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October 9th, 2014

South Adams holds Senior Service Day

October 9, 2014

     Ellerie Baer, Kathryn Shaffer and Makayla Fosnaugh were among 84 seniors at South Adams High School to participate Wednesday in  Senior Service Day, a community assistance project. The girls were sorting clothing for the Forgotten Children organization. A story and additional photos on the day will appear in Friday’s Decatur Daily Democrat.


Southeast students visit Woodcrest residents

October 9, 2014

     Linda Wellman’s first grade class at Southeast Elementary School visited residents at Woodcrest retirement community this week to help stuff life-sized pumpkin-head-scarecrows. After stuffing, each student read an autumn book to their new resident friend. This was the first of many visits to Woodcrest with Wellman’s class. Pictured above, at right, Woodcrest resident Thelma Kitson is pictured stuffing scarecrow pants with first-grader Sophia Silva.

October 8th

Pigskin Picks results, week 5

October 8, 2014

Betty I. Fager

October 8, 2014

    Betty I. Fager, 93, Decatur, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at St. Anne Home in Fort Wayne. Betty was born in Adams County Dec. 15, 1920, to the late Floyd B. and Esther L. (Binz) Hunter. She married Ray W. Fager on Sept. 27, 1957; he preceded her in death March 13, 1995.
    Betty was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and the Women’s Guild. She was a past president of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and worked for Adams County Memorial Hospital in medical records department for 20 years.

Karen S. Rowdon

October 8, 2014

    Karen S. Rowdon, 76, Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Golden Years Homestead. She was born in Jay County Jan. 23, 1938, to the late Clarence L. and Gretchen E. (Buckingham) Snyder. On Oct. 21, 1959, she married William “Bill” Rowdon; he survives.
    Karen was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. She was a homemaker and also worked for Lincoln Bank, Lehman Brothers Brokerage and East Allen County Schools.

Delores L. Shaub

October 8, 2014

    Delores L. “Dee” Shaub, 51, Berne died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital. She was born in Stroudsborg, Pa. on July 13, 1963, to the late Elwood and Wilma Hapersberger Morrow.
    Among survivors are two daughters, Shelby Geels and Brianna Shaub, both of Berne; sister, Susan Lutz of Berne; two brothers, Donald Richelle and Elwood W. Morrow, both of Scranton, Pa.

Clerk’s office scrambles to comply with marriage law

October 8, 2014

    Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart said Tuesday issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Adams County may begin today following the signing of a mandate by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the rights of same-sex couples to marry in Indiana and the updating of marriage license forms.
    The mandate follows a decision by the Supreme Court Monday to leave unchallenged lower court rulings in five states overturning bans on same-sex marriage.

First the storms, then the pot of gold

October 8, 2014

     A rainbow was shining brightly late Tuesday afternoon following heavy rains that passed through portions of Adams County. Area resident Sara Phegley captured this scene with her mobile phone.

Blood moon lunar show

October 8, 2014

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 took place early this morning. The moon, known as a “blood” moon,  appeared to be a coppery red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that  reflected onto the lunar surface. During the eclipse, although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reached the moon. The reddish glow is apparent in this photo, taken by Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews at approximately 5 a.m.

October 7th

Democrat mobile phone photo contest announced

October 7, 2014

    The Decatur Daily Democrat wants to see your mobile phone photos. Send us your pics today for your chance to be featured in the Democrat's 2015 calendar.
    This contest is open to all photographers using only a cellular mobile phone.
    • Each photographer is limited to five entries. Photos may be edited only with apps designed for mobile photography.
    • All entries must be emailed to by Nov. 10.

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