April 9th, 2015
BAKER TO FRANKLIN— Electing to continue his baseball career, Bellmont’s Brett Baker signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play for Franklin College in the 2016 season. Brett sits with his mother Shelly and father Gary, while Athletic Director Dale Manis and Bellmont baseball coach Ben Fawbush stand behind. (Photo provided)
Changes in Decatur’s Tax Increment Financing setup have been finalized and, it is hoped, by 2016 will bring some TIF funds to the city’s redevelopment commission.
The announcement was made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Used as a subsidy for redevelopment, TIF is a method of public financing. Future gains in taxes in a designated area are collected, then used to finance improvements.
Dark skies and heavy rain moved into Adams County Wednesday morning, forcing this woman and her young daughter to dodge raindrops on their way to the store. By early afternoon rain clouds had yielded to sunshine and milder temperatures.
“Nobody likes to raise rates, but we are simply not getting anything done,” and there is much to do, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting, where it was made plain that storm water rates are going to be rising.
The city’s current rate is $1.80 and has been in place since 2004, he noted, adding that some communities have rates as high as $10 to $15.
The announcement came five days later than originally planned, but Mayor John Schultz’s confidence and optimism proved prophetic: Decatur has been named one of three finalists in its population group seeking up to $4 million in state funding through the Indiana Stellar Communities program.
It’s heavy trash week in Decatur, and city crews were greeted by some mammouth curbside deposits, such as this one on Northbrook Court. Heavy equipment was needed to clean up the site.
In a surprise announcement at Tuesday night’s monthly Geneva Town Council meeting, recently appointed Clerk/Treasurer Barry Moore submitted his letter of resignation, effective May 1.
BERNE— Darkness nearly overtook the Starfires’ opening night baseball contest on Monday night despite the contest needing only five frames to reach a conclusion.
After three hours of baseball, the Norwell Knights emerged victorious at Harry Anderson Field with a brutally lopsided 27-4 win over the hosting Stars.
The Adams County Department of Child Services, along with the county child abuse prevention group Supporting All Families Everyday, kicked off a week of events for Child Abuse Prevention Week by planting a pinwheel garden on the courthouse lawn Monday.
County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Brown was a speaker at the ceremony. Brown spoke about the obvious and not so obvious ways children can be abused.