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March 24th, 2011

Chamber program to aid local businesses

March 24, 2011

    The Decatur Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mind's Eye Graphics of Decatur and Armanda Designs, has announced that it will present a series of events called First Tuesday to help local businesses make the most out of their assets.
    The initial First Tuesday event will be held on April 5 at 8 a.m. in Mind's Eye Graphics, 1019 Commerce Dr., at the far western end of an addition to Industrial Park.
    Officials said space is limited to 15 people.

BMS March Athletes

March 24, 2011

    As is a monthly custom, the Decatur Rotary Club hosted three Bellmont Middle School athletes for a dinner on March 17 at the Back 40 Junction.
    Swimmers Connor Ross and Reagan Burry and wrestler Quinton Ganaway were treated to a meal and given certificates for being named March Athletes of the Month by the Decatur Rotary Club.
    Rotary Club member Penny Parrish presented the three students with certificates.

Fuelling tabbed Marquette, Butler

March 24, 2011

    Jim Fuelling picked both Butler and Marquette to be in the Sweet 16, the only such picker so far (more sheets to be checked) in the Decatur Daily Democrat March Challenge NCAA picking contest. He scored 54 points in picking Ohio State.
    Josh Fisher and Chester Smith totaled 57 points and both took Kansas. Samantha Macklin did well early and earned 57 points ... but had Texas as the champ.
    Yvonne Raudenbush, a longtime Duke fan, has 54 points and her Blue Devils, and Moss Whitright as the same number and Duke.

Grace E. Heemstra

March 24, 2011

    Grace E. Heemstra, 91, Berne, died Wednesday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    She was born to Ira C. and Nina Burgess Hinkle.
    Surviving are a stepson, Ted Heemstra of Fort Wayne, and a stepdaughter, Nancy Yeager of Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Swiss Village, with graveside services at 2 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery at Reading, Michigan. Visitation is 9-10 a.m. Friday in the Swiss Village chapel.

Smoking bill needs exemptions to survive the Indiana Senate

March 24, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn’t be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
    Sen. Ron Alting, R- Lafayette, said the bill has its best shot in years of passing because of exemptions for casinos, bars, clubs and even nursing homes.

March 23rd

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

March 23, 2011

By DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE
Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.
    She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.

Roe takes crown

March 23, 2011

    Adams Central's Derek Roe took the USA Indiana Folkstyle State 125-pound championship this past Saturday, emerging from a field of 22 wrestlers. He scored four wins to go with an opening round bye to earn the championship.
    In the second round, Roe knocked off Alex Mix of DeKalb (wrestling club) 10-0, then the Adams Central state streeter knocked off Anthony Schoettle of the Center Grove Wrestling Club, 9-3.

Fox family has picking edge

March 23, 2011

    With approximately half of the huge stack of "March Challenge" brackets still unchecked (by tomorrow), there have been some interesting trends, including a strong showing from the "Fox" family.
    Middle schooler David Fox (AC) has rolled up 64 points to lead the way so far, scoring 36 points on the East-West side of the bracket. He picks Kansas over UConn for the title. David is 15 points ahead of dad, Dave, who likes Ohio State.

County must replace stop signs by ’12

March 23, 2011

    By the end of this year, Adams County must replace all its "stop" signs on rural roads with signs that are more reflective, according to county Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel.
    He told the county commissioners on Monday that he is working with the Butler, Fairman, and Seufert engineering and consulting firm in Indianapolis to seek a $50,000 grant to buy and erect the new "stop" signs.

Charters and vouchers get Bennett push

March 23, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana’s education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
    Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett told the Senate Appropriations Committee that he thought the state should seize the opportunity to remake its education system at a time when neighboring states are facing school funding cuts.

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