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July 15th, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After a year of spending cuts to state agencies and school districts, during which state workers were asked to do more than ever, Indiana released its final budget numbers for the fiscal year that showed it sitting on a $1.2 billion surplus.
State Auditor Tim Berry called the state workers who bore most of those budget cuts via greater workloads, ‘‘heroes.’’
Nine longtime members of Adams County 4-H are seeking the title of Royal Ambassador at the county 4-H Fair, which opens Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds. The winner will be announced after the parade on Tuesday night.
The nine are: Marissa Scheumann, Megan Hreha, Audra Franz, Devan Barger, Hannah Conrad, Paul Mesing, Zan Smith, Macy Mudd, and Casey Krueckeberg. Following are sketches of each candidate:
Liability insurance premiums paid by North Adams Community Schools will increase by some 17 percent this year, school district business manager Larry Carty told members of the school board on Tuesday.
A page one story in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat about a request by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne for the county council to approve pay increases for his staff incorrrectly reported criticism from county council member Phil Wulliman.
The error occurred because this reporter misapprehended a change in the discussion between Borne's pay request and a visit to the council's meeting in June by Terry Smith of the county health department in regard to pay issues for the health staff.
St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur will participate in the new statewide voucher program recently signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels, school officials announced Monday.
In compliance with the new School Scholarship Act, St. Joseph plans to open its doors to a greater number of families and provide enhanced educational opportunities to local parents and students, St. Joe Principal Karla Hormann said in a press release.
Don Elder, a retired educator selected by sitting members of the North Adams school board in May to fill a pending vacancy in their ranks, was issued the oath of office on Tuesday as he officially joined the board.
A request by the county auditor for the county council to consider increasing the pay of his five staff members by a total of $6,000 led to an unusual and unexpected response from a veteran councilman on Tuesday.
Auditor Bill Borne, who was not present, had submitted a two-page, 11-paragraph, single-spaced request for the $6,000, seeking $2,000 for his chief deputy and $1,000 each for the other four staffers. The council chose to withhold action until the 2012 budget is prepared in September.
A limestone mountain that's also a fountain was dedicated on Tuesday in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor the man who's retiring after being its executive director since 1989 — Marvin Baird.
Baird, who came to Adams County in the midst of a career as a hospital management expert, will leave in coming weeks to move to Greenwood with his wife, Jackie.
Berne City Council on Monday officially signed a contract with LICA LLC for continued improvements to the city's sanitary sewer collection system. The local firm's bid of $789,627 was accepted in April as the lowest of nine submitted for the work. The engineering estimate for the project was $925,000.
A lightning strike during a storm damaged a control unit on a computer in the Geneva branch of the Adams Public Library System on Monday, blew a fuse and knocked out the site's elevator, air conditioner, and Internet and Wii services.
The incident happened around 1 p.m., branch director Rose Bryan said.
Geneva firefighters responded to the alarm, but there was no fire.