March 17th, 2013
MARION — With the state championship on the line, Bellmont junior Holly Hankenson made up most of the 20 meters she needed on the first lap, then passed the Oak Hill 1600 meter relay anchor midway through the second lap and held her off with a sizzling 59.4 as the Squaws won the event and took the 2013 Small Division indoor state track crown Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.
With the brackets set from Selection Sunday, the NCAA men's basketball tournament will officially kick off with the four play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and the second round to begin on Thursday.
In his State of the Judiciary address on Monday, Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan reported that there are 17 full-time officers working for the Decatur Police Department.
He commended Kriss Affolder for his work as the security officer for North Adams Schools. Kukelhan also noted that there is a new dog in the department, named Vary, who is used for drug detection.
Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel gave his monthly report on state funding to the commissioners at their meeting this week.
He said that the Motor Vehicle Fund is starting in March with $193,437.50, over $6,000 more than it contained this time last year. Meanwhile, the Local Roads and Streets Fund is starting the month with $27,391.21, $279.92 less than it had this time a year ago.
EP Graphics in Berne has acquired the operating assets of Mignone Communications of Huntington, creating one of the state's largest web-based printers, the company announced in a press release.
Mignone and EP Graphics will begin the transition to integrate staff and operations in the EP Graphics plant in Berne. The combined operations will have approximately 150 employees.
Miriam Dalton, regional principal of the Crossing Alternative Campus, presented a report to the South Adams School Board on Tuesday night, with the help of senior Amanda Ineichen.
Dalton reported that there are currently 19 students enrolled in the alternative education program. During the first semester, 55 percent of the Crossing students received financial aid, attendance was 84.45 percent, and retention was 94.5percent. She said 52 credits were earned, with each student averaging 2 credits.
For the third year in a row, Adams Central junior Mason Call took first place — along with $300 — in the Bridge Building Contest held recently at IPFW's College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science.
The AC Board of Education honored Call, along with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher Jonathan Patterson, Tuesday for the innovative thinking Call has demonstrated in not only winning the event, but breaking long-standing records in the process.
Lunch prices for Adams Central students will increase beginning with the 2013-14 school year in order to meet the federal standards. The AC Board of Education approved the increase Tuesday.
Cost of lunch for elementary school students will go from $1.65 to $1.75, while lunch prices for middle and high school students will go from $1.80 to $1.90.
Superintendent Mike Pettibone noted that the increase is mandatory as schools must meet federal guidelines for school lunch prices, which is approximately $2.50.
(Please note that an incorrect day for the funeral and Masonic service was listed here earlier and is in today's print edition. The following notice is correct.)
Daniel J. Mills
Daniel J. Mills, 80, of Decatur, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Dan was born on July 4, 1932, in Adams County to the late Robert L. and Harriet (Myers) Mills.
On August 1, 1967, he married Phyllis E. (Liby) Minch; she survives in Decatur.
Maria S. Alanis, 85, of Decatur, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Maria was born on May 17, 1927, in San Juan, Texas, to the late Jose and Paula (Hinojosa) Trevino.
On May 17, 1945 she married Salvador Alanis; he preceded her in death on January 29, 1995.
Maria was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was a county office assistant for the U.S.D.A. Farmer’s Home Administration for 15 years and also a homemaker.