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Betsy Smith run

2015 Betsy Smith Memorial Run will be the final year

DECATUR –This weekend marks the 10th and final year for the Betsy Smith Memorial 5K Run/Walk along the shores of Lake Decatur.   The race honors Betsy Smith, daughter of Dr. Dan and Jeanie Smith, who passed away on April 26, 2006, just a few weeks prior to her graduation from Taylor University in Indiana. …Continue Reading

Decatur City Council

Decatur City Council to vote on new member tonight

DECATUR–  The Decatur City Council tonight could fill the open city council seat that’s been vacant since mid-August.   Atop the agenda for tonight’s council meeting is a vote on making Christopher Funk the 7th and newest member to the council. Funk would fill the seat left vacant by Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe when she was…Continue Reading

Shoreline Classic

Shoreline Classic features 1500 runners Sunday morning

DECATUR–  Nearly 1,500 runners turned out for the 26th annual Shoreline Classic along the shores of Lake Decatur on Sunday morning making it one of the largest races on record.   Race Director John Pranschke credited the beautiful weather on race day as well as new technology that allowed for same day signups for the…Continue Reading

LAX Camp

IWU coaches travel to Decatur to teach lacrosse camps

  DECATUR– One of the nation’s fastest growing sports is lacrosse, and thanks to a grant, the Decatur Park District is hoping it catches on in Decatur.   On Saturday morning the park district, along with some of the coaching staff and team from Illinois Wesleyan’s men’s lacrosse team held their first training camp for…Continue Reading

Young Eagle Flights

Young Eagle flights at the Decatur Airport

DECATUR – Decatur’s skies were dotted with airplanes this weekend for the Young Eagle Flights at the Decatur Airport.   The Experimental Aircraft Association held a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday and also offered free airplane rides to young, aspiring pilots.  EEA Board member Al Gerhold says kids ages 8-17 got a chance to…Continue Reading

Richland Student Success Center Concept

Richland’s Student Success Center build halted due to budget impasse

DECATUR –While the budget situation in Springfield is seemingly at a standstill, so too is the building process of the new Student Success Center at Richland Community College.   Executive Director of Public Information Lisa Gregory says the new building was a state-funded project in which they would receive $6 million to build the structure. …Continue Reading

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr. officially completes prison sentence

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bureau of Prisons says former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has officially completed his 2½-year prison sentence for spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.   Bureau spokesman Edmond Ross says the Illinois Democrat’s home confinement in Washington, D.C., will be lifted Friday and his ankle monitor removed. Ross says…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Illinois’ unemployment rate down; job availability down, too

SPRINGFIELD– The unemployment rate is down in Illinois, but so is the number of available jobs. The August jobless figure is down to 5.6%, but the number of non-farm payroll jobs dropped 900 from July.  Ron Payne is with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and says July turned out to be not as rosy…Continue Reading

Arts in Central Park

Weekend festival brings art to Central Park

DECATUR–  This weekend Central Park will be at the center of Decatur’s art world with the 53rd annual Arts in Central Park event taking place.   The annual event is being sponsored by the Decatur Area Arts Council and Gallery 510.   Gallery 510 Chief Financial Officer Barb Dove says they will have 76 booths…Continue Reading