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LISTEN: Decatur Park District Update with Bill Clevenger

April 1st, 2020- Bill Clevenger of the Decatur Park District joins Byers and Co. to talk about how the Park District has been affected by the pandemic.  Clevenger ​emphasizes the need to use the parks for exercise, but to be mindful of social distancing practices.  Clevenger also shares how the parks have been affected by cash flow by COVID-19,…Continue Reading


United Way Offering Additional Sack Lunch Option In Decatur Parks

March 31, 2020 – The United Way is giving another opportunity for students to get a sack lunch during the school shutdown.   The United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois will offer sack lunches at pavilions in several Decatur parks. Lunches will be available by walk-up: Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm at Hess Park, Lions Park,…Continue Reading

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Operation Calculus Offering Virtual College Recruitment Fair

March 31st, 2020- DPS 61 Operation Calculus program is branching out to give college-bound students, and those preparing to transfer, an opportunity to research colleges while many of us are home. They have created a Virtual College Fair where students and parents can meet admissions and recruitment staff from Colleges and Universities across the country. Throughout the…Continue Reading


Walmart Implementing Additional Safety Precautions

March 31st, 2020- Walmart will be taking the following additional measures for the health and safety of its associates during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Temperature Checks: Walmart will begin sending infrared thermometers to all stores, clubs and distribution centers. It will take up to three weeks for thermometers to arrive. Once thermometers are there, Walmart will begin taking…Continue Reading

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City Of Decatur Suspends Downtown Parking Enforcement

March 30, 2020 -The City of Decatur is suspending its parking enforcement through the end of April. According to a release by Police Chief Jim Getz, “effective immediately, enforcement of Time Limited parking on the public parking lots, alley’s and streets in the downtown area is suspended through April 30, 2020” The city WILL continue…Continue Reading

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AmerenCares Donates $500,000 For Relief Efforts in Illinois & Missouri

March 30th, 2020- Ameren Corporation announced that its AmerenCares charitable trust is donating $500,000 to help individuals, families, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support relief efforts in Illinois and Missouri. The AmerenCares program will provide $250,000 to a new fund established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community…Continue Reading

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Congressman Davis Announces Nearly $5 Million in Disaster Recovery Grants for Central Illinois

March 30, 2020 –  U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis announced today that seven communities in IL-13 have received a total of $4,851,118 in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Disaster Recovery grants to combat the impacts of the coronavirus. This funding was appropriated through the CARES Act, which Congressman Davis voted for and President Trump signed…Continue Reading