March 10th, 2011
Teachers at North Adams Community Schools who are at or near retirement age have been offered a one-time incentive to cement their retirement plans.
Superintendent Wylie Sirk reported to the board of education during its meeting Tuesday that federal stimulus funding has made possible the retirement incentive program, which will award a one-time payment of $15,000 to qualifying teachers who announce their retirement plans by April 1. The incentive payment will not affect other retirement benefits, Sirk said.
What might downtown Decatur and near-downtown look like in a few years?
It could appear quite a bit different, depending on what decisions are made regarding the location of Adams Superior Court and the county probation department.
Peggy L. Brobst, 51, of Decatur, died Tuesday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
James A. Urick, 57, of Fort Wayne, died March 4 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Decatur on August 7, 1953, to Robert and Ethel Tumbleson Urick.
His only survivor is a brother, George Urick of Decatur.
A private family funeral service will be held later, with arrangements by Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home of Decatur.
It's only a matter of time before a new Adams County Jail will have to be built, since the current one is almost 31 years old and can hold only 60 inmates.
At Tuesday's session of the county council, a discussion about building a new jail was held, with council president Randy Colclasure saying one idea that's been propounded is for a 250-bed jail.
The long and drawn out saga surrounding how members of the North Adams school board are seated may finally be over. Board members voted on Tuesday evening to accept a citizens' petition that calls for board members to be elected, effectively replacing the school district's 40-year method of filling board seats by appointment.
Barring an 11th-hour remonstrance from citizens who prefer to retain the appointment method of filling seats, board members will be elected, on a staggered basis, beginning in 2012.
Scott Litwiller will no longer be the acting superintendent of South Adams Schools.
At their meeting on Tuesday, school board members (except for Steve Dobler, who was absent) unanimously approved Litwiller for a four-year contract as superintendent, effective July 1, 2011.
Robert D. Marquardt, 85, of rural Monroeville, died at 6:25 p.m. Monday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
He was born on April 25, 1925, in Monroeville to Edward and Bertha Salway Marquardt.
He married Opal P. Feasby on July 28, 1945, in Monroeville; she passed away on November 9, 1999.
Brian Hakes of Decatur has been named to the Coaches All-City Team of the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association.
A junior at Bellmont High School, the 6-3, 205-pound Hakes was one of four defensemen chosen to the 12-player squad (10 skaters, 2 goalies). The team was selected by coaches of the six teams; they could not vote for their own players.
Senior guard Joe Baker was the only Bellmont player named to the All-NHC squad this year as he was put on the second team.
The 6'2" senior led the Braves with a 10.1 scoring average this season, easily the top scorer for the 4-18 Braves team.
Bellmont went 0-7 in the NHC, which didn't give coach Larry Patterson much leverage at the conference coaches meeting recently. Homestead won the conference with a 7-0 mark while Columbia City and Carroll both went 5-2 and Norwell 4-3.