June 20th, 2012
Despite what Fire Chief Les Marckel described as dry conditions as severe as he's ever seen, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks celebration is still a "go" ... for now.
The fireworks are scheduled for two weeks from tonight and no one is ready to cancel yet.
"Let's hope for some rain between now and then," chief organizer Adam Eguia said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Decatur police today released the name of the individual involving in the stabbing incident early Sunday morning in the 200 block of N. 17th Street.
Police Chief Ken Ketzler said Shelby Affolder, 20, heard a knock on the front door of her apartment and went to answer it around 12:25 a.m. After opening it, a man appeared, stabbed Affolder in the abdomen with a knife and then fled.
Two area festivals have openings scheduled this week.
Hoagland Days kicks off Thursday and Willshire (Ohio) Days will begin Friday. Both are slated for three-day runs.
And in Decatur, the annual Relay for Life gets under way Saturday and continues into Sunday/.
Some summer activities may be taking a hit this year as there now is an open burning ban in Adams County until further notice.
The Adams County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday prohibiting open burning due to severe drought conditions.
Until further notice, the following types of burning are banned throughout the county:
• Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring at least 23 inches across and 10 inches is deep
Zurcher’s Best-One in Monroe will hold its annual Customer Appreciation and American Red Cross Blood Drive event this Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
"Celebrating this event each year gives Zurcher’s the opportunity to express our gratitude and thanks to the local community for their continued patronage throughout the year," a news release said.
Bixler Insurance added to their winning ways when they topped Decatur Dental, 8-1 on Friday night.
Mitchel Coates had three hits in the game to pace Bixler's, Isaac Ruble had two hits including a triple, Caden Staub, Andrew Wagner, & Chris Jones each had two hits and Isaiah Wellman added one. Kory Feasel, Carter Siefring, and Sean Hoffman singled for Dental.
Donald E. Light, 84, of Paynesville, Michigan, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
He was born in Decatur on March 6, 1928, to the late Grady and Nina (Swartz) Light.
He married Stella Nurkkala on September 15, 1962.
Among survivors are his wife, Stella, of Paynesville; a daughter, Gwen (Jeff) Young of Witchita, Kan.; a brother, Gerald (Winnie) Light of Decatur; and a sister, Irene Agler of Evansville.
He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.
Helen M. Thieme, 83, of Decatur, passed away at 1:43 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Tuesday, June 11, 1929, in Wells County, to the late Orval P. and Edith C. (Bowman) Barger.
Helen married Otto W. A. Thieme on February 11, 1950, in Immanuel Lutheran Church; he survives.
She was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher and was involved with the Ladies Society.
Decatur police are continuing their investigation into an alleged stabbing that occurred early Sunday morning.
Police were dispatched to the 200 block of N. 17th Street at 12:25 a.m. Sunday in regards to a battery situation with a possible stabbing, according to a department spokesman.
Unemployment in Adams County climbed slightly during May to 7.3 percent — up from a four-year low of 7.0 percent one month earlier but still a half percent below readings from May of 2011.
After starting 2012 with a jobless rate of 8.5 percent, Adams County saw four consecutive months of decline in unemployment figures prior to the release of May's statistics.