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July 2nd, 2014

Storm Damage at Homestead

July 2, 2014

     Severe thunderstorms that went through the area early Tuesday morning caused “some very extensive damage” in the Homestead Addition, Decatur Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council later that day. Gilbert said crews would be cleaning up debris in the addition for several days.

 

Affolder seeks clerk of courts position

July 2, 2014

    A face familiar to Adams County voters is making a return to the political arena.
    Judy Affolder, former county assessor, has been selected by the Adams County Democratic Party as its candidate for the County Clerk of Courts seat. Affolder has filed the necessary paperwork and will appear on the November general election ballot. She will be opposed by Jim Voglewede Jr., who won a Republican primary race in May.

July 1st

Missing kayaker’s body found

July 1, 2014

     The body of what local officials believe to be that of a Decatur kayaker missing since Friday has been retrieved from the St. Marys River near Decatur.
    At approximately 10:20 a.m. Monday, the Decatur Fire Department, which was assisting the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the search efforts, recovered what they believe to be the body of Steve Seitz, 54, who has been missing since the kayak he was operating near Pleasant Mills struck a log jam and overturned Friday.

Former mayor dies

July 1, 2014

    Former longtime Decatur Mayor Fred R. Isch, 81, passed away early today at Adams Evergreen Apartments. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
    “This is a huge loss for our community,” said current Mayor John Schultz when contacted this morning. “He was just a nice fellow. He did what he thought was right, he didn’t care about the politics. He just did what he thought was right. It’s a sad day for me. It’s a sad day for our community.”

Flood report rules out new jail on property owned by Porter

July 1, 2014

    And it’s back to square one.
    On the recommendation of Maumee River Basin Commission Executive Director Rodney Renkenberger, the Adams County Commissioners officially eliminated a 22-acre tract of land south of Decatur offered by the Porter Family Foundation as a viable site for the construction of the proposed Adams County Jail. The rejection came during their weekly meeting Monday afternoon in the Service Complex.

June 30th

Body of missing kayaker found

June 30, 2014

    The body of a Decatur man missing since Friday has been located in the St. Marys River.
    At approximately 10:15 a.m. Monday, the Decatur Fire Department, who was assisting the Department of Natural Resources in the search efforts, recovered the body of Steve Seitz, 54, who has been missing since the kayak he was operating near Pleasant Mills struck a log jam and overturned.

Search continues for kayaker missing in St. Marys River

June 30, 2014

     The search continued today for a missing Decatur man who was last seen Friday kayaking on the St. Marys River.
    Steve Seitz, 54, was kayaking near Pleasant Mills with another man when his kayak struck a log jam and overturned, according to  Indiana Conservation Officer Sgt. Patrick Heidenreich. Seitz was thrown into the water and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket when the boat overturned, Heidenreich said.

Relay for Life: Walking to beat cancer

June 30, 2014

     The Relay for Life annual fundraiser, “Picture a Cure,” was held at Adams Central School Saturday and Sunday. Teams of walkers came together to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
    The event kicked off with the Survivor’s Lap, where area residents who have defeated cancer took the first trip around the AC track, celebrating their victory over cancer while being cheered on by other participants who lined the track.

Playing in Geneva

June 30, 2014

     There were activities for both the young and the not so young at Geneva this past weekend, where a car show, waterball tournament and fireworks highlighted the Saturday agenda. Above, children play in the overspray from the waterball battle between Geneva and Portland fire auxiliaries.

 

June 27th

Accolades flow for retiring chief

June 27, 2014

    There’s an old joke that says someone is so unpopular he (or she) couldn’t be elected dog catcher. That, however, is how it all began for one of the most popular police chiefs in Decatur’s history.
    Kenneth R. Ketzler took a job as dog warden and process server with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in January of 1976. A Vietnam veteran, he had worked in retail and in 1973 he and his wife, Linda, moved to Decatur and opened a sporting goods store/bait shop, Sportshaven, on Winchester Street.

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