April 30th, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana legislative session that Republican Gov. Mike Pence touted as an ‘‘education session’’ at its outset brought significant changes to how state education policy will be set and shifted more money to growing suburban school districts as lawmakers passed a new two-year budget.
Two cases were decided recently in Adams County Circuit Court by Judge Chad Kukelhan.
Ashley Wombacker, 26, of Berne, and Chelsey Paris, 22, of Geneva, each pleaded guilty Tuesday in two separate cases to violating Indiana’s compulsory school attendance law.
The allegations forming the basis of the charges were that their children had accumulated excessive, unexcused absences.
Zach Blum, an employee with the city of Decatur, was among many city workers testing fire hydrants throughout the city Tuesday. Testing will continue through Thursday of this week, then will begin again Monday. A schedule of test areas appears in the print and online editions of today's Democrat.
The Decatur American Legion Auxiliary is seeking donations during the annual Poppy Days distribution to be held Friday and Saturday at the following Decatur locations: Courtesy Motors Car Wash, Scotts/Kroger, Rural King and Walmart.
MONROE— The Woodlan Warriors scored all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night holding off the Flying Jets by a narrow 4-3 margin at the Air Strip.
Four runs on five hits made it seem as though the Warriors, now 6-4 on the season, were on their way to a blowout win. Having spent time in the coaches poll top 10, the Warriors are now floating in the top 20 after receiving a few votes in this week's poll.
Adams Central continued their dominant tennis run in the early part of the season with a convincing 5-0 win over county foes Bellmont Monday night.
Bellmont, already short-handed without the use of their number two player Brielle Adams, could not take the Jets to a third set in any of the five matches played.
INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers plan to rework the Indiana State Board of Education by postponing changes to its leadership until after the 2016 election.
Senate Republicans unveiled an altered Senate Bill 1 proposal Monday to allow the board to choose its own leader, but not until Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz completes her first term in office.
The total projected cost to construct the new Adams County Jail is now set at $22,413,381, Construction Control Inc. Senior Vice President Joe Hoffman told the Adams County Commissioners Monday morning. The figure represents the estimated maximum amount the project will cost the county, while the actual costs could conceivably be less, Hoffman said.
After a week of less than spring-like weather, the skies cleared and temperatures climbed to nearly 55 degrees Monday, allowing area school children — like these young ladies at Zion Lutheran Church and School — to enjoy recess outside.
Work on the Decatur’s East Monroe Street project is under way and “going fairly well at this point,” city Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council last week.
“In fact, they’re even a little bit ahead of schedule,” he added.
The intersection of Piqua Road and East Monroe Street is currently closed, but now has a potential reopening date of May 30, Gilbert added.