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December 5th

Decatur will re-apply for Stellar grant in ‘15

December 5, 2014

    Ushered into the waiting room but denied access to the main lobby last time, city officials are eager to try again in 2015 for a Stellar Communities grant. City council on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to go forward with another application next year.
    It also agreed on a 5-0 vote to hire a full-time community coordinator who would, among other things, pull together various groups to offer a strong presentation to Stellar Communities officials. 

A fixture in Geneva, Doug Milligan says farewell to council

December 5, 2014

    For Geneva Town Councilman Doug Milligan, Tuesday evening’s monthly town council meeting was a bittersweet occasion. The event marked the final meeting for Milligan as a representative on the town’s governing council, a position he has held for the past six years.

County teachers to share performance grant $$ from state

December 5, 2014

    In its first distribution of teacher performance grants, the State of Indiana Thursday awarded more than 1,300 schools with $30 million to reward thousands of high-performing teachers.
    Receiving grant awards in Adams County were Adams Central elementary, middle and high schools, Bellmont middle and high schools and South Adams elementary, middle and high schools.

Eicher’s late points lift Lions past Central grapplers, 39-36

December 5, 2014

    In a battle of two of the top junior middle weight wrestlers in the Fort Wayne Semi-State area, Leo's Isaac Eicher charged in for a key third period takedown and made it stand up, handing AC's Hunter Bates his first loss of the season (2-0) and leading the visiting Lions to a 39-36 ACAC victory Thursday night at Central.
    Both the Lions, 6-0, and the Jets, 3-4, scored five falls, but all three decisions went the Lions' way in the key early-season showdown.

December 4th

Dawn E. Thomas

December 4, 2014

    Dawn E. Thomas, 49, Decatur, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.
    Among survivors are her two sons, Tyler Ellenberger of Ohio City, Ohio; and Ethan Ellenberger of Decatur; a daughter, Kayli Ellenberger of Portland;  companion, Paul Ray Marshall of Decatur; six sisters, Dianna (Duane) Ehlerding of Decatur; Donna (Larry) Bender of Convoy, Ohio; Doris Lautzenheiser of Decatur; Deborah (Doug) Schmit of Geneva; Lory (Garry) Wilson of Decatur; and Denise (Doug) Beahrs of Decatur; and granddaughter, Kinlee Ellenberger.

City plans 11th-hour pitch for 1st Street court site

December 4, 2014

    Although everyone acknowledged that it was like the old adage of beating one’s head against a brick wall, Decatur Mayor John Schultz said late in Tuesday night’s city council meeting he will meet individually with the three Adams County Commissioners in a last-ditch attempt to get them to locate a new superior court building on 1st Street at the site of the Schafer building.

Mayoral praise

December 4, 2014

    The annual Decatur Christmas tree-lighting evening  drew praise from Mayor John Schultz during Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting. Schultz offered thanks to the Downtown Small Business Association for what he said was a “wonderful” ceremony on the courthouse lawn Sunday night.
 

Geneva council takes wait-and-see approach to Connect To Careers funding

December 4, 2014


    Just as she did last week before the Adams County Commissioners, Connect to Careers Board President Trois Hart appeared before the Geneva Town Council Tuesday evening to update officials on the status of the organization and to ask for their help in providing financing. Funds are needed to allow the non-profit  group to proceed in its mission of creating “opportunities for career advancement through a fully engaged and effectively prepared workforce,” Hart said.

December 3rd

Mary Ellen Kortenber

December 3, 2014

    Mary Ellen Kortenber, 88, Decatur, returned to her heavenly Father Monday, Dec.1, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center. She was born at the family home on John St. in Decatur Nov. 25, 1926, the eldest daughter of the late Joseph Franklin and Hazel Leora (Tumbleson) Kortenber.

Decatur to add ‘coordinator’ to oversee Stellar efforts

December 3, 2014

    It was assured at Tuesday’s city council meeting that Decatur is going to be hiring someone to become what is now being called a “community coordinator.” The final title could come in one of several forms — marketing director, vice mayor, economic development director — but it will in all likelihood be a full-time position.

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