August 14th, 2014
Two recipients of Stellar Communities grants were announced this morning at the Indiana State Fair, and the city of Decatur was not among those recipients.
Awarded grants were the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.
"We're very disappointed, but not deterred from moving ahead with our plan," Mayor John Schultz said in a phone conversation immediately following the announcement. "Maybe we'll be back here at the state fair next year."
Janelle Riley, 68, Monroe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur.
She was born in Decatur Monday, Oct. 22, 1945, to the late Floyd M. and Mildred (Henschen) Roth.
Janelle married Gale Riley Oct. 17, 1964, in Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren; he survives.
The North Adams Community Schools’ board of education on Tuesday gave its approval for the publication of a 2015 operating budget that Business Manager Larry Carty said will “be very close” to the approximately $21 million budget approved by the state one year earlier.
Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership Coordinator Dio Hernandez has a message for motorists: Drive sober or get pulled over.
Law enforcement officers in the county are cracking down on impaired driving through the upcoming Labor Day weekend, with a zero tolerance approach for anyone attempting to drive while impaired. Officers will be working overtime to identify and apprehend those who disregard this message, Hernandez said. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail.
Adams County Engineer and newly appointed Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey appeared before Adams County Council Tuesday morning to ask their approval of a restructuring of the highway department staff. Councilors, however, were not too keen on Barkey’s desire to create two assistant supervisor positions for the department.
LEO-CEDARVILLE— The Lady Jets ventured to Lions' country at Cedar Creek Golf Course on Tuesday evening to face off against their ACAC rivals and earned third place behind Leo and the visiting Jay County Patriots.
While the Pats are new to the conference, Leo is now in their final year of the ACAC and are looking to leave their mark. The Lions stomped the Jets and Jay County with a 181 team score. The Patriots were second with 216 with Central in third at 259.
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Zerkel, 94, Wakarusa, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
Betty was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Livingston Manor, N.Y., to the late Harry and Pearl (Roosa) Stewart.
She married Hubert Zerkel Jr. Nov. 24, 1943; he survives.
The city of Decatur would like Adams County officials to consider constructing a new superior court building at the corner of 1st and Madison streets rather than on 3rd Street adjacent to the courthouse.
In an effort to entice county officials to select the 1st Street location, Decatur Mayor John Schultz and City Attorney Tim Baker appeared before Adams County Council Tuesday morning and said the city is willing to make up the difference between the acquisition and demolition costs of the two sites.
North Adams Community Schools welcomed 1,746 students through its various doors Tuesday as classes for the 2014-15 school year got under way.
Greeting those students were some three dozen new faces in the teaching ranks — from kindergarten through high school — and a handful of other teachers who have switched roles since school ended in May of this year.
April Saam (carrying her daughter Eliza) and Shelby Rector walk their sons Jackson Bingham and Wyatt Mann to their first day of school at South Adams Elementary Tuesday morning. All three county schools opened Tuesday, and their respective boards of education met later in the day.