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July 3rd, 2014
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.
Former longtime Decatur Mayor Fred R. Isch, 81, passed away early today at Adams Evergreen Apartments. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
“This is a huge loss for our community,” said current Mayor John Schultz when contacted this morning. “He was just a nice fellow. He did what he thought was right, he didn’t care about the politics. He just did what he thought was right. It’s a sad day for me. It’s a sad day for our community.”
And it’s back to square one.
On the recommendation of Maumee River Basin Commission Executive Director Rodney Renkenberger, the Adams County Commissioners officially eliminated a 22-acre tract of land south of Decatur offered by the Porter Family Foundation as a viable site for the construction of the proposed Adams County Jail. The rejection came during their weekly meeting Monday afternoon in the Service Complex.
The body of a Decatur man missing since Friday has been located in the St. Marys River.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. Monday, the Decatur Fire Department, who was assisting the Department of Natural Resources in the search efforts, recovered 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.
The search continued today for a missing Decatur man who was last seen Friday kayaking on the St. Marys River.
Steve Seitz, 54, was kayaking near Pleasant Mills with another man when his kayak struck a log jam and overturned, according to Indiana Conservation Officer Sgt. Patrick Heidenreich. Seitz was thrown into the water and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket when the boat overturned, Heidenreich said.