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Planet Fitness, known for catering to the casual gym-goer, is opening a location in Decatur by the end of October.

Four other stories you should see are Durfee Magnet School on 'soft lockdown,' Congressman Rodney Davis' field director arrested, mentors help freshmen at Mount Zion High School and Monticello grad living dream on Illini football team.  

Planet Fitness opening a Decatur location

Planet Fitness is opening a location in Brettwood Village shopping center by the end of October, according to the company.

Planet Fitness is spending $970,310 to renovate the northwest corner of Brettwood Village, according to records filed with the city of Decatur Department of Economic and Urban Development.

Students at Durfee Technology Magnet School and MacArthur High School were placed under a "soft lockdown" Thursday after a 29-year-old man sent threatening phone calls and text messages to another man.

The man was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of making a terroristic threat and felony harassment by electronic communication device.

Davis' field director arrested after altercation

The field director for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has been fired after he was arrested in Springfield on aggravated battery charges.

The arrest was first reported by Herald & Review media partner WCIA. Video obtained by WCIA shows Levi Lovell appearing to pester Davis's Democratic opponent, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, and her husband at a campaign fundraiser.

Mentors help freshmen at Mount Zion High School

If Link Crew had been around two years ago, Matthew Carpenter's first couple of days of freshman year would have run more smoothly.

Now a junior, Matthew is one of the mentors who is ensuring that this year's Mount Zion High School freshmen make the transition from middle to high school with ease. School started on Thursday.

Monticello's Dylan Thomas living a dream with Illini football

Somewhere in the Thomas family scrapbook, there's a picture of Dylan Thomas proudly sporting a Juice Williams jersey.

Thomas, a 2017 Monticello graduate, was five or six years old when Williams, then an Illinois quarterback, led the Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

Thomas is now a walk-on wide receiver for the Illini.


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