Run with the Staley Striders

Runners ages 6 to 18 can run with the Staley Striders Cross Country Club Oct. 5 through Nov. 19. Practices are Tues, Weds. and Thurs. 4:15 to 5:15 at the Fairview Park Tennis Complex in Decatur.

A Section of S. 44th St. Remains Closed

South 44 St. in Decatur, from Cantrell St. to Cleveland Ave. remains closed through tomorrow afternoon around 5. Crews are installing a water main.

Urbana Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

An Urbana man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. Shaun Thomas, 36, admitted to killing Jessica Thomas, 37. As part of a plea deal, he’ll receive no more than 45 years in prison.

Taylorville Mayor Says it’s Time

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says two terms as mayor is more than enough. Brotherton said a new mayor should be elected to bring new and fresh ideas to the city.

“School’s Out Day” at the DISC

Mon. Oct. 10 is a School’s Out Day at the DISC for ages 5 to 14 from 6:30am to 6pm. Activities include basketball, kickball, dodgeball and a trip to Overlook Adventure Mini Golf.

Voter Registration and Early Voting in Illinois

Traditional voter registration ends Oct. 11 in Illinois. Today is the first day of early voting. Remember, anyone turning 18 on or before Election Day can register to vote online at

Part of N. Edward St. Closed to “Through Traffic”

The 600 and 700 blocks of North Edward St. in Decatur are closed to “through traffic” between West Cerro Gordo and West Green Sts. through tomorrow afternoon around 3. Crews are repairing a water main.

Possible Tax Levy Increase in Monticello

The Monticello school board approved a tentative tax levy increase that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $37 a year. A public hearing on the the increase will be held Oct. 19.

Happy Birthday Lincoln Square Theatre!

The Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur is holding a “100th Birthday Bash” fundraiser party Fri, Oct. 21. Tickets are $25. Festivities include live music, dancing, a giant pinata, and of course – lots and lots of birthday cake.

Registration and Early Voting in Illinois

Traditional voter registration ends Oct. 11 in Illinois. Early Voting begins tomorrow. Remember, if you moved or changed your name since you last went to the polls, you must re-register to vote.