The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-01-26T09:35:01-05:00 ‘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 closings and delays2015-01-26T06:55:33-05:002015-01-26T06:55:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     North Adams, Adams Central, South Adams, St. Joseph Catholic and Wyneken Lutheran Memorial school systems are all operating on a 2 hour delay this morning. Bluffton-Harrison, Northern Wells and Southern Wells in Indiana, and Crestview Local, Parkway Local, Van Wert City and Vantage Career Center in Ohio are also operating on a 2 hour delay this morning. Jay County Schools are operating on a 3 hour delay. We will update this information as needed.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableSchool closings and delaysDecatur Daily video: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars2015-01-23T15:13:56-05:002015-01-23T15:13:56-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat The latest 'Bad Lip Readings' video skewers many of the NFL's biggest stars with some unforgettable lines.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football starsDecatur Daily, small businesses await chamber honors2015-01-23T09:33:32-05:002015-01-23T09:33:32-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Each year the Decatur Chamber of Commerce gives three awards to recognize outstanding community citizenship and service to the Decatur community. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual dinner, to be held Feb. 5 at the Knights of Columbus pavilion in Decatur.  <br />     Social hour for the annual banquet begins at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost of dinner is $25. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the chamber at 724-2604.<br />     The Large and Small Business awards are given each year to businesses that have shown good corporate citizenship and have taken an active role in the community. <br />       The Large Business award this year goes to Masters Heating and Cooling. The Small Business award will be presented to Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.<br />     For profiles of the award-winners, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableLarge, small businesses await chamber honorsDecatur Daily board, new clerk of courts meet for first time2015-01-23T09:33:04-05:002015-01-23T09:33:04-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The first meeting of the 2015 Adams County Election Board took place Wednesday in preparation of the upcoming municipal elections in May.<br />     The first order of business was to select a chairman, which the board did unanimously in its appointment of sitting chairman John Minch. Attending his first meeting as a member of the board was newly-elected Adams County Clerk of Courts Jim Voglewede.<br />     Three county residents who sought elected office in 2014 were facing $50 fines for failure to submit campaign finance reports in a timely manner. That decision was reached during the board’s December meeting of the three-member election board — the final meeting for outgoing Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart. Vogelwede was also in attendance at that meeting<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSElection board, new clerk of courts meet for first timeDecatur Daily booths are available2015-01-23T09:32:03-05:002015-01-23T09:32:03-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for booth rentals for the annual Spotlight showcase event, to be held this year from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 at Bellmont Middle School.<br />      The Spotlight event, which annually draws more than 2,000 visitors, according to the chamber, allows local businesses and organizations to promote and display their goods and services.<br />      Spotlight premier sponsor packages, which allow a double booth in the cafeteria area, are available for $1,500. Spotlight beacon packages, with a double booth in the gymnasium, are available for $1,200. Booths in the cafetorium are $299; booths in the main gym/corridor are $199 and booths for small, not-for-profit organizations may be purchased for $99.<br />      To reserve a space call the chamber at 724-2604.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableSpotlight booths are availableDecatur Daily put positive spin on court setback2015-01-22T09:23:44-05:002015-01-22T09:23:44-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     When it came time for the weekly judicial center update at the end of Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Chairman Doug Bauman opened the report by announcing he didn’t have much to say.<br />     “We had our meeting with the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals) of Decatur and were denied. We respect and understand their decision. At this point in time — I don’t know whether you call it a ‘time out’ or a ‘break in the action’ — but we will be re-evaluating what we need to do,” Bauman said.<br />     The Decatur BZA last week rejected a request from the county for variances from various city ordinances which, if approved, would have paved the way for the construction of a new superior court on 3rd Street in Decatur.<br />     Bauman then quickly changed gears, noting, “The jail is on full go. We should be getting a projection cost back from CCI in the near future reflecting revisions in that project. At this point in time, we’re focusing on the jail,” the chairman said.    <br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammCommissioners put positive spin on court setbackDecatur Daily police, fire pension deficiencies pointed out2015-01-22T09:22:27-05:002015-01-22T09:22:27-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     There was a familiar face in the new surroundings at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting. Longtime police chief Ken Ketzler, who retired last summer, was on hand to talk about police and firefighter pensions.<br />     Remember the city’s problem with 27 pay periods which cropped up last year? Well, it’s had an effect on pensions, too.<br />     Just prior to council’s annual lengthy scrutiny of the proposed budget last August, it was discovered that the city was facing a once-in-11-years oddity: 27 pay periods rather than the normal 26. The situation is caused by the day on which the New Year’s holiday falls.<br />     So it has since come up about police and firefighter pensions being based on 26 or 27 pay periods last year.<br />     Ketzler, known around the state as an expert on police pensions, explained the law and 20 to 21 local pensioners whose pension funds will be affected. Mayor John Schultz said the city’s board of works and safety has determined that the pension outlay should be based on total salary; that would be based on 27 pay periods.<br />     An additional appropriation will be needed and council approved having Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright lump that appropriation with one needed to fund the salary of a new community coordinator as she guides the process through state officials.<br />     Councilmen Charlie Cook and Bill Crone, who are police pensioners, recused themselves from the vote to give Whitright authorization.<br />     It’s all relative, anyway, because, Schultz pointed out, several years ago the State Legislature took over funding of the firefighter and police pensions. “We fund it, then we are reimbursed later,” he explained.<br />     Council, by the way, approved 27 pay periods for the city’s 73 full-time employees last year.</p>Decatur, INBob ShralukaCity police, fire pension deficiencies pointed outDecatur Daily