Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
Could it be that the almost-daily rains Decatur-area residents have been seeing of late are going to take a rest in time for the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks.
One thing's for sure: there is no talk of cancelling the show, as there was almost right up to the Fourth during a severe drought last year. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of rain Thursday evening, and temperatures should be in the low 70s when the show begins.
Homes and businesses violating the city's sewer ordinance were in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting.
Seeking to come into compliance with orders set forth by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on separation of the storm and sanitary sewers, the city had smoke testing done to determine where violations are located. Many of the violations are minor, but some have been termed "significant."
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson presented an update on the School Resource Officer agreement to the town council at its meeting Tuesday night.
Because the grant that initially funded the wages of South Adams School Resource Officer Scott Dailey has expired, the town and the school have been working together to figure out a way to continue Dailey's presence in the school. Johnson presented the official agreement, a one-year contract in which the town and school agree to work together to pay Dailey's wages as school resource officer.
Sheriff Shane Rekeweg talked to the county at their weekly meeting on Monday about replacing the communications towers in Monroe and Decatur.
He explained that both are overloaded with equipment and he advised building a new one that will be able to hold all of the equipment needed. The commissioners were open to the idea, and bids will be accepted for the project next week.
The rain just keeps on coming ... and the river is beginning to rise.
The Decatur weather station recorded .56 of an inch of rain on Monday, giving the city some 2.8 inches of rain in the past nine days — with more expected today.
A total of 1.8 inches of rain has fallen here in the last three days, and the St. Marys River is beginning to edge up, reaching 11.8 feet this morning. That's far short of its flood stage, of course, but further rain could push it higher.
More information was released today by the Decatur Police Department concerning the arrest of a Portland teenager early Monday morning.
A police report said that at approximately 3:12 a.m., city officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a person wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen vehicle report.
The green light is flashing for Decatur's annual Fourth of July fireworks display, the 21st year the event will be held here.
The event on Thursday, July 4, will get under way at 6 p.m. with DJ Rick Teboe providing music. At 8:15, color guards from Decatur and Berne American Legion posts and the Geneva VFW will march in, followed by a welcome given by Mayor John Schultz.
Chief organizer Adam Equia said the featured speaker will be Command Ssgt. Major Fritz Bultemeyer.
Several attempts to reach Bunge North America officials before the Daily Democrat's publishing deadline this morning were unsuccessful, but unofficial reports said the main injured in a fall in a silo on Friday was Ben Ellenberger of Decatur.
Apparently, Ellenberger's only serious injury was a separated shoulder.
According to reports, Ellenberger was struck by something which knocked him off balance and into the silo where he fell an estimated 12 to 15 feet.
A local businessman is campaigning to get a revolutionary new product off the ground.
Neil Schroeder, owner of Andy's Car Wash, is convinced that Campfire 2 Go could be the next big thing.
At Neil's Thanksgiving get-together in 2011, his brother, Don, placed his Campfire 2 Go prototype on the ground, lit it, and asked his brother, "What do you think?" Neil replied, "What do I think? I think we need to start a business for it, like ... yesterday!"