November 8th, 2011
Workers from several companies are on the job this week redoing the busy railroad crossing on five-lane 13th St.
The southbound lanes have been in bad shape for years, and two or three repair jobs have failed to hold. This time, the entire crossing will be replaced, with the project hopefully completed by Friday.
In accompanying photo, a worker operates a hydraulic lift pulled up a heavy cover from part of the crossing so workers could reach the rails beneath. The cover was put on a forklift.
North Adams Schools will continue to have its resource officer, Kriss Affolder, for another year, according to approval given by Decatur City Council at its meeting last week.
Actually, the city merely renewed its agreement with North Adams, insuring that the officer will continue to work within the school system until next June 30.
The fourth annual Christmas Open House, sponsored by the Decatur Small Business Association (DSBA), will be held this Friday and Saturday at 24 businesses to kick off the Christmas season.
Christmas shopping and decorating ideas will be available, along with entertainment and refreshments, the DSBA said.
A grand prize drawing will be held for those who have punch cards stamped at 10 businesses they visit. Cards are available from participating DSBA sponsors.
Frederick P. "Fred" Coffee, 88, of Fort Wayne, died suddenly at 1:26 p.m. Sunday at home of natural causes.
He was born on August 16, 1923, in Adams County to Adrian Henry and Mary Elizabeth Lobsiger Coffee.
He married Patricia E. Kintz on May 10, 1947, in Fort Wayne; she died on September 6, 2005.
Fred and his wife owned Graphic Typesetters for 25 years and Gensic Creative Metals for several years.
Judith A. Ehlerding, 70, of Decatur, died today at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced the locations of the seven polling places in Decatur and Berne that will be in operation next Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for city and town elections.
Following is one race in Decatur, six races in Berne.
Here are the voting places:
Decatur One — North Adams Schools administrative office, 625 Stadium Dr., next to US 224 East.
Officials of the Adams County chapter of Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) have announced that its Emmanuel Project has begun, with the goal of providing Christmas gifts to children in low-income families in the county.
Churches throughout the county are being contacted by Love INC to sponsor such children, but businesses and individuals are also welcome to become sponsors, according to LOVE officials.
Those eligible are children who receive free or reduced-price meals at schools.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) will be undertaken again this year by members of The Bridge Community Church in Decatur.
Shoeboxes will be filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items, notes of encouragement, etc. and are given to needy children at Christmastime, an announcement said, noting that OCC has provided some 86 million gifts since 1993 to children around the world.
Emma S. Girod, 95, Fort Wayne, died Sunday at 9:15 p.m. at her residence.
She was the daughter of Samuel J. and Elizabeth Ann (Miller) Christner. She was married on January 18, 1940, to John S. Girod, who preceded her in death on March 5, 2002.
Jerry L. "J.T." Tharp Sr., 72, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born on March 22, 1939, in Ridgeville, Indiana, to Roe and Frances Wooters Tharp.
He married Mariana M. Jauregui on June 29, 1957.