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Food pantries step up to the plate

November 26, 2014

    Despite reportedly lower unemployment rates and rebounding economy, the number of people in need this holiday season is great, and compassion has moved many to help.
    Compassionate Ministries, 164 N Jefferson St. in Berne, is a poverty relief organization serving southern Adams County. Started in 1986, the organization has been led by Rev. Don Sauls for several years.

Free Thanksgiving dinners are a long-standing tradition in Geneva

November 26, 2014

    In 1983, Geneva Pizza King owners Ruth Brown and Connie Lunn came up with the idea of offering a free Thanksgiving meal to residents of Limberlost Apartments who didn’t have a place to go for the holiday to enjoy a good, hearty feast.    

DDD delivery will be early on Thursday

November 26, 2014

    The Daily Democrat once again this year will publish a Thanksgiving Day edition and subscribers will receive their papers early Thursday morning.
The newspaper’s business office will be closed Thursday to allow employees to spend the holiday with their families.
Thanks also go out to subscribers for their patience and understanding during our current carrier shortage.

Future of Carnegie Library building left up in the air

November 25, 2014

    At last week’s Adams County Commission meeting, a number of local residents appeared before the board to asked them to consider moving the proposed new superior court building away from the children of St. Joseph School and Sonrise Daycare Center to the 162-acre tract of land recently acquired off Winchester Road south of Decatur for the construction of a new county jail.

Local bishop celebrates Mass with pope

November 25, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese of the Roman Catholic Church was a concelebrant of the 7 a.m. morning Mass Monday with Pope Francis at the chapel in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives. Rhoades read part of the Eucharistic Prayer in Italian.
    The bishop is in Rome with a contingency from Saint Mary’s College, who were expected to arrive in Rome for a presentation of a report titled “Voices of Young Catholic Women” to the pope.

County jobless rate inches up: 4.6%

November 25, 2014

    Unemployment rates in Adams and surrounding counties inched higher during October, according to the latest report issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    Adams County’s October jobless rate stood at 4.6 percent, up from 4.3 percent one month earlier. One year ago the county’s unemployment rate was at 6 percent. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.

A visit with Santa

November 24, 2014

    The seventh annual Christmas Open House, sponsored by the Decatur Small Business Association, was held Friday and Saturday. Many activities were held Saturday, including a visit from Santa Claus. Above, an uncertain Elih Brown of Decatur takes his turn on Santa’s lap.
Photo by J Swygart

Berne bank honors Zurcher with Honor Flight donation

November 24, 2014

    Paul Zurcher, president of Zurcher’s Best-One Tire, was recently presented with a $500 donation for the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight at the annual training day celebration of First Bank of Berne.
    The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials erected in their honor. The flights are offered at no cost to veterans.

Christmas Open House

November 24, 2014

    Jackie Sanderson of Decatur provided holiday tunes on the piano that served as a pleasing backdrop for shoppers at The Grainery during the annual Christmas Open House.

Trending video: Good things: Three sweet sides for a Thanksgiving meal

November 21, 2014

VIDEO: Good things: Three sweet sides for a Thanksgiving meal.
Who says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.

Excitement at SA as team heads to semi-state

November 21, 2014

    For the first time in 22 years, the South Adams Starfires have a shot at a semi-state championship. And the students of South Adams are most definitely caught up in the excitement.
Despite a regular season record of 3-6, many Starfire fans and students were looking forward to the playoffs with hope, remembering last year’s mediocre season which led up to a sectional victory.

Leaf collection depends on weather

November 21, 2014

    Yeah, your leaves haven’t been picked up this week. Something about weather conditions — highly unusual weather conditions. They eventually will be collected, but the foul weather may bring about a premature end to this year’s collections.
    “The weather has really slowed us,” Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. “We’ll do our best ... it looks like Monday” before leaf pickups can begin again.    

Christmas open house Saturday in Decatur

November 21, 2014

     Youngsters will have the chance to take a ride on the Polar Express train Saturday in downtown Decatur during the Christmas open house that started today.

Local merchants to host Christmas open house Friday, Saturday

November 20, 2014

    The Decatur Small Business Association’s seventh annual Christmas Open House — dubbed “Downtown and Around Town” — will be held Friday and Saturday at participating merchants. Hours will vary by store.
    Santa will be on the courthouse square from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and children will have the opportunity to take a ride on the Reindeer Express train.

Jail property purchase is complete, but court site controversy isn’t

November 20, 2014

    The Adams County Commissioners have officially finalized the purchase of the 162-acre Miller property south of Decatur off Winchester Street, County Attorney Mark Burry reported at Monday’s commission meeting. The acquisition was made to facilitate the construction of a new county jail on the site, but offers other possibilities for future development by the county as well.

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