The latest fulltime officer on the Decatur Police Department is a lifetime resident of the city, Christopher Everett, 27. He is a 2002 graduate of Bellmont High School and a 2010 graduate of Ivy Tech College in Fort Wayne with a degree in criminal justice. Everett served as a reserve officer for a short time before becoming a fulltime patrolman. At his swearing-in at City Hall are, from left, Decatur Clerk-Treasurer Phyllis Whitright; Randy and Nan Everett, parents of Chris; and officer Everett.
Bellmont Middle School seemed to be as full of people March 12, during the 14th annual Spotlight promotion as during a regular school day, with crowds present throughout the 8 a.m.-6 p.m. event. Here, two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, each named Megan, sign autographs for fans.
Five members of the Spotlight Committee are wrapping up plans for the 14th annual event scheduled for March 12, at Bellmont Middle School. From left are, Brad Martz of the Edward Jones investment firm; Travis Alexander of Ryan Consulting; Ron Storey, Daily Democrat publisher; Al Converset of WZBD Radio; and Rick Richardson, of the local Walgreens store.
The icy remains of water from a ruptured fire sprinkler pipe inside the former Gerber's supermarket in Decatur Plaza shopping center on the north side of the city is seen Tuesday, Jan. 25. The pipe apparently broke early that morning and city water department workers were called at 3:45 a.m. to cut off the water flow to the building. That work was done outside and took about two hours because the men had to locate valves at ground level amid piles of snow and ice, according to Decatur Water Superintendent Jim Inskeep.
Phil and Jim Eicher, owners of Moser Motors Inc., receive a plaque from former Berne Chamber of Commerce board president Charles Isch (right) honoring the business as the chamber’s 2010 Business of the Year.
A familiar fellow was first to file on Jan. 19, as the 2011 city and town election process began. Decatur Mayor John Schultz, a Democrat seeking a second term, filed for the May 3 primary election by signing papers in the Adams County Clerk's office, while Clerk Gayla Reinhart observed. The last day to file a candidacy for elective offices in Decatur, Berne, and Monroe will be on Friday, February 18, by noon in the clerk's office at the courthouse in Decatur.
Dave Baumgartner was honored as the driving force behind the construction of the Muensterberg Clock Tower by being named as the Citizen of the Year by the Berne Chamber of Commerce. He accepted his plaque Jan. 18, from Nancy Brown, a chamber representative and DRG employee.