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The 19th annual Special Needs Resident Auction took place Saturday at Golden Meadows Home near Decatur.
The auction serves as the home’s main fundraiser for the year. Auction items were donated by local businesses and members of the community.
In just a few hours, the 50-plus buyers in attendance cleared eight tables and one garage full of auction items. Donated items included food, gift certificates, beauty products, tickets to sporting events and theme parks and even a refrigerator.
Although the newly proposed addition of Monroe Township, which lies within the corporation limits of Monroe, to the Adams Public Library System (APLS) isn't a matter for the Monroe Town Council to act on, it quickly became an issue during Thursday's meeting after council president, and town resident Al Lehman read a lengthy and somewhat inflammatory letter expressing his feelings on the matter.
Artist Gary Hovey of New Knoxville, Ohio, has spent the past 25 years sculpting, something he loves to do. What makes Hovey's sculptures unique is the medium used to create his masterpieces: stainless steel flatware. Forks, spoons, knives, you name it, and he's probably used it.
Hovey said about 35 years ago he and his wife visited an art show where one sculptor in particular caught his eye. "He was welding car bumpers together and making beautiful sculptures out of them," said Hovey
Decatur's long-awaited Sculpture Tour Festival, greatly expanded from last year's first such event, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
A large turnout is likely for the event which will see the unveiling of 19 new sculptures. The tour is expected to take 60 to 90 minutes.
Also Saturday, food vendors will be set up on Madison St., between Second and Third streets, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Now that work on the new fire station in Monroe has begun, with the official groundbreaking ceremony to take place this evening at 6, the question of what to do with the town's current fire station/City Hall building has come to the front.
Council members said Thursday they believe the obvious answer would be to sell the building, which is owned by the town. However there may be an unusual tangle of red tape involving the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that may put off potential buyers of the property.
The Adams County Regional Sewer District board, with four of its seven members present, voted on Thursday evening to issue up to $2.4 million in tax-free municipal bonds to finance the county's first-ever rural sewer endeavor. Bond anticipation notes will be sold in advance of the bonds as the district inches toward the start of a project that has been several years in the making and filled with controversy along the way.
It now appears likely that the "ugly wall" left after the demolition of the longtime building at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in downtown Decatur will be covered by brick.
A comment launched near the end of Tuesday night's city council meeting turned into some hard decisions, the result being the strong probability that a brick wall will eventually cover the eyesore.
(Editor's Note: This is an AP exchange shared by the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne.)
By KEVIN KILBANE
DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — Coni Mayer could see the impact from the windows of her office at Second and Madison streets in downtown Decatur.
The 19th annual Golden Meadows Home auction – held to benefit the Special Needs Resident Fund – will be held this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. on the facility grounds at 3646N 200E, rural Decatur.
The family-friendly event will feature many new items and gift certificates from local businesses, as well as out-of-town organizations such as professional sport teams and amusement parks. Also for sale will be used merchandise in good condition, and lunch will be available for purchase at a food tent.
Hoosier Pattern, a Decatur business Mayor John Schultz called "a core" of local economic development, is continuing to move rapidly forward, it was learned at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting.
Attorney Jeremy Brown, representing the N. 10th St. metal pattern maker, and owner-operator Keith Gerber were on hand at the meeting to request a tax abatement on a $1.7 million piece of equipment that Hoosier Pattern will be installing in the weeks ahead.