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January 27th, 2011
By KRISTIN BARON
Decatur firefighters rushed to a home at 1209 Eagle Ridge Court around 10:30 a.m. today for a major house fire. No one apparently was in the home at the time. Damage appeared to be extensive.
A solution, suggested by officials in Wells County, has been found to handle the placement of Adams County Highway Department drivers so they can quickly assist fire departments, ambulances, etc. during massive snowstorms.
The solution, outlined by highway superintendent Mark Mitchel to the county commissioners this week, is to select four of the 16 drivers who live no more than a mile from Decatur, Berne, Preble, and Geneva and let each of them take a county dump truck with a plow home when a big winter storm is in the forecast.
Two women, one of whom is a Decatur resident, were handed prison terms by Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller on Tuesday.
A term of two and one-half years went to Deborah S. Leeson, 39, Decatur, who pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person. It was her second conviction of intoxicated driving, the first having occurred in 2008 in Adams County.
The unemployment report for the final month of 2010 provided an upbeat spin on the just-completed year: Joblessness in Adams County during December hit its lowest level since October of 2008.
Statistics released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed the county's December unemployment rate of 8.7 percent was nearly a full percentage point below November's 9.6 percent reading. The county's October 2010 jobless rate was 9.1 percent. Adams County began 2010 with an 11.8 unemployment rate in January.
Tickets are now on sale for the 41st annual St. Joe-Notre Dame Smoker, to be held on Sunday, February 13, starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Lodge 864 on High St.
Seniors from last year's Notre Dame football team, including backup quarterback Brian Costello, will be the guests of honor. The players will also visit St. Joseph Catholic School to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Decatur's industrial diversity was shown today as this huge concrete I-beam made by Prestress Services filled the largest intersection in town as it was turned south onto US 27, heading for a bridge project somewhere. Prestress Services is one of the many different types of industries in Decatur,
Anya Pinkerton is the new executive director for the Adams County Farm Service Agency.
She began her duties on January 18, replacing longtime director Jay H. Gould, who retired.
Pinkerton is from Liberty, Indiana, south of Richmond, where she and her husband have a grain and beef cattle operation.
After coming up a mere three votes short in the 2007 general election, longtime Berne city council representative and local businessman Bill McKean has once again announced his intention to run for mayor in that city.
A report by and about the Park Center counseling business in Decatur was given at the January meeting of the Adams County Council, since Park Center gets an annual $172,116 subsidy from the county.
Paul Wilson, chief executive officer of Park Center, and Tonya Eiden, the manager of the Decatur office, gave the following figures about the agency's operations here from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010:
• 670 clients seen.
• 6,513 services provided to those clients.
Ideal Suburban Homes and Ideal Realty has been named recipient of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of the Year award, while the Small Business of the Year winner is Rebecca Cochran's certified public accounting firm.
Both will be honored at the organization's annual meeting on Thursday, February 3, at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.
Reservations for the Chamber event must be made by January 25 by calling the office, 724-2604. Tickets are $25.