June 7th, 2012
There are four teams left in the 3A state finals for baseball in Indiana and the Bellmont Braves are one of them for the first time since 2002 when Jon Stevens' group of Braves fell to Vincennes Lincoln, 4-0 in the state final.
Despite the visit to Victory Field in Indianapolis back in 2002, the Braves are still without a semi-state title due to the fact that there was not a semi-state conducted from 2000-03.
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock says that by the first part of next week, the city fire department will have smoke detectors for use by county residents.
Anyone who needs a smoke detector may visit the fire station on Seventh St., just off Adams St., or call the department, 724-8909.
Hitchcock noted, however, that the detectors will not be given to anyone. "Instead, we will take them to the home and install them to be sure they are installed properly," he said.
Jennifer Kate Hartman, 41, Fishers, Indiana, passed away June 5, 2012.
She was born July 4, 1970, in Chapel Hill, N.C., the daughter of Michael and the late Diana (Ettleman) Hawfield. She married Matthew Hartman on September 26, 1992; he survives.
She graduated from Southside High School in Fort Wayne, and went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University.
Fun Family Fridays will begin this Friday, the Decatur/Adams County Parks and Recreation Department has announced.
Every Friday will feature something different, something fun, something for everyone, a department spokesman said, adding: "Fun Family Fridays are opportunities for residents of Decatur/Adams County to take advantage of our wonderful outdoor resources."
Each activity is free and all will be held during a 90-minute period, 5:30 to 7 p.m., each Friday.
Vaughn Edward "Ed" Merillat, 96, died Wednesday. Among survivors are two daughters, Donna (Roy) Heatwole of Harrisonburg, Va.; and Jeannine (Mark) Starks of Centerville, Ohio.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday in the Swiss Village Chapel, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of services. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
The local Shrine lodge will host area Shriners as they participate in a parade in Decatur on Friday.
The parade, due to start at 8 p.m., will feature antique vehicles, tractors, mini-cars, etc.
The parade will form at and also end at the Krueckeberg building (formerly Adams Lumber) on Adams St. The parade will go east on Adams St. to Five Points, north on Second St. to Madison St., west on Madison to Seventh St., and south on Seventh back to Adams St.
True E. Myers, 66, of Monroe, went to meet the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Decatur on April 27, 1946, to the late Melvin D. and Anna A. (Liechty).
On April 10, 1966, he married Barbara (Brubaker).
Aldine B. "Deany" Holle, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her residence.
Deany was born on Thursday, November 10, 1921, in Adams County, the daughter of the late George and Lydia (Eickhoff) Bultemeier.
She married Donald F. Holle on May 11, 1941, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Preble; he passed away on December 11, 1999.
Decatur City Council moved forward Tuesday night on redistricting for post-2012 elections.
After each census, cities (and states, etc.) must redraw voting lines to keep something of an even balance in terms of population, with no district having more than 10 percent greater population than any of the others.
Seeking to come into compliance with orders set forth by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the city of Decatur has informed some downtown businesses and a few residences in other areas that they will have to disconnect their downspouts from the city's sanitary sewer system.
Approximately 25 businesses and homes have received letters spelling out the needed change, according to Ann Butcher, who heads the city's sewage treatment plant and wastewater department.