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During Illinois teacher shortage, Decatur and other districts turn to long-term substitutes

DECATUR — Jorden Bell describes the Rev. Wayne Dunning as the best teacher he’s ever had.

Macon County sheriff's office plans appeal after state panel rules sexual harassment complaint is valid

DECATUR — Lawyers for the Macon County Sheriff's Office are appealing a state panel's ruling in favor of a former correctional officer who alleges she was sexually harassed by Sheriff Tony Brown when he was the lieutenant in charge of the county jail. 

2 years after construction, Decatur Housing Authority fills 4 Macon Street homes after dropping income rules

DECATUR — The two-story West Macon Street house that Lance Spinler recently bought includes a fenced-in backyard where his beagle Dotti and American bully Luka can play. Go inside, and the home was built to keep heat and power costs low, another selling point.

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STORIES OF HONOR: Through Army service, Dave Mayberry, of Decatur, achieved dream of seeing the world

DECATUR — Dave Mayberry, 89, has had family serve in the military dating back to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War.

50th anniversary of moon landing ignites memories in Macon County and beyond 🌙

DECATUR — When the astronauts of Apollo 11 came speeding back to earth and splashed down 900 miles southwest of Hawaii, Alfred Hassebrock had a front-row seat.

Rounds of rain cause economic pain for Decatur-area golfers, race track

MACON — For the Macon Speedway this season, when it rains, it pours.

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