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April 6th, 2011

City will seek grant to raze old light plant

April 6, 2011

    A 116-year-old city-owned building has a wrecking ball in its future, and the sooner the better for Decatur Mayor John Schultz.
    The mayor asked for and received permission from city council Tuesday night  to seek a grant to demolish the huge, decaying building behind the Fifth St. police station and near the city swimming pool.

Switzer is Lilly Scholarship recipient

April 6, 2011

    Robert Switzer, a senior at South Adams High School in Berne, has won a Lilly Endowment college scholarship.
    The Lilly scholarship was announced by the Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF), which notes that such winners get full tuition to the Indiana college or university of his or her choice plus an $800 annual stipend to buy books and equipment.
    Switzer will attend Goshen College to study pre-med and biology.
    The value of this four-year scholarship is approximately $102,000.

April 5th

Added testing set for Casting site

April 5, 2011

    Thanks to $25,000 received from five sources, the former site of the Decatur Casting plant at Ninth St., and Dayton Ave. will soon undergo Phase II tests to see what remains from the initial cleanup after decades of heavy industrial use.

Old photos sought for 175 celebration

April 5, 2011

    The Decatur 175 Committee, which is organizing a celebration in August of the city's anniversary, are seeking old photographs of Decatur that will be considered for inclusion in a souvenir book for the event.
    The photos will be scanned this Saturday during the Spring Has Sprung promotion of the Decatur Small Business Association. The scanning will be done at The Next Page Bookstore and More at Second and Monroe Sts. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 4th

Decatur native plays crucial role in finding weapon used at Martinsville school shooting

April 4, 2011

    Authorities in Martinsville have a gun as evidence in the March 25 middle school shooting, thanks to Decatur native Jon Fennig, an Indiana Conservation officer, and his resource protection dog, Abby.
    Fennig, who works out of Johnson County, was called in to look for the weapon when Martinsville authorities, familiar with him and his partner, called for assistance.

City to plant nearly 700 trees

April 4, 2011

    Nearly 700 trees will be planted in Decatur this year and in 2012 by the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, thanks to a $30,000 grant.
    Some 350 trees will be planted in wooded areas of city property to make up for ash trees being lost to the Emerald Ash Borer insect. These trees will be about four feet high.
    Another 250 will be planted in city parks and along streets to make up for dying ash trees. These will be about 12 feet tall.

Decatur police chief honored by peers

April 4, 2011

    Leaders of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police have announced that longtime Decatur Police Chief Kenneth Ketzler has been awarded that organization's William Sudbury Memorial Leadership Award, given to those who "most consistently exemplify the highest standards of leadership."
    Ketzler, who has been at the Decatur Police Department for a number of years, also previously served as a deputy with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

April 1st

Butler/VCU grad’s ‘heart with Butler’

April 1, 2011

    As a doctor specializing in treating emergency room cases, Dr. Jonathan Schmitz of Indianapolis is involved regularly in matters of life and death.
    As a graduate of Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University, making a decision about which team to support in Saturday’s men’s basketball Final Four semi-final game is much easier.

Souvenirs for 175th hoopla now on sale

April 1, 2011

    The Decatur 175th Celebration Committee has announced that souvenirs of this year’s anniversary of the city are available at five businesses.
    Picture postcards of Decatur and pre-orders for collector books are available at The Home Place, The Next Page Bookstore and More, Ritter’s Flowers and Gifts, and Yvonne Marie’s Antique Mall. Postcards also are being sold at the Back 40 Junction.

Local trails enthusiast attends statewide gathering

April 1, 2011

    Doug Milligan of Geneva, a founding member of South Adams Trails Inc., recently attended a large gathering of people from various trail groups around Indiana.
    The event, called a Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network Summit, was held at Carmel and drew some 65 people, Milligan said. Each of the representatives of local groups was allowed to describe the trail in his or her area.

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