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January 18th, 2011

IU fan wants school to return to red

January 18, 2011

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University fan is pressing the ‘‘Cream and Crimson’’ school to dump its team uniforms’ traditional deep red color and return to the brighter shade of red the Hoosiers sported for decades after adopting that hue in the 1970s.

January 17th

No one hurt as NA bus struck

January 17, 2011

    The second accident involving a school bus in Adams County in less than a week occurred Friday in downtown Decatur at 3:20 p.m.
    A Decatur Police Department report said Lydia A. Lockwood, 16, Hickory Road, Decatur, was eastbound in her van at the intersection of Monroe and Third Street. She told police she thought she had the green light and entered the intersection.

Fire destroys mobile home; no injuries

January 17, 2011

    Fire destroyed a mobile home in the Country Acres area, southwest of Decatur, late Sunday night and killed two dogs that were in the residence.
    No people were home when the fire started.
    A spokesman for the Decatur Fire Department said today that the mobile home was owned by Michelle Colbert and that the blaze remains under investigation.
    Damage also was incurred by a parked pickup truck and the exterior of a neighboring mobile home.

January 14th

Bennett praises N. Adams

January 14, 2011

    North Adams Community Schools have received praise from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Bennett for achieving adequate yearly progress (AYP) in each of the past seven years.
    In a letter from Bennett to Superintendent Wylie Sirk, Bennett congratulated the district for its efforts.
    "This is an outstanding accomplishment and I want to express my gratitude for the hard work of your teaching staff and the strength you have shown as superintendent in your district," Bennett's letter said.

Bill brings beer to State Fair

January 14, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Visitors to the Indiana State Fair will be able to drink a cold beer or sip Indiana wine as they chow down on fried food if one lawmaker gets his way.
    Rep. Robert Cherry, R-Greenfield, has filed a bill to lift a longtime ban on alcohol at the annual fair. He told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne that alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.

January 13th

Repair work at BMS could top $300,000

January 13, 2011

    A preliminary assessment of water leakage problems at Bellmont Middle School has determined that repairs at the school could cost more than $300,000.
    Larry Carty, director of facilities and grounds for the school district, said Structure Tec Group had performed the assessment and will set bid specifications for the project. Damage has been caused by ground settling in portions of the middle school building and some irregularities during the original construction of the building more than two decades ago.

Black year is a good one for hospital

January 13, 2011

    When Adams Health Network (AHN) officials were trying to figure out the 2010 budget a year or so ago with crossed fingers they anticipated a nearly break-even year.
    Given the fact that the bottom line from 2009 showed a deficit of $1,775,902, the 2010 projections were optimistic at best. But a new program that has done a better job at controlling expenses plus increased utilization of some AMH services showed the hospital with a balance of $660,378 in the black for the past year.

January 12th

NA to put tax levy on ballot

January 12, 2011

    Voters in the North Adams school district will be asked in May to approve a general fund referendum tax levy which, if successful, would generate $1.25 million annually for seven years to support the financially-struggling district.

City gets 4.5 inches of snow

January 12, 2011

    Decatur and Adams County were digging out today from Tuesday's snowstorm, and the good news is that no more snow is likely for the foreseeable future.
    Officials at the Decatur weather station reported a 4 1/2-inch snowfall.
    The National Weather Service said there was a 30 percent chance of further snow here today, and none tonight or Thursday. Chances of snow are pegged at 20 percent Thursday night and through Friday, and at 40 percent for Saturday.

South Adams property sale debate continued

January 12, 2011

    Discussion continued at Tuesday's meeting of the South Adams Schools Board regarding plans for selling the former Berne elementary school property.
    Acting Superintendent Scott Litwiller noted that the school corporation has hired the surveyor and appraisers necessary to move forward with the process.

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