January 23rd, 2015
The first meeting of the 2015 Adams County Election Board took place Wednesday in preparation of the upcoming municipal elections in May.
The first order of business was to select a chairman, which the board did unanimously in its appointment of sitting chairman John Minch. Attending his first meeting as a member of the board was newly-elected Adams County Clerk of Courts Jim Voglewede.
The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for booth rentals for the annual Spotlight showcase event, to be held this year from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 at Bellmont Middle School.
The Spotlight event, which annually draws more than 2,000 visitors, according to the chamber, allows local businesses and organizations to promote and display their goods and services.
Carl Risch, the 20-year veteran head girls track and field coach at Bellmont High School, has received yet another award as he was recently named the 2014 Indiana coach of the year for that sport by the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Coaches Association.
ALBERSON SIGNS— After a stellar senior season recovering from an injury her junior campaign, Bellmont’s Sadie Alberson has signed a Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the Uinversity of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. She is seen above with her parents in the front row Brad and Jamie Alberson, while in the back stands (L-R) St. Francis coach Scott Haddix, Bellmont Athletic Director Dale Manis and Bellmont volleyball coach Craig Krull. (Photo provided)
When it came time for the weekly judicial center update at the end of Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Chairman Doug Bauman opened the report by announcing he didn’t have much to say.
There was a familiar face in the new surroundings at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting. Longtime police chief Ken Ketzler, who retired last summer, was on hand to talk about police and firefighter pensions.
Remember the city’s problem with 27 pay periods which cropped up last year? Well, it’s had an effect on pensions, too.
The Decatur Fire Department was on-scene starting at about 6:15 a.m. today at Bunge North America, 1200 N. 2nd St., in response to a fire that was believed to be in one of the facility’s drying units, according to a spokesman at the department. Firefighters from the Bluffton Fire Department were assisting Decatur firefighters with aerial units, while the Preble Volunteer Fire Department was on stand-by in Decatur should another fire occur. No further information was available when the Democrat went to press this morning.
Photo by Kellan Deam
The pros and cons of using an outside employment agency to hire people to fill county government job openings became a topic of discussion during Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey’s weekly report to the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday morning.
“I want to welcome everybody to the new city hall,” Mayor John Schultz said. And with that, the first Decatur City Council meeting in the spacious new site of city government began Tuesday night.
“This puts us in the 21st Century,” Schultz added later in the meeting.
Decatur resident Ron Gallogly took a brisk run along the River Greenway Trail Monday morning under clear skies. Rain moved into the area Tuesday, making such activities problematic.