The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-15T09:42:28-04:00 Tax caps have hamstrung NA schools2014-04-15T09:42:28-04:002014-04-15T09:42:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Superintendent Brent Lehman gave the annual State of the School address Monday during a Decatur Chamber of Commerce lunceon at Woodcrest Nursing Center.<br />     “What makes North Adams such a great school district is the level of teamwork, and the relationships between parents, staff, administrators and students,” Lehman emphasized.<br />     “There is not one of us that can solve any problem, but collectively we can solve anything. If we didn’t work collectively, the wheels would fall off and we would stop moving forward,” Lehman explained.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INASHLEY THIEMELehman: Tax caps have hamstrung NA schoolsDecatur Daily attorney fires back at local jail site criticism2014-04-15T09:40:40-04:002014-04-15T09:40:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Following the appearance of Vinnie’s Bar owner Chris Faurote last week before the Adams County Council to announce his displeasure with the proposed location of a new judicial center on 1st Street, Adams County Attorney Mark Burry offered a response on the part of the Adams County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting Monday afternoon.<br />     Burry noted county council is proceeding with site acquisition plans for locations along 1st Street, south of Monroe Street. The next stage, he said, is to look at each property being considered to determine the expense involved in both acquiring the properties and demolishing them to make room for the new judicial center construction.<br />     Although a specific site has not yet been determined, appointments for the inspection of properties under consideration for acquisition have been scheduled with property owners as the county moves forward with its plans, Burry said.<br />     He then officially informed commissioners of Faurote’s appearance and comments before council, adding Faurote reportedly has started a petition in opposition to the proposed location. Burry said he is also hearing about negative commentary appearing on Facebook, where individuals are questioning whether “some folks in the county have acted prematurely and not thought the process completely through” in selecting the 1st Street location.<br />     “I’ve never seen any of them at any council or commission meetings,” Burry quipped, pointing out that, unfortunately, “Some people get all of their news and information from Facebook and the Internet, paying no attention whatsoever to what’s in the newspaper or on the radio,” he added.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMCounty attorney fires back at local jail site criticismDecatur Daily is booming at Smith Bros2014-04-15T09:39:42-04:002014-04-15T09:39:42-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Business is booming for Smith Brothers of Berne, and controller Dave Burson went before city council Monday to request an approval of the annual tax abatement form CF-1 that states the company is in compliance with the terms of the abatement originally filed in 2005.<br />     Indiana companies applying for an abatement are required to file a statement of benefits, stating the amount of investment the company is requesting an abatement on, as well as the number of jobs and salaries that will be created with the investment. The company is then required to file annually, for the length of the abatement, a CF-1 form showing whether they were able to meet the terms of the abatement. If the company is found to not be in compliance with the term of the abatement, the continuation may be denied.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSBusiness is booming at Smith BrosDecatur Daily graduation2014-04-14T09:39:06-04:002014-04-14T09:39:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Students regcognized at celebration honoring the completion of the Skill-Link program last week at BHS included: Kurt Waugh, Smith Brothers of Berne; Jeremy Miller, Bluffton Motor Works; Aaron Voirol, FCC (Adams);  Eric Hirschy, Smith Brothers; Gary Paxson, Bluffton Motor Works;  Brock McPeek, Micromatic LLC; and Joe Cawel, All American Homes. A graduate not pictured was Anthony Tappy, Alexin. Skill-Link is a Northeast Indiana Works collaborative initiative that provides certification-based training of incumbent workers to elevate their skills.<br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSkill-Link graduationDecatur Daily Friday as makeup school day?2014-04-14T09:35:27-04:002014-04-14T09:35:27-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat   North Adams Community Schools will not hold classes in observance of Good Friday this year, but in future years the day could be used as a make-up day if another severe winter forces the cancellation of an excessive number of school days.<br />     Members of the North Adams school board expressed varying opinions at last week’s board meeting about Good Friday being a school-observed holiday. Many board members, as well as residents in attendance, were in favor of using the holiday as a make-up day.<br />     Good Friday is not a national holiday and is only observed by governments in 12 states. Indiana recognizes Good Friday, meaning state businesses, banks and offices are closed.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INASHLEY THIEMEGood Friday as makeup school day?Decatur Daily carnival2014-04-14T09:34:03-04:002014-04-14T09:34:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Ethan Tumbleson enjoyed his cotton candy at the Serving All Families Everyday — or SAFE —  carnival Saturday at Riverside Center. The event drew a large crowd of youngsters who were treated to carnival games, prizes, cotton candy and popcorn.<br /> Photo by Ashley Thieme<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSAFE carnivalDecatur Daily hands out annual awards2014-04-11T09:19:01-04:002014-04-11T09:19:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The town of Geneva honored its own Thursday night, as the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Proud held their annual awards ceremony in the Community Room of the Geneva Town Hall.    <br />     Chamber Executive Director Pam Krause served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which is held each year to honor the individuals, businesses and industries deemed to have contributed to the growth and success of the community of Geneva in the previous 12 months. Krause stated the local chamber of commerce continues to grow, with 77 current and active members.<br />     Geneva Proud President Stan Mosser introduced the 2013 Business of the Year winner, whom he stated has given back to the community in many ways and is actively involved in county organizations. The recipient of the award was Lee Flueckiger, owner of Adams County Financial Resources.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMGeneva hands out annual awardsDecatur Daily demands smoke detectors, egress windows for Amish homes2014-04-11T09:17:43-04:002014-04-11T09:17:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Building, Planning and Zoning Commission Director Mark Wynn submitted his monthly report to the county commissioners this week which showed the issuance of 23 building permits in March, with a total estimated value of $1.3 million. Permits were issued for the construction of eight unattached buildings, with an estimated value of $165,500; six residential additions ($137,500); three agricultural buildings ($718,000), three additions to unattached buildings ($28,000) and three single family residential structures ($251,000) during the month. No electrical or remodeling permits were issued in March.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMWynn demands smoke detectors, egress windows for Amish homesDecatur Daily ponders staffing levels for 2014-152014-04-11T09:16:47-04:002014-04-11T09:16:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     South Adams Superintendent of Schools Scott Litwiller directed the school board through a discussion of staffing for the 2014-15 school year during this week’s monthly meeting. He said staffing numbers are based on enrollment rates, student needs and declining general fund revenues.<br />     At the elementary level, one or two positions could be eliminated, he said. Options include five teachers for 87 third-graders for a 17.4 student-to-teacher ratio, or four teachers at a 21.8 student-to-teacher ratio. Four fourth-grade teachers for 99 students would create a 24.8 student-to-teacher ratio, and four fifth-grade teachers for 96 student creates a 24-to-one ratio.<br />     No reductions are possible in the middle school, Litwiller said, as four core academic teachers are required in each grade, while the Family and Consumer Science program could be cut. The class is an elective and not a graduation requirement, students have other related options available to them and teacher Deb Hosier is retiring, he added.<br />     Litwiller explained that if it is necessary to enact a Reduction of Force, school board policy will be followed and reductions would be based on an evaluation before seniority.   <br />  </p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMSA ponders staffing levels for 2014-15Decatur Daily‘Stellar’ talk draws big crowd2014-04-10T09:35:13-04:002014-04-10T09:35:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     More than 100 interested area residents packed Riverside Center Wednesday evening to hear an update on the city of Decatur’s application for a Stellar Communities grant.<br />     The city last month was selected as one of six finalists for the state program that allocates millions of dollars for selected Indiana towns and cities to revitalize their communities. Two recipients of the Stellar Communities designation will be announced later this summer.<br />     Cam Collier, a member of the city’s Long Term Advisory Committee and its Greater Decatur group that has spearheaded the application process, welcomed the visitors and gave a brief overview of efforts over the past 12 months that have gotten Decatur to the finalist stage of the grant process.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGART‘Stellar’ talk draws big crowdDecatur Daily