July 19th, 2012
Decatur got some long-awaited rain on Wednesday and more appeared to be on the way late this morning.
Officials at the city weather station said .37 of an inch was recorded there up to 7 a.m. today and that boosted the city's rainfall to exactly one inch this month.
The June rainfall here was 1.08.
The Decatur Fire Department responded to a grass fire at the home of Laura Love, 4353 E 700 N, Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. after a snapped tree top knocked down a power line, sparking the grass fire, according to a department spokesperson.
Since the line was "hot," Love was told to remain inside the home by the first emergency personnel to arrive. Indiana & Michigan Power repaired the damage later.
Catherine L. “Kay” Pageler, 97, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Decatur, died on July 13 at her residence.
Among survivors are three daughters, Sue (David) Isch of Winterhaven, Fla., Linda (William) Bay of Decatur, and Becky (Nick) McDowell of Fort Wayne; and a son, Russell E. (Deanna) Pageler of Land O’Lakes, Fla.
Private services were held.
Arrangements were by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
In the Eight and under All-Star tournament held in Hoagland this weekend, Decatur True Value placed second out of four teams losing in the championship on Sunday to the undefeated New Haven All-Stars.
The Indiana National Guard on Tuesday released its first information surrounding the deaths in Afghanistan this week of Berne resident Nick Taylor and a fellow Hoosier soldier.
According to a press release issued by the Guard's public affairs office, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger were officially notified of the deaths of the Indiana National Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan.
Heat didn't deter the turnout in Monroe for the 4-H Fair's big night on Tuesday.
Among those riding were grand marshals Shirley Steiner and Gloria Sommer.
Following the parade, Elizabeth Liechty was announced as this year's Royal Ambassador, with Devan Barger named the Distinguished Ambassador.
Other Ambassadors are Elizabeth Shaw, Dusty Gremaux, Lori Dunham, Ryan Hockemeyer, Cody Fuelling, Casey Krueckeberg, Macy Mudd, and Logan Roe.
In what was for it a lengthy meeting, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night handled a number of issues, including an update of the city personnel policy, launching an ordinance to ban off-road vehicles on off-road city property, and moving toward a tax abatement for a local company.
Although there have been some amendments over the years, the personnel policy has not had a good going-over since 1993 until recently, with all council members getting time to look over proposed changes.
William A. Bailey, 83, of Decatur, died on Monday at his residence.
There is no visitation or funeral service.
Arrangements were by Zwick and Jahn Fueral Home.
Cawood Ball, 92, of Bean Station, Tenn., died July 4, 2012, at Lakeway Regional Hospital, Morristown, Tenn.
He was born November 23, 1919, in Harlan County, Ky.
Cawood was a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Force during World War II. He retired from The Magnavox Company after 33 years of service as a truck driver, based in Fort Wayne, and later Greeneville, Tenn. He attended First Baptist Church of Bean Station. He was an avid fisherman and original member of the Greeneville Bass Club.
Tomasa M. Serna, 81, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
She was born in Malakoff, Texas, on December 28, 1930, to the late Isaac and Alejandra (Guerrero) Mendez.
On October 28, 1950, she married Eriberto “Bob” Serna; he preceded her in death December 8, 2009.
Tomasa was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the Rosary Society and Hispanic Society. She was a homemaker and mother to all.