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June 11th, 2012

Teacher’s words inspired local author to write

June 11, 2012

    Monica Koldyke Miller can pinpoint the exact moment when she knew she wanted to become a writer.
    The longtime Decatur resident, whose historical romance novel, "Threads of Betrayal," has just been published, recently recalled a time when she was 11 years old and just entering the sixth grade at a new school.

June 8th

Warning: lock doors

June 8, 2012

    Area residents, lock your doors! That's the warning Monroe Town Marshall Dio Hernandez gave to town council members Thursday evening.
    Hernandez reported there has been a string of thefts, mainly from unlocked vehicles, that began in the Geneva area, moved north to Berne, and has now become prevalent in Monroe.

City near passage of anti-nepotism law

June 8, 2012

    Hiring relatives will be forbidden by law in Decatur — and most of Indiana — by July 1.
    Decatur City Council on Tuesday night began the process of adopting an ordinance curbing nepotism and thus complying with a new law approved earlier this by the Indiana Legislature.
    The law does have a "grandfather" clause, meaning any current situations which might violate the law do not have to be rectified.

Farmers Market is back

June 8, 2012

    The Decatur Farmers Market began its fourth season on Thursday and for the second year in a row is located at Riverside Center, where ample parking is available for vendors. 
    The hours remain the same as last year, with the market opening at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 6:30.
    Participants provide their own tables and covering, if desired, and there is no fee for vendors.

June 7th

Smoke detector drive heats up

June 7, 2012

    Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock says that by the first part of next week, the city fire department will have smoke detectors for use by county residents.
    Anyone who needs a smoke detector may visit the fire station on Seventh St., just off Adams St., or call the department, 724-8909.
    Hitchcock noted, however, that the detectors will not be given to anyone. "Instead, we will take them to the home and install them to be sure they are installed properly," he said.

Fun Family Fridays to begin

June 7, 2012

    Fun Family Fridays will begin this Friday, the Decatur/Adams County Parks and Recreation Department has announced.
    Every Friday will feature something different, something fun, something for everyone, a department spokesman said, adding: "Fun Family Fridays are opportunities for residents of Decatur/Adams County to take advantage of our wonderful outdoor resources."
    Each activity is free and all will be held during a 90-minute period, 5:30 to 7 p.m., each Friday.

Shrine parade on tap here Friday

June 7, 2012

    The local Shrine lodge will host area Shriners as they participate in a parade in Decatur on Friday.
    The parade, due to start at 8 p.m., will feature antique vehicles, tractors, mini-cars, etc.
    The parade will form at and also end at the Krueckeberg building  (formerly Adams Lumber) on Adams St. The parade will go east on Adams St. to Five Points, north on Second St. to Madison St., west on Madison to Seventh St., and south on Seventh back to Adams St.

June 6th

City redistricting change slight

June 6, 2012

    Decatur City Council moved forward Tuesday night on redistricting for post-2012 elections.
    After each census, cities (and states, etc.) must redraw voting lines to keep something of an even balance in terms of population, with no district having more than 10 percent greater population than any of the others.

Downspout cuts being demanded

June 6, 2012

    Seeking to come into compliance with orders set forth by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the city of Decatur has informed some downtown businesses and a few residences in other areas that they will have to disconnect their downspouts from the city's sanitary sewer system.
    Approximately 25 businesses and homes have received letters spelling out the needed change, according to Ann Butcher, who heads the city's sewage treatment plant and wastewater department.

County ponders golf cart approval

June 6, 2012

    Adams County resident Brice Hoffman addressed the county commissioners Monday regarding the golf cart ordinance covering their use on county roads.
    The Indiana Legislature passed a bill in 2009 allowing cities and towns to regulate golf carts on their streets, but not allowing golf carts to be used legally on county roads and state highways.

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