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March 23rd, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

March 23, 2011

By DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE
Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
    She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.

County must replace stop signs by ’12

March 23, 2011

    By the end of this year, Adams County must replace all its "stop" signs on rural roads with signs that are more reflective, according to county Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
    He told the county commissioners on Monday that he is working with the Butler, Fairman, and Seufert engineering and consulting firm in Indianapolis to seek a $50,000 grant to buy and erect the new "stop" signs.

Charters and vouchers get Bennett push

March 23, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana’s education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
    Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett told the Senate Appropriations Committee that he thought the state should seize the opportunity to remake its education system at a time when neighboring states are facing school funding cuts.

March 22nd

Firm hired to guide bridge work

March 22, 2011

    If all goes well, the only covered bridge in Adams County will be fully restored by the middle of next year.
    At Monday's meeting of the county commissioners, the three executives signed a contract with USI Consultants of Indianapolis for an amount not to exceed $75,000 so USIC can survey and inspect the bridge, create a bridge design plan, draw up specifications for the rehabilitation project, and perform oversight of the bidding and renovation processes.

Stutzman, Holcomb to speak at local Lincoln Day dinner

March 22, 2011

    Two prominent Indiana Republicans will share guest speaking roles at this year's Lincoln Day dinner in Decatur on Thursday, April 28, sponsored by the Adams County Republican Party.
    The speakers will be U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman from rural Howe, who was elected after Rep. Mark Souder resigned in 2010, and Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb.

March 21st

Corrections program growth seen

March 21, 2011

    Adams County's Community Corrections program is destined for growth so Councilman Matt Dyer said at this week's city council meeting that city department heads and others should come up with projects for those in the program to handle.
    Criminal offenders who enter the Community Corrections program are assigned to perform community service at various sheriff’s departments, parks, city or county properties or non-profit agencies. They receive earned credit time but no pay.

Two collector books slated for the 175th

March 21, 2011

    Members of the 175th Anniversary Committee in Decatur have announced that website has been created and two collector books will be printed.
    The website is www.decatur175.com and features a schedule of events, a short history of the city, a page on which to shop for 175th anniversary souvenirs, and a "contact us" page so people can say what they think and add ideas to better the celebration.
    The committee said the site will be continually updated.

Bogus food inspectors said working this area

March 21, 2011

    The Adams County Health Department (ACHD) issued an alert today over alleged scam artists posing as Indiana State Department of Health food inspectors in area restaurants.
    ACHD Sanitarian Terry Smith said this morning that he has been notified these imposters have been active in at least two area counties.

March 18th

AC teacher pact changes OKed

March 18, 2011

    A unanimous vote of the Adams Central School Board on Thursday followed a strong vote by AC's teaching staff as a contract was ratified to make several changes in provisions that will remain in effect until August of 2013.
    However, according to AC Superintendent Mike Pettibone, the school board and the Adams Central Classroom Teachers' Association (ACCTA) will renegotiate salary and health benefit issues this summer.
    A fact sheet from school officials lists the following provisions in the contract:

Hunger foes gearing up to start packing

March 18, 2011

    The annual Kids Against Hunger campaign will be boosted again this year by people working in Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School north of Decatur.
    An announcement said the event on Saturday, April 16, will have two shifts to pack more than 40,000 meals, two-thirds of which will go to needy people in Adams, Wells, and Allen counties. The other third will go to other countries.

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