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February 18, 2014
IN BRIEF
Swiss Village 5K event a go
Swiss Village announced the first race of the Adams County  5k Run / Walk Challenge – the Swiss Village 5K Lauf/ Spaziergang (Run/ Walk & Senior Walk) – will begin at 9 a.m. April 1, at the Arthur and Gloria  Muselman Wellness Pavilion. This is a family-friendly race and strollers are welcome. Visit the Swiss Village website at  www.swissvillage. org for more details, registration materials, and course map. Preregister by March 31 and save $5 off the registration fee. Registration materials may also be picked up at the  Museleman Wellness Pavilion or Swiss Village front desks. Unique awards will be given to the top three finishers per age group and gender, as well as overall female and male winners. Make this a family event, join fellow co-workers, a youth group event, or walk in honor or memory of a loved one. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Swiss Village Endowment Fund. For more information contact Sarah Conrad at 589-4496.
THE WEEK OF TUESDAY
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STATE OF THE COUNTY: ‘PRETTY GOOD’ Berne council okays Swiss theme incentives
Adams County commissoner Doug Bauman delivered the annual State of the County address to a Decatur Chamber of Commerce crowd Feb. 10 at Woodcrest retirement community. Photo by Mike Lamm
Business tax, criminal code areas of concern for officials in 2014
By MIKE LAMM Adams County Commission President Doug Bauman pronounced the county “in pretty good shape, overall,” at the Feb. 10 State of the County address at the Woodcrest Retirement Center. Bauman expressed “some concerns over legislation” pending in the Indiana General Assembly, “but financially were in good shape, despite the fact that revenue” continues to decline. The commissioner specifically singled out a proposal by Governor Mike Pence to eliminate Indiana’s tax on business equipment and the revision of the state’s criminal code as two areas of “major concern” for local governments. The loss of income from the elimination of the business personal property tax could potentially create a $5.5 million loss of revenue for the county, Bauman said, while changes to the criminal code could see “as many as 70 additional people in our county jail,” Bauman warned as prisoners are moved from state to local facilities. But while there were a few areas of concern, Bauman’s address was primarily positive, as he spoke of the importance of a collaborative effort in the maintenance of county government. “No one is exactly sure how the pyramids were built,” Bauman stated in opening his address, “but it is very evident that it was a collaborative effort. “Certainly, the commissioners, being the legislative and executive branches of county government, need to work closely with the county council, the fiscal body,” Bauman said, adding that “both the commissioners and county councilors rely on other elected officials and appointed department heads, who supervise county employees,” to maintain a fluid and properly functioning governmental operation. Bauman, entering his 16th year as a county commissioner, noted there are 165 full time and 130 part time employees on the county’s payroll, which totals $1.6 million annually. As a public servant for nearly the entirety of his adult life, Bauman stated as a commissioner, he tries to “never forget where we came from and who we’re working for.” Pointing out that unemployment in the county has fallen from 8.5 percent to 6.3 percent, Bauman said employers in the county provide a “sustainable living wage” for their employees. “Young people need to know there is a See COUNTY, Page 2
By JANNAYA ANDREWS After a somewhat rocky start, the “Swiss theme” ordinance was unanimously passed by the Berne City Council Feb. 11 following numerous revisions by the ordinance committee. As originally written, the ordinance would have required Berne businesses to establish and maintain a Swiss theme. The controversy developed as “I would like members of the council felt to personally requiring such an action could thank everyone scare potential new business on the council. We had a few from coming to the city. It was agreed this was not trying times.” Mayor Bill the intention of the ordinance, and a committee —  made up of McKean councilors Gregg Sprunger and Phil Provost, Mayor Bill McKean and Storm Water / Building and Planning inspector Shannon Smitley —  was formed to make alterations that would better express what council would like to see. The committee held an open door work session with council and the public Feb. 3, during which final details regarding the ordinance were discussed. The committee had come close to creating the ordinance council wished to see, with only a few minor alterations being made during the work session. The ordinance is now a recommendation, complete with incentives for businesses to develop the Swiss theme. An Architectural Review Committee will be formed consisting of the zoning administrator, mayor, a council member, two citizen members of the Plan Commission and two citizens from the general population, appointed by the mayor. Appointed members of the review committee will serve two year terms, or until a successor is appointed. However, the initial terms of one citizen member and one Plan Commission member will be for one year, allowing the board to stagger the terms of members. Under the new ordinance, businesses will be scored on the amount of Swiss design incorporated within the structure to determine the See BERNE, Page 2
Chocolate and Canvas event set for Friday
The Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion announced seniors 55 and older are invited to enjoy chocolate and canvas at 2 p.m. Friday. Join other seniors in painting via instruction and enjoy chocolate treats and fellowship. No art experience is necessary. The cost is $5 per person for supplies. Payment is due at time of registration and is non-refundable. Registration deadline is Feb. 14 at the Wellness Pavilion. Members and non-members are welcome to attend this event. For more information contact Sarah Conrad 589-4496 or visit www.swissvillage. org.
Disputed bid leaves HVAC contractor riled
‘Big O’ plans VW lecture
Orion Samuelson, the Agribusiness Director for Chicago’s WGN radio since 1960, will present an agricultural address/lecture program at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 S.R. 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. Tickets for the performance are currently on sale at $20 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at the box office Monday through Friday from noon - 4 p.m., or online at www.NPACVW.
WEE WII – Golden Meadows Home residents and staff recently participated in the fourth annual Wii Bowling Tournament. Pictured in front, from left, are fifth place finisher John Bolinger and first place finisher Angie Hall. In back, from left, are fourth place winner Lawrence Bradburn, third place finisher Mike Eguia, and second place finisher Tom Magnan.
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Golden Meadows Home Wii winners crowned
Golden Meadows Home held its fourth annual Wii Bowling Tournament Feb. 11 in the home’s Pop Room for both residents and staff members. Participants practice every Tuesday afternoon throughout the year in preparation for the tournament. Five residents and four staff members entered this year’s tournament, during which bowlers rolled four games in the qualifying rounds and were allowed to drop their lowest score. The three remaining scores were added together to determine the five finalists. The five finalists and their scores were Angie Hall with 672; Mike Eguia with 622; Lawrence Bradburn with 576; and Tom Magnan and John Bolinger tied with scores of 554. These finalists bowled two games each in the Championship round. Their two scores were added together to determine their final placement in the tournament. Finishing in fifth place, with 325 points, was John Bolinger. In fourth place, with 374 points, was Lawrence Bradburn. Coming in third, with 348 See WINNERS, Page 2
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By MIKE LAMM Tempers flared Feb. 10 near the end of an otherwise brief and routine weekly meeting of the Adams County Commissioners when it was announced the low bid on a contract to install new HVAC control devices for the county-owned service complex had been rejected for failing to meet criteria required in the bid specifications. Bids were opened Feb. 3 before commissioners for the replacement of thermostatic controllers needed to regulate temperatures evenly throughout the building and in individual rooms of the service complex. Four Fort Wayne firms submitted bids on the project, which included a base bid and an upgrade to add variable speed drives to the system. When bids were opened, Building Temperature Solutions, LLC, 3811 Fournier Dr. submitted both the lowest base bid (($91,855) and the lowest upgrade bid ($3,240), for a total bid of $95,095. The second-lowest base bid was submitted by Havel Bros., Inc., 7525 Dissalle Blvd., Fort Wayne, at $123,434, although their upgrade bid of $16,268 brought their total bid to $139,702. Trane Heating and Cooling, 6602 Innovation Blvd., submitted a higher base bid of$126,300, but their upgrade bid of $10,580 brought their total bid to $136,880. According to Adams County Attorney Mark Burry, even though commissioners requested both a base bid and an ungraded bid, the awarding of the contract is determined by the base bid alone. The difference between the lowest and secondlowest base bids was considerable, amounting to a total of $31.579 when comparing base bids only. Because of the technical nature of the project, the county hired the Fort Wayne-based SCO Engineering, LLC to assist in the selection process. Monday afternoon, Burry announced that “following a teleconference last week” with SCO Project Engineer Bill Sheets and a “review of the bid documents,” it was determined BTS had not fulfilled all the bid requirements to their satisfaction, and it was their recommendation approving a contract with the company “was not in the best interest of the county.” In a lengthy, rambling explanation, Burry pointed out the qualification statement submitted by BTS referenced projects which were all similar in scope, and addressed mechanical concerns rather than the retrofitting and upgrading of temperature control devices. In addition, the referenced projects listed were not performed directly by BTS, Burry indicated, but instead by an ancillary or subsidiary business, leaving the BTS “with no real experience” on their resume. Burry noted the county “reserves the right to reject bids that don’t meet the qualifications of the bidding process,” and after a closer examination of the submitted documents and advice from SCO, “we cannot recommend the bid of BTS.” Burry recomSee CONTRACTOR, Page 3
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SA school board handles mostly routine business
By MIKE LAMM Members of the South Adams School’s Board of Trustees conducted a quick and routine monthly meeting Feb. 11 in the high school conference room. The session lasted for just more than 30 minutes. Technology Director Myra Moore informed the board on the use of technology in ISTEP tests, and on the upcoming technical fair for teachers scheduled for Feb. 18 at South Adams. During the academic report, Superintendent Scott Litwiller reported the ISTEP window has been extended one week to March 3-21. He noted three upcoming career and technical education events, including the technical fair, the Area 18 Career and Technical Education sophomore field trip Feb. 26 and the Career Fair with local businesses and manufacturers slated for March 3. Under new business, the board approved yearend budgetary transfers, before approving a request from Elementary Principal Shelly Miller and both the kindergarten and first grade teachers to adopt a Saxon rather than a McGraw-Hill match textbook for the 2014-15 school year. Overnight and out of state field trips were approved for the FFA Livestock Judging Team, which will compete at Rensselaer High School Feb. 14-15, Blackhawk College in Kewanne, Ill., Feb. 28 through March 2, and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill., April 11-12. Litwiller noted the retirement of Deb Hosier, the Family and Consumer Science and business teacher with the district for 33 years. Family leave was granted to middle and high school choral teacher Jennifer Thompson from approximately April 16 to the last day of school. The board approved a long list of coaching recommendations for spring sports, with Litwiller noting all positions had been filled with the exception of a middle school assistant track coach. Head coaches, assistants and volunteer coaches were named for baseball, softball, track, boys golf and girls tennis. Seven elementary and five middle school tutors were also hired. Congratulations were extended to cross-country coach Clint Anderson, who last week was named the small school cross country coach of the year by the Indiana Cross Country Coaches Association. Last December, athlete Sawyer Miller was named the Class 2A cross country runner of the year, Litwiller noted. Also congratulated were Auto Service Technology Instructor Gary McMillan and his students, who recently took seven of the top 10 places at the regional SkillsUSA competition. The top five students — Charles Reynolds, Cody Brewster, Robbie Vore, Ryan Owen and Jacob Wooster — were all from McMillan’s class and qualified for the state competition in March. Litwiller reported the Precision Machine Trades class will participate in competition Saturday, while Katie Farlow will compete in the State Swim Meet Saturday as well. In concluding the meeting,, the board scheduled a work session and special meeting for 5:30 p.m., Feb. 25, to discuss policy revisions before adjourning at 6:35 p.m.
BEST OF THE BEST — Adams County Spelling Bee champion Rachel Ruble, left, and runner-up Hannah Rhoades are pictured above with their certificates and a large chocolate bar after besting eight other contestants in the annual event held Feb. 11 at South Adams High School. Finishing third in the bee was Taylor Knaub, a fifth-grader at Adams Central Elementary School. Photo by J Swygart
Ruble, Rhoades, Knaub finish 1-2-3 in county bee
Rachel Ruble, an eighth-grader at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School, successfully spelled “collage” Feb. 11 at South Adams High School to claim first-place honors in the annual Adams County Middle School Spelling Bee. Ruble, the daughter of Todd and Lynn Ruble of Decatur, outlasted runner-up Hanna Rhoades, a sixth-grader at South Adams Middle School, to claim the title. Finishing in third place was Taylor Knaub, a fifth-grader at Adams Central Elementary School. Ten students representing eight county schools qualified for the county bee by winning at their school level. Five rounds after the bee had started, that number had been cut in half, and by the end of the eighth round of competition only Ruble and Rhoades remained. Those two battled it out for six more rounds, successfully spelling words such as “stipple” and “sacrasm” along the way. Rhoades stumbled in the 13th round, misspelling the word “karate.” Ruble took advantage of the opening and correctly spelled “collage” to take the title. Other contestants in the county bee included Joseph Mendoza, a seventh-grader at Zion Lutheran School; Tyler LaFontaine, an eighth-grader at Adams Central Middle School; Spencer Fear, a fifth-grader at South Adams Elementary; Mackenzie Hackman, an eighth-grader at St. Joseph Elementary; Madison Neher, an eighth-grader at Bellmont Middle School; Jax Steury, a sixth-grader at St. Joseph Elementary; and Emily Fuelling, an eighth-grader at St. Peter Immanuel Lutheran School.
WINNERS
From Page 1 points, was Mike Eguia. Taking second place, with 356 points, was Tom Magnan. In the number one spot, with 374 points, was Angie Hall. Bradburn bowled the highest game during the Championship Round with a score of 211. Each person who made it into the final round was awarded a trophy. All who participated, and those who watched, were treated to homemade movie style popcorn and pop.
Boys Book Club will start soon at Berne library
The Berne Public Library will host a Boy’s Book Club for students in grades 4-6 beginning March 4. Together the group will explore “The Giver” by Lois Lowry each Tuesday at 4 p.m. The book introduces Jonas, an 11-year-old boy who lives in a rigidly controlled society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war and hatred. He is selected to be the “receiver of memory” and begins to see his society in another view.   Registration is necessary to ensure books are available for everyone. Snacks and a discussion will also be included. Call the library at 589-2809 for more information.
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From Page 1 amount of incentives they may receive. A matrix of items, and their point value, will be used for the determination. • A low-pitched / large overhangs (roof) is 30 points; • Balconies are 25 points; • Stucco is 20 points; • Signage, arched doorways, high profile or heavy shake shingles, tile and simulated tile are all worth 10 points; •  Flower boxes, shutters (false), gingerbread, cantons, and earth-tone colors are all worth 5 points. Businesses that receive a bronze level, or 20 points as scored by the committee, will have building permit fees waived. Those receiving a silver level, 35 points, will have building permit fees and tap fees waived. Those receiving gold level status, or 50 points, will have building permit fees, tap fees and development plan fees waived. “I would like to personally thank everyone on the council. We had a few trying times,” said McKean, “ ... I think we knew in that first meeting we were all pretty close on what we wanted and we worked together to get it [the ordinance] there.” The ordinance will now go back to the Plan Commission Monday for final approval.
ArtS PLace SeeKS propoSaLS FroM area artIStS
The Portland Center of Arts Place has issued an open call for exhibition proposals. A press release from the center states Arts Place is seeking innovative proposals from artists in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois who would like to have their work displayed at the center. Proposals for both two and three dimensional media for either individual or group shows are welcome. The Arts Place galleries exhibit the work of both emerging and established artists, with individual exhibitions running approximately four to six weeks in length. There is no submission or entry fee, and artists may electronically submit 10 images of recent work completed within the last two years. The deadline to submit proposals is March 31. Artists should include detailed information with each image, including title, medium, dimensions and date completed. A current resume is required, while an artist’s statement is optional. For additional information regarding exhibition proposals, or to submit a proposal, contact Leslie Newton, staff visual artist/curator via email at lnewton@artsland.org or call 726-4809.
From Page 1 lot of opportunity for them in Adams County,” he added. “One thing we all know,” Bauman commented, is that “to be successful, whether in public or private life, it is not easy. If there is one important thing for young people, parents or students to grasp is the concept of a strong work ethic. Opportunity is still there with this ingredient,” Bauman continued,” but the entitlement attitude doesn’t go very far,” he stated of the alternative to hard work. Bauman then spent the next 30 minutes offer ing gratitude, accolades and platitudes to each and every elected and appointed official and department head associated with Adams County government.
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Robert L. Sipe, 87, Willshire, Ohio, passed away at 7:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. Robert was born Monday, June 14, 1926, in Adams County, the son of the late Harvey L. and Mary M. (Kelly) Sipe. He married Alice L. Gilpin April 9, 1944, in Decatur; she survives. Robert was a member of the Eureka Lodge 592, Ohio City Free and Accepted Masons and a member of the Adams County Amateur Radio Club. Robert retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne with 30 years of service and had also been a farmer. Surviving are three daughters, Pamela K. Osborn of Van Wert, Linda J. (Chuck) Owens of Cicero and Marjorie (Robert) Gable of Fort Wayne; a son, R. Steve (Beatriz) Sipe of Apple Valley, Calif.; a sister, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Preceding Robert in death was a son, Greg L. Sipe; a daughter, Connie S. Miller; two brothers, Lester and Earl Sipe; and a great-grandson, Alexander Girod. Interment was in Mt. Hope (Willard) Cemetery in rural Berne. Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
time, according to the report. Officers had the vehicle impounded until the owner could be found. Later that day, Jesse Bergman, 27, Poneto, contacted officers about the vehicle. Bergman stated he had been traveling home around 2 a.m. Sunday. Due to heavy snow, and being on an unfamiliar road, Bergman said he went through the stop sign at C.R. 150W and C.R. 500S. Bergman said he called his parents to pick up him, planning to pull the vehicle out himself later in the day. He did not realize he hit the guardrail or the post, according to the report. No damage estimates were reported. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department probed a single-vehicle accident at 8:51 p.m. Feb. 7. Police said Jessica L. Hill, 34, Bryan Street, Berne, was southbound on U.S. 27 near Winchester Road when she fell asleep at the wheel of her car. The vehicle entered the center median filled with snow and suffered between $2,501-$5,000 in damage.
COURtHOUSE NEWS
Judge Patrick R. Miller decided on two cases recently in Adams Superior Court. Derek A. Reynolds, 35, Portland, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more. Reynolds was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail, with all but three months suspended, to be served on home detention. He was ordered to complete a substance abuse program, the Responsible Thinking and Choices program, received a one year driver’s license suspension and was ordered to pay $1,728.50 in court costs and fees. Shane K. Garrett, 23, Geneva, pleaded guilty to visiting a common nuisance. Garrett was sentenced to six months in jail, with all but two months suspended, to be served on home detention. He was ordered to complete addiction services, was given one year probation, and was ordered to pay $1,428.50 in court costs and fees.
Wilma L. Smith
Wilma Louisa Smith, 87, Berne, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital. She married the late Carl E. Smith Nov. 14, 1945. Survivors include a son, Wayne (Dawn) Smith of Berne; a daughter, Margaret (Dr. Merle) Gibson of Vandalia, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith. Per her request, there was no visitation or graveside services. Burial was in Ehrstine Cemetery in Trotwood, Ohio.
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Three persons were arrested recently by Adams County Law enforcement and taken to the Adams County jail. Matthew L. Monroe, 24, 7789 Deep Cut Road, Mendon, Ohio, was arrested for the unlawful possession of a syringe at 11:36 a.m. Feb. 10 by sheriff’s deputies. He was being held on a $250 cash bond and $7,500 surety bond. Cassandra L. Sheets, 23, 129 W. Washington St., Monroe, was arrested Feb. 10 by deputies for a probation violation. She is being held without bond. Davvin A. Fisher, 27, Ringold Street, Geneva, was detained Feb. 12 by the sheriff’s department on three counts of contempt of Adams County Superior Court and one count of violating the terms of her bail. She is being held without bond on all four charges.
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From Page 1 mended commissioners consider “going to the next lowest bidder.” He questioned whether BTS actually had “the experience and qualifications to do the project for us.” When finally given an opportunity to address commissioners, a County Attorney Mark Burry noted the representative county “reserves the right to reject of BTS seated bids that don’t meet the qualifications in the audiof the bidding process,” and after a ence was livid closer examination of the submitted over the decidocuments and advice from SCO, “we sion. Unable to cannot recommend the bid of BTS.” remain in his chair, the representative began with sarcasm, stating the decision “didn’t surprise me,” while adding “I’m a little embarrassed how this thing went down. There’s a dirty one among us,” he intimated. He then began to chastise Burry and SCO Project Engineer Thomas Offerle, who had submitted a onesentence letter stating his company could not recommend BTS for the Service Complex project since “BTS did not submit the required information as specified in the bidding documents.” The BTS representative in attendance was incredulous he was being told “we’re not capable” of performing the work specified in the bid. “As for these documents you’re questioning” the BTS rep continued, “someone should have spent some more time on these documents. And now you’re gonna hire the company that got us into this situation in the first place,” he added. “I have no confidence in any of this,” he said. “You’ll probably hear from our attorney about this,” he added angrily, and stormed out of the session. After his abrupt departure, Burry commented “These are not easy, knee-jerk decisions. We almost always award (a contract) to the lowest bidder, as long as they follow our requirements,” he added. Burry reminded commissioners the submitted bids on the project remained under advisement, and recommended they review the bid documents and “be prepared next week to make your final decision.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders Feb. 10 unveiled a plan to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government’s borrowing cap, but it received a rocky reception from skeptical conservatives. GOP leaders briefed rank-and-file GOP lawmakers at a meeting in the Capitol on Monday evening in hopes of passing it on Wednesday before departing Washington for a week-long vacation. It’s unclear whether the vote would still go forward after it was rejected by many conservatives. ‘‘Right now we’ve got a debt ceiling bill that increases spending, which is diametrically 180 degrees opposite of what we were battling over just two years ago — where the question was how much in spending cuts we were going to get,’’ said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. The GOP bill would extend Treasury’s borrowing authority for at least another year, repeal the curb passed in December on pension inflation adjustments for military retirees under the age of 62, and extend automatic cuts to Medicare and other programs to 2024, another year than presently scheduled. It’s not clear that the plan will fly with Democrats. Their votes would be needed to help pass the measure since some Republicans refuse to vote to raise the debt ceiling under any circumstances. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Democrats will continue to insist that any debt limit legislation omit add-ons, even bipartisan proposals like repealing military pension cuts. But a 94-0 Senate procedural vote on Monday demonstrated the widespread support in both parties to repeal the pension cut, and GOP leaders seem confident they would win Democratic votes. The Senate tally came in relation to a stand-alone bill to repeal the cut. If the plan falls through, GOP leaders may have little choice but to yield to Democratic demands for a debt ceiling measure that’s ‘‘clean’’ of GOP add-ons, which would be a bitter defeat for a party that has sought to use must-pass debt ceiling measures as leverage to force spending cuts on Democrats.
Adams County CrimeStoppers has announced its roster for the third annual Crime Fighters vs. the K-105 Hoopsters fundraiser basketball game, to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Bellmont High School. Taking the court for the CrimeStoppers will be Detective Leonard Corral Jr., officer Casey Sprunger and reserve officer Spencer Wilson from the Decatur Police Department; Chief Deputy Eric Beer, deputies Larry Butler and Dio Hernandez and reserve deputies John Summers and Keith Dicke from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department; Kris Coffey from the Indiana State Police; and Wes Haight from the Berne Police Department Also suiting up for the CrimeStoppers will be “special deputies” Sarah Ellenberger, CrimeStoppers president; Trent Lehman, principal at South Adams High School; and Courtney Scherer, Bellmont High School varsity basketball play-
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er. Sheriff’s deputy Andy Guise will be the game referee. Admission is $4 per adult, $2 per student, with children under five admitted free. Concessions will be served and the Razz- M -Jazz dance studio will provide the halftime entertainment. A gift basket will also be raffled off during the game.All money generated from the game will go to the Crime Stoppers’ Tipster Fund. The game is being sponsored by Kiess Electric of Decatur and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department Reserves.

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Regular hours are and weekends and some Monday-Friday. 8 a.m.- weekdays would be open 3p.m. Anyone living in for business meetings or By JANNAYA ANDREWS Adams County is wel- lunches. Call 589-8877 While snow this winter has been the bane of exis- come to attend any and for reservations. tence for most local residents, businesses and area all programs. Daily activities include schools may be taking the brunt of it as costs for snow pool playing, puzzles, removal have skyrocketed this year. The South Adams exercise equipment any Adams Central Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Senior Center is avail- time the Senior Center is Richmond told the AC school board Feb. 11 the school able for rentals, evenings open. The treadmill has has already spent approximately $18,000 on snow removal this winter, quite a bit more than usual, Richmond noted. And we’re not done yet. Richmond said the administration has cut back on snow-removal costs whenever possible, choosing not Adams County Council on Aging offers transto have the parking lots cleared when it was obvious portation to county residents aged 60 and school would not be in session for several days. over. Vehicles include lift-equipped vans for those “There’s really no point to clearing the parking lots who need to travel in a wheelchair. Limited transif nobody will be here,” said Richmond. “When we were portation is also available to handicapped/dishaving the blowing and drifting, and we knew nobody abled adults for primarily medical appointments would be here anyway, we let it go.” as schedules allow. Contributions from passen “Well, except for the mailman,” quipped Mike Brown. gers who use the service are appreciated. “He got his jeep stuck out front.” Please call as far in advance as possible to “Yes,” Richmond chuckled, “we forgot about the poor schedule an appointment. Requests for trips to mailman.” destinations outside Adams County usually Richmond said as long as Mother Nature keeps require at least two weeks’ notice. piling the snow on, the school has no choice but to For reservations and additional information, remove it. No mention was made of the number of days call the Berne office at 589-8877 or the Decatur students have missed this year, how many will need to office at 724-5316, ext. 1101, between 8 a.m.-4 be made up, or whether this will have any impact on p.m., Monday through Friday. graduation ceremonies.
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slow speed and automatic shut off for seniors, and the exercise bicycle has a full seat and back for comfortable riding. Call the Council on Aging van a week in advance to get a ride to the senior center for any daytime events. A minimum donation is appreciated. The center’s phone number is 589-8877. Visit the center’s Web site at: www.saseniorcenter.com Activities and photos are also available on Facebook. Check it out and become our friend. CALENDAR Friday, Feb. 21 – Chocolate and Canvas, 2 p.m., Cost is $5 per person and covers canvas and art supplies.

The ability to discern slight differences in shades of gray has long been thought to be an attribute of the human visual system that cannot be improved. But Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, has discovered that very practiced action gamers become 58 percent better at perceiving fine differences in contrast. “Normally, improving contrast sensitivity means getting glasses or eye surgery- somehow changing the optics of the eye,” says Bavelier. “But we’ve found that action video games train the brain to process the existing visual information more efficiently, and the improvements last for months after game play is stopped.” The finding builds on Bavelier’s past work that has shown that action video games decrease visual crowding and increase visual attention. Contrast sensitivity, she says, is the primary limiting factor in how well a person can see. Bavelier says that the findings show that action video game training may be a useful complement to eye-correction techniques, since game training may teach the visual cortex to make better use of the information it receives. Bavelier says that the findings suggest that despite the many concerns about the effects of action video games and the time spent in front of a computer screen, that time may not necessarily be harmful, at least for vision.
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In other business, Transportation Director Dan Weber appeared before the board to make his recommendation for the purchase of two new school buses. Weber recommended the school go with a bid from Kerlin Bus Sales, Silver Lake, for two Thomas brand, 78 passenger school buses, for $163,560. Although the bid from Kerlin was a few hundred dollars higher than the lowest bidder, Weber felt more comfortable staying with the Thomas buses. Most of the buses at AC are Thomas, according to Weber, who said the amount of money the school could save on training him to repair another make – coupled with the reliability of the Thomas brand – would more than off-set the few hundred dollars difference in bid price. The two buses AC will trade-in, for about $6,000$6,500 each, are 2002 models and have approximately 150,000 miles on them. By the time the school gets the new buses they will be 2015 models, Weber said. The board approved the purchase, 6-0, with member John Sipe absent. “I would like to personally thank Dan (Weber) and the entire staff of drivers we have,” said Richmond. “They have done an amazing job with this harsh winter, getting our kids to school safely in some very challenging conditions. It’s great to know we can depend on all of them to keep our kids safe.”
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The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in wh​ ich all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future. “Future Farmers of America” was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art. FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too. Our Structure ... FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national. At the national level, FFA is led by a board of directors and six student national officers.
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