July 21st, 2011
By BOB SHRALUKA
The City of Decatur is moving rapidly to get rid of one eyesore building and is hopeful of being able to remove a second, and more dangerous one.
City council on Tuesday night approved on two readings the terms of a contract to purchase for $30,000 the former sweeper shop (and onetime Holthouse Drug Co.) builging at Second and Monroe streets.
From staff, AP reports
At the rate we're going, 100-degree temperatures could be here soon.
Decatur recorded its fifth consecutive high temperature in the 90s on Wednesday, and it also marked the third day in a row that the high has been higher than the previous day. Wednesday's top mark was 97, a two-degree tick upward from Tuesday's 95.
By JOE SPAULDING
Recent storms throughout the Midwest have had an effect on the building progress of the new rehabilitation unit being constructed at Woodcrest by the Adams Health Network (AHN), it was learned Wednesday night at the monthly meeting of the AHN board of trustees.
Patricia M. Tinkham, 83, of rural Monroe, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Decatur on May 6, 1928, to Brenton and Ethel Turner Williams.
She married Maurice LeRoy Tinkham; he preceded her in death on January 16, 1969.
She was a homemaker, a farmer, and a former employee of Hammond's Grocery Store and Val Department Store, both in Decatur.
O. Duane "Skeezix" Sprunger, 68, of Berne, died Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Adams County on February 12, 1943, to Arthur and Leola Simon Sprunger.
Among survivors are his wife, Connie; one daughter, Mrs. Matt (Angela "Toots") Teeter of Berne; three sons, Randy Harris of Berne, Doug Harris of Monroe, and Tom Sprunger of Bluffton; and one sister, Suzie Roudebush of Berne.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced sites for sectional tournaments in five sports for the next two years on Tuesday.
All three Adams County schools will see some changes from past years in tournament foes and all three will host at least one sectional event.
Rorick Electric downed Eichhorn's Jewelry 12-0 in action recently in the Decatur Girls Junior Softball League tournament.
The Rorick's win eliminated Eichhorn's from the tourney.
Jessika Schaeden went the distance for Rorick's for the win and fanned 10 batters. She allowed only one hit, a single by Kendra Glancy, while the Electricians belted out seven hits. Jenna Busick doubled in a two-hit game, Marissa Tupa added a pair of singles, and Sierra Arriaga doubled.
From AP, staff reports
One of the worst heat waves to hit Indiana in 70 years tightened its grip on the state Tuesday, forcing communities to launch emergency plans and prompting utilities to plead for consumers to conserve electricity.
Hoosiers sweltered as the heat index reached 111 in Terre Haute and Shelbyville, 110 in Greenwood and 109 in Indianapolis, Peru and Greencastle. The highest temperature was in Mount Comfort, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis, at 99 degrees.
Adams Central High School junior Devan Barger is reigning over the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair today, having been named this year's Distinguished Ambassador on Tuesday night.
Bellmont High spring graduate Paul Mesing was announced as the Royal Ambassador.
Despite the ongoing heat, a large crowd turned out in Monroe for what is traditionally the fair's biggest night, highlighted by the annual parade and the ambassador ceremonies.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Employees of the City of Decatur are going to get their $1,000 salary increases in 2012, which is the major reason for a rise in the city's proposed budget for next year.
But it's money city council and Mayor John Schultz are more than willing to spend in lieu of two facts: No raises were granted for 2010 or 2011, and city department heads returned $600,000 of budgeted money — a major savings — last year.