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July 7th, 2014
Decatur area residents celebrated America’s 238th birthday in star-spangled style Friday evening.
Ending with the city’s 22nd annual fireworks show at dusk, the grounds of Riverside Center began filling up much earlier in the evening as revelers assembled to take part in the festivities.
Some threw footballs or frisbees to pass the time, others visited with friends or spread out their blankets on the ground to wait for the opening ceremonies.
A crowd gathered on 2nd Street Saturday afternoon to bid a final farewell to former longtime Mayor Fred Isch. As Isch was carried to his final resting spot in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, the funeral procession paused for a moment in front of the City Hall office where he spent so many hours working for the city of Decatur.
The Monroe Town Council discussed how to tackle city ordinance violations during their monthly meeting Thursday.
According to Town Marshal Dio Hernandez, communication has been made with at least six property owners in an attempt to have them clean up their properties. Hernandez said two homes are forclosure properties and he will make contact with the banks that own the property.
Decatur’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Center and will culminate some four hours later with the traditional fireworks display.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz announced today the city of Decatur has received permission from the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to fly all flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of five-term Mayor Fred Isch.
Schultz is requesting all of Decatur residents and businesses to lower flags to half-staff from Friday morning to Sunday evening.
The public is invited to a bald eagle program, a special Independence Day program, from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center in Geneva.
Visitors will be able to see a live bald eagle, provided by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab of Fort Wayne, and attend a PowerPoint presentation in the Visitor Center classroom.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
Fred Isch’s list of accomplishments in support of his community is seemingly endless, and began well before he served 20 years as mayor. It was his time as mayor, however, which will forever imbed his name and memory into the lifeblood of Decatur, Indiana.
A mostly-unknown fact, though, is that Fred came extremely close to never running for mayor; maybe 72 hours or so close.
Severe thunderstorms that went through the area early Tuesday morning caused “some very extensive damage” in the Homestead Addition, Decatur Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council later that day. Gilbert said crews would be cleaning up debris in the addition for several days.
A face familiar to Adams County voters is making a return to the political arena.
Judy Affolder, former county assessor, has been selected by the Adams County Democratic Party as its candidate for the County Clerk of Courts seat. Affolder has filed the necessary paperwork and will appear on the November general election ballot. She will be opposed by Jim Voglewede Jr., who won a Republican primary race in May.
The body of what local officials believe to be that of a Decatur kayaker missing since Friday has been retrieved from the St. Marys River near Decatur.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. Monday, the Decatur Fire Department, which was assisting the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the search efforts, recovered what they believe to be the body of Steve Seitz, 54, who has been missing since the kayak he was operating near Pleasant Mills struck a log jam and overturned Friday.