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Kyle McCarter & John Shimkus

State Sen. McCarter announces bid for Congress

LEBANON– Incumbent congressman John Shimkus will face a challenger in a primary if he decides to run for reelection.   Longtime State Senator Kyle McCarter announced Wednesday his intention to run for Congress in the 15th district of Illinois.   In a release, McCarter said he wants to ‘turn around Washington’; “What we have witnessed…Continue Reading

Breaking News

Rt. 36 road work to be suspended Friday

DECATUR–  Road work on US Rt. 36 will be suspended on Friday in anticipation of heavy road usage during the WSOY Community Food Drive.   The instillation of utility poles had previously caused the closure of the road between 27th Street and Country Club Road. That work is being halted to make room for traffic to pass…Continue Reading

Scam Alert

New phone scam targets high school students

DECATUR–  The Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office is warning of a new phone scam circulating the county.   State’s Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider said Wednesday that scammers are targeting high school students and advising them that they have been awarded a scholarship worth several thousand dollars to the college of…Continue Reading


City Water Manager provides updates on major water projects

DECATUR–   An aging, and crumbling, water infrastructure led the Decatur City Council in 2013 to dedicate over $100 million to water infrastructure improvement projects, and according to the man in charge of the city’s water, those improvements have already begun to pay off.   Director of Water Management Keith Alexander was the keynote speaker Wednesday…Continue Reading

Crop Harvest

Illinois’ corn and soybean harvest near 50 percent complete

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that both the corn and soybean harvests are about 50 percent complete.   In its weekly crop report, the department said 50 percent of the state’s corn and 49 percent of its soybeans have been harvested. Illinois is forecasted to be the country’s No. 1…Continue Reading

National Foodworks Services

National Foodworks Services introduces not-for-profit partner

DECATUR – Along with the construction of their 40,000 square foot facility, National Foodworks Services will be working on another side project: a not-for-profit.   NFS announced the formation of Heart of America Foodworks which will explore collaborations with local food banks and charities to distribute food to the needy throughout Central Illinois.  NFS Partner…Continue Reading

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dove, Inc. offers tips during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DECATUR – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Macon County is 2nd in the state when it comes to domestic violence cases.   Dove, Inc. is the local domestic violence program for Macon County and Director Teri Ducy says this month holds extra importance for our area.  She says one third of cases in…Continue Reading

Rodney Davis Action

Davis: Trans-Pacific Partnership could prove beneficial for Central IL

DECATUR–  A multi-year trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries could have a huge impact on Illinois.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was agreed upon by the 12 nations early Monday morning would lift as many as 18,000 tariffs that the participating countries have placed on American exports, including machinery, information technology…Continue Reading

Libby's Canned Pumpkin

Time to stock up on canned pumpkin

NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — Crop experts say there should be enough pumpkins for Halloween, but that supplies of canned pumpkin could be scarce by Thanksgiving.   Illinois is the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. Mohammad Babadoost is a plant pathology professor at the University of Illinois. He says “we’ll have a pumpkin for everybody” for Halloween,…Continue Reading