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December 8th

Only two TIF hurdles remain

December 8, 2011

    Only two more local hurdles remain for Decatur's tax increment financing (TIF) district: to clear: votes on December 20 seeking approval by the Decatur Plan Commission and the Decatur City Council.
    The latest was cleared on Wednesday evening by a 5-0 vote of the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) to approve the second of two required resolutions for the TIF district the DRC created in October.

December 7th

Car crashes into house on 2nd St.

December 7, 2011

    Decatur police are investigating a high-speed crash on Second Street that took place shortly after noon on Wednesday. Details have yet to be released, although it is known that the car — after traveling at a reported speed of 70 miles per hour southbound on Second Street — struck a residence. The driver of that vehicle was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with a reported lacerated skull and other injuries.

Gun law change shot down

December 7, 2011

    As is often the case, a new Indiana law appears to be full of ambiguities, and so the City of Decatur's attempt to come into compliance with the state's new law on gun carrying has once again been stalled.
    An ordinance written by City Attorney Tim Baker and unveiled at the November 15 meeting of city council and passed on two readings wasn't brought up at Tuesday night's meeting since it apparently wouldn't be in compliance.

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.

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