First Friday Gallery Walk in Decatur

The First Friday Gallery Walk this Fri. 5 to 7:30 in Decatur features three free exhibits – at the Madden Arts Center, Blue Connection, and gallery 510. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

A Section of Country Club Rd. Closed this Week

Country Club Rd. in Decatur, from South 44th St. southwest for about a half mile, remains partially closed through this Fri. afternoon around 5. Crews are installing a storm sewer.

Real Estate Taxes Due Friday

The second installment of Macon County Real Estate Tax Bills is due this Fri. Pay by mail, in person at the County Office Building, or pay through the Illinois E-Pay system.

Labor Day Pops Concert in Nelson Park

Enjoy a free Labor Day Pops Concert in Nelson Park with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra beginning at 6 at the Amphitheatre. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the Pavilion.

Part of 27th St. Closed Through Friday

27th St. in Decatur, at the railroad tracks just north of East US Route 36, will be closed tomorrow morning at 7 through this Fri. afternoon around 6. Crews are rehabbing a storm sewer.

ISP Investigating Fatal Crash

Illinois State Police responded to a fatal crash on Shelby County Rd. 1950 East. Tucker Schwengel, 21, of Shelbyville, lost control of his car, went off the road, and hit a culvert. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Decatur PD Makes Attempted Murder Arrest

Decatur Police arrested Terry Bond, 19, on a preliminary charge of attempted murder. Bond allegedly shot another man last month in the 3700 block of Portage Rd.

Severe Storms

A severe thunderstorm rolled across Edgar County Friday evening, dumping heavy rains and producing damaging winds. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 2:48 in the afternoon, which included the city of Paris.
Several reports of tree limbs being blown onto a few homes and 9 location on the east side of Paris having power lines knocked down. A few other reports from viewers: Tree on house on Parrish St. There is a tree on a car on East wood St. West End avenue near sunset park trees are down across the road. Also, there is a tree and power line down on Hazel Ave. Power lines down on the 400th block of Okalla St.

State fair

The ribbon has been cut, officially marking the start of the 2016 Du Quoin State Fair.
Governor Bruce Rauner cut the ribbon to open the fair before walking in the annual Twilight Parade. The ceremony kicked off the 11-day Southern Illinois exhibition of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Producing Our Future.”
The Governor says the state fair is important as it shows off Southern Illinois and all the assets it has to offer.
“This year’s theme is Producing Our Future, which is a great reminder of how important this industry is to our great state, not just in the goods that we produce, but in the longstanding tradition and values it represents,” Rauner explains.
The Governor was joined at the ceremony by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe, State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon, Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal, Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi, 2016 Du Quoin Twilight Parade Grand Marshal Senator David Luechtefeld, Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Abby Foster, along with other local leaders and agricultural representatives.

Duckworth Stops in Decatur

With the November general elections quickly approaching, candidates will be campaigning hard to earn votes statewide.
That included a stop in Decatur for current U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) who is running for the Senate.
Manufacturing remains a priority for Illinois and Duckworth met up with ADM representatives Thursday.
In her visit, Duckworth talked about the importance ADM plays for the local, state and regional economics.
She says it’s businesses like ADM that help make America the business leader it is.