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May 5th, 2011

County jail is being spruced up

May 5, 2011

    The Adams County Sheriff's Department is sprucing up the county jail and facing different situations regarding three deputy sheriffs.
    Sheriff Shane Rekeweg made the report at Monday's meeting of the commissioners, saying the public areas of the jail have been repainted, the hallways are being repainted, and the cellblocks will be repainted as soon as possible because the number of inmates is temporarily down.

May 4th

Referendum bid crushed

May 4, 2011

    Voters in the North Adams school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a general fund referendum which would have generated $1.25 million in additional property tax revenues annually for seven years.
    Ballot results showed 86 percent of district residents who went to the polls on Tuesday were not in favor of a tax increase. The final tally was 2,144-345 against the referendum.

Cool day, warm talk: fireworks

May 4, 2011

    It may have been another mostly foul day in Decatur — you know, the kind we've had way too many of lately: cool, damp and windy — but inside City Hall the talk was of warmer times: the Fourth of July and the city's annual fireworks show.
    Chief Organizer Adam Eguia was on hand at the city council meeting to make his annual pitch for the fireworks display and, also as usual, it was quickly and unanimously given.

Hughes wins Fort Wayne primary

May 4, 2011

Hughes wins Fort Wayne primary
    A former Allen County councilwoman —and former head of the Chamber of Commerce in Decatur — won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in the November election.
    Paula Hughes got 56 percent of the vote to easily win a five-candidate field in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
    The Journal Gazette reports Hughes says she’ll challenge city spending under Henry and plans to cut the mayor’s salary and take-home vehicle.

May 3rd

Key extension office opening bumps up against hiring freeze

May 3, 2011

    Will someone from Purdue University attend next Monday's meeting of the Adams County Commissioners to help the three executives decide whether to fill a vacancy on the staff of Purdue's Cooperative Extension Service office in Decatur?
    That was the unanswered question after a lengthy debate held Monday.

County’s tough times noted in discussion

May 3, 2011

    During Monday's discussion about whether or not to break the county hiring freeze and fill an educator's position in the county extension office, Commissioner Ed Coil pointed out that due to budget cutbacks, the highway department has lost seven employees in the past four years (largely by retirements) and only recently replaced one of them.

May 2nd

School referendum up Tuesday

May 2, 2011

    Voters in the North Adams Schools district will be the only Adams County residents going to the polls Tuesday as they decide whether to approve or reject a North Adams request for $1.25 million over a seven-year period.
    Only registered voters who reside in the North Adams district are eligible to vote on Tuesday.
    Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Some precincts will vote at the same site. The voting places:

Theatre takes Erekson name

May 2, 2011

    Bellmont Theatre at Bellmont High School was formally renamed "Erekson Memorial Theatre" on Saturday night in a ceremony following a student production of the musical "The Phantom of the Opera."
    The posthumous honor was accorded to Reid and Evelyn Erekson, who were in charge of BHS plays from 1970-81 and who both died in 1990.

April 29th

Stutzman: stop wild spending

April 29, 2011

    Using two charts to illustrate his points about the federal budget, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman told some 110 people at Thursday's Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Decatur that the GOP plan keeps the budget under control, but the Democratic plan will double the national debt to $28 trillion.

River crests today

April 29, 2011

    The St. Marys River apparently crested at approximately 21 feet in Decatur this morning, and with at least 24 hours of dry weather forecast, this week's steady rise may ease.
    The possibility of more rain exists Saturday night and Sunday, though, but the good news is that the National Weather Service's (NWS) extended outlook sees no precipitation for this areaa the first half of next week.

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