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January 22nd, 2015

City police, fire pension deficiencies pointed out

January 22, 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.

Fire at Bunge North America

January 22, 2015

    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.
Photo by Kellan Deam

January 21st

County to re-evaluate hiring practices

January 21, 2015

    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.

Decatur City Council ‘joins 21st Century’ with new chambers

January 21, 2015

    “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.

Brisk run

January 21, 2015

    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.
 

January 20th

City employees adjust to new surroundings

January 20, 2015

    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.

Mother arrested after searchers find body of Bluffton boy, 3

January 20, 2015

    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.

Living on the edge

January 20, 2015

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.

January 19th

Pro football playoff recap

January 19, 2015

Sunday 1/18/15
Seattle (14-4) 28 vs
Green Bay (13-5) 22

 

Missing Bluffton toddler found dead in wooded area

January 19, 2015

    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.

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