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Warrensburg-Latham receives donation, will go towards STEAM opportunities

October 27 – Warrensburg-Latham school district is receiving funds to help further educational programs.   Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $15,960 to Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11. The donation will go toward providing students with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) related opportunities.   ADM’s grant will offer students hands-on opportunities to build small machines,…Continue Reading


Community members read to youth for Read for the Record Day

October 27 – Members of the community had a chance to encourage reading to local youth today.   The Decatur Family YMCA is celebrating Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day today. It is the 11th year of the campaign that hopes to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.  …Continue Reading

Illini Hall of Fame

Illinois creates sports Hall of Fame, Butkus in 1st class

October 27 – The University of Illinois is forming the school’s first Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and a member of its first class will be former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus.   The school’s athletic department made the announcement Thursday morning. The entire inaugural class will be announced in February and recognized at a dinner in…Continue Reading

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Fire causes extensive damage at Decatur warehouse

October 27 – A Thursday morning fire has caused extensive damage to a warehouse on West Eldorado Street.   The Decatur Fire Department responded to the call at 12:32 a.m. Thursday morning and had the fire contained at 1:49 a.m.  The fire occurred at 680 W Eldorado Street in a warehouse that had vehicles in…Continue Reading


Trick-or-treat safety tips

October 27 – The Illinois State Police is offering some Halloween trick-or-treating safety tips for you and your kids.   A lot of children will be moving around in the dark this Halloween, making it a requirement that families and drivers stay sharp.  It’s a good idea to make sure your trick-or-treater can be seen…Continue Reading

Taylor Vidmar MTV ambassador

Meet Richland’s MTV Ambassador

October 27 – A student at Richland Community College is trying to put Decatur and RCC on the map with the help of MTV.   Freshman Taylor Vidmar is one of 18 students nationwide that MTV has chosen to be as their ambassador.  Vidmar and her fellow ambassadors will be representing their campus, their peers,…Continue Reading

Millikin percussion ensemble halloween concert

Millikin Percussion Ensembles presenting Halloween Concerts

October 26 – Millikin University’s Percussion Ensembles will be playing their annual Halloween concerts this weekend, and you can enjoy smooth music several times.   The ensembles will perform three special concerts in celebration of Halloween on Thursday, October 27, and two concerts on Friday, October 28.  The concerts will be suitable for all ages…Continue Reading

Decatur Police SUV

DPD stepping up enforcement during Halloween

October 26 – This weekend is a holiday weekend and the Decatur Police Department is increasing enforcement efforts to keep the streets of Decatur safe.   DPD will again be looking for impaired drivers and those who are not wearing a seatbelt.  Sergeant Chris Peters says it’s another “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign…Continue Reading