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March 13th, 2014

Lehman: ‘We shouldn’t have had school’

March 13, 2014

    North Adams Superintendent Brent Lehman has taken responsibility for the decision to keep North Adams Community Schools open Wednesday despite adverse weather conditions.
    “The decision was made at 6 a.m. while it was still raining and 34 degrees,” Lehman explained. He accepted full responsibility for the decision, saying the call was his and he regrets the decision.

Winter storm brief, but intense

March 13, 2014

    Another day, another 5.25 inches of snow. Although officially spring is just a week away, Adams County residents are still feeling the sting of Mother Nature’s wrath after yet another winter storm slammed the area Wednesday.
    Another day, another 5.25 inches of snow. Although officially spring is just a week away, Adams County residents are still feeling the sting of Mother Nature’s wrath after yet another winter storm slammed the area Wednesday.

Judge attributes overcrowding at jail to increasing drug use

March 13, 2014

    The Adams County Jail has been averaging a daily head count of around 70 inmates lately, Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan said Monday during a State of the Judiciary address presented to members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.
    And that’s simply unacceptable.
    The jail was designed to hold 53 inmates, and the state would prefer the county to run at 80 percent of max capacity — about 40 inmates — Kuklehan said.

March 12th

Travel status upgraded to watch level

March 12, 2014

    Adams County is upgrading the travel status to watch level immediately. The upgrade means the conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential or emergency travel is recommended. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.

Jail/court estimated cost: $26.6 million

March 12, 2014

    The total projected cost associated with the construction of a new Adams County jail and superior court building is estimated to be $26.6 million, Todd Samuelson, a partner with the accounting firm of H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Plymouth, informed county council Tuesday morning.
    Umbaugh has been retained to assist the county with the financing aspects of the project, and appeared before council to update the full body on funding data the firm had arrived at through discussions with the delegated committee and consultants.

NA school bus in ditch

March 12, 2014

A school bus from the North Adams school district found the going difficult on Piqua Road this morning as heavy snow and high winds hampered travel in the county. According to reports, no students were on the bus at the time of the slide-off. North Adams was the only school in the county that did not cancel classes this morning. The Adams County Emergency Management Agency issued a travel level advisory by 8 a.m. today.
Photo by Ashley Thieme
 

North Adams board recognizes award-winning teacher

March 12, 2014

    The North Adams Community Schools’ board of education recognized the accomplishments of middle school art teacher Scott Cummings at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.
    Cummings recently was awarded the National Wild Turkey Federation 2013 Conservation Educator of the Year award in Nashville, Tenn., for his unique approach to educating the youth about wildlife and conservation through art.

March 11th

Sentencing reforms will have major impact on Adams Co.

March 11, 2014

    The annual State of the Judiciary address was presented by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan and Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller to members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at Monday’s monthly noon chamber luncheon at Woodcrest retirement community.
    Miller, during his portion of the address, touched upon changes coming this summer in the way some criminal defendants are sentenced and where they serve their stints of incarceration.

Barge builder gets ‘super’ abatement in Berne

March 11, 2014

    With the final hearing held Monday night, Mid-America Foundation Co., doing business as Poseidon Barge, received a super tax abatement by a unanimous vote of Berne City Council.
    Under a scoring system put in place by the city to rank applications for the enhanced tax abatements now available in Berne, City attorney Dave Baumgartner reported MAFC received scores of 94 for real property and 96 for personal property, well above the required 70 points necessary to qualify for the abatement.

Hebein sings Sinatra

March 11, 2014

Decatur resident John Hebein entertained the crowd at Saturday’s Spotlight business expo in Decatur with a selection of Frank Sinatra tunes.
Photo by J Swygart
 

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