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September 17th, 2014

Court plans have local group riled

September 17, 2014

Decatur Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting he and City Attorney Tim Baker met with the Adams County Council earlier in the day and learned the county group, by an unofficial 4-3 vote, supported putting a new superior court building on 3rd Street.
    That plan included demolishing the current superior court building, once a Carnegie Library structure. Schultz’s announcement led to a discussion in which the spokesman for a group wanting to save the one-time library building said they had been misled by county officials.

September 16th

A county-owned DRONE?

September 16, 2014

Adams County Data Processing Director Landon Patterson gave the Adams County Commissioners a glimpse of the future at Monday afternoon’s weekly meeting, offering a PowerPoint presentation and YouTube video on the capabilities of an unmanned aerial vehicle he saw demonstrated while in Indianapolis last week
    It’s uncertain whether or not the commissioners liked what they saw.

Police defend use of surplus military weapons

September 16, 2014

When Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg took office in 2011, the deputies patrolling the 340 square miles of land that make up his agency’s jurisdiction were armed with a sidearm in their holster and a shotgun in their squad cars.
    That quickly changed, though, thanks to a federal program that has been supplying police departments across the country with military-grade surplus weapons since the mid-1990s.

Trash disposal rate hike to hit Berne, Decatur hardest

September 16, 2014

Increases in the cost of disposing trash — approved Monday morning by the Adams County Solid Waste Management District’s board of directors — will have the most dramatic  effect on the cities of Decatur and Berne.
    Following a public hearing which attracted no comments, the solid waste board on Monday approved the first hike in county refuse disposal fees in five years. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

September 15th

Trending video: Trestman addresses media after Bears upend Niners

September 15, 2014

VIDEO: Trestman addresses media after Bears upend Niners

Court document spells out allegations in rape, child molestation case

September 15, 2014

    Court documents filed in the case of Michael A. Motter — charged last week with single counts of rape and sexual battery and five counts of child molesting — allege the defendant engaged in unwanted sexual acts with two young girls in Berne.

Excellence in Education — SA teacher Michael Baer recognized for Dots In Blue Water, Habitat work

September 15, 2014

    South Adams science and chemistry teacher Michael Baer has been chosen to receive an Excellence in Education award, sponsored by the national organization AdvanceED, South Adams High School Principal Trent Lehman reported at last week’s monthly school board meeting.

Commissioners allow county clerk to break hiring freeze

September 15, 2014

    Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart appeared before the Adams County Commissioners last week, seeking permission to break the county hiring freeze and create a part-time position within her department.
    Reinhart stated new federal regulations allow members of the public to view records kept by her department, requiring the redaction of all personal information contained in more than 2,800 cases on file with the clerk of courts office.

September 12th

Sewer project exemptions determined

September 12, 2014

    The Adams County Regional Sewer District’s board of directors Thursday evening tentatively approved exemption requests from six property owners, allowing those homeowners to delay hooking into the county’s planned first-ever rural collection system. Ten similar exemption applications were rejected by the board.

AC board eyes alternatives to RISQ program

September 12, 2014

    Troubled students at Adams Central Schools may face a new method for out-of-school suspension next year after the board of education on Tuesday moved to look at a less expensive alternative to the RISQ program used by the school.

 

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