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April 4th, 2011

Decatur native plays crucial role in finding weapon used at Martinsville school shooting

April 4, 2011

    Authorities in Martinsville have a gun as evidence in the March 25 middle school shooting, thanks to Decatur native Jon Fennig, an Indiana Conservation officer, and his resource protection dog, Abby.
    Fennig, who works out of Johnson County, was called in to look for the weapon when Martinsville authorities, familiar with him and his partner, called for assistance.

City to plant nearly 700 trees

April 4, 2011

    Nearly 700 trees will be planted in Decatur this year and in 2012 by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
    Some 350 trees will be planted in wooded areas of city property to make up for ash trees being lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insect. These trees will be about four feet high.
    Another 250 will be planted in city parks and along streets to make up for dying ash trees. These will be about 12 feet tall.

Decatur police chief honored by peers

April 4, 2011

    Leaders of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police have announced that longtime Decatur Police Chief Kenneth Ketzler has been awarded that organization's William Sudbury Memorial Leadership Award, given to those who "most consistently exemplify the highest standards of leadership."
    Ketzler, who has been at the Decatur Police Department for a number of years, also previously served as a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

April 1st

Butler/VCU grad’s ‘heart with Butler’

April 1, 2011

    As a doctor specializing in treating emergency room cases, Dr. Jonathan Schmitz of Indianapolis is involved regularly in matters of life and death.
    As a graduate of Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University, making a decision about which team to support in Saturday’s men’s basketball Final Four semi-final game is much easier.

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.

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