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New Storyboard at Prairie & Franklin

 Downtown’s Faded ‘Looking For Lincoln’ Storyboards Replaced

Old Storyboard at Prairie & Franklin

A few months ago I mentioned in this column the bad condition of  some of the downtown “Looking For Lincoln” signs and how they should be replaced.  
I also mentioned that, many years after its dedication, Preston Jackson’s African American Civil War Soldiers Monument still had no signage identifying it.
I received assurances from both City Manager Tim Gleason and Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus that the problems would be addressed very soon.
I assured those who asked me about the statue and faded signage that something would be done because both Gleason and Tyus had given me their word on the matter.
Now, they have kept their word and I’m really pleased. 
I received a message from Tyus with an update on both items that concerned me -- and others.
He wrote: “All of the Looking for Lincoln signs have been installed downtown, leaving just one near the Millikin Homestead. We hired a contractor to install the downtown storyboards but the final sign will be installed soon by staff and reps from the Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
“Also, we have ordered the plaque for the African American Civil War Soldiers Monument from C&K Custom Signs and they estimate that installation could take place within the next 2-3 weeks. 
“We will also be doing a larger, more descriptive sign on site with more of a narrative and potentially pictures but wanted to get the plaque in first.”
That’s great news and a lot of us say “thanks” for following through and getting the work done.

CONGRATS -- My Thursday morning radio buddy and long-time friend Brian Byers of WSOY-AM Decatur was named Small Market Person-ality of the Year at the 2015 National Associ-ation of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. 
   The awards were announced Thursday night at the 26th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Atlanta, GA.
The prestigious awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.
Congratulations to Brian and his many efforts for the Decatur area over the years -- both on and off the radio.
I’ve always enjoyed our weekly one-hour “City Hall Insider” chats on Byers & Co. over the past 12 years.

I ENJOYED getting to know more about Associate Circuit Judge Thomas E. Little last week as we chatted about his candidacy for Macon County Circuit Judge. 
Judge Little will be running in the March 2016 Primary as a candidate of the Republican Party to fill the vacancy created by Judge Timothy Stead-man’s retirement. So far, Judge Little is the only announced candidate for the position.

FOOD DRIVE -- The 14th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive will be held on Friday, October 9th from 6 am until 6 pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36.
The goal this year for the event is 1,040,000 pounds. The 12 hour food drive raised that much last year, making it the first year that the event raised over 1,000,000 pounds.
Any doubt the goal will be reached? No doubt here!  

TINTED -- A few weeks ago in this column I mentioned how some vehicles’ windows are so heavily tinted that I couldn’t see anything inside.  I see that more often and, in my mind, it certainly poses a safety hazard for any law enforcement officer who stops a vehicle with heavily tinted windows.
I felt that such heavy tints should be   illegal.
One of our readers informed me that the General Assembly passed legislation some time ago that permits heavily-tinted windows.
I did check legislative records and, apparently car window tinting laws have been in effect for years and revised not that long ago.
Like most legislation, it will make you dizzy and “tint” your senses by the time you finish reading it.
It lists a lot of categories of tint and reflective glass.  Apparently, a tint must, at least, allow 35% of light to come through the window.
I don’t know about the percentage of light in some of the vehicles I’ve been seeing, but if legislators approved window tints that make it impossible to see into the car, they need to have an mri to see if there are any brain waves present!
These heavy tints are dangerous PERIOD -- and, in an environment where police officers are being targeted, it’s crazy to allow drivers that kind of visual protection.
I’m not contending that all tints should be banned -- just the ones that endanger the lives of law enforcement officers because they can’t see inside the vehicle!


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The photo at the top of the page shows downtown's Central Park with the fountain and historic Transfer House.

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The 14th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive will be held on Friday, Oct. 9th from 6 am until 6 pm at the Kroger on Rt. 36. The goal this year for the event is 1,040,000 pounds. The 12 hour food drive raised that much last year, making it the first year the event raised over 1,000,000 pounds.

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