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Petitions available for Decatur Mayor and City Council seats

  Decatur, IL – Petitions for persons interested in running for Mayor of the City of Decatur or one of the three seats on the Decatur City Council up for election in 2023 will be available beginning Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The petitions will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. in the office of the…

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Decatur Soldier Promoted To Colonel In Illinois Army National Guard

               Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Randy Edwards, of Decatur, Illinois, was promoted to colonel in a ceremony Aug. 18 at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.      “In the military, we see Soldiers who are destined to do great things in the organization,” said Brig. Gen. Rodney…

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Gail’s Pumpkin Patch Opens For The Fall Season Sept. 1

  Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, IL will be opening for their 17th season, Thursday, September 1, 2022. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10 to 5:00. They will be closed on Tuesday. The final day of the season is October 31, 2022. The…

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Exhibitors At Illinois State Fair Earn Top Awards During 4-H Conference Judging

       Another 4-H year has come to a close with the Illinois State Fair conference judging. DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt 4-H members exhibited their general projects with other Illinois 4-H members on Saturday, August 13, in the Orr building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.      Twenty-three Macon County 4-H members entered projects for the conference judging.…

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Deering: Biden signs massive partisan spending package that does not address crippling inflation

(Springfield, IL) –  On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, raising taxes on the middle class by $20 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office without any meaningful measures to reduce inflation. “I’m deeply disappointed in our Democratic Illinois representation in Washington who voted to raise taxes on the middle…

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Mussels in the Sangamon River Event on Aug. 20

      Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will meet on August 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Railsplitter Pavilion. Come and learn about the life cycle of mussels and help to look for them in the Sangamon River. They will also look for and identify insect larvae that rely on the river…

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First WNV-Positive Mosquito Batch in Macon County

  The Macon County Health Department (MCHD) has received confirmation of the first mosquito batch testing positive for West Nile Virus. This batch was collected by the Macon Mosquito Abatement District (MMAD) in a roaming trap. Adult samples were RAMP (Rapid Analyte Measurement Platform) tested by the District. At the time of this release, there…

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