From the sidelines of the AFC Championship game (podcast)

From the sidelines of the AFC Championship game (podcast)

January 21, 2019 – Get the inside scoop from the sidelines of the AFC Championship with Soy City Buzz Host Kevin Breheny in a new Byers & co podcast. Breheny is part of the CBS Camera crew for the NFL  and was on-hand to see the Patriots advance to the Superbowl over the Kansas City Chiefs.   

Sheriff Tony Brown and winter weather reminders (Podcast)

Sheriff Tony Brown and winter weather reminders (Podcast)

January 18- 2019 – Sheriff Tony Brown joined Byers & Co Thursday morning after what was expected to be a winter storm overnight on Wednesday.  Our area dodged a bullet that time, however a winter weather advisory is now in effect as we are dealing with blowing snow and chilly conditions.  If you missed the interview with Sheriff Brown, listen to the podcast for some reminders and tips about remaining safe during this winter storm. For the latest updates on weather condition and closings, make sure to check out NowDecatur on Facebook

Hickory Point Bank Announces Promotion of Jenny Krell, Vice President

Hickory Point Bank Announces Promotion of Jenny Krell, Vice President

01/08/19 –

Hickory Point Bank announced Jenny Krell has been promoted to Vice President. With her new responsibilities, Ms. Krell will oversee the training and development of the banking staff for all Hickory Point Bank locations throughout Central Illinois. She will also continue to oversee the daily operations of the Springfield, IL branch located at the corner of Wabash and Koke Mill Road.Opens a larger version of this image

“Jenny provides exceptional service to our customers in Springfield and we believe she is best positioned to guide and develop all our branch teams bank wide,” said Morgan Nessler, Vice President and head of Retail Banking. “Jenny exemplifies Hickory Point Bank’s first in class customer service culture, and we are thrilled to have her provide consistent training for all branch banking colleagues.”

Ms. Krell is located at Hickory Point Bank, 3131 West Wabash, Springfield and may be reached at 217.547.3607.

About Krell

Ms. Krell joined the bank in 2012 as a Retail Banking Officer and has fourteen years of banking experience.   She was born and raised in Decatur and graduated from Illinois College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration and a minor in Communications and Theater. She is a graduate of Leadership Springfield through the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Krell lives in Springfield and enjoys spending time with her son Brody, exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

About Hickory Point Bank

Hickory Point Bank & Trust, with total assets of $648 million, is one of central Illinois’ leading locally owned banks. Hickory Point Bank offers a full line of commercial, mortgage, consumer, online, trust, investment management, and farm management services to central Illinois’ businesses and families with locations in Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, and Springfield. For more information about Hickory Point Bank and its products, visit

Top 5 Must Read Business Books

Top 5 Must Read Business Books


We’ve all been there- we’re stuck in between books and can’t decide what to read next. When it comes to needing a jolt of inspiration in our careers, often the perfect business book can give us the pick-me-up we are looking for. So, if you’re stuck in one of those spots, or just needing a new book to read, our Central Illinois banking professionals at Hickory Point Bank have compiled a top 5 list for you! Enjoy!

  1. The Energy Bus- Jon Gordon

recommended by Dan Marker- President, Champaign Region

We all know that finding the perfect work-life balance can be difficult. Almost every professional finds themselves asking “Am I dedicating enough time to my family? To my job? Will I get that next promotion?” In Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus he takes his readers on a journey that reveals 10 secrets for how to approach life and work with forward thinking that will lead to true accomplishment.

2. Women Don’t Ask- The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation- and Positive Strategies for Change- Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

recommended by Karla Miller- Director of Marketing, Hickory Point Bank

It’s no secret that the gender pay gap has been an issue in industries all over the world. In Women Don’t Ask authors Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever research and discuss why this injustice is still an issue. Additionally, they offer proactive solutions for women when it comes to negotiating their salary. Women Don’t Ask is a must read for every young woman who is embarking on her professional career.

3. Who Moved My Cheese- Dr. Spencer Johnson

recommended by Peggy Myers, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending

Change can be positive, but it can also be difficult. In the book Who Moved My Cheese author Dr. Spencer Johnson tells the allegorical story that features four characters, 2 mice and 2 people. Throughout the story the reader learns how to deal with change in their work and personal life through these four characters. Who Moved My Cheese has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and remains one of the best-selling business books.

4. How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

recommended by Toni Delporte- Vice President and Credit Officer, Commercial Lending

While the suggested books in this list have been bestsellers for business, How to Win Friends and Influence People has remained one of the best-selling books of all time. The book is written by the famously successful, Dale Carnegie. How to Win Friends and Influence People goes through sections of how to become successful and likeable with chapters such as “Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking”. This is a must-read for anyone who has the desire to succeed in life.

5. How to Become a Rainmaker- Jeffery J Fox

recommended by Chris Funk, EVP, Commercial Lending

How to Become a Rainmaker focuses on how you can become the most successful salesman in your industry. This no-nonsense book gets down to business and tells readers how to generate leads and close the sale. This book is a must-read for everyone in sales from real estate, commercial loans, mortgage loans and much more, How to Become a Rainmaker will make the difference in your career.

Invested with Hickory Point Bank and NowDecatur

Invested with Hickory Point Bank and NowDecatur

Introducing a new series, “Invested” with Hickory Point Bank and NowDecatur! In this edition we highlight the local business, Heinkel’s packing with Wes Heinkel. Hickory Point Bank is the only local bank in Decatur and they’re proud to call Central Illinois home. It’s that pride that shapes them and influences the way they interact with customers, businesses and communities. Learn more HERE



Top 5 Must Read Business Books

01/10/19- We’ve all been there- we’re stuck in between books and can’t decide what to read next. When it comes to needing a jolt of inspiration in our careers, often the perfect business book can give us the pick-me-up we are looking for. So, if you’re stuck in one of those spots, or just needing…Continue Reading

2019 Cardinal Caravan

2019 Cardinal Caravan

Hey fans, the 2019 Cardinals Caravan is coming to Decatur! Presented by Skeff Distributing! Join us for the chance to talk baseball and meet current players, alumni and broadcasters. There will be autographs for kids, Cardinals prize drawings and more.

January 21st 2019

Decatur Conference Center and Hotel


Shortstop Paul DeJong and utility player Drew Robinson are among the players appearing at the Cardinal Caravan stop in Decatur

The noon event  will be emceed by team broadcaster Dan McLaughlin.

Also scheduled to appear are St. Louis prospects Justin Williams and Ryan Helsley and former Cardinals Ryan Franklin and Kerry Robinson.

DeJong totaled 19 home runs and 68 RBIs last year, one season after hitting 25 homers and placing second in Rookie of the Year voting. St. Louis acquired Robinson from Texas last month in exchange for Patrick Wisdom.

Tickets are $3 and are available at Neuhoff Studios – 250 N. Water St. Suite 100 in Downtown Decatur.




Hearts Around the World 2019

Hearts Around the World 2019

The culinary Affair of the Year! Heart’s Around the World!  Experience an evening of fine food, prizes and entertainment by pianist Michael Scherer. This year, the event will celebrate our own American cuisine. Benefiting the Decatur Memorial Hospital Foundation and DMH Heart and Lung Institute.

  • February 2nd
  • 6pm-9pm
  • DMH Cafe
  • Tickets $75 Per Person

Click Register Now button below. Make sure you select the correct quantity before clicking the Register Now button.Or call 217-876-2105.

January Neuhoff Wedding Extravaganza

January Neuhoff Wedding Extravaganza

It’s the January Neuhoff Wedding Extravaganza presented by Staley Credit Union, on Saturday, January 26th from 11am -3pm with vendors to help you plan the perfect wedding

Come see vendors from Photographers, Catering, Venues to host your reception, Churches, DJ Services, Florists, Tuxedos, Rental Services, Hair & Make-up, and more ALL UNDER ONE ROOF! Be sure to Register to take advantage of special offers and prizes from our vendors.

Don’t miss the Fashion Show starting at 1pm featuring dresses, tuxedo’s, flower arrangement ideas, plus hair and make-up styles

Plus! Talk with Staley Credit Union on ways to finance the wedding of your dreams.

The January, 26, 2019 Neuhoff Wedding Extravaganza, located at The Mt. Zion Convention Center right off Route 121 in Mount Zion


Decatur Resident Wins $100,000 Holiday Magic Lottery Prize

Decatur Resident Wins $100,000 Holiday Magic Lottery Prize

DECATUR, IL – Decatur resident Jerry Purlee was going to stop for gas, but the first station he stopped at was too crowded. He decided to go across the street to Huck’s, where he bought a Holiday Magic instant ticket, put it in his lunchbox and forgot about it.

He got home, discovered the ticket, scratched it and instantly won $100,000. Purlee, a highway maintainer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, waited 45 minutes for his wife to get home and surprised her with news of his big win.

The couple plans to use their windfall to pay bills and take a trip to Europe for a river cruise. “The stars just aligned, and things worked out in my favor!” Purlee said.

Since playing the lottery on and off for about 20 years, Purlee’s won $500 twice and $50 here and there, he said. He typically plays Lucky Day Lotto but, inspired by the season, decided to purchase a holiday instant ticket instead.

Purlee purchased his winning  Holiday Magic  ticket at Huck’s, 925 E. Clinton Ave., in Farmer City. The retailer received a bonus of $1,000, or one percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Holiday Magic is a $5 instant ticket that features eight top prizes of $100,000, four of which have not been claimed.