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March 11th

Budget approved, city tax rate set at .9772

March 11, 2013

    Decatur's property tax rate for 2013 will be .9772 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation now that the city's budget finally has been approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
    City Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright made the announcement at this week's city council meeting.
    The budget was approved as submitted, the DLGF making no changes.
    Further details in Saturday's print edition.

Spotlight on Decatur held over weekend

March 11, 2013

    The spotlight was shining on numerous activities and local businesses on Saturday as Spotlight 2013 was held at Bellmont Middle School.
    Many of the usual popular activities were back, including bingo and the Rotary Club auction.
    Good crowds turned out for the annual event, which ran for nine and a half hours.
    See photos in today's print edition.
    
 

Squaws qualify for nine spots at IWU

March 11, 2013

    ANDERSON—Efforts in qualifying events the past two Saturdays have resulted in the powerful Bellmont girls track team qualifying athletes for nine of the 11 events at the state indoor track event this coming Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.

March 8th

Stephen C. Barker

March 8, 2013

    Stephen C. Barker, 68, of Decatur, died March 7, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital.
    Steve was born in Decatur on September 16, 1944, to the late Chet and Anna L. (Railing) Barker.
    On September 19, 1964, he married Kathryn L. "Kaki" Faurote; she survives.
    Steve was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He owned Barker and Sons Wrecker Service since 1965. He was a former member and director of Tri State Gas and Engine Association.

Dwight L. Dailey

March 8, 2013

    Dwight L. Dailey, 81, Geneva, died today.
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

New sculptures go up June 7

March 8, 2013

    Last year’s inaugural Decatur Sculpture Walk has been renamed Decatur Sculpture Tour to reflect the expansion of sculptures beyond the city’s immediate downtown area, it has been announced.
    The installation date for the 2013 sculptures will be Friday, June 7, with the unveiling on Saturday, June 8, during a downtown celebration according to sculpture tour committee member and Arts Council President Sue Roe.

Spotlight to shine here on Saturday – Numerous activities slated; food available

March 8, 2013

    Business exhibits, bingo, entertainment, an auction, art show, food and lots more will be offered on Saturday when the 2013 Spotlight, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, is held at Bellmont Middle School.
    Balloon art, face painting, Sweet Cakes Comedy also are scheduled.
    Doors will open at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be provided for purchase by the North Adams Food & Nutrition Services. Lunch also will be available. No admission is charged and parking will be free.

New fire station for Monroe? – Town council asked to donate five acres

March 8, 2013

    The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department may soon begin planning a new fire station on the north side of the town's business park if a land request is granted by Monroe Town Council.
    Fire Chief Russell Cook asked council Thursday if the town would consider donating a five-acre plot of land in Monroe Business Park for a new fire station. Cook said the current building on S. Polk St. has "served its purpose," but no longer has the capability of housing modern fire trucks and equipment.

March 7th

Area back to normal – Last signficant snowfall of season?

March 7, 2013

    One thing positive about March snowstorms: They normally don't hang around too long.
    The seven-inch snowfall which hit Decatur starting Tuesday night was no exception. A bright sun and temperatures around the freezing mark helped melt away a potion of the snow on Wednesday as the city and county quickly returned to normal.

End drawing near for old city building

March 7, 2013

    Barring any unforeseen problems and with some cooperation from the weather, Decatur’s ancient onetime street department building could be out of sight with only a green space left by mid-May.
    Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that a contract has been signed with Denny Excavating of Plainfield, low bidder on the project. In approximately 10 days, the firm is expected to begin some inside work on the building between the city police station and the city swimming pool.

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