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DECATUR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CELEBRATES FIRST DAY AS MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM AFFILIATE

     Decatur Memorial Hospital has cleared all regulatory approvals and today became the fifth hospital to join Memorial Health System.      Decatur Memorial Hospital becomes the eighth full affiliate of Memorial Health System and its second largest hospital.      “Our affiliation with Memorial Health System will better position us to meet our community’s health care needs,” Larry Altenbaumer,…

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CITY BEAT: CITY COUNCIL VOTES 6-1 TO OPT OUT OF POT DISPENSARY IN DECATUR

         The Decatur City Council held a special public session in the Civic Center Theater Monday night to get input from those for and against our community “opting out” of allowing a marijuana dispensary to open inside the city limits — then voted 6-1 to opt out. Councilman David Horn was the lone vote…

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WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS AWARDED $1.3 MILLION GRANT TO ALLEVIATE THE EFFECTS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS IN MACON COUNTY

       Decatur, IL (September 30, 2019) Workforce Investment Solutions has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to assist with providing disaster relief employment to alleviate the effects of the opioid crisis in Macon County. The funding will allow Workforce Investment Solutions to collaborate with Crossing Healthcare, and other area agencies, to provide employment and training…

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CHRIS RILEY RECEIVES SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR PARKS AND RECREATION

         Chris Riley, former Decatur Park Board Commissioner received the Robert M. Artz Advocate Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was presented during the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 24–26, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.      Each year, NRPA Spotlight Awards are presented to individuals across the U.S. to honor their…

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THE PEOPLE SPEAK IN ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

It’s Time For School Board To Do What’s Best For Kids      Dear Editor:      Decatur Public Schools’ school board continues to move forward with their B.O.L.D. plans for making our schools “look” more attractive. However, it appears they have some implementation and execution issues that were never addressed or researched. If you have a chid at…

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CITY BEAT: IDOT ENGINEER SAYS STATE’S CURRENT ROAD PROGRAM UNFINISHED

       Last week in this column, I mentioned that I had called the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Region 4, District 7, office, which includes Decatur and Macon County to find out what kind of road construction projects are planned for our area. As I also mentioned, it seems like there is a lot of…

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City Beat: Pot And Potholes Are Major Issues In Our Community

       The Decatur City Council has a lot to deal with these days. I hear a lot of complaints about the horrible condition of our roads, especially the state routes through our city. Citizens who complain should remember that the condition of state routes is due to state negligence and the council should not be…

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Seth E. Floyd Announces Re-election Campaign For Piatt County Circuit Clerk

         Monticello, IL — Seth E. Floyd, the incumbent Piatt County Circuit Clerk, has officially announced his intent to run for re-election. Floyd took office in December after being elected in November 2018. His current term runs through November 30, 2020. He stated that he is seeking re-election so he can continue to advance…

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Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner To Run For Shelby County Coroner

       Citing his experience and background in law enforcement, Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Brad Phegley has announced he will be running for Shelby County Coroner in the upcoming 2020 election. Phegley says he is running for Coroner because he wants to give back to the community that has given so much to him over…

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Next Land Of Lincoln Honor Flight Sept. 24

     Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) will take its fifth 2019 Honor Flight on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 departing from Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport honoring 92 American Veterans. On board LLHF Mission #58 to Washington DC, will be 1 World War II, 11 Korean War and 80 Vietnam War Era Veterans – all excited…

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