Macon County To Offer 634 Properties
At A Public Auction Sept. 9  

Macon County, as Trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on properties that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real estate taxes. Macon County, as Trustee, will now offer for sale approximately 634 properties at a public auction at the Decatur Civic Center, Meeting Room - 1st Floor, #1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur, at 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Bidding will start at $600 per item. Bidders are encouraged to attend the auction sale. While pre-written bids are acceptable, the Auction Department of the Macon County Tax Agent's Office, P.O. Box 96, Edwardsville, IL 62025, must receive them by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Full payment is required with all pre-written bids. The highest written bid received will be announced before the auctioneer opens the oral bidding. Each item will sell to the highest bidder. The sale of these lots should be a major benefit to both the Taxing Districts and neighboring property owners. This sale will place the properties into the hands of individuals who have an interest in owning them. Macon County, as Trustee, hopes that these new owners will both maintain the property and keep the real estate taxes paid. By eliminating abandoned properties, the appearance of the neighborhoods should improve and the value of adjoining properties should increase.
Sale catalogs are now available at the Macon County Treasurer's Office, Decatur, IL or online at For further sale information, contact the Auction Sale Department of the Macon County Tax Agent's Office at 1-800-248-2850 or 618-656-5744, or visit us at 

Decatur Public Library To Be Closed Sept. 1

Decatur Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept 1 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will presume on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
For additional information, contact Rick Meyer, city librarian, at (217) 421-9713.

‘Memories’ Is Theme For Kenney Fall Festival Sept. 5, 6

The 30th annual Kenney Fall Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 5 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. This year's theme will be "Memories". The festival is held in downtown Kenney and is family friendly with free entertainment.
The festival will begin Friday with an open ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. Past princes and princesses are invited to attend the ceremonies. A pet show will be held at 6:00 p.m. and a talent show at 6:30 p.m.
New to the festival will be David Graham, a comedian from St. Louis, who will perform on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and "About Faces" Juggler Brian P. at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. On Friday from 7:00-10:00 p.m. the band, "Noah and the Back Alley Blues" will be performing. Local band, "On the Hunt" will be providing music on Saturday from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Both bands are classic rock. The Pro Wrestling Glory will be on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Biscuits and gravy will be served Saturday from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Kenney Community Center's north room. A donation will be taken. The annual Jim Leathers cars show will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Village Park.
Saturday's entertainment will include music by Ethan & Friends C.H.S. M-Squad, C.J.H.S. Dance Squad and Heartland Cloggers. There will be cake walks, dodge ball tournament, bingo, and children and adult contests. The K.H.A. Historical Museum will be open on Saturday. The annual bags tournament will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Other events include chess challenge, raffles, games, crafts, food booths. A bridal expo will be held in the Center's south room.
The Kenney Fire Department's annual chicken supper will be held Saturday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the fire hall. The firemen will have a water ball fight on Friday night and will be selling their annual raffle.
Anyone with pictures of past festival, bring them to the festival to share.
The festival is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Kenney Fall Festival, area businesses, organizations and Kenney Civic League. For additional information call Debbie at (217) 944-2433 or Diana at (217) 944-2573.

Fletcher Park Kids Club Super Hero Day Sept.13

All future junior super heroes are invited to join Mt.Zion's Fletcher Park Kids Club  for Super Hero Day Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Park  Recreation Center. 
The new monthly program, presented by the Mt. Zion Recreation Department, is co-hosted by Doodles the Dragon and Granny Giggles with Princess Mallory, Spider-man and the Gary Strong Marionettes. 
The matinee features music, games,a big screen super cartoon festival, and prizes courtesy of Scotty's Pest Control, Culvers Custard, the Mt. Zion Pizza Hut and Krave frozen yogurt. 
Children may attend as their favorite super hero. The concession now offers fresh hot popcorn. The program is produced by Gary Strong and Kim Whitt who also created Super Kids Club in Decatur. 
Tickets, available at the door, are adults $4 and $1 for children under 12. All proceeds benefit Fletcher Park's new splash pad project. Club membership is free. 
For information call 864-5424, email at, or find them on Facebook.

SAIL To Host Workshop On ‘Illinois Parking Program For 
Persons With Disabilities’ Sept. 9

The Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL) Visual Services Program will host a workshop, “Illinois Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities.” 
The workshop will take place Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Decatur SAIL office, 2449 E. Federal Drive (in Park 101.) 
Presenter for the workshop will be Bill Bogden, Disability Liaison for the Illinois Secretary of State.  
People who attend will learn about the four types of new parking placards, the proper usage of each type and how to become certified for a placard.  
SAIL welcomes people with all types of disabilities, caregivers, families, community service agencies and others who are interested to attend the workshop and learn more about parking for people with disabilities.  
The workshop is free and reservations are not required.  For more information call Rich Adams at SAIL, 876-8888 or 800-358-8080.  

Beatles Tribute Band 'American English'
Kicks Off Kirkland Season 

Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center will kick off its 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series with Beatles Tribute Band 'American English' on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
American English is simply the best Beatles tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted "number one" by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound-a-like contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years. They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area.
American English's demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan base, has made them one of the most sought after shows in theatres worldwide.
Come celebrate with the band that is recognized by Sam Leach, the original Beatles promoter who has said: "They are without doubt the world's premier Beatle Tribute Band, and a great bunch of lads, just like the Beatles were."
For more information on American English, visit   
Tickets for the event are $20-$30 for adults and $5 for school age children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.   

U Of I Extension, Kirby Medical Center Offers ‘Meals For A 
Healthy Heart’ Series

Planning, shopping and cooking for someone with heart disease can be a challenge.  To help meet this challenge, University of Illinois Extension in partnership with Kirby Medical Center will offer the 2-part series “Meals for a Healthy Heart.”
“Meals for a Healthy Heart” is designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease.  In each session, participants receive recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, eat a heart-healthy meal, and learn about proper diet and exercise to better care for their health. 
  The program is meant to compliment the recommendations of your health care provider and to help you and/or your loved one manage heart disease.  
“Meals for a Healthy Heart” will meet on Monday, September 15 and Monday, September 22, 2014 from 5:00-7:30pm each time at Kirby Medical Center, 1000 Medical Center Dr, Monticello, IL.  A fee will cover both sessions for the purchase of food and supplies.  No specific products will be sold at the classes.
Register by calling the Piatt County Extension office at 217.762.2191 or online at by September 8.  Space is limited, so enroll now. 


The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.

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