The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-26T12:36:50-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11193Trending video: Pro Bowl roster announced2014-12-26T12:36:50-05:002014-12-26T12:36:50-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat The 2015 Pro Bowl roster was announced Tuesday. The Broncos led the league with nine players selected, followed by the Cowboys (six), Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Eagles and Colts (five each).<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Pro Bowl roster announcedDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11193Change0Usable2014-12-26T12:36:50-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11181Highway assistant supervisor hired2014-12-26T10:02:40-05:002014-12-26T10:02:40-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Mark Habegger has been selected by Adams County Highway Department Engineer Tim Barkey as his new second assistant supervisor.<br />     Habegger will replace  Ryan Stahly, who was initially named to the first assistant position but subsequently resigned from the highway department. Barkey reported he received three applications for the job, but one of the three did not have a CDL license — a requirement for the position.<br />     Previously, Habegger held the position of lead mechanic with the highway department. He assumed his new role Monday. His promotion now leaves Barkey with an opening for a head mechanic, a position he was given permission to advertise to all county employees by commissioners.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMHighway assistant supervisor hiredDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11181Change0Usable2014-12-26T10:02:40-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11180ACCF awards grant to Hope Clinic for website2014-12-26T10:01:51-05:002014-12-26T10:01:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hope Clinic, an organization that offers support and assistance to couples facing an unplanned pregnancy.<br />     Teri Hogg, executive director of the Hope Clinic, notes that while they do have a website it is currently difficult to access and navigate on a smart phone. Hogg remarked “It is important that our website be responsive to smart phones because most of our clients find us by using their phones, not computers. This grant allowed us to work with our web designer so that when a client looks up our website on their phone, they can access information quickly without having to increase the size of the page. We are thankful for being chosen to receive this ACCF grant.”   <br />     Cam Collier, foundation grant committee member, stated, "the ACCF is pleased to provide assistance to local couples who are facing a difficult situation and are looking for information to help them make healthy family decisions."<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableACCF awards grant to Hope Clinic for websiteDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11180Change0Usable2014-12-26T10:01:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11179Mysterious sighting2014-12-26T09:59:51-05:002014-12-26T09:59:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Local law enforcement agencies received numerous reports of an unidentified flying object in the skies over Adams County late Wednesday night and into the early morning hours of Thursday. No confirmation of exactly what the UFO may have been was obtained, but many of those reporting sightings said they heard a faint “Ho Ho Ho” that accompanied the flying object. The photo above was snapped along C.R. 850N near Monmouth.<br /> Photo by J Swygart</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTMysterious sightingDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11179Change0Usable2014-12-26T09:59:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11176Trending video: Bears say Clausen will miss finale because of concussion2014-12-26T06:45:38-05:002014-12-26T06:45:38-05:00 Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will miss the final game of the season because of a concussion, and Jay Cutler will move back into the lineup. The Bears say Clausen was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah while scrambling late in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Ansah received an unnecessary roughness penalty.<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Bears say Clausen will miss finale because of concussionDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11176Change0Usable2014-12-26T06:45:38-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11166County’s jobless rate for November at 5%2014-12-23T08:53:58-05:002014-12-23T08:53:58-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Unemployment rates in Adams and all surrounding counties inched higher during November but nonetheless remained below Indiana’s overall jobless rate, according to statistics released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.<br />     Adams County’s November unemployment rate stood at 5.0 percent, up from 4.6 percent one month earlier. One year ago the county’s unemployment rate was at 6.3 percent. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.<br />     The monthly state report showed 768 members of the county’s total workforce of 15,268 remained out of work last month.<br />     November jobless rates in surrounding counties included Wells, 4.8; Jay, 5.1, Huntington,5.2; Allen, 5.3; Whitley, 5.0 and Blackford, 6.3 percent, all up from the previous month.<br />     For more information, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTCounty’s jobless rate for November at 5%Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11166Change0Usable2014-12-23T08:53:58-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11165Christmas is almost here2014-12-23T08:52:51-05:002014-12-23T08:52:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It’s approaching the day children have been awaiting for months, and this residence on Selkirk Lane in Decatur says it simply and colorfully: Merry Christmas to all.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTChristmas is almost hereDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11165Change0Usable2014-12-23T08:52:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11164Winter activities begin2014-12-23T08:51:33-05:002014-12-23T08:51:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Bowling was on tap Monday as the 10-day schedule of activities sponsored by the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department got under way. At right, Tyler Ausland tries to throw a strike during a game at Villa Lanes. Among the activities scheduled for today are games until 6 p.m. at the Decatur library and swimming from 6-8 p.m. at the Bellmont pool.</p>Decatur, INKellan DeamWinter activities beginDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11164Change0Usable2014-12-23T08:51:33-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11158Diocese must pay Hoagland teacher nearly $2 million2014-12-22T11:07:53-05:002014-12-22T11:07:53-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      A federal court Friday ruled in favor of a former language arts teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School who was fired by Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for undergoing in vitro fertilization.<br />     The verdict came after about five and a half hours of deliberation Friday afternoon, according to a news article in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, putting an end to the four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Robert Miller Jr. in the expansive federal courthouse just a few blocks from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the center of the diocese.<br />     At issue in the case was whether the diocese discriminated against Herx because of her gender by treating her differently than similarly situated male employees, or because of her attempts to become pregnant, by forcing her to choose between in vitro fertilization and her job, the article states.<br />     Throughout the case, both sides stressed Herx was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization. For Herx, the decision to continue the treatment abhorred by the church was her last and safest chance to become pregnant with another child.<br />     For the diocese, the matter had nothing to do with her attempt to become pregnant but with her choice of method. As part of her contract, Herx signed a morals clause, promising to uphold Catholic teaching. When she did not do so, diocesan officials had no choice but to remove her from their teaching roster.<br />     For the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableDiocese must pay Hoagland teacher nearly $2 millionDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11158Change0Usable2014-12-22T11:07:53-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11157Visiting with Santa2014-12-22T11:06:42-05:002014-12-22T11:06:42-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Isaac Anderson, 5, gave Santa his Christmas wish list Saturday morning at Riverside Center in Decatur during a Breakfast With Santa event, sponsored by the Parks and Rec Department and the Decatur Small Business organization.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTVisiting with SantaDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11157Change0Usable2014-12-22T11:06:42-05:00