May 23,2019 – If you are thinking of stocking up this summer on Fireworks, you might want to be familiar with the rules in Decatur and Macon County in a new podcast at NowDecatur.com. You do not need a permit for items you can buy from the grocery store, like sparklers. However, anything beyond that will require a few steps. Permits for municipalities outside of Decatur are obtained through the Clerks office. In Decatur city limits, you must go through the city, pay a $300 fee, have at least 3 acres of clear land for your fireworks display and also take a test and prove insurance liability. For details on Fireworks permits outside of Decatur City Limits, listen to the podcast with Macon County Clerk Josh Tanner
May 23, 2019 – A program through Westminster Presbyterian Church is collecting new and gently used suitcases, tote bags and backpacks for kids in Foster Care in Macon County. The program is called Bags of Hope. There are 500 kids in Foster Care in Macon County. When children enter foster care or are moved to a new home, they are often given a trash bag to collect any belongings. The program at Westminster is hoping to change that for kids in Macon County. Bags collected will be distributed to CASA, Dove, and Webster Cantrell Hall. Donations of bags may be taken to the church at 1360 W Main Street.
May 23, 2019 – The pilot year of a program at DPS61 through the YMCA saw success in getting parents involved in the classroom. The Parent Mentorship program was instituted at South Shores and French Academy and is based off a program started in Chicago. The program is funded through a series of grants and endowments. The program hopes to expand to additional schools next year. Check out the video now.
May 23, 2019 – Good news for boaters this weekend. The Park Board and the City of Decatur have reached an agreement to provide gas service to lake Decatur. The gas pump located in Nelson Park will operate May 25, 2019 – September 2, 2019, weather permitting. Payments accepted will be credit/debit card only, no cash or check. The summer hours will be Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7om, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and Holidays from 11am to 6pm.
May 22, 2019 – An unexpected water line break is delaying the opening of the Fairview Pool. The park district says the pool will not be open for the Memorial Day weekend as planned. No date for opening has been set. Crews have been working to first find. . .then repair the leak. Once the leak location is determined, the extent of damage can be assessed, and the cost of repairs and repair timeline will be determined.
Byers & Co and The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater are giving you the chance to win tickets to opening weekend! Now though this Friday, May 24th, listen to Byers & Co for your chance to win! When we open the phone lines, be the correct caller and you could win tickets to all three shows!
Byers & Co is giving away 3 pair of lawn seating packages to see 38 Special, Wynonna and the Big Noise and Forever Motown!
Our Friends at Cape Air want to send you to see the St. Louis Cardinals in style! Now through May 29th, visit the NowDecatur Facebook page and look for the Cape Air Post. Like, comment and feel free to share for a chance to qualify to win
4 tickets to the July 13th Ballgame Cardinals VS Diamondbacks deluxe seating includes food and Drinks!
4 Tickets to fly with Cape Air to and from St Louis
Limo to pick up at airport and take to the Hilton (1 Night stay) and take back to the airport next day.
Byers & Co will be broadcasting live from the Decatur Airport with Cape Air on May 30th. The winner will be drawn that morning! Presented by Cape Air! They’re your wings!
May 20, 2019 – The Boys & Girls Club of Decatur has announced that Executive Director Bruce Jeffery has accepted a position with the Greater YMCA of Louisville, Kentucky. Bruce will serve as founding Executive Director of the new $28 million dollar Republic Bank Foundation YMCA facility. His last day with the organization will be June 28, 2019.
Jeffery became Executive Director in 2012 after the retirement of long time Executive Director Walter E. Smith.
In 2017, with a grant of $710,000 from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, he led efforts to construct a new Teen Center which currently sits behind the Club.
“Leading the Club has never been about me, but more about serving the youth and providing hope, opportunity, and expectations.” “Over the years, I have learned so much about helping others, and have always known deep down that we are making a difference in a child’s life.” I have worked with a host of individuals and organizations who all understand the importance of helping youth by providing quality opportunities that can lead to lifelong success. I have also worked with a number of staff over the years who have pushed me to build and grow a better organization.
As I embark on this new journey, I cannot forget the individuals and mentors who helped me develop into a better leader. Decatur holds a special place in my heart, as I spent my early days as a Millikin student, and now working in the community that I love and care for so dearly.
There will always be more work to do, more kids to serve, and many more families to help. “Do all you can, for all you can, for as long as you can” has been my life’s motto. I look forward to serving a much needed population in Louisville with this new project with the Greater Louisville YMCA.