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The Decatur Plan Commission heard a proposal from a developer at its meeting Thursday, a plan that includes a Chipotle Mexican Grill for the site. Neighbors who live near the U.S. Business 51 and Ash Avenue corner have hotly contested the proposal.

Four other stories you should read are a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at Lake Decatur, Preston Hyde guilty of attempted murder, Shop with the Sheriff helps children and Sen. Al Frank to quit amid sexual misconduct claims.

Plan commission hears Chipotle pitch

A proposal to rezone the corner of U.S. Business 51 and West Ash Avenue headed to the Decatur Plan Commission, which will make a recommendation about whether developers should be allowed to build a shopping center that includes a Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Representatives of GMX Real Estate LLC revealed Wednesday they planned for the popular fast-casual restaurant to anchor the development. Neighbors are passionately opposed to the rezoning, saying they have concerns about traffic, noise and the effect of the development on their property values.

Lake Decatur ceremony salutes Pearl Harbor Day

Pete Frank remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor differently than some. He was a junior in high school when he heard President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech before Congress asking for a declaration of war, which inspired him to serve his country, he said.

The war took the “boys of Decatur and turned them into men,” Frank said, “in faraway and unknown places” they’d only previously learned about in textbooks and on maps.

Preston Hyde guilty of attempted murder

Preston Hyde was convicted of attempted murder Thursday in Macon County Circuit Court.

Hyde was also convicted on two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Shop with the Sheriff helps children

Robert and Jayda Simpson, along with their brother Joshua Houser, were more than prepared to "Shop with the Sheriff" on Wednesday evening.

The Warrensburg trio scanned the aisles of Target in Mound Plaza in search of the various items that filled out their personalized shopping lists. Joshua, 13, was looking for a basketball and new shoes. Robert, 7, wanted headphones and a blue backpack, while 8-year-old Jayda fancied slime and nails.

"Fingernails," she clarified. "Not the other kind."

Wednesday marked the 13th time the Macon County Sheriff's Office hosted the shopping spree in Decatur, providing 45 local children $100 each to roam the store with their families and purchase whatever their hearts desired.

Sen. Al Franken quits amid sexual misconduct claims

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from Congress in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

"I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice," Franken said in the otherwise-hushed Senate chamber.

Franken quit just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.


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