June 9th, 2011
It won't be soon and it may not even be this year, but in the not-too-distant future the City of Decatur is going to have something it's never had before: a redevelopment commission.
Decatur City Council started the ball rolling at its meeting Tuesday night and while Mayor John Schultz said "there is no rush," the mayor and council members seemed enthusiastic about beginning the process.
Free annual marionette shows presented at the Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System were seen by close to 200 people on Monday.
Two presentations of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" were given.
The handmade wooden puppets, moved by strings, are from the Stevens Puppets company in Bristol, Indiana, owned since 1993 by Dan Raynor. The Stevens Puppets were created in 1933 and the firm is one of just three marionette troupes at work in the United States.
Mary J. Lautzenheiser, 85, of Berne, died Wednesday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Norman Ward, 78, of Decatur, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in Decatur to Harley H. and Amanda E. (Neuenschwander) Ward on March 31, 1933.
On May 20, 1951, he married Delores Ginter.
Nyla M. Wiehe, 84, formerly of Decatur, died at 9:17 a.m. Wednesday in The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
She was born on May 29, 1927, in Adams County to John F. and Effie J. Teeter Morningstar.
She married Paul L. Wilkinson on March 22, 1952; but he passed away on February 4, 1984. On August 7, 1994, she married Edward L. Wiehe in Decatur; he survives.
She was employed at the General Electric Corp. plant in Decatur for 41 years.
The "perfect race at the perfect time" earned Bellmont sophomore Alexis Harvey All-State status in girls track, it was noted today by Bellmont's veteran track coach Carl Risch.
Harvey sped to fourth place at last Saturday's 200 meter final at the IHSAA Girls State Track and Field Meet held at the IU Track Complex in Bloomington..
Not only did Harvey gain a lot of respect, the fourth place earned her first team All-State status in her event, noted Risch.
The Farm Bureau Lifers clipped Peterson Grain 4-3 in a battle of once-beatens in the Monroe Little League Tuesday night.
The win puts the Lifers on top in the league at 8-1 to the 7-2 mark of Peterson Grain.
Operation Cleanup, the program designed to spruce up Decatur for its 175th birthday celebration in August, is building momentum as June and hot weather arrive.
Police officers patrol on bicycles, motorcycles, segways and horses, so why not on a golf cart?
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson suggested the idea to council members at Tuesday's meeting, noting, "I have received a lot of positive feedback from the community." Council members also supported the idea of police officers using a golf cart.
As the work on 13th St. is winding down, other projects are rapidly approaching and, according to what Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert told city council at its meeting Tuesday night, "We're going to be seeing a lot of activity pretty soon."
Right after the Fourth of July, LICA Construction Corp. of Berne and Portland will begin a major milling and resurfacing of US 224 from Front St. (by the Chamber of Commerce office) to the Ohio line. The project is expected to be completed in late August.