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August 3rd, 2011
A fire that started in a building separate from the main structure on the Elkhart Products Corp. site in Geneva caused considerable damage inside that building late Tuesday night and reportedly caused minor hand burns to one employee.
An early-morning storm today brought Decatur its biggest rainfall in weeks: .39 of an inch.
That certainly isn't a lot, but it's the most rain to fall here since .34 of an inch on July 19. The city has now received .96 of an inch of rain since June 24, according to city weather station records.
The storm, packing lots of lightning and thunder, moved into the city around 3:30 a.m.
The golf cart is a "go" in Geneva.
Due to the dry conditions evident in much of Adams County, Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel is urging the public to use common sense by not burning anything outdoors.
The county does not have a no-burning order in effect, Marckel said, but everyone should avoid starting outside fires at this time.
Due to the retirement on July 31 of Terry Nevil, who served as a deputy sheriff for some 32 years, and pending surgery for another deputy, Jody Mawhorr, Sheriff Shane Rekeweg on Monday received permission from the Adams County Commissioners to hire a full-time deputy.
Tickets for the play "Cuties of Decatur," which will have four performances during the 175th anniversary celebration of the City of Decatur this month, are available through the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 125 E. Monroe St.
Tickets are $8 for the shows at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17; 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 18; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, in the cafetorium of Bellmont Middle School.
(Editor's Note: The following story is used with the permission of the Indianapolis Star. Harley Parnell Hisner, father of Bellmont teacher/coach Randy Hisner, was born near Maples in Allen County. He currently resides on the outskirts of Monroeville; his wife, Anna, is at The Village of Heritage at Monroeville.)
Harley Hisner wonders how they find him.
What's that stuff in the St. Marys River?
According to Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel, who led the local investigation on Friday into a brownish-looking discoloration in the water at Pleasant Mills, the material is only algae that built up in area streams and ditches due to stagnation during a long dry spell, then got washed into the river by recent rain that fell in Ohio.
Remember the project announced some four years ago to convert the former Schafer Building, at First and Madison Sts. in downtown Decatur, into a complex of 26 condominiums?
Now, the owner of that structure, Robert J. Pike of New Richmond, Wisconsin, says he still plans to create the condos, but instead of offering them to the public at-large, he plans to let United States military veterans live there.
Three "yes" votes, one abstention, and one absence on Thursday night at a special meeting of the North Adams school board saw a two-year contract with the North Adams Teachers' Association (NATA) approved.