The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-02-27T14:59:05-05:00 video: The best foods for a longer life2015-02-27T14:59:05-05:002015-02-27T14:59:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily DemocratWhen it comes to maintaining health in our later years, eating right and fueling our bodies with nutritious food is key. Krystin Goodwin highlights the best foods for a longer life.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: The best foods for a longer lifeDecatur Daily to the city2015-02-27T09:21:34-05:002015-02-27T09:21:34-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Decatur resident Blas Mendez celebrated his 90th birthday with a party in his honor Saturday night at the Decatur Knights of Columbus hall. A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Decatur Mayor John Schultz of the Key to the City. In his “From Left Field” column in today’s print and online editions of the Democrat, former managing editor Bob Shraluka takes a closer look at Mendez’ long and storied life. Also pictured is Blas’ newphew, Ike Mendez.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableKey to the cityDecatur Daily Adams has highest graduation rate in county2015-02-27T09:20:46-05:002015-02-27T09:20:46-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Indiana’s graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year jumped to 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent the year before, according to data released by the Indiana Department of Education earlier this week.<br />     Indiana’s non-waiver graduation rate also saw an increase. The non-waiver graduation rate was 83.4 percent, up from 81.7 percent in the previous year.<br />     All three Adams County schools were well above the state average, led by South Adams with a 96.1 percent graduation rate. Of that overall total, South Adams graduated 98.2 percent of its female student population and 96.5 percent of males.<br />     See today's print or online editions for graduation rates from other county schools.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableSouth Adams has highest graduation rate in countyDecatur Daily of church, state talk draws crowd in Berne2015-02-27T09:19:51-05:002015-02-27T09:19:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A crowd of more than 60 people attended a free seminar on the subject of the separation of church and state conducted by local attorney Cory Sprunger Thursday night at the First Mennonite Church in Berne. Sprunger opened the meeting by noting his program was for those who “have a passion for faith” as well as a “passion for public work.”<br />     “When it comes to the separation of church and state, people want the law to be black and white,” Sprunger said, “but there are too many different situations for the law to be black and white.” Sprunger explained that “judges interpret the spirit of the law” in arriving at their decision in any respective case.<br />     According to Sprunger, in the United States today there are three different levels of law which speak to the separation of church and state. The first level of laws is derived from the U.S. Constitution, with the establishment clause, free exercise clause and free speech clause all addressing the relationship between the state and the religious and their institutions. Federal laws comprise the second level and Indiana laws comprise the third, he said.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammSeparation of church, state talk draws crowd in BerneDecatur Daily primary election necessary this year2015-02-26T09:05:35-05:002015-02-26T09:05:35-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It’s official. There will be no May primary election in Adams County this year.<br />     Adams County Election Board members, meeting Wednesday afternoon in the basement of the county courthouse, turned to the Indiana Revised Code for direction and determined that — because no contested races are scheduled in any municipal primary contest — no primary is necessary.<br />     The lack of competitive races, and the subsequent decision by the election board to forego the primary, will save the county approximately $15,000 that otherwise would have been spent to stage the May balloting.<br />     County Clerk of Courts Jim Vogelwede said he had talked to an attorney representing the Indiana Election Division prior to Wednesday’s meeting. The attorney forwarded applicable portions of the Indiana Code to Vogelwede which helped the board reach its decision.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTNo primary election necessary this yearDecatur Daily home ratings slashed 2015-02-26T09:04:14-05:002015-02-26T09:04:14-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Arbitrary changes by federal regulators have created a severe blow to sterling ratings recorded a month ago by both Adams Heritage Nursing Home in Monroeville and Adams Woodcrest Nursing Home in Decatur it was announced Wednesday night by Bill Watson, director of long-term care at Adams Health Network, during the February meeting of the AHN Board of Trustees.<br />     The hospital-owned facility in Monroeville had a top five-star rating (the highest possible) while Adams Woodcrest had a four-star evaluation in the original published results, putting both facilities among the best of the 521 nursing homes in the state.<br />     Watson lamented that it was learned that regulators arbitrarily changed the number of points required to attain an overall rating of five stars. Thus, Adams Heritage is now a four-star facility while Adams Woodcrest is listed at three stars.<br />     “Staffing stars are figured on two numbers,” Watson said, adding they include “RN hours and then the total of LPN and CNA hours. The same number of hours in total that equaled four stars prior, now equals three stars. Both of our facilities were affected by this action.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJOE SPAULDINGNursing home ratings slashed Decatur Daily digging out2015-02-26T09:02:12-05:002015-02-26T09:02:12-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     With a few inches of snow still on the ground, high winds that blew into the area Tuesday created drifts along roadways and sidewalks. While the snowplows were out clearing the roadways, clearing sidewalks is left to area residents like Chester Smith, Monroe.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJannaya AndrewsStill digging outDecatur Daily soldier meets his daughter2015-02-25T08:37:09-05:002015-02-25T08:37:09-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     While Pvt. Danny Colbert of Decatur was deployed on his second tour in Kuwait and Afghanistan, his partner, Mary Bistro, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Elena. Colbert returned home Sunday and met his daughter for the first time. Prior to their reunion, Colbert and Elena bonded through video chats.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableA soldier meets his daughterDecatur Daily class scheduled in county2015-02-25T08:36:06-05:002015-02-25T08:36:06-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Emergency Management will host the annual weather-spotters class for Adams County at 6:30 p.m., March 24 in the South Adams School cafeteria, 1000 W. Parkway St., Berne. The class is free and open to the public.<br />     Some items to be covered in the class include discussions surrounding hail, damaging winds, thunderstorm and tornado development, local storm ready programs, what to look for and criteria associated with severe weather events, how to spot weather properly and safety issues. <br />     Featured speaker for the event will be Rick McCoy, who has been the Van Wert County Homeland Security and EMA Director for the past 24 years and is considered an expert in the severe weather field. McCoy has appeared on The Weather Channel’s “Forecast Earth” and “Storm Stories” programs and has been featured on the National Geographic Channel and The History Channel.<br />     Advance registration to attend the class is not required. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. the night of the program. For additional information, contact Karla Marbach by email at or by phone at 724-5320.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableWeather-spotters class scheduled in countyDecatur Daily police department will gain new evidence room, security camera2015-02-25T08:35:10-05:002015-02-25T08:35:10-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Berne Police Department will soon have a new evidence room — as well as a new security camera to monitor said evidence — after the Berne Board of Public Works approved the request at its Feb. 18 meeting.<br />     Mayor Bill McKean told the Berne City Council Monday evening the board of works heard and approved the request from the police department to construct an evidence room in the basement of the Public Safety Facility, and a surveillance camera to keep the evidence secure.<br />     This would eliminate the storage space currently used upstairs at the Berne City Hall building and at the police department, according to McKean.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSBerne police department will gain new evidence room, security cameraDecatur Daily