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Salvation Army helps families with gifts for Christmas

DECATUR–  From books and puzzles, to Star Wars figurines or Frozen dolls, nearly two thousand Macon County children will have something to unwrap on Christmas.   The Salvation Army held the first day of their toy distribution Tuesday morning, wrapping up a month-long push to collect the toys from the community.   Salvation Army Major…Continue Reading

IHSA

Mt. Zion principal Garber added to IHSA Board of Directors

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on Monday where the Board voted to accept recommendations from IHSA Executive Director-Elect Craig Anderson to hire current Mt. Zion High School Principal Kraig Garber and Lincoln High School Athletic Director Sam…Continue Reading

Medicinal Marijuana

State welcomes public input on adding diseases to medical marijuana list

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state’s medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit suggestions during January. The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions starting Jan. 1 and continuing through the month. The program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice…Continue Reading

Mt. Zion Fieldhouse

MZHS unveils new Fieldhouse and Auditorium (Photos included)

MT. ZION – After eighteen months of construction, Mt. Zion High School is happy to finally reveal their 50,000 square foot fieldhouse and 1,500 seat auditorium.   The high school hosted an open house Monday night showcasing their brand-new facility.  On the athletic side, the fieldhouse holds a full, 200 meter track, and four courts…Continue Reading

PARCC Results

PARCC results “disappointing” for DPS-61

DECATUR – The test scores from the PARCC exam have finally been released, and the Decatur Public School District says their results aren’t where they want them to be.   The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers’ test was given to third through 12th graders.  Statewide, about 33 percent of students met…Continue Reading

Toy Collection

3,400 kids to receive toys this Christmas from SA

DECATUR – The Salvation Army is fully prepared for another year of toy distribution, and they plan to help 200 more families this year.   Starting tomorrow, December 15th through the 17th, Decatur and Macon County children in need will be receiving toys thanks to donations from the community.  Dave MacDonna says this year they…Continue Reading

Chapin Rose Action

Budget negotiations ‘progressing’ according to local lawmaker

DECATUR–  A state mandate has forced payments to public sector employees to continue, and a bi-partisan temporary spending plan got municipalities the money they are owed, but where does the state find itself when it comes to the larger budget picture?   “I think the compromise made last week was a good start,” Republican State…Continue Reading

Classroom

Education funding reform won’t come until after a budget is passed

SPRINGFIELD– There’s agreement among legislative leaders that the state’s education funding formula needs to be changed, but it won’t happen until after the budget stalemate is settled.   Leaders mentioned the issue after the latest budget talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner, and all said it’s a complicated matter which needs to be studied.   Regional…Continue Reading

Synthetic Marijuana

New law to help police crack down on synthetic marijuana sales

DECATUR—New laws meant to crack down on the sale of synthetic marijuana, or K2, are going into effect January 1st.   The adjustment to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to classify what is, and what is not, synthetic marijuana.   Decatur Police Lieutenant Cody Moore says the way the law…Continue Reading

Graduation Cover Photo

Millikin University Winter Commencement 2015

DECATUR–  144 Millikin University students graduated Sunday afternoon during the school’s winter commencement. Xin ‘Water’ Zhao was the undergraduate speaker, John R. Blakeman was the graduate speaker, and Dr. Edward C Elliot was the winter commencement speaker. The ceremony was held in the university’s Kirkland Fine Art’s Center.Continue Reading

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