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January 22nd, 2015
There was a familiar face in the new surroundings at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting. Longtime police chief Ken Ketzler, who retired last summer, was on hand to talk about police and firefighter pensions.
Remember the city’s problem with 27 pay periods which cropped up last year? Well, it’s had an effect on pensions, too.
The Decatur Fire Department was on-scene starting at about 6:15 a.m. today at Bunge North America, 1200 N. 2nd St., in response to a fire that was believed to be in one of the facility’s drying units, according to a spokesman at the department. Firefighters from the Bluffton Fire Department were assisting Decatur firefighters with aerial units, while the Preble Volunteer Fire Department was on stand-by in Decatur should another fire occur. No further information was available when the Democrat went to press this morning.
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The pros and cons of using an outside employment agency to hire people to fill county government job openings became a topic of discussion during Adams County Engineer and Highway Department Superintendent Tim Barkey’s weekly report to the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday morning.
“I want to welcome everybody to the new city hall,” Mayor John Schultz said. And with that, the first Decatur City Council meeting in the spacious new site of city government began Tuesday night.
“This puts us in the 21st Century,” Schultz added later in the meeting.
Decatur resident Ron Gallogly took a brisk run along the River Greenway Trail Monday morning under clear skies. Rain moved into the area Tuesday, making such activities problematic.
The long awaited move into the new Decatur City Hall building at the corner of 2nd and Monroe streets — which took place Friday — went better than expected, according to Mayor John Schultz.
While there are still a few kinks to work out, the new offices are up and running, even if nobody answers the phone yet.
BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) — The mother of a 3-year-old boy reported missing over the weekend and her boyfriend are facing preliminary charges after searchers located a child’s body, police said Monday.
Breanna J. Arnold, 21, and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, both of Bluffton, face preliminary charges of child neglect resulting in death. A 16-year-old Marion boy also was arrested. Police said Barnes and the teenager are believed to be friends, and both face charges of abuse of a corpse.
Despite temperatures rising well above freezing the past few days, these two anglers deemed the ice on Kekionga Pond in Decatur to be safe and were out trying their luck early Monday morning.
Bluffton police reported a body believed to be that of missing 3-year-old Owen Collins was recovered from a woods in rural Wells County Sunday evening.
At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, officers went to a residence in the 500 block of Normandy Drive to do a welfare check on the occupants. Collins could not be located inside the residence. Emergency responders and citizens began a search for the toddler in the nearby area, according to a report from the department.
Craig Coshow has filed the necessary paperwork as a Republican candidate for the District 3 seat on Decatur City Council. That seat is currently held by Democrat Bill Crone.
Coshow is the former president of Meshberger Bros. Stone Corp.