February 8th, 2011
The 5 1/2 inches of snow which fell in Decatur last weekend gave the city 28 inches of snow since the first of December.
And 15 of those inches have come in the first six days of February!
Jane Thieme at the Decatur weather station said the city received 7.5 inches in December, 11 inches in January, and 15 inches this month, through last Sunday.
Decatur's snowfall, of course, pales in comparison to some other communities in Indiana, such as South Bend.
Adams County Commissioner Kim Fruechte said at Monday's meeting of the commissioner that he has gained a whole new understanding, and much more respect, for what the county highway department drivers do when plowing snow.
Maurice J. Goebel, 88, of Decatur, died on Monday at Woodcrest Retirement Community. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
PORTLAND — "All in all it wasn't a bad day, getting 10 through with four champs, a second and three thirds. I was pretty pleased," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote have his Braves flexed their muscles at the Jay County Regional wrestling tourney Saturday.
Seniors John Mahlan, Ryley Hankenson, and Travis Thatcher all repeated as regional champs for the Braves, and and senior Daniel Meyer took the heavyweight crown, pinning promising SA frosh Maverick Morningstar in the final.
PORTLAND—South Adams continued its tradition of sending swimmers to the IHSAA state finals in swimming on Saturday as senior Erika Waugh breezed to a pair of individual victories in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle in the 37th annual IHSAA state swimming sectional held at Jay County High School.
Waugh was impressive in the backstroke event as she easily beat the field with a clocking of 1:00.85. When she touched the pad to finish her race, she was over three seconds ahead of the second place Norwell swimmer,
Snow was falling faster than Decatur resident Shelly Chilcote could shovel it away from her Northbrook Court driveway on Saturday as she and other area residents dug out from yet another winter blast. The latest round of snow dumped another 5 1/2" inches on Decatur over the weekend. (J Swygart photo)
The City of Decatur’s Storm Water Utility has come in for some high praise from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
Joan Eichhorn, superintendent of the city’s storm water department, told city council at its meeting this week that the city’s Storm Water Permit Program – mandated by IDEM – has received a perfect score from IDEM.
Robert A. Bombka, 71, of Decatur, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2011, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
He was born on July 29, 1939, in Fort Wayne to Boyce and Barbara (Sewart) Bombka.
He married Judith A. Mahlan on August 8, 1959.
Geraldine Lucille Douglas, 73, of Decatur, died Friday at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born in Hoagland on April 14, 1937, to Ray and Pansy Biggs Heiser.
Geraldine married Theodore E. Douglas on March 22, 1958; he survives.
Geraldine from from General Electric Corp.
Carolyn J. Gerber, 71, formerly of rural Craigville, died at 11:50 p.m. Thursday in Christian Care Retirement Community at Bluffton.
She was born on December 25, 1939, in Decatur to Harry and Berniece Hanni Frauhiger.
She married William "Bill" Gerber on March 19, 1961, in Wells County; he survives.