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April 20th, 2011

Storms rake county

April 20, 2011

    Storms which roared through Decatur and Adams County around 11 p.m. Tuesday brought some damage and heavy rain..
    Officials at the Decatur weather station said the city received 1.12 inches of rain, pushing the St. Marys River to 13.9 feet at 7 a.m. today — a jump of 9 feet in just 24 hours.
    Berne received 1.27 inches of rain.
    At 8:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Wabash River near Linn Grove from late Thursday night until Sunday morning.

BHS’ Early College program hailed as key economic development tool

April 20, 2011

    The transformation of Bellmont High School into an Early College High School is advancing it into an elite class in Indiana, and good schools can be a powerful economic development tool, a point underscored again and again at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council.
    Bellmont Principal Scot Croner, a driving force behind the program, was on hand to lay out details of the program, what it means to the students and their parents, and to the community as a whole.

April 19th

Sparse crowd for NA meeting

April 19, 2011

    The crowd was small and the dialog was sparse Monday evening as North Adams school officials held the first of three public meetings to discuss a property tax referendum that will be decided by school district voters on May 3.

Lehman name is on gun bill

April 19, 2011

    State Reps. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, have co-sponsored a bill, passed out of the House last week with an 82-8 vote, that aligns Indiana law in accordance to federal law permitting licensed, Hoosier gun dealers to sell firearms to customers nationwide.
     Senate Bill (SB) 94 "defends our Second Amendment right and spurs economic development by removing sales barriers in the firearms marketplace,” said Lehman in a news release.

Lawmakers push looser gun laws

April 19, 2011

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers appear determined to ease state gun regulations this year despite reservations from local officials and, some advocates say, gun owners themselves.
    ‘‘I wish the Legislature would spend more time making it harder for dangerous people to get guns rather than making it easier to have guns wherever you want,’’ said Paul Helmke, former Fort Wayne mayor and head of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

April 18th

‘Fireworks’ can spark a quick response

April 18, 2011

    "Fireworks" is what one thinks of during celebrations, such as at the Fourth of July.
    However, in this area, Fireworks means an ultra-modern way of fighting fires or handling other emergencies inside buildings.
    The idea was laid out briefly during the recent annual State of the Schools program at a luncheon meeting of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Woodcrest Retirement Community.

Briggs a key figure in Geneva history

April 18, 2011

    Moments of silence often last only 15 or 20 seconds, but the one observed on Thursday evening at Geneva for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. was lengthier than usual, running at least one minute.
    The solemn tribute to Briggs, one of the most veteran financiers in Indiana, came less than one hour after he died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Briggs led Bank of Geneva for decades and his son, Andrew, is the current bank president.

Erekson name to go on theatre as ‘Phantom’ opens

April 18, 2011

    Dual theatrical events are scheduled on Saturday, April 30, at Bellmont High School:
    The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will begin its two-day run with a large cast and crew of BHS students.

April 15th

AC is again debating a later start

April 15, 2011

    Should the school day start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8?
    That question is being considered again by the Adams Central school board, which has weekly teacher professional development sessions on Wednesdays that push that day's class starts back to 8:30.

Geneva honors own with annual awards

April 15, 2011

    They came, they met, they celebrated.
    That was Thursday evening's annual meeting of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, at which five awards were presented. More than 40 people attended.
    A lengthy moment of silence was observed for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. who died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital a short time before the meeting.

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