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July 18th, 2011

Hot start for 4-H Fair

July 18, 2011

    Adams County's 2011 4-H Fair opened Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds and it seems destined to be one of the hottest in years.
    A National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis said a heat wave expected to crest this week will likely linger for several days.
    According to meteorologist Dave Tucek, the weather service expects the heat wave to drag on until at least July 25. An excessive heat watch has been issued for Tuesday through at least Saturday.

Music at Geneva historic site

July 18, 2011

     Despite temperatures which eclipsed 90 degrees on Sunday, some two dozen musicians and even more spectators braved the elements to enjoy an afternoon of bluegrass and gospel music at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva.
    The Bluegrass Jams are held monthly throughout the summer in a shaded area just outside the cabin that served as the former home of author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.
    Although no admission is charged, monetary donations will be accepted.

Marshalls named for 4-H parade

July 18, 2011

    Adams County 4-H and extension service officials have announced that Mark and Jeanene Neuenschwander of rural Berne have been chosen as grand marshalls for the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair Parade.
    The parade will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, in Monroe.
    The Neuenschwanders have a combined total of 32 years of service as Adams County 4-H volunteers: 17 years for Jeanene and 15 years for Mark. They are currently the Wabash Cloverleaf 4-H Club leaders.

July 15th

Indiana ends budget year with $1.2B surplus

July 15, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After a year of spending cuts to state agencies and school districts, during which state workers were asked to do more than ever, Indiana released its final budget numbers for the fiscal year that showed it sitting on a $1.2 billion surplus.
    State Auditor Tim Berry called the state workers who bore most of those budget cuts via greater workloads, ‘‘heroes.’’

9 seeking title of ambassador

July 15, 2011

    Nine longtime members of Adams County 4-H are seeking the title of Royal Ambassador at the county 4-H Fair, which opens Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds. The winner will be announced after the parade on Tuesday night.
    The nine are: Marissa Scheumann, Megan Hreha, Audra Franz, Devan Barger, Hannah Conrad, Paul Mesing, Zan Smith, Macy Mudd, and Casey Krueckeberg. Following are sketches of each candidate:

July 14th

NA liability costs to rise 17%

July 14, 2011

    Liability insurance premiums paid by North Adams Community Schools will increase by some 17 percent this year, school district business manager Larry Carty told members of the school board on Tuesday.

Auditor was not shirking

July 14, 2011

    A page one story in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Democrat about a request by Adams County Auditor Bill Borne for the county council to approve pay increases for his staff incorrrectly reported criticism from county council member Phil Wulliman.
    The error occurred because this reporter misapprehended a change in the discussion between Borne's pay request and a visit to the council's meeting in June by Terry Smith of the county health department in regard to pay issues for the health staff.

St. Joseph School participates in voucher program

July 14, 2011

    St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur will participate in the new statewide voucher program recently signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels, school officials announced Monday. 
    In compliance with the new School Scholarship Act, St. Joseph plans to open its doors to a greater number of  families and provide enhanced educational opportunities to local parents and students, St. Joe Principal Karla Hormann said in a press release.

July 13th

Elder joins NA board

July 13, 2011

    Don Elder, a retired educator selected by sitting members of the North Adams school board in May to fill a pending vacancy in their ranks, was issued the oath of office on Tuesday as he officially joined the board.

Auditor accused of some ‘shirking’

July 13, 2011

    A request by the county auditor for the county council to consider increasing the pay of his five staff members by a total of $6,000 led to an unusual and unexpected response from a veteran councilman on Tuesday.
    Auditor Bill Borne, who was not present, had submitted a two-page, 11-paragraph, single-spaced request for the $6,000, seeking $2,000 for his chief deputy and $1,000 each for the other four staffers. The council chose to withhold action until the 2012 budget is prepared in September.

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