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PHOTOS/AUDIO: Maroa-Forsyth Christmas Basket Project

December 14th, 2019 – Volunteers, including several from the Maroa-Forsyth Girls Basketball and Football teams gathered at Maroa City Hall to help give out baskets of food and gifts courtesy of the Maroa-Forsyth Christmas Basket Project. Hear from Co-Coordinator Barb Wilkey about how the project got started and from Head Football Coach Josh Jostes about…Continue Reading


The 93rd Macon County Tournament Sees Central A&M Go Back-to-Back

DECEMBER 13  –  Coach Rob Smith’s Central A&M Boys Basketball team has accomplished its first goal of the young hoops season, Macon County Tournament Champions. The Raiders defeated Sangamon Valley (92-25 on Monday), Warrensburg-Latham (64-27 on Thursday), and St. Teresa (62-54 on Friday) to win their second-ever, and second-straight Macon County Tournament title. Central A&M…Continue Reading


SkyWest to Take Over Essential Air Service Contract in 2020

December 13, 2019 – Starting February 1st, the Decatur Airport will have new essential air service to Chicago. SkyWest will take over the contract after approval of their proposal by the Department of Transportation.  SkyWest’s service will include 2 trips per day or 12 nonstop round trips per week to O’Hare.  The service uses 50 passenger regional Jets, which…Continue Reading

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Decatur SCORE Honored as Chapter of the Year

December 13, 2019 – The Decatur, IL Chapter of SCORE was recently awarded the IL District SCORE Chapter of the year for outstanding performance in 2019. The SCORE Decatur Chapter offers business mentoring, workshops and online resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Decatur SCORE chapter is one of the few to share an alliance with a university, recognizing it ties…Continue Reading

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Man Arrested and Charged with Threats Against Congressman Davis

December 13, 2019 – A Rochester man has been arrested and charged with making threats against U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis. 64 year old Randall E. Tarr, was arrested and appeared in federal court in Springfield. The affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges that in the morning of Nov. 25, 2019, Tarr called Congressman Davis’ Decatur office…Continue Reading


Gurneys, Guns and Hoses Kicks Off

December 13, 2019 – Local law enforcement and fire departments are ready to square off at the Red Kettles to raise money for the Salvation Army. The annual Gurneys, Guns & Hoses showdown will be held today and tomorrow from 8 am to 8 pm at various locations where Police, Sherriff, Ambulance, & Fire Departments will all be ringing…Continue Reading

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Geo. A. Mueller Beer Company Celebrates 150 Years

December 12, 2019 – The George A Mueller Beer Company celebrated their 150th Anniversary with an event at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.  The company, founded in 1896, starting off as a beer and wine company and with delivery to home residences.  During prohibition, the company started candy and soda distribution. . only to go back to it’s roots as a beer…Continue Reading


DCFS Announces Program to Provide Families with Smoke Detectors

December 12, 2019 – The Illinois Department of Children and Family services has announced a new program to provide free smoke alarms to families served by the department. With the program, caseworkers that visit homes serviced by DCFS determine if there is a working smoke alarm in the home. If not, the caseworker can provide one…Continue Reading


LISTEN: Johns Hill Middle School Hosts Special Debate

December 12th, 2019 – Students at Johns Hill Middle School hosted a special debate between Republican Macon County State’s Attorney candidates Phil Tibbs and Scott Reuter . A major focus of the English and Language Arts curriculum at Johns Hill is argumentative writing, and for 7th and 8th grade Language Arts Teacher Stephani Bellinger, this debate is the…Continue Reading

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Decatur Granted 5 Million Dollar Loan From IEPA For Stormwater Projects

December 12, 2019 – The Illinois EPA is giving the City of Decatur a 5 Million dollar loan for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water projects. The low-interest loan is provided by Illinois EPA’s State Revolving Fund and the City of Decatur qualifies to have over 886 thousand dollars of the loan amount forgiven by the State.TheCity of Decatur will use the loan funds to repair…Continue Reading