Archive - 2013
The City of Decatur's budget for 2014 is increasing just $96,469 over last year, and much of that will go to a two percent pay raise for all city employees.
After considerable scrutiny given the budget by city council members at their previous meeting, council on Tuesday night saw the numbers redone by Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright.
The budget for 2014 — actually, the proposed budget — now stands at $7,453,579, an increase of $96,469 over the current figure of $7,357,110.
Vickie Ellis, program specialist with the Adams County chapter of the American Red Cross, is asking the community to assist a family in need.
Ellis said a local family — a mother and three young children, ages 5, 3 and 5 months — due to circumstances beyond their control "find themselves needing to start a household after losing everything." Beds for the older two children and the mother are especially needed, said Ellis.
Three people suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle mishap at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 224 near Briarwood Trail, according to a Decatur Police Department report.
Police said the accident occurred when a westbound pickup truck driven by Matthew E. Wallace, 19, Harvester Lane, Decatur, allegedly went left of center into the path of an eastbound car operated by Jeremy L. Hileman, 35, Willshire, Ohio. Hileman told police he swerved into the ditch but was unable to avoid a collision with the truck.
Ruth (Voglewede) Egan, 95, of Louisville, originally of Decatur, passed away peacefully Monday, August 5, 2013, after a long and fulfilling life.
Ruth earned her first bachelor's degree from Mount St. Joseph College, majoring in chemistry and biology and graduating cum laude. Afterward, she earned her second bachelor's degree in medical technology from St. Louis University.
Chad Allan Everett, 46, of Burlington, Ky., passed away August 3, 2013. Born September 20, 1966, Chad was the youngest son of Shirley and the late Glen Everett of Pleasant Mills.
While attending Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Chad made a visit to Indiana University in Bloomington, where he met Kelly Mansfield. The couple married on August 24, 1991, and four adored sons soon followed.
Donna F. (Venis) Rothgeb, 75, of Decatur, died Monday, August 5, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Donna was born June 15, 1938, in Decatur to the late Alva Raymond and Verona Verdella (McClymonds) Venis.
Donna was a member of Hope United Methodist Church. Her favorite pastimes were watching for hummingbirds, collecting angels and playing cards with friends.
As August arrived and the start of another bowling season is just around the corner, Mike Miller said he looks back on the first two years since the doors of Villa Lanes and Molly’s reopened after three plus years of being vacant.
Miller, the only operator the bowling center has had since reopening, said he wanted to express his gratitude to all the people and businesses that have supported and patronized the establishment.
A mobile mammography coach visited downtown Decatur on Monday as part of a collaborative public-private partnership with one goal — giving women early detection in the fight against breast cancer.
The mammography coach travels throughout northeast Indiana each year and has performed some 30,000 screenings since 2005, according to Debi Kennedy, community outreach coordinator at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The county commissioners announced at Monday's meeting that they have appointed Mark Wynn of Berne to be the new director of zoning, planning and building, starting in September.
Wynn, a member of Berne City Council, is the current owner of Marquis Builders in Berne, which he has put up for sale since receiving the news, and he will be taking over for Neil Ogg.
Author Geneva (Gene) Stratton-Porter likely would have felt back at home in southern Adams County on Friday evening as local residents and visitors alike celebrated the native Hoosier's 150th birthday.
An event dubbed Geneva’s Geneva was held at the Limberlost State Historic Site in the town that bears her name to celebrate the life and legacy of the author, naturalist, photographer and movie producer who for 25 years called the town of Geneva her home.