Scovill Zoo in Decatur opens for this season Fri. Zoo hours are 9:30 to 5 weekdays, 9:30 to 6 on weekends. The nearly 400 animals at the zoo are waiting to see you.
The Logan County Tourism Bureau has a new tourism director. Margaret McMurtrey was a athlete at Greenville College and is particularly interested in enhancing sports tourism for Logan County.
Christian County residents are invited to become Associate Members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Applications go out in the mail shortly — you can join at any time. Citizens can help support more effective law enforcement.
UI-Champaign officials are expecting a $15 million cut in funding from a new state budget deal approved by lawmakers. No faculty or staff furloughs or layoffs are expected, and students shouldn’t be affected by the expected cut. Officials say the state owes the university about $297 million.
Congressman Rodney Davis will be the featured speaker at the Decatur Chamber Business Breakfast Wed. morning from 7 to 8 — doors open at 6:45. It’ll be held at the Decatur Club on West Prairie Avenue.
The northbound turn lane of Jasper St. onto Illinois St. in Decatur, will be closed this morning, until around noon today. Crews will be replacing a guardrail.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public information day at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, on State Hwy 16, this Thurs. morning at 10:30. Get an update on the lake, construction facility updates, volunteer opportunities, and special events.
The Central Illinois Political Action Committee has endorsed Mike McElroy for Decatur Mayor, and Lisa Gregory, David Horn, and Dana Ray for Decatur City Council in the April 7 election. CIPAC says the election will be significant to further economic prosperity in Decatur.
The 2015 World Health Day Community Health Fair will be held Thurs. April 9 from 10 to 1 at Grace United Methodist Church on N. Main St. in Decatur. There’ll be free health screenings and demonstrations.
Decatur’s new City Manager, Tim Gleason, has only been on the job a few days and already has his eye on a few challenges in Decatur. He said, “the city will see economic development and some neighborhoods will see changes in appearance.”