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Teens charged with murder of 21 year old Decatur woman

DECATUR– The killing of a 21 year old woman earlier this month has led to the arrest, and charge of murder levied on 4 teenagers.   16 year old Darion Evans, 16 year old Ryan O’Neal, Shaitan Cook Jr, and Daiquan Cline were charged with 1st degree murder on Wednesday morning for the shooting death…Continue Reading

Decatur Brew Works

First Look: Decatur Brew Works

DECATUR – A beer brewing company is coming back to Decatur after a near 100-year hiatus.   “Decatur Brew Works” is under construction in downtown Decatur and will be located at 101 N. Main Street.  Dreux Lewandowski is one of the partners and says the last time a brewery was in Decatur was in 1916.…Continue Reading

Manar Senior Center

Sen. Manar and Rep. Scherer host Senior Fair in Decatur

DECATUR – Seniors from all over Macon County received free health screenings and information about state and local programs during a senior fair on Wednesday.   The fair was put on by State Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Sue Scherer and featured free health screenings, information from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs as well as…Continue Reading

Midwest Inland Port

Midwest Inland Port ready for official ‘market launch’

DECATUR–  The purveyors of the Midwest Inland Port say they are ready to take things up a notch.   Since opening in the fall of 2013, the Midwest Inland Port has grown in numbers each quarter shipping and receiving containers across the world. Economic Development Corporation president Ryan McCrady says the ports success thus far,…Continue Reading

NAACP rally

Decatur NAACP completes “Journey to Justice” rallies

DECATUR – Dozens of Decatur residents marched in the final “Journey to Justice” rally on Tuesday night.   Along with members of Decatur’s NAACP branch, the community marched from the courthouse down to the New Salem Baptist Church in downtown Decatur. President of Decatur’s NAACP branch Dr. Jeanelle Norman says this journey has been going…Continue Reading

Running Shoe Pantry

Running shoe collection to take place at Shoreline Classic

DECATUR – A group of runners will be collecting gently used running shoes at this year’s 26th annual Shoreline Classic in Decatur.   The group is teaming up with the “Running Shoe Pantry” to help provide shoes to those who are in need.  Race Director John Pranschke says this will be the first attempt at…Continue Reading

Bistro Five Thirty Seven

Bistro Five Thirty Seven celebrates one year of operation (w/ Video)

      DECATUR – Bistro Five Thirty Seven at Richland Community College is approaching one full year of operation.   The restaurant initially opened in late September of 2014 in Richland’s Shilling Center.  Director of the Culinary Arts program, Chef Brian Tucker says it isn’t easy opening a new restaurant, but they have slowly…Continue Reading

Bruce Rauner

State halts healthcare payments for 146,000 state workers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has stopped paying health care claims for at least 146,000 state workers because of the budget mess.   The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the Department of Central Management Services has halted funding for claims covered by the state’s self-insurance plans.   But payments will continue to…Continue Reading