The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-01T09:30:58-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11685Local jobless rate 4.8% in February2015-04-01T09:30:58-04:002015-04-01T09:30:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County’s unemployment rate during February was 4.8 percent, according to statistics released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.<br />     That figure was the lowest in the county since October of last year, when the county’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent. The county’s jobless rate was 6 percent in February of 2014.<br />     Local unemployment figures bottomed out during 2014 at 4.3 percent in September after hitting a yearly high of 6.0 percent in February. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.<br />     The latest monthly state report showed 749 members of the county’s total workforce of 16,547 remained out of work during February.<br />     For more, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTLocal jobless rate 4.8% in FebruaryDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11685Change0Usable2015-04-01T09:30:58-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11683Glass may be recycled once again2015-04-01T09:28:58-04:002015-04-01T09:28:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      After announcing two weeks ago that the Adams County Solid Waste Management District would no longer accept glass for recycling, an announcement Tuesday from ACSWMD Director Hank Mayer reversed that decision and stated the center is again accepting glass.<br /> The announcement clarifies that glass “must be clean and free of contaminates.” All colors may be co-mingled; beer and drink bottles, mayonnaise, pickle jars and other similar food containers are acceptable.<br /> No metal or ceramic mugs, bowls or cups will be accepted, nor may Pyrex dishes, plate or window glass, metal lids, rock or stone be mixed with the glass.<br /> Questions concerning the recycling of glass or the solid waste district in general may be directed to Mayer at 724-9971.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableGlass may be recycled once againDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11683Change0Usable2015-04-01T09:28:58-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11682A day on the trail2015-04-01T09:26:29-04:002015-04-01T09:26:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     With temperatures approaching 60 degrees on Tuesday, Amanda Luce and her companion, Bella, enjoyed a run along the River Greenway Trail in Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for continued mild temperatures, although rain is predicted again on Thursday and Friday.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTA day on the trailDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11682Change0Usable2015-04-01T09:26:29-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11676Lehman dismayed at tenor of debate2015-03-31T09:28:53-04:002015-03-31T09:28:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     State Rep. Matt Lehman early today responded to the national backlash that grew over the weekend surrounding a bill signed into law last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that critics claim discriminates against gays and lesbians.<br />     Lehman, R-Berne, voted in favor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was approved in both chambers and sent to Pence for his signature.<br />     In a brief telephone interview this morning shortly before the Daily Democrat’s press deadline, Lehman said the furor over the new state law has come as somewhat of a surprise to him.<br />     “No, I wasn’t expecting this much of an uproar, especially when you compare it (the bill) to other states who have very similar laws,” Lehman said. “If you read the bill, this is absolutely not about the gay community. The state has no interest there. There is nothing in this bill that addresses individual-to-individual dealings.”<br />     Lehman said he voted in favor of the law because of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that stated federal religious protection laws did not apply to state actions and that individual states needed their own RFRA laws to address state court actions.<br />     “My biggest frustration is that this debate is being played out on TV and on Facebook,” the Berne lawmaker said. “This law, in my opinion, has been hijacked by the media as a whole different issue.”<br />     See today's print or online edition for local reaction to the new state law.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTLehman dismayed at tenor of debateDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11676Change0Usable2015-03-31T09:28:53-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11675A team effort2015-03-31T09:27:36-04:002015-03-31T09:27:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Rice, soy and other nutritional food items were packaged Saturday at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School for distribution to needy children in Adams and Wells counties. The Pack Away Hunger event was made possible by a grant from the Lutheran Foundation, as well as grants from churches, businesses, industry and private individuals.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTA team effortDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11675Change0Usable2015-03-31T09:27:36-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11674Connect To Careers seeks exec. director2015-03-31T09:26:37-04:002015-03-31T09:26:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Connect To Careers, a recently organized Adams County workforce development organization, has begun a search for an executive director. Applications are being accepted through April 30.<br /> According to Board President Trois Hart, Connect To Careers’ mission is to create opportunities for career advancement through a fully engaged and effectively prepared workforce. The organization designed its services specifically for Adams County as a catalyst for workforce development and to support working-age citizens to become job ready.<br /> Individuals interested in applying for the position should send a resume and cover letter to connecttocareers@gmail.com, or 251W 850N, Decatur, IN 46733.<br /> More information about the organization and the executive director’s position description is available at ConnectToCareers.org.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableConnect To Careers seeks exec. directorDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11674Change0Usable2015-03-31T09:26:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11671SA celebrates 21 years of Reading Recovery2015-03-30T09:27:01-04:002015-03-30T09:27:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It is difficult for parents hear that their young kindergarten or first grade child has not been keeping up with his peers in school. Academic life is more fast-paced than ever before for these young children. Frequent absences, attention problems, traumatic events such as the death of a grandparent or a family separation, and even the lack of sleep or improper nutrition may cause students to miss out on important learning in the classroom.<br />     Pressure is on classroom teachers to find extra time in their busy schedules to work one-on-one with struggling students each day. But first grade teachers at South Adams have a specialized support system of which many schools can only dream. South Adams’ Title I early intervention program — Reading Recovery — focuses on low-achieving students in ways that have transformed the efficiency of the reading program.<br />     South Adams Schools Reading Recovery leaders Sharyl Calhoun, Lois Bailey and Emily Cook submitted a story detailing the 21 years of the program at SA. It appears in today's print and online editions.<br />     To celebrate this 21st anniversary, South Adams Schools will host a special in-school reception at 2 p.m. April 14 for Reading Recovery students and Reading Recovery teachers, past and present. This includes any South Adams student who has been through the program during the past 21 years.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSA celebrates 21 years of Reading RecoveryDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11671Change0Usable2015-03-30T09:27:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11670Volunteers help feed the hungry2015-03-30T09:25:32-04:002015-03-30T09:25:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Volunteers lined up outside Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School well before the 1 p.m. start time Saturday to lend their hands to efforts to feed hungry residents both locally and abroad.<br />     Aided by a grant from the Lutheran Foundation and donations from business, industries, churches and private individuals, the sixth annual Pack Away Hunger event was held at the school. And some 300 volunteers were there to help.<br />     According to Pastor Dan Dahling of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church-Friedheim, more than 200 volunteers working two shifts worked at the school to assemble 90,000 meals, which consisted of rice, soy, vegetable products, vitamins and minerals.<br />     Dahling said 75 percent of the meals packaged will be distributed to needy children in Adams and Wells counties. The remainder of the meals will be sent overseas to the nation of Haiti.<br />     Meals are being distributed locally through the North Adams Community Schools Hero Meals program, as well as through other agencies.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTVolunteers help feed the hungryDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11670Change0Usable2015-03-30T09:25:32-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11669Pence says new law ‘not about discrimination’2015-03-30T09:24:18-04:002015-03-30T09:24:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it.<br />     Pence appeared on ABC’s ‘‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’’ to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that ‘‘substantially burden’’ a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of ‘‘person’’ includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.<br />     Since the Republican governor signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag (hash)boycottindiana. Already, consumer review service Angie’s List has said it will suspend a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.<br />     See today's print or online edition for reactions to the new law.</p>Decatur, INNo author availablePence says new law ‘not about discrimination’Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11669Change0Usable2015-03-30T09:24:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11665Video of the day: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?2015-03-27T11:06:40-04:002015-03-27T11:05:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28782114" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Decatur, INNo author availableVideo of the day: Has Kentucky even reached their peak yet?Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11665Change0Usable2015-03-27T11:05:36-04:00