U.S. Ag Secretary Works To Allay Farmer Fears at FPS

U.S. Ag Secretary Works To Allay Farmer Fears at FPS

August 28, 2019 –U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Donald Trump will take action to soften the effects of oil refinery exceptions for blending corn-based ethanol in motor fuel.  Farmers are angry that the Republican administration ordered increased blending of corn-based ethanol in fuel but then exempted small oil refineries from complying. Perdue spoke to farmers and agribusiness leaders yesterday at the Farm Progress Show. He says it was “disappointing” that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency granted the waiversPerdue would not say what action President Trump will take but that Trump believes the EPA waivers were “way overdone.” Perdue also sought to ease farmers’ fears of financial problems after China halted purchases of U.S. farm products in an escalating trade war.  

WATCH: Bayer Commits 6 Million to FFA and 4H

WATCH: Bayer Commits 6 Million to FFA and 4H

August 28, 2019 – The CEO of the National FFA Organization was on hand at the Farm Progress Show as Bayer Crop Science announced a continued long term financial commitment to the FFA. In an new video, Mark Poeschl was interviewed by Andreas Ag Academy member Nakaya Smith about Bayer’s 6 Million dollar commitment, which Poeschl says integral to help FFA to thrive. The funds from Bayer will also be distributed to the National 4H Foundation as part of a 5 year commitment.  

Volunteers Needed for DPS at FPS

Volunteers Needed for DPS at FPS

August 27, 2019 – DPS 61 is looking for some extra volunteers as they plan to bring over 600 students to experience this year’s Farm Progress ShowVolunteers will receive free parking, a volunteer t-shirt, free admission, lunch, and the satisfaction of participating in this meaningful and critical activity that sets the groundwork for future opportunities for DPS students. Volunteers will need to go through a Traininclass that will take place Thursday morning at 9am as they will be assisting in giving tours, however no agricultural background is need for the job.  Tours will run from 10-1 on Thursday. 

To Sign up, contact:

Zach Shields 

Executive Director 

Decatur Public Schools Foundation 

217/362-3042 (office) 

Boys & Girls Club of Decatur Implement New Changes

Boys & Girls Club of Decatur Implement New Changes

August 23rd, 2019- The Boys and Girls Club of Decatur Inc. will be making some new changes to their hours of operations and membership fees this Fall. Due to low attendance rates, the club will be discontinuing Saturday hours of operation in exchange for new operating hours on Mondays. In addition, membership dues will increase to $1 a week from the traditional $1 a year.  Director of Development Resources Shamika Bond says the changes will help the program maintain free services such as free tutoring and field trips for members. Bond stated, “It is with our members best interest that these changes are being made. We want to ensure that no child is left behind, and if anyone is struggling with the additional chargespayment plans are always an option. We are more than willing to help our members make it work.” The Boys and Girls Club will also be holding a Q&A night September 6th at 5:00pm to answer any of the community’s questions or concerns about the new changes.  

NowDecatur Announces 2019 Football Broadcast Schedule; Return of Earthmover Game of Week

NowDecatur Announces 2019 Football Broadcast Schedule; Return of Earthmover Game of Week

August 13  –  The NowDecatur.com sports coverage team has announced a couple changes along with their 2019 High School & Millikin Football Broadcast Schedule.

Earthmover Credit Union returns as the presenting sponsor for the 7th straight season of High School Football on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM (WDZ). Returning to the broadcast booth for his 14th season of play-by-play, is the 2018 Illinois Broadcasters Association ‘Sportscaster of the Year’, Aric Lee. Lee will be joined for the sixth-straight season by 2018 Millikin Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, ‘T-Mac’ Tony McClain (Football & Baseball).

The Earthmover Credit Union Game of the Week Schedule with Lee & McClain, has announced 7 weeks of High School coverage, with Weeks 8 & 9 announced later in the season. Schedule listed below.

Lee & McClain will also return to the collegiate broadcast booth for their fourth season on the call of coach Dan Gritti’s Millikin Big Blue. The duo will broadcast the opening 7 weeks on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, including the 6 p.m. season opener on Friday, September 6th against Hope College, also simulcast on WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM. The remaining 3 weeks of the Big Blue are to be determined around the High School Playoffs.

Furthermore, WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM will continue to be the home of St. Teresa Bulldogs Football. On the Friday nights the Bulldogs are not playing under the Earthmover Credit Union Game of the Week schedule, Neuhoff Media welcomes a new broadcast team to the airwaves.

Latham’s Scott Harrelson will anchor the St. Teresa team, calling play-by-play. Harrelson is a Warrensburg-Latham, Lincoln College, & Southern Illinois at Carbondale graduate, who has broadcasted a variety of sports, in a variety of places, off-and-on since 1981.

Joining Harrelson in the booth, debuting the opening week of the season when the Bulldogs travel to Downs Tri-Valley, is 2012 St. Teresa graduate, Blake Allison. Allison assembled a tremendous soccer career at St. Teresa, before joining the football team to handle the kicking and punting duties his senior season. He scratched the football itch for four more years, at Quincy University, earning the starting job his sophomore season, graduating in 2016.

All High School and Millikin Broadcasts are also available live on NowDecatur.com, and the free NowDecatur app. In addition, all games will be podcasted and posted to their own sections of NowDecatur.com.


The Earthmover Credit Union Game of the Week

(All games at 7 p.m., unless noted)

August 30th … Arcola @ Argenta-Oreana (WDZ)

September 6th … Hope College @ Millikin, 6 p.m. (WDZ & WSOY)

September 13th … Normal U-High @ MacArthur (WDZ)

September 20th … Tuscola @ St. Teresa (WDZ & WSOY)

September 27th … Central A&M @ St. Teresa (WDZ & WSOY)

October 4th … Taylorville @ Mt. Zion (WDZ)

October 11th … Athens @ Maroa-Forsyth (WDZ)

October 18th & 25th … TBD



Remaining St. Teresa Broadcasts on WSOY

August 30th … Bulldogs @ Downs Tri-Valley

September 13th … Bulldogs @ Meridian

October 4th … Bulldogs @ Clinton

October 11th … Sullivan-Okaw Valley @ Bulldogs

October 18th … Warrensburg-Latham @ Bulldogs

October 25th … Bulldogs @ Shelbyville



Millikin Big Blue Schedule on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM (WDZ)

September 6th … Hope @ Millikin, 6 p.m. (WDZ & WSOY)

September 21st … Millikin @ North Park, 2 p.m.

September 28th … Wheaton @ Millikin, 6 p.m.

October 5th … Millikin @ Augustana, 1 p.m.

October 12th … Millikin @ Carroll, 2 p.m.

October 19th … Carthage @ Millikin, 2 p.m.

October 26th … Elmhurst @ Millikin, 1 p.m.

*November 2nd … Millikin @ Illinois Wesleyan, 1 p.m.

*November 9th … Millikin @ Washington, 1 p.m.

*November 16th … North Central @ Millikin, 1 p.m.

(*Broadcast/Station of final three games is TBD around High School Postseason)


LISTEN: 5th Annual Scholar Sendoff Program

LISTEN: 5th Annual Scholar Sendoff Program

August 8th, 2019- The Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce hosts it’s 5th Annual Scholar Sendoff Program sending first year college students off with all their dormitory needs.

PHOTOS: National Night Out

PHOTOS: National Night Out

August 6th, 2019- The Decatur Park District and Park Watch partner with the City of Decatur, Decatur Police Department, Macon County Sheriff’s Office and our own Park Police Department to host National Night Out and Lantern Parade!

Trace Adkins to Play Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater

Trace Adkins to Play Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater

August 5, 2019 – The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce an additional show for the 2019 season with country superstar Trace Adkins bringing his “Don’t Stop Tour 2019” to The Devon on Sunday, September 1.

With a career spanning over two decades, Adkins has charted ten Top 10 singles, 4 number one songs, sold millions of albums and won many awards. Hits from his catalog of music include:

– “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”

– “Every Light In The House Is On”

– “I’m Tryin’”

– “Chrome”

– “Then They Do”

– “Hot Mama”

– “Songs About Me”

– “Honkytonk Badonkadonk”

– “Ladies Love Country Boys”

– “You’re Gonna Miss This”

“The outstanding support from the community, sponsors and patrons of The Devon are the ones who’ve made this additional show possible,” says Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. “We are thrilled to be announcing the addition of an artist like Trace Adkins with such an impressive career in our inaugural season’s lineup.”

An opening act for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Trace Adkins show will be on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 9. Tickets can be purchased online at www.devonamphitheater.com, by phone at (217) 422-5911 or in person at the Devon Box Office in Nelson Park or the Decatur Park District main office at 620 E. Riverside Ave. Ticket prices range from $30-55.