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July 29th, 2011
The 40th Swiss Days festival in Berne kicked off its three-day run on Thursday, accompanied by the sweltering heat which has become all too familiar to county residents throughout the month.
While a handful of festival events were held throughout the day, official opening ceremonies were held at 6 p.m. The opener was highlighted by speeches welcoming a trio of dignitaries from a community in Switzerland with which Berne is attempting to form a Sister City relationship.
Officials of First Bank of Berne (FBB) and Peru-based AmericanTrust Federal Savings Bank (ATFSB) have announced that, subject to regulatory approvals, the Berne bank will take over all assets, deposits, and properties of ATFSB late this year.
First Bank of Berne, which has $426 million in assets, plans to add ATFSB's $83 million in assets and $84 million in deposits.
ATFSB is based in Peru and has branches in Kokomo and Bunker Hill.
The financial picture for the Adams Health Network (AHN) continued in the black for the first half of 2011 with a slight profit shown in June.
The Adams County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) recently conducted a search and rescue exercise at Swiss Heritage Village in Berne.
The CERT program began here in 2009 and, according to an announcement from the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the program "educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area and trains them in basic disaster response skills."
A Wells County man with a rural Geneva address, Caleb B. Sain, was arraigned in Adams Circuit Court on Wednesday in regard to a robbery committed on July 18 at the Walgreen Pharmacy in Decatur.
Sain, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance and was set by Judge Frederick A. Schurger for an omnibus hearing on September 30 and for trial on November 4.
The post office in Pleasant Mills is one of nearly 100 Indiana post offices included in the U.S. Postal Service’s list of facilities it will review as it looks to cut costs.
The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Some sites might be replaced by stores, libraries or government offices that offer postal services.
Most of the targeted sites are in rural areas and have low volume.
The death of a four-year-old Bluffton boy last Friday may have been caused by what the alleged suspect considered a troublesome light.
New information says the suspect arrested the next day allegedly fired two shots from a rifle with a telescopic sight toward a light where the boy and his dad were fishing, then allegedly said, "That will teach them."
Swiss Heritage Village will go to the dogs this Saturday during the annual Swiss Days celebration in Berne.
The village of restored historic buildings on that city's north side will host a dog show at noon and wiener dog races at 10 a.m.
Four races are scheduled: puppy, stud, powder puff, and the open grand championship.
Berne City Council members got their first glimpse of the city's proposed $2.2 million budget for 2012 on Monday evening. The spending outline for next year includes a general fund budget of just over $1.5 million — an increase of just $38,000 over this year's spending blueprint.
"It's a skinny budget," said clerk-treasurer Gwen Maller during a review of the document. "You don't want to spend more than you take in — like some cities do."
Despite a request earlier this year from board members of the South Adams Senior Center for financial assistance from the city for the day-to-day operations of the center, the 2012 budget unveiled before Berne City Council on Monday contained no such appropriation.