The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-21T12:39:37-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10948Trending video: Good things: Three sweet sides for a Thanksgiving meal2014-11-21T12:39:37-05:002014-11-21T12:39:37-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Who says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Good things: Three sweet sides for a Thanksgiving mealDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10948Change0Usable2014-11-21T12:39:37-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10945Excitement at SA as team heads to semi-state2014-11-21T09:22:31-05:002014-11-21T09:22:31-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     For the first time in 22 years, the South Adams Starfires have a shot at a semi-state championship. And the students of South Adams are most definitely caught up in the excitement.<br /> Despite a regular season record of 3-6, many Starfire fans and students were looking forward to the playoffs with hope, remembering last year’s mediocre season which led up to a sectional victory.<br />     Throughout both the regular season and playoffs, student attendance at football games has been strong and consistent. Many South Adams students will make the two-hour trip later today to show up and support their team. The school is ensuring students have the opportunity to be at the game by providing a fan bus that is reserved strictly for high school students.<br />     Elle Amstutz, a sophomore at South Adams, has high expectations for the game, despite the distance and cold weather.<br />     “Even when it’s 20 degrees out or a game is away, students and fans are willing to come out and support the school, which is pretty awesome and says a lot about the community we live in,” she said.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INELLIE KAVERMANExcitement at SA as team heads to semi-stateDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10945Change0Usable2014-11-21T09:22:31-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10944Leaf collection depends on weather2014-11-21T09:21:42-05:002014-11-21T09:21:42-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Yeah, your leaves haven’t been picked up this week. Something about weather conditions — highly unusual weather conditions. They eventually will be collected, but the foul weather may bring about a premature end to this year’s collections.<br />     “The weather has really slowed us,” Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. “We’ll do our best ... it looks like Monday” before leaf pickups can begin again.    <br />     Wet conditions mess up the city’s two machines which suck up the leaves then grind them on the spot, Gilbert explained. “We’ll pick up what’s in the streets now,” then wait to see what the weather does next week, he continued.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKALeaf collection depends on weatherDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10944Change0Usable2014-11-21T09:21:42-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10943Christmas open house Saturday in Decatur2014-11-21T09:20:41-05:002014-11-21T09:20:41-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Youngsters will have the chance to take a ride on the Polar Express train Saturday in downtown Decatur during the Christmas open house that started today.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableChristmas open house Saturday in DecaturDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10943Change0Usable2014-11-21T09:20:41-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10938Local merchants to host Christmas open house Friday, Saturday2014-11-20T09:04:19-05:002014-11-20T09:04:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Decatur Small Business Association’s seventh annual Christmas Open House — dubbed “Downtown and Around Town” — will be held Friday and Saturday at participating merchants. Hours will vary by store.<br />     Santa will be on the courthouse square from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and children will have the opportunity to take a ride on the Reindeer Express train.<br />     Shoppers will have the opportunity to check out the holiday decorating ideas. Specials, entertainment, prizes, demonstrations and refreshments will be offered throughout the two-day event, according to event organizers.<br />     For a list of participating merchants and other details about the open house event, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableLocal merchants to host Christmas open house Friday, SaturdayDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10938Change0Usable2014-11-20T09:04:19-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10937Jail property purchase is complete, but court site controversy isn’t2014-11-20T09:03:02-05:002014-11-20T09:03:02-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Commissioners have officially finalized the purchase of the 162-acre Miller property south of Decatur off Winchester Street, County Attorney Mark Burry reported at Monday’s commission meeting. The acquisition was made to facilitate the construction of a new county jail on the site, but offers other possibilities for future development by the county as well.<br />     The announcement came at a point in the meeting after a group of Decatur residents had submitted a petition — signed by approximately 700 people — asking commissioners to consider the safety of children in selecting a new superior court location. Several in the group suggested the new proposed superior court complex be located at the new jail site property rather than on 3rd Street in Decatur, as is currently being considered.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMJail property purchase is complete, but court site controversy isn’tDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10937Change0Usable2014-11-20T09:03:02-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10936Family LifeCare shares its mission of helping patients, families focus on living2014-11-20T09:01:39-05:002014-11-20T09:01:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Family LifeCare helps patients of all ages and their families focus on living. That is the message Family LifeCare is sharing with the community during National Home Care and Hospice Month, celebrated in November.<br />     “November is a valuable time to raise awareness throughout our community about home care, and hospice care at the end of life,” said SueAnn Reynolds, president and CEO of Family LifeCare. “The time a family needs us doesn’t follow a calendar or occur only during this season, so our message must make an impression that stays with people all year long.”<br />     To learn more about the services offered year-round by Family LifeCare, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableFamily LifeCare shares its mission of helping patients, families focus on livingDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10936Change0Usable2014-11-20T09:01:39-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10935Trending video: Irish look to stop skid vs Louisville / ND football report2014-11-20T07:01:41-05:002014-11-20T07:01:41-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat <script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Irish look to stop skid vs Louisville / ND football reportDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10935Change0Usable2014-11-20T07:01:41-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10931County gives OK for drone purchase2014-11-19T09:05:20-05:002014-11-19T09:05:20-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Adams County Council during its meeting last week approved additional appropriations to hire a probation officer, extend funding for the community corrections department’s  indigent fund program through the remainder of the year and the purchase of an unmanned aerial vehicle — or drone — by the IT department.<br />     With little discussion, councilors also passed several additional appropriations en masse, including a $400,000 transfer of COIT funds to cover health insurance through the remainder of the year and $25,922 in insurance additions for county buildings and structures.<br />     Also approved was a request from County IT Supervisor Landon Patterson for the purchase of an unmanned aerial vehicle at a cost of $30,990. The drone will be used for aerial photography by both the county surveyor and county assessor for mapping and reassessment purposes, Patterson had earlier reported.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammCounty gives OK for drone purchaseDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10931Change0Usable2014-11-19T09:05:20-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10930RECORD cold GRIPS COUNTY2014-11-19T09:04:02-05:002014-11-19T09:04:02-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The first arctic blast of winter 2014-15 has hit — and hit hard — in Adams County, setting a new record for low temperatures and creating hazardous driving conditions.<br />     With a high temperature in Decatur of only 17 degrees Tuesday, the previous record of 24 degrees fell to the wayside. And as the day wore on, howling winds created even more issues, not the least of which was a minus-5 degree wind chill.<br />     Normal temperatures this time of year are usually in the upper 40s.<br />     Drifting and blowing snow — mixed with the fresh dusting of snow we received Tuesday — created slick driving conditions on side streets and rural roads.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSRECORD cold GRIPS COUNTYDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:10930Change0Usable2014-11-19T09:04:02-05:00