The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-24T08:42:20-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11785City stormwater rates to double ... or more2015-04-24T08:42:20-04:002015-04-24T08:42:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     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.<br />     The current $1.80 rate was established in 2004 and “it basically covers only the cost of what we have; it doesn’t allow us to do any projects,” Mayor John Schultz said at the meeting, a point he had made at a previous meeting. “I’m not saying (the projects being considered) will be done right away; it would be over a period of time and it would be all over the city. If we are going to get these projects done, though, we have to raise the rate.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKACity stormwater rates to double ... or moreDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11785Change0Usable2015-04-24T08:42:20-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11784Pints plant pines2015-04-24T08:40:18-04:002015-04-24T08:40:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJannaya AndrewsPints plant pinesDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11784Change0Usable2015-04-24T08:40:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11783‘Shrek the Musical’2015-04-24T08:38:30-04:002015-04-24T08:38:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat 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.<br /> <br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author available‘Shrek the Musical’Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11783Change0Usable2015-04-24T08:38:30-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11782Video of the Day: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history2015-04-24T08:19:46-04:002015-04-24T08:19:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat <script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableVideo of the Day: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft historyDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11782Change0Usable2015-04-24T08:19:46-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11780Hospital annexation on temporary hold2015-04-23T09:27:00-04:002015-04-23T09:27:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     At its meeting on Wednesday night — one day later than usual — city council accepted the petition for annexation, introduced a resolution to adopt a fiscal plan (required by law) regarding the hospital and Woodcrest, and also introduced an ordinance to annex. No final decision was made, however, and won’t be until council receives some new figures on water usage by the hospital and its subsidiaries.<br />     The city has been providing water and sewer services to the hospital since it was built in 2005, with the hospital paying some $2,000 a month at a non-city rate for those services. A few months back, however, it was discovered the city was getting an apparently false meter reading. The real cost, it was determined, should have been approximately $18,000 a month, on average.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INBob ShralukaHospital annexation on temporary holdDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11780Change0Usable2015-04-23T09:27:00-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11779Honor Flight trip includes local resident2015-04-23T09:25:42-04:002015-04-23T09:24:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     There have been 13 flights through the 122nd Fighter Wing. The commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Colonel Patrick R. Renwick, spoke at a breakfast before the flight. “The military support we have in this community, not just for the 122nd, but for the entire greater northeastern Indiana region is outstanding.” Renwick added, “I am continually amazed by the amount of support and outreach this community does and Honor Flight is just another part of that,” he said.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INKellan DeamHonor Flight trip includes local residentDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11779Change0Usable2015-04-23T09:24:58-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11778Jobless rate stays at 4.8%2015-04-23T09:24:02-04:002015-04-23T09:24:02-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     The county’s jobless rate was 5.7 percent in March of 2014.<br />     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.<br />     Wednesday’s state report showed 787 members of the county’s total workforce of 16,509 remained out of work during February.<br />     March unemployment rates in surrounding counties included Wells, 4.8; Jay, 5.4, Huntington and Allen, 5.7; Whitley, 5.2 and Blackford, 7.2 percent. Jobless rates in each of those counties were lower than the February figures.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTJobless rate stays at 4.8%Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11778Change0Usable2015-04-23T09:24:02-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11775Decatur cop jailed for text messages2015-04-22T09:18:10-04:002015-04-22T09:18:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A Decatur police officer is facing two felony charges following a week-long investigation by the Indiana State Police Department.<br />     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.<br />     Wilson is being charged with two counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.<br />     Upon investigation, Douglas said both alleged victims reported Wilson requested they send nude photos to him via text and/or Snapchat. One of the victims reported Wilson also asked her to have sexual intercourse with him, the affidavit states.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSDecatur cop jailed for text messagesDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11775Change0Usable2015-04-22T09:18:10-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11774BHS holds dress rehersal for 'Shrek'2015-04-22T09:16:54-04:002015-04-22T09:16:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      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.<br /> Photo provided<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableBHS holds dress rehersal for 'Shrek'Decatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11774Change0Usable2015-04-22T09:16:54-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:11773Sponsors sought for downtown planters2015-04-22T09:15:45-04:002015-04-22T09:15:45-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     According to Wes Kuntzman, executive director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, the expenses for these planters are the actual costs of the plants, flowers and fertilizer — a total of $110 per planter for the entire season. Volunteers do all of the planning and planting.  Kuntzman said there are two ways in which local residents can help to ensure the planters remain a part of the downtown Decatur experience. <br />     “The first way you can help is to sponsor a planter,” the chamber director said.  “To ‘sponsor’ is to help with the funding of the planters.  All donations are greatly appreciated. The second way residents can help is to adopt a planter. This simply means that you will be caretaker of a planter by watering it and removing weeds or trash. It’s that easy and it doesn’t require that you sponsor a planter.” <br />     For more, information contact the chamber.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableSponsors sought for downtown plantersDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:11773Change0Usable2015-04-22T09:15:45-04:00