The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-29T08:54:27-04:00 picture at hospital is still rosy, officials say2014-08-29T08:54:27-04:002014-08-29T08:54:27-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Monetary figures discussed at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Adams Health Network board of trustees continued to be positive with the hospital showing a surplus of $76,268 in June.<br />     Chief Financial Officer Dane Wheeler noted that, to date, the hospital is $966,010 in the black for the year (although more than half of that money came from a donation from the Evelyn Kauffman estate last month to the tune of $554,243). He said a surplus of $66,272 had been forecast for July in the budget, so the hospital actually was nearly $10,000 better than expected.<br />     Wheeler pointed out that much of the surplus is due to the fact the hospital has had 403 more in-patient days (3,931 to 3,528) this year than at this point in 2013. The daily average census in July was 17.46 patients per day, a boost of 1.79 patients from July of 2013.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJOE SPAULDINGFinancial picture at hospital is still rosy, officials sayDecatur Daily the River Greenway2014-08-29T08:53:49-04:002014-08-29T08:53:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The River Greenway Trail offers walkers a chance to get up-close and personal with nature, like this fawn who was spotted lunching just off the path Wednesday afternoon.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableAlong the River GreenwayDecatur Daily the Farmer's Market 2014-08-29T08:53:03-04:002014-08-29T08:53:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Chad L. Hunter, who manages the Decatur Farmer’s Market, was at the market Thursday afternoon with some of his produce.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableAt the Farmer's Market Decatur Daily initiates annexation plan2014-08-28T09:46:26-04:002014-08-28T09:46:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The city of Decatur will grow by approximately 140 acres if action taken by the Adams Health Network Board of Trustees is approved by governmental officials.<br />     The trustees unanimously adopted a voluntary petition for annexation prepared by hospital attorney Adam Miller that would shift property — including the ground the hospital and Adams Woodcrest occupy — to be within the city limits instead of being rural property.<br />     Miller pointed out the immediate benefit for the hospital would be the reduction of water rates. Even though the hospital and Adams Woodcrest currently use city water, they are charged a higher rate than are city residents. That rate would fall should the annexation be approved. Miller estimated the hospital would realize a savings of between $5,000-$6,000 per month under the new agreement.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBy JOE SPAULDINGHospital initiates annexation planDecatur Daily, Service Complex in need of more repair work2014-08-28T09:44:44-04:002014-08-28T09:41:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Courthouse and Service Complex continue to require upgrades and improvements, Building Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer informed the Adams County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting Monday.<br />     Meyer asked commissioners to approve contracts with three local firms currently working on improvements to the front entrances of the Service Complex. He said Hitchcock Concrete Inc. has already torn out a heaving section of concrete and is in the process of pouring the base for a new slab. Meyer asked commissioners to approve a contract with the company in the amount of $2,380 for the repairs. They did so unanimously.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMCourthouse, Service Complex in need of more repair workDecatur Daily hall work closes 2nd Street2014-08-28T09:39:36-04:002014-08-28T09:39:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      A large crane blocked a portion of 2nd Street in downtown Decatur Wednesday morning as air conditioning units were lifted off the former bank building that will — in the near future — serve as the new home for Decatur City Hall. According to City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert, the units were removed to allow crews to do roof repairs and will be reinstalled at a later date.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableCity hall work closes 2nd StreetDecatur Daily WW II vet to make Honor Flight trip2014-08-27T09:40:00-04:002014-08-27T09:40:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Fred Edgell will claim the honor of being the oldest Veteran to go to Washington, D.C., on Honor Flight  No. 14 of Northeast Indiana when the group departs Oct. 1. Edgell is a World War II veteran and a resident at Adams Heritage Nursing Facility in Monroeville. He will celebrate his 99th birthday Sept. 17.<br />     Egdell will be accompanied by his guardian, Chris Mowery, a physical therapy assistant employed by Adams Health Network.  <br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author available99-year-old WW II vet to make Honor Flight tripDecatur Daily council settles garage sale debate on a split decision2014-08-27T09:39:20-04:002014-08-27T09:39:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A discussion that spanned three city council meetings during the past six weeks regarding a garage sale ordinance designed to regulate the duration and number of rummage sales in Berne has finally come to an end.<br />     Berne City Council voted 3-1, with member Curtis Wuster absent and Mark Wynn the lone dissenter, to approve a new ordinance requiring city residents to obtain a permit from the clerk-treasurer’s office to conduct a yard sale. Residents — both by individual and residence — are now limited to two sales per calendar year and each sale may last no more than three consecutive days. At the conclusion of the third day, the sale holder now has 12 hours to tear down the sale.<br />     By including the words “individual” and “residence” to the ordinance, City Attorney Dave Baumgartner said during the July 28 council meeting the city can eliminate one member of a household using up the allotted permits, then sending another member of the household for additional permits.<br />     The new ordinance does not include the citywide sales. Residents do not need a permit for the citywide sales and the sale will not be counted as one of the two sales permitted, Baumgartner said.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSBerne council settles garage sale debate on a split decisionDecatur Daily on Poilice Department progressing2014-08-27T09:38:00-04:002014-08-27T09:38:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Work on the new Decatur Police Department building continued to progress as Ed Spangler of Piqua Repairs used a crane to set the roof rafters in place earlier this week.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableWork on Poilice Department progressingDecatur Daily sweetens court site deal2014-08-26T08:47:32-04:002014-08-26T08:47:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Decatur Mayor John Schultz appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon to officially ask them to consider locating the planned new superior court complex on 1st Street — at the site where the adandoned Schaeffer building currently sits — rather than a location on 3rd Street, where demolishing the Collier Insurance Building and a private residence to accommodate the construction would be required to complete the construction.<br />     Just as he did before Adams County Council two weeks ago, Schultz told commissioners the city was prepared to help sway the decision-making process in favor of the 1st Street location by offering to pay the difference between the acquisition and demolition costs of the two sites.<br />     To further sweeten the pot, Schultz on Monday stated for the first time the city would be willing to pick up the cost of an appraisal of the Schaeffer building to help commissioners pay for that part of the process. He noted the money to cover both offers would be generated by Local Option Income Tax funds.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMDecatur sweetens court site dealDecatur Daily