LISTEN: Lake Patrol Boating Tips

LISTEN: Lake Patrol Boating Tips

May 24th, 2019- With Boating Season just around the corner, here are a few lake safety tips and tricks that will help you properly prepare for a fun and safe summer on Lake Decatur.

Schedule for Memorial Day Services

Schedule for Memorial Day Services

May 24,2019 – Monday is a day where we pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  The Veterans Assistance commission will hold it’s annual Memorial Day service at the Fairview park pavilion beginning at 10am.  The event will include comments from guest speaker James Collier Retired US Airforce Veteran, Army National Guard & Reserve. In addition, the Korean War Veterans Association will hold their 24th annual Memorial Day service at Graceland Cemetery at 11:30am.  The VFW Post 99 will be holding a family cookout later in the day at 1pm at their location on MLK. 

PHOTOS: Pint Run

PHOTOS: Pint Run

May 23rd, 2019- Spin City Cycle partnered with Donnie’s Pizza, Door 4, and Decatur Brew Works, for a three mile ride all while making sure to stay hydrated along the way.

LISTEN: ADM Internship Volunteer Food Packing

LISTEN: ADM Internship Volunteer Food Packing

May 23rd, 2019- As part of a kickoff volunteer event to start the summer, approximately 180 interns and 50 colleagues from ADM will be working together to pack more than 55,000 meals to be distributed by Feed My Starving Children. The meals will include an ADM ingredient to help bolster the protein content and make them more nutritious.

WATCH: Summer Drinks

WATCH: Summer Drinks

May 23rd, 2019 – Looking for the perfect summer drinks? Well look no further Decatur’s R Bar and Grille has lots of summertime specials all season long. And if your looking to try a few check out our how to video!

WATCH: DMH and Memorial Health System Reach Agreement to Affiliate

WATCH: DMH and Memorial Health System Reach Agreement to Affiliate

May 23, 2019 – Decatur Memorial Hospital will become the second largest hospital in the Springfield-based Memorial Health System, pending regulatory approval.  See a video of DMH President and CEO Tim Stone along with Ed Curtis, President and CEO of Memorial Health System and Larry Altenbaumer, DMH Board Chair.

The boards of both nonprofit healthcare organizations reached an affiliation agreement in late April, with full affiliation set to occur on Oct. 1, 2019.

“Remaining on the leading edge of health and patient care is critical to delivering on our mission,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Joining a neighboring, like-minded, leading healthcare organization will help us provide lower-cost, higher-quality healthcare using innovative practices and technology.”

Memorial Health System comprises Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln and Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, as well as Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Home Services.

“Our organizations share a commitment to build healthier, stronger communities through exceptional care. This affiliation with Decatur Memorial Hospital and the physicians who serve those communities is a significant milestone in our efforts to increase access to healthcare across central Illinois,” said Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System. “With the addition of Decatur Memorial Hospital, we are able to do more for our region.”

Decatur Memorial Hospital has more than 2,300 employees and 300 medical staff and is the third largest employer in Decatur and Macon County. The hospital has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, IBM Watson Health, the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and more.

Memorial Health System has nearly 7,100 staff members and 900 partnering physicians. Their comprehensive healthcare services and leading quality and safety measures have led to tremendous patient outcomes that have been recognized by national and international organizations like The Joint Commission, American Hospital Association, American Heart Association, the International Hospital Federation, American Nurses Credentialing Center and more.

“Both Memorial Health System and Decatur Memorial Hospital have a century-long track record of living out their missions to improve the health of the people and communities they serve. This affiliation will improve access to care in the region and strengthen Memorial’s commitment to the people of central Illinois,” Curtis said.

“Our patients are our number-one priority, and we are excited about the profound difference this affiliation will make in our community,” Stone said.

As an MHS affiliate, DMH will maintain local governance and leadership with day-to-day DMH operations managed by the DMH executive team. DMH also will maintain a local community board of directors, similar to the other MHS affiliate hospitals and will have directors serving on the MHS board.

 

LISTEN: Fireworks Permit Procedures in Macon County

LISTEN: Fireworks Permit Procedures in Macon County

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

Bags of Hope For Kids In Foster Care

Bags of Hope For Kids In Foster Care

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.  

WATCH: Parent Mentor Program with DPS and YMCA

WATCH: Parent Mentor Program with DPS and YMCA

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.

 

City Reaches Agreement with Park District To Provide Gas To Boaters

City Reaches Agreement with Park District To Provide Gas To Boaters

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.