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North Adams, teachers agree to pact

August 20, 2014

    A one-year contract between North Adams Community Schools and the district’s teachers association was ratified by school board members Tuesday evening during a special board meeting. The collective bargaining agreement was approved last week by the North Adams Teachers Association members.
    Superintendent Brent Lehman termed the pact “pretty much the same contract” as was executed last year with the district’s teachers.

Jobless rate at 5.1% in county

August 20, 2014

    Unemployment in Adams County continues to be at its lowest levels in more than six years, according to the monthly jobless report issued Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    Tuesday’s report set the county’s jobless rate for July at 5.1 percent, down slightly from June’s 5.3 percent reading and well below the 7.4 percent jobless rate one year earlier.

The Frog Days of August

August 20, 2014

     Late summer days are often referred to as Dog Days, but this year’s unseasonably cool weather has been more to the liking of this amphibian.

Printing issues cause delay for Democrat

August 19, 2014

    Today's print edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat will not arrive until late afternoon due to maintenance issues at the printing facility. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

County’s audit costs could rise tenfold

August 19, 2014

    Failing to receive additional funding from the state legislature, the Indiana State Board of Accounts is looking to county government as a way to increase revenue by substantially raising the fees they charge, Adams County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg informed Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon.

Clerk staffer’s full-time status gets approval

August 19, 2014

    The Adams County Council approved the elevation of a part-time deputy in the clerk of courts office to full-time as well as a staff reshuffling, and agreed to a pay raise for plat book technician Mike Werling at their recent meeting.
    Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart asked councilors to allow her to increase the hours of part-time Deputy Clerk Kelly Miller to full-time, a move Reinhart indicated had received tacit approval from county commissioners.

Geneva crowns Miss Flame

August 19, 2014

     Marissa Bisel, the reigning District 7 Miss Flame, was working in the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department concession stand at Saturday’s End of Summer Festival in the town.

 

Kekionga Festival kicks off this week

August 18, 2014

     Decatur’s Kekionga Festival, the annual celebraton of the heratige of Decatur and Adams County, will begin Wednesday evening with a praise and worship service at 7 p.m. and will continue throughout the upcoming weekend.

Taste of Decatur
    This year’s Taste of Decatur event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Riverside Center in conjunction with the festival.

Geneva festival draws large crowd

August 18, 2014

     Food and fun was on the agenda at the Summer’s End Street Festival held Saturday in Geneva. Heaven Elder, enjoyed some corn on the cob during her visit. A beer garden, kid’s zone and live music were also part of the festival.
 

Wiffleball Tourney held in Wren

August 18, 2014

     The 23rd annual Wiffleball tournament was held over the weekend in Wren, with MKS Siding pulling off a three-peat victory as they edged out The Eager Beavers to take the championship. Shown is the junior championship game between Am Fam and The Metal Heads, with Am Fam taking the junior championship.

Close, but no Stellar cigar

August 15, 2014

    Thirty minutes into a Thursday morning Community Development Day program at the Indiana State Fair, hosted by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, a contingent representing the city of Decatur got the bad news: Decatur’s bid for a Stellar Communities grant had not been successful.
    Decatur was one of six finalists for a multi-million dollar grant from the Stellar Communities group. In the end, grants were awarded to the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.

Rural sewer board gives no special breaks for Amish

August 15, 2014

    The Adams County Regional Sewer District’s board of directors on Thursday evening took its most definitive step to date in spelling out guidelines and requirements for hooking into the county’s first-ever rural sewage collection system.

BOE filing deadline incorrect

August 15, 2014

     Due to apparent confusion between state election officials and county clerk of courts offices across Indiana, the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for local school board seats was incorrect as listed in this and other newspapers earlier this week.
     The correct deadline for local school board candidates to submit their petitions to the Adams County Clerk of Courts office is noon Aug. 22, according to County Clerk Gayla Reinhart.

Two cities named Stellar recipients, Decatur loses bid

August 14, 2014

    Two recipients of Stellar Communities grants were announced this morning at the Indiana State Fair, and the city of Decatur was not among those recipients.
    Awarded grants were the cities of Huntingburg and Wabash.
    "We're very disappointed, but not deterred from moving ahead with our plan," Mayor John Schultz said in a phone conversation immediately following the announcement. "Maybe we'll be back here at the state fair next year."

NA budget will closely mirror last year

August 14, 2014

    The North Adams Community Schools’ board of education on Tuesday gave its approval for the publication of a 2015 operating budget that Business Manager Larry Carty said will “be very close” to the approximately $21 million budget approved by the state one year earlier.

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