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Darrell Reynolds

Reynolds facing 20 years to life in prison

September 9 – A man who beat his 4-year-old daughter to death will face 20 years to life in prison.   29-year-old Darrell A. Reynolds was arraigned Thursday in Macon County Circuit Court.   He will be due back in court September 28 for his preliminary hearing.  Reynolds has been held in jail on a $2…Continue Reading

Dennis Millikin International Family program

Dennis, Millikin introduce international host family program

September 9 – International Millikin students and Dennis Lab School families will get a chance to learn about each other’s culture this year after the formation of a new host family program.   Dennis Lab and Millikin University work together on a number of programs, and school officials are rolling out their newest program.  The…Continue Reading

Richland Community College

Richland could land ITT Tech students

September 9 — With the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institutes nationwide, Richland Community College is ready to recruit misplaced students.   The for-profit college system ceased operations nationwide after the U.S. Department of Education cut off access to federal financial aid for new students.  About 40,000 students and 8,000 employees are without a job. …Continue Reading

Road Work

Roadwork reducing Mound Road to single lanes

September 8 – Eastbound and Westbound traffic on Mound Road will only have one lane to drive in starting tomorrow (Friday).   Crews from Dunn Company will be milling and paving Mound Road from Woodford Avenue to Educational Park on Friday, September 9.  This work will cause the closure of an eastbound and westbound lane…Continue Reading

U of I President Timothy Killeen

U of I president gets $100,000 bonus

September 8 – University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen will be paid a $100,000 performance bonus for his first year on the job.   University trustees voted at their regular meeting Thursday to award Killeen the bonus.   Under his contract, the bonus was the maximum Killeen could have received for reaching performance goals. His…Continue Reading

Decatur Police SUV

Decatur Police arrest 6 for drunk driving over Labor Day

September 8 – The Decatur Police Department has released enforcement results from their Labor Day weekend crackdown.   The Department made six drunk driving arrests and another 18 impaired drivers were arrested over the Labor Day enforcement period.   “As traffic safety partners, we do our best to make sure drivers and road users are…Continue Reading

squad car SUV

Sheriff’s squad car catches fire, no injuries to officer or K-9

September 8 – The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has lost a squad car to fire, but they are thankful the officer and K-9 unit were not injured.   Sheriff’s Lieutenant John Butts says one of their K-9 units was patrolling the city at around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.  Suddenly, the deputy started to smell smoke in…Continue Reading


Decatur insurance agent charged with fraud, money laundering

September 8 – A federal grand jury has indicted a Decatur man who worked as an independent insurance agent for fraud.   60-year-old James P. Smith, of the 5400 block of Traughber Road, has been charged with fraud after allegedly exposing clients to a potential loss of more than $250,000 from February 2011 to July…Continue Reading