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ON BIZ: B&C Television; Sunrise Bakery; Hibbett Sports; Knockerball Max; Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County

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To understand how long B&C Television was around, you only have to know the reason behind its name.

It was chosen by founder William Sutman because it stood for the types of televisions the business serviced – black and white, and color.

A lot has changed since 1962, which is why the business closed its doors at 806 S. Jasper St. on June 30 after 55 years in business.

“I think the hardest part about closing is letting go of something that was a huge part of our family for so long,” said Barb Hodges, the daughter of the founder and co-owner of the business with her brother, Greg. “Most of all, we will miss our wonderful customers.” 

Hodges said manufactures had cut the margins so that there wasn't enough profit to cover overhead costs and salaries.

Specializing in the sale of Sony brand televisions – it was the area’s largest Sony dealer – it also served as an authorized factory service dealership for most brands.

“The service end wasn't making it anymore either,” she said. “The replacement parts are so expensive that you might as well just buy a new TV.”


Begining today, Decatur-based Sunrise Bakery will begin selling its Amish-style baked goods on Fridays and Saturdays in the Hickory Point Mall.

The bakery has been open at 2022 S. Mount Zion Road since 2014, after relocating from Arthur.

It is one of several additions expected to the mall in the coming months, according to a news release from the the village of Forsyth.

Hibbett Sports, a full-line sporting goods store based in Birmingham, Ala., will open in the fall, the news release said. Founded in 1945, the company has more than 1,000 stores nationwide.

Knockerball Max will be coming this fall as well. Knockerball is a single-chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. As participants take a run at each other, it literally becomes knock-down chaos, but with no stress on your body. Knockerball Max currently has a store at 1625 Robin Court in Mount Zion.

Noting the loss of mall tenants in the past year due to corporate bankruptcies, Andrew Zupkoff, village community and economic development coordinator, sounded an upbeat note.

"The additions further emphasize the strength of the retail sector in Forsyth," he said, also noting the ongoing efforts of mall owner CBL & Associates Properties to add new stores.


Chastain & Associates LLC has acquired BGM & Associates, Inc., a company providing engineering and surveying services for over 40 years.

BGM staff will complement the Chastain team and help continue its growth as a full-service, multi-disciplined engineering firm that covers the state of Illinois, and also includes an office in Paducah, Ky.

Both companies were started in Decatur -- Chastain in 1954 and BGM in 1974. 

"Bringing our firms together enables us to provide even more value to our clients," said Daniel Jedrzejak, a principal at Chastain & Associates. 

“The addition of our water and wastewater treatment plant expertise to Chastain’s proven excellence in transportation and structural engineering will give all of our clients access to a more complete set of professional design talents than ever before,” said Dave Harp, a BGM principal.


The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County will host a seminar focused on exporting.

Whether the business is an experienced exporter, new to exporting, or looking to expand their international business, they may attend the free seminar to learn about the services and resources of the SBDC International Trade Center.

The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the EDC office, 101 S. Main Street, Suite 600, in Decatur.

Registration is required at or call (217)-378-8535.

Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at or call (217) 421-7976.


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