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March 9th, 2012

Science Central set for Spotlight

March 9, 2012

    A new addition to Spotlight on Business Expo this year is the Science Central presentation, Outreach to Space.
    The program will convert the display area in the Bellmont Middle School gymnasium into a home base for exploration, according to officials of the Fort Wayne-based Science Central. Interactive exhibits, designed and built by San Francisco's famed Exploratorium, are guaranteed to inspire minds from ages 2-102 as they discover astronomy, space travel and so much more, Science Central officials said. 

Time for city redistricting...if needed

March 9, 2012

    Armed with figures provided by the recent US Census, the City of Decatur in the coming months will be looking at its voting districts for possibly redrawing the maps for voting balance.
    City Attorney Tim Baker told city council at its meeting this week that redistricting must be done this year. Once new population figures are obtained from the county clerk, Baker said, an assessment of the districts can be made.
    "It could be that we won't have to make any changes," he remarked.

Raymond D. Eckrote

March 9, 2012

    Raymond D. Eckrote, 96, of Geneva, died today in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.

Beat the pros March hoops contest

March 9, 2012

    Hey, sports fans, it's time for college hoops to heat up in March and for you to fill out your brackets! Why not fill one out for the DDD for a chance to "Beat the Pros"?
    The Democrat's sports department, as well as other DDD staff members will be filling out the brackets picking their favorite teams as well and would like all of Decatur to join in the competition.

March 8th

Spotlight to shine here on Saturday

March 8, 2012

    A total of 52 booths, all sorts of stage entertainment, free bingo, an auction and more will be featured on Saturday as the annual Spotlight Business Expo, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, will unfold at Bellmont Middle School. 
    Doors will open at 8 a.m., with breakfast available, and the event will continue until 5:30 p.m.

Monroe man faces forgery charges

March 8, 2012

    Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher E. Harvey announced today that John E. McAlhaney, 25, of Monroe, has been arrested and charged with four counts of forgery, each a Class C Felony. 
    The arrest was a culmination of an investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Harvey said.

Decatur planning to go the GIS route

March 8, 2012

    Decatur is going the Global Information System (GIS) route.
    City council on Tuesday night unanimously supported Mayor John Schultz's request to hire a summer intern to help the city collect information for the project.
    Ethan Snyder, a resident of the Decatur area, currently is a student at Ball State University majoring in Global Information Systems. He will be hired for a two-mont period, at $9 an hour.

March 7th

Colts drop Manning

March 7, 2012

By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning’s record-breaking run as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player.
    Both men paused frequently, fighting tears and their voices shaking, when they appeared together at a news conference at the Colts’ team complex.

City officers now carrying Tasers

March 7, 2012

    Decatur's police force is now armed ... with Tasers.
    Using strictly public donations, the city police department has purchased nine of the devices and they are being carried by the officers. The "road officers" — those who patrol — are carrying the Tasers with their sidearms.
    Another Taser is rotated among the shift commanders.

Signs project closer

March 7, 2012

    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was scheduled to take bids and then award a contract today for the massive street-sign project in Decatur.
    Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert told city council on Tuesday night that the project could begin within 45 to 60 days.
    All signs in the city will replaced and some permanently removed. Street marker posts will be replaced, but most stop sign posts will not, according to Gilbert.

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