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          Adams County 4-H is currently going through the process of appointing new members to the 4-H Council. This council is responsible for facilitating the 4-H Youth Development Program through the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Responsibilities include program plannin…

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            Poinsettias are known to many as the official flower of Christmas, and since Christmas is known to many as a season of generosity and giving, it makes sense that the Decatur Rotary Club used the flower in efforts to raise funds for various local causes. Over the past few years, t…

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The Decatur Daily Democrat is publishing Letters to Santa from Adams County residents.  Parents, please assist your children between the ages of 3 and 10 to type their Letters to Santa on the form below.  Letters to Santa will be published in the Decatur Daily Democrat on Tuesday, December 20.

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          The Adams Central Swing Choir will be singing loud for all to hear as they present “Elf, The Musical” this weekend. The initial production began in September under the direction of Adams Central High School/Middle School Choir Director, Dawn Johnson and casted senior Josh Collier i…

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          About two months after the purchase of the property was closed on by the city of Decatur, the house located at 421 Bellmont Road was destroyed as part of the city-wide efforts to restore land within the floodplain back to its original purpose. The land across from Bellmont High Sch…

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          The position of Geneva Clerk-Treasurer has been opened up for appointment by Adams County Republican Party Chairman Steve Justus after incumbent Tony Davidson recently announced that he would be vacating the position for a job in the private sector. Davidson’s last day as Clerk-Tre…

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          Downtown Berne will usher in the Christmas season this Friday as the city’s Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corporation hosts the yearly Weihnachts Fest. The name is German for “Christmas Festival” and will feature various activities leading up to the lighting of the …

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          Snow and frigid temperatures were not enough to stop the willingness of people to serve their communities, as a group of approximately a dozen volunteers organized to build a ramp for a local family. The project began well over a month ago, when a local resident had their leg amput…

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          Along with the importance of giving thanks, is the importance of giving back. Over the past few weeks, The Bridge Community Church took donations for a Thanksgiving Turkey Meal giveaway, and on this past Sunday, they gave away 350. The meals could either be picked up by families in…

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          The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held their November Luncheon Monday afternoon and featured Adams County Economic Development Executive Director, Colton Bickel as the main speaker. Bickel provided updates about the 2021 financial year, as well as the current successes and problems t…

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          Over the next couple weeks, the Decatur Daily Democrat will be accepting submissions for the annual “How to Cook a Turkey,” section of the November newspaper. Sales Representative Becki Trobridge explained that the section aims to get the advice of elementary aged students and youn…

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          Opening a bakery was a concept that Becca Lewis and Shelby Hurley had been talking about for years, but the timing never seemed quite right. The duo baked as a team at Angel’s Bakery in Decatur, but when the impact of COVID-19 forced that bakery’s doors to close, they agreed to sti…

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          Since he ran unopposed, Steve Bailey’s bid for one of the county’s highest offices did not consist of persuasion or competition, but rather came with preparation. Once his name hit the ballot for the seat currently held by Commissioner Rex Moore, Bailey had won since he ran unoppos…

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          Traffic in downtown Geneva may be forced to slow down as the Town Council is currently pondering adding a new stop sign to the intersection of Railroad Street and Line Street. The idea was brought up by councilmen Marvin Schwartz at the small meeting, which only consisted of three …

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          The Bellmont Middle School Student Council led a donation drive recently to collect items for families that attend Lexington Middle School in Fort Myers, Florida. This school and its community were heavily affected by Hurricane Ian. A group of six student council members volunteere…

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            After collecting over 80,000 pairs of socks last year in their Socks for Troops drive, Shoe Sensation is aiming to smash that number this year. This will be the seventh year of the drive, and all socks donated will go to active-duty military personnel or local veterans in the com…

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          He asked, and the county answered. After a long race between Republican nominee Rex Moore and Incumbent, Democratic Nominee Keith Blythe, it was Commissioner Moore who secured over 60% of the vote en route to his new council seat. This gives the local Republican party a complete co…

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          Following his expected absence last month, United States Senator Todd Young made an appearance at Three Oaks Elementary School to speak on the upcoming election. Young originally was the scheduled keynote speaker for the Adams County GOP luncheon when his father unexpectedly passed…

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          Organized chaos took over Common Ground Church of the Nazarene on Saturday afternoon and battles being fought with Nerf guns took over many of the rooms. The event was held in two sessions, one for younger children, and one for teens and adults and there were different styles of pl…

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            During what some in attendance called the rainiest parade weather they ever saw, the crowd at the Callithumpian Parade held firm through the wet conditions throughout nearly the entire event. As the parade started, it seemed like a perfect Halloween night. There was a bright moon…

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          A new ecologist now presides over the land of the Limberlost and some of the highest ranked bird towns in the state. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources appointed Ryan Smith to be the new ecologist for the east central region of Indiana this July. Smith is a Fort Wayne nati…

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          For the first time in over five years, the plant that used to be All-American Homes in Decatur will be used for production again, now as a branch of Champion Homes. After the warehouse closed its doors in 2015, Champion Homes purchased the plant. They began renovating and updating …

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            While Christmas still is a couple months away, the season of giving is just around the corner. This year Operation Christmas Child is aiming to deliver shoeboxes full of gifts to 11 million children across the world, which would be an increase of 500,000 in 2021. Along with this …

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            The Adams Wells Crisis Center reported that they have assisted more victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in 2022, than in the years 2020 and 2021 combined. The Crisis Center is currently planning an open house to show the public their approachability and the different se…

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           Video gamers as well as board gamers of all ages and abilities are being called together as Andy and Friends Coney Bar has announced that they will be hosting a game night available to any members of the community. They are partnering with DZ Gaming, who will be bringing board gam…

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            Corn mazes come in all shapes and sizes and can provide challenge, competition, and fun to those who embark on the journey 's twists, turns and dead ends. Since the first corn maze was created in Annville, Pennsylvania nearly thirty years ago, American’s have made corn mazes a sy…

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            Adams Memorial Health System is just months away from celebrating one hundred years of service to the community. Founded in 1923, the system has grown from a single building into a network that features over 25 individual physicians with specialties of their own. Adams Memorial C…

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            “Writing is like taekwondo,” said Mike Mullin as he spoke to the students at Bellmont Middle School Tuesday afternoon as he compared the two art forms. He explained that characteristics like perseverance, practice, and working through failure are all important to becoming a succe…

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            It was a celebration 95 years in the making as the Decatur Lions Club gathered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Monday night. The group was joined by many local Lions clubs as they celebrated the occasion. The club was serenaded by the swing choir from Adams Central High School, …

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            A man who fought for the independence of America in the Revolutionary War was given a new headstone and a rededication ceremony this past weekend. George Emory was initially a quartermaster in the U.S. military during the Revolutionary War. He worked to secure housing and supplie…

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            With about a month to go before the upcoming November elections, the Adams County Democratic Party gathered at Knights of Columbus to put an emphasis on some of the more contested races. About 60 people were present for the Party’s annual ham and bean fundraiser, along with sever…

A special dog walk benefit with proceeds going to PAWS of Adams County, Indiana, will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. starting at Riverside Center in Decatur.

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            Policy, policy, and more policy was the overarching message presented by Ukrainian born congresswoman Victoria Spartz at the Adams County Republican Party Liberty Rally as she presented her ideas for improving the government on the federal level. The rally was held just a day aft…

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            The Adams County Highway Department is receiving serious interest for some of their plows. Superintendent Brad Yoder explained to the board of commissioners that years ago the department had gotten 1-way, singular plows and they do not currently get used. Two years ago, some of t…

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            The Adams Central FFA team sent a dairy squad out to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the All-American Dairy Judging contest this past week. Part of the trip was spent touring the area as the students on the trip were able to see the Flight 93 Memorial, Gettysburg, and the …

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            The gymnasium at the Merit Center was packed full of leaders of local non-profits Tuesday afternoon as the Adams County Community Foundation held their Network for Nonprofit events. The leaders gathered for lunch and answered different prompts as they learned more about how their…

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            Blood, sweat, tears and all the different emotions were present at Swiss Heritage Village on Friday evening as the historic park became the stomping grounds for hundreds of children in grades 5th and under as they took part in the annual Kinderlauf one mile race. The race was run…

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            There are about 20 of the 92 Hoosier counties that are primed for growth over the next few years and Adams County is one of them. Ball State University was commissioned by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to do research on the rural communities in the State and from here…

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            Adams County Sheriff Dan Mawhorr presented his suggestions and comments of how South Adams is poised to handle an emergency situation at the district’s School Board meeting. While he applauded the overall safety of Indiana schools, saying the state leads the country, and brought …

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            Jerod Adler was appointed and sworn in by Adams County Clerk Jim Voglewede on Monday, September 12th at the Adams County Courthouse. Adler is filling the rest of the term as Kirkland Township Trustee due to the resignation of Leslie Reilly-Green as she recently moved outside the …

            TekniPlex Consumer Products, also known as Dolco Packaging, held a safety mascot contest to help promote safety at their plant. Liz Pilling took the top prize with the creation of the “Safety Chicken,” which depicts a chicken in safety gear giving a thumbs up.

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            A project is in the works that could bring on-demand public transportation to Adams County. The Adams County board of commissioners heard a presentation from Todd Jennings, who is a 5311 Program Manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation, that went over the specifics of…

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            What already is an exciting and eventful Halloween season in Decatur, just got a lot more fun, and even scarier. The city of Decatur is going to hold a Haunted Trail event at Hanna Nuttman Park. The event is going to be brought to the community by the family who did the Haunted B…

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            The South Adams Starfire will be going #BlueforBrooks at their football game on Friday night against Bluffton in association with Childhood Cancer Awareness month, to recognize local preschooler Brooks Weiland. Weiland is preparing to begin chemotherapy that will target a Wilms t…

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            With Highland Games season around the corner in Decatur, those who are looking to be crowned champions have about two weeks to work themselves into competitive shape. Before the champions can be crowned on October 1st, a competitor must finish in the top 15 at the qualifier befor…

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            Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, but when man isn't a dog's best friend, there are only a few places these animals are able to go, and right now those places are filling up faster than ever. The past year has seen Adams County animals be given up and abandoned at a fast pac…

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            Future upgrades to Lehman Park were presented to the Berne city council Monday night as Mayor Gregg Sprunger walked through the initial plans and phases that the park could undergo. The concepts were the same ones that the park board had just gone over, and the city council was a…

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