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CITY BEAT: SOME HOLIDAY THIS AND THAT FROM HERE AND THERE IN DECATUR

         How are you holding up in this holiday season that is the strangest that I’ve seen in my entire life? About all of the Christmas gatherings, traditional holiday events and the usual family gatherings have been postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19. I have been following the recommendations of the medical and scientific…

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MACON COUNTY LEGACY GROUP ANNOUNCES 2020 DO SOMETHING GREAT AWARD RECIPIENTS

             For 16 years, the Macon County Legacy Do Something Great Awards have honored initiatives, companies and individuals making a positive impact on our community. This year’s winners are being announced following virtual ceremonies.      “This year has been unlike any other,” said The Community Foundation of Macon County CEO Natalie Beck. “We…

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MESSAGE FROM THE MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

      DECATUR, IL- CDC and IDPH have recently put out updated guidance regarding quarantine time periods and possible adjustments that can be made, if approved by the local health department. The CDC still recommends a quarantine period of 14 days, despite the allowance of these shortened quarantined timeframes. If the shortened time periods…

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CITY BEAT: THE LIQUOR COMMISSIONER IS POWERFUL POSITION IN CITY OF DECATUR

         Councilman Patrick McDaniel is the City of Decatur’s Liquor Commissioner and, if you have a business that sells liquor you realize, or should realize, that McDaniel has the power to make life difficult for you if you don’t comply with the requirements of holding a liquor license. Last week, McDaniel took action against…

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THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MACON COUNTY TO BEGIN ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ON JAN. 1

            The Community Foundation of Macon County will begin accepting online scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at www.maconcountygives.org. Macon County high school seniors who have been accepted at an accredited college or university are encouraged to apply. Current college students are also eligible. Only completed electronic…

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DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES THANKSGIVING ENFORCEMENT NUMBERS

  The Decatur Police Department made 8 impaired driving arrests during the recent Thanksgiving enforcement effort. Decatur Police also took the following enforcement actions. • 8 speeding citations Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this effort to reduce highway fatalities by getting impaired drivers off the roads and more people buckled up. The enforcement campaign…

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CITY BEAT: A LOT OF THIS AND THAT FROM HERE AND THERE

         • AS MANY area residents are trying to stay safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, they are turning to online shopping to avoid inperson purchases at local stores. That’s not only a negative for local stores and their owners, online shopping is also a danger zone where scammers and hackers await to deceive and…

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RETAILERS REMIND CUSTOMERS TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES, PRACTICE SAFE SHOPPING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

          With the holiday shopping season underway retailers across the state are urging customers to support local businesses and abide by all state and local health guidelines. Embracing safe shopping practices, including wearing masks, maintaining six feet of distance from others, and abiding by occupancy guidelines will help keep customers and workers safe, and…

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SCOUTS BSA TROOP 43 AND VENTURING CREW 343 CHRISTMAS TREE SALE CANCELLATION

       Due to a lack of available trees this year and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Scouts BSA Troop 43 was planning to partner with the Macon County Rural King, consolidate stands, and move them back to the original location. Those plans have changed. Scouts BSA Troop Committee Chair Kent Newton, Scout Master Kevin Johnson,…

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