July 20th, 2011
By BOB SHRALUKA
Employees of the City of Decatur are going to get their $1,000 salary increases in 2012, which is the major reason for a rise in the city's proposed budget for next year.
But it's money city council and Mayor John Schultz are more than willing to spend in lieu of two facts: No raises were granted for 2010 or 2011, and city department heads returned $600,000 of budgeted money — a major savings — last year.
Daniel F. Herman Sr., 79, of Linn Grove, died at his residence on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
He was born on September 25, 1931, in Adams County to Franklin D. and Jessie (Cave) Herman.
On September 19, 1970, he married Marilyn C. Myers.
Daniel retired as a mechanic with Dan’s Auto Service and Balsiger Motors in Berne.
He was a member of the American Legion post at Bluffton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Geneva.
Rita A. Runyon, 72, formerly of rural Decatur, died on Sunday in Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center at Bluffton.
She was born in Adams County on March 14, 1939, to Kenneth H. and Mary Jane Kunkel Runyon.
Surviving are two brothers, Kaye K. Runyon of Peoria, Arizona, and David R. Runyon of Guam.
By JIM HOPKINS
Daniel Meyer fit right in among the state's best football players Friday night at North Central as he took his turn at middle linebacker and played special teams for the North squad.
The former Bellmont All-Stater, one of the top half-dozen football players ever to compete for Bellmont High, made four tackles and was involved in a lot of action. He also looked sharp in special teams.
Volleyballer Alyssa Keller of Adams Central and all Central athletes will be back in the swing of things as practices will begin on Aug. 1 for the 2011 season.
Adams Central Athletic Director Rick Minnich announced today that fall practices will begin on Monday, August 1.
High school football conditioning practices will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
By ERIC MANN
Okay, Adams County 4-H Fair fans, let's test your knowledge of an important fact about this year's event, with the temperature as hot as it is.
The question is this: how many electric fans are in use at the fairgrounds?
The Daily Democrat made an unscientific study of this vital matter on Monday and came up with these numbers, which may well be challenged by a recount or two:
— 48 fans in the cattle barn.
Well, at least we got some rain.
Amid this week's sweltering heat wave, a thunderstorms rolled through Decatur shortly before 3 a.m. today, dropping some much-needed rain on the area. Decatur weather station officials reported a measurement of .34 of an inch.
A man described by Decatur police as being white, approximately six feet tall, slender build and brown hair, held up the Walgreen's Pharmacy located in the 100 block of N. 13th Street at 8:40 Monday evening.
Police said the suspect approached the pharmacy counter at the store about 20 minutes before it was scheduled to close and passed a note to the pharmacist in charge. The note said he had a weapon and demanded all of the pain killers that Walgreen's had in the pharmacy.
Calvin E. Smitley 81, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2011, at his residence.
Calvin was born on November 3, 1929, in Mercer County, Ohio, to George W. and Effie (Yoder) Smitley.
He married Norma J. Vorhees on May 29, 1947. She passed away on September 8, 1990.
He retired in 1991 from Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne after almost 44 years of service.
He was a member of Moose Lodge 1311 and the Eagles Lodge, both in Decatur.
Dolores M. Harvey, 86, formerly of Bluffton, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
She was born on January 3, 1925, in Adams County to Milo and Mary (Hirschy) Fuchs.
She married Dale A. Harvey on June 17, 1944; he died on November 19, 2006.
She is survived by a brother, Delbert Fuchs of Berne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and two brothers.