The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-17T08:35:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11754Ritz to take part in ‘Dots’ food effort2015-04-17T08:35:40-04:002015-04-17T08:35:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will take part in a community-wide event focusing on world hunger to be held April 24 at South Adams Schools.<br />     SA Superintendent Scott Litwiller announced Ritz’s planned appearance at this week’s school board meeting.<br />     The South Adams Schools student-led organization Dots in Blue Water is organizing the special day, in conjunction with the not-for-profit organization Feed My Starving Children to focus on global hunger.<br />     South Adams students in grades K-12 will partner with Feed My Starving Children and will pack 100,000 meals, to be shipped by the charity around the world to where the food is most needed.<br />     Litwiller said Ritz is planning to work the 10:30 a.m.-noon shift and may arrive earlier at the school to talk to teachers and students.<br />     Members of the community are invited to assist the students in the meal pack sessions, which will continue throughout the day in the high school gymnasium.<br />     Those interested in helping may contact South Adams teacher and Dots in Blue Waters Director Michael Baer at 589-3131, by texting him at 849-2227 or by email at mbaer@southadams.k12.in.us.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTRitz to take part in ‘Dots’ food effortDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11754Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:35:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11753Helping feathered friends2015-04-17T08:34:22-04:002015-04-17T08:34:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Southeast Elementary students from Linda Wellman’s first grade class recently visited residents at Woodcrest retirement community. Students have been studying about spring and birds migration. To help feed the birds, students and residents worked together to create pine cone bird feeders, spreading peanut butter onto pine cones and rolling them in bird seed. Each student was able to take a feeder home, while the remaining feeders will be placed outside Woodcrest’s windows for residents to enjoy. Above, Woodcrest resident Joan Meyers and first grader Madison Jones show off one of the pine cone bird feeders they created during a recent visit.<br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableHelping feathered friendsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11753Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:34:22-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11752Library book sale2015-04-17T08:32:12-04:002015-04-17T08:32:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Ron Platt, a library volunteer and member of the Friends of the Library, is pictured helping a local resident peruse the selection of discounted books currently available at the Adams Public Library System Decatur branch. The book sale has been ongoing since last weekend. On Friday and Saturday patrons can purchase a bag of books for $2.<br />  </p>Decatur, INMike LammLibrary book saleDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11752Change0Usable2015-04-17T08:32:12-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11747Veteran deputy, SRO Charlie Cook retires; replacement sought2015-04-16T09:09:28-04:002015-04-16T09:09:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday to inform them of the retirement of School Resource Officer Charlie Cook and to ask permission to advertise for his replacement.<br />     Cook, who worked full-time as SRO at Adams Central Schools during the school year and also served as a road deputy during the summer, retired April 1. Rekeweg told councilors Cook’s replacement will not be a school resource officer but will be a road deputy full-time.<br />     Asked by Commission Chairman Doug Bauman how crucial it is to replace Cook, Rekeweg responded he’s already encountered “a lot of problems trying to cover everything” since Cook left and said he has had to “increase comp time to do it.” He noted his department by law is required to have a minimum number of deputies on the road and has “responsibilities 24/7. The public needs this service.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammVeteran deputy, SRO Charlie Cook retires; replacement soughtDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11747Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:09:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11746Lifetime achievement award 2015-04-16T09:06:28-04:002015-04-16T09:06:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Stan Mosser was the recipient of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Tuesday evening during the chamber’s annual recognition banquet. Mosser served 17 years on the Adams County Memorial Hospital Board, 16 of those as its chairman, and has also been active in the community and with the chamber and served as president of the Geneva Public Library Board for 10 years.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INMike LammLifetime achievement award Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11746Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:06:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11745Master carver2015-04-16T09:04:47-04:002015-04-16T09:04:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Preble Township resident Loren Kruetzman’s display of wooden bird carvings will be on display at the Decatur library through the end of April. Kruetzman said each carving takes an average of a month to complete. Now 89 years of age, he started carving in 2000 after he retired from farming.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INKelland DeamMaster carverDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11745Change0Usable2015-04-16T09:04:47-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11743County’s general fund is shrinking, council hears2015-04-15T09:10:20-04:002015-04-15T09:10:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     In addressing concerns over the shrinking size of the County General Fund in the Adams County budget — which Auditor Mary Beery reported had decreased to $688,551 as of Monday — the Adams County Council voted “to do nothing” during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.<br />     No. Really. They did. And, once understood, the vote made sense.<br />     Council has several options available to it when dealing with the potential of a zero or negative balance in the County General Fund, President Eric Orr told fellow councilors. “We can create a line item in the Rainy Day Fund or borrow from the Rainy Day Fund. An advance draw can be done, or we can end May without a zero balance,” he said.<br />     Orr explained that a zero or negative balance in the County General Fund “does not mean the county is broke. The State Board of Accounts has no problem with a zero balance, and we will be getting over $3 million with the June distribution,” he said.<br />     While the county could potentially end the month of May with a zero or negative balance in the fund, “we’re fine as long as there’s not a negative balance at the end of the year.” Orr admitted “all four options are a Band-Aid” to make it appear the county has money in the general fund when it really doesn’t.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammCounty’s general fund is shrinking, council hearsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11743Change0Usable2015-04-15T09:10:20-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11742Geneva chamber honors its own2015-04-15T09:09:24-04:002015-04-15T09:09:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Geneva Chamber of Commerce honored a number of the town’s residents and local businesses Tuesday evening during the annual Chamber meeting and awards reception.<br />     Doug Milligan, former Geneva resident, town manager and member of town council, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. He suggested Gene Stratton-Porter should be considered as a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the town and area she loved. “What would she think of Geneva today?” he wondered.<br />     Remarking that while fire destroyed a large part of the downtown she knew, Milligan felt Stratton-Porter “would be proud that the home she and Charles built and where she wrote many of her books is still standing and has become a historic landmark. Charles and others created the Bank of Geneva, “ Milligan remarked, and mentioned several other businesses which are still in existence from the days when Stratton-Porter and her husband called Geneva home.<br />     Milligan said Stratton-Porter would also be pleased with the way the wetlands have been restored in the local area, and the fact that Geneva has been named Indiana’s first designated Bird Town. “What a legacy we have as Geneva residents,” he commented.<br />     For information on the winners of various awards at the banquet, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammGeneva chamber honors its ownDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11742Change0Usable2015-04-15T09:09:24-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11741Adams Central ends New Tech program2015-04-15T09:07:53-04:002015-04-15T09:07:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams Central School’s board of education has decided to part ways with the New Tech learning management system New Tech. The decision was made through a unanimous 7-0 vote Tuesday evening.<br />     “I think there are people out there in the community that think we’re moving away from project based learning,” said board president Wes Kuntzman. “They think we’re moving away from one-on-one computing. That is not the case, but that’s the perception.” Superintendent Lori Stiglitz added, “We are hoping to expand project based learning and expand one-on-one through K-12.”<br />     High School Principal Jason Witzigreuter presented to the board the direction in which the district would like to move to create better consistency across the different grade levels. While teachers could opt out of New Tech, there will be no opting out of the new system, he said. Every teacher in the district, regardless of grade level, will be using the system.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INKellan DeamAdams Central ends New Tech programDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11741Change0Usable2015-04-15T09:07:53-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11739FCC (Adams) unveils expansion plans 2015-04-14T09:04:07-04:002015-04-14T09:04:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Berne City Council received good news regarding the look of local economic development Monday evening during its otherwise routine annual reviews of tax abatement agreements previously approved by the city.<br />     Officials from FCC (Adams) announced plans to expand the company, including $116.7 million for new state-of-the-art equipment, $11.9 million for a 140,000 square foot industrial building and approximately 73 new jobs over the next two years. That increase would bring the number of employees to more than 400.<br />     Larry Macklin, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation, along with Brent Geesaman, vice president of FCC (Adams), and Sandra Affolder, administrations manager with the automotive supply company, appeared before council to request a tax abatement for the project.<br />     This is the fourth major expansion for the company which opened its Berne plant a little more than a decade ago and manufactures clutch assembly units and power train components for the auto industry<br />     “Should this expansion go forward at the FCC (Adams) site, it would be another amazing success story for this community and Adams County,” Macklin said.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INJannaya AndrewsFCC (Adams) unveils expansion plans Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11739Change0Usable2015-04-14T09:04:07-04:00