The Daily Press http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/apfeed.xml--1 Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-18T09:24:51-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9296Christian community celebrates Good Friday2014-04-18T09:24:51-04:002014-04-18T09:24:51-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Christian community celebrates Good FridayChristians throughout the world are celebrating Good Friday today, a day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and will culminate their Holy Week celebration on Easter Sunday. Pictured above is the altar of St. Marys of the Assumption Catholic Church,  adorned for Holy Week.<br /> Photo by Mike Lamm<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableChristian community celebrates Good FridayDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9296Change0Usable2014-04-18T09:24:51-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:92952% pay hike for county employeees is approved2014-04-18T09:23:46-04:002014-04-18T09:23:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Almost as an afterthought, the Adams County Council last week approved a wage increase of 2 percent for all county employees in the 2015 budget.<br />     The wage increase issue had been discussed and progressed to the point of a motion and second suggesting the increase be set at 2 percent, before council became distracted with credit card discussions and neglected to officially act on the measure. Council President Randy Colclasure quickly asked for a vote on the proposal as some council members were walking out of chambers, and the motion quickly passed unanimously and without further discussion.<br />     In earlier talks, a range for the increase of between 1 percent and 5 percent had been mentioned.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMM2% pay hike for county employeees is approvedDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9295Change0Usable2014-04-18T09:23:46-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9294Bikes and booms: It must be summer in Decatur2014-04-18T09:22:51-04:002014-04-18T09:22:51-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Snow was on the ground in Decatur on Tuesday morning, but that night’s city council meeting featured a wealth of talk about summer activities: the Sculpture Walk Festival, the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, and, once again, a major motorcycle event.<br />     The ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana group will be back for what was formerly its Mayors Ride, now titled The Motorcycle Experience, on Sunday, June 1.<br />     The Sculpture festival  is scheduled for June 13-14. And, of  course, the fireworks display will be held on July 4, which this year falls on a Friday.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKABikes and booms: It must be summer in DecaturDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9294Change0Usable2014-04-18T09:22:51-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9289Library’s Egg Tree has rich history2014-04-17T10:20:50-04:002014-04-17T10:20:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library is currently featuring its 63rd annual Egg Tree display, an event long on history and the meaning of its celebration.<br />     “The Egg Tree” by Katherine Milhous was released in 1950 and won the 1951 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration. Milhous was a Pennsylvanian Dutch author and illustrator looking to instill a tradition in others beyond Pennsylvania.<br />     Bertha Heller, a Decatur librarian at the time, was touched by the story and enlisted the help of many around the world to erect an egg tree for the local library. One massive tree stood on the floor in the old library building in 1951, where children gathered in groups to appreciate the art and celebrate Easter.</p><p>Decatur, INASHLEY THIEMELibrary’s Egg Tree has rich historyDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9289Change0Usable2014-04-17T10:20:50-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9288Key Stellar grant dates are rapidly approaching2014-04-17T10:18:24-04:002014-04-17T10:18:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Mayor John Schultz expressed “high expectations” at Tuesday night’s city council meeting when he talked about the city’s bid for a multimillion dollar Stellar Communities grant.<br />     The city, one of 14 communities originally seeking the major grant, has made the final cut to six. Having laid out plans for various improvements around Decatur, city officials are now fleshing out those plans to submit its Strategic Investment Plan. It has received $10,000 from the Stellar Communities program to prepare the final plan.<br />     The Stellar program involves the offices of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation. The Stellar program is in its fourth year and in the past, two communities have been selected each year to receive the multimillion dollar grants.<br /> For the complete story, see today's print and online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKAKey Stellar grant dates are rapidly approachingDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9288Change0Usable2014-04-17T10:18:24-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9287City hall, PD bids to be opened soon2014-04-17T10:15:46-04:002014-04-17T10:15:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Plans continue to move forward on Decatur’s city hall and police station projects.<br />     Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday’s city council meeting bids on the renovation of the former First State Bank building at 2nd and Monroe streets are due to be received April 30. The building will be converted into a new city hall.<br />     Bids for the construction of a new police station are due the next day, May 1. The building will be constructed on a city-owned lot off 7th Street, just north of the current fire department building. The city plan commission on Tuesday night approved the site plan for the building.<br />     On May 5, the mayor, county attorney, clerk-treasurer and council members will meet to decide on final financing plans. Separate bonds totaling approximately $2 million will be issued by the city, with the exact amount and the length of the bonds to be decided at the May 5 meeting.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print and online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKACity hall, PD bids to be opened soonDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9287Change0Usable2014-04-17T10:15:22-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9282APLS-Decatur decorate eggs2014-04-16T09:12:38-04:002014-04-16T09:12:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat Officials at Adams Public Library-Decatur continued an egg-decorating tradition Monday evening. Myla Ellenberger got a hand from grandma Karen Carroll as they decorated their assortment of eggs to be hung on an egg tree.<br /> <br /> Photo by Ashley Thieme<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableAPLS-Decatur decorate eggsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9282Change0Usable2014-04-16T09:12:38-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9281City lends support to downtown jail2014-04-16T09:11:40-04:002014-04-16T09:11:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Locating a new jail and court building downtown may not be ideal in all ways, but its a far better option than constructing it out of town, Decatur City Councilman Cam Collier said Tuesday in lending the city’s support to the decision by county officials to place the building on First Street.<br />     County officials have not announced any specific location, but speculation holds that it will be a block or two south of Monroe Street.<br />     Collier’s support followed views expressed by Mayor John Schultz at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The mayor said he supports keeping the jail in Decatur and believes “the selection of First Street is a good idea.”<br />     For the complete story, see today's print and online editions.</p>Decatur, INBOB SHRALUKACity lends support to downtown jailDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9281Change0Usable2014-04-16T09:11:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9280Hop on out to these egg hunt events2014-04-16T09:11:00-04:002014-04-16T09:11:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat DECATUR<br /> The annual Decatur Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by WZBD radio, will be held at noon Saturday at Riverside Center.<br /> <br /> GENEVA<br /> Limberlost State Historic Site will sponsor an egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at the baseball diamond in Geneva. Guests may also arrive early and enjoy seeing critters such as bunnies, Silkie chickens and guinea pigs at a petting zoo provided by Roll Farms of Marion.<br /> The Easter Bunny will greet children and parents may bring their cameras as there will be plenty of opportunities for photographs before and after the hunt. Admission for children is $2 (ages 12 and under), while parents and grandparents are admitted free.<br /> <br /> MONROE<br /> The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Easter breakfast from 6-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast consists of biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and eggs. An Egg hunt will follow the breakfast. Participants should bring their own basket.<br /> <br /> BRIDGE CHURCH<br />  The Bridge Community Church, 1403 Winchester Rd., Decatur, will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Friday. An egg hunt will begin at 6 p.m., followed by food, carnival games, a living Easter story, clowns and bounce houses.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableHop on out to these egg hunt eventsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9280Change0Usable2014-04-16T09:11:00-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9276Lehman: Tax caps have hamstrung NA schools2014-04-15T09:42:28-04:002014-04-15T09:42:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Superintendent Brent Lehman gave the annual State of the School address Monday during a Decatur Chamber of Commerce lunceon at Woodcrest Nursing Center.<br />     “What makes North Adams such a great school district is the level of teamwork, and the relationships between parents, staff, administrators and students,” Lehman emphasized.<br />     “There is not one of us that can solve any problem, but collectively we can solve anything. If we didn’t work collectively, the wheels would fall off and we would stop moving forward,” Lehman explained.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INASHLEY THIEMELehman: Tax caps have hamstrung NA schoolsDecatur Daily Democraturn:publicid:dailypress.com:9276Change0Usable2014-04-15T09:42:28-04:00