Sheriff Warns of New Scam

Sheriff Warns of New Scam

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office is advising you to be aware of people soliciting donations under false pretenses. According to the Sheriff’s officesolicitors are posing as the Fraternal Order of Police and asking for donations. However, the F.O.P. says they do not go door to door for donations or solicit over the phone.  If you live in Decatur or Macon County and someone comes to your door saying they represent the Fraternal Order of Police, do not give them money and contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately. 

Decatur Police Steps Up Labor Day Enforcement

Decatur Police Steps Up Labor Day Enforcement

The Decatur Police Department is planning stepped up enforcement during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.  Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer says the goal is to help ensure you make it home safely after the party ends.  The enforcement is being conducted in partnership with the Il State Police and other local law enforcement and will run starting today until September 3rd. The Decatur Police recommend having a designated driver as the enforcement will be focusing on impaired and distracted driving and seatbelt usage.  

Chamber to Hold Employer Seminar on Pot

Chamber to Hold Employer Seminar on Pot

With the legalization of Marijuana going into effect in January of 2020, many employers are scratching their heads on how to implement strategies.  Though pot usage would be legal in Illinois, employers can maintain a drug free work environment as pot is still illegal under federal law.  The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce is hoping to answer some of those questions with the upcoming seminar called “You’re going to need a bigger handbook”, presented by Scott Cruz of Clark Hill PLC.  The seminar will be held on August 22nd at 1:30 at the KC Hall.  Advanced registration is required, and the cost is $25 dollars. The seminar will cover marijuana compliance issues as well as other Human Resources and employer questions related to 2020 labor law. 

LISTEN: Jim Schroeder of First IL Ag Group

LISTEN: Jim Schroeder of First IL Ag Group

Spring was a rough one for farmers with record rain that carried over from the Fall.  A lot of the crops you see in the fields were planted late May and early June, rather than the normal planting time of April.  What does this mean for farmers? Jim Schroeder, Senior VP First IL Ag Group at Hickory point Bank says if farmers didn’t get their corn planted by June 5th, they can take prevent plant, paying the farmer 35% of average gross income on those acres.  Schroeder adds harvest will likely begin 2-3 weeks later than normal in late  September and early October.  Listen to the podcast now.

Murray Running for Macon County Board

Murray Running for Macon County Board

August 15, 2019 – Hubert Murray, a digital marketing professional and U.S. Army Reserve veteran has announced his Republican candidacy for Macon County Board, District 5. Murray is a former congressional staffer For Congressman Rodney Davis and is a former  Senior Public Service Administrator with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Macon County Board District 5 includes the rural communities of Blue Mound, Boody, Macon, Elwin, Harristown, and Niantic. District 5 is currently represented by Vice Chair Debra Kraft and board members Patty Cox and Grant Noland. Two seats are up for reelection.  Listen to the podcast with Murray now:

Decatur Leadership Institute Accepting Nomination

Decatur Leadership Institute Accepting Nomination

August 15, 2019 – The Decatur Leadership Institute or D.L.I is acceptations for it’s 2019 class.  The initiative, which is coordinated by The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by Ameren Illinois, has been around since 1985.  Past graduates include numerous community leaders who now serve on various boards, commissions, and committees throughout the Decatur and Macon County area. The institute includes 14 weekly sessions every Thursday morning from 6:45 to 9am and includes project based learning opportunities. To apply, Click Here

LISTEN: Zoo-rific Preview

LISTEN: Zoo-rific Preview

August 14, 2019 – Jill Applebee of the Decatur Parks Foundation joined Byers and Co with Drew and Steve Gensler to preview this weekend’s Zoo-rific evening!  Part of our #Hot25! Listen to the podcast now!

Doty Announces Bid For Macon County Circuit Clerk

Doty Announces Bid For Macon County Circuit Clerk

August 14, 2019 – With Macon County Circuit Clerk Lois Durbin’s announcement that she will not run for re-election, a veteran of the Clerks office has announced an intention to run for her position.  Sherry Doty (Doe-tee) recently announced her campaign for Macon County Clerk and touts 34 years experience within the clerks office and her ability to work well with others in a bipartisan fashion. Doty is running as a republican.  Those running for county office will begin circulating petitions on September 3rd Listen to the podcast with Doty now: 

Safety Tips for Posting Back To School Photos Online

Safety Tips for Posting Back To School Photos Online

August 14, 2019 – It’s Back to School Time and your social media feeds are about to be flooded with the obligatory “Back To School Photos”. But, there are some do’s and don’ts to those photos when protecting your child’s privacy and safety.   Experts say you should avoid taking a photo of your child in front of the school sign or where the name of the school might be visible on a uniform. That goes for outside of the bus if the bus number and school are in the photo.  You should also be cautious if your child’s name or nickname are written on backpacks or visible supplies. Additional precautions include not including your house number in your photo if you picture is taken at home. Lastly, when you take a picture with your phone and post to certain socials, your device may give you the option to share the location of where the picture was taken.  Either decline this option or you can turn it off altogether 

Cruise 11 Seeking Bike and Car Entries

Cruise 11 Seeking Bike and Car Entries

August 14, 2019 – The 11th Annual “Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11″ is calling on Car and Bike Enthusiasts to register for their car and motorcycle show. The event will take place on September 8th this year in Central Park and will  focus on honoring our heroes. Proceeds will benefit of Help 4 Heroes, a charitable organization within the Macon County Veterans Assistance Commission that provides bus passes and supplies needed by our veterans that are not covered by benefits. Any and all vehicles are encouraged to participate. For more information about the event and or how to register, email aynproductions@yahoo.com or call (217) 791-1385.