The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-23T08:53:58-05:00’s jobless rate for November at 5%2014-12-23T08:53:58-05:002014-12-23T08:53:58-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Unemployment rates in Adams and all surrounding counties inched higher during November but nonetheless remained below Indiana’s overall jobless rate, according to statistics released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.<br />     Adams County’s November unemployment rate stood at 5.0 percent, up from 4.6 percent one month earlier. One year ago the county’s unemployment rate was at 6.3 percent. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.<br />     The monthly state report showed 768 members of the county’s total workforce of 15,268 remained out of work last month.<br />     November jobless rates in surrounding counties included Wells, 4.8; Jay, 5.1, Huntington,5.2; Allen, 5.3; Whitley, 5.0 and Blackford, 6.3 percent, all up from the previous month.<br />     For more information, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTCounty’s jobless rate for November at 5%Decatur Daily is almost here2014-12-23T08:52:51-05:002014-12-23T08:52:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It’s approaching the day children have been awaiting for months, and this residence on Selkirk Lane in Decatur says it simply and colorfully: Merry Christmas to all.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTChristmas is almost hereDecatur Daily activities begin2014-12-23T08:51:33-05:002014-12-23T08:51:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Bowling was on tap Monday as the 10-day schedule of activities sponsored by the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department got under way. At right, Tyler Ausland tries to throw a strike during a game at Villa Lanes. Among the activities scheduled for today are games until 6 p.m. at the Decatur library and swimming from 6-8 p.m. at the Bellmont pool.</p>Decatur, INKellan DeamWinter activities beginDecatur Daily must pay Hoagland teacher nearly $2 million2014-12-22T11:07:53-05:002014-12-22T11:07:53-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      A federal court Friday ruled in favor of a former language arts teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School who was fired by Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for undergoing in vitro fertilization.<br />     The verdict came after about five and a half hours of deliberation Friday afternoon, according to a news article in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, putting an end to the four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Robert Miller Jr. in the expansive federal courthouse just a few blocks from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the center of the diocese.<br />     At issue in the case was whether the diocese discriminated against Herx because of her gender by treating her differently than similarly situated male employees, or because of her attempts to become pregnant, by forcing her to choose between in vitro fertilization and her job, the article states.<br />     Throughout the case, both sides stressed Herx was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization. For Herx, the decision to continue the treatment abhorred by the church was her last and safest chance to become pregnant with another child.<br />     For the diocese, the matter had nothing to do with her attempt to become pregnant but with her choice of method. As part of her contract, Herx signed a morals clause, promising to uphold Catholic teaching. When she did not do so, diocesan officials had no choice but to remove her from their teaching roster.<br />     For the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableDiocese must pay Hoagland teacher nearly $2 millionDecatur Daily with Santa2014-12-22T11:06:42-05:002014-12-22T11:06:42-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Isaac Anderson, 5, gave Santa his Christmas wish list Saturday morning at Riverside Center in Decatur during a Breakfast With Santa event, sponsored by the Parks and Rec Department and the Decatur Small Business organization.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTVisiting with SantaDecatur Daily Decatur train warehouse may get new life2014-12-22T11:05:31-05:002014-12-22T11:05:31-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     An old train warehouse will be returning to Decatur one of these days ... in pieces, just as it left the city 10 or so years ago.<br />     The disassembled warehouse was situated along the Erie Railroad tracks, off Winchester Strett and just north of Arnold Lumber Co. It was taken apart years ago by an Amish crew and moved to Geneva, where it has ended up at Limberlost Construction. It has been there for years, and Limberlost owner Mike Schwartz says he is going to get rid of it probably around the first of April.<br />     At last week’s city council meeting, Councilman Cam Collier said a rural Decatur man, Dan Steele, has expressed an interest in the having the building put back together and saved. In fact Steele, a train enthusiast, “is very excited” about the process of seeing the warehouse whole once again, Collier added.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAFormer Decatur train warehouse may get new lifeDecatur Daily defender board fails to add Johnson for 20152014-12-19T09:46:04-05:002014-12-19T09:46:04-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Joe Johnson III, reinstated by the Adams County Public Defender board last month after a series of legal issues led to the Decatur attorney’s suspension as a member of the public defender’s office, will not return to that office in 2015.<br />     The defender board met Thursday morning in the county commissioners’ room of the Service Complex. The meeting began with an executive session “to discuss an individual’s status as a contract employee,” according to meeting minutes from Auditor Mary Beery.<br />     During the public portion on the meeting, board member and County Commissioner Ed Coil informed those in attendance that eight resumes had been received to fill three public defender positions. On a motion from board member John Minch and seconded by Chris Colpaert, Brad Weber was recommended to assume the position of Chief Public Defender, with Michael Douglass and John Cowan recommended as Deputy Public Defenders. Johnson was not among those recommended for the appointments.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availablePublic defender board fails to add Johnson for 2015Decatur Daily$1.3 mil East Monroe St. contract awarded2014-12-19T09:43:43-05:002014-12-19T09:43:43-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A major road reconstruction project which has been in the planning stages since 2011 will be coming to fruition next spring.<br />     Fleming Excavating of rural Decatur has been awarded the contract for the East Monroe Street project by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The city of Decatur received a federal grant for the project, but INDOT handles all aspects of it.<br />     Fleming had the low bid of just more than $1.3 million.    <br />     A new storm sewer is part of the project and Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council on Tuesday night. “There will be some inconveniences to homeowners,” Gilbert said, but everyone will be able to access their homes.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKA$1.3 mil East Monroe St. contract awardedDecatur Daily To Miss2014-12-19T09:42:23-05:002014-12-19T09:42:23-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat This residence in the Stratton Addition in Decatur is all decked out for the season, with colorful lights surrounding the entire property.<br /> Photo by J Swygart<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableHard To MissDecatur Daily by city council wrap up 20142014-12-18T09:53:39-05:002014-12-18T09:53:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It was obvious that Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting was the year’s finale, with several year-end matters handled. Among them were a group of reappointments.<br />     Ron Storey, Rex Hinsky and Max Miller were given new one-year terms on the city’s redevelopment commission by Mayor John Schultz. North Adams board member Ben Faurote represents that board on the commission, but is a non-voting member.<br />     Dave Haggard was given a new four-year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals, by the mayor.<br />     To see the remaining appointments, visit<br />   </p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAAppointments by city council wrap up 2014Decatur Daily