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November 15th, 2012
The major part of bringing down one of the oldest buildings in Decatur is expected to be completed late this afternoon.
The north half of the sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building was taken down overnight, and the remainder was due to fall today. After originally saying the work would be done over two nights, officials decided to do the other part in daylight as the work is more intricate due to its link to the building to the south occupied by Rebecca Cochran, CPA.
Adams Central Community Schools held its annual Veteran's Day program Wednesday, honoring Adams County veterans and all those who have served in the armed forces.
The event kicked off with the posting of the colors by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard, followed by the Adams Central band playing "The Star Spangled Banner."
An Adams County Crime Stoppers tip has led to the arrest of a Fort Wayne man in connection with the June 11 robbery of the Decatur Walgreen Pharmacy.
Decatur Police arrested David M. Whalen, 20, on Wednesday following an investigation. Detective Leonard Corral, Jr., said he had received the Crime Stoppers tip on October 9 and the eventual followup led police to identify Whalen.
A report over a year in the making concerning the possibility of having a one-campus North Adams school was submitted to the North Adams School Board Tuesday night by the NA Facilities Study Committee.
Trois Hart represented the committee, many members of whom where present in the audience, in making the report which was tabled by the board members so they could, as board president Tim Ehlerding noted, "absorb the information" and study the proposal.
Adams Central staff received a reprieve Tuesday evening, at least temporarily, from a proposal that called for a reduction in general leave days for all employees and for custodians to be dropped as 12-month employees.
Tuesday's Board of Education meeting drew a large crowd as several AC staff members waited to hear Superintendent Mike Pettibone's proposal for cutting costs at the school.
Because South Adams School Board Member Tony Mellencamp was recently elected to fill an at-large seat on the Adams County Council, board members are preparing for a vacancy.
Actual demolition of the former Dwayne's Sweeper Shop/Holthouse Drug Co. building in downtown Decatur is expected to begin late Wednesday afternoon and continue during a couple of nighttimes.
Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said late Monday morning that Fleming Excavating will work Wednesday and Thursday night in bringing down the upper portions of the building.
The annual Veteran's Day service was held Monday morning at the American Legion Post 43 in Decatur, with several local veterans and their families in attendance.
The service opened with the American Legion Color Guard presenting the flags, followed by Ryan Hirschy singing the National Anthem.
Former Judge James Heimann was the featured speaker during the indoor portion of the event and he told of the hardships that many veterans face, both while serving their country and upon returning home.
The Decatur Small Business Association’s (SBA) fifth annual Christmas Open House will be held this Friday and Saturday — downtown and around town, SBA officials said
Over 20 businesses will be participating.
"Begin your Christmas shopping and check out the great holiday decorating ideas plus specials, entertainment, prizes, demonstrations and refreshments which will be abundant throughout the two-day event," the SBA said in a news release.
David A. Theobald, author of the book "Cornjerkers," was born in Decatur and lived here until 1961, when his family moved to California. Although the family never moved back, Theobald says Decatur remains an integral part of his memory and in his heart.