The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-04T09:44:15-05:00 monies are reduced ‘dramatically’ 2015-03-04T09:44:15-05:002015-03-04T09:44:15-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A lengthy list of recommendations for projects for the near- and long-term was presented to Decatur City Council Tuesday night, tempered by the revelation that Stellar Communities funds available this year have been “reduced dramatically.”<br />     City businessman Greg Kitson, representing the Greater Decatur Committee, outlined for council a number of Stellar-related projects recommended by the group for this year’s Stellar bid.<br />     Kitson prefaced what he labeled an update on projects by explaining “there is less money on the table” this year through Stellar funding. During a recent webinar with Stellar officials, it was learned there are “significant changes” in this year’s program.<br />     Between $8 million and $30 million, including “matches,” was available last year when Decatur made the final cut to six communities, but was not among the two successful cities, Huntingburg and Wabash. That funding was provided by the Indiana Housing and CommunityDevelopment Authority, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation. <br />     INDOT and OCRA are each providing only $1.5 million in funding for 2015, Kitson noted. In addition, INDOT is providing no streetscape funds.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INBob ShralukaStellar monies are reduced ‘dramatically’ Decatur Daily road less icy2015-03-04T09:43:39-05:002015-03-04T09:43:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Figuring out which way to go was the least of motorists’ problems Tuesday. With a layer of ice coating roadways (as well as the sign pictured above), travel was slow and trecherous well into the afternoon hours.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTThe road less icyDecatur Daily ponders staffing options2015-03-04T09:42:23-05:002015-03-04T09:42:23-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Geneva councilors wrangled with the options available to them in resolving staffing and coordination issues encountered by the employees of various town departments at Tuesday night’s monthly Geneva Town Council meeting.<br />     Clerk-Treasurer Barry Moore reported more than $6,000 in overtime was paid to Geneva town employees in the first nine payrolls of 2015. That figure does not include the police department, he added. While nearly half the overtime pay came from the street department for snow removal, a substantial amount was also paid to the water and wastewater department.<br />     Council President Dick Clutter took the lead on the discussion, indicating he has talked with town employees about the pros and cons of hiring a town manager or hiring another part- or full-time employee to expand the town’s staff.<br />     “The employees want someone they can go to when they have a problem,” Clutter said.<br />     To see the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammGeneva ponders staffing optionsDecatur Daily advisory as ice blankets county2015-03-03T09:37:41-05:002015-03-03T09:37:41-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Freezing rain that moved into the area early this morning created dangerous driving conditions as residents attempted to make the morning commute. The Adams County Emergency Management Agency issued  a Travel Advisory around 6 a.m. today and will remain in effect until further notice.<br />     The National Weather Service indicates freezing rain will likely remain in the area until this afternoon, with ice accumulations of one tenth of an inch possible. As temperatures warm throughout the day, freezing rain will turn to rain, bringing with it concerns of flooding in the area.<br />     Numerous slide-offs were reported this morning due to ice covered roadways.  All three public school systems in Adams County cancelled classes for the day, as did many area schools in neighboring counties.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSTravel advisory as ice blankets countyDecatur Daily get first look at materials for county jail2015-03-03T09:36:58-05:002015-03-03T09:36:58-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Plans for the new Adams County jail are progressing to the point where commissioners were presented interior and exterior materials specifications Monday by Tony Vie, a representative of the Fort Wayne architectural firm of Schenkel/Schultz.<br />     Three different materials will be used to create an aesthetically pleasing, as well as cost-efficient, exterior of the building, Vie said. He showed commissioners both a lighter and darker shade of brick which will be used to compliment three differing styles of light gray, metal panels “used in such a way it doesn’t look like a big, metal barn,” Vie commented.<br />     Commissioners were also presented a sample section of plastic, powder coated wire mesh which will be used from floor to ceiling on the second floor mezzanine of the jail cells “to ensure it’s impossible to fall or throw someone over the rail in the event of a tussle,” Vie explained.    Since all cells are modular, pre-assembled, metal box units — complete with a bed and all plumbing and electrical services already installed — the facility will be devoid of the typical metal bars found in most jails. Vie said individual units “are stacked like Legos and welded together.   <br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMIKE LAMMCommissioners get first look at materials for county jailDecatur Daily‘Antiques Roadshow’ type event planned at Decatur’s Spotlight2015-03-03T09:36:19-05:002015-03-03T09:36:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Adams County Historical Society will hold its own version of the “Antiques Road Show” at Spotlight on Decatur, to be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 at Bellmont Middle School.<br />     Beginning at 9 a.m., local antique glassware collector Joe Beauchot will help visitors determine the authenticity of their pieces. He has been a collector for 50 years and has sold in flea markets throughout the tri-state area.<br />     Beginning at 10 a.m., Fenton collector Susie Ballard will appraise Fenton pieces, including lamps. Ballard holds two National Memberships in collector clubs. Since 1992, she has been a member of the National Fenton Glass Society and Fenton Art Glass Collector Association.  <br />     Beginning at 11 a.m., Fort Wayne jeweler Doug Will will appraise precious gems.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INNo author available‘Antiques Roadshow’ type event planned at Decatur’s SpotlightDecatur Daily closings and delays2015-03-03T08:05:27-05:002015-03-03T07:26:25-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily DemocratDecatur, INNo author availableSchool closings and delaysDecatur Daily basketball round up2015-03-02T13:15:13-05:002015-03-02T13:15:13-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat      The season is winding down. We are entering the final week of the regular season. After that, conference tournaments will start the following weekend. Selection Sunday is March 15th, less than 2 weeks away. Shortly after Selection Sunday, all will be right in the world. People will be printing out brackets and filling them out at their desk. Inevitably, Jan from accounting will win your office pool by picking her favorite mascots and everyone will be in disbelief. It has been an exciting regular season thus far and boy do we still have the best ahead of us. So let’s recap what happened this past weekend as everyone is trying to add to their tournament resume.<br />  <br /> <strong>Saturday, February 28th, 2015</strong><br />  <br /> <em>(#1) Kentucky (29-0) 84<br /> (#18) Arkansas (23-6) 67</em><br />  <br />      Arkansas came into the game firmly considered the second best team in the SEC. Kentucky proved why they will stay the second best team in the conference. Trey Lyles led Kentucky to the win behind an incredibly efficient 8-10 shooting from the field for 18 points. Arkansas never seriously threatened the unbeaten Wildcats all game.<br />  <br /> <em>Virginia Tech (10-19) 57<br /> (#2) Virginia (27-1) 69</em><br />  <br />      In their last home game this season, Virginia took on the in state rival and league basement dweller Virginia Tech.  They slowly grinded the Hokies into submission as they had done to 26 times prior this year. On Senior day, Virginia’s lone senior Darion Atkins led the victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds.<br /> <em> <br /> BYU (23-8) 73<br /> (#3) Gonzaga (29-2) 70</em><br />  <br />      This game had a lot riding on it for both teams. Gonzaga is fighting for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, while BYU was fighting for its tournament life. BYU has a good record, but many in the media questioned whether they had the quality wins to get into the tournament. They left Spokane with a victory and all but punched their ticket to the Big Dance. In doing so, they snapped Gonzaga’s 22 game winning streaks and 41 game home winning streaks. BYU got the win by never trailing in the game. They also won despite former WCC Player of the Year and BYU all-time leading scorer Tyler Haws scoring only 10 points. This marks the end of the regular season as both move on to the WCC tournament in Las Vegas.<br />  <br /> <em>Syracuse (18-11) 54<br /> (#4) Duke (26-3) 7</em>3<br />  <br />      Syracuse is playing for pride right now as they have banned themselves from the post season for program violations. Duke is playing for a #1 seed and it shows. They quickly dispatched the Orange on Saturday. Justice Winslow led the way with 23 points and 9 rebounds.<br />  <br /> <em>(#6) Villanova (27-2) 78<br /> Xavier (18-12) 66</em><br />      Xavier came out firing on all cylinders. The Cintas Center was rocking as the Musketeers built a 9 point halftime lead. Villanova woke up about 10 minutes into the second half. They started hitting 3 pointers from everywhere. They ended up 13-29 from 3 and turned the deficit into a 12 point win. Dylan Ennis led Villanova with 16 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists.<br />  <br /> <em>(#7) Arizona (26-3) 63<br /> (#13) Utah (22-6) 57</em><br />  <br />      The game was close throughout. Both teams held small leads throughout the game. The difference in the game was made by Arizona’s Gabe York. York went to the free throw line with Utah leading 57-55 with 1:39 left to play. He made his first free throw. Missed the second one, but was able to wrangle his own miss and put it back to take the lead 58-57. They would never relinquish that lead and came out of Salt Lake City with a primo road victory.<br />  <br /> <em>(#8) Kansas (23-6) 69<br /> Texas (17-12) 64</em><br />  <br />      Texas could have really used a road win at Allen Fieldhouse. They are on the bubble right now, and beating a very good Kansas team would have done the trick. Texas had some shots to take down the Jayhawks. Texas’ Isaiah Taylor missed the front end of a 1 and 1 when they were down 2 with 48.3 seconds left. He missed an attempt to tie the game with 6.1 seconds as well. Perry Ellis had a monster game for Kansas with 28 points and 13 rebounds.<br />  <br /> <em>(#10) Northern Iowa (27-3) 60<br /> (#11) Wichita State (27-3) 74</em><br />  <br />      All eyes were on the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend as Northern Iowa travelled to Wichita. Northern Iowa topped the Shockers earlier this season 70-54 on January 31. The Shockers avenged their only conference loss with an emphatic victory. They sprinted out to a large lead and never looked back. Ron Baker led the team with 17 points.<br />  <br /> <em>(#12) Iowa State (20-8) 69<br /> Kansas State (15-15) 70</em><br />  <br />      Earlier in the week Kansas State knocked off in state rival Kansas and created quite a stir while rushing the floor to celebrate the victory. On Saturday, another top 15 team came to Manhattan looking for an easy road win. That didn’t happen as Kansas State used a 22-9 run to win the game down the stretch. A second big victory thankfully did not bring a second court rushing controversy.<br />  <br /> <em>(#15) North Carolina (20-9) 73<br /> Miami (18-11) 64</em><br />  <br />      Brice Johnson led the Tar Heels to a comfortable victory on the road against a Miami team fighting for their tournament life. Johnson was an efficient 11-15 from the field for 22 points and 11 rebounds.<br />  <br /> <em>(#16) Oklahoma (20-8) 67<br /> TCU (17-12) 60</em><br />  <br />      TCU took a surprising halftime lead at 36-28. The 16th ranked Sooners quickly restored order as they won the second half 39-24 en route to the 7 point victory. Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 21 points to go along with his 13 rebounds. The Sooners are now 1 game out of first place in the Big 12 with 2 games to go. The season finale will be with league leader Kansas who has won the past 11 Big 12 regular seasons. There could be a changing of the guard this time next week!<br />  <br /> <em>(#17) Louisville (23-6) 81<br /> Florida State (15-15) 59</em><br />  <br />      Not much to see here, just Louisville putting the screws to a lesser Florida State team. This game was never competitive game as the Cardinals dismantled the home team in Tallahassee.<br />  <br /> <em>(#20) West Virginia (22-7) 66<br /> (#19) Baylor (22-7) 78</em><br />  <br />    Baylor jumped all over the visiting Mountaineers early. The Mountaineers were without their star Juwan Staten and team captain Gary Browne exited the game less than 3 minutes into the game due to injury. Baylor took advantage and quickly built a large lead to cruise to an important resume building victory.<br />  <br /> <em>Dayton (22-6) 59<br /> (#22) Virginia Commonwealth (21-8) 55</em><br />  <br />    The Flyers travelled to Richmond tied with VCU atop the A 10 conference. They needed a big road win and essentially punched their ticket to the Big Dance. Road wins against top 25 teams are few and far between and they just barely edged the Rams. The game was close throughout, but VCU just couldn’t take a lead. They missed a long 3 pointer that would have given them the win with under 5 seconds to play.<br />  <br /> <em>(#23) Butler (21-8) 67<br /> DePaul (12-18) 53</em><br />  <br />    Butler came to Chicago and came away with a double digit victory as they expected to. Kellen Dunham led them with 24 points.<br />  <br /> <strong>Sunday, March 1st, 2015</strong><br />  <br /> <em>Michigan State (19-10) 61<br /> (#5) Wisconsin (26-3) 68</em><br />  <br />     Wisconsin was able to clinch regular season Big Ten title on Sunday as it knocked off a gritty Spartans team. It was senior night for the Badgers and a celebration of the career of National Player of the Year Candidate Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky scored 31 on 11 of 17 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. When coach Bo Ryan was asked to reflect on Kaminsky’s career, he said that he is the best player the league had seen since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson who ended his career in 1994.<br />  <br /> <em>(#21) SMU (23-6) 73<br /> Connecticut (17-11) 81</em><br />  <br />      Connecticut got a solid home win against a ranked SMU team, but will it be enough for a tournament bid for the defending Champs? Rodney Purvis led the scoring for Connecticut with 28 points. Surely, wins against Memphis and at Temple could go a long way this week. Just a few weeks ago we were counting these guys out, but watching how hard they fought in the NCAA tournament last year, should we ever count out a Kevin Ollie coached team?<br />  <br /> <em>Marquette (11-17) 66<br /> (#25) Providence (20-9) 77</em><br />  <br />      Providence was able to cruise behind a monster game out of LaDontae Henton. Henton recorded 25 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Marquette has now lost 11 of its last 12 games.<br />  </p>Decatur, INNo author availableCollege basketball round upDecatur Daily arrives like a lion2015-03-02T09:24:35-05:002015-03-02T09:24:35-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Another 5.5 inches of snow blanketed Adams County over the weekend, making the official start of spring — a little less than three weeks away — seem like wishful thinking.<br />     Following another week of bitter cold temperatures, the mercury climbed into the mid- to high-20s over the weekend to usher in the snowfall.<br />     Jeremy Gilbert, operations manager for the city of Decatur, said city snowplow operators were out early Sunday morning to clear primary thoroughfares in the city. At 1:30 p.m. city crews returned and worked until 7 p.m. clearing city streets. “City streets are in good shape this morning,” Gilbert reported.<br />     County roads are also fairing well this morning, according to Adams County Highway Superintendent Tim Barkey. County plows were out from about 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, then started out again around 6 a.m. this morning, Barkey said. “Things are looking pretty good."<br />     The National Weather Service is calling for a wintery mix to move into the area Tuesday morning, changing over to rain in the afternoon. As temperatures begin to rise as the day progresses, area residents could see a period of snow changing to freezing rain with some ice accumulation through the early part of the afternoon before temperatures climb above the freezing mark.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSMarch arrives like a lionDecatur Daily way home, here’s what the legislature is pondering2015-03-02T09:23:32-05:002015-03-02T09:23:32-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     The Indiana General Assembly has reached the midway point of this four-month budget-writing session. Here’s a look at some of the top issues lawmakers have dealt with:<br />     STATE BUDGET: House Republicans have advanced a $31 billion, two-year spending plan to the Senate. It calls for 2.3 percent increases in school funding, but the proposed shifting of tens of millions of dollars to growing suburban districts would lead to cuts for many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments. A final budget deal won’t be reached until near the Legislature’s deadline to adjourn in late April.<br />     For other issues being debated in the Statehouse, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INThe Associated PressHalf way home, here’s what the legislature is ponderingDecatur Daily