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December 7th

Fleming receives Geneva contract

December 7, 2011

    Geneva Town Council members accepted the "lowest responsible, responsive bid" for the town's wastewater infrastructure improvement project. 
    The acceptance of the bid and the issuing of intent of award to Fleming Excavating of Decatur in the amount of $515,818 were announced at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday.

Students receive to give

December 7, 2011

    The Bellmont High School Student Council has found a way to spread their own brand of Christmas spirit, after all it is better to give than it is to receive.
    The student council collected any amounts of monetary donations from the student body last week in order to provide gifts for needy children this Christmas. Donations were accepted throughout the school week.
    These donations will support anywhere from 20 to 30 children this rapidly approaching holiday season.

Mildred R. Elliott

December 7, 2011

    Mildred R. Elliott, 94, of Decatur, died at her residence on Monday, December 5, 2011.
    She was a daughter of Edward L. and Maude M. Kurt Johnson, born in Decatur on June 27, 1917.
    On December 3, 1934, she married Carl W. Elliott, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1979.
    Mildred was a homemaker who also worked at the Bag Service company in Decatur and in a local laundramat. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur.

December 6th

Hakes ready for a heavyweight challenge

December 6, 2011

    Bellmont wrestling fans will get a rare treat tonight when the 9-2 Braves take on the 4-3 New Haven Bulldogs, and I'm not talking about the 1,030 wins that the two veteran coaches will take to the tussle.
    No, mat fans will get to see the home debut of Brian Hakes, a new 205-pound senior heavyweight.
    A couple of weeks ago, Hakes, already a three-sport standout for two high schools, was just minding his own business at Bellmont High.

18.8 river crest seen for today

December 6, 2011

    The St. Marys River was expected to crest at 18.8 feet in Decatur late this morning, according to the National Weather Service.
    The city received an inch of snow in the past 24 hours, boosting the river a foot and a half to 18.7 feet at 7 a.m. today, local weather station officials said.
    The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.

County officials get TIF talk

December 6, 2011

    Decatur officials are seeking to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district within the city limits to receive tax proceeds from future increases in assessed property valuation of businesses and industries in the city, but not from any single-family residences in town.
    Such tax proceeds would go to the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) for use in economic development projects within the city limits as a way of gaining jobs, raising payroll and local revenue, and even selling homes to new working families.

Library Friends plan credit with plaque, display

December 6, 2011

    The board of directors of the Friends of the Library in Decatur has decided to place a plaque on the steel sculpture in front of Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System (APLS) and wall display inside the library to credit all those involved with that work of art.
    Greg Mendez, a Decatur artist who works in metal, designed and made the sculpture, which sits on a concrete base donated by Decatur concrete contractor Jim Hitchcock.

Mildred R. Elliott

December 6, 2011

    Mildred R. Elliott, 94, of Decatur, died at home on Monday.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

December 5th

Flower fund failing

December 5, 2011

    The program that began more than 10 years ago to plant flowers annually in 27 large sidewalk planters in downtown Decatur is in a financial bind this year.
    Rev. Dan York, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and the man who volunteered to oversee the project and keep the flowers looking good from May through October, reports that, for the first time, the project is short $1,200 to $1,500 in donations. Overall, the planter project costs $3,000 a year.

No flooding likely here at this time

December 5, 2011

    Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
    Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
    The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.

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