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June 27th, 2014
There’s an old joke that says someone is so unpopular he (or she) couldn’t be elected dog catcher. That, however, is how it all began for one of the most popular police chiefs in Decatur’s history.
Kenneth R. Ketzler took a job as dog warden and process server with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in January of 1976. A Vietnam veteran, he had worked in retail and in 1973 he and his wife, Linda, moved to Decatur and opened a sporting goods store/bait shop, Sportshaven, on Winchester Street.
State Rep. Matt Lehman was disappointed, but not surprised, when a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. But the Berne Republican lawmaker was philosophical about the ruling, saying the state legislature will simply “go back to work on issues important to Hoosiers and let this (gay marriage debate) play its way out through the courts.”
The Geneva Chamber will sponsor a car show from 3-9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Geneva. Registration to participate in the show is $10, with dash plaques given to the first 75 registrants. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are all welcome. Door prizes, food and music will be available.
In conjunction with the car show, the Geneva Fire Department’s women’s auxiliary will sponsor a family fun day from 2-6 p.m., offering a water ball tournament, carnival games, the fire department “smoke house” and a food booth.
A “0” is not the type of score most organizations want to receive when being evaluated, but that score recently given to the Adams Memorial Hospital left the AMH Board of Trustees glowing with praise for hospital staff Wednesday night at the regular monthly meeting.
The score was issued by the Indiana State Department of Health and reflects the number of medication errors, surgical errors, or other miscues during 2013 that by law are required to be reported to the ISDH.
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society has announced the selection of honorary co-chairpersons for this weekend’s annual Relay For Life fundraiser.
Jane Reidenbach, Decatur, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in July 2013. She had a bone marrow transplant in February. “As of Thursday, the doctors say I am cancer free,” Reidenbach said. “There were times I wanted to give up and then I would see my grandson, Rowan, and he would give me the motivation to continue the fight.”
American Legion Post 43 in Decatur will open its doors to the public for a series of upcoming events, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the post, located at the corner of Madison and 1st streets.
According to Deb Lambert, a volunteer who is active in fundraising events for the post, the Legion “is working on holding more events that will be open to the public” in an attempt to generate more traffic at the post and to increase accessibility to the service organization.
Two members of the Decatur Police Department were issued oaths of office Tuesday in recognition of their new positions within the department. Deputy Police Chief Greg Cook and Detective Lieutenant Mike Mahan have been promoted to chief and assistant chief, respectively, in a move precipitated by the pending retirement of long-time city police chief Ken Ketzler.
Mayor Bill McKean called it an “exciting time.”
“This is not something we do every day,” the mayor said shortly before members of the Berne City Council authorized the purchase of a new fire truck for the community.
If at first you don’t succeed...
Just as he did last week, Adams County Community Corrections Executive Director Ian Gilbert appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday to again ask their permission to restructure his staff in the wake of the resignation of Field Officer Kevin McIntosh. This time, however, his request was unanimously approved.