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Viewpoint: Bill Ellis Was A Good Man And A Good Friend

      By Paul Osborne, Editor      I RECEIVED an email last week that not only got my attention immediately, but flooded my mind with fond memories of a friendship that go back to the mid-1960s. Kitty Ellis, the wife of Rev. Dr. William C. Ellis, for the past 63 years, wrote: “Paul, amidst the busyness of…

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Long Campaigns Moving Toward Election Nov. 6

    • Four more candidates involving two major Macon County offices are featured in this week’s edition so that our readers can get to know them a little better before making a choice on which candidate in each race will get their support. Last week, we took a closer look at the race for Macon…

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

If You Care About America, Vote For America Dear Editor,      Simply put, I’ve been here much longer than I’ve got left. I vaguely remember the death of FDR. I sat on my father’s shoulders at the railroad depot in Litchfield, Illinois, and watched Harry Truman speak with his daughter Margaret standing at his side on…

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Upcoming October Events At Decatur Public Library

          Decatur Public Library, located at 130 North Franklin Street, has announced its programs for October.      • Don Chamberlain will be speaking on the topic “Illinois Bicentennial Building Illinois Railroads” in the Madden Auditorium on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. He is known far and wide as an excellent speaker and his in-depth…

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Aumann Auctions To Sell Rare Donated Tractor For Christian Church

       Aumann Auctions hosts an annual event called the Antique Tractor Fall Harvest Auction each year at their location in Nokomis, This year’s event will be held Oct. 26 and 27. Known locally for their presence in the auction industry, they are recognized worldwide for being the leader in vintage tractor and engine auctions which…

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Rueff vs. Tanner In Campaign For Macon County Clerk’s Office

      By Paul Osborne With the retirement of long time Macon County Clerk Steve Bean, there will be a new person holding that title following the General Election Nov. 6. Either Democrat Amy Rueff or Republican Josh Tanner will head the Macon County Clerk’s office. The Decatur Tribune asked each candidate the same…

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People, Places And Political Races

       This week, I’m starting a series on the candidates for Macon County’s major offices. The first race I’m looking at is for Macon County Clerk, where either Amy Rueff or Josh Tanner will be elected to follow long-time clerk, and my long-time good friend, Steve Bean, who is retiring. I am covering this race,…

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Editor’s Viewpoint: The Good, Bad And Really Ugly!

    • I STARTED to pay the cashier for dinner at a local restaurant the other day and, as she rang up the total and the change I had coming, she broke into laughter! I should have received $1.36 cents in change, but the receipt showed that I had $6,274,940.16 in change coming! I thought…

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Macon County CASA Partners With BLDD Architects for 2019 Playhouse Raffle

         Macon County CASA has released details on the 17th annual Casas for CASA Playhouse Raffle. The 2019 event will feature a partnership between CASA and BLDD Architects.      On October 2, the firm kicked off a design competition for BLDD’s architects and designers to generate ideas for kid-friendly, creative playhouses. In February 2019, the…

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Don’t Forget To Inform People That You Are Running For Office

  Here’s a brief “Candidate Announcement 101 Tip” free of charge. If you are someone who is planning on running for a local public office, prepare a letter of announcement containing your bio and why you are seeking the office. Include a photo of yourself (for print media) and where you can be reached. E-mail…

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