The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-29T09:06:59-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:99132014 county Fact Book in today’s DDD2014-07-29T09:06:59-04:002014-07-29T09:06:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Included inside Tuesday's edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat is the 2014 edition of our annual Fact Book.  <br /> The 66-page edition is a comprehensive listing of federal, state and local governmental offices, local fire and police agencies and first responders. Also included is information pertaining to area recreational activities, towns cities and villages, churches, libraries, medical professionals and more.<br /> The special edition was made possible by the sponsors featured within the publication.<br />     Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Democrat to get this handy guide.</p>Decatur, INNo author available2014 county Fact Book in today’s DDDDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9913Change0Usable2014-07-29T09:06:59-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9912Elks aid in Girl Scout Cabin renovation2014-07-29T09:06:19-04:002014-07-29T09:06:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      Decatur Elk members recently joined with Girl Scouts of Adams County for a celebration at the Girl Scout Cabin in Hanna Nuttman Park. Decatur Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Pat McCormick organized the event, which attracted some 50 participants. The Elks donated $2,000 to make improvements at the Girl Scout Cabin.  Lodge also members volunteered to do plumbing, paint, provide heavy-duty doors for the cabin and other work at the facility.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableElks aid in Girl Scout Cabin renovationDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9912Change0Usable2014-07-29T09:06:19-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9911Grand Marshall2014-07-29T09:05:37-04:002014-07-29T09:05:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, served as the grand marshall in his hometown parade Saturday as the 2014 Swiss Days Festival wrapped up Saturday.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableGrand MarshallDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9911Change0Usable2014-07-29T09:05:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9909Trending video: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner2014-07-28T15:44:05-04:002014-07-28T15:42:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableTrending video: Dog passes out from excitment to see ownerDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9909Change0Usable2014-07-28T15:42:35-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9903Sunday crash leaves Decatur woman dead2014-07-28T09:36:19-04:002014-07-28T09:36:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The Indiana State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred Sunday that fatally injured a Decatur woman and hospitalized four others.<br />     According to a news release, a preliminary investigation conducted by Master Trooper Kurt Jack stated that at approximately 4 p.m., a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Tyler Cowans, 47, Decatur was traveling southbound on U.S. 27, south of County Road 850N, when the left rear wheel assembly reportedly came off of the vehicle causing Cowans to lose control. The Expedition, which was originally traveling in the driving lane, traveled off the roadway and into the west ditch where it began to roll and came to rest on its top.<br />     Cowans, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered head and internal injuries and was transported to Lutheran Hospital. He was listed in critical condition this morning at Lutheran in their intensive care unit. The front seat passenger in the vehicle, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Adams County Coroner Leslie Cook. Officials have not released the name of the deceased, however posts on social media sites by family members report the victim as Ronda Cowans, Decatur.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableSunday crash leaves Decatur woman deadDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9903Change0Usable2014-07-28T09:36:19-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9902Storm batters Willshire area2014-07-28T09:35:30-04:002014-07-28T09:33:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      A brief but intense summer thunderstorm carrying extremely high winds and heavy rainfall passed through the Willshire area shortly before noon Sunday, leaving several area residents without electrical service for as much as four hours.<br />     The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office reported no serious damage as a result of the storm, although an AEP power line was downed across Ohio 81 just east of Willshire. Evidence of wind damage to area corn fields was also present.<br />     A semi truck and trailer parked at a home on Ohio 81 was blown over in the high winds, and a car traveling the rural highway was blown off the road, nearly striking a utility pole. There were no injuries in the accident and the driver was able to guide the vehicle out of the ditch with the help of a few passersby.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author availableStorm batters Willshire areaDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9902Change0Usable2014-07-28T09:33:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9901Hailey Wendel - 2014 Little Miss Swiss2014-07-28T09:32:25-04:002014-07-28T09:32:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The annual Swiss Days Festival in Berne wrapped up its three-day run Saturday evening with the traditional  grand parade Above, Hailey Wendel, the 2014 Little Miss Swiss, waves to the crowd gathered on the streets of Berne.<br /> <br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSHailey Wendel - 2014 Little Miss SwissDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9901Change0Usable2014-07-28T09:32:25-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9894Opening night ceremonies kick off Swiss Days2014-07-25T13:59:34-04:002014-07-25T09:43:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The streets of Berne came alive Thursday as hundreds of people flocked the downtown area for the opening ceremonies of the 37th annual Swiss Days Festival being held through Saturday.<br />     Mayor Bill McKean opened the event under the big top at the main stage, speaking of the rich Swiss culture in Berne and thanking the Swiss Days committee and area residents who help make the event a success year after year.<br />     Following the signing of the National and Swiss Anthems, sang by Sidney Sprunger and Alexis Cromey respectively, the little ones took the stage — and the spotlight — as the ever popular Little Miss Swiss Days was held. Young ladies from around the area overwhelmed the crowd with cuteness during the event, waving and blowing kisses as they made their way across the stage.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSOpening night ceremonies kick off Swiss DaysDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9894Change0Usable2014-07-25T09:43:55-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9893Double champ2014-07-25T09:41:23-04:002014-07-25T09:41:23-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat    Courtney Scherer was a two-time champion at the Adams County 4-H Fair livestock auction Thursday night, netting top dollar for both her Grand Champion Adams County Born and Raised beef steer and her Grand Champion barrow. Pictured with the barrow are Nathan Scherer, Courtney Scherer and buyer Duane Franz of Beck’s Hybrids. Scherer is the daughter of Barry and Denise Scherer.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableDouble champDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9893Change0Usable2014-07-25T09:41:23-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9892Piqua Road to close for two weeks2014-07-25T09:40:12-04:002014-07-25T09:40:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      County Engineer Tim Barkey has reported Piqua Road will be closed, beginning Monday, between C.R. 100E and Monmouth Road as Co-State Construction begins repairs to a bridge approach at Caffee Ditch. The road will be closed for approximately two weeks.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availablePiqua Road to close for two weeksDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9892Change0Usable2014-07-25T09:40:12-04:00