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A small aircraft made an emergency landing on Interstate 55 just north of Lincoln on Wednesday afternoon, hitting one car and reducing traffic during the emergency response. No serious injuries were reported.

Four other stories you should see are Decatur Celebration ticket prices rise, Macon County's top boys track athlete, David Freyling honored on U.S. House floor and sexual predator denies charges in court.

Small plane makes emergency landing on I-55 near Lincoln

No serious injuries were reported after a small aircraft made an emergency landing and struck at least one vehicle Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Lincoln at milepost 133.

“We were traveling northbound on Interstate 55 after leaving Lincoln and saw this plane to our left near the cornfields,” said Ronald Childs, who witnessed the landing.

Decatur Celebration ticket prices double to $10

Decatur Celebration organizers say a continued financial shortfall drove them to double the price of admission to $10 for the three-day downtown festival planned Aug. 3-5. This is the second year admission has been charged.

“We are trying to stay alive,” said Jeff Ludwick, president of the Decatur Celebration board. “Last year, we didn’t make money. We didn’t even break even.”

MacArthur's Reed is Macon County's top track athlete

MacArthur's Ronald Reed was the fastest man in Class 2A this year.

But he almost wasn't.

Long before Reed, the Herald & Review Macon County Boys Track Athlete of the Year, crossed the finish line of his 100-meter dash in 10.72 seconds to win the gold at the 2A state track meet, the outdoor track season began without Reed on the Generals' team.

Freyling honored on U.S. House floor

David Freyling, the longtime advocate for Macon County veterans who died Saturday, was recognized by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis on the House floor Wednesday.

The Taylorville Republican described Freyling, 79, as a "dear friend and dedicated patriot" in a short speech detailing his life and accomplishments.

Registered sexual predator denies charges

A Decatur registered sexual predator who prosecutors said tried to solicit cheerleaders on high school grounds appeared in court Wednesday denying all the charges against him.

Terry L. Rufty, 46, stood before Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers with his public defender, David Ellison, and pleaded not guilty to the indecent solicitation of a child.


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