Archive - Jun 2014
Wet weather throughout the day Friday threatened to put a damper on the 14th annual Motor Sports Festival car show, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine later in the day, although some early evening raindrops kept the crowd somewhat smaller than had been anticipated.
The Swiss Days 3-on-3 basketball tournament returns to the South Adams High School gyms immediately after the big race on Saturday, July 26.
The cost to play for each team is $30 per team (if paid by July 20) and the maximum players per team is four. Any registrations delivered after July 20 will cost teams $40 including the date of the event. This double elimination tournament will include four divisions: upper boys (HS and up), upper girls (HS and up), lower boys (6th-8th grade), and lower girls (6-8 gr).
Vandalism in the city’s parks and elsewhere has become a major concern, and Mayor John Schultz plus members of city council are asking for the public’s help to get a handle on it.
“We have some serious issues with vandalism in our parks,” the mayor said at Tuesday’s meeting before having City Manager Jeremy Gilbert provide details.
Members of the Immanuel Ladies Society took the first guided look at the 2014 Decatur Sculpture Tour Wednesday afternoon, with representatives of the city driving the women through town on golf carts to view the statues. From left are Doris Thieme, Ginny Miller, Ella Thieme, Dorothy Ruble, Elaine Thieme, Angie Lehrman and Helen Marbach.
Three-year-old Sydney Stephenson had the pedal to the metal as she rode one of the midway rides Thursday evening as the annual Hoagland Days festival kicked off its three-day run. A schedule of events for the festival appears on Page 2 of today’s Democrat.
The 2014 Cross Creek Golf Camp held their annual tourney at the end of their experience on the course throughout June.
The divisions included girls in groups of 8-9 years old, 10-11, and 14-15, while the boys were split into 7-10 year olds, 10-11s, 12-13s, and 14 and older.
Kenneth E. Yoder, 87, Berne, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Bluffton Regional Hospital.
Among survivors are his wife, Jeannette Yoder; daughter, Jennifer L. Grigson of Garland, Texas; son, Jay (Ronda) Yoder of Mishawaka; and sisters, Darlene (Claren) Lehman, Alice Ehrman, Janis (Leonard) Balsiger, all of Berne.
Erna Bultemeier Tuttle, born Sept 30,1924, near Decatur, passed away quietly May 27, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Her family meant everything to her. She moved from Snow Lake to Las Vegas after the passing of husband, Richard, in 1989 to be near “her beautiful family.” She was loved by so many and will be dearly missed by all.
Warmth, friendliness and sincere praise filled council chambers Tuesday night as the city administration, Decatur council and department heads bid farewell to retiring Police Chief Ken Ketzler, attending his final council meeting as chief.
“We say thanks, but I don’t think we can say that enough,” Mayor John Schultz said prior to the reading of a resolution filled with appreciation and praise for Ketzler.
Approximately 75 car enthusiasts, part of the Defiance chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and known as the Farm Boys Tour, were in Decatur Wednesday as part of the group’s 32nd annual tour. The group always tours at this time of year “so the farm boys would be finished planting and could ‘go play’ with their cars,” according to a news release. The group visited and toured Thunderbird Products as part of their annual gathering. More photos appear on Page 2 of today's print and online editions.