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OUR READERS SPEAK IN THIS WEEK’S ‘LETTERS TO THE EDITOR’

What Kind Of A Future Do We Want? Dear Editor:      I have heard it said that kids are our future. Not just any kid but all kids. And what kind of future do we want? One populated by well-rounded, well-educated kids or one populated by kids struggling with Math, English, History, and other areas. For…

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ILLINOIS 128 NORTH OF SHELBYVILLE RE-OPENS: CONSTRUCTION TO CONTINUE

  EFFINGHAM – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 128 was opened north of Shelbyville on Friday, Aug. 27 after being closed for the replacement of box culverts. The $4.5 million project will continue with the placement of hot-mix asphalt and other items. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic through work zones.…

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ILLINOIS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE 25,636 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE, 174 MORE DEATHS OVER THE PAST WEEK

  Almost 78% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and 61% are fully vaccinated SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 25,636 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 174 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, August 20, 2021. Almost 78% of…

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INCREASE IN COVID-19 TRANSMISSIONS RESULTS IN CROSSING HEALTHCARE TRANSITIONING COVID TESTING TO DRIVE THRU CLINIC ON NORTH WATER STREET

  As community transmission of COVID-19 continues to increase, the demand for COVID testing and COVID related appointmnets have also increased markedly. For this reason, Crossing Healthcare is transitioning COVID testing from the Main Health Clinic located at 320 East Central Avenue to the Drive Thru Clinic located at 990 North Water Street, effective Friday,…

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MASKS MANDATED INDOORS IN ILLINOIS; VACCINES REQUIRED FOR TEACHERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS

       State warns of decreasing intensive care bed capacity amid latest surge By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The statewide mask mandate indoors is back, and educators and health care professionals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday amid an ongoing surge in the…

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R BAR & GRILLE TO REOPEN IN DOWNTOWN DECATUR THIS FALL

        Dagan Stocks, former owner of Red Barn Kitchen at the Decatur Airport, has purchased R bar & grille, 157 W. Main St., from the estate of Randall “Randy” West, who died in January. His son, Austin West, said, “I am extremely happy to be able to pass the reins of R bar to…

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DECATUR POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP IN SOLVING CRIME OF THE WEEK

  The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. On July 26th at approximately 1:10 P.M., Decatur Police responded to the intersection of E Condit / N Illinois in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and observed numerous shell casings near this intersection. A short time…

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CITY BEAT: MACON COUNTY HEADED WRONG WAY IN COVID-19 BATTLE

       I knew when I received the notification that the Joint Crisis Communication Team (CCT) would be holding a press conference Friday in the Macon County Office Building that it would not be good news — and it wasn’t. The message delivered was: “Macon County continues to experience high transmission levels of COVID-19.” In fact,…

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