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BY ERIC MANN
The Monroe Town Council wanted to take action on a proposed water rate increase at Thursday night's meeting, but could not do so because a legal advertisement which town officials had published was incomplete.
A more detailed legal ad will be printed soon in local newspapers and the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed water rate hike and vote on it in a special session at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 19, in Town Hall.
In a special meeting of the Geneva Town Council on Wednesday, sealed bids for the town's wastewater improvement project were opened and then taken under advisement.
The project is made possible through a $600,000 Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant that was awarded to the town in May. The grant requires the town to match $200,000, bringing the project total, which includes the preliminary engineering report, to more than $800,000.
A request by an Ossian man, charged with murdering a neighbor boy last July, to have his case moved outside of Wells County has been turned down by Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe.
The judge ruled that there has not been excessive publicity about the case and that an impartial jury could be selected at a trial.
Bruce Pond is accused of firing a gun toward a light on a dock on a pond at night on July 22. The shot killed four-year-old Jacob Michuda, who was fishing with his father.
The St. Marys River crested at 19.9 feet in Decatur late Wednesday morning and was receding very slowly this morning.
City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 19.8 feet at 7 a.m. today. Although its flood stage is 17 feet, the river causes no significant problems until it passes 20 feet.
And it's not even December yet.
Decatur and Adams County residents, along with much of northeastern Indiana, got a double dose of weather Tuesday, rain being followed by the first snowfall of the season.
So, this morning, the St. Marys River was up, streets and roads were slick, and most schools were closed.
Meanwhile, the Berne Fire Department pulled a driver from some high water early Tuesday evening.
Although he didn't look like a college professor during much of his appearance at Adams Central on Tuesday, Dr. Lowell Madden of the Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne was right in his element as a magician and a proponent of using famous books by Dr. Seuss to enlighten children.
He performed for more than 80 second graders at AC's elementary school.
Before he put on the Cat in the Hat outfit, the professor performed a magic trick involving an egg in a glass on someone's head.
In the midst of snow and chilly conditions, Decatur firefighters spent some four hours on Tuesday battling a fire at Woodpecker & Son, a large workshop located three or four miles north of Decatur.
The building was destroyed by the blaze.
The woodshop is owned by John Yoquelet and is located at 10063 N. County Road 100 West.
A fire department spokesman this morning estimated the building to have been 30 by 60 feet.
The three Adams County Commissioners approved on Monday a six-page "findings of fact and conclusions of law" written by a special legal counsel, Fort Wayne lawyer "Tuck" Hopkins, in regard to a closed-door hearing held by the commissioners in September concerning an incident in August involving a jailer and an inmate at the county jail.
The city of Berne has been named as a recipient of more than $300,000 in transportation department grant funding to implement the national Safe Routes To School program.
The announcement of the grant award was made near the conclusion of Monday night's regular meeting of Berne City Council.
The National Weather Service told local weather station officials late this morning that the St. Marys River is expected to crest at about 20 feet in Decatur around 8 a.m. on Thursday.
The St. Marys stood at 16.1 feet at 7 a.m. today, just under its 17-foot flood stage. But the river is continuing to rise. The river measured 15.7 feet 24 hours earlier.
Weather station officials said city received .93 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, to go along with the nearly .8 of an inch of weekend rain.