August 23, 2019- Pet owners can now register their pets for the Fido Scurry AND a special pet swim at the Fairview Aquatics Center. Both events will be held on September 7th. Fido Scurry will take place at Fairview park and will feature a 5K or 1 mile walk/ run, a costume pet parade, demonstrations and more. Following Fido Scurry, pets can cool off at the Fairview Park Dog Swim. There will be two sign up times at 11am and 12:15 for the swim. Sign up and proof of registration and rabies shots are required. The fee for Fido Scurry is $25 per person for the run and $10 dollars for an individual or $20 for a family for the walk. The swim will be $5 per dog. . limit 2 dogs per family. Click HERE to register
August 19th, 2019- The Salvation Army and Ameren IL came together to host a luncheon for seniors to help educate them on ways they can become more energy efficient and how they could save a buck or two with some simple tips and tricks.
August 14th, 2019- Crossing Healthcare is partnering with DPS 61 for the school year providing a mobile unit for student services such as physicals, vaccinations, health screenings, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, health education and promotion, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling, and dental.
August 13th, 2019 – Local attorney Gary Geisler hosted an event at the Decatur Public Library called “Woodstock.” Geisler, who has been practicing law since 1977, Became interested in the event as it celebrates the 50th anniversary, created a movie called “Missing Woodstock” that he showed to the public. Geisler has done several events at the library and is a volunteer in the Local History Room. If you missed the event, there will be a free showing of his short film at the Avon Theater on Saturday at 11am. To hear the full podcast with Geisler, go to NowDecatur.com
August 12th, 2019- Richland Community College celebrated its 10 graduates for the Industrial Job Skills Training Program. The skills course focused on a foundation of day to day function and interactions, whether it be work at home or just out in about within the community. A special congratulations to recent DPS graduates who also completed the course Antwone Brown, Treytel Griffen-Johnson, Chandler Phillips, and Fredia Ryan.
August 9, 2019 – Decatur is the host of the Alliance of Community Foundation Directors, giving our local community foundation a chance to highlight the numerous philanthropic partnerships in Decatur. 20 groups and foundation from around the state are here for the 3 day conference. Natalie Beck – President of the Community Foundation of Macon County says it’s a chance for everyone to come together and share best practices.
The conference is held quarterly and is hosted by a different community in the state.
August 6th, 2019 – The Illinois Office of Tourism announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018 which is a $2 billion boost to the state’s economy since 2017. Macon County contributed to the state’s added economic domestic growth, with $155.19 million in travel expenditures (a 3.4% increase) and $2.95 million in local tax revenue (a 2% increase). More than 5,200 jobs were created across the state as a result of visitor spending, with 2.6% of them in Macon County. Teri Hammel, Executive Director for the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says, “Macon County looks forward to attracting visitors as we continue to work hard to develop the region as a tourist destination”.
August 6th, 2019 – A bipartisan group of Illinois state lawmakers joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker to celebrate the signing of a bill they say will save taxpayers money on Medicaid costs, one of the largest items in the state budget. With a backlog of more than 95,000 Medicaid patients, state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said the signing of Senate Bill 1321 Monday will bring multiple state agencies together to better care for patients. “What we should be doing with care coordination is getting the right care at the right time at the place and making sure that patients get access to care when they need it and the right kind of coverage,” Steans said. One-in-four Illinois residents, or about 3 million people, use Medicaid, but there’s been a backlog of 95,000 cases. The governor’s office said the new law improves the timeliness of applications, redeterminations and payments to providers and decreases the number of Medicaid claim denials. It’s unclear how much the bill will save taxpayers, but supporters have said that making things more streamlined and transparent will go a long way. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.
August 6th, 2019- Kyle May of Fleet Feet and Spin City Cycles previews a series of runs and rides coming in the next few weeks.