Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
The second major fire in downtown Monroeville in less than five weeks has left four people homeless and two businesses damaged.
The most severe damage in the Tuesday morning fire was suffered by Monroeville Liquors, which is considered a total loss. The next-door Pizza Gallery, at the corner of Main and E. South St., suffered some minor smoke damage but was expected to reopen, perhaps today.
Four apartments above the pizza place were evacuated and the tenants will not be returning.
The South Adams Schools Board made several personnel decisions at a special meeting on Tuesday.
The retirement of Ted Schwartz, an art teacher at the school for 34 years, was approved. Also approved was the resignation of Mary Reinhard as a library aide. Reinhard has worked at South Adams for 16 years.
An hour and 20-minute budget discussion at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting was mostly devoted to a stirring, passionate debate over a requested pay increase for members of the city police department.
In the end, three council members voted to provide a $2,500 increase to each of the 17 members of the department. That will be in addition to the two percent pay boost set up earlier for all city employees.
Decatur now has its first city engineer in years, and also has filled a vacant position with the water department.
Mayor John Schultz revealed at Tuesday night's city council meeting that he has hired Nathan Rumschlag of rural Decatur for the engineer's position. Meanwhile, a longtime plumber in the city, John Baker, will be joining the water department.
The Geneva Town Council on Tuesday stuck to its original plan to ask for a 3.5 percent increase in the annual fee paid by surrounding townships to Geneva for fire protection provided by the town's fire department.
While Saturday's storm didn't cause any structural damage to county buildings, plenty of electrical equipment was zapped by an apparent lightning strike.
Dave Meyer, of building maintenance, told the Adams County Commissioners Monday that he checked on the courthouse after he failed to receive a routine status email Sunday morning.
City and county law-enforcement authorities had a busy Monday afternoon, conducting an extensive search for an individual northwest of Decatur and during that time apprehending at gunpoint two people in a vehicle reported as stolen.
The Decatur Fire Department was dispatched at 6:18 a.m. this morning to assist with a fire at Monroeville Liquors, 102 S Main St., Monroeville.
Decatur firefighters provided aerial and engine support for the Monroeville Fire Department, which was already battling the blaze when Decatur crews arrived, according to a spokesperson for the department.
There was "quite a bit of damage" done to the liquor store, while adjacent buildings may have sustained smoke damage, the spokesperson said.
To see seven-year-old Ebony Fawcett, with her thousand-watt smile and fairylike giggle, playing in her hot-pink room, it's difficult to imagine the hardships this Decatur girl has endured during her short life.
In 2006, when Ebony was little more than a year old, she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a children's cancer that develops in the nervous system, most commonly in the abdominal and chest area, and is associated with the adrenal glands.
Remember when it almost never rained? Not all that long ago, either.
A late surge of rainfall in July boosted that month's total to 3.8 inches in Decatur, just under the July norm of 3.9 inches.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday morning, the city got a whopping start on August's rainfall with 2.14 inches of rain!