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June 2nd, 2011
For the first time in Decatur's history, two Memorial Day parades were held.
On Monday, the traditional parade occurred downtown, and there was also a procession at Woodcrest Retirement Community that included six golf carts, 25 wheelchairs, at least one woman in a wheeled walker, and dozens of United States flags.
A number of residents of the nursing home participated.
A new program called Fitness Fridays will begin this Friday in Adams County, launched by the parks and recreation department, Adams Memorial Hospital, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and North Adams Food Service.
Fitness Fridays will be held each Friday through August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at several locations in Decatur. The schedule:
Speaking to more than 200 people at Monday's Memorial Day observance in downtown Decatur, former U.S. Navy lieutenant Cameron Collier, now a lieutenant-commander in the naval reserve, urged greater emphasis on seeking solutions to problems, not just making complaints.
He noted that the United States flag "stands for the very ideals we fight for, not the infighting in Washington, D.C. It is a symbol offering direction, not waywardness. It is a banner of hope, the American ideal."
A Decatur man, Andy L. Ivins, 28, received a 15-year prison sentence on Friday in Adams Circuit Court after pleading guilty in April to two counts of dealing in cocaine.
Ivins, who served prison time after a 2006 conviction here for possession of cocaine, was given two concurrent 15-year terms by Judge Frederick A. Schurger and was ordered to pay $728 in court costs and to repay local police $458 for the money used to buy cocaine from him.
Decatur firefighters Jeff Sheets and Tim Ulman received Medals of Valor at a special ceremony last week in recognition of their lifesaving actions last March 2 two miles inside Ohio when they rescued a Hoagland woman whose car was in deep and frigid floodwater.
Margaret L. Spindler, 81, was pulled from her car while the water was up to the window level and as she was entering hypothermia. Spindler suffered cardiac arrest and spent three weeks in hospitals, but recovered fully and was at last week's event.
Adams County was almost floating today after a series of thunderstorms drove through the region as one of the wettest springs in local history continues.
The worst-off appear to be the area's farmers, who have been unable to plant crops due to the continual muddy conditions in fields.
Decatur and Adams County emerged mostly unscathed but drenched from the seemingly endless storms which rolled through the area during a period of 10 top 12 hours on Wednesday afternoon and early this morning.
BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Strong storms and possible tornadoes ripped through southern Indiana Wednesday night, injuring more than a dozen people and flattening homes, barns and other structures while scattering debris along their paths, authorities said.
An apparent tornado struck east of Bedford as powerful thunderstorms swept across Indiana, damaging buildings, toppling mobile homes and trees across several counties while winds cut power to more than 60,000 homes and businesses.
A rural Decatur man convicted last year of multiple counts of cruelty to horses he owned and of failing to properly dispose of a dead horse was given 543 days in prison and 363 days in jail on Tuesday for violating probation.
Richard A. "Rick" Hill, 60, was sentenced by Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick R. Miller for disobeying judicial orders to have no contact with or possession of any "vertebrate animals."
More than 20 people from businesses, governments, etc. in Adams County attended a presentation held Tuesday in Decatur about foreign trade zones (FTZs).
The presenter was Ola DeGabriele, international trade manager for the City of Fort Wayne. The event was held in a meeting room at Adams Memorial Hospital and was set up by the Adams County Economic Development Corp.
Adams County escaped damage from thunderstorms and tornadoes on Monday evening, but Van Wert County, just across the border in Ohio, was again hammered by a twister that reportedly left a 3.5-mile-long trail of destruction in the Ohio City area (see below).
One funnel cloud was reported by a stormspotter near Decatur shortly before 6 p.m., causing the several warning sirens in the city to be switched on, but there was no touchdown here, officials said.