The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-27T11:06:40-04:00 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="" 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 utility rate hikes take effect immediately2015-03-27T09:05:52-04:002015-03-27T09:05:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Following months of discussion and delays, Monroe residents will see an increase in their utility bill effective immediately.<br />     The Monroe Town Council conducted a public hearing for comments on a proposal to raise sewer and water rates Thursday evening. No residents attended the hearing.<br />     On a motion by Councilman Mike Geels following the public hearing, seconded by Giessler, the new rate ordinances were adopted, 3-0.<br />     Council President Al Lehman said the increases come as a result of the town’s need for a new wastewater system and to help cover costs with associated with the state-mandated improvements to the sewage treatment facility in Berne.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSMonroe utility rate hikes take effect immediatelyDecatur Daily nipper2015-03-27T09:04:18-04:002015-03-27T09:04:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Hanna Endsley, 8, and mother, Teri, enjoyed some amusing aquatic time at the Bellmont High School pool Wednesday. The popular open swim event was held as part of the parks and rec Spring Break activities held throughout the county this week.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableNoodling nipperDecatur Daily for birds2015-03-27T09:40:59-04:002015-03-27T09:02:51-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Owen Findley was among the youngsters who came to Riverside Center earlier this week to try their hand at building birdhouses. The event was part of the spring break programs offered throughout the week by the parks and rec department. With a little outside assistance, it appears the young carpenter was well on his way to completing the task.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableBuilding for birdsDecatur Daily woman appears on LIVE with Kelly and Michael2015-03-26T08:49:46-04:002015-03-26T08:49:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     For many people, a vacation to New York City would be exciting enough. But Decatur resident Alyssa Corral’s recent vacation took an unexpected turn when she appeared on national television as a game contestant on LIVE with Kelly and Michael.<br />     When Corral and two friends, Natalie Dague and Emilee Myers, decided to go to the Big Apple, Corral knew she wanted to go to a taping of the show, one of her favorites. After going online for free tickets for herself and Dague (Myers had not yet decided to go at that point, Corral said), the pair were set.<br />     “We had the tickets, and while we were waiting outside we found out they were doing two tapings that day” because hosts Kelly Rippa and Michael Strahan were going to be on Spring Break this week, Corral said in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “So we were already excited because we thought we only had tickets for one show but we were going to get to see two.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSDecatur woman appears on LIVE with Kelly and MichaelDecatur Daily donation is largest ever2015-03-26T08:48:59-04:002015-03-26T08:48:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A donation from the estate of the late Richard and Vella Wasson of Decatur to the Adams Woodcrest organization has now become the largest bequest received by the Adams Health Network, it was announced Wednesday night at the monthly meeting of the AHN board of trustees.<br />     Board attorney Adam Miller, who is also the attorney for the Wasson estate, recently delivered a check for $312,000 to AHN Chief Operating Officer JoEllen Eidam. That check is in addition to one given last September of $520,000 by the Wasson estate — for a total of $832,000, with the only stipulation being that the money be used for the benefit of the Woodcrest location.<br />     Last year, the hospital received a donation of more than $550,000 from the Karl and Evelyn Kauffman (Berne residents) estate that contained no restrictions as to how it was to be used by hospital officials. Miller also noted additional money from the Wasson estate is expected to be given to the hospital before the estate is officially closed within the next three to four months.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJOE SPAULDINGWoodcrest donation is largest everDecatur Daily before the storm2015-03-26T08:48:13-04:002015-03-26T08:48:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      While Adams County was greeted by an unseasonally-heavy 3-inch snowfall Monday afternoon, followed by cold and rain for the next several days, weather conditions were quite different over the preceeding weekend. In the photo at right, the sun sets behind an Amish homestead west of Berne Saturday evening, providing a beautiful array of colors on a clear evening.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableCalm before the stormDecatur Daily to retire; won’t run in ‘162015-03-25T09:12:33-04:002015-03-25T09:02:45-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana announced his retirement Tuesday, opening up a Senate seat in a GOP-friendly state that could attract a roster of Republican hopefuls.<br />     ‘‘This was not an easy decision,’’ Coats, 71, said in a statement announcing that he would step down at the end of his term rather than seek re-election in 2016. ‘‘While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.’’<br />     Coats is serving his second full term in the Senate. He was first appointed to the Senate in 1988, replacing Dan Quayle when Quayle was tapped as the GOP vice-presidential nominee. He was elected to his first full term in 1992 but retired in 1998, honoring a term-limits pledge and going on to serve as ambassador to Germany under George W. Bush. He was elected to his second full term in 2010, after Democrat Evan Bayh retired.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableCoats to retire; won’t run in ‘16Decatur Daily Bids for bridge work must now be re-submitted2015-03-25T09:00:38-04:002015-03-25T09:00:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Bids opened last week for the replacement of a bridge on C.R. 100N between C.R. 300E and Salem Road should be rejected and the project re-bid, Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey recommended to the board of county commissioners Monday.<br />     Barkey admitted that due to an oversight on his part, “no notice to bidders appeared in either paper” as is required by state law. Contractors on a standing list were notified of the proposed project by mail or email, he said, but contacting area newspapers and running a legal notice “did not happen,” he said.<br />     When Barkey realized his mistake, he knew immediately “we would have to reject the bids and start over.” He commented that advertising legal notices has been a part of his job as county engineer for 20 years, and “this has never happened before. I need to be more careful.”<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INMike LammOops: Bids for bridge work must now be re-submittedDecatur Daily like Mike2015-03-25T08:59:46-04:002015-03-25T08:59:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     When it comes to building bird houses, it’s all in the tongue. At least that was the winning formula used by Kayley Findley, 5, during spring break activities Monday at Riverside Center.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INKellan DeamJust like MikeDecatur Daily