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CITY BEAT: DO YOU REMEMBER MILK BEING DELIVERED TO YOUR FRONT DOOR?

     This week’s “Scrapbook” on pages 4 and 5 of the print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune is a look back at what I wrote about the history of milkmen in our community.      I wrote and published the articles about our community’s milkmen about 30 years ago when I was able to interview some…

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CITY BEAT: EFFORT AGAIN UNDERWAY TO ELIMINATE A CITY’S PUBLIC NOTICES IN NEWSPAPERS

     THERE IS another push by some Illinois lawmakers to eliminate a municipality’s public notices from being legally required to be published in the local newspaper.       The Illinois Municipal League (IML) is advocating for municipalities to have the option to fulfill public notice mandates electronically.      “People receive news and public information online or on their…

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CITY BEAT: ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IMPORTANT HISTORY THAT WAS MADE HERE

    • THE GRAND ARMY of the Republic (GAR), the national organization for veterans of the Union Armed Forces of the Civil War, was formed by Benjamin F. Stephenson, M.D., in 1866 in Decatur.      Dennis Jewell authors this week’s “Scrapbook” on pages 4 and 5 of the print and online editions which details the history of…

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CITY BEAT: PEOPLE, PLACES AND POLITICAL TRACES

                   • DECATUR’S best known sculptor, John W. McClarey, died in a car crash west of our community on January 19. He was 88 years old.      Mark W. Sorensen, the Official Macon County Historian who also served with John McClarey on the Board of the Illinois State Historical Society, is…

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CITY BEAT: STEPHEN DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL’S 1962 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WAS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

     I’ve written a lot in the past several print editions about the search for memorabilia from the Decatur High School/Stephen Decatur High School’s existence and success — especially on the basketball court.      Thankfully,  trophies, plaques and other items from the high school’s past have been located and are being processed and inventoried so they will…

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CITY BEAT: UPDATE ON INVENTORY OF DHS/SDHS TROPHIES

        After going to press with this week’s print edition of the Decatur Tribune I received an update on the inventory of DHS/SDHS trophies’ location from Denise Swarthout, Chief Communications Officer, Decatur Public Schools, who has been very helpful in our search. She sent me the following information Wednesday morning: “Here’s an…

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CITY BEAT: SOME PHOTO ID’S AND UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR DHS/SDHS TROPHIES

         WHILE I was looking through some old photos to use with this week’s “Scrapbook” on local cruisin’ in our city’s past (pages 4 and 5 of print and online editions) I came across the photo of two young women serving as “car hops” at the old Perry’s Drive-In at 22nd and Cantrell streets…

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CITY BEAT: MEMORIES OF KRESGE’S AND OTHER DOWNTOWN DECATUR STORES

           Downtown Decatur stores of the past are some of my favorite subjects to feature in our “Scrapbook” series on pages 4 and 5 of the print and online editions.       When I became editor and publisher of the Decatur Tribune in 1969, downtown was alive with countless storefronts, major department, hardware and furniture stores,…

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