August 18th, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked the Indiana Department of Education from using new teacher contract forms that would have allowed school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay.
It seems only a matter of time now until the eyesore building at Monroe and Second streets is owned by the City of Decatur ... and demolished.
City council on Tuesday night approved a deal with owner Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton in which the city will pay $25,000 for the building and assume the cost of asbestos removal.
The lengthy paperwork process has begun for re-erecting a large railroad bridge over the Wabash River between Berne and Geneva as part of the South Adams Trails hiking and biking project.
Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey told the county commssioners last week that the bridge, which was dismantled by the Bunge North America plant in Decatur last summer and currently is in storage at Geneva, will probably be reinstalled at its new site in 2014 because it will take that long to complete the process.
A proposed city-county building in downtown Decatur took another step toward reality Tuesday night when Decatur City Council unanimously agreed to spend the funds necessary for its involvement in such a project.
While a city-county building still has numerous hoops to jump through, momentum seems to be building. Now that the city has committed to paying the Schenkel Schultz architectural firm of Fort Wayne to move forward on plans, it's almost assured the county will follow suit.
A Decatur rock and alternative music band called My Lost Tribe will perform twice on Saturday, August 27, in downtown Decatur during the city's 175th anniversary celebration.
The first show will be during the sidewalk sale at the Adams County Courthouse from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the second show will be that evening at a "battle of the bands" at Vinnie's Bar on N. Second St.
FORT WAYNE — Bellmont lost three Division-1 players from it's 3A state championship team. Here's the bad news for the Squaws' opponents, it was hard to tell much difference in quality Tuesday in the season opening sweep at Bishop Dwenger.
"We might surprise some people," said Bellmont coach Craig Krull, who obviously was very pleased with what he witnessed in the 25-19, 25-18, 25-7 wins in the Saints' gym.
Bellmont opened its tennis season with a complete sweep of Fort Wayne South Side Tuesday, winning the varsity contest 5-0 and the jayvee 3-0.
Payton Selking scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Antonio Gooden at No. 1 singles. Phillip Bauman clupped John Dukarski 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Evan Selking scored a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nate Thomas.
HARTFORD CITY — Blackford scored on and early break away but it was all BHS after that. Alex Hammond broke the ice 10 minutes in for his first of 3 goals on the night.
Other braves adding to the tally were Dan Worth with 2 goals and 2 assists, Holland Herman with 2 goals and 1 assist, Andy Hess with 1 goal and 1 assist, and Cameron Beinz added an assist.
South Adams volleyball coach Ashley Buckingham figures a program that has found victories hard to come by has to go back to the basics.
The 2010 Starfires were just 5-28 on the season and they were 0-8 in the ACAC but Buckingham asserts "we are continuing to build a new attitude in the volleyball program at South Adams. We might now have improved our record greatly last year but we did grow in our skill level and in turn gained respect from our opponents."
Blackford bested South Adams in girls' varsity and reserve golf on Monday. The Lady Bruin first team won, 201 to 207, and the JV team won, 266 to 276.
In varsity play, the Lady Starfires had these scores: Kristen Lehman, 46; Samantha Schwartz, 50; Kristal All, 53; Abbie Fisher, 58; and Alleigh Wingler, 61.
Blackford had a 46 by C. Weeks-Foy, 51 by Z. Mann, 52 by A. Morris and B. Jones, and 56 by S. Batten.