July 5th, 2012
Full-time City of Decatur workers will be getting a two percent pay boost next year, marking the second year in a row they've received an increase after going the two previous years without.
Mayor John Schultz recommended the two percent hike at Tuesday night's city council meeting and council readily agreed.
Although fireworks were banned in Decatur by city officials over a week ago, there has been some question whether the city had the authority to do so. It now appears that most doubt is gone following the passage of an emergency proclamation at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Probably two-thirds of Indiana counties have instituted burn bans during this summer of drought, and many communities have banned the use of fireworks.
The Geneva Town Council reviewed the proposed 2013 town operating budget of $574,767 at its meeting this week. The proposed budget, prepared by Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren, is $20,980 more than the 2012 budget.
The budget proposal for 2013 outlines $409,139 of spending from the General Fund and $165,628 from the Motor Vehicle-Highway Fund.
The budget will be reviewed again next month. A public hearing will be held in September, and the town expects to adopt the budget in October.
Fern L. Lough, 65, of Decatur, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on July 3, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
She was born on August 12, 1946, in Adams County, to the late Theodore and Treva (Rash) Mihm.
Fern married John W. Lough on November 2, 1966; he died on November 1, 2007.
Ruth E. Schwartz, 91, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village.
Among survivors are daughters Jocelyn (James) Blum and Amy (Ken) Troutman, both of Fort Wayne, and a son, Ted (Lana) Schwartz of Berne.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. in Swiss Village Chapel, and one hour prior to services on Monday at 11 a.m., also in the chapel.
Burial will be at MRE Cemetery, Berne.
Arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Colquest took second place in the tournament after winning the season title in the MYL. The championship game, played last Thursday, went into eight innings and was played in 100+ degrees. The members are: front L to R: Owen Johnson, Cashton Reynolds, Micah McClure, Sam McKean, Gavin Cook. Back L to R: Cesar Roggerio, Ethan Brown, Kam Brown, Jake Haviland, Blake Heyerly, Aiden Roggerio. (Photo provided)
By MARTHA WAGGONER
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show’’ and the rumpled defense lawyer in ‘‘Matlock,’’ died Tuesday. He was 86.
Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.
With special precautions in place, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks event — the 20th annual — got a green light this week from Mayor John Schultz.
The city of Berne largely escaped the brunt of Friday's storm, although another round of thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon dropped .8 of an inch of badly-needed rainfall on the community.
"We were lucky," said Berne Mayor Bill McKean of the relatively light damage suffered in the city.
"All in all, I'm very pleased with the cleanup; it's going pretty well," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning.
City cleanup crews were "nearly halfway through the first pass (of the city)," he said, noting that once completed, a second pass will be made to pick up smaller debris.
People are urged to move their storm debris to curbside to facilitate the cleanup.