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November 13th, 2014

Jail, court plans, costs, laid out to county council

November 13, 2014

    The Adams County Council was given an update on the plans for a new county jail from a representative of the contracted architectural firm of Schenkel-Shultz and general contractor Construction Control Inc. at Wednesday’s meeting.
    The building will house 180 inmates and contain areas for work release and the EMA and should handle the county’s needs for at least the next 20 years and meets all state jail standards, council was told.

Helping Hands

November 13, 2014

    The St. Joe Elementary School fourth grade students of Marybeth Busick, Abby Dyer and aide Daphne Wellman took time to rake the yards of some elderly residents in Decatur earlier this week — before local temperatures plummeted. Above, some of the 13 participating St. Joe students rake leaves at the home of Bonnie Kohne.


November 12th

Veterans honored at BHS; WW II nurse singled out

November 12, 2014

    A hushed silence fell over the crowd gathered in Bellmont High School’s  Erekson Theatre as the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard slowly marched across the stage, posting the colors to kick off a special Veterans Day program Tuesday morning.
    Area veterans, students and residents stood in respectful silence as the BHS choir sang the National Anthem, while those unable to stand sat at attention throughout the anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

NA policy on part- time students gets closer to resolution

November 12, 2014

    Deciding the fate of part-time students seeking to enroll in North Adams Community Schools has become a full-time job for board of education members. Discussions once again centered on the issue during Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

Johnson partially reinstated by defender board

November 12, 2014

    After 90 minutes in executive session and that much additional time in public debate, the Adams County Public Defender Board on Tuesday reinstated former Managing Public Defender Joseph Johnson III to the public defender’s office — but stripped him of the manager’s position.

November 11th

Adams Central rolls out the Red, White and Blue carpet

November 11, 2014

    Military veterans from across Adams County came to Adams Central High School Monday afternoon to accept thanks and accolades from friends and neighbors for their service to their country and to be an inspiration to younger generations.
    But many of those veterans themselves surely were inspired by the heartfelt and poignant message delivered by the ceremony’s featured speaker.

Carnegie group has some ideas

November 11, 2014

    The Friends of the Carnegie Library group has been busy since their last appearance before the Adams County Commissioners, Adams County Historian and Friends President Louise Wolpert told county commissioners Monday.

Ivy Tech chancellor is luncheon speaker

November 11, 2014

    Dr. Jerrilee K. Mosier was the featured speaker at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday. Mosier has been the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne for four years.
    Mosier spoke about the benefits of community colleges on the areas they serve. She said Indiana has a 34.3 percent college attainment rate. It is a goal of Ivy Tech to help people obtain new skills and education and use what they learn to find quality jobs with income growth that boosts the economy in the community.

November 10th

It’s been a wonderful life

November 10, 2014

(Editor’s note: In today's Democrat is the second in a two-part series on the life of Ed Coil, who will retire from the board of Adams County Commissioners on Dec. 31.)

    Adams County Commissioner Ed Coil, during a storybook lifetime that started in rural Ohio and found its way to Pleasant Mills, experienced a different world when — as an employee of the Fort Wayne-based Zollner Corporation — he found himself being transferred to the metropolis of Detroit.

1st glimpse of winter is predicted this week

November 10, 2014

    Heavy snow and plunging temperatures are expected to hit the Upper Midwest this week, dropping as much as a foot of snow on the region and pushing thermometer readings down by as much as 40 degrees overnight. The powerful storm, which is coursing into the area from Alaska, will likely bring the first major snowfall of the season.


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