 9th, 2011

Tuition hikes upset Indiana lawmakers

September 9, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers say rising tuition at state universities is keeping Hoosiers from getting college degrees, but public university leaders say decreased state aid is forcing their hand.
    Republican and Democratic budget leaders on the panel bemoaned that in-state tuition jumped from an average of 12 percent of Hoosiers’ incomes in 2000 to expectations it will account for 19 percent of average income by 2013.

2-plus inches of rain in 2 days

September 9, 2011

    An Indiana climatologist says the drought conditions that stressed Indiana’s crops this summer appear likely to linger into the fall harvest. It may be a little difficult to convince Decatur residents, though.
    A rainfall of 1.17 inches in the 24 hours up to 7 a.m. today pushed the city's total for two days to over two inches.

September 8th

Hearty start opens United Way’s drive

September 8, 2011

    "Matters of the heart" is how this year's United Way of Adams County (UWAC) campaign chairwoman, Leslie Rhoades of Decatur, describes the 2011 drive toward a goal of $222,012.
    At Wednesday's UWAC kickoff luncheon in downtown Berne, she also referred to the United Way campaign slogan, "When your gift becomes someone's lifeline," and used a simple demonstration to show how even a small amount of money can make a big difference.

Mediacom: No refunds for not having WANE-TV

September 8, 2011

    A letter which appeared in the People's Voice section of Tuesday's Daily Democrat, in which the writer alleged that Mediacom cable television is offering refunds of 89-cents for each day that WANE-TV is off the air, apparently was based more on wishful thinking than in fact.
    The letter to this newspaper stated that customers could call their customer service department to receive the credit.

Heritage Festival set Saturday

September 8, 2011

    The annual Berne Heritage Festival will be held at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum in that city this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Numerous activities are scheduled, including children's games, "old-timers activities," wool-spinning, butter-churning, corn-shelling by a hand-cranked device, living history demonstrations, pioneer activities, sawmill demonstrations, an 1840s-style trading camp, and a Civil War camp.

September 7th

175th fest in the black

September 7, 2011

    So great was the enthusiasm for the event and so well-developed the sales ideas, the committee in charge of Decatur's 175th Anniversary Celebration turned a nice-sized profit, it was learned at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

City to play wait game on key grant

September 7, 2011

    Having taken the latest step in seeking a grant to rid the city of a hazardous eyesore, Decatur officials are now mostly relegated to a waiting game, hoping to hear good news before the end of the year.
    Prior to Tuesday night's city council meeting, the second of two required public hearings was held on the city's bid for a $456,850 grant to take down and clean up the ancient former street department — and onetime city light — building located just west of the city police headquarters.

Moment of silence opens Geneva council’s meeting

September 7, 2011

    Prior to conducting regular business, everyone present at the Geneva Town Council meeting on Tuesday sat in silence for a moment to honor and remember Rosie Puterbaugh. Puterbaugh served as the town's deputy clerk-treasurer for many years until her death from heart surgery complications last Friday.

September 6th

Decatur man given 12-year prison term

September 6, 2011

    A Decatur man who pleaded guilty to burglary and six counts of theft received a 12-year prison sentence on Friday from Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    Gary R. Williams Jr., 24, pleaded guilty to burglarizing a house in Decatur on April 17, stealing a dirt bike from a Decatur business on April 2 and stealing gasoline from two Decatur stations on April 24 and May 12.

United Way kickoff next week

September 6, 2011

    The 2011 campaign of the United Way of Adams County will open with a luncheon next Wednesday, September 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the South Adams Boys' and Girls' Club at Berne.
    The program will include the announcement of this year's monetary goal to aid 32 local are area organizations and agencies, plus viewing the campaign's promotional video.
    Also scheduled is the recognition of the 32 recipients of United Way funds as well as the United Way board and 2011 campaign team.

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