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Homeward Bound Cat Room

Homeward Bound Shelter to introduce new cat rooms

DECATUR – Thanks to successful fundraising effort and volunteer help, the Homeward Bound Pet Shelter has been able to remodel a few of their cat rooms.   The volunteer-initiated ‘Yoga4Cats’ fundraiser was held back in October and raised $1,800, which startted what the shelter is calling “Project Catification.” Project Leader Jeanette Skaluba says they have…Continue Reading

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Decatur Police make arrest in January 13 homicide

DECATUR – Decatur Police have a man in custody in connection to the death of 21-year-old Tarik Dewalt of Decatur.   Deputy Chief Cody Moore says Decatur Police along with the U.S. Marshall’s service have arrested Shirice K. Hendrix, 18, of Decatur on Friday.  He has been transported to the Macon County Jail after officers…Continue Reading

Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services announces substantial cutbacks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s largest private provider of social-service programs is closing 30 programs serving 4,700 people because of the budget impasse.   Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees — about 43 percent of its staff.   President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes…Continue Reading

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City officials looking for public input on community goals

DECATUR – As the Decatur City Council begins identifying their goals for the city moving forward, they would like your input, too.   Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe announced that you can now submit ideas on what you would like to see done in the city or any other suggestions.  You can give your anonymous opinion…Continue Reading

Senior Center, LLCU check

Macon County Senior Center gets community support

DECATUR – The Decatur Macon County Senior Center will be able to make some upgrade their facility thanks to a donation from Land of Lincoln Credit Union.   The staff at LLCU held several fundraisers throughout the year raising money for their Charity of the Year, and this year they chose the Senior Center.  Through…Continue Reading

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Illinois’ unemployment rate ticks up in December

CHICAGO – Illinois ended 2015 with fewer jobs than it started for the first time in seven years.   In turn, Illinois’ unemployment rate rose last month.  The jobless rate inched up from 5.7 percent in November to 5.9 percent in December, 2015.  In addition, the state lost more than 16,000 jobs.  Illinois Department of…Continue Reading

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Decatur Police nab suspect in Jan. 12 shooting

DECATUR – The Decatur Police Department has a suspect in custody in relation to the first shooting of 2016 in Decatur.   Deputy Chief Cody Moore says they have arrested a 23-year-old Decatur resident in connection to the shooting on January 12th, 2016 in the 700 block of W. Leafland.  Police say the subject was…Continue Reading

Big Brothers Big Sisters

BBBS more than a “volunteer opportunity”

DECATUR – 78-year-old Ollie Dash wishes he would have gotten into the program earlier, but he says Big Brothers Big Sisters has certainly been a heart-warming experience.   Dash is one of many “Bigs” in Macon County’s BBBS program.  Dash previously worked with the CASA, so he says he enjoys giving back to the community,…Continue Reading