Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing in Illinois

Illinois is offering free income tax preparation and filing for low-income residents. It’s a partnership between the state and tax assistance centers. More than 29,000 people used the free service last year.

Shelby Memorial Hospital Changing its Name

Shelby Memorial Hospital is pairing with HSHS and will change its name to Good Shepard Hospital. The move will allow the hospital to offer more services and better treatment for patients.

Two Fires in Pana Labled Arson

Two recent fires in Pana have been labled arson. One at a warehouse at Washington and Chestnut Sts – the other a home on N. Chestnut. Both buildings were vacant and had no power.

Think Winter is Over – Think Again

It was 10 degrees in Decatur Jan. 6 – 63 degrees on the 21. Temperatures haven’t dropped below freezing since the 15. Watch out – temps are expected to be much colder by the end of the week.

Hasardous Material Shipments to be Counted

A count of hazardous materials shipped by train and truck through Sangamon, Menard, and Christian Counties begins this spring. Reports will be filed every three months with the final count due in early 2018.

DMH and St. Mary’s Severing Ties with Molina Healthcare

DMH and St. Mary’s in Decatur are severing ties with Medicaid provider, Molina Healthcare. Over 32,000 Medicaid patients in Macon County will be in limbo.

Decatur Man Arrested for Stealing from Dollar General

Decatur Police arrested George Ligons, 61, after he was caught on surveillance video stealing a large amount of soap products from the Dollar General on East Eldorado. He admitted to smoking narcotics and drinking heavily.

Father/Daughter Dance at Hickory Point

The Decatur Park District’s 7th annual Father/Daughter Dance for young ladies 5 to 12 is this Sat. evening 5 to 9 at Hickory Point Banquet Facility. RSVP by tomorrow.

Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in Illinois

Illinois’ unemployment rate went up slightly in Dec. – 5.7%. It was 5.6% in Nov. It’s still lower that it was a year ago.

Flu Cases Increase Dramatically in Logan County

There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases reported in Logan County in the past week. Anyone who hasn’t had a flu shot should get one. The flu season typically lasts through May.