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March 12th, 2015

What to do with Worthman Field?

March 12, 2015

    A little-known fact surfaced during the North Adams board of education meeting Tuesday evening when Superintendent of Schools Brent Lehman informed the board the district still owns Worthman Field, located at the corner of 13th and Adams streets in Decatur.
    The question, Lehman said, was what to do with the land.

School closings and delays

March 12, 2015

     (6:59 a.m.) All three Adams County public school systems, St. Joseph Catholic and Wyneken Lutheran Memorial schools are operating on a 2 hour delay this morning due to fog. Also running on a 2 hour delay are Northern and Southern Wells schools, and Crestview Local, Parkway Local and Van Wert City in neighboring Ohio. Jay County is running on a 3 hour delay at this time. We will update this information as it becomes available.

March 11th

First set of bids for rural sewer higher than engineer’s estimate

March 11, 2015

    After more than five years of planning and negotiations, Adams County’s first-ever rural sewer collection system took a giant step toward reality on Tuesday with the opening of the first of two sets of construction bids for the project.
    The estimated $5 million sewer project is designed to serve approximately 270 rural customers from Monmouth and Roe Acres to Bobo and Pleasant Mills. 

North Adams BOE hears options for future renovations

March 11, 2015

    Renovations to the Bellmont high school-middle school campus may become a reality sooner rather than later if all goes according to plan.
    Superintendent of Schools Brent Lehman told the North Adams board of education in January that by 2020, all mortgages currently held by the district will be paid off, freeing funds for much-needed repairs.

Drug court moves toward reality

March 11, 2015

    Drug Free Adams County Executive Director Kelly Sickafoose and Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday  and the Adams County Council Tuesday to ask for their approval in accepting a $4,000 grant from Drug Free Adams County to establish a drug court here.
    To meet the state guidelines for creating a drug court, “we need a qualified training coordinator,” and Sickafoose is the only one with all those specific qualifications, Miller said.

March 10th

County eyes reduced health care costs

March 10, 2015

    Elaine Shafley, owner of Shafley Plan Management Services, Plain City, Ohio, appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday morning to update them on changes she has recommended or negotiated on the county’s behalf to reduce the cost of insuring its employees.

I&M CEO: EPA regs more harm than good

March 10, 2015

    Paul Chodak III, president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power, was the featured speaker Monday at the monthly Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Indiana Michigan Power provides electrical service to customers in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. American Electric Power, I&M’s parent company, spans 11 states and has a system of 38,000 megawatts of electricity.

Geneva marshal: Meth busts are ‘more frequent’

March 10, 2015

March 9th

Geneva eyes LOIT funds for fire equipment

March 9, 2015

    In his recent report to the Geneva Town Council, Fire Chief John Patch stated he continues to shop for a cargo van to replace his department’s aging equipment van. He noted that while the equipment van is the lowest value vehicle in his fleet, it carries the most expensive contents.

Bowlers help raise money for JA

March 9, 2015

    The annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event was held Saturday at Villa Lanes in Decatur. Bowlers of all ages and styles turned out to help raise money for the organization’s local programs.
    According to Nicci Gamble, area JA coordinator, Junior Achievement provides in-school, economic education for more than 1,200 students in the North Adams and Adams Central School districts. Local community leaders and parents donate their time working in partnership with educators to bring JA programs into the classrooms.

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