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July 25th, 2011
A pleasant day of fishing by a father and son on a quiet lake in northern Wells County last Friday turned tragic when an apparently stray bullet fatally injured the boy, just one month shy of his fifth birthday.
The incident left Jacob M. "Jake" Michuda of Bluffton with a gunshot wound in the head that led to his death early Saturday morning at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was shot around 11 a.m. while he and his father, Matt Michuda, were fishing from a pier.
More than seven months after a vacancy occurred in the Decatur Police Department's detective division, it was formally filled on Friday as veteran patrolman and sergeant Leonard Corral Jr. was given the oath by Mayor John Schultz.
Corral, widely known as "Lennie," has been a member of the department for almost 17 years, having joined the force in August of 1994. He was a patrolman until 2008, when he was promoted to sergeant.
Jobless numbers in Adams County crept up for the second consecutive month in June, according to statistics released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The latest figures showed the county's unemployment rate for June at 8.0 percent, up two-tenths of a percent from May. The county had hit a three-year jobless low in April at 7.6 percent.
By BOB SHRALUKA
The City of Decatur is moving rapidly to get rid of one eyesore building and is hopeful of being able to remove a second, and more dangerous one.
City council on Tuesday night approved on two readings the terms of a contract to purchase for $30,000 the former sweeper shop (and onetime Holthouse Drug Co.) builging at Second and Monroe streets.
From staff, AP reports
At the rate we're going, 100-degree temperatures could be here soon.
Decatur recorded its fifth consecutive high temperature in the 90s on Wednesday, and it also marked the third day in a row that the high has been higher than the previous day. Wednesday's top mark was 97, a two-degree tick upward from Tuesday's 95.
By JOE SPAULDING
Recent storms throughout the Midwest have had an effect on the building progress of the new rehabilitation unit being constructed at Woodcrest by the Adams Health Network (AHN), it was learned Wednesday night at the monthly meeting of the AHN board of trustees.
From AP, staff reports
One of the worst heat waves to hit Indiana in 70 years tightened its grip on the state Tuesday, forcing communities to launch emergency plans and prompting utilities to plead for consumers to conserve electricity.
Hoosiers sweltered as the heat index reached 111 in Terre Haute and Shelbyville, 110 in Greenwood and 109 in Indianapolis, Peru and Greencastle. The highest temperature was in Mount Comfort, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis, at 99 degrees.
Adams Central High School junior Devan Barger is reigning over the 2011 Adams County 4-H Fair today, having been named this year's Distinguished Ambassador on Tuesday night.
Bellmont High spring graduate Paul Mesing was announced as the Royal Ambassador.
Despite the ongoing heat, a large crowd turned out in Monroe for what is traditionally the fair's biggest night, highlighted by the annual parade and the ambassador ceremonies.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Employees of the City of Decatur are going to get their $1,000 salary increases in 2012, which is the major reason for a rise in the city's proposed budget for next year.
But it's money city council and Mayor John Schultz are more than willing to spend in lieu of two facts: No raises were granted for 2010 or 2011, and city department heads returned $600,000 of budgeted money — a major savings — last year.
By ERIC MANN
Okay, Adams County 4-H Fair fans, let's test your knowledge of an important fact about this year's event, with the temperature as hot as it is.
The question is this: how many electric fans are in use at the fairgrounds?
The Daily Democrat made an unscientific study of this vital matter on Monday and came up with these numbers, which may well be challenged by a recount or two:
— 48 fans in the cattle barn.