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CITY BEAT: FEAR OF BEING SHOT ON CITY STREETS HAS GONE MAINSTREAM

       Although being infected with COVID-19 remains a concern on the part of many area residents, I’m hearing more talk about a fear of being a victim of gun violence on Decatur’s streets. There was a time in the not too distant past when gun violence was confined to a few areas of town in…

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CITY BEAT: VETERANS DAY IS ABOUT HONORING ALL OUR NATION’S VETERANS

       I cringe a little when I sometimes hear or read comments about Veterans Day existing for those who have been killed in the service of our nation. Those heroes should always be remembered, but that’s the focus of Memorial Day. Veterans Day honors all of our veterans. It is a United States legal holiday…

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CITY BEAT: PEOPLE. PLACES AND INTERESTING SPACES IN DECATUR

       • I MADE my last visit to the Farmers’ Market in Central Park on Saturday. That was the final day of its season of selling vegetables and other items and it seems to me that it has been a successful season as I’ve always seen customers at the various stands anytime that I was…

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CITY BEAT: REMEMBER WHEN OUTHOUSES WERE TARGETS ON HALLOWEEN?

       It doesn’t seem possible that Halloween is coming up on Sunday (Oct. 31). Halloween has a long, and somewhat destructive, history in Decatur and Central Illinois. Tom Emery writes about some prank-filled Hallo-weens from many years ago on page 5 of this week’s print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune.      I remember, when…

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CITY BEAT: 20TH ANNUAL WSOY COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE IS FRIDAY

       The 20th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive will be held Friday (Oct. 8) and will continue to collect monetary donations only in response to growing need and COVID-19. This is one of my favorite events of the year and I have been to each one of them over the years before, during and after…

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