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Young heroine saluted by firefighters, then turns tables with award of her own

January 29, 2015

    An unusually warm day in November started off like any other for the family of Northwest fourth grader Hailey Smith. However, before the day was done, Hailey would become a heroine.
    After going through the “Survive Alive” program at Safety Village in Decatur, Hailey went home that afternoon and put her new-found knowledge to work. Hailey and her family developed an exit plan for their home in the event of a fire, then practiced the escape route and meeting at a safe place.

County’s drone gets test drive

January 29, 2015

    Adams County Data Processing Director Landon Patterson showed off the county’s unmanned aerial vehicle — or UAV — during a demonstration Thursday afternoon in the vacant field just north of Riverside Center in Decatur.
    Members of the media who had gathered for the event watched as Patterson programmed the software for the afternoon flight, then saw the UAV soar over the area around Riverside for several minutes.

County jobless rate still 5%

January 29, 2015

    Adams County’s unemployment rate remained at 5.0 percent for the second consecutive month during December, according to figures released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The rate for the final month of 2014 was .4 percent lower than one year earlier. Local jobless figures bottomed out during 2014 at 4.3 percent in September after hitting a yearly high of 6.0 percent in February. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.

UPDATE: School closings and delays

January 29, 2015

      UPDATE: Parkway Local Schools in Ohio has cancelled classes for today. All three Adams County public school systems, St. Joseph Catholic School and Wyneken Lutheran Memorial are all operating on a 2 hour delay due to freezing rain creating icy road conditions. Crestview Local, Van Wert City Schools and Vantage Career Center in neighboring Ohio are also operating on a 2 hour delay. We will update this information as needed.

Northwest fourth grader, fire chief exchange honors

January 28, 2015

     An unusually warm day in November started off like any other for the family of Northwest fourth grader Hailey Smith. However, before the day was done, Hailey would become a heroine. See Thursday's print or online edition of the Democrat for the complete story.

‘Can we just send them a thank-you note?’

January 28, 2015

    Every year, Adams County pays an annual self-funded reinsurance fee to health care provider BeniComp as part of the contractual agreement with the company. This year, the total amount of the reinsurance fee was $57,960, due to be paid to BeniComp by Jan. 15.
    Monday morning at the weekly meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Auditor Mary Beery reported an anomaly in the billing process resulted in another entity erroneously paying the fee for the county.

Tuesday sledding

January 28, 2015

    With rain in the forecast for Thursday, opportunities to sled down the big hill along Piqua Road in Decatur may be short-lived. These two boys took advantage of the opportunity Tuesday afternoon.
 

Dropping in

January 28, 2015

   City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert makes use of the new utility drop box located behind the new city hall building, which is monitored by a security camera. Decatur residents wishing to make utility payments may now do so at the new location.
 

Jail cost projections altered downward

January 27, 2015

    Joe Hoffman, senior vice president for Construction Control Inc., updated the Adams County Commissioners Monday on the latest cost totals associated with the planned construction of a new Adams County jail.

New press will ‘revolutionize’ EP Graphics, execs tell council

January 27, 2015

    The purchase of a new piece of equipment will revolutionize production at EP Graphics and provided extra incentive for Berne City Council on Monday to unanimously pass a resolution approving the renewal of the company’s annual CF-1 tax abatement.

You know the drill

January 27, 2015

    It had been a while since they’d been needed, following more than a week of mostly pleasant (for January) weather, but snowblowers emerged from garages en masse Monday morning following a 2-inch snow which fell the previous day.
 

Holdman: ‘Time to pull the alarm’ in battle against meth and heroin

January 26, 2015

    The two-year state budget currently being debated in the Indiana General Assembly will likely include additional monies necessary to combat the social ills caused by an epidemic of heroin and methamphetamine use in the Hoosier State.
    That was one of the messages brought to Decatur Saturday morning by the two men who represent Adams County at the Statehouse.

Snow, wind snarl roadways

January 26, 2015

    Despite the recent spate of mild weather in Indiana, it is still January and Hoosiers were reminded spring is still a few months away following another winter blast from Mother Nature Sunday.
    Plummeting temperatures ushered in another 2 inches of snow in Adams County overnight, bringing the January total to 9.5 inches to date.

Cleaning up the sidewalks

January 26, 2015

Carolyn and Jerry Voglewede worked together to clear the sidewalk this morning on Adams Street.
 

School closings and delays

January 26, 2015

    North Adams, Adams Central, South Adams, St. Joseph Catholic and Wyneken Lutheran Memorial school systems are all operating on a 2 hour delay this morning. Bluffton-Harrison, Northern Wells and Southern Wells in Indiana, and Crestview Local, Parkway Local, Van Wert City and Vantage Career Center in Ohio are also operating on a 2 hour delay this morning. Jay County Schools are operating on a 3 hour delay. We will update this information as needed.

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