The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-28T14:47:41-05:00 fourth grader, fire chief exchange honors2015-01-28T14:47:41-05:002015-01-28T14:47:41-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      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.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableNorthwest fourth grader, fire chief exchange honorsDecatur Daily‘Can we just send them a thank-you note?’2015-01-28T09:30:57-05:002015-01-28T09:30:57-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     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.<br />     “I’m not sure exactly what happened,” but BeniComp is also the Third Party Administrator for Jay County Hospital in Portland “and our bill was erroneously paid” by the hospital board, Beery said.<br />     “Can we just send them a thank you note?” Commissioner Rex Moore asked jokingly. After the laughter subsided, commissioners approved a payment of the total amount to Jay County Hospital to correct the mistake.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike Lamm‘Can we just send them a thank-you note?’Decatur Daily sledding2015-01-28T09:29:19-05:002015-01-28T09:29:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTTuesday sleddingDecatur Daily in2015-01-28T09:27:55-05:002015-01-28T09:27:55-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat    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.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableDropping inDecatur Daily cost projections altered downward 2015-01-27T09:05:27-05:002015-01-27T09:05:27-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     Presenting commissioners with a 20-page, spiral-bound, detailed report breaking down all expenses connected to the project, Hoffman indicated the new total estimated cost to build the facility is now just more than $15 million. The number reflects a reduction of more than $309,000 from the initial figure released last year during the schematic phase of the enterprise, Hoffman said.<br />     The new total reflects a decrease in design contingency fees, from 10 percent to 5 percent, and contains both increases and decreases in various areas from the original plans. Hoffman indicated the total cost figure includes expenses associated with the construction of an access road, curbs and other related costs to make the facility accessible to the public and connected to Winchester Street.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammJail cost projections altered downward Decatur Daily press will ‘revolutionize’ EP Graphics, execs tell council2015-01-27T09:03:52-05:002015-01-27T09:03:52-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     EP Graphics representatives John Richert, customer service and quality manager, and Jan Simmons, sales manager, informed the council the company is in the process of purchasing a new printing press — the Sunday 2000 — which they say will nearly triple production at the facility.<br />     “This is actually a long time coming,” said Simmons. “We’ve been trying to purchase this press for about four years. The problem is, they’re so popular that as soon as one comes on the market, somebody beats us to it. These things go quick, so we want to move fast on this.”<br />     In fact, Richert added, the reason EP Graphics President Tyler Kitt was unable to attend the meeting is because he is currently in Texas examining the equipment. “He (Kitt) sends his apologies for not being here personally,” Richert said, “But we really don’t want to waste any time on this, so he’s down there right now looking things over.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJannaya AndrewsNew press will ‘revolutionize’ EP Graphics, execs tell councilDecatur Daily know the drill2015-01-27T09:01:22-05:002015-01-27T09:01:22-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTYou know the drillDecatur Daily ‘Time to pull the alarm’ in battle against meth and heroin2015-01-26T09:35:01-05:002015-01-26T09:35:01-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     That was one of the messages brought to Decatur Saturday morning by the two men who represent Adams County at the Statehouse.<br />     State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markel, and State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, held their first town hall-type meeting of the current legislative session Saturday at the Decatur library. The pair also met with constituents earlier that morning in Berne.<br />     “Indiana has a real drug problem,” Lehman told two dozen area residents at the Decatur meeting. “Meth is a big problem, but heroin is right on its heels. I think you’ll see us (lawmakers) come up with some additional funding to clean this up. It’s a mess, and there is no silver bullet,” said Lehman. “It’s a priority of ours.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTHoldman: ‘Time to pull the alarm’ in battle against meth and heroinDecatur Daily, wind snarl roadways2015-01-26T09:33:51-05:002015-01-26T09:33:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     Plummeting temperatures ushered in another 2 inches of snow in Adams County overnight, bringing the January total to 9.5 inches to date.<br />     “City crews went to work at 3 a.m. clearing Sunday’s snow,” said Operations Director Jeremy Gilbert. “As of 6:15 a.m., streets are a little slick but our salt truck is out salting.”<br />     All three public school systems were operating on a two hour delay this morning as county and state crews worked to clear rural roads.<br />     “The roads are snow covered and slick, and it’s a little worse in the south (of Adams County) than in the north,” said Adams County Highway Superintendent Tim Barkey. “It started yesterday with rain, then turned to snow and it was already more prevalent in the southern part of the county.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJannaya AndrewsSnow, wind snarl roadwaysDecatur Daily up the sidewalks2015-01-26T09:33:00-05:002015-01-26T09:33:00-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Carolyn and Jerry Voglewede worked together to clear the sidewalk this morning on Adams Street.<br />  </p>Decatur, INKellan DeamCleaning up the sidewalksDecatur Daily