The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-17T09:34:32-05:00 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Homes in the Lake Shore addition on Decatur’s easternmost edge are in full holiday mode, with decorative Christmas lights strung at several of the homes there.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableFESTIVEDecatur Daily of the season2014-12-17T09:33:48-05:002014-12-17T09:33:48-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat The South Adams Music Department staged its annual Christmas band and choir concert Tuesday evening in Burkhalter Auditorium. Featured were the middle school and high school bands and choirs. Above, Director Curt Amstutz leads the seventh- and eighth-grade band through its performance.</p><p> Photo by J Swygart</p>Decatur, INNo author availableSounds of the seasonDecatur Daily moving rapidly to fill new coordinator slot2014-12-17T09:30:49-05:002014-12-17T09:30:49-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     City officials are moving quickly to get in place a new-hire communications coordinator, and there is a chance the person chosen could be on the job sometime in February.<br />     City council on Tuesday night approved what amounts to a job description for the position, the addition of which had been given a unanimous green light at the previous council meeting. The Greater Decatur Committee, which is not affiliated with city government, produced the benchmarks for the new hire. They were presented to council by committee spokesman Greg Kitson, a local businessman, on Tuesday.<br />     Kitson said the benchmarks came out of numerous contacts made by another committee member, Anne Razo, with other communities which have a communications coordinator or someone of that nature.<br />     The position would be full-time and salaried, at $45,000 to $55,000 annually, plus benefits. Mainly, the person hired would be responsible for disseminating information to various groups and committees within the city and working with and organizing the efforts of those groups and committees.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBy BOB SHRALUKADecatur moving rapidly to fill new coordinator slotDecatur Daily cooperation is vowed by all2014-12-16T14:20:55-05:002014-12-16T14:20:55-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat <span class="userContent">The Friends of the Carnegie Building made their pitch to the Adams County Commissioners at their weekly meeting Monday afternoon to save the historic structure from demolition. Friends President Louise Wolpert told the commissioners, “We ar<span class="text_exposed_show">e ready, willing and able to take on the responsibility of preserving our treasure.” Toward that end, Wolpert informed the trio the Friends group has hired an attorney to steer them through the process of becoming a non-profit organization, an engineer to assess the condition of the building and an architect to offer suggestions as to how to care for and preserve the structure for future generations to utilize, appreciate and enjoy.<br /> Wolpert presented commissioners with a letter from Tracy Witte of Engineering Resources Inc., which concluded “we do not see any immediate structural concerns at this time.” She also pointed to a letter of support from Zachary Benedict of MKM Architects + Design.<br /> For the complete story, see the front page and 3A in today's print or online editions.</span></span></p>Decatur, INBy MIKE LAMMCarnegie cooperation is vowed by allDecatur Daily Library deemed ‘worth saving’2014-12-12T10:46:51-05:002014-12-12T10:46:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Carnegie Library is a historic structure, and while its present condition may not be pristine, it is nonetheless worth saving from demolition, a group of about two dozen local residents agreed at the second public meeting of the Friends of the Carnegie Library Thursday night at Riverside Center.<br />     In discussing the Adams Carnegie Library, Zachary Benedict from the Fort Wayne firm of MKM Architecture + Design  asked, “Would it be cheaper to rebuild that building? Maybe. Would it be cheaper to rebuild it at that level of quality? No.”<br />     Benedict indicated there is a national trend where baby boomers are moving away from metropolitan areas and into more rural communities because of the quality of life and the availability of public spaces that regularly host local events. “People form an attachment to where they live. The goal is to be happy; to be proud to live here.”<br />     Friends Vice President Charlie Brune pointed out, “There are all kinds of possibilities for the building. We’ve just skimmed the surface.” He then clicked through a long list of suggestions for repurposing the building, which he will present to commissioners at the Friends group updates the trio on the plans for the building and its future.<br />     Brune commented, “We hope to extend the life of the building for at least another 100 years. We’re all about building preservation,” he added.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMCarnegie Library deemed ‘worth saving’Decatur Daily sewer project bids may go out in February2014-12-12T10:45:55-05:002014-12-12T10:45:55-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Officials with the Adams County Regional Sewer District board are hopeful bids will be taken in February for construction of the county’s first-ever rural sewer collection system.<br />     Project engineer Ben Adams of Commonwealth Engineering said during Thursday night’s meeting of the sewer district’s board of directors that, while final approval from USDA Rural Development will ultimately dictate the timeline, “it is conceivable we could have approval to go to bid by our next meeting (in January). I’d love for that to happen. I want to start (construction) as soon as the weather breaks” next spring.<br />     In other business at Thursday’s meeting, Shannon Smitley was elected board chairman for 2015, with Barry Ehinger selected as vice chairman and Nate Rumschlag as clerk/treasurer. Thursday’s meeting was also the final one for current clerk Bill Warren, who is leaving the board at year’s end. Warren was thanked by board members for his years of service to the rural sewer district.<br />     For the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTRural sewer project bids may go out in FebruaryDecatur Daily resigns his seat on AC school board2014-12-12T10:45:04-05:002014-12-12T10:45:04-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The new year is just around the corner, and Adams Central Community Schools’ board of education will find that with the new year will come a new board member.    Board member Dave Fox will resign from the board effective Dec. 31. The board has 30 days from that date to fill the vacancy. If no district resident submits an application, the seat will be filled through an appointment by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan.<br />     The board will start taking applications for Fox’s seat Monday. Applicants for the seat must live in Washington Township inside the Adams Central school district. The board hopes to appoint someone at its Jan. 13 board meeting.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INKELLAN DEAMFox resigns his seat on AC school boardDecatur Daily placed on part-time students at NA2014-12-11T09:08:37-05:002014-12-11T09:08:37-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The controversial policy regarding the acceptance of part-time students that has been circling over the heads of the North Adams Board of Trustees the past several months was finally put to rest Tuesday evening.<br />     In short order, the second reading of the acceptance of part-time students was presented to the board, allowing part-time students to attend NA schools providing they take all grade appropriate state assessed classes. If a part-time student wishes to participate in athletics, he or she must take and pass at least five state assessed classes, just as full-time students are required to do.<br />     During the November meeting of the board, discussions became heated for the second time in as many months as the debate continued between, essentially, the two board members. As the policy was originally presented, part-time students would not have been required to take state assessed classes, an issue Ehlerding said he felt was unfair to teachers, administrators, full-time students and their parents.<br />     “We’re here to educate,” Converset said at the time. “So just educate the kids.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSLimits placed on part-time students at NADecatur Daily schools council on EDC successes2014-12-11T09:06:51-05:002014-12-11T09:06:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Having read that Adams County Councilman Dennis Bluhm questioned the benefits of the Adams County Economic Development Department near the end of last month’s county council meeting, EDC Executive Director Larry Macklin placed himself on council’s December agenda to address Bluhm’s concerns.<br />     “I read in the paper where someone on council asked: ‘Have we brought any business to Adams County?’” Macklin said. In the period from 2006 to the present, records indicate the department has “facilitated 1,902 new jobs and has opened doors for new employment throughout the county.”<br />     “We work to provide tools for growth and expansion,” Macklin continued. That Adams County can now offer certified and shovel-ready sites for industry “is a fact I do not take lightly.”<br />     For the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMMacklin schools council on EDC successesDecatur Daily student recognized for excellent PSAT score2014-12-11T09:05:24-05:002014-12-11T09:05:24-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Bellmont High School Principal Kim Harsh Hiatt has announced Monica Miller has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.<br />     Miller, a senior at BHS, is the daughter of Charles and Jacqueline Miller. She was honored for achieving high scores on the PSAT test as a junior.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableBHS student recognized for excellent PSAT scoreDecatur Daily