Archives for May 2014

Summer Camps at Scovill Zoo

Scovill Zoo’s summer Zoo Kids camp starts Mon. You can still register for the camps, online at, or at the zoo.

Sage Voices to Hold Meeting in Monticello

The fourth Sage Voices Community Conversation is scheduled for next Thurs. evening at 7 at Monticello High School. Sage Voices is a community engagement effort to obtain input on Monticello’s school facilities.

Possible Medical Marijuana Facility in Taylorville

Several parties are looking to purchase the Rock Solid Produce building, west of Taylorville, including one who would turn it into a medical marijuana facility. Christian County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Mary Renner, says nothing is set in stone.

Sangamon County Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Sangamon County Clerk, Joe Aiello, says the county will begin issuing same-sex marriages licenses today. The clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 to 5 today. The new Illinois law allowing same-sex marriages goes into effect tomorrow.

Mt. Zion Ice Cream Social

The Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social is Sun. afternoon from 4 to 7 at the Mt. Zion Christian United Methodist Church. There’ll be entertainment, a silent auction, a bounce house, kids crafts, and lots of ice cream.

DeWitt County Fighting Underage Drinking

The DeWitt County Human Resource Center has applied for a grant to fight underage drinking. A recent survey of high school students showed a higher underage drinking rate than the state average.

Partial Closure of Oakland Ave. in Decatur

Oakland Ave, between Leafland and Grand Aves. in Decatur, will be partially closed for the next three weeks. Crews are removing and replacing pavement. It’s scheduled to reopen June 19.

Decatur’s Inland Port Gets an Award

The Midwest Inland Port in Decatur gets statewide recognition for spurring job growth and community investment. The Illinois Chamber and Illinois Development Council gave awards to six companies, including the port in Decatur.

New Location for Home Sweet Home Ministries

Home Sweet Home Ministries celebrates the grand opening of its new Lincoln Mission Mart location tomorrow morning with a ribbon cutting and dedication at 8. The new store in on N. Sangamon St. in Lincoln.

Cerro Gordo School District Contracts

37 certified employees in the Cerro Gordo School District have a new 3 year contract that kicks in in Aug. It includes pay/benefit increases of 2.1% the first year and 3% in years 2 and 3.