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iPads at French Academy

DPS students, teachers adjusting to addition of iPads

DECATUR – Students at French Academy were one of the first schools to get iPads for each of their students, and teachers say it is making a positive change in the classroom.   “The iPad rollout is new, but it has gone very, very well,” says third grade teacher Nicole Genet.  “My students can do…Continue Reading

Teen Texting and Driving

DPD looking to curb distracted-driving trend

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department says they will be increasing efforts to catch distracted drivers using cell phones or other devices.   Deputy Chief Jim Getz says Decatur saw an increase in the number of accidents in 2015, and many were caused by distracted drivers.  Decatur Police ask that you make an effort to…Continue Reading

Millikin celebrates Dr. King

Millikin students, faculty celebrate legacy of Dr. King

DECATUR – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may have been last week, but Millikin University students are just returning to class this week, and they weren’t missing the chance to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.   A group of students, faculty, and community members came together at Millikin University to share some of their personal stories…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

Macon County unemployment rate falls slightly in December

DECATUR — The unemployment rate in Macon County last month was up compared to a year ago, but slightly fell compared to November 2014.   According to statistics from the IL Dept. of Employment Security (IDES), the unemployment rate throughout Macon County was at 7.4 percent for December 2015.  That’s up .4 percent from December…Continue Reading

Caterpillar Decatur

Caterpillar reports fourth quarter loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar reports a fourth-quarter loss as sales for equipment continued to slide amid weakness in the mining and energy industries.   But the results topped Wall Street expectations as the construction and mining equipment maker continues feeling the pain of lower commodity prices and a weakening global economy. It is in the…Continue Reading


DMCOC scheduling LIHEAP appointments tomorrow

DECATUR – You can start filling out your applications for the LIHEAP program, and take the first step at getting some monetary assistance towards your heating bill.   The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help out local residents that need a little help, and the Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC) will…Continue Reading


Educating the next generation of scientists, engineers

DECATUR – Area educators are becoming students during the iBIO Institute’s program as they are learning how to better engage their students in the classroom.   The program is sponsored by the Education Coalition of Macon County in conjunction with ADM.  25 teachers across ten districts in Macon and Piatt counties are going through a…Continue Reading

Dennis Hastert

Former speaker Hastert’s trial to be delayed

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has agreed to delay Dennis Hastert’s sentencing in a hush-money case after his attorneys said the former U.S. House Speaker nearly died last November.   U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin on Thursday set an April 8 sentencing.   Prosecutor Steven Block said the state agrees to a delay now…Continue Reading

Police Lights

Police arrest alleged auto burglar

DECATUR—An early morning arrest by the Decatur Police Department has one man in custody in connection to a string of auto burglaries.   Police Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez Seal says the 3rd shift officers responded to an auto burglary call on the 1500 block of E. Buena Vista just after midnight and another at 1800 E.…Continue Reading

Julie and Casino

Casino development to be part of larger gambling discussion

DECATUR– A possible casino development is just the tip of the iceberg for the Decatur City Council to consider when it comes to gambling within city limits.   Joining Byers & Company Thursday morning, Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said the City Council will indeed hold a study session to discuss a casino, as well as…Continue Reading