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October 10th

SA seniors volunteer for community projects

October 10, 2014

     Sylvia Marbach, a senior at South Adams High School, is pictured working on mulching the playground at Lehman Park Wednesday during the annual Senior Service Day. A story on the event and additional photos may be found in the print and online editions of today’s Democrat.


Trick-or-Treat times, dates in Adams Co.

October 10, 2014

     Cities and towns in Adams County have finalized the times and dates for Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween.

     Trick-or-Treat hours in the city of Decatur are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
     Mayor John Schultz also announced the annual Trunk-or-Treat event will be held at the courthouse square from 3-5 p.m.  Oct. 26, during the Callithumpian celebration.
     Volunteers are needed, the mayor said.

October 9th

Van Wert County launches Drug Court

October 9, 2014

     A neighboring county in a neighboring state has created a specialized Drug Court to address the recent rise in heroin and prescription opiate used.
    Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Steele announced the new program earlier this week. He said the Drug Court — titled A New Day, The Right Way — is an “intensive outpatient treatment program designed to assist individuals suffering from alcohol and drug addiction toward the goal of long term recovery.”

South Adams holds Senior Service Day

October 9, 2014

     Ellerie Baer, Kathryn Shaffer and Makayla Fosnaugh were among 84 seniors at South Adams High School to participate Wednesday in  Senior Service Day, a community assistance project. The girls were sorting clothing for the Forgotten Children organization. A story and additional photos on the day will appear in Friday’s Decatur Daily Democrat.


Southeast students visit Woodcrest residents

October 9, 2014

     Linda Wellman’s first grade class at Southeast Elementary School visited residents at Woodcrest retirement community this week to help stuff life-sized pumpkin-head-scarecrows. After stuffing, each student read an autumn book to their new resident friend. This was the first of many visits to Woodcrest with Wellman’s class. Pictured above, at right, Woodcrest resident Thelma Kitson is pictured stuffing scarecrow pants with first-grader Sophia Silva.

October 8th

Clerk’s office scrambles to comply with marriage law

October 8, 2014

    Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart said Tuesday issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Adams County may begin today following the signing of a mandate by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the rights of same-sex couples to marry in Indiana and the updating of marriage license forms.
    The mandate follows a decision by the Supreme Court Monday to leave unchallenged lower court rulings in five states overturning bans on same-sex marriage.

First the storms, then the pot of gold

October 8, 2014

     A rainbow was shining brightly late Tuesday afternoon following heavy rains that passed through portions of Adams County. Area resident Sara Phegley captured this scene with her mobile phone.

Blood moon lunar show

October 8, 2014

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 took place early this morning. The moon, known as a “blood” moon,  appeared to be a coppery red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that  reflected onto the lunar surface. During the eclipse, although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reached the moon. The reddish glow is apparent in this photo, taken by Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews at approximately 5 a.m.

October 7th

Democrat mobile phone photo contest announced

October 7, 2014

    The Decatur Daily Democrat wants to see your mobile phone photos. Send us your pics today for your chance to be featured in the Democrat's 2015 calendar.
    This contest is open to all photographers using only a cellular mobile phone.
    • Each photographer is limited to five entries. Photos may be edited only with apps designed for mobile photography.
    • All entries must be emailed to by Nov. 10.

Parking for new court eyed on 4th Street

October 7, 2014

    The Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon approved the appraisal of three residences on 4th Street in Decatur in their pursuit of land to purchase for the location of a parking lot to accommodate their planned construction of a new superior court building on 3rd Street.

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