The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-20T09:26:59-04:00 is called on, literally, to answer council’s wage questions2014-10-20T09:26:59-04:002014-10-20T09:26:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey was literally called before the Adams County Council last week as they attempted to tie up loose ends before considering the approval of the 2015 budget.<br />     Councilors questioned why all 15 maintenance workers were being paid the same $17.08 hourly rate regardless of their years of service, and why there was a line item in his budget that offered an apparent 60-cent bonus to those same employees.    <br />     To get answers, Council President Randy Colclasure picked up his cell phone and called Barkey, asking if he was in the vicinity and whether he could come to the Service Complex to explain the particulars of his budget. Barkey  appeared in the audience a short time later to answer council’s questions.<br />     Concerning the hourly rate issue, Colclasure asked, “How do they (employees) go from the starting rate to get up there. I mean, how long does it take?” Barkey responded, “After six months, all new employees are increased to the rate everyone else is getting.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMBarkey is called on, literally, to answer council’s wage questionsDecatur Daily to honor are veterans in ceremony set for Nov. 112014-10-20T09:26:06-04:002014-10-20T09:26:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Area veterans are invited to attend a special Veterans Day program at Bellmont High School’s Erekson Theatre on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.<br />     A hospitality room with refreshments will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a provided lunch in the library. The featured speaker will be Dennis Covert, a Vietnam Navy veteran and member of the board of directors for Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. To register, call 724-7121 and push option 7, or by email at<br />     Bellmont World War II Topics class students are creating online profiles of Adams County veterans who perished in World War II. Students are currently conducting research through local newspapers, yearbooks, military documents and genealogical records to compile an electronic database that will be accessible to the public.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableBHS to honor are veterans in ceremony set for Nov. 11Decatur Daily Fall Harvest Party held Sunday at The Bridge2014-10-20T09:23:59-04:002014-10-20T09:23:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The Bridge Community Church in Decatur held its Family Fall Harvest Party Sunday evening as one of the first events of this year’s Callithumpian Festival. Food, games and indoor trick-or-treating were part of the event.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableFamily Fall Harvest Party held Sunday at The BridgeDecatur Daily video: The top Halloween costumes everyone will be wearing in 20142014-10-20T06:40:29-04:002014-10-20T06:40:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily DemocratThose planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing. Some other characters on the list: Maleficent, Teenage Mutant Turtles, and The Avengers.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: The top Halloween costumes everyone will be wearing in 2014Decatur Daily have their say at forum2014-10-17T08:21:53-04:002014-10-17T08:21:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Eleven candidates for countywide office took part in a forum hosted by the Decatur Rotary Club Thursday evening at Riverside Center in Decatur.<br />     Taking center stage during the event were four candidates for two countywide offices — the only contested county races in Adams County during this election season.<br />     Christopher Harvey, the Democrat incumbent, is being challenged by Republican Jeremy Brown in the race for prosecuting attorney. Harvey has served in that capacity for 16 year, while Brown is making his first attempt at public office.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTCandidates have their say at forumDecatur Daily freeze broken, Golden Meadows Home will see benefit2014-10-17T08:20:57-04:002014-10-17T08:20:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Golden Meadows Home Administrator Tom Magnan appeared before the Adams County Council Tuesday to update them on the operation of the county facility and request they break the hiring freeze to allow him to advertise for a fulltime Certified Nursing Assistant.<br />     Magnan presented councilors with a pair of handouts, one outlining how funds are generated by the facility and a second showing monthly and annual room and board rates for the past five years from the county home.<br />     Magnan told councilors he is having trouble “securing enough part time help in the area of Certified Nursing Assistants.” In 2013, he employed five full time CNA’s,<br /> but informed councilors at present only two are left, and he has been attempting to cover that shortcoming with part time people. However, a 28-hour per week limitation on part time employees has made that task even more difficult. “My people are maxed out” on the number of hours they can work, Magnan said, adding “It’s difficult to find qualified CNA’s who are willing to work part time.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMHiring freeze broken, Golden Meadows Home will see benefitDecatur Daily will mark Peterson site where Wilbur Shaw died2014-10-17T08:20:03-04:002014-10-17T08:20:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat At the height of his fame, Wilbur Shaw, a onetime great race driver at the Speedway, died in a plane crash in a field just east of Peterson. The crash gained national attention at the time. A ceremony is being planned for Oct. 30 — the 60th anniversary of the fatal crash — at the site to establish a marker of some sort. Shortly thereafter, tributes to Shaw are due to be held at the Speedway and in Shelbyville, Shaw’s hometown.Decatur, INNo author availableCeremony will mark Peterson site where Wilbur Shaw diedDecatur Daily repairs continue to plague NA2014-10-16T08:34:10-04:002014-10-16T08:34:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     While the installation of a new roof over a section of Bellmont Middle School was completed over Labor Day weekend, roof woes are far from a thing of the past for North Adams schools as three sections of the high school roof will need to be replaced to the tune of approximately $260,000.<br />     Larry Carty, business manager for the North Adams district, told board of education members Tuesday the three sections were discovered recently as school maintenance workers walked the roof performing routine inspections.<br />     In addition to the three sections that will need replaced, Carty said there is approximately $30,000 in repairs to tuck pointing, seams and cracking that will need to be done as well.<br />     “I know it seems we just went through this, and we did. Unfortunately, it’s a roof and there’s always going to be something that needs to be done,” Carty said.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSRoof repairs continue to plague NADecatur Daily eagle spotted near St. Marys River2014-10-16T08:33:21-04:002014-10-16T08:33:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      This juvenile eagle was photographed near the Pleasant Mills bridge over the St. Marys River. It is about 3 years old, as indicated by the dark feathers at eye level. Eagles have been sighted in St. Marys Township for several years. The eagle, once an endangered species, has now been removed from that list.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableRegal eagle spotted near St. Marys RiverDecatur Daily Callithumpian shirts are now available2014-10-16T08:31:25-04:002014-10-16T08:31:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Decatur Mayor John Schutz and Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright are pictured showing off the 2014 Callithumpian shirts. The shirts are available in military green or sports grey and come in both long- and short-sleeved. The short-sleeved shirt is $15 and the long-sleeved is $20. Shirts may be purchased at the Walgreen’s Drug Store or the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office, 125 E. Monroe St.  Long-sleeved shirts are available by special order only. Orders may be made  at the chamber office or Walgreen’s. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 724-2604.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author available2014 Callithumpian shirts are now availableDecatur Daily