Each year, the eighth grade class at Bellmont Middle School operates carnival games at preschool sites in the Decatur area, this year going to First United Methodist Church, Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren, Southeast Elementary School, St. Joseph Catholic School, and St. Mark's United Methodist Church. At St. Joe, BMS students Gisel Vergara and Dana Garcia work with Shayla Herdman at a fishing game.
Kids, costumes, candy, and cars were the centerpieces of last weekend's Callithumpian festival in Decatur. On Oct. 23, with temperatures in the low 70s, perhaps the largest crowd in the history of the Safe Trick-or-Treat event at Safety Park was held. This photo shows three women at right from the Divorce Care for Kids program at Decatur Church of God: (left to right) Terri Borne, Alex Vanlandingham, and Jeanie Davis.
Decatur Rotary Club officials said 260 children from the area signed up to participate in the club's annual poster-painting contest at Riverside Center on Oct. 21, a part of the Callithumpian festival. Counting parents, siblings, and Rotarians, probably more than 500 people congregated at the site during the two-hour event for kids from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Gunner Butler, almost 7, and his sister, Krosbi, 4, dressed up as a policeman and as Batwoman to advertise the annual safe trick-ot-treat event in Safety Park on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 2-4 p.m. for all area children in elementary school. Businesses and organizations will have people dressed in costumes in the child-sized village to give candy to the kids who walk through. Safety Park is beside Worthman Field, 13th and Adams streets.
Two adult men look like dolls atop the huge mound of trees and other debris in the St. Marys River under the Macklin Bridge on Monroe St. as work began on Oct. 19 to remove that logjam. Tim Yarberry Landscaping and Excavating of Anderson is doing the work, which may be completed this week. The firm was hired by state officials because the bridge is also the right-of-way of US 224.
Say "goodbye" to the old front steps of the Adams County Courthouse. Hitchcock Concrete of Decatur is putting in new steps, which will have hot water pipes embedded to heat the concrete and melt ice and snow. The work will be done in three to four weeks, after which the Hitctcock firm will remove the courthouse's rear steps and repair a ramp beside those steps, a project that will also take three or four weeks.