DR Roberts Photography is closing Friday, Dec. 15, after more than 39 years of serving the photo needs of Decatur-area residents, groups and businesses.

“We're very thankful for all the support over the past 39 plus years,” Ann Roberts said. “We obviously wouldn't have been able to do what we have if it hadn't been for our customers believing we had something to offer and allowing us the privilege to capture their photographic moments.”

DR and Ann Roberts started their photography business in 1978 after DR spent a year apprenticing with Paul Fleener and doing photography for the Decatur Tribune.

In 1983, they purchased and remodeled Lorton's Drug Store at 1270 N. Edward St. It became a full-time business on July 8, 1983.

Over the years, DR Roberts Photography has impacted Decatur and surrounding communities by capturing images of weddings, high school seniors, anniversaries, families, babies, commercial, publicity, events and endless sports leagues.  

DR retired from the studio in 2012 and sells insurance for Sams/Hockaday & Associates Insurance Agency. 

After closing, Bruce Wilcox, who  joined the staff as an associate photographer in 1994, will be doing photography on a freelance basis. Ann Roberts is retiring to enjoy their grandchildren.  

“It has been amazing to do generations of families, and to those families we say a big thank you for trusting us with all the different steps of life you allowed us to photograph,” Ann Roberts said.

“In our home, we have a portrait hanging of DR's dad and his siblings taken in 1915 by a professional photographer, and it's one of our most cherished possessions. When we're done with it, it will go to our boys, and so that portrait will live on and on keeping our family connected through multiple generations. We feel blessed that some of the work we've done with families will have the same impact in their lives, and will be cherished as much and passed on to future generations as a prized record of that family's history at that particular moment.”

Decatur Photographic Services, another business run by DR and Ann Roberts, is closing, too.

All session files are for sale. Check out the availability of your file by calling the studio at (217) 422-2212.


Dick Van Dyke Appliance World, 134 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will undergo a complete remodeling that is expected to be completed by March 1. 

Company President Dennis Rieken said the store will remain open during $1 million remodel, and traffic will be routed to the south side of the building. 

"We love Decatur, especially downtown Decatur," Rieken said. "We are thrilled to have grown to the level that we can invest another million dollars into the upgrading of downtown and the Macon County economy."

The appliance retailer has operated at its North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive location since 1992.

Rieken said new signage will be installed outside of the store, and its showroom will be completely redesigned.

"I am sure everyone is going to enjoy shopping in this new elegant environment," Rieken said. "Dick Van Dyke looks forward to continuing the great success Macon County residents have afforded it over the years."


Imagine This! Marketing Group, a regional marketing agency based in Effingham, has acquired the website division of System Development Services, Inc.

Steven Schallert, president/CEO of System Development Services, said transitioning away from the website business allows his company to have a more concentrated focus on growing its core business of computer network systems and services.

“We are excited to learn more about these new clients, support them and help them grow,” said Deana Nuxoll, president/owner of Imagine This! Marketing Group. Find out more at www.ThinkCreateDo.com.

Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at sperry@herald-review.com or call (217)421-7976. Jaylyn Cook contributed to this column.