January 29th, 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BERNE— A 59-52 wire to wire victory for Bellmont over South Adams on Tuesday night seemed to be a lot closer than the end result.
The Braves improved to 5-8 with the win, while the Stars dropped to 4-8 on the season.
"I was proud of the way we started the game, the way we continued to push and the way we finished the game," noted Bellmont coach John Baker. "I would have liked to have hit some more of our free throws to extend the lead but I can't fault the effort tonight."
BOWLING FOR SECTIONALSâ€” Above is Bellmont bowling team that recently won the Hoosier Conference Sectional Team Championship besting Huntington North. Also advancing as individuals on the team were Brice Moser who finished fifth with a 607 series, and Josh Brown who was seventh with a 596 series. The team is seen here starting in the front (L-R): Brandon Brown, Stephen Gage. Back: coach Greg Gage, Brice Moser, Corbin Burkholder, Josh Brown, coach Josh Montgomery. Not pictured, Shelby Smith. (Photo provided)
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.
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.