July 7th, 2014
Decatur area residents celebrated America’s 238th birthday in star-spangled style Friday evening.
Ending with the city’s 22nd annual fireworks show at dusk, the grounds of Riverside Center began filling up much earlier in the evening as revelers assembled to take part in the festivities.
Some threw footballs or frisbees to pass the time, others visited with friends or spread out their blankets on the ground to wait for the opening ceremonies.
A crowd gathered on 2nd Street Saturday afternoon to bid a final farewell to former longtime Mayor Fred Isch. As Isch was carried to his final resting spot in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, the funeral procession paused for a moment in front of the City Hall office where he spent so many hours working for the city of Decatur.
The Monroe Town Council discussed how to tackle city ordinance violations during their monthly meeting Thursday.
According to Town Marshal Dio Hernandez, communication has been made with at least six property owners in an attempt to have them clean up their properties. Hernandez said two homes are forclosure properties and he will make contact with the banks that own the property.
MENTALLY TOUGH—Lucas Van De Weg (green shirt) stands with his family as he accepts the Don Ray Mental Attitude Award given out to one little leaguer every year in Monroe. Lucaas stands with (L-R) his father Ryan, mother Kristaa, Payton Binegar (Don Ray’s grandson), Louis Ray (Don’s wife), and Don’s daughter Chastity. (Photo provided)
Steven D. Seitz, 54, Decatur, was found Monday, June 30, 2014, after an accidental drowning following a kayak mishap.
He was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Decatur, to Vernon D. and Carol A. (Baumgartner) Seitz.
Steve was a 1978 Bellmont High School graduate. He was a former manager at CVS and Clark Oil Co.
Decatur’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Center and will culminate some four hours later with the traditional fireworks display.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz announced today the city of Decatur has received permission from the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to fly all flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of five-term Mayor Fred Isch.
Schultz is requesting all of Decatur residents and businesses to lower flags to half-staff from Friday morning to Sunday evening.
The public is invited to a bald eagle program, a special Independence Day program, from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center in Geneva.
Visitors will be able to see a live bald eagle, provided by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab of Fort Wayne, and attend a PowerPoint presentation in the Visitor Center classroom.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
Ercell C. Elliott, 84, Houlton, Maine, died Tuesday, June 29, 2014.
Survivors include a son, L. James (Linda) Elliott of Grand Manan Island, Canada; and a sister, Maxine (Joe) Jauregui of Decatur.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bowers Funeral Home, Houlton, Me.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pauline Haggard, 87, Decatur, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born July 29, 1926, in Adams County to the late Walter and Lela (Johnson) Brintzenhofe.
Pauline married Myron “Hank” Haggard March 14, 1953; he preceded her in death on June 18, 1996.
Pauline was a member of St. Luke Church, a lifelong resident of Adams County and a homemaker.