By order of the Indiana General Assembly and by design of the state's Department of Education, a new system of teacher evaluations will go into effect next year for all public school and charter school instructors.
At the December meeting of the Adams Central school board, Superintendent Mike Pettibone, a member of the Indiana State School Board, gave a video presentation about the evaluations.
The St. Marys River was expected to crest at about 17.4 feet — just above its flood stage — in Decatur this morning, local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service.
A saturated city received .16 of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, boosting the three-day total to 1.26.
The St. Marys, meanwhile, has risen 10 feet in the past 48 hours, to 16.6 feet at 7 a.m. today.
The area continues under a flood warning.
Officials of Adams Memorial Hospital have announced that for the fifth year in a row AMH has been listed as an error-free healthcare facility by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Tom Nordwick, president of Adams Health Network, which operates the hospital and other sites in Adams and Allen counties, said continuation of error-free status "is due directly to the work put in by our staff and strict adherence to patient safety issues."
Keyed by solid wins from seniors Blake Adams at 126 and Dewey Melcher at 152 pounds, and back-to-back falls from Jon Poling at 113 and Bob Keuneke at 120, Bellmont kept its NHC train roaring with a convincing 43-14 win over Carroll at the Teepee Thursday night.
The win, which clinched at least a tie for the NHC regular-season crown, puts the Braves at 6-0 in the conference with only Homestead left. Bellmont is now 14-2 overall while Carroll slipped to 7-3 and 3-3 in the league.
GARRETT—The Jets took on half the ACAC field in the Garrett-hosted conference quad match and came away with three decisive victories in each match.
The three matches had almost identical outcomes with AC winning first over Woodlan, 61-9, then 63-12 over Southern Wells, and finally crushing the home team Railroaders, 62-10 to cap off the perfect night despite several Jets suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Drawings for the 89th annual boys and 38th annual girls ACAC basketball tournament were revealed Thursday afternoon in a meeting of conference coaches and athletic directors held at the Back 40 Restaurant in Decatur.
ACAC president Steve Rhoades, athletic director at Garrett, noted the ACAC boy’s event is the longest running conference tournament in the state of Indiana and thanked the numerous corporate sponsors including the orthopaedic group ONE in Fort Wayne for their generous assistance in putting the tournament on.
The woman who has headed Decatur's storm water department since March of 2004, Joan Eichhorn, has resigned for "personal reasons" and reimbursed the city for almost $5,000 in claims which she submitted and which were disputed by the city.
Eichhorn's resignation letter was dated Wednesday, December 14, the same day a hearing was held at City Hall by the Decatur Storm Water Board to discuss her situation. The board also met in executive session on December 6 to discuss the matter.
The continuous decline in enrollment at North Adams Community Schools and the transiency of students in and out of the school district was outlined in a report presented to the school district's board of education at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
At a meeting of the South Adams Schools Board this week, Director of Facilities Dave Vorhees gave a report on the new rules for indoor air quality.
He said the schools are now required by the state to have written policies on vehicle idling, animals in the classrooms and chemical management. Some other requirements include monitoring carbon dioxide and humidity levels and taking care of water or mold damage within 48 hours of detection.
Herman C. Linnemeier, 90, of rural Decatur, died Tuesday in Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home at Fort Wayne.
He was born on October 17, 1921, to Edward and Nora Thiele Linnemeier.
Among survivors are his wife, Ruth, to whom he was married for 70 years; a son, Eugene A. Linnemeier of Decatur; and a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Karen S.) Short of Fort Wayne.