The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-31T09:28:53-04:00 dismayed at tenor of debate2015-03-31T09:28:53-04:002015-03-31T09:28:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     State Rep. Matt Lehman early today responded to the national backlash that grew over the weekend surrounding a bill signed into law last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that critics claim discriminates against gays and lesbians.<br />     Lehman, R-Berne, voted in favor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was approved in both chambers and sent to Pence for his signature.<br />     In a brief telephone interview this morning shortly before the Daily Democrat’s press deadline, Lehman said the furor over the new state law has come as somewhat of a surprise to him.<br />     “No, I wasn’t expecting this much of an uproar, especially when you compare it (the bill) to other states who have very similar laws,” Lehman said. “If you read the bill, this is absolutely not about the gay community. The state has no interest there. There is nothing in this bill that addresses individual-to-individual dealings.”<br />     Lehman said he voted in favor of the law because of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that stated federal religious protection laws did not apply to state actions and that individual states needed their own RFRA laws to address state court actions.<br />     “My biggest frustration is that this debate is being played out on TV and on Facebook,” the Berne lawmaker said. “This law, in my opinion, has been hijacked by the media as a whole different issue.”<br />     See today's print or online edition for local reaction to the new state law.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTLehman dismayed at tenor of debateDecatur Daily team effort2015-03-31T09:27:36-04:002015-03-31T09:27:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Rice, soy and other nutritional food items were packaged Saturday at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School for distribution to needy children in Adams and Wells counties. The Pack Away Hunger event was made possible by a grant from the Lutheran Foundation, as well as grants from churches, businesses, industry and private individuals.<br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTA team effortDecatur Daily To Careers seeks exec. director2015-03-31T09:26:37-04:002015-03-31T09:26:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Connect To Careers, a recently organized Adams County workforce development organization, has begun a search for an executive director. Applications are being accepted through April 30.<br /> According to Board President Trois Hart, Connect To Careers’ mission is to create opportunities for career advancement through a fully engaged and effectively prepared workforce. The organization designed its services specifically for Adams County as a catalyst for workforce development and to support working-age citizens to become job ready.<br /> Individuals interested in applying for the position should send a resume and cover letter to, or 251W 850N, Decatur, IN 46733.<br /> More information about the organization and the executive director’s position description is available at<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableConnect To Careers seeks exec. directorDecatur Daily celebrates 21 years of Reading Recovery2015-03-30T09:27:01-04:002015-03-30T09:27:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     It is difficult for parents hear that their young kindergarten or first grade child has not been keeping up with his peers in school. Academic life is more fast-paced than ever before for these young children. Frequent absences, attention problems, traumatic events such as the death of a grandparent or a family separation, and even the lack of sleep or improper nutrition may cause students to miss out on important learning in the classroom.<br />     Pressure is on classroom teachers to find extra time in their busy schedules to work one-on-one with struggling students each day. But first grade teachers at South Adams have a specialized support system of which many schools can only dream. South Adams’ Title I early intervention program — Reading Recovery — focuses on low-achieving students in ways that have transformed the efficiency of the reading program.<br />     South Adams Schools Reading Recovery leaders Sharyl Calhoun, Lois Bailey and Emily Cook submitted a story detailing the 21 years of the program at SA. It appears in today's print and online editions.<br />     To celebrate this 21st anniversary, South Adams Schools will host a special in-school reception at 2 p.m. April 14 for Reading Recovery students and Reading Recovery teachers, past and present. This includes any South Adams student who has been through the program during the past 21 years.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSA celebrates 21 years of Reading RecoveryDecatur Daily help feed the hungry2015-03-30T09:25:32-04:002015-03-30T09:25:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Volunteers lined up outside Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School well before the 1 p.m. start time Saturday to lend their hands to efforts to feed hungry residents both locally and abroad.<br />     Aided by a grant from the Lutheran Foundation and donations from business, industries, churches and private individuals, the sixth annual Pack Away Hunger event was held at the school. And some 300 volunteers were there to help.<br />     According to Pastor Dan Dahling of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church-Friedheim, more than 200 volunteers working two shifts worked at the school to assemble 90,000 meals, which consisted of rice, soy, vegetable products, vitamins and minerals.<br />     Dahling said 75 percent of the meals packaged will be distributed to needy children in Adams and Wells counties. The remainder of the meals will be sent overseas to the nation of Haiti.<br />     Meals are being distributed locally through the North Adams Community Schools Hero Meals program, as well as through other agencies.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTVolunteers help feed the hungryDecatur Daily says new law ‘not about discrimination’2015-03-30T09:24:18-04:002015-03-30T09:24:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it.<br />     Pence appeared on ABC’s ‘‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’’ to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that ‘‘substantially burden’’ a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of ‘‘person’’ includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.<br />     Since the Republican governor signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag (hash)boycottindiana. Already, consumer review service Angie’s List has said it will suspend a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.<br />     See today's print or online edition for reactions to the new law.</p>Decatur, INNo author availablePence says new law ‘not about discrimination’Decatur Daily 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