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April 30th, 2015

Resignations, retirement accepted by AHN board

April 30, 2015

    Resignations from a member of the leadership team of the Adams Health Network and also from the hospital’s medical staff, along with the retirement of a veteran member of the Adams Memorial Hospital nursing staff, were accepted Wednesday night at the monthly AHN board of trustees meeting.
    Chief Executive Officer Jo-Ellen Eidam reported that Bill Watson, director of long-term care for AHN and administrator of the Adams Woodcrest facility, resigned and has opted to pursue other career opportunities.

Ritz retains board chairmanship, but authority reduced

April 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS  — An Indiana legislative session that Republican Gov. Mike Pence touted as an ‘‘education session’’ at its outset brought significant changes to how state education policy will be set and shifted more money to growing suburban school districts as lawmakers passed a new two-year budget.

April 29th

Parents pay for childrens’ unexcused absences

April 29, 2015

Two cases were decided recently in Adams County Circuit Court by Judge Chad Kukelhan.
    Ashley Wombacker, 26, of Berne, and Chelsey Paris, 22, of Geneva, each pleaded guilty Tuesday in two separate cases to violating Indiana’s compulsory school attendance law.
    The allegations forming the basis of the charges were that their children had accumulated excessive, unexcused absences.

Going with the flow

April 29, 2015

    Zach Blum, an employee with the city of Decatur, was among many city workers testing fire hydrants throughout the city Tuesday. Testing will continue through Thursday of this week, then will begin again Monday. A schedule of test areas appears in the print and online editions of today's Democrat.


Legion auxiliary ready for Poppy Days

April 29, 2015

    The Decatur American Legion Auxiliary is seeking donations during the annual Poppy Days distribution to be held Friday and Saturday at the following Decatur locations: Courtesy Motors Car Wash, Scotts/Kroger, Rural King and Walmart.

April 28th

Changes would keep Ritz as state BOE chair, for now

April 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers plan to rework the Indiana State Board of Education by postponing changes to its leadership until after the 2016 election.
Senate Republicans unveiled an altered Senate Bill 1 proposal Monday to allow the board to choose its own leader, but not until Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz completes her first term in office.

Total jail cost tops $22.4M

April 28, 2015

    The total projected cost to construct the new Adams County Jail is now set at $22,413,381, Construction Control Inc. Senior Vice President Joe Hoffman told the Adams County Commissioners Monday morning. The figure represents the estimated maximum amount the project will cost the county, while the actual costs could conceivably be less, Hoffman said.

Round and round

April 28, 2015

    After a week of less than spring-like weather, the skies cleared and temperatures climbed to nearly 55 degrees Monday, allowing area school children — like these young ladies at Zion Lutheran Church and School — to enjoy recess outside.


April 27th

Monroe Street project is ahead of schedule

April 27, 2015

    Work on the Decatur’s East Monroe Street project is under way and “going fairly well at this point,” city Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council last week.
    “In fact, they’re even a little bit ahead of schedule,” he added.
    The intersection of Piqua Road and East Monroe Street is currently closed, but now has a potential reopening date of May 30, Gilbert added.

Shrek Royalty

April 27, 2015

    Joe Marbach as King Harold, Andrea Curtis as Little Fiona and Caitlyn Fitzgerald as Queen Lillian were among the characters to take the stage this weekend during Bellmont High School’s theater production of “Shrek the Musical.”
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    Tonight's final Northeast Hoosier Conference baseball game will go a long...
    FORT WAYNE— The Braves used a big homerun late in the game from Brett...
    MONROE— South Adams baseball came out on the right end of the conference...


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