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July 12th, 2011

Lightning hits Geneva library

July 12, 2011

    A lightning strike during a storm damaged a control unit on a computer in the Geneva branch of the Adams Public Library System on Monday, blew a fuse and knocked out the site's elevator, air conditioner, and Internet and Wii services.
    The incident happened around 1 p.m., branch director Rose Bryan said.
    Geneva firefighters responded to the alarm, but there was no fire.

Covered bridge pact to Ohio firm

July 12, 2011

    The Adams County Commissioners on Monday accepted the bid of Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, Ohio, for $321,910.93 to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge near Ceylon.
    The project will start soon, grant administrator Dave Milligan of Portland said, since June of 2012 is the deadline to have the work done.
    County Engineer Tim Barkey said he will help provide oversight of the project.

July 11th

Heat advisory in effect here today

July 11, 2011

From staff, AP reports
    The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Indiana today as humid air combines with readings in the 90s to make it feel much hotter.
    The weather service said today’s highs are forecast to reach the lower to middle 90s across the state, but humid air will create heat indexes in the 105 to 110-degree range. The hottest readings will be in southwestern Indiana.

Local funds given to aid honor flights

July 11, 2011

    The concept of "honor flights" to reward United States war veterans by giving them free airliner trips to visit memorial sites in Washington, D.C. began in 2004 with World War II vets and will be continued on behalf of Korean War and Vietnam War vets.
    Bob Myer of Allen County, vice president of Honor Flights of Northeastern Indiana, made that known at a recent meeting in Decatur of seven local WW II vets who were on the fifth honor flight from the Fort Wayne region to the national capital.

July 8th

July 17 official start for 4-H Fair

July 8, 2011

    The 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair will kick off on Sunday, July 17, with five days full of various events, including 4-H activities.
    Some pre-fair activities are scheduled this Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds: the 4-H  dog show at 2 p.m. and the bicycle rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Next Saturday, livestock check-in and the Battle of the Barns will be held.
    Then the fair officially begins the next day, Sunday, July 17.

New look at AMH

July 8, 2011

    Work is continuing on the circular site of the fountain being installed in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor its retiring executive director, Marvin Baird.
    The curved driveway is also being widened to provide easier access to the hospital, which opened six years ago under Baird's stewardship. He retires this summer after 23 years at the helm.

Richie suffers serious injuries

July 8, 2011

    Adrian Richie, former principal at Bellmont High School and now the principal at Lowell High School in Lake County, was severely burned in an accident at home on Wednesday.
    Reports received here say Richie was removing brush from his yard to prepare for an open house that was to be held for one of his sons, Austin, one of the state's top basketball players as a senior last season at Lowell High School.
    Somehow, the brush pile fire spread to him and he suffered serious burns over 45 percent of his body.

July 7th

City given fed grant of $1.7M for E. Monroe

July 7, 2011

    The City of Decatur has been awarded $1,366,031 in federal funds to make major improvements to the E. Monroe St. and Piqua Road area, Mayor John Schultz announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    Called the E. Monroe St. project, the work will involve new pavements and curbs, improved drainage and repaving.
    The city will have to provide a 20 percent match of approximately $340,000, which will make it a $1.7 million project..

Tent revival meeting is sought in Decatur

July 7, 2011

    Decatur apparently is going to be the site next month of a tent revival meeting.
    Rev. Jim Splawn of Huntington, representing himself and city resident Susan Osborne, told city council on Tuesday night that he would like to hold a tent revival meeting on the vacant area off Seventh St. between the city fire station and the old depot.
    According to Osborne, tent revivals were held there many years ago.

July 6th

$1,000 city pay hikes OKed

July 6, 2011

    If the State of Indiana doesn't wreak havoc with Decatur's 2012 budget, city employees will be getting raises of $1,000 each after going without increases this year and last.
    Insurance changes are coming, though, with only some employees to be affected by higher costs.

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