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Decatur schools open houses 

DECATUR — Decatur School District will hold open houses to solicit ideas for improving the schools.

Open houses will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Hope Academy, 955 N. Illinois St., and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18. The district will have the architects' facilities plans available for public viewing, and district administrators will be on hand to answer questions and listen to ideas and comments.

Siburt book re-released

DECATUR — Local author Ruth Siburt's first book, “Dragon Charmer,” is being republished 23 years after its initial release and used as a teaching tool to inspire young writers.

Siburt, of Decatur, wrote the book as a result of telling a story to her then-7-year-old son, Matt. It was published by Royal Fireworks Press in 1996 and is again available on Amazon and iTunes.

Literacy awards

SPRINGFIELD – Secretary of State Jesse White has named the winners of the 2019 Spotlight on Literacy awards for students and volunteers.

The students were recognized for their hard work to improve their reading and learning skills in the face of obstacles.

Telma Cardona, a student through Baby TALK at Richland Community College, was one of the winners.

Veterans' education 

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, have reached an agreement with the University of Illinois to increase access for veterans.

A committee has been formed at the university that includes University of Illinois Dean Cherylo Hanley-Maxwell and Naval ROTC commanding officer Capt. Anthony Corapi to study ways to make it easier for veterans to transfer credits they've already earned to the U of I and to receive credit for real-world work experience.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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