GFWC Decatur Woman’s  Club To Meet Sept. 10

The GFWC Decatur Woman's Club will hold their Sept. 10th meeting at Scovill Banquet Facility at 11:30 AM for lunch and program.  Cost is $12.00 payable at the door and reservations are necessary and due by Monday Sept. 7th to Darla Weltmer, 877-7008.  
Vice President Linda K. Bowlby has arranged for Steve Bean, Macon Country Clerk to speak to the ladies about election judges.  This would be a good time to ask questions and get the correct answer to them.  All are welcome to attend. 
  President Darla  D. Weltmer will preside over the business meeting.  July, August and September birthdays will be recognized  at this time.  All are welcome to attend and learn more about this philanthropic organization.
  They plan a rummage sale to fund their Medical Scholarship to Richland Community College, Sept. 25th at 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sept. 26th 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the home of President Weltmer, 4305 Leslie Lane.
  For question/donations call 877-7008.

Dog Days of Summer 12-Hour Fund Drive to Benefit
Homeward Bound Pet Shelter

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter’s (HBPS) Dog Days of Summer 12 - Hour Fund Drive, sponsored by ADM and Cromwell Radio, will be held Wednesday, August 26th, from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at three of the Land Of Lincoln Credit Union locations (Oakland, Prosperity, and Mound).
Busboom & Wolfe will be broadcasting live from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., along with other Cromwell radio appearances throughout the day.  Special guests will include adopted pet parents, clients who receive job training at HBPS, volunteers and local professionals.  Volunteers and HBPS adoptable pets will be at each Land of Lincoln Credit Union location to receive your donation all day.  To make a donation by phone call 876-1266 or go online at
As part of the Fund Drive, HBPS will be selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Pre-order by calling Teri Moore at 875-8850 by Monday, August 21st.  Doughnuts are $7.00 a dozen and orders of 20 or more pre-ordered doughnuts can be delivered. Doughnuts can be picked up at the Prosperity or Mound locations.
The Fund Drive culminating event will be HBPS’s 6th annual Dog Days of Summer event on Saturday, August 29th at Timbuktu, 5843 E. State Route 36 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  
There will be live music by Kidd Kaddilac and The Continentals, appetizers, silent auction and cash bar.  
Advance tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Homeward Bound Pet Shelter and Macon Resources or over the phone by calling 217-875-8850.  Tickets are $25.00 at the door.  You must be 21 or older to attend this event. 

Prairies In Bloom Wildflower Hike Aug. 29

Discover native prairie wildflowers during the “Prairies in Bloom” hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10am.  Join a naturalist on a hike through the prairie to see and learn about native wildflowers blooming this time of year, including Rattlesnake Master, Goldenrod, and Cup Plant.  
This program is free and open to all ages.  You must pre-register online by August 28 at
  Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  Plenty of parking is available.

Decatur Trailriders To Host Horse Show At
Macon County Fairgrounds Aug. 29, 30

Decatur Trailriders will have a two-day horse show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30 at the Macon County Fairgrounds. A contest show - exhibition will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The show will start at 5:00 p.m. and is NBHA approved. Sunday an open show (pleasure and contest) will begin at 9:00 a.m.
For additional information call Chuck Lee at (217) 201-6996.

Sincerity And Southern Gospel Gospel Group to
Sing at Calvary Baptist Church Aug. 30

Sincerity and Southern Gospel Group will be singing on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1833 S. Country Club Road in Decatur.
The public is invited to attend.
For additional information call (217) 429-1954.

Decatur Park District’s Swing Night Sept. 4

The Decatur Park District’s Swing Night, featuring Jim Markum’s New Vintage Band, is scheduled from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 at Nelson Park Pavilion #1. 
Free dance lessons will be offered from 6 – 6:45 p.m. Swing Night is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Marie Jagger-Taylor at 421-6648.

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch Opens For The Fall Season Sept. 1

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason,  will be opening for their 10th season on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.   The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from Noon to 5:30 and Saturday 10 to 5:30.  The final day of the season is Oct. 31, 2015.
The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate’s honey & apple cider donuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, antique tractors, baked goods and lots of crafts.  We are loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is the Popcorn Wagon and Adult Tike Track!  Free admission and U-Pick or We-pick pumpkins available.
Fall Farm Day will be Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 1 to 5.  
Gail’s Pumpkin Patch is a family owned pumpkin patch in Logan County.  You will be able to find the “perfect pumpkin.”  
For more information call 217-447-3409 or visit it on the web at or email us at 

Edwards Chapter #399, NARFE To Meet Sept. 2

Edwards Chapter #399,. NARFE, National Active & Retired Federal Employees, is scheduled to meet Wednesday, September 2nd at 1PM, Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St, Decatur.
  All federal employees, retirees, spouses & survivor annuitants are eligible for membership and encouraged to attend a  meeting.  Guests are always welcome.
  Call Ilene McQuality at 217-429-1367 with questions or for information. 

Centennial Junior High School To Hold Reunion Sept. 16

A reunion for all students who attended Centennial Junior High School will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16. The reunion will be held from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the A.I.W. Hall, 2882 N. Dinneen in Decatur. The A.I.W. Hall has ample parking area with no steps to the entrance.
Registration will be held at 10:00 a.m.; business meeting and nominations for officers, 11:00 a.m.; and buffet at 12:00 noon. The menu will include chicken/roast beef, potatoes and gravy, carrots, green beans, noodles, cole slaw, rolls, pie, coffee and ice tea.
Cost will be $10 per person. For additional information or to make reservations, call (217) 620-6030. Reservations must be made by Sept. 7. For those unable to attend, a donation to help with expenses would be appreciated.

The Illinois Raptor Center Offers Special Program
For Senior Citizens

The Illinois Raptor Center is offering a special program for senior citizens on Wednesday, September 2nd from 9AM to 5PM at its nature center at 5685 W. Hill Road in Decatur. 
  Participants will be introduced to live birds of preys  (hawks, falcons, owls and eagles) through educational instruction and “hands-on encounters”.   The program will include raptor identification, natural history, and the experience of a lifetime.      
The cost is $165.00 per person and includes materials, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch.   
Email to  or phone 217-963-6909 to receive more information and a registration form.   
Dove Open House Aug. 30
Dove’s staff invites the public to attend an Open House on Sunday, August 30 in recognition of  Dove’s 45th Anniversary.  The event will be from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the 302 S. Union, Decatur offices.  The event will  include food, family fun and music by BAM! from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
There will be a light lunch (while supply lasts) and cake to enjoy. 
  For additional information call 428-6616 or check Dove’s web site at

The Salvation Army Senior Program Aug. 28

The Salvation Army Senior Program will be held Friday, Aug. 28 at 229 W. Main St., Decatur. "Back to School Trivia" will be held at 11:00 a.m. for seniors 55 and over. 
A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
For reservations, call (217) 428-4672 by noon Wednesday, Aug. 26.

‘Grease At Fletcher Park’ Back To School Bash Aug. 29

The Village of Mt. Zion and Mt. Zion Convention Center will sponsor "Grease at Fletcher Park", a back to school bash, on Saturday, Aug. 29.
The evening will begin with games and face painting from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Other activities will include a performance by Mt. Zion Park Recreation Summer Show Camp at 6:30; performance by Mt. Zion Poms and Pom Campers, 7-7:30 p.m.; Mt. Zion Drumline, 7:45 p.m.; costume contest, 8:00 p.m.; cheerleader's kickoff, 8:30 p.m. and "Grease" movie at 8:45 p.m.
Mt. Zion School organizations will be offering concessions 50's style. Admission will be $2 for adults and $1 for children. 
For additional information call (217) 864-5424 or visit

AARP Smart Driver Classes At Decatur Senior Center Aug. 27

Decatur Senior Center, 1430 N. 22nd St., Decatur, will host a AARP Smart Driver Class on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.
Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
For additional information or to register, call Leslie at (217) 429-1239.

St. Mary's Widowed Support Group Meeting Aug. 27

The HSHS St. Mary’s Widowed Support Group will meet Thursday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Diamond's Family Restaurant, Decatur.
All widows and widowers are welcome.
     For additional information, contact Sister Chaminade Kelley, R.N. at 428-7733.

Car And Bike Show Entries Sought For Annual ‘Cruise 11 To Remember 9-11 ‘ Event  Sept. 13

On September 13. 2015, Decatur, will host the 7th annual “Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11” event.  
The theme of the day will be Honor our Heroes to benefit our Patriots. 
The event will take place in Decatur’s Central Park.  Cruise 11 serves as a fundraiser to provide Christmas gifts to Central Illinois Veterans in need (American Legion Post 105). 
Any and all vehicles are encouraged to participate in the car and motorcycle show in Downtown.  
Traditionally, many classic vehicles enter but this show is more about showing patriotism and respect to  1st responders and veterans.  
The $11 entry fee will be donated to the American Legion Post 105 to purchase Christmas for Veterans in need.  
Show parking and registration will begin at Central Park at 8 am on the west side of Central Park. 
Goody Bags and magnetic dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.  1st responders & Veterans judge the show.
Everyone is encouraged to join the 11 mile BG Nevitt Memorial yellow ribbon “Cruise” at 3:00pm.  Participants will be given yellow ribbons to show their support of our troops, thank our veterans and remember the tragedy of 9-11.  
The Cruise will begin at the corner of West Main & Merchant streets and go West on Main Street to the Decatur Conference enter and will return on Main to downtown for the show.  
All participants will be given a yellow ribbon to attach in memory of those lost on 9-11, to honor our troops and our veterans. 
Registration forms are available by emailing or call (217) 791-1385. 
Donations to the American Legion Post 105 will be accepted during the event to provide Christmas for veterans in need. 

Decatur Genealogical Society And Library Of
Macon County Announces Upcoming Events

Decatur Genealogical Society and Library of Macon County will have a rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 22 in the basement of the library, 1255 W. South Side Dr. for 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking in the rear of the building.
Fall classes will be held at the library on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m as follows: Sept. 3, Getting Started; Sept. 10, Local and County Records; Sept. 17, State and Federal Records; and Sept. 24, Computer and Internet. The classes, taught by Gail Leonard, will cost $25 per person.
The DGS and Library's general meeting will be held Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m. Lana Horton will present the program, "Scrapbooking and Honoring Your Family Heritage." There will be a short meeting at 2:00 p.m. with refreshments and research time until 4:00 p.m. The volunteer staff will be on hand to help with research.
For additional information e-mail

Eisenhower Class Of 1970 To Celebrate 45th Reunion
The Eisenhower High School Class of 1970 will celebrate its 45th reunion on September 25 & 26, 2015. Events include an informal gathering at Paco's Sol Bistro on Friday at 6 pm (members of other classes welcome), a tour of the renovated school on Saturday morning, and a reservation-required evening at the Beach House on Saturday at 6 pm. 
Visit "Eisenhower Class 1970 Decatur" on Facebook or call Kris Heiland Sites at 853-7309 for more information. 

Decatur High Schools Class Of 1959 Lunch Announced

The Decatur High Schools Class of 1959 will be getting together for lunch at the Hometown Buffet at 11:30 am, Tuesday, September 15.

2015 Farm Progress Show to Feature Craig Morgan in Country Music Concert

Tickets now on sale for country music star Craig Morgan performing in concert Sept. 2 on the 2015 Farm Progress Show concert stage adjacent to its show site in northeast Decatur, Ill. The concert is sponsored by Syngenta, featuring Golden Harvest and NK seed brands; Farm Progress Show and Richland Community College.


DECATUR, ILL.  (05-29-2015)  -  The Farm Progress Show, along with Richland Community College and sponsored by Syngenta, featuring Golden Harvest and NK seed brands, once again hosts a concert featuring country music recording artist Craig Morgan on Wednesday, September 2.
Known as the nation’s greatest ag showcase, the 62nd annual Farm Progress Show runs September 1, 2 and 3, at its Progress City location in Decatur, Ill.
“The Farm Progress Show is delighted to offer a concert again in Decatur,” says Don Tourte, Penton Agriculture, vice president and market leader. “The concert is a great addition to the jam-packed schedule of the Farm Progress Show. It’s a perfect way to share an enjoyable evening with Farm Progress Show exhibitors, visitors and members of the Decatur and surrounding communities.”
Craig Morgan isn’t your typical country music star. His music ties to his varied life experiences as a soldier, sheriff’s deputy, EMT, adventurer, TV host, motocross racer, outdoorsman, farmer and family man. Morgan’s hit songs include “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” "I'm an American country boy who loves his country, his family and his God," says Morgan, "and all of those things collectively dictate who I am.”
"We are pleased to showcase Syngenta and, for the second year, our Golden Harvest and NK seed brands during this year’s 2015 Farm Progress Show," said Melissa Lord, customer event & tradeshow lead, Syngenta. "We are thrilled to welcome Craig Morgan as the featured artist. Customers and fans alike are looking forward to a special evening of entertainment, which Syngenta is happy to provide alongside its mission to deliver top-performing hybrids and varieties that will help them grow more corn and soybeans."
Concert location and timing
The concert will be held near Richland Community College, just south of the Farm Progress Show exhibit field. Concert goers will park in the same lots used for show visitors. The concert gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with the opening act beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Craig Morgan taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. The opening act will be named closer to show time.
Concert ticket information
Advance tickets are $25. Order tickets online at, and .  All tickets are general admission and lawn seating. There will be no ticket refunds or exchanges. 
Show information
The Farm Progress Show is the nation's leading outdoor farm show and features the most extensive state-of-the art information and technology available for today's agricultural producers. The country’s top agribusinesses, plus many regional and local manufacturers and suppliers, are regular exhibitors. Farmers and ranchers from across North America and around the world visit the Farm Progress Show to see agriculture's latest product introductions, meet face-to-face with agribusiness professionals and gain hands-on knowledge. 
The 2015 Farm Progress Show is located in northeast Decatur, south of I-72 and west of Richland Community College. The show is open to visitors September 1, 2 and 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission at the gate is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 17. Adult ticket discounts are available online. The concert is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed. The public is welcome at the show and concert. For additional information, visit


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