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Rankin takes home 1st in the 88th Decatur Women’s Golf Tournament

July 21 – Today wrapped up the 88th Decatur Women’s Golf Tournament.   The three day event featured 28 female golfers participating in 9 and 18 hole divisions. Opening day on Tuesday saw action at South Side Country Club, Wednesday transitioned to the Scovill Golf Course and today Red Tail Run Golf Course hosted championship…Continue Reading

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Local youth recognized for summer reading

July 21 – Kids that took the initiative to read were honored today at the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur.   Throughout the summer the Boys and Girls Club held an eight week “Reading is Fun Program,” to encourage children with the club to take the time to read.   Volunteers from The Decatur…Continue Reading

Housing Numbers

Illinois Housing Market experiences strong first half

July 21 – Statewide sales and median prices are still on the rise as the Illinois housing market has rounded out a strong first half of the year.   According to a report by Illinois REALTORS, statewide home sales in June 2016 totaled 18,593 homes sold, which is up 1.4 percent compared to June of…Continue Reading


OmniTRAX’s next steps for Decatur

July 21 – OmniTRAX officials say they have big plans for Decatur after their purchase of the newly-named Decatur Central Railroad.   The transportation service company has teamed up with Topflight Grain to rehabilitate the rail line that connects Cisco and Decatur.  Joining Byers & Co. Thursday morning, OmniTRAX CEO Kevin Shuba says the purchase…Continue Reading

Independent Map Coalition

Independent Maps to take voter referendum to the Illinois Supreme Court

July 21 – The fight to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is ongoing.   Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Larsen ruled that a voter referendum seeking to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot.   Independent Maps Spokesman, Jim Bray, says the overall feeling was…Continue Reading

Republican National Convention: Day One

Rose: Republican Convention an interesting experience

July 21 – Thousands are watching the Republican National Convention this week, and State Senator Chapin Rose is giving you an inside look.   Rose is one of many Republicans in Cleveland, Ohio this week for his party’s gathering to officially nominate a presidential candidate.  The RNC is hosting approximately 2,407 delegates and 2,302 alternate…Continue Reading

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Business Development Forum (Videos)

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur/Macon County hosted Business Development Forum at the Decatur Civic Center. Catch up on all the updates below:   Midwest Inland Port Strategic Development Infrastructure Development Strategy  Marketing Activities Grow Decatur Update Community Marketing Update OmniTRAX Partnership/ Industrial Park and Site Development Economic Development Activities  Closing RemarksContinue Reading

Business Development Forum

EDC provides update on Midwest Inland Port, shares local success stories

July 20 – Decatur’s Midwest Inland Port (MIP) is continuing to grow and more businesses are starting to realize its value and potential.   The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC) hosted a Business Development Forum Wednesday afternoon to update the public on the port’s continued growth and to provide some success…Continue Reading

Amber Kaylor

Children’s Museum of Illinois chooses new leader

July 20 – The Children’s Museum of Illinois is welcoming in their new Executive Director, Amber VanMeter Kaylor.   Kaylor is a former co-host of Byers & Co. and was most recently the Director of Resource Development for the United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois.  Kaylor has lived in Decatur her entire life.  She lives…Continue Reading

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Clothespin Characters at the Madden Arts Center

July 20 – Those curious in learning painting techniques and creating their own unique characters or dolls that stand up made their way to the Madden Arts Center.   Today’s topic was Clothespin Characters – Dolls, Super Heroes and More as part of the ongoing Weekday Series at the Madden Arts Center.   There the…Continue Reading