October 18th, 2012
A crew from Luginbill Excavating made short work of the demolition of a residence on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Third streets in Decatur on Wednesday.
As pedestrians gathered and motorists drove past to see, the former Richard Roudebush home was razed in anticipation of converting the site into a green space area to be used by the Adams Public Library System.
Members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board hope to know by next month the future of a proposed a proposed $4.5 million sewer project to serve the rural areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.
What shape that project takes, if any, will largely depend on upcoming negotiations with Decatur officials over ancillary costs associated with treating sewage from the outlying areas.
Dr. Kathleen Heimann joined the staff of Adams Memorial (AMH) Hospital this week and is partnering with Drs. Crystal Jencks and Jessamine Hippensteel in their Decatur Family Medicine practice.
Heimann is currently accepting new patients to the Decatur Family Medicine group as well as obstetric patients. A hospital spokesperson said, “Dr. Heimann has a special gift in relating to and educating her patients, plus she is fluent in Spanish.”
Randall F. Culver, 73, of Berne, died Wednesday at Chalet Village.
Among survivors are his mother, Rev. Dortha Culver of Tempe of Ariz.; wife, Janice (Hay) Culver of Berne; daughters, Carolyn (Gary) Livengood of New Haven; Catherine L. (David) Ziegenfuss of Walnutport, Pa.; Carin Riley of LaPort, Ind.; and Barbara L. (Edwin) Welch of Upland, Ind.
Visitation will be from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mt. Hope Church.
William H. Lewis, 76, of White House, Tenn., died at his residence on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy.
CONTINUING THE COUGAR CAUSE—University of Saint Francis junior Chelsea Selking earned a third consecutive selection to the Crossroads League all-conference tennis team for the 2012 season. Selking, a graduate of Adams Central, finished play with a 10-1 overall record at No. 1 singles. She won her first eight matches of the season. She finished 5-1 in singles play and 7-6 overall in No. 1 doubles, 3-5 in conference play. (Photo provided)
After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night in which city officials were challenged to stand up to "bullying tactics" by the federal government, Decatur City Council unanimously passed a 50 percent sewer rate increase which will go into effect with the next billing cycle.
Rates initially will rise 37 percent, then another 4 percent a year later; then, probably, another 7 percent in the third year of a three-phase project, Meanwhile, the city will float a $3 million bond issue.
"When are we going to stand up and say we're not going to do this any longer," Cross Creek resident Greg Litchfield asked Mayor John Schultz and Decatur City Council Tuesday night in reference to an Indiana Department of Environmental (IDEM) mandate and a three-year sewage rate increase imposed later.
Litchfield, a Cross Creek resident, was speaking at a public hearing held within the regular city council meeting on Tuesday night. The hearing lasted one hour.
Eric Richard Mies, 41, from Chicago, Ill., formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, October 11, 2012, in a tragic accident in Cancun, Mexico.
He was the youngest son of Dick and Gwen Mies, born in Decatur, on September 28, 1971.
On June 19, 2010, he married Katie Elizabeth Czelatdko, of Cederburg, Wis., whom he had met in Chicago, shortly before his father died in 2008.
An unusual mishap occurred at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in Decatur when a cement truck owned by the Erie Haven Cement Company struck a low-hanging, overhead power line on Fourth Street near Monroe Street.
The contact caused one AEP pole to break. Unaware that he had struck the wire, driver Joel E. Christian, 46, rural Decatur, continued down the street until the truck hit another wire, forcing two utility poles to snap.
One of the poles fell onto a parked SUV owned by Carl M. Shaw, Decatur.