DPS61 School Board Meeting Preview (Podcast)

DPS61 School Board Meeting Preview (Podcast)

January 22, 2019- Today, the Decatur Public School Board will meet in closed and open session to discuss disciplinary actions as well as the new facilities plan. NowDecatur talks with VP of the Board of Education Beth Nolan to get a preview of today’s meeting. Listen to the digital exclusive podcast now!

 

Sue Scherer named Chair of Education Committee

Sue Scherer named Chair of Education Committee

January 22, 2019- Sue Scherer was newly appointed as the chair of the newly created Education Committee on Administration, Licensing and Charter Schools. She previously served as vice-chair of the Elementary & Secondary Education: Licensing Administration & Oversight Committee.

“This committee will be responsible for implementing policies that bring more qualified teachers to Illinois and help improve the way our schools function.” said Scherer.

The committee will also address education issues related to public school administration, licensing as well as charter school policies.

Mental Health Board Looking for Input (Podcast)

Mental Health Board Looking for Input (Podcast)

January 22, 2019- The Macon County Mental Health Board is looking for community input prior to their Focus on the future event with a community survey.  Find out more with our podcast with Rachel Roettger and Tim Macken of the Macon County Mental Health Board. Information will be used during the Focus of the Future event on March 12th. You can find the survey HERE

State Rep Dan Caulkins announces Outreach 101 initiative

State Rep Dan Caulkins announces Outreach 101 initiative

January 22, 2019 – State Representative Dan Caulkins has announced an initiative called Outreach 101.  Caulkins is donating his representative salary to make small micro gifts to small groups, individuals and service organizations.  Caulkins had pledged to donate his salary during his campaign, as well as not take the legislative healthcare plan or retirement.  To find out more about the program, listen to the podcast now. For questions about Outreach 101, email Dan@dancaulkins.com

Police Chief Says Crime Drop is Fact, Not Perception

Police Chief Says Crime Drop is Fact, Not Perception

January 22, 2019 –  Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz says a recent report showing a drop in violent crimes and property crimes in Decatur is based on statistics and fact, not perception in a new podcast.   Total Violent Crimes and Total Property Crimes were down in 2018 as compared to 2017. Violent Crimes were down 19.41 % and Property Crimes were down 14.48 %. Listen to the podcast now!

Real Men Wear Pink Awards to be held Jan 27th

Real Men Wear Pink Awards to be held Jan 27th

January 22, 2019 –  All coaches, players, parents and football fans are invited to enjoy a celebration of high school football and the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) campaign. The ESPNDecatur Real Men Wear Pink High School Football Awards is a yearly awards ceremony held at different schools in the coverage area of Neuhoff Media. This year, the event’s host school is Maroa-Forsyth High School and will be held Sunday, January 27 at 6 p.m.

Watch as the area’s finest football talents are honored as well as each RMWP school recognized for their contributions to this year’s campaign. Awards at this year’s event include: top quarterback, running back, pass catcher, offensive line, defensive lineman, linebacker, defensive back, head coach and pink warrior.

The Pink Warrior Award is given to someone who has made a special impact in the fight against breast cancer. This could be a survivor who is especially strong and has an inspiring story or someone from the community who went above and beyond in raising awareness for the disease.

The event will also feature a dessert reception. Tickets are $8 each and are available for purchase at Neuhoff Media Studios in downtown Decatur. For more information, contact ESPNDecatur at 217-423-9744

City announced blue ribbon commission on violence (Podcast)

City announced blue ribbon commission on violence (Podcast)

January 22, 2019 – City leaders have announced a Blue Ribbon Commission to address violence in the city. Dr. Janelle Norman of Decatur Chapter of the NAACP said the commission will look at concerns as they relate to home, schools and the community. But she stressed that more will come out of this commission than a report. The commission will see what actions can be taken from the report and put them into motion. Listen to a full podcast of the press conference.

Cardinal Caravan 2019 (Video)

Cardinal Caravan 2019 (Video)

January 21, 2019 – Cardinal fans packed the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel for the 2019 Cardinal Caravan. Fans heard from Past and present Cardinals, and got autographs. Check out the video.

MLK Jr. Annual Freedom March (Video)

MLK Jr. Annual Freedom March (Video)

January 21, 2019 –  Many community members faced cold temperatures to participate in the annual Freedom March to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The procession began at the Decatur Civic Center and concluded at the Church of the Living God Temple One on MLK.