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April 1st, 2011

Souvenirs for 175th hoopla now on sale

April 1, 2011

    The Decatur 175th Celebration Committee has announced that souvenirs of this year’s anniversary of the city are available at five businesses.
    Picture postcards of Decatur and pre-orders for collector books are available at The Home Place, The Next Page Bookstore and More, Ritter’s Flowers and Gifts, and Yvonne Marie’s Antique Mall. Postcards also are being sold at the Back 40 Junction.

Local trails enthusiast attends statewide gathering

April 1, 2011

    Doug Milligan of Geneva, a founding member of South Adams Trails Inc., recently attended a large gathering of people from various trail groups around Indiana.
    The event, called a Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network Summit, was held at Carmel and drew some 65 people, Milligan said. Each of the representatives of local groups was allowed to describe the trail in his or her area.

March 31st

United Way finds way to meeting its goal

March 31, 2011

The 2010-11 goal of the United Way of Adams County (UWAC) will be met soon.
    That good news was imparted to approximately 40 people at a UWAC celebration event held Wednesday at the South Adams Senior Center in Berne by Ron Storey, president of the United Way board of directors.
    Storey, who once headed the United Way in Burlington, Iowa, said any United Way drive cannot succeed "without the many volunteers who get out and do solicitation and, most of all, the people who are so giving to the United Way."

Adams County 15th healthiest in state

March 31, 2011

    Adams is the 15th healthiest county in Indiana, according to a report compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, released Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health, used a series of statistics as well as individual responses to a series of survey questions to determine the health ranking of all 92 Indiana counties.

March 30th

People must be registered for NA vote

March 30, 2011

    To vote in the upcoming North Adams Schools referendum, a person must be registered to vote, Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart said Tuesday.
    Midnight next Monday is the deadline to register. For information, call the county clerk's office.
    There has been some speculation that anyone residing with the North Adams district is eligible. To cast a vote, however, a person must live within the district and be a registered voter.

New insurance plan for county employees OKed

March 30, 2011

    Adams County Auditor Bill Borne informed the county commissioners at their meeting on Monday that a new COBRA insurance plan for county employees has been approved.
    So, too, has a retirement plan that, according to the Benicomp firm in Fort Wayne, would be utilized from age 62 for early retirement to age 65 [or when a person qualifies for Social Security and Medicare] or the COBRA coverage.

March 29th

PATCHING ...

March 29, 2011

A crew of men from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was at work on Monday along US 27 north of Decatur cleaning debris from roadside cracks with a high-pressure blower, then filling the cracks with a black tar-like substance. The busy highway's northbound side was down to just one lane where the work was under way. INDOT officials said traffic will be restricted through mid-August for concrete patching. Motorists are urged to slow down and stay alert for traffic changes in the area. Officials said no detours are anticipated.

Fiber optics line OK sought

March 29, 2011

    A presentation was made to the Adams County Commissioners on Monday on a multi-use fiber-optic communications line that's being proposed to run through the county from Jay County up to Fort Wayne.
    The commissioners will vote soon on whether to approve the plans of Community Fiber Solutions (CFS), a firm founded in Ohio last October and registered for operation in Indiana in November. The firm provides telephone, television, and Internet access.

Required checks could pose problem

March 29, 2011

    The county commissioners discussed at their meeting on Monday a provision of county insurance coverage that would require all people within county government who deal with children to have criminal background checks by law enforcement agencies.
    Steve Krull, superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, said, for example, that he has 160 people who help coach soccer. So if each one has to have a full-fledged background check, that would cost $35 per person for a total of $5,600.

March 28th

Limberlost visitor center groundbreak this summer

March 28, 2011

    An almost $800,000 project to build a visitor center at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva has been fully financed, thanks to the Indiana State Museum, which put up most of the money, and local donors, who raised $200,000.
    "We have reached the goal. It is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering the size of the community we have," the site's director, Randy Lehman told the Berne Tri-Weekly News, noting Geneva's population of approximately 1,200 people.

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