Drug arrest

HEWITTVILLE – The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says a drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Pana man.
In a release, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp states the investigation was conducted by Central Illinois Enforcement Group Agents, in cooperation with Metropolitan Enforcement Group Southwestern Illinois Agents. As a result of the investigation, authorities arrested Zachary Bland of rural Pana on February 14.
Kettelkamp says Bland was arrested in Hewittville for possession of 4,530 grams, or nearly 10 pounds, of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Looking for a different car

The company of a tow truck operator who was hit on February 9 says they are now looking for a different kind of car.
On Saturday, February 18, Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing published a post, saying they and authorities are now looking for a 2006-13 Chevy Impala, as opposed to a 1998-2002 Taurus.
The company’s Facebook page explains they were able to come to this conclusion after piecing together parts from the wreckage on February 9. The color of the car is still the same dark gray metallic as reported initially.

Become a ISPT

Springfield- Applications for becoming an Illinois State Police Trooper are continually accepted by the ISP Merit Board. Those with the ISP are encouraging people interested in a career in law enforcement to visit the ISP Merit Board website to complete an application for employment.
The ISP is committed to being one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the country. We provide cutting-edge training in a variety of law enforcement functions. Initially, all ISP Academy graduates are assigned to patrol; however, Troopers have the opportunity to transition to one of the many specialty functions within our agency. Opportunities include crime scene investigations; SWAT; and becoming a pilot, K-9 officer, investigator, motorcycle officer, or safety education officer on patrol to name a few.
Anyone with questions about becoming an ISP officer can contact Sergeant Elbert Jennings or Special Agent Melissa Uhles. Sergeant Jennings can be reached by telephone at (217) 785-4370 or email at Elbert_Jennings@isp.state.il.us. Special Agent Uhles can be reached by telephone at (618) 346-3482 or email at Melissa_Uhles@isp.state.il.us.

Warm weather this weekend

The warm weather looks to continue for central Illinois the rest of the weekend and into the first of next week. A few record highs are possible again this afternoon as high temperatures are forecast to reach into the middle to upper 60s.Record high on this date was 70.

Rotten Easter Egg Hunt for Adults Only

The Decatur Park District’s Rotten Easter Egg Hunt for adults only will be held April 7 at Scovill Golf Course. Hunt for thousands of eggs redeemable for cash and prizes.

Decatur Building Demolition Closes Sidewalk

Crews are working on the demolition of the Firstech Building in Decatur. That means the sidewalk at East Main and North Franklin Sts. will be closed all the way through the middle of April.

Changes in Decatur Municipal Utility Bills

Beginning next week, you’ll notice a new look in your Decatur Municipal Utility Bills. Changes include the number of days in the billing period and usage history. Plus, 4 Kroger stores have been added as payment locations.

Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales in Monticello

Aldermen have approved additional hours for Sunday alcohol sales in Monticello and moved the start of Sunday sales to 10 am. The new start time applies to all liquor license holders.

School’s Out Day Camp at the DISC

Mon. is a School’s Out Day Camp at the DISC from 6:30am to 6pm. Kids ages 5 to 14 can enjoy basketball, kickball, dodgeball, a bounce house, and climbing the DISC’s rock wall.

Part of E. Riverside Ave. Closed in Decatur

The 1400 block of East Riverside Ave. in Decatur, between South Jasper and South 16th St, is closed to through traffic through this afternoon around 3. Crews are finishing up repairing water services.