City Beat

CITY BEAT: PRESERVING AND MARKETING OUR HISTORY AND OTHER STOPS ALONG THE WAY

       As indicated in the front page story in this week’s print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune, a group called “History of the Heartland” is focusing attention on the old Van Dyke interurban station that is in danger of being another local historic structure to disappear from view.      As someone who has spent…

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CITY BEAT: GREAT BUSINESS NEWS, HORSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOLARSHIP

       During the past year there has been a lot of depressing news because of the battle against COVID-19 and a ton of bad news regarding the economy but, last week, the Decatur area got a real positive “shot in the arm” and it wasn’t related to being vaccinated.                 ADM and 8 Rivers Capital…

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CITY BEAT: COVID-19 INFECTIONS, VARIANT STRAINS, CONTINUE TO BE ALARMING IN MACON COUNTY AND STATE

           • THERE’S been a disturbing rise locally in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in our area despite the vaccinations that are taking place. As I’m writing this column rising COVID-19 numbers across the state are alarming. Friday, The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Macon County Health Department (MCHD)…

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CITY BEAT: KUHLE, HORN WIN RE-ELECTION TO CITY COUNCIL, CULP WINS THIRD SEAT

            • DECATUR City Council Incumbents Chuck Kuhle and David Horn won re-election in Tuesday’s election with Ed Culp handily winning the third open seat.  Culp will replace long-time councilman Pat McDaniel who is retiring from the council.      Less than 6,000 ballots were cast in a community of 48,132 registered…

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EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT: GASPING FOR BREATH IS A DANGEROUS WAY TO LIVE

         DURING THE past year, about the time that COVID-19 changed our world, I noticed that I was developing shortness of breath. Over the years I’ve walked all over downtown and played full-court basketball in local gyms for decades. I never had any problem breathing. I prided myself on being in fairly good shape…

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IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT WEEK COVERING THE CITY BEAT

       After it appeared that an antibiotic for pneumonia, which appeared on an x-ray of my lungs wasn’t working, my doctor decided Friday morning for more tests and lab work. After completing that move, and heading back to the newspaper office, I received a call from my doctor’s office that I should immediately go to…

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