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January 15th, 2013
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert announced at 1:50 p.m. today (Tuesday) that E. Monroe St. has been reopened to traffic as floodwaters are receding.
Little has changed overnight in the fight against the latest flood to hit Decatur, although the St. Marys River crested overnight at 23.31 feet feet, one of the highest levels ever recorded here.
The crest came at 9:30 p.m., city weather station officials reported, and the river began slightly receding. At 7 a.m. today, it stood at 22.99 feet.
Mayor John Schultz gave the annual State of the City address at Woodcrest on Monday.
He began by expressing his love for his job and thanking all those who support him in it.
Schultz reported that the water department has noticed less water has been sold than was pumped to the plants, so they have been searching for leaks, particularly in the oldest part of the city. Having found leaks there, they will continue to search for and repair leaks elsewhere in the waterlines throughout Decatur this year.
A contingent of municipal officials from Berne traveled to Lamar, Missouri, last weekend to view firsthand a wastewater treatment system that has risen to the top of the city's list of options for mandatory improvements to the local treatment facility.
Berne is under orders from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to reduce the amount of ammonia contained in waste water that is being discharged to area rivers and streams by the year 2015.
With a 23.3-foot flood crest expected on the St. Marys River tonight following weekend rainfall of two and a half inches in Decatur, there is some good news: No more rain is in the forecast through Friday.
Snow melt combined with the rain drove the St. Marys River from 10.1 feet on Friday morning to 22.9 feet at 7 a.m. today!
Menno Schwartz, 23-year-old rural Geneva resident who was seriously injured in a Wednesday traffic accident which killed two other men, was listed in stable condition on Friday in the trauma center of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was airlifted to the hospital after the one-vehicle crash on an icy Fawn River Road in White Pigeon Township, approximately 30 miles south of Kalamazoo,
Killed in the crash were Chris L. Eicher, 50, of Geneva, and Dan C. Graber, 48, of Portland.
Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy, retired bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, says he’s battling a rare form of cancer and is asking for prayers as he undergoes treatment.
D’Arcy announced early this month that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. The disease was discovered when he went to a Boston-area hospital after feeling ill while visiting relatives.
Cynthia Snider was elected to the Adams Central Board of Education during a special meeting held this week.
Snider fills the seat of former member Steve Bailey, who resigned at the beginning of the year after accepting a new job in another state. Bailey was re-elected to the board in November, meaning Snider's appointment is a full four-year term.
The board interviewed two candidates Monday, Snider and Julie Foster, after opening the position to the public in December.
The 22nd annual meeting of the United Way of Adams County (UW) was held this week, with the main order of business being the election of board members to three-year terms.
Six board members were eligible to return for a second three-year term and were re-elected: Corey Affolder, Maggie Bollinger, Becky Cochran, Kenny Ketzler, Dan Kintz and Bill Warren.
The Adams County CrimeStoppers program will be hosting the third annual “help fight crime” fundraiser basketball game on February 18.
The Crime Fighters will take on the Fort Wayne K105 radio station team starting at 7 p.m. at the Bellmont High School gym.
Ticket prices are $4 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 5 will be admitted free.
Jenna Razo’s Razz-M-Jazz dance studio will perform for the halftime show.