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2015 DYHA Alumni Weekend (Video)

  DECATUR – Hundreds showed up to the Decatur Civic Center for the return of some of the youth hockey program’s former players.   The Decatur Youth Hockey Association hosted their first Alumni Weekend by bringing back over 100 former players, coaches, and staff to get back out on the ice again.  With DYHA rising…Continue Reading


Free community college concept tested

CHICAGO (AP) — The concept of free community college has been touted by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans.   The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost from the equation. However, some educators are concerned the push could divert students and scholarships away from four-year schools…Continue Reading

Lincoln's Piano

Reviving President Lincoln’s piano

SPRINGFIELD — A piano often heard by Abraham Lincoln, and possibly even played at his wedding, needs your help to be fully restored.   A crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise the final $7,500 needed to bring a possibly 180-year piano back to playable condition.   The piano was owned by Lincoln’s in-laws, Ninian and Elizabeth…Continue Reading

Illini Win 11-28

Nunn lifts Illini over UAB

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Illinois coach John Groce was short-handed for the first five games as many of his key players were out with injuries.   Buoyed by the return of three players to the lineup on Friday night, the Illini had one of their best games of the season in a 72-58 win over UAB…Continue Reading

DYHA Alumni Game

DYHA gets set for alumni weekend

DECATUR — The Decatur Youth Hockey Association is expecting over 100 former players, coaches, and staff to be in Decatur this weekend to participate in the inaugural DYHA Alumni Game.   DYHA Hockey Director Shane Brilley says the idea was floated in the past, but with this year’s successful run in the Hockeyville USA contest,…Continue Reading

Holiday Shopping

Police offer ‘safe shopping’ advice ahead of black Friday

DECATUR–  If you’re heading out to shop overnight Thursday, or are looking to get some deals on Black Friday, the Decatur Police Department is offering some tips to stay safe throughout the holidays.   Police Lieutenant Jason Walker says they normally don’t see an uptick in crime locally during heavy shopping times, but it’s always…Continue Reading

Lisa Madigan

Tips for safe online shopping during the holiday season

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is giving you some tips to stay safe while shopping this holiday season.   Her guide includes descriptions and photographs of nearly 100 children’s products that have been recalled in the last year.  In addition, the guide features tips for you and your family to use the internet…Continue Reading

Rep. Bill Mitchell

Illinois’ credit rating verging on “junk” status

SPRINGFIELD – The budget mess in Springfield may cause the state to see its credit rating drop to “junk” status before the end of the calendar year.   Last month, Moody’s Investor Service dropped Illinois’ rating to 3 steps above “junk” status, but is now threatening to drop it even further with the state entering…Continue Reading

Unemployment Application

IDES: Unemployment rate in Macon County at 6.8%

DECATUR– Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one, and remained the same in one during the month of October.   Seven metro areas across the state saw job loss compared to a year ago, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of…Continue Reading

John Kaufman bell ringer

Bell ringers donate time to Salvation Army

DECATUR – It’s that time of the year again, as you hear the familiar sound of bell ringing outside of your grocery stores and retail outlets.   Salvation Army bell ringers can be volunteers, but some are also paid for their services.  A volunteer can sign up for a shift ranging in hours for any…Continue Reading