February 27th, 2015
Decatur resident Blas Mendez celebrated his 90th birthday with a party in his honor Saturday night at the Decatur Knights of Columbus hall. A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Decatur Mayor John Schultz of the Key to the City. In his “From Left Field” column in today’s print and online editions of the Democrat, former managing editor Bob Shraluka takes a closer look at Mendez’ long and storied life. Also pictured is Blas’ newphew, Ike Mendez.
Indiana’s graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year jumped to 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent the year before, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education earlier this week.
Indiana’s non-waiver graduation rate also saw an increase. The non-waiver graduation rate was 83.4 percent, up from 81.7 percent in the previous year.
A crowd of more than 60 people attended a free seminar on the subject of the separation of church and state conducted by local attorney Cory Sprunger Thursday night at the First Mennonite Church in Berne. Sprunger opened the meeting by noting his program was for those who “have a passion for faith” as well as a “passion for public work.”
MONROEâ€”Adams Central's 6'7 junior center Luke Voirol came off the bench Thursday night to give the Jets a solid double-double and paced the host team to a 43-34 decision over the Parkway Panthers.
Voirol didn't start the game for the 6-14 Jets but entered several minutes into the contest and immediately made his presence known. With the Jets trailing 8-2, Voirol scored three first period baskets, the last of which came on the third offensive rebound of an AC possession to bring them back to within one at 11-10.
It’s official. There will be no May primary election in Adams County this year.
Adams County Election Board members, meeting Wednesday afternoon in the basement of the county courthouse, turned to the Indiana Revised Code for direction and determined that — because no contested races are scheduled in any municipal primary contest — no primary is necessary.
Arbitrary changes by federal regulators have created a severe blow to sterling ratings recorded a month ago by both Adams Heritage Nursing Home in Monroeville and Adams Woodcrest Nursing Home in Decatur it was announced Wednesday night by Bill Watson, director of long-term care at Adams Health Network, during the February meeting of the AHN Board of Trustees.
With a few inches of snow still on the ground, high winds that blew into the area Tuesday created drifts along roadways and sidewalks. While the snowplows were out clearing the roadways, clearing sidewalks is left to area residents like Chester Smith, Monroe.
Adams Central's Kaine Luginbill capped off an unprecedented prep wrestling career Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, standing on the podium with 117 wins under his belt, and a shiny fourth-place state medal draped around his neck.
"I'm retiring the singlet," Kaine announced two minutes after the medal ceremony at 170 pounds.
"It was fun while it lasted, and it felt good to end this way. It didn't end quite how I wanted it to, but I was on the podium."
The person who knows Kaine the best, his mother, Diane, is not surprised that he is ready to move on with his life.
While Pvt. Danny Colbert of Decatur was deployed on his second tour in Kuwait and Afghanistan, his partner, Mary Bistro, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Elena. Colbert returned home Sunday and met his daughter for the first time. Prior to their reunion, Colbert and Elena bonded through video chats.
The Adams County Emergency Management will host the annual weather-spotters class for Adams County at 6:30 p.m., March 24 in the South Adams School cafeteria, 1000 W. Parkway St., Berne. The class is free and open to the public.
Some items to be covered in the class include discussions surrounding hail, damaging winds, thunderstorm and tornado development, local storm ready programs, what to look for and criteria associated with severe weather events, how to spot weather properly and safety issues.