January 16th, 2013
Virginia A. Swygart, 89, of Decatur, passed away at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Virginia was born in Dixon, Ind., on Thursday, September 20, 1923, to the late Charles and Samantha (Murchland) Waterman.
She married Robert L. Swygart Sr. on March 21, 1942, in Fort Wayne; he passed away on May 23, 1985.
She was a homemaker, as well as the owner and operator of High Street Bar in Montpelier for 33 years.
The St. Marys River is dropping, E. Monroe St. is open, and US 224 was likely to be reopened later today as Decatur's latest flooding problems continue to recede.
The St. Marys stood at 21.37 feet at 7 a.m. today, a fall of some two feet from its Monday-night crest of 23.3 feet, weather station officials said. The river was at 22.99 feet at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The Decatur Chamber announced on Tuesday that Decatur Mayor John Schultz has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Stephen Decatur Award. The award, named after naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, is given for outstanding service to the community. It was first given in 1988.
Schultz, who just started his sixth year as mayor of Decatur, will receive the award at the Chamber's annual dinner on Thursday, February 7, at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Decatur.
The family of Spc. Nicholas Taylor, killed last year in Afghanistan while serving as a member of the Indiana National Guard, on Tuesday evening accepted on their son's behalf the 2012 Citizen of the Year award from the Berne Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor's parents, Tim and Stephania, his brother Drew and sisters Holly Morgan and Sophia Aiwen, made no public comment in accepting the award, and told a chamber representative only that "there aren't many words that can be said" at receiving such an honor.
MONROE—The Eastbrook Lady Panthers, led by sophomore center Brooke Saylor, ruined AC's coaches vs. cancer game at the Hangar with a 41-34 win against the Lady Jets.
Saylor was cancerous in her own right, at least to the Jets' defense. The center was the benefactor of several lobs down low in the first half resulting in Saylor scoring 23 of Eastbrook's 25 points.
Garrett—Almost everyone was looking at the scoreboard as Bellmont dropped a 48-32 to Garrett Tuesday in non-conference girls basketball action.
But Bellmont coach Andy Heim was quick to talk about his teams defense.
He explained when a team is shooting as hot as Garrett was in the first half, his troops had to stay focused.
Common sense says even with the Railroader team hitting close to 60 percent, by coach Heim’s estimation, it could only last so long.
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert announced at 1:50 p.m. today (Tuesday) that E. Monroe St. has been reopened to traffic as floodwaters are receding.
Allen W. Duffey, 43, of New Haven, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Fort Wayne on Friday, December 5, 1969, to Richard and Marlene (Bultemeyer) Duffey. They survive in Fort Wayne.
Allen was honorably discharged from the Indiana Army National Guard.
Little has changed overnight in the fight against the latest flood to hit Decatur, although the St. Marys River crested overnight at 23.31 feet feet, one of the highest levels ever recorded here.
The crest came at 9:30 p.m., city weather station officials reported, and the river began slightly receding. At 7 a.m. today, it stood at 22.99 feet.
Mayor John Schultz gave the annual State of the City address at Woodcrest on Monday.
He began by expressing his love for his job and thanking all those who support him in it.
Schultz reported that the water department has noticed less water has been sold than was pumped to the plants, so they have been searching for leaks, particularly in the oldest part of the city. Having found leaks there, they will continue to search for and repair leaks elsewhere in the waterlines throughout Decatur this year.