July 10th, 2014
Paul Zurcher’s quiet lunch was rudely interrupted Wednesday.
Well, maybe not so rudely.
The longtime Monroe businessman and philanthropist thought he was going to lunch with a longtime friend. What he didn’t know was that, awaiting his arrival in a side room at the Back 40 Restaurant, was a host of family and friends — all of whom had gathered to help Zurcher celebrate his 90th birthday.
And a special guest, bearing a special gift, was also in their midst.
The city of Decatur took another step in its bid to obtain a multimillion dollar Stellar Communities Grant as the city played host to a group of Stellar representatives Tuesday.
“I really think that our presentation yesterday (Tuesday) went very well,” said Decatur Mayor John Schultz. “After the presentation was over, I looked back at what we should have done differently or what we should have included or excluded and honestly, I don’t think I would have changed a thing.”
There are still reservations available for Saturday’s “Dinner on the Bridge” event at the covered bridge near Ceylon, Geneva Proud and Geneva Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Krause announced during Tuesday’s monthly Geneva Town Council meeting.
Richard P. Davis, 76, Bryant, died at 11:50 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Davis of Bryant; three sons, Clint (Connie) Davis of Portland, Dave (Rinada) Davis and Mark (Tammy) Davis, both of Pennville; and two sisters, Pam Warner of Pennville and Joann Mitton of Bloomington.
Ebony Ann Fawcett, 9, Decatur, died at her residence Tuesday.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
Larry Le Roy Hamilton, 70, Houghton Lake Heights, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at home with his loving family by his side.
He was born Feb. 23, 1944, in Bluffton, to Donna (Bell) Hamilton and the late Cletus Hamilton.
Larry married his wife of 47 years, Patricia Ann Schurr, March 11, 1967, in Bluffton; she survives.
Starla Werst, 41, Decatur, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital.
Starla was born Sept. 26, 1972, in Glenmore, Ohio to the late James T. Werst and Ruth (Roop) Werst.
At the end of a lengthy and involved monthly meeting of the Geneva Town Council Tuesday night, the biggest news of the evening came when a matter not on the agenda was broached by Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren.
Without fanfare, Warren announced to the public he has submitted his letter of resignation to councilors, which will become effective Jan. 1, 2015. Since there are two more years remaining on his unexpired term, Warren indicated the Republican Caucus will have the opportunity to name his successor.
North Adams Community School board voted to approve bus driver compensation to be on a daily rate instead of a mileage rate.
Business Manager Larry Carty voiced concerns about the drivers who were on shorter routes, but transporting the most children. “We have some who have three stops but also pick up 90 children. We need to pay them for their service, not their mileage.”
The Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps, an independent ensemble from Georgia conmprised of 150 members age 15 to 22, took the field at Worthman Stadium in Decatur Tuesday afternoon to practice for a performance later that night in Fort Wayne.