The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-27T08:37:28-04:00 Street project is ahead of schedule2015-04-27T08:37:28-04:002015-04-27T08:37:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     “In fact, they’re even a little bit ahead of schedule,” he added.<br />     The intersection of Piqua Road and East Monroe Street is currently closed, but now has a potential reopening date of May 30, Gilbert added.<br />     Fleming Excavating of rural Decatur has the contract, providing a low bid of a little more than $1.3 million. While the city received a federal grant for the project, the Indiana Department of Transportation is in charge of all aspects.<br />     Although certain areas are closed to traffic, all people residing in the area have access to their places of dwelling, Gilbert has said.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the full story.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAMonroe Street project is ahead of scheduleDecatur Daily Royalty2015-04-27T08:36:15-04:002015-04-27T08:36:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.”<br /> Photo provided<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableShrek RoyaltyDecatur Daily Cleanup efforts start in city2015-04-27T08:33:39-04:002015-04-27T08:33:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     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.<br />     This will be the fourth year for the effort, which began with the city’s 175th birthday celebration in 2011.<br />     A crackdown on unlawful vehicles will be the early focus, he said. People think that because a junk vehicle is on their property that that’s okay, Karbach told council. That assumption is false, though, if the vehicle doesn’t meet city codes.<br />     The storage of a motor vehicle in an inoperative condition, unfit for further use, or for parts or scrap metal, is illegal, according to those codes. Also violating code is any vehicle unable to move under its own power, or is not licensed, or is not insured and has remained in that condition for a period of not fewer than 10 days (unless stored in a building).<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAOperation Cleanup efforts start in cityDecatur Daily 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 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‘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 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="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Decatur, INNo author availableVideo of the Day: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft historyDecatur Daily 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 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 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