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July 22nd, 2013

Gov. Ralston dedicated city’s Peace Monument

July 22, 2013

    The Peace Monument is Decatur’s largest public monument and also the first built in the United States to be dedicated to peace.
    It was constructed in 1913 and dedicated on October 30 of that year by Indiana Governor Samuel Ralston.  The memorial was built to honor Adams County veterans that had served in the wars prior to its construction but was dedicated to the peacetime following each conflict.

Work on monument to begin

July 22, 2013

    Work to reinstall a waterfall fountain on the north side of the Peace Monument in Decatur is scheduled to begin next week as the date for the monument's rededication draws ever nearer.
    Joe H. Construction of Berne is the general contractor for the project, supported by subcontractors Don R. Myers Plumbing & Heating of Berne, Kiess Electric of Decatur and Berne Ready Mix. The latter has already measured the monument for the addition of the limestone.

July 19th

County jobless rate up .8

July 19, 2013

    The monthly jobless report issued Thursday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed that unemployment in Adams County jumped by .8 percent in Adams County during June.
    After registering unemployment rates of 6.8 percent in both April and May, Thursday's report listed the county's jobless level at 7.6 percent for last month. That rate was still the second lowest in northeast Indiana, bested only by Wells County's 7.5 percent, and 32nd lowest among Indiana's 92 counties.

Hospice helps patient reunite with his family

July 19, 2013

    (Editor's Note: Larry Kinneer is Promotion & Development Coordinator for State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville, Ohio. He wrote this for the Daily Democrat.)

    State of the Heart Hospice patient Robert Clark had a dream: He wanted to see his new granddaughter while he was still living and he wanted to see his daughter and his other granddaughter.
    The Dream Foundation, based in Santa Barbara, California and State of the Heart made that dream come true.

Wrapping up the 21st year

July 19, 2013

    Adam Eguia professed success and dished out considerable appreciation as he made his final report on the city's 2013 fireworks festival to city council this week.
    "I have received a lot of great comments on this year's show, and one complaint, but the person that complained about the show watched them from their house," he said.
    "I only saw one dog (banned from the grounds) and a few personal fireworks (also banned), but when the rules were explained, all went well," he said.

July 18th

Purdue Varsity Glee Club to perform at church, BHS

July 18, 2013

    Plans have been announced for a September appearance of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club at Zion Lutheran Church (Friedheim) plus a presentation for the public.
    The twin appearances will be held on Sunday, September 15, as part of the 175th anniversary celebration at Friedheim church. The Purdue group will present special music at the 9 a.m. service. Then, at 3 p.m., the singers will perform for the public in Erekson Theater at Bellmont High School.

Get out the grease, 4-H fair adding pig grab

July 18, 2013

    The Adams County Extension Board will host a greased pig contest at 6 p.m. this Sunday in the livestock show arena as part of this year's 4-H Fair.
    Participants must be 18 years old or younger, and the cost is $2 per person.
    Classes will be divided by age, and all participants will receive a participation ribbon. The top three in each class will receive an additional prize.
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.

Forecast: More of same here through Friday

July 18, 2013

    Adams County residents may see some relief from this week's hot, humid conditions by the weekend, the National Weather Service said this morning. For today and Friday, however, it's going to be more of the same.
    The Decatur weather station on Wednesday recorded its second consecutive day with a high of 91 degrees, which followed Monday's 89.

July 17th

City gets outline for future

July 17, 2013

    Decatur's future — or, more realistically, a plan for it — was laid out at Tuesday night's city council meeting as a mayor's advisory committee made its long-anticipated recommendations.
    Last October, Mayor John Schultz appointed a committee to look to the city's future and offer recommendations for how to get there using all assets and attributes.

Budget cut, then boosted to avoid cuts that hurt

July 17, 2013

    Burned by state officials in the past, Decatur Mayor John Schultz on Tuesday night proposed raising the city's budget for 2014 as much as allowed by state officials. Then, when cuts are almost inevitably made by those state officials, the city won't take such a tough hit.
    After they went over the many numbers in the proposed budget for an hour and six minutes on Tuesday night, council and the mayor wound up with a figure of $5,674,000 — a decrease of roughly $23,000 from the current budget.

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