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Police to Begin Holiday Crackdown on Traffic Violations

June 21 – A crackdown targeting intoxicated drivers and unbuckled motorists built around the Fourth of July begins Monday. The Decatur Police Department announced its July Fourth traffic enforcement strategy Thursday, with the heightened attention running from June 25 through July 8. “We encourage local residents to celebrate Independence Day safely,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer.…Continue Reading

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Blood Donations Sought to Avoid Shortfall

June 21 – The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is asking all eligible donors to give in next few days, saying donations are needed urgently to ensure continued availability. “During the summer months, the blood center experiences a significant drop in donations. There are weeks we collect 1,000 fewer units than we normally do in…Continue Reading

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Soccer, Golf and Zoo Fun Among Park District Offerings

June 21 – Soccer training, a golf tournament and evenings at Scovill Zoo highlight next week’s Decatur Park District events. The Midstate Soccer Club offers soccer-specific speed and agility training for players age 7-18. The five one-hour sessions will be held each Wednesday from June 27-July 25 at a cost of $58 per person, $50…Continue Reading

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Richland Tech Camps Feature 3-D Printing, Drones

June 21 – Students will get an opportunity to learn about manufacturing, robotics, 3-D printing, drones and automation during next month’s Tech-Go Technology Camp for Creative Thinkers at Richland Community College. The camps for students entering grades 7-9 will run July 9-12 for girls and July 16-19 for boys. Each session is limited to 40…Continue Reading

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Park District Proceeds with $2M Scovill Zoo Train Extension

June 20 – A bridge with a scenic view of Lake Decatur will be the most prominent feature of a $2 million extension for the train at Scovill Zoo. “There’s a nice view of the lake going across the bridge, and you can also see the bridge from across the lake,” Jeremy Buening, a structural…Continue Reading

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Students, Park Board Honor Jagger-Taylor

June 20 – While being honored for both her service and a recent national recognition, Marie Jagger-Taylor channeled a famous awards show acceptance speech. “In the words of Sally Field, all I can say is ‘You like me,’” Jagger-Taylor said after being recognized by the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners at its Wednesday meeting.…Continue Reading

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Clinton Walmart to Close Next Month

June 20 – The Walmart store and pharmacy in Clinton will close next month, the company announced Wednesday. “The decision to close our Clinton store is not an easy one, but, as a company, we are committed to continuing our growth and investment in Illinois,” said Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield. Both the store and the…Continue Reading

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Warrant Issued in Main Street Shooting Case

June 20 – Decatur Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Cory J. Marquis in connection with a Sunday shooting on East Main Street. Marquis, 30, is wanted for attempted murder following an investigation into the early morning shooting in the 1000 block of East Main that sent a 24-year-old man to the hospital with…Continue Reading

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Richland Board Hears Budget Report

June 20 – Greg Florian said Richland Community College is heading into a “much, much better fiscal situation here than in quite a while” for 2019. Florian, Vice President of Finance and Administration, broke down a $33 million balanced budget for the next fiscal year during a presentation to the college’s Board of Trustees before…Continue Reading

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Scholar Sendoff Collections Announced

June 20 – The Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual Scholar Sendoff will have the first of four collection days at the Walmart on Prospect Street next week. The program, co-sponsored by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, seeks donations of dormitory items and school supplies for first-year college students who demonstrate…Continue Reading

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