The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-22T09:20:52-04:00 cooperation draws city’s praise2014-10-22T09:20:52-04:002014-10-22T09:20:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Work on demolishing the General Electric buildings in Decatur continues to go smoothly and, barring any major problems, the project could be completed by Thanksgiving, perhaps earlier.<br />     Mayor John Schultz told city council on Tuesday night all structures on the 9th Street property are expected to be down by the end of this week. “Then it will take a couple more weeks or so to clean up. They (the Brandenburg company heading up the work) are pretty sure they’ll be done before Thanksgiving; maybe before that.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAGE cooperation draws city’s praiseDecatur Daily superintendent Litwiller rewarded with 4-year pact2014-10-22T09:19:26-04:002014-10-22T09:19:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Scott Litwiller has spent nearly his entire life at South Adams Schools, attending the elementary and middle schools as a child, before later graduating from South Adams High School. After a stint in college to complete his education and get his bachelor and master’s degrees, Litwiller returned to South Adams, first as a teacher, then as a building principal before being named superintendant four years ago.<br />     Tuesday evening, members of the South Adams Board of Education made sure Litwiller will be staying with the school system for at least another four years as they approved an extended four-year contract for their top administrator, who in the past had been offered only consecutive one-year contracts.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMSA superintendent Litwiller rewarded with 4-year pactDecatur Daily fall concert series begins2014-10-22T09:17:16-04:002014-10-22T09:17:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Members of the middle school and high school instrumental band classes at South Adams Schools performed in concert Tuesday evening in the high school  gymnasium with a large crowd on hand.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSA fall concert series beginsDecatur Daily colors a treat for area residents2014-10-21T09:22:10-04:002014-10-21T09:22:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Autumn’s color show was likely at its peak late last week, with these horses surrounded by the yellows, oranges and reds that briefly put on a show in Adams County. The photo looks west off Ohio-Indiana State Line Road south of C.R. 900S.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableFall colors a treat for area residentsDecatur Daily soup, sandwich event is Nov. 82014-10-21T09:20:25-04:002014-10-21T09:20:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The Adams County Fair Board, along with the 4-H Council, Adams County Extension Board and 4-H Clubs, will hold the fourth annual 4-H soup and sandwich and auction fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the 4-H Expo Hall in Monroe. All proceeds from the meal and auction will be used for fairgrounds improvements and upkeep.<br />      The meal will consist of 4-H chili or chicken noodle soup; sloppy Joe, ham, hotdogs and coney dogs; drinks and soft serve ice-cream. Free will donations for the meal will be accepted.<br />      A silent auction and live auction will be held with auctioneering services donated by Heartland Auction and Realty. Representatives of 4-H are requesting donations for the auction.<br />      Those wishing to donate may contact Roger Minnich at 368-7341, or Aaron Gaskill at 223-5244. The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author available4-H soup, sandwich event is Nov. 8Decatur Daily night at the museum2014-10-21T09:19:30-04:002014-10-21T09:19:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Chandler Thomas checked out decorations at the Adams County Historical Museum over the weekend. The museum will be open to the public Friday and Saturday and and again Oct. 30-Nov 1 from 6-10 p.m. All three floors of the museum are decorated for Halloween, using items from the collection of Mabel Miller.  Museum will also host Trick or Treaters on Halloween Night from 6-8 pm. The Haunted Decatur Wagon Tours are now sold out.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableA night at the museumDecatur Daily is called on, literally, to answer council’s wage questions2014-10-20T09:26:59-04:002014-10-20T09:26:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey was literally called before the Adams County Council last week as they attempted to tie up loose ends before considering the approval of the 2015 budget.<br />     Councilors questioned why all 15 maintenance workers were being paid the same $17.08 hourly rate regardless of their years of service, and why there was a line item in his budget that offered an apparent 60-cent bonus to those same employees.    <br />     To get answers, Council President Randy Colclasure picked up his cell phone and called Barkey, asking if he was in the vicinity and whether he could come to the Service Complex to explain the particulars of his budget. Barkey  appeared in the audience a short time later to answer council’s questions.<br />     Concerning the hourly rate issue, Colclasure asked, “How do they (employees) go from the starting rate to get up there. I mean, how long does it take?” Barkey responded, “After six months, all new employees are increased to the rate everyone else is getting.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMBarkey is called on, literally, to answer council’s wage questionsDecatur Daily to honor are veterans in ceremony set for Nov. 112014-10-20T09:26:06-04:002014-10-20T09:26:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Area veterans are invited to attend a special Veterans Day program at Bellmont High School’s Erekson Theatre on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.<br />     A hospitality room with refreshments will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a provided lunch in the library. The featured speaker will be Dennis Covert, a Vietnam Navy veteran and member of the board of directors for Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. To register, call 724-7121 and push option 7, or by email at<br />     Bellmont World War II Topics class students are creating online profiles of Adams County veterans who perished in World War II. Students are currently conducting research through local newspapers, yearbooks, military documents and genealogical records to compile an electronic database that will be accessible to the public.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableBHS to honor are veterans in ceremony set for Nov. 11Decatur Daily Fall Harvest Party held Sunday at The Bridge2014-10-20T09:23:59-04:002014-10-20T09:23:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The Bridge Community Church in Decatur held its Family Fall Harvest Party Sunday evening as one of the first events of this year’s Callithumpian Festival. Food, games and indoor trick-or-treating were part of the event.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableFamily Fall Harvest Party held Sunday at The BridgeDecatur Daily video: The top Halloween costumes everyone will be wearing in 20142014-10-20T06:40:29-04:002014-10-20T06:40:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily DemocratThose planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing. Some other characters on the list: Maleficent, Teenage Mutant Turtles, and The Avengers.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: The top Halloween costumes everyone will be wearing in 2014Decatur Daily