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April 23rd, 2015

Jobless rate stays at 4.8%

April 23, 2015

    Adams County’s unemployment rate stayed steady at 4.8 percent in March, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county’s jobless rate was 5.7 percent in March of 2014.
    Local unemployment 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.

Shinabery, Braves get 2nd straight no-hitter, 10-0

April 23, 2015

    The Bellmont Braves continue to make their case as the sectional favorites on the baseball diamond.
    Wednesday’s example came at the expense of the North Side Redskins as the Braves toppled their Fort Wayne foes in five frames, 10-0.
    Oh, and Mason Shinabery recorded the second no-hitter in as many nights for Bellmont 24 hours after Ryan Okoniewski did it Tuesday at home against South Side.
    Tough break for the Sides in Fort Wayne.

April 22nd

Decatur cop jailed for text messages

April 22, 2015

    A Decatur police officer is facing two felony charges following a week-long investigation by the Indiana State Police Department.
    According to a probable cause affidavit, ISP Detective B. Douglas Jackson responded to a report April 15 that Spencer R. Wilson, 25, sent  two females — both of whom are under the age of 18 —  photographs of his genitalia via text and Snapchat.
    Wilson is being charged with two counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

BHS holds dress rehersal for 'Shrek'

April 22, 2015

     Bellmont High School students Alan Hosier as Donkey and Josh Ainsworth as Shrek rehearse their performances of the stage play “Shrek,” to be presented at BHS at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Erekeson Theatre.
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Sponsors sought for downtown planters

April 22, 2015

    For many years the downtown Decatur area has been beautified by beautiful plants and blooming flowers. These planters have enhanced the beauty of the historic downtown area for several years. If this program is to continue, we need the support of the entire community.

April 21st

Ok throws no-no for Braves

April 22, 2015

    Ryan Okoniewski hit South Side's Kyle Reichert in the top of the fifth inning with a pitch that put him on first base.
    It was the only time a baserunner reached in the game for the Archers as the junior hurled a complete game no-hitter to lead the Braves to an 8-0 win on Tuesday night.

Behind-the-scenes support is crucial to BHS stage production of ‘Shrek’

April 21, 2015

    When Shrek the Musical opens in the Erekson Theatre at Bellmont High School Friday night, two virtually unseen groups will have a major part in the success of the production. 
    The set construction crew, under the direction of Rick Smith, has been working since mid-March on the multiple sets needed for the production.  Audience members will be transported from a storybook to Shrek’s swamp to Duloc to Fiona’s Tower and finally to the Cathedral with many other stops in between. 

Brune wins Cato Scholarship

April 21, 2015

    Many times when gazing through the looking glass at student-athletes and their accomplishments, the student gets lost in translation.
    Bellmont senior Josh Brune is the epitome of the term student-athlete and prides himself on being the best at both portions. After winning one of 13 IHSAA/C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarships this year, now he has proof.
    Josh recently attended the banquet dinner down in Indianapolis for the event where he was a bit overwhelmed by the trip.

Andrews wins first place in AP contest

April 21, 2015

    Decatur Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews captured a first-place plaque for excellence in column-writing in this year’s Indiana Associated Press Managing Editor’s competition.
    The awards were announced Friday night during a banquet in Indianapolis.
    Competing against newspapers with much larger circulations, this is the second consecutive year the Daily Democrat has captured at least one first-place award in the IAPME contest.

Donations sought for Golden Meadows auction

April 21, 2015

    Golden Meadows Home, 3646N C.R. 200E rural Decatur, will host its 21st annual auction to benefit the Special Needs Resident Fund beginning at 10 a.m. June 13.
    The auction will feature new merchandise, gift certificates from local businesses, items from out-of-town entities — such as professional sport teams, hotels, camp grounds and amusement parks — used merchandise in good condition and a food tent that will feature a tasty luncheon menu.

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