July 3rd, 2014
Decatur Mayor John Schultz announced today the city of Decatur has received permission from the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to fly all flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of five-term Mayor Fred Isch.
Schultz is requesting all of Decatur residents and businesses to lower flags to half-staff from Friday morning to Sunday evening.
The public is invited to a bald eagle program, a special Independence Day program, from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center in Geneva.
Visitors will be able to see a live bald eagle, provided by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab of Fort Wayne, and attend a PowerPoint presentation in the Visitor Center classroom.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
Ercell C. Elliott, 84, Houlton, Maine, died Tuesday, June 29, 2014.
Survivors include a son, L. James (Linda) Elliott of Grand Manan Island, Canada; and a sister, Maxine (Joe) Jauregui of Decatur.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bowers Funeral Home, Houlton, Me.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pauline Haggard, 87, Decatur, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born July 29, 1926, in Adams County to the late Walter and Lela (Johnson) Brintzenhofe.
Pauline married Myron “Hank” Haggard March 14, 1953; he preceded her in death on June 18, 1996.
Pauline was a member of St. Luke Church, a lifelong resident of Adams County and a homemaker.
Fred R. Isch, 81, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014, at Adams Evergreen.
He was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Adams County to the late Ralph S. Isch and Opal L. (Walters) Isch Lillich.
Fred married Nola Grandstaff on June 7, 1953; she preceded him in death on April 12, 2009.
Fred was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was a 1950 graduate of Decatur High School. He served in United States Army during the Korean War.
Steven D. Seitz, 54, Decatur, died Saturday from an accidental drowning following a kayak mishap.
Arrangements pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
Fred Isch’s list of accomplishments in support of his community is seemingly endless, and began well before he served 20 years as mayor. It was his time as mayor, however, which will forever imbed his name and memory into the lifeblood of Decatur, Indiana.
A mostly-unknown fact, though, is that Fred came extremely close to never running for mayor; maybe 72 hours or so close.
Severe thunderstorms that went through the area early Tuesday morning caused “some very extensive damage” in the Homestead Addition, Decatur Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council later that day. Gilbert said crews would be cleaning up debris in the addition for several days.
A face familiar to Adams County voters is making a return to the political arena.
Judy Affolder, former county assessor, has been selected by the Adams County Democratic Party as its candidate for the County Clerk of Courts seat. Affolder has filed the necessary paperwork and will appear on the November general election ballot. She will be opposed by Jim Voglewede Jr., who won a Republican primary race in May.
MONROE YOUTH LEAGUE RUNNERS UP—Decatur Dental Services were awarded with their hardware for the best record in the regular season on Saturday. They were also the tournament runners up. They are (L-R), starting in the front: Payton Bineager, Alex Currie, Bryan Girod, Jaren Hildebrand, Ethan Poling. Middle: Jake Jackson, Matt Jauregui, Luke Egly, Joe Pederson, Ben Plasterer. Back: coaches Mike Hildebrand, Tim Jackson, Jason Egly, & Dan Plasterer. Not pictured: Cayden Schaffer, Logan Uhlman, and coach Eric Uhlman. (Photo provided)