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June 23rd

Storm soaks Decatur

June 23, 2014

    The city of Decatur received 1.33 inches of rain in the span of about half an hour after a pop-up thunderstorm sat — and sat — over the city late Sunday afternoon.
    Sunday’s forecast called for a slight chance of rain, however the downpour that ensued during the isolated storm was probably not what most residents were expecting. Several city and county roadways were flooded, causing havoc for those driving through the city.

Golden Meadows auction draws a crowd

June 23, 2014

     Auctioneer Harry Miller plies his trade during the 20th annual Golden Meadows Home auction to benefit the Special Needs Resident Fund held Saturday. Each year area businesses and residents donate items to be auctioned off as part of the home’s fundraiser. Auction totals will be available later this week.
 

Motor Sports Fest goes on despite rain

June 23, 2014

     Wet weather throughout the day Friday threatened to put a damper on the 14th annual Motor Sports Festival car show, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine later in the day, although some early evening raindrops kept the crowd somewhat smaller than had been anticipated.

 

June 20th

Vandalism in city parks becoming a major concern

June 20, 2014

    Vandalism in the city’s parks and elsewhere has become a major concern, and Mayor John Schultz plus members of city council are asking for the public’s help to get a handle on it.
    “We have some serious issues with vandalism in our parks,” the mayor said at Tuesday’s meeting before having City Manager Jeremy Gilbert provide details.

Docet tours available for Sculpture walk

June 20, 2014

     Members of the Immanuel Ladies Society took the first guided look at the 2014 Decatur Sculpture Tour Wednesday afternoon, with representatives of the city driving the women through town on golf carts to view the statues. From left are Doris Thieme, Ginny Miller, Ella Thieme, Dorothy Ruble, Elaine Thieme, Angie Lehrman and Helen Marbach.

 

Hoagland Days is under way

June 20, 2014

     Three-year-old Sydney Stephenson had the pedal to the metal as she rode one of the midway rides Thursday evening as the annual Hoagland Days festival kicked off its three-day run. A schedule of events for the festival appears on Page 2 of today’s Democrat.

 

June 19th

Final meeting emotional for retiring chief

June 19, 2014

    Warmth, friendliness and sincere praise filled council chambers Tuesday night as the city administration, Decatur council and department heads bid farewell to retiring Police Chief Ken Ketzler, attending his final council meeting as chief.
    “We say thanks, but I don’t think we can say that enough,” Mayor John Schultz said prior to the reading of a resolution filled with appreciation and praise for Ketzler.

Classic car enthusiasts visit Decatur

June 19, 2014

     Approximately 75 car enthusiasts, part of the Defiance chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and known as the Farm Boys Tour, were in Decatur Wednesday as part of the group’s 32nd annual tour. The group always tours at this time of year “so the farm boys would be finished planting and could ‘go play’ with their cars,” according to a news release. The group visited and toured Thunderbird Products as part of their annual gathering. More photos appear on Page 2 of today's print and online editions.

Classic car enthusiasts visit Decatur

June 19, 2014

     Approximately 75 car enthusiasts, part of the Defiance chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America and known as the Farm Boys Tour, were in Decatur Wednesday as part of the group’s 32nd annual tour. The group always tours at this time of year “so the farm boys would be finished planting and could ‘go play’ with their cars,” according to a news release. The group visited and toured Thunderbird Products as part of their annual gathering. More photos appear on Page 2 of today's print and online editions.

Work to begin soon on demolition at Decatur Plaza; part of I&M’s transmission line upgrade

June 19, 2014

     A spokesman for Indiana and Michigan Power reported Wednesday most of the parking lot at the largely-vacant Decatur Plaza shopping center on the north edge of the city will close within days in anticipation of work to make way for a future I&M substation.
    According to Communications Consultant Tracy Warner, the project is part of a “major enhancement of I&M’s transmission system in the area.” The project will increase reliability of electric service in Adams County, Warner said.

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