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The Decatur Ambulance Service has been purchased by Hospital Sisters Health System, the parent company of HSHS St. Mary's Hospital.

Four other stories you should see: 26-year-old man shot in head, search for suspect continues; heavy winds from Tuesday storm damage trees, car; things we know about the new development on Mound Road; Clinton Walmart to close in July.

HSHS buys Decatur Ambulance Service

Hospital Sisters Health System, the parent company of HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, has purchased Decatur Ambulance Service, HSHS said in a statement Wednesday.

Ambulance services will be uninterrupted in Decatur, Pana and Shelbyville during the transition and patients should not notice a difference in emergency medical services, HSHS said. The fleet of 22 vehicles will remain and there are no plans to make substantial changes to day-to-day operations. The deal was effective Monday.

Man, 26, shot in head

A 26-year-old man was shot in the head shortly before noon Wednesday but is expected to survive, police said, while officers continue to search for information in the case.

No suspects have been identified, said Sgt. Steve Carroll of the Decatur Police Department. Police were sent at 11:55 a.m. to an address in the 800 block of South Cantrell Court on the city's east side in response to a report of the shooting.

Heavy winds from storm damages trees

Trees and limbs in Decatur were damaged Wednesday following a storm that brought strong winds and heavy rainfall.

The biggest damage reported to the city was a large tree limb that fell on a car, said Dan Mendenall, the City of Decatur municipal services manager.

The damage was spread out around the city, he said.

New Mound Road development

Decatur City Council members voted 6-1 on Monday to rezone 3 acres across from Mound Center on the city’s north side. The move makes way for a new planned development of two buildings totaling 18,000 square feet.

The development probably includes a medical office.

Notably, payday loan businesses, tattoo or piercing parlors, video gambling parlors and gas stations are banned from the development. Council members on Monday also moved to prohibit any video gambling machines at all in the space.

The city requires the businesses in the development to be open only between the hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Clinton Walmart to close in July

The city of Clinton will lose its Walmart and Walmart pharmacy next month. Corporate officials announced Wednesday they will close the store on July 20.

“This is a devastating blow to Clinton,” said city Finance Commissioner Tom Edmunds. “It’s a huge loss of sales tax. It’s about 70 jobs, I understand, and you can’t just replace that.”

The store opened in spring 1983, in a 35,000-square-foot space that was the anchor of a west side shopping center across from Clinton High School. It remains the smallest Walmart store in Illinois.

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