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October 8th, 2014

Blood moon lunar show

October 8, 2014

The second — and final — total lunar eclipse of 2014 took place early this morning. The moon, known as a “blood” moon,  appeared to be a coppery red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that  reflected onto the lunar surface. During the eclipse, although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reached the moon. The reddish glow is apparent in this photo, taken by Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews at approximately 5 a.m.

October 7th

Democrat mobile phone photo contest announced

October 7, 2014

    The Decatur Daily Democrat wants to see your mobile phone photos. Send us your pics today for your chance to be featured in the Democrat's 2015 calendar.
    This contest is open to all photographers using only a cellular mobile phone.
    • Each photographer is limited to five entries. Photos may be edited only with apps designed for mobile photography.
    • All entries must be emailed to by Nov. 10.

Cross Creek Claims 17th County Cup

October 7, 2014

    On a cold and blustery day (mixed with a little sleet) at Cross Creek Golf Club, the hometown guys from CC defended their Adams County Cup title, scoring a hard fought 17-13 victory against the Golf Club of the Limberlost.

Betty I. Fager

October 7, 2014

    Betty I. Fager, 93, Fort Wayne, formerly of Decatur, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

Linda A. Rosawehr

October 7, 2014

    Linda A. (Winteregg) Rosawehr, 67, Woodburn, formerly of Berne, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

Karen S. Rowdon

October 7, 2014

    Karen S. Rowdon, 76, Monroe, died this morning. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

Brian R. Baker

October 7, 2014

    Brian R. “Bake” Baker, 39, Rockford, Ohio, died at 12:31 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Mercer County Community Hospital Emergency Room. He was born in Van Wert Dec. 24, 1974, to Bob and Barb (Kline) Baker.
    He was employed by Thunderbird Products in Decatur and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Rockford. He lived in the area his entire life.

Joseph M. Miller

October 7, 2014

    Joseph M. Miller, 90, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. He was born in Decatur.
    He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran and worked as a Technician with G.T.E. for 30 years, retiring in 1978. After retiring he owned and operated his own electrical company.
    He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and American Legion Post 296.

Parking for new court eyed on 4th Street

October 7, 2014

    The Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon approved the appraisal of three residences on 4th Street in Decatur in their pursuit of land to purchase for the location of a parking lot to accommodate their planned construction of a new superior court building on 3rd Street.

Court records lay out case against suspect in child molestation case

October 7, 2014

    A probable cause affidavit filed with the Adams County Circuit Court in the child molestation case against a 71-year-old Geneva man alleges unwanted sexual advances and touches on the part of the defendant were directed toward a 7-year-old female.
    Richard A. Monroe was arrested Thursday by Berne police officers and was charged with child molesting, a Level 4 felony. He taken to the Adams County jail, where he was ordered held without bond. Monroe was scheduled to make  his initial court appearance at 8:15 a.m. today.

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