Archives for October 2014

Decatur Cross Country Meet

The Autumn Spectacular Cross Country Meet in Decatur for ages 8 & under and 9 to 18, is scheduled for Nov. 9 in Fairview Park. Distances range from 2,000 to 5,000 meters.

Taylorville Physician in a Jackpot – Again

A Taylorville family physician who was convicted earlier this year of defrauding the government, has been arrested. Christiam County Sheriffs arrested Dr. Vernon Klinefelter, 62, for possession of a controlled substance.

Monticello Votes on Funding New High School

Voters in the Monticello school district in Piatt County will decide next week whether to fund construction of a new high school. A 1% sales tax to help pay for school facility upkeep and construction is on the ballot countywide.

Ameren Making Upgrades in Champaign County

Ameren Illinois is investing about $9.4 million in electric infrastructure upgrades in Champaign County. The upgrades will be able to handle expected increases in demand.

Round Two of Medical Marijuana Applications

The Illinois Department of Public Health will soon begin to accept medical marijuana applications from patients whose last names start with M through Z. Thousands of applications have been processed from people with names A through L.

Only One Contested Race for Piatt County Board

There’s only one contested race for Piatt County Board on Nov. 4. Incumbent Democrat Kathleen Piatt is being challenged by Republican Ray Spencer for District 1, which includes most of the northern half of the county.

A Section of E. Main St. in Decatur Closed this Morning

The 2900 block of East Main St. at the intersection with the 100 block of South 29th St. in Decatur, will be partially closed this morning from 9 to noon. Crews will be doing some sewer work.

Jr. Golf Classes at the DISC

The Decatur Park District’s junior golf classes at the DISC begin next week for ages 3 to 13. All sessions will be held at the DISC. To register, or for more info, go to

Bike Path Network in Monticello

Creating a bicycle path network in Monticello won’t be quick, and it certainly won’t be cheap – each phase of development could cost between $300,000 and $1.5 million – and there are 9 phases.

Lincoln Land Community College Being Renovated

The Lincoln Land Community College’s Taylorville campus is at the start of a $1.9 million renovation of its existing north building. The college is functioning in just one building this school year, instead of 2.