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Illinois to require license for tobacco sales

SPRINGFIELD — Selling tobacco products will now require a license from the state.   Beginning January 1, any retailer selling cigarettes or any other tobacco product will need a $75 license. Besides allowing the state to catalog tobacco retailers, the goal is to punish businesses which sell these products to underage buyers.   “Kids in…Continue Reading

United Way Campaign Update

Macon County volunteer rate continues to rise

DECATUR – The need for volunteers in Macon County continues to rise, and so too does the number of people who volunteer their time.   Last week, the Serve Illinois Commission released data showing Illinois is number one in volunteer rate among the largest states in the country.  United Way of Decatur Executive Director Debbie…Continue Reading

Mike Leake

Redbirds sign Mike Leake to bolster starting rotation

ST. LOUIS — Following their unsuccessful pursuit of outfielder Jason Heyward, the Cardinals turned their Hot Stove attention back to pitching, with general manager John Mozeliak particularly zeroing in on ways to augment the club’s rotation depth. He found that desired fit in right-hander and first-time free agent Mike Leake.   Leake was unveiled in a news…Continue Reading

Christmas materials recycling

Recycling opportunities for the holiday season

DECATUR – Most of your families will be going through a lot of Christmas cards and wrapping paper over the holidays, and the Macon County Environmental Management Department wants you to know that a lot of those materials are recyclable.   The MCEMD is hoping that you will recycle as much material possible as they are…Continue Reading

Classroom

SAT or ACT decision could be up to the district, or students

SPRINGFIELD – Whether Illinois high school students take the ACT, SAT, or no college entrance exam as part of state-mandated testing may depend on the state budget impasse.   The SAT has been picked by the state to be the exam included in mandatory testing for high school juniors, a role filled by the ACT…Continue Reading

Empty Council Seat

Council approves tax increase, north-side hotel development

DECATUR– Property taxes are going up next year.   The Decatur City Council approved an increase of 14.6% to the city’s property tax levy Monday night. The increase will raise rates by roughly $50 per year for a $100,000 home.   The Council voted to approve the increase with 5 ‘yes’ votes and 1 ‘no’…Continue Reading

Zoo Gifts

Scovill Zoo creates Christmas wish list for animals

DECATUR–  If you’re getting some last minute shopping done before Christmas, you may want to pick up an item or two for the animals at Scovill Zoo.   This year the zoo has put together a Christmas list of sorts for many of its animals including the tamarins, meerkats, owls, Tilly the wolf, and the…Continue Reading