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June 24th, 2011
The problem or horse manure came up at this week's meeting of Decatur City Council, and so did another animal-related problem: dogs at events like the just-concluded Motorsports Festival.
Councilman Matt Dyer raised the issue, explaining how he had seen a woman and her child become frightened by a dog with someone attending the car show. He questioned what, if anything, can be done.
Halle Williams-Seip, daughter of Decatur residents Ciera Williams and Nick Seip, is one of two honorary co-chairs chosen by the Adams County Relay for Life Committee to walk the first lap at this year's event at Adams Central June 24-25.
Halle, who is now three years old, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just weeks after her first birthday. Medulloblastoma is a rapidly-growing brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum.
Adams County's annual Relay for Life will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.
For the third successive year, the event will be held at the Adams Central football field.
The schedule of activities follows.
5 p.m. — Silent auction setup.
5-8 p.m. — Dinner served by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
With an estimated $4.5 million to $4.6 million cost for what is proposed as the first city-county building in Adams County history, paying for it is a major matter.
At a two and a half hour special meeting of the Adams County commissioners on Tuesday to unveil the plans, and the reasons for such plans, Todd Samuelson of H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, an accounting firm in Plymouth, reported on how financing might operate.
"Fix it or move," said Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller.
"Think broadly," said Adams Circuit Court Judge Fred Schurger, because "where we are today is not where we will be tomorrow."
Decatur City Council was admonished at its meeting Tuesday night for its perceived lack of support for American troops, and county officials will be hearing the same criticism in the near future.
City resident Darlene Zeitvogel said she has a son serving in Iraq, along with six other local people. Her voice cracking, Zeitvogel said she was extremely disappointed that no city officials turned out for the Memorial Day ceremonies here on May 30 "to support my son and six other guys over there."
A messy, smelly subject resurfaced for the first time in nearly two years at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council: horse manure on city streets.
Mayor John Schultz initiated the discussion when he spoke of an "irate" message recently left on his home phone by a city resident.
The caller was complaining about a major mess. Councilman Charlie Cook, who checked on the pile, said it was strung out "for almost 60 feet."
Ben Beer of Bluffton, who works for USI Consultants at Indianapolis, informed the Adams County Commissioners on Monday that three firms attended a pre-bid meeting last week in regard to the project to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge in the south end of the county.
The bids will be opened at next Monday's meeting of the commissioners.
USI Consultants has completed the design of the project.
Those who recall David Anspaugh as a youth in Decatur in the 1950s and 1960s would never have attached the title "living legend" to him.
However, decades later, Anspaugh, a veteran film and television director, has reached that level, having been acclaimed as an "Indiana Living Legend."
Summer officially begins Tuesday, but the summer fun season began last week in the Decatur area with the parks and recreation department's Touch A Tractor event held Saturday in Decatur, Hoagland Days and Decatur's annual Motorsports Festival held Friday (see photo). (Photo by Eric Mann)