October 14th, 2011
Fourteen candidates seeking election to municipal offices in Berne and Decatur had their four minutes of fame Thursday evening during a Meet The Candidates event in Berne.
The forum, sponsored by the Decatur and Berne Rotary Clubs and broadcast live over radio station WZBD, was held at Swiss Village retirement community in Berne.
Candidates used their alloted four minutes of air time to outline their candidacies for six contested races in Berne and one in Decatur.
Travis Brown, a motivational speaker, met with Bellmont Middle School and St. Joseph School students at BMS on Wednesday.
Brown encouraged local youngsters to step up and make a difference in their school and their world by being positive and encouraging to others.
Later in the afternoon he met with 60 BMS students, training them to live to their fullest potential, to strive to be lifelong learners, and to be leaders at BMS by standing up for what is right everyday.
From the time Bellmont senior hitter Payton Schultz recorded the first point of the night with a tip kill to the moment she concluded the scoring in the third game with appropriately enough another tip kill, the Squaws showed the Wayne Generals no mercy in virtually coasting to an extremely easy 25-8, 25-8, 25-5 win on Senior Night at the Teepee.
Enrollment at North Adams Community Schools continues to decline, with the student population throughout the school district this year reflecting the eighth consecutive year in which student numbers have been lower than the previous year.
Superintendent Wylie Sirk told members of the North Adams school board on Tuesday that 1,854 students are enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 this year.
That number is down from 1,977 at the start of the 2010 school year.
The state Department of Education failed to act as expected at its recent meeting on a citizens' petition that would change the method of seating North Adams school board members from the current appointment process to a seven-member elected board.
During his Decatur Chamber of Commerce address on Monday, Tom Nordwick, president and chief executive officer of the Adams Health Network (AHN), spoke about the medical practitioners here.
He said the replacement surgeon for Dr. H.S. Lee, who retired this year earlier than expected due to health reasons, will start next July 17, 2012. He currently is finishing his medical studies at Michigan State University.
Lydia C. Kalthoff, 103, formerly of Decatur, died at 3 a.m. on Sunday in The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
She was married to Ernest H. Kalthoff, who is deceased.
The good news for the Bellmont boys cross country team is that they managed to score well enough to advance from the IHSAA cross country sectional they hosted Tuesday night to the regional at Marion this Saturday.
The Braves ended up fifth out of 11 teams (the top five advance to the regional) with 127 points despite the fact Bellmont senior Evan Boucher ran a 16:53.63 race that was good for third place out of 75 runners on the day.
Bellmont continued its tradition of advancing its girls cross country team out of the sectional and into IHSAA regional action Tuesday evening with the Squaws placing fourth to move on to regional action Saturday morning at Marion on the Indiana Wesleyan University course.
A committee has been assembled at North Adams Community Schools to study and review the school district's current use of buildings and grounds, with the goal of returning recommendations a year from now that will guide school leaders in making long-term decisions regarding housing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.