March 7th, 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.
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.
A Geneva town ordinance prohibiting trucks that are more than 25 feet long or more than 82 inches wide from parking on town streets is beginning to be more strictly enforced. According to Marshall Rob Johnson at Tuesday's town council meeting, this is the result of an increase in complaints. Johnson said the police department has already issued several written warnings.
For Adams Central, 2012 collided with 1964 and 1966 last night.
This year's Flying Jets tied the school record for season victories at 19 with a stirring and dominant 74-62 conquest of Bishop Luers in the Class 2A sectional title game at South Adams. AC (19-3) also posted 19 wins in the 1963-64 and 1965-66 seasons, under coach Vernon Zurcher and including the school's first 1,000-point scorer, Roger Schnepp.
Bellmont senior Allison Gutierrez has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Indiana University East starting with the 2012 season. Red Wolves coach Charlie Brown announced the signing Feb. 29.
Gutierrez is a 5-6 defensive specialist who helped Bellmont High School win the 2010 Indiana Class 3A state championship. She was an honorable mention academic all-state selection and an all-conference libero as a senior. She ranked 13th in the state with 4.5 digs per game, according to the MaxPreps Web site.
Once again a group area residents met with the Adams County Commissioners Monday to address concerns regarding the Adams County Animal Shelter.
Joanna Stanley of Decatur said that according to a veterinarian in Berne, whom she declined to name, the animals at the shelter are suffering from upper respiratory infections, which are highly contagious to other animals as well as humans.
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the newest theme of a police push to crackdown on drunk drivers, it was announced Monday by Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler.
A recent story in the Democrat outlining the selection process for candidates for the District 2 seat on the North Adams school board incorrectly listed the geographic boundaries for the district.
District 2 includes the eastern half of Root Township, east of County Road 000; all of Union Township, and a portion of Washington Township.
LaVon Naomi Grice, 90, of Decatur, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Ossian Health Care.
LaVon was born in on September 26, 1921, in Decatur, to the late Don and Della (Cook) DeBolt.
She lived all her life in or around Decatur; however, the past five years she has resided at Ossian Health and Rehab.
She married Frank J. Grice on June 9, 1939; he preceded her in death.
Danny Dwayne Morgan, 66, Bluffton, died on Saturday, March 3, at his residence.
Among survivors are his wife, Debborah (Cowan) Morgan of Naples, Fla.; sister, Paula (Steven) Holloway of Decatur; and brother Gary (Karla) Morgan of Decatur.
There will be a private family memorial held at a later.
Arrangements were by Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton.