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DPS SCHOOLS TO HOST NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION DAYS IN LATE JULY

  Online Registration Continues for Returning Students      Decatur Public Schools will host two days of in-person registration events for kindergarten students and students who are new to DPS for the 2020-21 school year. Families will be able to register new students on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.…

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CITY BEAT: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN OUR COMMUNITY, WORLD

    I don’t believe any of us imagined a year ago how different Decatur and Macon County would look and feel in 2020 — along with our nation. Here we are, nearly half-way through our summer and the focus of daily attention is on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the debate over…

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CITY BEAT: BITS AND PIECES FROM HERE AND THERE AROUND DECATUR

            • CITY COUNCIL LIVE — City Clerk Kim Althoff sent out a notification that the Decatur City Council will conduct all three of its scheduled July meetings in the Civic Center Theatre. “      This alternate venue will enable both the City Council and city staff to practice social distancing more effectively; and it…

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE REQUESTS VOLUNTEERS

         The History of the Heartland committee and the Save the Pump House not-for-profit organization invites any groups, individuals and organizations interested in historic preservation & beautification in Macon County to call (217) 791-1385 or email [email protected] for information about a new community coalition.      Beginning this fall, the committee will be sponsoring numerous community…

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DECATUR PARK DISTRICT RE-OPENING PARK RESTROOMS AND PAVILION RENTALS

      DECATUR, IL – In guidance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the Decatur Park District is re-opening some public restroom facilities and pavilion rentals in its high-use areas.  Currently Open Nelson Dog Park Restrooms Nelson Gas Dock Restrooms (formerly the snack shack restrooms) Fairview Main Restrooms by Pavilion #1 Fairview Dog Park…

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THE PEOPLE SPEAK IN THIS WEEK’S ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

Response To Column By Scott Reeder In June 17th Edition Dear Editor: In the June 17th, 2020 edition of the Tribune there was a column written by an author whose article indicates that he has conducted investigations of more than 50 instances where suspects were wrongfully convicted. There is no doubt those types of instances…

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CITY BEAT: AREA CITIZENS TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR DECATUR POLICE OFFICERS

         • AS WE’RE GOING to press with this week’s edition, “We Back The Blue”, a rally in support of Law Enforcement is planned for Water Street and Mound Road on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until noon. Those attending can stay 15 minutes or the entire two hours. Also, those attending are…

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SCHERER WORKS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES

         As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Illinoisans statewide, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur backed efforts to expand access to medical care services, including telehealth services and affordable health care for children. “The need for reform within our state’s health care system has been made even more apparent by this devastating crisis,”…

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