The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-21T09:30:57-04:00 service opens Kekionga Fest2014-08-21T09:30:57-04:002014-08-21T09:30:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Decatur’s annual Kekionga Festival kicks off in earnest later today, highlighted by the Taste of Decatur event at Riverside Center from 4-8 p.m.<br />     Taste of Decatur will feature area restaurants serving small portions from their menu, with offerings ranging from 50 cents to $3. The celebration gives attendees an opportunity to sample a variety of the best Decatur restaurants have to offer, from appetizers to entrees, to fast food and desserts.<br />     Participating restaurants are:<br />     • 224 Pub & Grill: Serving at “Taste of Decatur:” Slider burgers;<br />     • BBQ To Go: Serving barbeque ribs and pulled pork sliders, potato salad, coleslaw, canned soft drinks and bottled water.<br />     • Manley Meats: Serving pork burgers, barbeque ribs, pulled pork, pulled pork nachos, potato salad, brownies and cookies.<br />     • The Back 40 Junction: Serving smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, cheesy red potatoes and sugar cream pie.<br />     • The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop:Serving ice cream, mini sundaes, floats, walking tacos, hotdogs w/chili and cheese, soft drinks and bottled water.<br />     The evening will also feature horse-drawn carriage rides,narrated by Max Miller, from 4-8 p.m.<br /> TODAY<br />         6 p.m. — Razz M’ Jazz performance, Riverside Center.<br />     6:45 p.m. — John Hebein, Riverside Center.<br /> <br /> FRIDAY<br />     9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Education Day, Riverside Park and Riverside Center.<br />     4 p.m. — Encampment open to the public, Riverside Park.<br />     For the complete schedule, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availablePraise service opens Kekionga FestDecatur Daily site appraisals exceed asking price2014-08-21T09:23:28-04:002014-08-21T09:23:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A second appraisal has been received for the 162-acre Miller property, under consideration for purchase by Adams County for the construction of a new county jail, with Adams County Attorney Mark Burry informing Adams County Commissioners Monday the two appraisals each came in above the asking price of $1.1 million.<br />     The most recent appraisal of the Miller real estate by Stan Hill Appraisals, Decatur, placed the value of the property at $1,233,900. An earlier appraisal submitted by Kim Johnson on behalf of Steve Kreigh and Ideal Realty valued the tract of land at $1.138 million. The county is required to obtain two appraisals before moving forward on the possible purchase of the land.<br />     Burry also announced receipt of two other appraisals submitted by Johnson and Ideal Realty. Johnson placed the value of the Collier Insurance Building on 3rd Street at $117,500, while appraising the private residence behind the insurance building on Madison Street at $58,000. The location is being considered by the county for the construction of a new Superior Court complex.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMJail site appraisals exceed asking priceDecatur Daily at new city hall will snarl traffic Wednesday2014-08-21T09:22:36-04:002014-08-21T09:19:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Traffic at 2nd and Monroe streets in Decatur may be limited or even banned for a few hours Wednesday as air conditioning units are removed by a large crane from the top of the onetime hospital/First State Bank building that will soon become Decatur’s new city hall.<br />     City Engineer Nate Rumschlag told city council Tuesday night the general contractor for the renovation of the building has scheduled Aug. 27 as the date for removal, weather permitting. At this time, it’s not know exactly how traffic will be handled in that area during the removal, but there will be some disruption.<br />     Another disruption will be needed later when new units are placed on the roof.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAWork at new city hall will snarl traffic WednesdayDecatur Daily Adams, teachers agree to pact2014-08-20T09:17:54-04:002014-08-20T09:17:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A one-year contract between North Adams Community Schools and the district’s teachers association was ratified by school board members Tuesday evening during a special board meeting. The collective bargaining agreement was approved last week by the North Adams Teachers Association members.<br />     Superintendent Brent Lehman termed the pact “pretty much the same contract” as was executed last year with the district’s teachers.<br />     With state-mandated incentive and evaluation guidelines now in place to determine the precise salaries of teachers, the superintendent said a “bucket of money” in the amount of $74,000 has been set aside for teacher salary hikes.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTNorth Adams, teachers agree to pactDecatur Daily rate at 5.1% in county2014-08-20T09:16:59-04:002014-08-20T09:16:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Unemployment in Adams County continues to be at its lowest levels in more than six years, according to the monthly jobless report issued Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.<br />     Tuesday’s report set the county’s jobless rate for July at 5.1 percent, down slightly from June’s 5.3 percent reading and well below the 7.4 percent jobless rate one year earlier.<br />     The county’s unemployment rate bottomed out in April at a miniscule 4.9 percent, followed by two successive months of mild increases.<br />     Tuesday’s report showed 792 members of the county’s total workforce of 15,437 remained without jobs last month.<br />     July jobless rates in surrounding counties included Wells, 5.5 percent, Jay, 5.3, Huntington, 6.7; Allen, 6.1; Whitley, 5.3 and Blackford, 6.5 percent.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTJobless rate at 5.1% in countyDecatur Daily Frog Days of August2014-08-20T09:15:57-04:002014-08-20T09:15:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Late summer days are often referred to as Dog Days, but this year’s unseasonably cool weather has been more to the liking of this amphibian.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableThe Frog Days of AugustDecatur Daily issues cause delay for Democrat2014-08-19T14:01:28-04:002014-08-19T14:01:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Today's print edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat will not arrive until late afternoon due to maintenance issues at the printing facility. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.</p>Decatur, INNo author availablePrinting issues cause delay for DemocratDecatur Daily’s audit costs could rise tenfold2014-08-19T08:49:46-04:002014-08-19T08:49:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Failing to receive additional funding from the state legislature, the Indiana State Board of Accounts is looking to county government as a way to increase revenue by substantially raising the fees they charge, Adams County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg informed Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon.<br />     In the past, the State Board of Accounts has charged the count at a rate of $45 per day to conduct annual audits, with a team of three auditors performing the task, Krueckeberg said. While attending the State Board of Treasurer’s meeting last week, Krueckeberg learned the agency will soon be charging counties $45 per hour per auditor for the same mandated service. <br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMCounty’s audit costs could rise tenfoldDecatur Daily staffer’s full-time status gets approval2014-08-19T08:48:48-04:002014-08-19T08:48:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Council approved the elevation of a part-time deputy in the clerk of courts office to full-time as well as a staff reshuffling, and agreed to a pay raise for plat book technician Mike Werling at their recent meeting.<br />     Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart asked councilors to allow her to increase the hours of part-time Deputy Clerk Kelly Miller to full-time, a move Reinhart indicated had received tacit approval from county commissioners.<br />     Reinhart said her employees are averaging two hours of comp time a day, with some staff coming in early, others staying late and still others utilizing their lunch hour to get their work done. Her department is handling 20-40 cases a day, “and we’re working ourselves to exhaustion,” Reinhart said.<br />     Councilor Dennis Bluhm made a motion to keep MIller’s hourly rate at its current level of $12.99 and increase her employment from part-time to full-time — for an annual salary of $27,019. Council agreed and unanimously approved the motion, effective Sept. 1.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableClerk staffer’s full-time status gets approvalDecatur Daily crowns Miss Flame2014-08-19T08:47:41-04:002014-08-19T08:47:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Marissa Bisel, the reigning District 7 Miss Flame, was working in the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department concession stand at Saturday’s End of Summer Festival in the town.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableGeneva crowns Miss FlameDecatur Daily