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City, rural sewer board reach accord

April 23, 2014

    After nearly six months of back-and-forth negotiations, members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District’s board of trustees on Tuesday evening gave their stamp of approval to a 40-year agreement with the city of Decatur for the treatment of sewage to be generated by the fledgling rural sewer district.

Rumor patrol: Arnold’s not closing, but is on the market

April 23, 2014

Arnolds Drive-In, a staple hot spot in Decatur, will not be closing anytime soon, owner-operator Lori Collier said Tuesday. But changes will be coming to the popular local eatery.

Winchester Road bridge works nears

April 23, 2014

    Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey informed the county commissioners on Monday of a recent pre-construction meeting between the county, the Indiana Department of Transportation and contractor R. L. McCoy, Columbia City, to discuss work to be performed on a bridge on Winchester Road over Holthouse Ditch, west and north of U.S. 27.
    Barkey said the work, which will require closing the road to traffic, will begin June 8 and should conclude by the end of August.

Jobless rate remains at historic low

April 22, 2014

    Unemployment in Adams County continues to remain near historically low levels.
    The monthly jobless report issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed local unemployment during March was 5.7 percent, the lowest in the six years for which the Democrat has kept such records.

Commish hear more complaints about jail location

April 22, 2014

    Vinnie’s Bar owner Chris Faurote again appeared before the Adams County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting Monday afternoon to express his displeasure with the county’s choice of a 1st Street location near downtown Decatur for the construction of a combined jail and superior court complex. This time, he brought reinforcements.

Near-drowning has happy ending for family with Decatur ties

April 22, 2014

    An Easter weekend family vacation to Spring Mill State Park, in Mitchell, nearly turned to tragedy for a Wren, Ohio, family after a young boy nearly drowned in the swimming pool at Spring Hill Inn Saturday.

Awaiting the hunt

April 21, 2014

The annual frenzy that accompanies the traditional Easter egg hunt in Decatur was back again this year. Aided by sunny skies on a windy but otherwise pleasant morning, a throng of youngsters waited patiently, then were off to the races in search of eggs and other treats.
Photo by Ashley Thieme

Water main upgrades coming to Geneva

April 21, 2014

    Water in its various forms, from potable drinking water to storm and wastewater, was one of the primary categories reviewed by Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren at this month’s meeting of the Geneva Town Council.

Heroin talk set in Geneva

April 21, 2014

    The Geneva Police Department and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting Tuesday evening focusing on the effects of heroin in the community. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Geneva Town Hall, 411 E. Line St. The featured speaker will be Sgt. Dan Mawhorr from the Indiana State Police. 
    Mawhorr will provide information on heroin and prescription drug use in Adams County. 
    A variety of handouts will also be available.

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.

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