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October 18th, 2011
Good news and better news were delivered on Monday to the Adams County commissioners about the former Decatur Casting site on Dayton Ave.
Larry Macklin, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corp. and the person who has been overseeing the cleanup and the marketing of the old Casting area, told the commissioners that the most recent technical analysis of the location found it does not have materials that pose a threat to humans or the environment.
A semi tractor-trailer trying to make a turn from 13th Street onto Nuttman Avenue late Monday evening tipped over, causing a large roll of steel being carried by the semi to break away from the vehicle and also entrapping the driver for a short period of time.
The Decatur Police Department reported that Eric S. Lintermoot, 39, Decatur, was attempting to turn his semi at 11:30 p.m. when the semi turned over onto its side. The steel rolled off the semi and went up over the curb onto the property of the nearby Wendy's restaurant.
For those who haven't heard of Flat Stanley, meet Flat Caden.
Flat Stanley is a character in a children's book and, to emulate him, the kindergarten students in Caden Brannon's school at Huntland, Tennessee, are working on a fun project.
South Adams does it, Parkway in Ohio has done it, and Adams Central may start doing it.
"It" means live online broadcasts of high school events, primarily sports, that can be seen on computer screens anywhere in the world.
The Berne Tri-Weekly News started doing what are called "webcasts" a year and a half ago of South Adams varsity football games and has expanded to do live broadcasts of plays, graduations, and even such Berne community events as the Swiss Days parade.
The new baseball scoreboard now erected at Bellmont High School's baseball field cost some $15,000 and is several times larger than the one it replaced, which was at least 20 years old.
BHS officials thanked Adams Memorial Hospital, especially its former executive director, Marvin Baird, and First Bank of Berne for providing the money for the project. AMH gave $10,000 and FBB donated $5,000.
A large reduction in state funds for the Energy Assistance Program that's operated by Community and Family Services (CFS) has occurred and that loss will affect how much CFS will be able to assist people in need during the upcoming winter.
Millie Deaton, who heads the Adams County CFS office, said the agency received $4 million from Indiana for the winter of 2010-11, but was cut to $500,000 for the coming winter.
Fourteen candidates seeking election to municipal offices in Berne and Decatur had their four minutes of fame Thursday evening during a Meet The Candidates event in Berne.
The forum, sponsored by the Decatur and Berne Rotary Clubs and broadcast live over radio station WZBD, was held at Swiss Village retirement community in Berne.
Candidates used their alloted four minutes of air time to outline their candidacies for six contested races in Berne and one in Decatur.
Travis Brown, a motivational speaker, met with Bellmont Middle School and St. Joseph School students at BMS on Wednesday.
Brown encouraged local youngsters to step up and make a difference in their school and their world by being positive and encouraging to others.
Later in the afternoon he met with 60 BMS students, training them to live to their fullest potential, to strive to be lifelong learners, and to be leaders at BMS by standing up for what is right everyday.
Enrollment at North Adams Community Schools continues to decline, with the student population throughout the school district this year reflecting the eighth consecutive year in which student numbers have been lower than the previous year.
Superintendent Wylie Sirk told members of the North Adams school board on Tuesday that 1,854 students are enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 this year.
That number is down from 1,977 at the start of the 2010 school year.
The state Department of Education failed to act as expected at its recent meeting on a citizens' petition that would change the method of seating North Adams school board members from the current appointment process to a seven-member elected board.