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July 6th, 2011

$1,000 city pay hikes OKed

July 6, 2011

    If the State of Indiana doesn't wreak havoc with Decatur's 2012 budget, city employees will be getting raises of $1,000 each after going without increases this year and last.
    Insurance changes are coming, though, with only some employees to be affected by higher costs.

Election lineup

July 6, 2011

    The passing on Tuesday of the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for the November 8 general election left just one contested race to be determined in Decatur, but presented voters with a nearly full slate of candidates in Berne.
    Voters in Decatur will have only one seat to fill. Incumbent Barb Engle, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Cameron Collier for the at-large seat on Decatur City Council.

Fireworks boom, sound fizzles

July 6, 2011

    Decatur's Fourth of July celebration was a dandy, with ideal weather, a huge crowd, the well-deserved honoring of two deceased local men, and a great fireworks show.
    There was one a hitch, though, and it was a major one: problems with the sound system.
    Chief celebration organizer Adam Eguia attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to issue plenty of praise and thanks, and to address problems with the sound system.    

July 5th

Casey Anthony acquitted of killing daughter

July 5, 2011

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.
    Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.

Two men honored at 4th ceremony

July 5, 2011

    Monday's Independence Day service in Decatur was dedicated to all who are serving in the United States military, but especially to two local men who died half-a-world apart.

Tragedy mars holiday weekend

July 5, 2011

    Tragedy marred the long Fourth of July holiday weekend in Adams County, with a young rural Monroe man losing his life in a farming accident and several people injured in traffic accident.
    Mahlon I. Schwartz, died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne on Friday night of injuries suffered in a farming accident earlier that evening.
    An Adams County Sheriff's Department report said Schwartz, 22, was run over by a hay wagon on County Rd. 200 South at CR 300 East around 7:49 p.m.

Pride marks remarkable mission

July 5, 2011

    The pride and joy was evident in Michael Baer's voice.
    It was not a personal pride, although that would have been understandable for the man who led a 16-member delegation from South Adams Schools on a remarkable humanitarian mission to provide clean drinking water to residents of the earthquake-ravaged areas around Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

June 29th

Multiple accident damages

June 29, 2011

    A pair of traffic accidents just two or three minutes apart, two miles east of Decatur on US 224 on Tuesday afternoon, injured no one, but damaged both vehicles, broke three power poles, and knocked out electrical and cable television service for a large number of people.

Jail ‘transformation’ hailed

June 29, 2011

    The Adams County commissioners have been given a report by county Sanitarian Terry Smith about an inspection he and four other local officials performed at the county jail and Smith said the 31-year-old facility "is undergoing a transformation, the likes of which is most impressive."

June 28th

Two bridge projects top $1 million in cost

June 28, 2011

    Two big bridge projects in southern Adams County, involving a combined total of more than $1 million worth of work, dominated the meeting of the commissioners on Monday afternoon: rehabilitation of the covered bridge near Ceylon and reconstruction between Berne and Geneva of a bridge that stood for many years near the Bunge North America plant at Decatur.

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