January 3rd, 2013
Duane Orville Whisman, 79, passed away at his home in Decatur on December 20, 2012, after a short illness. He was with his family when he passed.
A longtime Decatur resident, Duane was born May 20, 1933, to Bernard and Irene (Lightheart) Whisman of Harrison, Ill.
Duane graduated from Hononegah High School, Rockton, Ill., where he lettered in football and track.
The City of Decatur is making a commitment to shore up both the downtown flower and Christmas lighting funds headed by the Chamber of Commerce.
At Wednesday night's city council meeting — the first of the new year and a day later than usual due to New Year's Day falling on a Tuesday — it was decided that the city will provide up to $2,500 in matching funds for each program.
The idea had been briefly touched upon at previous meetings, but last night the commitment was finalized.
A 21 year-old Amish man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when the buggy he was driving was struck by a SUV at the intersection of U.S. 27 and S.R. 124.
The 8:12 p.m. mishap occurred when the SUV driven by Elizabeth Freyburgher, 42, Portland, was northbound on U.S. 27 and struck the eastbound buggy operated by Michael J. Wickey, rural Decatur. The report said Freyburgher was stopped for the light at the intersection and started forward again when the light turned green.
The Decatur Sculpture Walk Committee has announced five 2012 award winners.
Gregory Mendez’s Effortlessly Buoyant, sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation, was the People's Choice Award recipient, chosen by the public in ballots submitted at the library in Decatur and the Adams County Community Foundation.
An arrest has been made in the November 8, 2012, murder of Melinda Shinn, 26, Rockford, Ohio, about 25 miles southeast of Decatur, according to the Celina Daily Standard.
Daniel C. Martin, 40, was arrested in Fort Wayne where he has family. Police have also recovered Martin's Ford Explorer. No further information was immediately available.
Leah M. Schwartz, 73, of Bryant, died on Monday at her residence.
Among survivors are her husband, Dan H. Schwartz; three sons, Dan D.L. (Mary) Schwartz, Henry D.L. (Barbara Ann) Schwartz, and Chris D.L. (Barbara) Schwartz; and four daughters, Katie D.L. (Mervin) Cambright, Mary D.L. (John) Graber, Emma D.L. (Amos) Graber, Leah D.L. (Reuben) Hilty, and Barbara D.L. (John) Hilty.
Pollyanna M. Neuenschwander, 96, of Berne, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012, at Swiss Village.
She was born in Adams County on August 21, 1916, to the late Peter B. and Elizabeth (Welty) Lehman.
On November 11, 1939, she married Orval Neuenschwander; he passed away in June 2007.
For the second time in three years the military death of a young county resident was voted as the Daily Democrat's top news story of the year.
Nick Taylor of Berne was killed July 16 in Afghanistan while serving as a member of the Indiana National Guard.
Spc. Sergio Eduardo Perez of Crown Point, also died in the attack that included rocket-propelled grenade fire and small arms fire in the Kandahar Province during a mounted route clearance patrol.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese says its retired bishop has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
The diocese says 80-year-old Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy (DAHR’-see) was diagnosed after he came down with nausea and a severe headache while in Boston for the holidays visiting family and friends.
It stood there tall and somewhat overpowering at one of the main downtown intersections. In its heyday, when the downtown was vibrant, full of retail shops and shoppers, the corner building at Second and Monroe streets was alive with hustle and bustle.
Holthouse Drug Co. was the place where one could purchase a greeting card, writing materials, "notions" and just about anything imaginable. And, of course, you could get your prescriptions filled with a smile from people like Louie Jacobs and Bob Holthouse and Dan Freeby.