City Beat

City Beat: Macon County Fair Is Just Around The Corner

       KUDOS to the Macon County Fair Association, and anyone else responsible, for the huge schedule of events at this year’s county fair June 4-9. Although its been 163 years since the first Macon County Fair was held, there were a few of those years when it wasn’t held, and, it appeared not that long…

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Decatur’s Official City Flag Is Once Again Flying In Front Of Civic Center

  Hoisting the City of Decatur replacement flag on Monday are, left to right: City Councilman Patrick McDaniel, Civic Center Manager Chris Brodnicki and Civic Center Maintenance Manager Zack Burris.      As I wrote in this column a few weeks ago, McDaniel had purchased with his own money, and with the approval of the city council,…

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Separate Night For City Council Study Session Is Good Idea

         The Decatur City Council Study Session got a lot more attention Monday night — both from the citizens and probably from the council members. Instead of being on the tail-end of the agenda at the regular council meetings, it was the featured agenda item — and I think it is a good move.…

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Councilman Donated Official Decatur Flag

Yes, we do have an official “Decatur flag”!      Last week, I wrote in this column that a reader asked me if Decatur has a flag. “If so, what does it look like?” he asked. As I mentioned in the column I really hadn’t thought about it. Thanks to Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, who contacted me…

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City Of Decatur Budget Reduces Tree Planting To One Per Year

       Newly re-elected City Councilman Bill Faber came to my office for a chat a few days ago and we discussed something that he feels very strongly about — planting more trees in the city. Faber indicated that cities need to think several generations ahead and he is concerned that the City of Decatur is…

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D-2 Campaign Reports Are Filed For Mayor, City Council Races

       Candidates didn’t raise or spend nearly as much money in the Decatur mayoral and city council races this year as in some previous years — and a lot of the money raised came from outside of Decatur.      Friends of Julie Moore Wolfe received two $1,000 donations from the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s political…

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Some Observations On Last Week’s Election Winners And Low Voter Turnout

    There will be only one new face on the Decatur City Council following last week’s election — Rodney Walker, who led the city council field in votes. Lisa Gregory and Bill Faber, the only two council incumbents in the race, won re-election finishing second and third in the field of seven. Walker will replace…

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Some Final Thoughts On The Races Involved In Tuesday’s Election

       Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day and we will find out which candidates for Decatur Mayor and City Council, Decatur School Board, Richland Community College and the Decatur Park Board are elected (although with two candidates for two seats on the park board, we already know who is going to be elected in that…

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