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May 4th, 2011
Voters in the North Adams school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a general fund referendum which would have generated $1.25 million in additional property tax revenues annually for seven years.
Ballot results showed 86 percent of district residents who went to the polls on Tuesday were not in favor of a tax increase. The final tally was 2,144-345 against the referendum.
It may have been another mostly foul day in Decatur — you know, the kind we've had way too many of lately: cool, damp and windy — but inside City Hall the talk was of warmer times: the Fourth of July and the city's annual fireworks show.
Chief Organizer Adam Eguia was on hand at the city council meeting to make his annual pitch for the fireworks display and, also as usual, it was quickly and unanimously given.
Hughes wins Fort Wayne primary
A former Allen County councilwoman —and former head of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur — won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in the November election.
Paula Hughes got 56 percent of the vote to easily win a five-candidate field in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
The Journal Gazette reports Hughes says she’ll challenge city spending under Henry and plans to cut the mayor’s salary and take-home vehicle.
Will someone from Purdue University attend next Monday's meeting of the Adams County Commissioners to help the three executives decide whether to fill a vacancy on the staff of Purdue's Cooperative Extension Service office in Decatur?
That was the unanswered question after a lengthy debate held Monday.
During Monday's discussion about whether or not to break the county hiring freeze and fill an educator's position in the county extension office, Commissioner Ed Coil pointed out that due to budget cutbacks, the highway department has lost seven employees in the past four years (largely by retirements) and only recently replaced one of them.
Voters in the North Adams Schools district will be the only Adams County residents going to the polls Tuesday as they decide whether to approve or reject a North Adams request for $1.25 million over a seven-year period.
Only registered voters who reside in the North Adams district are eligible to vote on Tuesday.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Some precincts will vote at the same site. The voting places:
Bellmont Theatre at Bellmont High School was formally renamed "Erekson Memorial Theatre" on Saturday night in a ceremony following a student production of the musical "The Phantom of the Opera."
The posthumous honor was accorded to Reid and Evelyn Erekson, who were in charge of BHS plays from 1970-81 and who both died in 1990.
Using two charts to illustrate his points about the federal budget, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman told some 110 people at Thursday's Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Decatur that the GOP plan keeps the budget under control, but the Democratic plan will double the national debt to $28 trillion.
The St. Marys River apparently crested at approximately 21 feet in Decatur this morning, and with at least 24 hours of dry weather forecast, this week's steady rise may ease.
The possibility of more rain exists Saturday night and Sunday, though, but the good news is that the National Weather Service's (NWS) extended outlook sees no precipitation for this areaa the first half of next week.
Unlike many of his congressional colleagues who have been greeted rudely by constituents in the wake of recent GOP-proposed spending cuts and suggested revisions to Medicare, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence on Wednesday spoke for more than an hour with a well-mannered crowd of some 100 area residents gathered at Decatur's Riverside Center.
Pence, R-6th, opened with some brief introductory comments about recent efforts in the Republican-controlled House to curb federal spending before opening the floor to questions.