Community Shred Day in Decatur Oct. 21st

The branch office of Land of Lincoln Credit Union on East Prosperity Place in Decatur will hold a community shred day Sat, Oct. 21, 10 to 1. Shredding documents is great protection against identity theft.

Lanes on N. 27th St. Closed Thru the End of the Month

Weather permitting, both lanes on North 27th St. in Decatur, from the East Faries Pkwy. intersection to south of East Harrison Ave, will remain closed through Oct. 30. Ameren crews are working in that area.

US Rep Rodney Davis in Clinton this Week

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will be holding open office hours for the public this month. He be at Clinton City Hall this Thurs. afternoon noon to 1.

MDSO Performs this Sunday at MU

The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra presents a Masterworks concert this coming Sun. afternoon at 2 in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on MU’s campus. Tickets are available online at kirklandfinearts.com.

Roadwork on a Section of Hunt St. in Decatur

Weather permitting, Hunt St. in Decatur, from Stevens to Center St, will remain closed through this evening around 7. Crews are milling and overlaying that section of roadway.

Champaign School District Gets $9.6 Million Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Champaign Unit 4 School District $9.6 million in grant funds. The money, which will be distributed over five years, will allow three schools in the district to implement magnet programs.

Two-Year Old Dead from Gunshot

A 2-year old child, Justin Murphy, of Decatur died from a gunshot at a home in the 1400 block of East Wellington Way in Decatur. Police arrested a 17-year old on several charges – including homicide.

17-Year Old Charged In Saturday Shooting of Decatur Toddler

A 17-year old has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a toddler in Decatur Saturday morning. Just before 9am, police were called to the 1400 block of East Wellington Way after the little boy was reported shot. He was rushed to Decatur Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A 17-year old Decatur boy was interviewed by police- after an investigation of the crime scene, he was arrested and charged with Homicide, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. The identities of all parties involved have not yet been released.

IDOT Seeking Public’s Input On Rest Areas

The state of Illinois is looking for residents’ help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state’s roadway rest areas.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has put together an online survey that’s available through Oct. 29. Paper copies are available at select rest areas throughout Illinois. Surveys have 20 questions and seek traveler feedback on how they currently use rest areas, how satisfied they are with rest areas and where rest areas are located.
The state transportation department maintains 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers that serve about 36 million people on highways throughout Illinois.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says many rest areas “have reached a point where it’s to evaluate their future.”
The survey is available at www.idot.illinois.gov .

Recent Rains Still Not Lifting Area Out of Drought

Recent rains have lifted us out of abnormally dry conditions, but it hasn’t been enough -yet- to make a dent in the drought monitor. The latest drought map released Thursday shows the state was still 89 percent abnormally dry, down 4 percent from the previous week.

Areas with moderate drought in central Illinois remain virtually unchanged. The area south and southeast of Decatur saw significant improvement after 3-5 inches of rain leading up to Tuesday. This week’s USDA crop report showed topsoil moisture was as high as 50 percent short to very short, and subsoil moisture was up to 51 percent short to very short.