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A Decatur motorist who was the victim of a shooting in October testified at the attempted murder trial of Charles L. Fitzpatrick on Tuesday.

Four other stories to see are 5 things to know about interim City Manager Billy Tyus, Waterfront Cafe opens, sixth DUI nets prison term and effects of wind farm aired during DeWitt County meeting.

Shooting victim testifies in Decatur attempted murder trial

Rafael Graham told a Macon County Circuit Court jury Tuesday that he had no doubt the man who shot him multiple times — Charles L. Fitzpatrick — was sitting just a few yards away at the defense table.

Assistant State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke had just asked the retired educator how certain he was that Fitzpatrick was the man who aimed a gun through the passenger window of his car on the evening of Oct. 16 and pulled the trigger multiple times.

5 things to know about interim city manager Billy Tyus

The Decatur City Council on Monday voted unanimously, with one person absent, to appoint Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus to fill the interim city manager position starting July 22.

A veteran of Decatur government, Tyus has been popping up in Herald & Review stories for 18 years. Before that, he was writing them. Here are 5 things to know about the new interim city manager:

Waterfront Cafe opens near Nelson Park

Like most people who know their way around a kitchen, Gary Spates isn’t willing to give away a secret recipe.

Spates, who owns the the Waterfront Cafe with his family, said his special blend of spices has been a draw for his new restaurant and given it a taste of success.

“It’s unique,” Spates said. “The flavor wakes up your taste buds.”

Sixth DUI offense nets 7-year prison term

An impaired Decatur driver who police say answered "not enough" when asked how much he had to drink has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to his sixth DUI offense.

Potential effects of wind farms aired at DeWitt County meeting

The potential effects of wind farms on wildlife and aircraft highlighted the first night of testimony Monday as the DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals looks at changes to the ordinance governing such facilities.

Lenexa, Kan.-based Tradewind Energy is considering building the Alta Farms II wind farm in DeWitt County on a footprint stretching from Waynesville to Wapella. Opponents, many of whom testified Monday in the hearing at the county building in Clinton, want the county to change the wind farm ordinance before Tradewind files an application for a special-use permit, which is expected to come later this summer.


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