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November 10th, 2011
A somewhat contentious and pointed discussion between members of the North Adams School Board and community activists Charlie and Jean Brune ended abruptly Tuesday night when president Tim Ehlerding called enrollment figures at North Adams "not legitimate stats."
The Brunes presented members with two sheets of statistics they say showed North Adams has lost just over 300 students in the past three years, a drop of 14 percent while the labor force during that same time has fallen only 4.07 percent.
An 11-member committee that met monthly for a year or so to discuss problems in the aging building that houses Adams Superior Court and the probation department now has a new task: educating the public about the importance of a city-county government building in downtown Decatur so a referendum will pass in the November, 2012, election.
By the end of 2012, the number of appointed school boards will decrease from 15 to at least 13 following action this week by the Indiana Department of Education which approved a request from the North Adams Community Schools to have an elected school board.
The non-partisan election will initially have four seats on the North Adams up for a vote next November. Two of those four seats will be occupied by new members while the other two will be replacements of current board members whose terms expire next fall.
Building a new jail is not under consideration by Adams County officials in the immediate future, but a joint meeting on Tuesday of the county council and county commissioners offered a different idea to help pay off debt for a new jail: shift payments from property owners to lawbreakers.
Cameron Collier, a Republican, wrested the Decatur City Council at-large seat away from three-term Democrat in balloting on Tuesday. Collier took 63.7 percent of the vote in Decatur's only contested race.
In Berne, Republicans captured the mayor's office and four of five council seats.
Bill McKean won a huge victory, taking nearly 70 percent of the vote as he assumes the office from Democrat John Minch, who chose not to seek a third term.
Workers from several companies are on the job this week redoing the busy railroad crossing on five-lane 13th St.
The southbound lanes have been in bad shape for years, and two or three repair jobs have failed to hold. This time, the entire crossing will be replaced, with the project hopefully completed by Friday.
In accompanying photo, a worker operates a hydraulic lift pulled up a heavy cover from part of the crossing so workers could reach the rails beneath. The cover was put on a forklift.
North Adams Schools will continue to have its resource officer, Kriss Affolder, for another year, according to approval given by Decatur City Council at its meeting last week.
Actually, the city merely renewed its agreement with North Adams, insuring that the officer will continue to work within the school system until next June 30.
The fourth annual Christmas Open House, sponsored by the Decatur Small Business Association (DSBA), will be held this Friday and Saturday at 24 businesses to kick off the Christmas season.
Christmas shopping and decorating ideas will be available, along with entertainment and refreshments, the DSBA said.
A grand prize drawing will be held for those who have punch cards stamped at 10 businesses they visit. Cards are available from participating DSBA sponsors.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced the locations of the seven polling places in Decatur and Berne that will be in operation next Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for city and town elections.
Following is one race in Decatur, six races in Berne.
Here are the voting places:
Decatur One — North Adams Schools administrative office, 625 Stadium Dr., next to US 224 East.
Officials of the Adams County chapter of Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) have announced that its Emmanuel Project has begun, with the goal of providing Christmas gifts to children in low-income families in the county.
Churches throughout the county are being contacted by Love INC to sponsor such children, but businesses and individuals are also welcome to become sponsors, according to LOVE officials.
Those eligible are children who receive free or reduced-price meals at schools.