The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-31T11:39:00-04:00 video: Viewer Reaction to Sharknado 22014-07-31T11:39:00-04:002014-07-31T11:39:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat VIDEO: Viewer Reaction: Sharknado 2<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Viewer Reaction to Sharknado 2Decatur Daily ranked 3rd safest city in Indiana in report from home security company2014-07-31T09:09:49-04:002014-07-31T09:09:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The city of Decatur has been named the third safest city in Indiana by, a home security company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, whose website claims it is “the authority on safety and home security news.”<br />     The list of Indiana’s safest cities was compiled using FBI crime report data from 2102, including cities with 5,000 or more residents. Using FBI statistics for violent crime, including aggravated assault, rape, murder and robbery, as well as property crimes such as arson, burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft, calculated the chance of these crimes happening per one thousand in order to create a level the playing field.<br />     That’s where Decatur finished third, trailing only Zionsville and Bargersville as the state’s safest city.<br />     “It’s very satisfying, it’s a very good thing,” said Mayor John Schultz when contacted Tuesday. “This is what we strive for. It’s really great news.”<br />     Here’s what Safewise had to say about Decatur, which was given a rating of 74 violent crimes per 1,000 and 6.99 property crimes per 1,000: “Dedicated to community prosperity, Decatur’s future looks bright. One organization committed to enhancing citizen’s health and happiness is Greater Decatur, a group formed two years ago under direction of the mayor. Its mission is to “attract, retain and engage citizens though quality of life and economic prosperity” by establishing long-term priorities for the greater community.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableDecatur ranked 3rd safest city in Indiana in report from home security companyDecatur Daily fair kicks off 17-day run Friday2014-07-31T09:08:46-04:002014-07-31T09:08:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The 2014 Indiana State Fair opens Friday and will run through Aug. 17. The fair features 17 days of family fun and entertainment.
    General admission at fair gates is $10, with children 5 and under admitted free. A parking pass is $5, and midway wristbands will be sold for $30.<br />     Discount tickets are available at Indiana Walmart and CVS pharmacy stores and are also available online at<br />     Gates to the fairground open daily at 8 a.m. Admission tickets will no longer be accepted/sold after 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursday and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.<br />     General fair hours are Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.;  Friday, 8 a.m. - midnight; and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.<br />     Exhibit and building hours are from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Exposition hall hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.<br />     For a complete list of free entertainment at this year's fair, see today's print or online editions.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableState fair kicks off 17-day run FridayDecatur Daily teachers Isch, Hower feted for school nutrition program2014-07-31T09:07:48-04:002014-07-31T09:07:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams Central Jet Tech teachers Katie Isch and Michael Hower were recently named “Best In Network for College Ready Assessment Project” at the New Tech Network annual conference in New Orleans, La., for their compelling project entitled “Finding Food.”<br />     NTN, a nonprofit organization that helps transform schools into innovative learning environments, according to its website, annually gives the Best in Network award to teachers who exemplify the goal of “Building bridges in local and global communities by providing authentic learning experiences for their students.”      For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableAC teachers Isch, Hower feted for school nutrition programDecatur Daily bridge projects make travel difficult2014-07-30T09:14:01-04:002014-07-30T09:14:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     There are currently three different bridge projects under way throughout the county, Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey told the Adams County Commissioners Monday at their regular weekly meeting.<br />     R. L. McCoy, Columbia City, has been working on widening the bridge on Winchester Road, between Canterbury Drive and Tigers Trail, with the improvements tentatively scheduled for completion by the end of August or the beginning of September, Barkey said. At the same time, Co-State Construction, Auburn, continues to work of the replacement of a culvert on C.R. 600W between C.R. 100 and 200N. Both projects are on schedule, Barkey stated.<br />     Meanwhile, Piqua Road, between C.R. 100E and Monmouth Road, was closed Monday morning in anticipation of work to be performed by Co-State Construction to repair a bridge approach at Caffee Ditch. The company began work on the project Monday afternoon, and Barkey indicated the work should be completed within two weeks.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMThree bridge projects make travel difficultDecatur Daily commission urges college students to take 15+ credit hours per semester2014-07-30T09:13:26-04:002014-07-30T09:13:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers kicked off a statewide “15 to Finish” campaign this week that aims to boost college graduation rates by encouraging Hoosier students to take at least 15 credit hours each semester. Lubbers said studies show students who complete 15 or more credits per semester are more likely to graduate on time, earn better grades and save money on their degrees.<br />     “We find that most Indiana college students expect to graduate on time, but only about half are taking enough courses each semester to do so,” said Lubbers in a press release. “Hoosiers should know that if on-time graduation is their goal, they should be taking 15 (credit hours) to finish. Taking longer to complete not only means that students pay more for their degrees, it also dramatically decreases their chances of graduating at all.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableState commission urges college students to take 15+ credit hours per semesterDecatur Daily restaurant closed after outbreak2014-07-30T09:11:32-04:002014-07-30T09:11:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      A Berne restaurant that had its permit to operate temporarily suspended by the Adams County Health Department  last week after testing done by the laboratory of the Indiana State Department of Health  confirmed at least six persons came down with a food borne illness may be allowed to reopen perhaps as early as today.<br />     Adams County Health Officer Dr. Michael Ainsworth said the permit for the El Carreton 2 restaurant, 922W C.R. 500S at the north edge of Berne, had been suspended Thursday after the health department began receiving complaints from people who had become ill after eating at the restaurant.<br />     El Carreton 2 workers immediately addressed the original concerns, but when additional complaints continued to be fielded by the health department the restaurant’s permit was suspended, pending the outcome of test results done on cultures submitted to the ISDH lab by county health officials.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableBerne restaurant closed after outbreakDecatur Daily video: Peyton Manning dancing at practice - KTNV2014-07-29T11:31:20-04:002014-07-29T11:31:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="1" style="width:425px;height:320px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26464010" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Peyton Manning dancing at practice - KTNVDecatur Daily county Fact Book in today’s DDD2014-07-29T09:06:59-04:002014-07-29T09:06:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Included inside Tuesday's edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat is the 2014 edition of our annual Fact Book.  <br /> The 66-page edition is a comprehensive listing of federal, state and local governmental offices, local fire and police agencies and first responders. Also included is information pertaining to area recreational activities, towns cities and villages, churches, libraries, medical professionals and more.<br /> The special edition was made possible by the sponsors featured within the publication.<br />     Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Democrat to get this handy guide.</p>Decatur, INNo author available2014 county Fact Book in today’s DDDDecatur Daily aid in Girl Scout Cabin renovation2014-07-29T09:06:19-04:002014-07-29T09:06:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Decatur Elk members recently joined with Girl Scouts of Adams County for a celebration at the Girl Scout Cabin in Hanna Nuttman Park. Decatur Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Pat McCormick organized the event, which attracted some 50 participants. The Elks donated $2,000 to make improvements at the Girl Scout Cabin.  Lodge also members volunteered to do plumbing, paint, provide heavy-duty doors for the cabin and other work at the facility.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableElks aid in Girl Scout Cabin renovationDecatur Daily