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Record Setting Holiday Shopping Season Expected

December 2, 2019 – A strong economy and low unemployment could help make this a record-setting holiday shopping season. The unofficial kickoff to holiday shopping started with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. It is expected to continue through today, Cyber Monday and tomorrow, Giving Tuesday, a day designated for giving back to nonprofit groups. The…Continue Reading

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Organizations Come Together For Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2019 – Tomorrow is giving Tuesday and a number of Decatur organizations will celebrate with a Generosity Party that brings non-profits together at one location.  “Decatur makes it easy to give with a centralized Generosity Party that lets you explore the community’s many options for giving back and making our community better,” says Event Facilitator Jennifer Horton-Motter.…Continue Reading

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IDOT Ready for Winter Roads

December 2, 2019 – The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s well prepared for winter and highway snow removal. I-DOT is ready to plow the more than 45 thousand miles of road that will likely be hit with ice, sleet and snow this winter says spokesperson Guy Tridgell. Last winter, IDOT used more than 600,000…Continue Reading


Cyber Monday Package Safety Tips

December 2, 2019 – Today is Cyber Monday and you will likely have packages appearing on your doorstep in the coming days and weeks.  But packages on the doorstep can also be enticing to thieves.  Sheriff Tony Brown says there are things you can do to prevent package theft.  First, consider investing in a home camera…Continue Reading


Civic Center Holds First Tree Lighting

December 2, 2019 – The Decatur Civic Center held their first ever Christmas Tree lighting event this weekend and organizers hope it will become a yearly tradition.  The 25 foot Christmas tree from 4E’s Christmas Tree Farm is located outside of the civic center. Sarah Butts, Marketing and event Coordinator for the Decatur Civic Center:  The free lighting…Continue Reading


DYHA Alumni Hockey Event Raises Funds For American Cancer Society

December 2, 2019 – The 5th annual Decatur Youth Hockey Association held their alumni game to benefit the American Cancer Society.  The event has raised over $62,000 in the last for years with hopes of raising more.  Mark Birch, 18 year board member and co-founder of Alumni Event.  The game featured over 50 alumni and also served as a fundraiser for the…Continue Reading

Downtown Business

Small Business Saturday Preview

November 29th, 2019- Tomorrow is small business Saturday and downtown merchants are hoping to reap the benefits of the second largest holiday shopping day in the country.  Small business Saturday was started in 2010 by credit card company American Express along with The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  With the rise of online shopping and mail…Continue Reading

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Fleet Feet’s Ugly Sweater Run

November 29th, 2019- Need to run off that Thanksgiving Meal? What better way than to run in Fleet Feet’s Ugly Sweater Run tomorrow. Fleet Feet Decatur will be hosting the free race and pancake breakfast on Saturday from 8 am-9 am. In addition to the race, Fleet Feet will also be partnering with the North East…Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving Leftover Food Safety Tips

November 29th, 2019- Handling food safely = safe and tasty leftovers Leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. Divide leftovers into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze them in covered shallow containers, so they cool quickly. A large container or whole turkey will take too long to cool down to a safe temperature,…Continue Reading