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April 21st, 2011

Citywide cleanup is planned

April 21, 2011

    Plans were unveiled at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting for Operation Cleanup, a major undertaking to "clean up" the city for its 175th birthday celebration later this year.
    Mayor John Schultz said a committee comprised of Board of Works member Bill Karbach, city Planning and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage, and City Attorney Tim Baker have been working on various aspects of the program, including targeting and implementation.

River rising and more rain likely

April 21, 2011

    The St. Marys River in Decatur rose another two-plus feet in the past 24 hours, but was still far short of causing any significant problems .. at this point.
    City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 16.23 feet at 7 a.m., up from the 13.9-foot reading 24h hours earlier and 11 1/2 feet from a 4.8-foot reading on Tuesday.

April 20th

Jobless rate lowest in 3 years

April 20, 2011

    Unemployment in Adams County hit its lowest point in nearly three years during March, leaving the county with the most attractive jobless rate among all northeast Indiana counties.
    According to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county's unemployment rate for March was 8.2 percent, down from 8.8 percent one month earlier and 9.2 percent in January. March's reading marked the lowest unemployment level in the county since a rate of 8.0 percent in July of 2008.

Storms rake county

April 20, 2011

    Storms which roared through Decatur and Adams County around 11 p.m. Tuesday brought some damage and heavy rain..
    Officials at the Decatur weather station said the city received 1.12 inches of rain, pushing the St. Marys River to 13.9 feet at 7 a.m. today — a jump of 9 feet in just 24 hours.
    Berne received 1.27 inches of rain.
    At 8:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Wabash River near Linn Grove from late Thursday night until Sunday morning.

BHS’ Early College program hailed as key economic development tool

April 20, 2011

    The transformation of Bellmont High School into an Early College High School is advancing it into an elite class in Indiana, and good schools can be a powerful economic development tool, a point underscored again and again at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council.
    Bellmont Principal Scot Croner, a driving force behind the program, was on hand to lay out details of the program, what it means to the students and their parents, and to the community as a whole.

April 19th

Sparse crowd for NA meeting

April 19, 2011

    The crowd was small and the dialog was sparse Monday evening as North Adams school officials held the first of three public meetings to discuss a property tax referendum that will be decided by school district voters on May 3.

Lehman name is on gun bill

April 19, 2011

    State Reps. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, have co-sponsored a bill, passed out of the House last week with an 82-8 vote, that aligns Indiana law in accordance to federal law permitting licensed, Hoosier gun dealers to sell firearms to customers nationwide.
     Senate Bill (SB) 94 "defends our Second Amendment right and spurs economic development by removing sales barriers in the firearms marketplace,” said Lehman in a news release.

Lawmakers push looser gun laws

April 19, 2011

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers appear determined to ease state gun regulations this year despite reservations from local officials and, some advocates say, gun owners themselves.
    ‘‘I wish the Legislature would spend more time making it harder for dangerous people to get guns rather than making it easier to have guns wherever you want,’’ said Paul Helmke, former Fort Wayne mayor and head of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

April 18th

‘Fireworks’ can spark a quick response

April 18, 2011

    "Fireworks" is what one thinks of during celebrations, such as at the Fourth of July.
    However, in this area, Fireworks means an ultra-modern way of fighting fires or handling other emergencies inside buildings.
    The idea was laid out briefly during the recent annual State of the Schools program at a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Woodcrest Retirement Community.

Briggs a key figure in Geneva history

April 18, 2011

    Moments of silence often last only 15 or 20 seconds, but the one observed on Thursday evening at Geneva for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. was lengthier than usual, running at least one minute.
    The solemn tribute to Briggs, one of the most veteran financiers in Indiana, came less than one hour after he died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Briggs led Bank of Geneva for decades and his son, Andrew, is the current bank president.

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