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BREAKING NEWS: Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Huntington County

May 4, 2015

Huntington— The Indiana State Police are currently assisting the Huntington County Sheriff Department at the scene of a crash involving a small airplane and a pickup truck that occurred within the last hour at the intersection of U.S. 224 and S.R. 5, just outside of the city of Huntington.

Believe it or not, April weather was quite normal

May 4, 2015

    Summer is rapidly approaching and, although most area residents would vow this April has been cooler than usual, things have been pretty average for spring in Indiana.
    The average April temperature in Adams County is 61 degrees, while the average low is 39 degrees. This year, Adams County was spot on with the average high, and fell just 3 degrees shy of the average low at 36 degrees.

Adams County 4-H Fair coming soon

May 4, 2015

GETTING READY — With the Adams County 4-H fair creeping closer, two young equestrians were spotted in the horse arena at the fairgrounds Sunday putting their steeds through the paces in anticipation of this year’s competition.

 

Postal carriers ask Hoosiers to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ during food drive

May 4, 2015

     On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners are asking Hoosiers to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger.’ The annual food drive has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

Postmaster wraps up his career today

May 1, 2015

    Decatur Postmaster Weston W. Worth is retiring today after 39 years of service, 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service and four years (1975-1979) with the United Stated Army.
Worth has served in many positions within the Postal Service all around the country and will culminate his career in his hometown of Decatur, where he has served as Postmaster for the past five years.
Worth is member of the American Legion and a charter member of the Adams County Kiwanis Club.
 

Corn planting under way

May 1, 2015

    With several days of dry weather, and sunshine to warm the soil, many Adams County farmers have managed to get into their fields this week to begin spring planting chores. Mild and dry weather is in the forecast for the next week, meaning sights such as the one above should become commonplace throughout the county.

 

Older Americans month

May 1, 2015

    Berne Mayor Bill McKean recently affixed his signature to a proclamation declaring May to be Older Americans Month in the city of Berne. He urged the citizens of Berne to honor and celebrate this special month. Pictured with the mayor, left to right, are Jackie Engle, manager/activity director at the South Adams Senior Center; Sharon Tester, South Adams Council on Aging director; Rod Mason, president and chief executive officer of Swiss Village; and Amanda Hirschy, Chalet Village administrator.
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Video of the day: 7 Facts you didn't know about the Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

Interest strong in local jail construction

April 30, 2015

    More than 30 individuals representing area contractors interested in bidding on various parts of the construction of the new Adams County Jail met Tuesday morning in the Service Complex with several representatives of general contractor Construction Control Inc. and the architectural engineering firm of Elevatus (formerly Schenkel/Shultz) for a pre-bid meeting to answer specific questions concerning their various areas of expertise.

Resignations, retirement accepted by AHN board

April 30, 2015

    Resignations from a member of the leadership team of the Adams Health Network and also from the hospital’s medical staff, along with the retirement of a veteran member of the Adams Memorial Hospital nursing staff, were accepted Wednesday night at the monthly AHN board of trustees meeting.
    Chief Executive Officer Jo-Ellen Eidam reported that Bill Watson, director of long-term care for AHN and administrator of the Adams Woodcrest facility, resigned and has opted to pursue other career opportunities.

Ritz retains board chairmanship, but authority reduced

April 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS  — An Indiana legislative session that Republican Gov. Mike Pence touted as an ‘‘education session’’ at its outset brought significant changes to how state education policy will be set and shifted more money to growing suburban school districts as lawmakers passed a new two-year budget.

Parents pay for childrens’ unexcused absences

April 29, 2015

Two cases were decided recently in Adams County Circuit Court by Judge Chad Kukelhan.
    Ashley Wombacker, 26, of Berne, and Chelsey Paris, 22, of Geneva, each pleaded guilty Tuesday in two separate cases to violating Indiana’s compulsory school attendance law.
    The allegations forming the basis of the charges were that their children had accumulated excessive, unexcused absences.

Going with the flow

April 29, 2015

    Zach Blum, an employee with the city of Decatur, was among many city workers testing fire hydrants throughout the city Tuesday. Testing will continue through Thursday of this week, then will begin again Monday. A schedule of test areas appears in the print and online editions of today's Democrat.

 

Legion auxiliary ready for Poppy Days

April 29, 2015

    The Decatur American Legion Auxiliary is seeking donations during the annual Poppy Days distribution to be held Friday and Saturday at the following Decatur locations: Courtesy Motors Car Wash, Scotts/Kroger, Rural King and Walmart.

Changes would keep Ritz as state BOE chair, for now

April 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers plan to rework the Indiana State Board of Education by postponing changes to its leadership until after the 2016 election.
Senate Republicans unveiled an altered Senate Bill 1 proposal Monday to allow the board to choose its own leader, but not until Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz completes her first term in office.

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