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Sunday, Oct. 1

‘I was just so much stronger’

More than 270 people took part in the D-Town Throwdown, a two-day Crossfit competition.

Forty-seven teams participated in the fifth-annual event, sponsored by the Decatur Memorial Hospital CrossFit Enhance Gym.

Activities include running, climbing, pulling a weighted sled and other tests of skill and endurance.

Neonatal intensive care registered nurse Dana Belcher said training for the event paid off.

“I went back for my college alumni volleyball game and I was just so much stronger,” she said. “I could jump higher and I could hit the ball so much faster, it's crazy.”

Monday, Oct. 2

Forsyth residents were at Las Vegas shooting

A Forsyth family was enjoying the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when gunfire erupted. They were not hurt.

Brian and Michelle Huggins were attending the event with their son and daughter-in-law, who live in there.

“I was hoping that it couldn’t be as bad as it was, but the number of shots, it was standing-room-only ... an automatic weapon shooting the number of shots I heard, for as long as I did,” Brian Huggins said. “I knew it had to be bad.”

Fifty-eight people were killed and almost 500 were injured in the attack.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Suspect in scholar's disappearance charged with kidnapping

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Brendt Christensen, 28, accused in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China.

The new indictment accuses him of kidnapping resulting in the death of Yingying Zhan in "an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner."

Zhang disappeared June 9. Her body hasn't been found.

Christensen faces the death penalty or mandatory life in prison if found guilty.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Nelson Park water park delayed

The opening date for a new Nelson Park water park has been delayed to 2019.

The Decatur Park District board rejected bids that came in over budget for work scheduled to start this fall.

The $9.2 million facility was expected to open next summer

The lowest bid the district received, from Christy-Foltz Inc., was $1.5 million over budget.

Thursday, Oct. 5

President Ford’s son speaks at community breakfast

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

That was the message delivered by Steve Ford, son of late President Gerald Ford, during the Community Leaders Breakfast attended by about 500 people at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.

Ford spoke about his time in the White House and lessons from his father, who weathered stinging criticism following his pardon of President Richard Nixon following Watergate.

Earlier, Bill Clevenger, the director of the Decatur Park District, talked about recreational projects and improvements.

The event was sponsored by the Herald & Review.

Friday, Oct. 6

Food drive brings in support

Despite the rain, the crowds turned out for the 16th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive.

The event was at the Airport Plaza Kroger. Volunteers wore ponchos and removed food from donors' cars, deposited checks and moved items into waiting semi-trucks. Donationsa are given to the Northeast Community Fund, the Good Samaritan Inn, the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project, Reasonable Service, God’s Shelter of Love, AMELCA Food Pantry, Interchurch Council of Blue Mound-Boody-Stonington and Mount Zion United Methodist Food Pantry.

“This is our community and we've lived here for 45 years, and we just want to help the community whose been good to us,” said Nancy Bullock, who donated a cartload of groceries. “It's just a way of giving back.”


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