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CITY BEAT: LOTS OF HISTORY MADE AT SEVERAL PLACES IN THE DOWNTOWN DECATUR AREA

     As I’m walking to the downtown post office from this newspaper each day I often think of events that happened in downtown Decatur’s long history —at the very places I walk by, or on, each day.      For instance, this week’s “Scrapbook” feature (pages 4 and 5 of the print and online editions) is about the…

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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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CITY BEAT: SOME REFLECTIONS ON 2023 AND PAST YEARS

              The last print edition of  the Decatur Tribune  that is printed each year is always an extra special one for me. That’s because the announcement that I had purchased the Decatur Tribune, and would be its new editor, was published on Dec. 24, 1969 — 54 years ago last Sunday.      This week,…

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CITY BEAT: DECATUR POLICE GETTING MORE ACTIVE IN ENFORCING TRAFFIC SAFETY LAWS

        Last week, Decatur Police Chief Shane Brandel released information on the Police Department’s Distracted Driving Enforcement which focused on illegal cell phone use.      “This issue has become a serious problem for traffic safety across the nation and is a major concern of the citizens in our community, as voiced in the surveys…

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CITY BEAT: CHRISTMAS IS A WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

               I don’t know about you, but, for me, the Christmas season is especially refreshing this year. I love listening to the traditional Christmas songs with strong messages relating to the birth of Jesus Christ.      Also, the songs like “White Christmas” and the “Frosty The Snowman” never get old to me…

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