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December 5th

Flower fund failing

December 5, 2011

    The program that began more than 10 years ago to plant flowers annually in 27 large sidewalk planters in downtown Decatur is in a financial bind this year.
    Rev. Dan York, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and the man who volunteered to oversee the project and keep the flowers looking good from May through October, reports that, for the first time, the project is short $1,200 to $1,500 in donations. Overall, the planter project costs $3,000 a year.

No flooding likely here at this time

December 5, 2011

    Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
    Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
    The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.

Changes under way downtown

December 5, 2011

    One longtime business has relocated and another will be expanding in connected decisions announced this week.
    The changes involve Charlie Brune, owner of Complete Printing Service at 210 S. Second St. since 1992, and Wendell Beer, a barber here for 52 years, much of that time in The Hair-Cut Center at 216 S. Second St., next to Brune's firm. Brune was Beer's landlord.

December 2nd

Heritage K-12 bond okayed

December 2, 2011

    An almost $12 million bond issue was authorized by the East Allen County Schools Board on Tuesday to create a single-school campus at what is now Heritage Junior-Senior High School.
    The school, located between Hoagland and Monroeville, would house students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
    The plan is to pay off the bond issue in less than 20 years. It was announced that a typical owner of a $100,000 home would have a $8.84 property tax increase per year.

Sheriff's reserves' auction Saturday

December 2, 2011

    A football signed by Anthony Gonzales, a receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and a former star for the Ohio State Buckeyes, is among  items to be sold at the 37th Adams County Sheriff's Reserves Auction this Saturday.
    The event will be held at the Krueckeberg Auction site on Adams St. in Decatur, starting at 9 a.m.
    The ball is displayed in accompanying photo by Erin, one of the Colts' cheerleaders, as well as ACSD reserve lieutenant Rex Mihm (left) and ACSD reserve sergeant Sam Smitley.

Monroe water hike delayed

December 2, 2011

BY ERIC MANN
    The Monroe Town Council wanted to take action on a proposed water rate increase at Thursday night's meeting, but could not do so because a legal advertisement which town officials had published was incomplete.
    A more detailed legal ad will be printed soon in local newspapers and the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed water rate hike and vote on it in a special session at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 19, in Town Hall.

December 1st

Geneva gets four bids for major project

December 1, 2011

    In a special meeting of the Geneva Town Council on Wednesday, sealed bids for the town's wastewater improvement project were opened and then taken under advisement.
    The project is made possible through a $600,000 Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant that was awarded to the town in May. The grant requires the town to match $200,000, bringing the project total, which includes the preliminary engineering report, to more than $800,000.

Trial is staying in Wells

December 1, 2011

    A request by an Ossian man, charged with murdering a neighbor boy last July, to have his case moved outside of Wells County has been turned down by Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe.
    The judge ruled that there has not been excessive publicity about the case and that an impartial jury could be selected at a trial.
    Bruce Pond is accused of firing a gun toward a light on a dock on a pond at night on July 22. The shot killed four-year-old Jacob Michuda, who was fishing with his father.

River crests at 19.9

December 1, 2011

    The St. Marys River crested at 19.9 feet in Decatur late Wednesday morning and was receding very slowly this morning.
    City weather station officials said this morning that the river stood at 19.8 feet at 7 a.m. today. Although its flood stage is 17 feet, the river causes no significant problems until it passes 20 feet.

November 30th

Season’s first snowfall mixed with high water

November 30, 2011

    And it's not even December yet.
    Decatur and Adams County residents, along with much of northeastern Indiana, got a double dose of weather Tuesday, rain being followed by the first snowfall of the season.
    So, this morning, the St. Marys River was up, streets and roads were slick, and most schools were closed.
    Meanwhile, the Berne Fire Department pulled a driver from some high water early Tuesday evening.

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