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April 10th, 2015

‘Historic US 27’ endeavor could benefit downtown tourism efforts

April 10, 2015

    Plans to create a business loop to Decatur’s downtown by employing the original U.S. 27 route were unveiled at Tuesday night’s meeting of city council.    
    Decatur Main Street, a group of local volunteers, plans to place “Historic US 27” signage along the original route once authority is granted by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Plans also call for development of a tourism guide to the attraction on both the current route and the former route.

Amish construction dwarfs ‘English’ in 2014, report shows

April 10, 2015

    There were twice as many permits issued for the construction of new homes for Amish families than there were for all other residents of unincorporated areas of Adams County in 2014, the annual report submitted to county commissioners by Building/Zoning and Planning Director Mark Wynn shows.

Time running out to name ‘pocket park’

April 10, 2015

    The Decatur Main Street organization is now accepting nominations for the new name of the “pocket park,” located on the corner of 2nd and Monroe streets in downtown Decatur.
    Should it be named after a local legend or a local landmark? Should it rhyme? The group wants your suggestions.
    Entries may be mailed to City of Decatur, 172 N. 2nd St., Decatur, IN 46733, Attn: Name that park; by email at; or by phone at 724-7171.

April 9th

Video of the day: Jack Nicklaus sinks hole-in-one in par-3 contest

April 9, 2015

The Masters Par 3 Contest was a success, entertaining crowds with cute kid caddies, numerous holes in one and more than a few big-name stars — some who weren't even golfers.

Baker signs with Franklin

April 9, 2015

BAKER TO FRANKLIN— Electing to continue his baseball career, Bellmont’s Brett Baker signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play for Franklin College in the 2016 season. Brett sits with his mother Shelly and father Gary, while Athletic Director Dale Manis and Bellmont baseball coach Ben Fawbush stand behind. (Photo provided)

Redevelopment group to get city TIF funds

April 9, 2015

    Changes in Decatur’s Tax Increment Financing setup have been finalized and, it is hoped, by 2016 will bring some TIF funds to the city’s redevelopment commission.
    The announcement was made at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
    Used as a subsidy for redevelopment, TIF is a method of public financing. Future gains in taxes in a designated area are collected, then used to finance improvements.

Day became night

April 9, 2015

    Dark skies and heavy rain moved into Adams County Wednesday morning, forcing this woman and her young daughter to dodge raindrops on their way to the store. By early afternoon rain clouds had yielded to sunshine and milder temperatures.


Decatur plans storm water rate hike

April 9, 2015

    “Nobody likes to raise rates, but we are simply not getting anything done,” and there is much to do, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting, where it was made plain that storm water rates are going to be rising.
    The city’s current rate is $1.80 and has been in place since 2004, he noted, adding that some communities have rates as high as $10 to $15.

April 8th

A Stellar Day Decatur one of three finalists for 2015 Stellar Communities grant

April 8, 2015

    The announcement came five days later than originally planned, but Mayor John Schultz’s confidence and optimism proved prophetic: Decatur has been named one of three finalists in its population group seeking up to $4 million in state funding through the Indiana Stellar Communities program.

Extreme heavy trash

April 8, 2015

    It’s heavy trash week in Decatur, and city crews were greeted by some mammouth curbside deposits, such as this one on Northbrook Court. Heavy equipment was needed to clean up the site.


    Tonight's final Northeast Hoosier Conference baseball game will go a long...
    FORT WAYNE— The Braves used a big homerun late in the game from Brett...
    MONROE— South Adams baseball came out on the right end of the conference...


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