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Crossing Healthcare

Crossing Healthcare is prepared for operation in new facility

DECATUR – Crossing Healthcare is set to begin operation starting next week on Monday in their new facility in northeast Decatur.   Formerly known as the Community Health Improvement Center or CHIC, Crossing will formally open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 22.  The new $6 million facility will be located on 320 East Central…Continue Reading

Millikin Improvements

Millikin ranked in top 10 of annual college rankings

DECATUR– Millikin University is one of the top colleges in the Midwest according to the annual US News and World Report.   The ranking put Millikin at the #10 spot for best regional colleges, a list that included over 360 colleges. The University was also named the 7th best regional college for veterans, a category…Continue Reading


McDonald’s efforts benefit the WSOY Community Food Drive

DECATUR– Efforts over the summer by local McDonald’s locations netted $3000 to benefit the 14th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive.   Throughout the summer, the Decatur and Forsyth McDonald’s locations held a promotion called “Freeze Out Hunger”, in which a portion of every ice cream cone sold was given to the annual food drive to be held on…Continue Reading

Crop Harvest

Farmers begin harvest as fall nears

SPRINGFIELD– Wet, then dry. That’s the story of Illinois’ 2015 planting season.“The state average rainfall last week: only 16/100 of an inch,” says statistician Mark Schleusener of the USDA in Illinois. “That’s about one half-inch below normal.”As for the progress of the crops, about two percent of the corn has been harvested, and the soybeans…Continue Reading

Dee Brown

Brown Added to U of I Athletic Department Staff

CHAMPAIGN– University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Tuesday that former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown has joined the UI staff as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics following a temporary role in the position over the summer.   Brown – the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and winner of the…Continue Reading

School Attendance

Enrollment up again this year at Decatur Public Schools

DECATUR – The Decatur Public School District’s enrollment is up for the third straight year.   Director of Student Services with DPS-61, Dr. Rochelle Clark presented the annual enrollment update to the school board on Tuesday night.  The presentation showed that enrollment district-wide is up over 100 students at this point in time.  Superintendent Lisa…Continue Reading

Sammy Hagar

Despite smaller crowds; grandstand lineup at State Fair proves profitable

SPRINGFIELD– Data provided by organizers in response to a Freedom of Information Act request shows that musical acts at this year’s Illinois State Fair brought in more than $37,600 after expenses.   The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Sammy Hagar and Collective Soul drew the biggest crowd, with more than 9,500 tickets sold. The Aug.…Continue Reading