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November 11th, 2011

Superintendent keeps unusual promise

November 11, 2011

    A different type of football huddle was seen at Adams Central's Regional pep rally on Thursday night.
    Superintendent Mike Pettibone, half-bald, but all-AC, told the crowd that when the Flying Jets were in the midst of a five-game losing streak, he promised to let the team members write their names on his head if they won a Sectional.
    Last night, Pettibone made good on his pledge and sat while the boys gathered around and wrote away.
    The Jets play at Sheridan tonight.

13th St. to reopen today

November 11, 2011

    Decatur Street Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that the latest reconstruction of the railroad crossing on S. 13th St. will be done today and the five-lane highway should be reopened to traffic between noon and 4 p.m.
    Thirteenth St. is the right-of-way of two US highways, 27 and 33.

40-year-old stadium needs repairs

November 11, 2011

    A report from Larry Carty, the North Adams director of transportation, facilities and grounds, at this week's school board meeting turned out primarily to be a discussion with the board over what repairs need to be done at Bob Worthman Stadium.
    Money for the work will be included in the North Adams capital projects fund, but both Carty and the board agreed that finances dictate that not everything that needs to be done will be accomplished in the coming year.

November 10th

Railroad work continues

November 10, 2011

     A mini-valley of dirt and concrete was created on Wednesday across five-lane 13th St. between Adams and Patterson Sts. by workers who will reconstruct the crossing to make it smoother.
    Repair work has been done several times in recent years, but proved unsuccessful. The accompanying photo, looking east, was taken at midafternoon Wednesday.
    It is hoped that the work can be completed by Friday.
    City police have made numerous arrests of semi drivers for being off the posted detour route.

Brunes want NA numbers probe

November 10, 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.

City-county building vote likely

November 10, 2011

    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.

November 9th

North Adams elected board is handed approval by state

November 9, 2011

    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.

Idea advanced to pay for a new jail here

November 9, 2011

    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.

November 8th

Collier wins big; McKean, 4 Republicans winners in Berne

November 8, 2011

    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.

Railroad crossing work continues

November 8, 2011

     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.

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