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January 28th, 2014
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.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz has signed a proclamation officially declaring Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 as National Drug Facts Week, a time for youth to learn what science teaches about drug abuse and addiction, and how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior.
Two semis carrying large beams left the Prestress Services Industries LCC plant on Winchester Road north of Decatur Thursday morning en route to an unknown destination. The trucks had a large contingent of Indiana State Police vehicles as escorts.
Photo by J Swygart
Mostly, I sat.
Recently, the Decatur Daily Democrat initiated a new feature called “Lunch with a Reporter,” wherein a member of the editorial staff plops down at a local restaurant and makes themselves available to the public to share a cup of coffee and accept feedback, story ideas, newsworthy tidbits from residents or simply to exchange pleasantries.
Well, I did manage to exchange pleasantries, but mostly, I just sat.
The Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio, on Tuesday evening welcomed the State Ballet Theatre of Russia in its classical telling of “Cinderella.”
The story line follows a poor, orphaned child who lives with her two step-sisters, Skinny and Plump, and a step-mother. Cinderella is portrayed as a giving, kind-hearted young lady who took an old beggar woman off the streets and mended her with food and water.