The program that began more than 10 years ago to plant flowers annually in 27 large sidewalk planters in downtown Decatur is in a financial bind this year.
Rev. Dan York, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and the man who volunteered to oversee the project and keep the flowers looking good from May through October, reports that, for the first time, the project is short $1,200 to $1,500 in donations. Overall, the planter project costs $3,000 a year.
Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.
One longtime business has relocated and another will be expanding in connected decisions announced this week.
The changes involve Charlie Brune, owner of Complete Printing Service at 210 S. Second St. since 1992, and Wendell Beer, a barber here for 52 years, much of that time in The Hair-Cut Center at 216 S. Second St., next to Brune's firm. Brune was Beer's landlord.