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January 30th, 2014
Adams County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg has announced the eGov Payment Center for Adams County property tax payments has been installed, certified and is now operational.
In an attempt to enhance citizen convenience, the county treasurer’s office has launched a new online payment portal where residents may make property tax payments online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Payments may be made using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover credit card, or a business or personal checking account.
Adams County’s December unemployment rate fell nearly a point from the previous month’s level, and dipped to the lowest point in nearly six years in which the Daily Democrat has kept records.
According to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the jobless rate for Adams County last month stood at 5.4 percent, down from 6.3 percent in November and well below the rate of 7.7 percent in December of 2012. In December of 2011 the county’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.
With all three Adams County schools back in session — albeit on a two hour delay — things may slowly be returning to normal in the Decatur area.
After bone chilling temperatures have kept all but the most hardy hunkered down inside nice, cozy homes and offices, Mother Nature seems to be loosening her grip as temperatures are expected to reach a high of about 20 degrees today.
Kory, a 9-month-old kangaroo, made a visit to Decatur Tuesday, accompanying a veterinarian in whose temporary care he was under into the Eichhorn Jewelry story.
Adams County Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel on Monday updated the Adams County Commissioners on what his department has been doing to keep area roads cleared of ice and snow during the most recent cold snap.
From staff reports
Indiana is closed. Well, not really, but pretty close. With temperatures predicted to hit their lowest mark of the year today, all schools in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are closed, as are several businesses, churches, food banks, libraries and county buildings in the surrounding area.
At press time, Decatur city offices and Adams County offices remain open, as do most local businesses.
The Mizpah Shrine Circus performed during the recent weekend at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, drawing in huge crowds — and a few protesters.
A dozen or so protesters stood outside the main entrance to the coliseum before Saturday’s 2 p.m. show. Members of the group held signs that voiced their animal activist opinions and thoughts on the treatment of animals used in the circus performance.
Decatur businessman Ed Dyer has filed the necessary paperwork and will seek the Republican nomination for the position of Adams County Clerk of Courts in the May primary election.
Incumbent clerk Gayla Reinhart is barred by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term.
Five inches of fresh weekend snow, blowing winds and bone chilling temperatures are once again wreaking havoc on the Adams County area.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for most of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio effective until 1 p.m. this afternoon. Strong winds gusting to around 35 mph Sunday caused considerable blowing and drifting snow, according to the NWS. Winds gradually diminished throughout the day, however secondary roads may still be impassable.
Jeremy Gilbert, operations manager for the city of Decatur, said his department’s snow plow operators hit the streets early Sunday “and were out all day.” “We were doing real well Sunday keeping ahead of things until early evening, then the winds picked up and we lost all the ground we had gained. But that’s the way it goes,” Gilbert said this morning.