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Mercy Gardens Check

Mercy Gardens receives $25,000 grant

DECATUR – Positive emotions were stirring at the Good Samaritan Inn today as the Mercy Gardens program received a $25,000 grant.   Decatur Is Growing Gardeners, a group who partners with the Mercy Gardens in conjunction with The Good Samaritan Inn, entered a contest sponsored by State Farm in which 4,000 not-for-profit causes competed for…Continue Reading

Dee Brown Resize

Former Illini PG Brown hired by U of I as special assistant

CHAMPAIGN– A familiar face is returning to the University of Illinois’ athletic department this summer.   U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas announced Wednesday morning that former men’s basketball point guard Dee Brown has been hired by the university as a special assistant within the department. Brown will join Thomas’s staff for the summer.…Continue Reading

Decatur Public School District

Pathways program proving successful for DPS-61

DECATUR– An internship program adopted by DPS-61 is getting students out of the classrooms and into the ‘real world’. During their regularly scheduled school board meeting on Tuesday night, the board was updated on the Pathways to Success program adopted by the district last year, and which experienced its first semester in action this past…Continue Reading

Scam Alert

Jury Scam ALERT

MACON COUNTY — The Macon County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the public of a jury scam in which numerous Macon County residents have received calls about missing jury duty.   Calls are stating that the resident had failed to report for scheduled jury duty and that a warrant was going to be issued…Continue Reading

AFSCME Illinois

Strike imminent if Rauner allows government shutdown

SPRINGFIELD — With a contract deadline just one week away, state workers in Illinois are continuing to push for a fair labor agreement.   Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) say they are not pleased with Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts in pay and benefits, and his willingness to…Continue Reading

Davis NAM Award

Davis honored with pro-business award by Manufacturer’s Association

DECATUR–  Congressman Rodney Davis is being recognized as a champion of manufacturing.   Davis was awarded a legislative excellence award by the National Association of Manufacturer’s on Monday afternoon outside of ADM.   “I couldn’t think of a better place to receive this award than here at ADM,” Davis said. “ADM is a perfect example…Continue Reading

Police Lights

Decatur man remains in critical condition following Sunday shooting

DECATUR– A 23 year old Decatur man is in critical condition after being shot in what police describe as a drug deal gone bad.   Benajmin R. Phillips was shot Sunday evening on the 900 block of West Center Street while attempting to purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms.   A sworn statement delivered to police accused Richard…Continue Reading

EMS Sirens

Macon County EMA to test warning sirens at 10 am

DECATUR– If you hear sirens this morning, do not be alarmed.   The Macon County Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a test of the emergency alert notification system.  The test is being done for evaluation of first responders and their ability to notify the public in an emergency.   The test will be heard…Continue Reading