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Pickup collides with Argenta-Oreana school bus, no serious injuries

December 1 – One child suffered minor injuries after a pickup truck collided with the rear of a school bus late Thursday afternoon.   Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jamie Belcher says their office was notified of a crash at 3:25 p.m. this afternoon.  Upon arrival and through investigation, deputies found a 17-year-old driver had ran his pickup…Continue Reading

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Holiday showcase at Schaub Floral Center starts today.

December 1 – The Decatur Park District’s annual floral showcase begins Friday at the Schaub Floral Center.   The holiday showcase will run from December 2 to January 6, 2017.  The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They will be closed on December 25 and January 1.  The floral display includes…Continue Reading

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ADM sells stake of GrainCorp

December 1 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that it has entered into an underwriting agreement to sell its 19.9 percent ownership stake in GrainCorp Limited (ASX: GNC) for a total value of about A$387 million.   “As part of our ongoing portfolio management, we carefully considered our equity investment position in…Continue Reading


Local author gets feedback on book from Parsons 4th graders

December 1 – Today fourth-grade students at Parsons Elementary were paid a visit by a local author.   Claudine Wargel of Clinton, Illinois recently completed her first book titled “Hattie Mae’s Halloween” and students at Parsons have spent over a month reading the book as part of a reading unit. Students piled into Mrs. Sommer’s…Continue Reading

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Deadline for St. Mary’s Christmas Star is tomorrow

December 1 – If you’d still like to honor a loved one by dedicating a light on St. Mary’s Christmas Star, you have until tomorrow.   Each year, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital offers up lights on their star for you to honor a loved one.  The 24-feet-tall star has 700 lights on it that can…Continue Reading


DPD investigating early morning stabbing of Decatur man

December 1 – This morning just after 3am a victim showed up at Decatur Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to his left wrist.   According to Sergeant Steven Carroll with the Decatur Police Department the wound was the result of an altercation.   The altercation according to Carroll took place at the 2000 block…Continue Reading

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DPS students get new pair of shoes

December 1 – Everyone loves new shoes, and for kids that don’t normally have that luxury, getting a new pair can be extra special.   Walking around Payless Shoe Source Thursday morning, you may have been accidently run into by a young Decatur Public Schools student.  That’s because they were busy staring down at the…Continue Reading


Illumination Station already a huge hit at the Children’s Museum

December 1 – The Children’s Museum of Illinois has rolled out a new interactive exhibit and not just children but adults may see tremendous joy from its arrival.   The new Illumination Station is essentially a 4X8 Lite-Brite according to Executive Director Amber Kaylor.   “It’s an opportunity for kids to play, create shapes and…Continue Reading

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Illinois House approves symbolic measure opposing tax increase

December 1 – The Illinois house has approved a symbolic measure expressing opposition to passing an income-tax increase during a lame-duck session when fewer votes are required and outgoing legislators don’t have to worry about re-election.   Legislators approved a resolution on the matter on a vote of 87 to 12 Wednesday. Resolutions are not…Continue Reading


Kirkland Fine Arts hosting the 58th annual Vespers concert

December 1 – Millikin University is welcoming the Christmas season with their annual Vespers concert series.   Vespers (which means “evening prayers”) has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with an evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 250 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin’s campus.   Times…Continue Reading