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June 3rd, 2011
Eight young people who volunteer to work at Andy and Friends Coney Bar in downtown Decatur were among numerous people who recently gathered at that business to hold a thank-you party for Rick Koester, a teacher for decades at Bellmont Middle School.
The young people were his students a few years ago and they join many other current a former students in holding Koester in high regard for his career.
Flowers were one of the lead products for sale as the third year of local farmers markets opened in Decatur on Thursday.
A total of 17 vendor booths were stationed on the parking lot of Riverside Center, where the market is being held this year for the first time.
The market will be open each Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. into the fall to sell homegrown foods, flowers, plants, etc. as well as handmade craft items.
Food and beverages are also available.
Three hundred and 81 high school seniors in Adams County are eligible for graduation this Sunday at Bellmont, Adams Central, and South Adams high schools.
All three ceremonies will start at 2 p.m.
Bellmont has 210 candidates for graduation, Adams Central 84, and South Adams 87.
Tuesday was South Adams' final day of classes. Adams Central's last day for students was Thursday, with teachers due today for the final time this school year.
There may soon be a new CVS pharmacy store located across from the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower in Berne.
At a special meeting of the South Adams Schools Board on Wednesday, Superintendent Scott Litwiller announced that the school corporation received only one bid on the former elementary school property. The bid of $650,000 from GKB Enterprises, LLC (owned by Steven J. Kreigh of Decatur and the estate of Ralph E. Biggs) is contingent upon a lease being signed with CVS Corporation.
Police in Adams and Wells counties — plus state police, federal marshalls, and state conservation officers, united on Wednesday to make an anti-drug sweep, primarily in Wells County, and arrest 20 people (19 males and one woman) on a total of 44 charges.
Three others are still being sought.
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg has saved the county $22,110 in telephone charges that were inadvertently double-billed by the CenturyLink firm.
At Tuesday's meeting of the county commissioners, Beth Stratman, an account manager at the Warsaw office of CenturyLink, reported that Rekeweg did a fine job of studying the telephone records and discovering that the sheriff's office had been double-billed $1,842.50 per month for 12 months for the 911 emergency telephone system.
For the first time in Decatur's history, two Memorial Day parades were held.
On Monday, the traditional parade occurred downtown, and there was also a procession at Woodcrest Retirement Community that included six golf carts, 25 wheelchairs, at least one woman in a wheeled walker, and dozens of United States flags.
A number of residents of the nursing home participated.
A new program called Fitness Fridays will begin this Friday in Adams County, launched by the parks and recreation department, Adams Memorial Hospital, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and North Adams Food Service.
Fitness Fridays will be held each Friday through August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at several locations in Decatur. The schedule:
Speaking to more than 200 people at Monday's Memorial Day observance in downtown Decatur, former U.S. Navy lieutenant Cameron Collier, now a lieutenant-commander in the naval reserve, urged greater emphasis on seeking solutions to problems, not just making complaints.
He noted that the United States flag "stands for the very ideals we fight for, not the infighting in Washington, D.C. It is a symbol offering direction, not waywardness. It is a banner of hope, the American ideal."
A Decatur man, Andy L. Ivins, 28, received a 15-year prison sentence on Friday in Adams Circuit Court after pleading guilty in April to two counts of dealing in cocaine.
Ivins, who served prison time after a 2006 conviction here for possession of cocaine, was given two concurrent 15-year terms by Judge Frederick A. Schurger and was ordered to pay $728 in court costs and to repay local police $458 for the money used to buy cocaine from him.