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January 11th, 2011
"As we stand on the threshold of a new decade, we can all take great pride in what we have accomplished this past year and look with great enthusiasm to Decatur's future."
When the Decatur Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting soon, four awards will be presented and the names of the 2011 winners were divulged during Monday's Chamber event at which Mayor John Schultz gave the State of the City address.
Chamber Executive Director Wes Kuntzman told an audience of some 80 people that the winners this year will be as follows:
Large Business of the Year: Ideal Suburban Homes and Ideal Realty.
A new Indiana law making it illegal to discard televisions, computers and certain other electronics for regular trash pickups will have an effect on Decatur's twice-annual heavy trash pickups.
Referring to an article published in the Daily Democrat on Tuesday, Councilman Charlie Cook asked at this week's city council meeting if there would be an effect felt here.
"There sure will be," Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert replied.
A meeting lasting just over two hours on Saturday morning kicked off this year's Girl Scout cookie sales campaign in Adams County.
A fire, still under investigation, struck around late Thursday night outside the Dolco Packaging Corp. plant in Decatur's Industrial Park, bringing four fire departments to the scene.
The fire destroyed a semi-trailer loaded with polystyrene egg cartons that was parked at a loading dock and led to eight employees suffering smoke inhalation, although all were treated and released at Adams Memorial Hospital.
At the January session of the Monroe Town Council, Jeremy Brown, the town's legal counsel, reported that he and clerk-treasurer Rachel Burkhart have worked out "a more streamlined process" for dealing with delinquent water and sewer bill payments.
Brown said there are two parts to the plan. Sewer bills that are unpaid by Monroe residents will be attached as liens on their property. When the site is sold, the sewer payment must come to the town from the proceeds of the sale.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Adams County Commissioners, Commissioner Doug Bauman reported that the county’s payroll in 2010 came to more than $6 million, which, he said, makes the county “an economic driver” locally.
However, the $6,049,283.51 total covers only those people paid by the county, not the two judges and the prosecutors.
Both judges and the prosecutor each get more than $100,000 per year and there are several deputy prosecutors.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A test treatment has not been completely effective against a cause of the toxic algae that led to warnings and a decline in tourism at a major Ohio lake this summer.
Aluminum sulfate, or alum, spread over test areas appeared to have no impact on phosphorous at one site in Grand Lake St. Marys, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday. The phosphorous levels in the water were reduced by 50 to 60 percent at two other sites.
Kicking off 2011, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night got an update on early plans coming together for the city's 175th birthday celebration later in this new year.
On hand were the two men guiding the planning, Larry Isch and Max Miller, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wez Kuntzman. Miller and Isch left later with $500 in "seed money" provided by council and Mayor John Schultz.
The celebration will be held in conjunction with the annual Kekionga Festival, scheduled August 26-28.
The Decatur Police Department and the Adams County Coroner's Department jointly reported today that a city man, Kevin A. Brantly, 53, was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.
In addition, his wife, Laura "Vicky" Brantly, 52, was found in the house in poor condition and was taken first to Adams Memorial Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne at 10 a.m. This morning, a Parkview spokeswoman said only that Mrs. Brantly is not on the hospital's list of in-patients.