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Local area firework displays

The following communities will have their firework celebration on Friday, July 3rd (start time indicated in parenthesis). Assumption- Slag Pile (9 pm) Mt. Zion- Fletcher Park (9 pm) Monticello- Lodge Park (9 pm) Pana- Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds (9 pm)   The following communities will have their firework celebration on Saturday, July 4th (start time indicated…Continue Reading

Veteran Driver's License

“Veteran” can now be listed on your driver’s license

ILLINOIS – Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, U.S. military veterans will be able to get an update driver’s license/ID card with the word “VETERAN” displayed under the signature on the front of the card.   Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White made the announcement today and says that now veterans can proudly display that they served…Continue Reading

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Heavy rains further delay crop progress

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain is delaying winter wheat harvest and hay cutting in northern and central Illinois.   The USDA’s weekly crop report was issued Monday.   It says that precipitation statewide averaged 1.92 inches, or 0.94 inches above normal and there was just one day suitable for fieldwork…Continue Reading

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts expanding to Decatur in 2015

DECATUR–  Brettwood Village shoppers will soon have a new spot to satisfy their sweet tooth.   The City of Decatur confirmed on Monday that a Dunkin Donuts shop is being put in at 3016 N. Water Street. The building was formerly a Dairy Queen and US Cellular store and is located adjacent to Kroger and…Continue Reading

Caring Black Men forum

Caring Black Men hosts 2nd forum

DECATUR – Open dialogue and good conversation took place between the community and members of the Decatur area law enforcement.     Caring Black Men, a group of local African-American men, hosted its second public forum in hopes to foster understanding between our community and our law enforcement.  Mayor Mike McElroy opened the forum by referencing major tragedies involving…Continue Reading

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7th Annual ESPNDecatur High School ESPY Awards

The 7th Annual ESPNDecatur High School ESPYs took place at Richland Community College on Sunday, June 28th with a record crowd honoring the areas best high school athletes! See a full list of winners below!     Most Outstanding Male Athlete – Payton Grinestaff (Mt. Zion) Most Outstanding Female Athlete – Maggie Comerford (Meridian) Coach…Continue Reading

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Weekend rain makes June wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ wet June is now one for the record book.   State Climatologist Jim Angel said Sunday that rainfall the past few days has officially made the month Illinois’ wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.   Angel said that through Saturday the statewide average rainfall…Continue Reading

Community activist Stockard-Odeneal dies at 69

DECATUR– Community and anti-violence activist Betsy Stockard-Odeneal passed away over the weekend at the age of 69.   Stockard-Odeneal founded the Stop the Violence marches, and the Youth Empowerment Agency during her time in the community. Stockard-Odeneal was the first African American woman to serve on the Decatur City Council.   Decatur Black Chamber of…Continue Reading