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Monroe Street project is ahead of schedule

April 27, 2015

    Work on the Decatur’s East Monroe Street project is under way and “going fairly well at this point,” city Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert told city council last week.
    “In fact, they’re even a little bit ahead of schedule,” he added.
    The intersection of Piqua Road and East Monroe Street is currently closed, but now has a potential reopening date of May 30, Gilbert added.

Shrek Royalty

April 27, 2015

    Joe Marbach as King Harold, Andrea Curtis as Little Fiona and Caitlyn Fitzgerald as Queen Lillian were among the characters to take the stage this weekend during Bellmont High School’s theater production of “Shrek the Musical.”
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Operation Cleanup efforts start in city

April 27, 2015

    Operation Cleanup is ready to kick off its 2015 campaign, when the weather permits, Bill Karbach, the city of Decatur’s code enforcement officer, told city council Wednesday night.
    This will be the fourth year for the effort, which began with the city’s 175th birthday celebration in 2011.

City stormwater rates to double ... or more

April 24, 2015

    Decatur’s storm water rates could be doubling in the near future and going even higher in another year via a recommendation given city council on Wednesday night by Crowe Horwath, an accounting and consulting firm.
    That may not be as overwhelming as it seems, however, as the current average rate is $1.80 a month and would go to $3.50 and later $4.50, if approved. And approval is likely as city officials have on several occasions stressed the need to boost rates in order to fund capital improvement projects.

Pints plant pines

April 24, 2015

    Adams County Director of Forestry Dwight Pierce, in brown shirt, had a few volunteers to help plant two new trees at the Boys and Girls Club in Decatur Thursday as part of today’s annual Arbor Day celebration. The trees were planted in honor of the late Ralph Biggs and the late John Kintz in memory of their years of involvement with the club.


‘Shrek the Musical’

April 24, 2015

Joe Marbach as a knight, Chelsea Henkenius as Gingy, Quentin Geels as Lord Farquaad  and Evan Anderson and Eviyon Wygant as a knights are among the cast of characters who will take the stage tonight and Saturday at the BHS Erekson Theatre during the school’s production of “Shrek The Musical.” Both performances are at 7 p.m.

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Video of the Day: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

April 24, 2015

Patrick Jones has the 5 worst number one overall draft picks in NFL history. Who were they? Check out the video!

Hospital annexation on temporary hold

April 23, 2015

    A faulty meter reading has led Adams Memorial Hospital/Woodcrest to seek annexation from the city of Decatur. But local officials, through generally agreeable to the idea, are holding off while awaiting some new figures.

Honor Flight trip includes local resident

April 23, 2015

    The 15th Honor Flight, hosted by Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, took off Wednesday morning from the Fort Wayne Air National Guard base. The flight included World War II veterans and volunteers for a day of touring Washington, D.C. to see the different veterans’ memorials. Decatur resident Richard Scheumann was among the vets on Wednesday’s flight. Monroe businessman Paul Zurcher was also scheduled to be a part of the Honor Flight but was unable to attend.

Jobless rate stays at 4.8%

April 23, 2015

    Adams County’s unemployment rate stayed steady at 4.8 percent in March, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county’s jobless rate was 5.7 percent in March of 2014.
    Local unemployment figures bottomed out during 2014 at 4.3 percent in September after hitting a yearly high of 6.0 percent in February. Jobless rates in the county peaked at 15.2 percent in July of 2010.

Decatur cop jailed for text messages

April 22, 2015

    A Decatur police officer is facing two felony charges following a week-long investigation by the Indiana State Police Department.
    According to a probable cause affidavit, ISP Detective B. Douglas Jackson responded to a report April 15 that Spencer R. Wilson, 25, sent  two females — both of whom are under the age of 18 —  photographs of his genitalia via text and Snapchat.
    Wilson is being charged with two counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

BHS holds dress rehersal for 'Shrek'

April 22, 2015

     Bellmont High School students Alan Hosier as Donkey and Josh Ainsworth as Shrek rehearse their performances of the stage play “Shrek,” to be presented at BHS at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Erekeson Theatre.
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Sponsors sought for downtown planters

April 22, 2015

    For many years the downtown Decatur area has been beautified by beautiful plants and blooming flowers. These planters have enhanced the beauty of the historic downtown area for several years. If this program is to continue, we need the support of the entire community.

Behind-the-scenes support is crucial to BHS stage production of ‘Shrek’

April 21, 2015

    When Shrek the Musical opens in the Erekson Theatre at Bellmont High School Friday night, two virtually unseen groups will have a major part in the success of the production. 
    The set construction crew, under the direction of Rick Smith, has been working since mid-March on the multiple sets needed for the production.  Audience members will be transported from a storybook to Shrek’s swamp to Duloc to Fiona’s Tower and finally to the Cathedral with many other stops in between. 

Andrews wins first place in AP contest

April 21, 2015

    Decatur Daily Democrat Associate Editor Jannaya Andrews captured a first-place plaque for excellence in column-writing in this year’s Indiana Associated Press Managing Editor’s competition.
    The awards were announced Friday night during a banquet in Indianapolis.
    Competing against newspapers with much larger circulations, this is the second consecutive year the Daily Democrat has captured at least one first-place award in the IAPME contest.

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