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January 29th, 2015

County jobless rate still 5%

January 29, 2015

    Adams County’s unemployment rate remained at 5.0 percent for the second consecutive month during December, according to figures released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The rate for the final month of 2014 was .4 percent lower than one year earlier. Local jobless figures bottomed out during 2014 at 4.3 percent in September after hitting a yearly high of 6.0 percent in February. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.

UPDATE: School closings and delays

January 29, 2015

      UPDATE: Parkway Local Schools in Ohio has cancelled classes for today. All three Adams County public school systems, St. Joseph Catholic School and Wyneken Lutheran Memorial are all operating on a 2 hour delay due to freezing rain creating icy road conditions. Crestview Local, Van Wert City Schools and Vantage Career Center in neighboring Ohio are also operating on a 2 hour delay. We will update this information as needed.

January 28th

Northwest fourth grader, fire chief exchange honors

January 28, 2015

     An unusually warm day in November started off like any other for the family of Northwest fourth grader Hailey Smith. However, before the day was done, Hailey would become a heroine. See Thursday's print or online edition of the Democrat for the complete story.

‘Can we just send them a thank-you note?’

January 28, 2015

    Every year, Adams County pays an annual self-funded reinsurance fee to health care provider BeniComp as part of the contractual agreement with the company. This year, the total amount of the reinsurance fee was $57,960, due to be paid to BeniComp by Jan. 15.
    Monday morning at the weekly meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Auditor Mary Beery reported an anomaly in the billing process resulted in another entity erroneously paying the fee for the county.

Tuesday sledding

January 28, 2015

    With rain in the forecast for Thursday, opportunities to sled down the big hill along Piqua Road in Decatur may be short-lived. These two boys took advantage of the opportunity Tuesday afternoon.

Dropping in

January 28, 2015

   City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert makes use of the new utility drop box located behind the new city hall building, which is monitored by a security camera. Decatur residents wishing to make utility payments may now do so at the new location.

January 27th

Jail cost projections altered downward

January 27, 2015

    Joe Hoffman, senior vice president for Construction Control Inc., updated the Adams County Commissioners Monday on the latest cost totals associated with the planned construction of a new Adams County jail.

New press will ‘revolutionize’ EP Graphics, execs tell council

January 27, 2015

    The purchase of a new piece of equipment will revolutionize production at EP Graphics and provided extra incentive for Berne City Council on Monday to unanimously pass a resolution approving the renewal of the company’s annual CF-1 tax abatement.

You know the drill

January 27, 2015

    It had been a while since they’d been needed, following more than a week of mostly pleasant (for January) weather, but snowblowers emerged from garages en masse Monday morning following a 2-inch snow which fell the previous day.

January 26th

Holdman: ‘Time to pull the alarm’ in battle against meth and heroin

January 26, 2015

    The two-year state budget currently being debated in the Indiana General Assembly will likely include additional monies necessary to combat the social ills caused by an epidemic of heroin and methamphetamine use in the Hoosier State.
    That was one of the messages brought to Decatur Saturday morning by the two men who represent Adams County at the Statehouse.

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