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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.

Trending video: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars
The latest 'Bad Lip Readings' video skewers many of the NFL's biggest stars with some unforgettable lines.

Large, small businesses await chamber honors

January 23, 2015

    Each year the Decatur Chamber of Commerce gives three awards to recognize outstanding community citizenship and service to the Decatur community. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual dinner, to be held Feb. 5 at the Knights of Columbus pavilion in Decatur.  
    Social hour for the annual banquet begins at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost of dinner is $25. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the chamber at 724-2604.

Election board, new clerk of courts meet for first time

January 23, 2015

    The first meeting of the 2015 Adams County Election Board took place Wednesday in preparation of the upcoming municipal elections in May.
    The first order of business was to select a chairman, which the board did unanimously in its appointment of sitting chairman John Minch. Attending his first meeting as a member of the board was newly-elected Adams County Clerk of Courts Jim Voglewede.

Spotlight booths are available

January 23, 2015

     The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for booth rentals for the annual Spotlight showcase event, to be held this year from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 at Bellmont Middle School.
     The Spotlight event, which annually draws more than 2,000 visitors, according to the chamber, allows local businesses and organizations to promote and display their goods and services.

    BERNE— A 59-52 wire to wire victory for Bellmont over South Adams on...
BOWLING FOR SECTIONALS— Above is Bellmont bowling team that recently won the Hoosier Conference...
    KINGSLAND — Sophomore Bryce Baumgartner won his second NHC crown and...

 

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