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June 14th, 2012
Not only are insurance costs rising, but in some cases coverage is becoming difficult for North Adams Community Schools to obtain at all.
That was the message delivered to the North Adams school board on Tuesday by Business Manager Larry Carty, who reported that recent workers' compensation claims have risen "to the point where no one wants to insure us any more."
The Adams Central Board of Education made several personnel decisions Tuesday evening including hiring two new teachers, naming lead teachers for the 2012-13 school year, a maternity leave request, and a resignation.
After interviewing several teachers for the position of middle school title English teacher, AC Middle School Principal Aaron McClure and ACCS Title One Coordinator Anna Spalding recommended the school board hire Lana Shoaf.
Once again Dave Sholl of Schenkel & Schultz Architecture was in front of Adams County Council members on Tuesday — along with all three Adams County Commissioners and countless others eager to hear what this newest study would bring — to present a proposed project to house several county offices and both courts under one roof.
A private organization of local volunteers with a unified goal of alleviating child hunger throughout the North Adams school system gained public support on Tuesday when the school district's board of education agreed to provide a physical location to assist in those efforts.
The South Adams Schools Board once again tabled the matter of granting permission to The Bridge Community Church to use the school's auditorium and six classrooms from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday, beginning September 9, for an extended length of time.
Prior to the regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, board members met in a work session to discuss the matter. Board member Tony Mellencamp said, "Every question that came up resulted in 10 more questions."
Police are continuing their investigation today into a robbery that occurred at 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Walgreen's Pharmacy, 123 N. 13th Street.
Authorities said a white male entered the store and approached the pharmacy desk. He presented a handwritten note to the Walgreen's employee, demanding painkiller drugs. The suspect was given an unspecified amount of drugs and then left the building.
After proposing excavators and operators of heavy equipment on county roads be charged for any damages caused by the loading and unloading of their machinery last week, Adams County Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel on Monday presented county commissioners with a draft of a letter outlining the possible charges violators could incur.
Mitchel proposed that when damage is done to a county roadway, violators be sent a bill for the materials and labor required by the highway department to repair the damage.
A first-year member of Berne City Council took an admittedly symbolic stand against big government on Monday evening in voting against a proposed pay increase for himself and other councilmen.
Republican Phil Provost, who joined the panel in January after upsetting incumbent at-large councilman Mike Poulson in the November general election, had made fiscal conservatism and smaller government a part of his election campaign. He took the opportunity to reinforce that platform this week.
Adams Central's Alyssa Keller was announced Saturday as the winner of this year's Mental Attitude Award in class 2A softball.
Along with the honor for Keller, Adams Central received a $1,000 scholarship in Keller's name from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
Keller ranked fifth in the recent graduating class at Adams Central with a GPA of 11.4 (12.0 scale) and will attend the University of Saint Francis in the fall to study occupational therapy.
Northeast Indiana economic development representatives joined Indiana Lt.-Gov. Becky Skillman today on a state-led trade mission to China to market the Northeast Indiana region to businesses looking to expand into the U.S. market.
Northeast Indiana will be represented by Mayor John Schultz of Decatur; Larry Macklin, Executive Director of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation; and John Sampson, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.