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Richland, Millikin transfer agreement

Millikin, Richland partner on reverse transfer agreement

DECATUR – Millikin University and Richland Community College are partnering on a reverse transfer agreement for students who transfer from Richland to Millikin.   President of Richland Community College Dr. Gayle Saunders says the agreement will allow ex-Richland students to still have a chance at gaining their associate’s degree with their college.   “Our students…Continue Reading

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Man who caused Warrensburg school lockdown charged with felony

DECATUR– The man who caused a temporary lockdown of Warrensburg-Latham Grade School last week was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of aggravated resisting a police officer.   Warrensburg police tracked down and apprehended 51 year old Clifford Darrell Jr. on Tuesday, September 15th after receiving a call of a suspicious man near the grade…Continue Reading

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DPS-61 officially adopts budget for FY16

DECATUR – Despite not having a guarantee of state-appropriated funds, the Decatur Public School Board has officially adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2016.   The board met on Tuesday night to hear a final update on the budget from Chief Operational Officer Dr. Todd Covault. Covault reported that the state informed them that they…Continue Reading


The latest on the Lake Decatur Dredging Project

DECATUR – The dredging project of Lake Decatur is nearly 20 percent complete as crews have taken just over 2 million cubic yards of sediment out of the lake.   Engineering Services Coordinator for the city’s water department, Jerry Stevens says the dredging crew is now in the Big Creek area of Lake Decatur, where…Continue Reading

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Crossing Healthcare officially opens Wabash Crossing location

DECATUR–  A new healthcare facility open near downtown Decatur will better serve the nearly 33,000 Macon County residents living below the poverty line or who otherwise cannot afford to pay for healthcare through traditional methods like a hospital or doctor’s office.   Community leaders and officials with Crossing Healthcare gathered outside the 30,000 square foot…Continue Reading

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Cleanup continues in fatal Long Creek crash

LONG CREEK–  The Illinois State Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that occurred near Mt. Zion early Tuesday morning.   A police report shows that the crash involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle on US Rt. 36 near Salem School Road in Long Creek roughly 1 mile east of Decatur.   The accident…Continue Reading

Crop Harvest

Wet weather helps push crops deeper into harvest season

SPRINGFIELD– The state was warmer and wetter than normal last week — that means a mixed bag for the state’s crops.USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says the state, overall, received an inch of rain — though southern Illinois got a bit less. He says corn and soybean farmers could use a break, but the winter…Continue Reading

Betsy Smith run

2015 Betsy Smith Memorial Run will be the final year

DECATUR –This weekend marks the 10th and final year for the Betsy Smith Memorial 5K Run/Walk along the shores of Lake Decatur.   The race honors Betsy Smith, daughter of Dr. Dan and Jeanie Smith, who passed away on April 26, 2006, just a few weeks prior to her graduation from Taylor University in Indiana. …Continue Reading