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Christian community celebrates Good Friday

April 18, 2014

Christian community celebrates Good FridayChristians throughout the world are celebrating Good Friday today, a day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and will culminate their Holy Week celebration on Easter Sunday. Pictured above is the altar of St. Marys of the Assumption Catholic Church,  adorned for Holy Week.
Photo by Mike Lamm
 

2% pay hike for county employeees is approved

April 18, 2014

    Almost as an afterthought, the Adams County Council last week approved a wage increase of 2 percent for all county employees in the 2015 budget.

Bikes and booms: It must be summer in Decatur

April 18, 2014

    Snow was on the ground in Decatur on Tuesday morning, but that night’s city council meeting featured a wealth of talk about summer activities: the Sculpture Walk Festival, the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, and, once again, a major motorcycle event.
    The ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana group will be back for what was formerly its Mayors Ride, now titled The Motorcycle Experience, on Sunday, June 1.

Library’s Egg Tree has rich history

April 17, 2014

    The Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library is currently featuring its 63rd annual Egg Tree display, an event long on history and the meaning of its celebration.
    “The Egg Tree” by Katherine Milhous was released in 1950 and won the 1951 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration. Milhous was a Pennsylvanian Dutch author and illustrator looking to instill a tradition in others beyond Pennsylvania.

Key Stellar grant dates are rapidly approaching

April 17, 2014

    Mayor John Schultz expressed “high expectations” at Tuesday night’s city council meeting when he talked about the city’s bid for a multimillion dollar Stellar Communities grant.
    The city, one of 14 communities originally seeking the major grant, has made the final cut to six. Having laid out plans for various improvements around Decatur, city officials are now fleshing out those plans to submit its Strategic Investment Plan. It has received $10,000 from the Stellar Communities program to prepare the final plan.

City hall, PD bids to be opened soon

April 17, 2014

    Plans continue to move forward on Decatur’s city hall and police station projects.
    Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday’s city council meeting bids on the renovation of the former First State Bank building at 2nd and Monroe streets are due to be received April 30. The building will be converted into a new city hall.

APLS-Decatur decorate eggs

April 16, 2014

Officials at Adams Public Library-Decatur continued an egg-decorating tradition Monday evening. Myla Ellenberger got a hand from grandma Karen Carroll as they decorated their assortment of eggs to be hung on an egg tree.

Photo by Ashley Thieme
 

City lends support to downtown jail

April 16, 2014

    Locating a new jail and court building downtown may not be ideal in all ways, but its a far better option than constructing it out of town, Decatur City Councilman Cam Collier said Tuesday in lending the city’s support to the decision by county officials to place the building on First Street.
    County officials have not announced any specific location, but speculation holds that it will be a block or two south of Monroe Street.

Hop on out to these egg hunt events

April 16, 2014

DECATUR
The annual Decatur Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by WZBD radio, will be held at noon Saturday at Riverside Center.

GENEVA
Limberlost State Historic Site will sponsor an egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the baseball diamond in Geneva. Guests may also arrive early and enjoy seeing critters such as bunnies, Silkie chickens and guinea pigs at a petting zoo provided by Roll Farms of Marion.

Lehman: Tax caps have hamstrung NA schools

April 15, 2014

    Superintendent Brent Lehman gave the annual State of the School address Monday during a Decatur Chamber of Commerce lunceon at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    “What makes North Adams such a great school district is the level of teamwork, and the relationships between parents, staff, administrators and students,” Lehman emphasized.

County attorney fires back at local jail site criticism

April 15, 2014

    Following the appearance of Vinnie’s Bar owner Chris Faurote last week before the Adams County Council to announce his displeasure with the proposed location of a new judicial center on 1st Street, Adams County Attorney Mark Burry offered a response on the part of the Adams County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting Monday afternoon.

Business is booming at Smith Bros

April 15, 2014

    Business is booming for Smith Brothers of Berne, and controller Dave Burson went before city council Monday to request an approval of the annual tax abatement form CF-1 that states the company is in compliance with the terms of the abatement originally filed in 2005.

Skill-Link graduation

April 14, 2014

Students regcognized at celebration honoring the completion of the Skill-Link program last week at BHS included: Kurt Waugh, Smith Brothers of Berne; Jeremy Miller, Bluffton Motor Works; Aaron Voirol, FCC (Adams);  Eric Hirschy, Smith Brothers; Gary Paxson, Bluffton Motor Works;  Brock McPeek, Micromatic LLC; and Joe Cawel, All American Homes. A graduate not pictured was Anthony Tappy, Alexin. Skill-Link is a Northeast Indiana Works collaborative initiative that provides certification-based training of incumbent workers to elevate their skills.
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Good Friday as makeup school day?

April 14, 2014

  North Adams Community Schools will not hold classes in observance of Good Friday this year, but in future years the day could be used as a make-up day if another severe winter forces the cancellation of an excessive number of school days.
    Members of the North Adams school board expressed varying opinions at last week’s board meeting about Good Friday being a school-observed holiday. Many board members, as well as residents in attendance, were in favor of using the holiday as a make-up day.

SAFE carnival

April 14, 2014

Ethan Tumbleson enjoyed his cotton candy at the Serving All Families Everyday — or SAFE —  carnival Saturday at Riverside Center. The event drew a large crowd of youngsters who were treated to carnival games, prizes, cotton candy and popcorn.
Photo by Ashley Thieme
 

    Bellmont played its first four games away from home but Thursday night lit up...
    Tonight's make-up contest between the Blackford Bruins and the Bellmont Braves...
     To view tonight's contest between the Squaws and the visiting Crestview...

 

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