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May 13th

Moving into the 21st Century

May 13, 2013

    The Decatur Police Department, Chief Ken Ketzler says, is “moving into the 21st Century.”
    Within in the next few weeks, the department’s six marked squad cars will be outfitted with computers. And the patrol officers and sergeants using those vehicles will have their own personal computers which will be attached to the in-car computers.

Flower project seeking volunteers

May 13, 2013

    Spring is here and the flowers for the downtown pots are growing at this time.
    The planned planting date is Saturday, May 18., according to Pastor Dan York, who heads up the annual effort and cares for the plants through the season.
    Those wishing to help should be on be on the east side of the courthouse for instructions at 8:30 a.m., York said.

City cleanup begins anew

May 13, 2013

    The weather has finally improved, outdoor fun is everywhere, ball games have started, and lots of dogs are being walked.
    Here's another sure sign of the coming summer: the city's Operation Cleanup is once again in operation.
    There will be a new twist added this year. "This year we are going to start doing businesses that won't clean up," Mayor John Schultz said at this week's city council meeting. "We will be glad to work with them, but we want to get something done."

May 10th

Sewer work time line is laid out

May 10, 2013

    With months of controversy now mostly behind them, members of the Adams County Regional Sewer District board on Thursday got down to the nuts and bolts of turning a rural sewer system from a conceptual idea into reality.
    Last month the seven-member regional sewer board voted to proceed with plans to construct a rural sewer system to serve approximately 233 households in the outlying areas of Monmouth, Bobo, Pleasant Mills and Arcadia Village.

BHS would-be engineers get out for up-close views

May 10, 2013

    Members of Bellmont's Future Engineers Club recently visited Hoosier Pattern in Decatur.
    The club also visited Reliable Production Machining and Welding in Kendallville.
    The club takes one or two field trips a year and is made up of Project Lead the Way Engineering students at Bellmont, according to teacher Josh Salway.
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.

Geneva passes revamped noise ordinance

May 10, 2013

    Geneva's new noise ordinance was approved for the third and final time by the town council at its meeting this week. It says:
    "For the purpose of determining db(A) as referred to in this ordinance, the noise shall be measured on the A-weighting scale on a sound level meter of standard design and quality having characteristics established by the American National Standards Institute."
    In regards to motor vehicle noise:
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.

May 9th

Fatal fight brings prison term

May 9, 2013

    Nicholas Stump, 30, Berne, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, involving the death of Dennis Sroufe, and will be serving five years in prison.
    Stump was sentenced to 2,372 days in prison, with all but 1,825 days — the equivalent of five years — suspended, then 547 days of probation after being released. He was ordered to complete alcohol counseling and pay $571 in court costs and fees.

Storm water department a goner

May 9, 2013

    The City of Decatur's storm department is no longer with us, having been officially abolished by city council at its meeting on Tuesday night.
    It has been merged with the waste water department and its functions are now under the management of the city's Board of Works and Safety. Council had approved the transfer on two readings at its previous meeting, then gave final — and unanimous — approval on Tuesday.

Geneva fire truck repair is given OK revamp

May 9, 2013

    In addition to his regular monthly report, Geneva Fire Chief John Patch presented a couple of requests to the town council at its monthly meeting.
    Patch said that he had been asked to hold a tractor pull on Decatur Street during Geneva's summer end festival. The council gave its permission, provided the pull doesn't interfere with the other activities, and advised Patch to coordinate with Chamber of Commerce President Pam Krause.

May 8th

Final sentencings in Amish holdups

May 8, 2013

    The final two defendants involved in the robbery of several Amish in buggies last September have been sentenced in Adams Circuit Court.
    Brady Rodriguez, 17, of Berne, and David Veliz, 19, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and criminal confinement.
    Rodriguez was sentenced to 28 years in prison, all but 15 suspended, and five years of probation after serving his time. Veliz was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of probation.

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