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August 1st, 2011
(Editor's Note: The following story is used with the permission of the Indianapolis Star. Harley Parnell Hisner, father of Bellmont teacher/coach Randy Hisner, was born near Maples in Allen County. He currently resides on the outskirts of Monroeville; his wife, Anna, is at The Village of Heritage at Monroeville.)
Harley Hisner wonders how they find him.
What's that stuff in the St. Marys River?
According to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel, who led the local investigation on Friday into a brownish-looking discoloration in the water at Pleasant Mills, the material is only algae that built up in area streams and ditches due to stagnation during a long dry spell, then got washed into the river by recent rain that fell in Ohio.
Remember the project announced some four years ago to convert the former Schafer Building, at First and Madison Sts. in downtown Decatur, into a complex of 26 condominiums?
Now, the owner of that structure, Robert J. Pike of New Richmond, Wisconsin, says he still plans to create the condos, but instead of offering them to the public at-large, he plans to let United States military veterans live there.
Three "yes" votes, one abstention, and one absence on Thursday night at a special meeting of the North Adams school board saw a two-year contract with the North Adams Teachers' Association (NATA) approved.
The 40th Swiss Days festival in Berne kicked off its three-day run on Thursday, accompanied by the sweltering heat which has become all too familiar to county residents throughout the month.
While a handful of festival events were held throughout the day, official opening ceremonies were held at 6 p.m. The opener was highlighted by speeches welcoming a trio of dignitaries from a community in Switzerland with which Berne is attempting to form a Sister City relationship.
Officials of First Bank of Berne (FBB) and Peru-based AmericanTrust Federal Savings Bank (ATFSB) have announced that, subject to regulatory approvals, the Berne bank will take over all assets, deposits, and properties of ATFSB late this year.
First Bank of Berne, which has $426 million in assets, plans to add ATFSB's $83 million in assets and $84 million in deposits.
ATFSB is based in Peru and has branches in Kokomo and Bunker Hill.
The financial picture for the Adams Health Network (AHN) continued in the black for the first half of 2011 with a slight profit shown in June.
The Adams County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) recently conducted a search and rescue exercise at Swiss Heritage Village in Berne.
The CERT program began here in 2009 and, according to an announcement from the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the program "educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area and trains them in basic disaster response skills."
A Wells County man with a rural Geneva address, Caleb B. Sain, was arraigned in Adams Circuit Court on Wednesday in regard to a robbery committed on July 18 at the Walgreen Pharmacy in Decatur.
Sain, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance and was set by Judge Frederick A. Schurger for an omnibus hearing on September 30 and for trial on November 4.
The post office in Pleasant Mills is one of nearly 100 Indiana post offices included in the U.S. Postal Service’s list of facilities it will review as it looks to cut costs.
The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Some sites might be replaced by stores, libraries or government offices that offer postal services.
Most of the targeted sites are in rural areas and have low volume.