January 20th, 2011
Those two words, "fiscal restraint," which have become so popular these days weren't spoken at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council, but they certainly could have been.
Meanwhile, it was learned at the same meeting that the city may soon take another step to join the latest trend and go on Facebook.
After a long talk at Tuesday's session of the Adams County commissioners involving the five fire departments in the county, the Emergency Medical Service, and the county highway department, it was decided to announce a decision at next Monday's commissioners' meeting about how to allocate county snowplows to help get fire trucks and ambulances through deep snow.
Both the Adams Central girls and boys swim teams won nine of 12 first places en route to easy wins over Wabash Tuesday at the Central pooll.
Jacob Weil took the 500 free and 100 backstroke events and Eric Durbin took the IM and 100 butterfly, and both were on the winning medley relay team to pace the boys win.
Bellmont's Clint Saunders defeated Eli Little of Huntington with a sparkling 253 (to 156) in the championship match of the Hoosier Conference Boys Bowling Tournament, held this past Saturday at Bluffton.
Saunders qualified fourth in the preliminary round, tossing a solid 644 series to earn one of 16 slots in the championship bracket.
A single-elimination tourney followed, with Clint going through with three match-play round victories.
Decatur Street/Sewer Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the City of Decatur has been awarded $261,900 in federal funds as a sign replacement grant.
The actual grant is $291,000, of which the City of Decatur is responsible for 10 percent, or $29,100. Through the funds, most of the signs in the city will be replaced and some added.
Ice covered Decatur streets and Adams County roads — as well as those in several area counties — this morning, making travel extremely hazardous.
A light mist was freezing on the roads, state police said at 7 a.m., causing major traffic problems in numerous areas. People were advised to use extreme caution.
North Adams and Adams Central schools had called off classes by 7 a.m. South Adams was still operating on a two-hour delay at that time.
Edward E. "Ed" Dick, 83, formerly of Decatur, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2011 at Swiss Village.
Ed was born on September 21, 1927, at home, just west of Monroe, to Albert and Virgil (Andrews) Dick.
He married Peggy Ann Davidson on August 28, 1954.
Ed was a lifelong farmer in Adams County and worked as an air traffic controller at Fort Wayne International Airport (Baer Field) for over 20 years. He had his pilot's license and owned two airplanes.
Phyllis J. Rapp, 87, formerly of Decatur, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday in The Village of Heritage nursing home in Monroeville, where she had resided for the past five years.
She was born on August 25, 1923, in Springfield, Ohio, to Paul and Zelda M. Haley Pollock.
She married Clarence K. Rapp on November 9, 1946, in Kentucky and he passed away in May of 1998.
Phyllis was a homemaker and had been employed by National Supply and by Robbins and Myers, both in Springfield.
Tangela R. Scherbring, 39, of Decatur, died Monday at home.
She was born in Bluffton to Bryce W. and Dorothy Hamrick Brickley, who are deceased.
Surviving are a daughter, Sarah J. Sharpe of Decatur; three brothers, Bryce Brickley of Keystone, and Joe and Jay Brickley of Bluffton; and four sisters, Tina Brickley of Garrett; Darlene Flick of Bluffton; Doris Brickley of Illinois; and Pricella Phillips of Glendale, Arizona.
PORTLAND—Bellmont's 400 freestyle relay teams left nothing to chance Saturday by sweeping the top two positions in the final race of the day and the Braves captured the boys title of the Jay County Swimming Invitational over four other teams.