July 7th, 2011
The top two Decatur seeds in the annual Sandy Koufax League post-season tournament were victorious Wednesday night although not without early challenges in their games.
The City of Decatur has been awarded $1,366,031 in federal funds to make major improvements to the E. Monroe St. and Piqua Road area, Mayor John Schultz announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Called the E. Monroe St. project, the work will involve new pavements and curbs, improved drainage and repaving.
The city will have to provide a 20 percent match of approximately $340,000, which will make it a $1.7 million project..
Decatur apparently is going to be the site next month of a tent revival meeting.
Rev. Jim Splawn of Huntington, representing himself and city resident Susan Osborne, told city council on Tuesday night that he would like to hold a tent revival meeting on the vacant area off Seventh St. between the city fire station and the old depot.
According to Osborne, tent revivals were held there many years ago.
MONROE—The HME Crushers lived up to their name Tuesday night in the play-in round of the double-elimination Sandy Koufax League tournament by smashing 12 hits, four of which were for extra bases, and easily defeated the Bluffton Parks team, 18-2.
The Crushers tallied five in the first, four in the second, seven in the third, and then polished the game off with two in the fourth.
If the State of Indiana doesn't wreak havoc with Decatur's 2012 budget, city employees will be getting raises of $1,000 each after going without increases this year and last.
Insurance changes are coming, though, with only some employees to be affected by higher costs.
The passing on Tuesday of the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for the November 8 general election left just one contested race to be determined in Decatur, but presented voters with a nearly full slate of candidates in Berne.
Voters in Decatur will have only one seat to fill. Incumbent Barb Engle, a Democrat, will be challenged by Republican Cameron Collier for the at-large seat on Decatur City Council.
Decatur's Fourth of July celebration was a dandy, with ideal weather, a huge crowd, the well-deserved honoring of two deceased local men, and a great fireworks show.
There was one a hitch, though, and it was a major one: problems with the sound system.
Chief celebration organizer Adam Eguia attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to issue plenty of praise and thanks, and to address problems with the sound system.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.
Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.
The second annual Decatur Baseball Association skills contest, for boys ages 7 through 12, will be held on Wednesday, July 6, with registration starting at 5:15 p.m.
The Clemente (7-8) group will compete at 6 p.m., the Mays (9-10) group at approximately 6:45, and the Reese (11-12) group at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Players should register as early as possible, or at least a half hour prior to competing.
The tourney draw for the Adams-Wells Koufax League published in Friday's Daily Democrat was apparently in error.
The correct draw was issued today by league officials. The tourney will begin today with two games at Worthman Field and two games at Don Ray Memorial Park in Monroe. There will be games tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, and games next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The slate, by day, is as follows: