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September 14th, 2011

Teen gets 14 years for molesting

September 14, 2011

    A 17-year-old Decatur boy who pleaded guilty on September 2 to two counts of child molesting received a pair of concurrent 14-year prison sentences on Tuesday from Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    Patrick M. Scott, who admitted engaging in sexual intercourse early this year with two 12-year-old girls, was handed the sentence. Two other molesting charges, one each involving the same girls, were dismissed.

September 13th

Lee recovering; in fair condition

September 13, 2011

    Longtime Adams Health Network surgeon and general practitioner physician H. S. Lee is currently recovering at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after suffering an acute medical problem at his residence last week.
    On Monday, Dr. Lee was listed in fair condition at Parkview, where he has continued to improve daily. The hospital has indicated that while cards and letters for him are welcome, visitors will be restricted to his immediate family.

Drugs are stolen in Walgreen break-in

September 13, 2011

    An unknown amount of drugs was stolen from the Walgreen store at 13th and Monroe Sts. early today.
    Decatur police said a break-in occurred at 2:28 a.m. when someone pried open a front door, took the drugs, then fled the scene.
    Officers from the city and the Adams County Sheriff's Department arrived at the store less than three minutes after the alarm sounded, but found no one there, according to the city department.

Area business backer profiled

September 13, 2011

    An organization created last year to advocate for and strongly support business and employment development and growth in this part of the state was profiled by its executive director, Matt Bell of Avilla, at a meeting in Decatur on Monday,
    Bell, who guides the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana (RCNI), addressed some 30 people at a luncheon gathering at Woodcrest Retirement Community. He is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives who left office to take the RCNI position.

September 12th

Sewage disposal issues highlighted

September 12, 2011

    Adams County health officials have released information as they seek to make the public aware of sewage-disposal issues in the county.

Tope dies in prison at age 58

September 12, 2011

    Ernest R. "Dick" Tope, a former Decatur resident serving a life sentence for the 1974 murder of a Van Wert County, Ohio, teenager, has died in prison.
    Tope, 58, died of lung cancer last week in Pendleton Correctional Facility in central Indiana, according to a report in Thursday's Van Wert Times-Bulletin.

Gross’ record to topple Sunday

September 12, 2011

    (Editor's Note: Luke Gross, a Bellmont High School graduate, is a Decatur native, the son of Paul and Kathy Gross of this city.)
    NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand (AP) — Loosehead prop Mike MacDonald will set the U.S. record for most test caps after he was named Friday in the lineup to face Ireland in the Rugby World Cup.

September 9th

Local MDA collections top $3,600

September 9, 2011

    More than $3,600 was contributed from five sources in Adams County this year to add to the national Muscular Dystrophy Association fund drive.
    Collections were held last weekend by members of the Decatur Moose Lodge and the Monroe Fire Department. Decatur firefighters held their collection a week earlier.
    The finals totals are as follows:
    • $1,724.04, Decatur Fire Department.
    • $724.04, Decatur Moose Lodge 1311.

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.

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