Nationwide, the number of farms decreased 4.3% from 2007 to 20012 — but not in Logan County where they increased by 10%. The average farm size was also up 3%.
Fire completely destroyed the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan. No injuries — the state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause. No word on whether the restaurant will be rebuilt.
The Monticello School Board will decide Aug. 14 whether to put a referendum question on the Nov. ballot to help fund construction of a new high school. A question on a 1%countywide school facilities sales tax is also being considered.
A Macon County man was arraigned for allegedly beating a 2-year old boy. Greggory Lawhorn, 24, is being held on $50,000 bond. Police were alerted to the boy’s injuries when he was taken to the hospital last week.
The Taylorville Fire Department has opened up one lane of travel on South and North Main Sts. near where a building collapsed this week. East Main Cross St. remains completely closed.
The Decatur Celebration starts tomorrow in downtown and runs through Sun. The annual event is packed with live music performances and all types of entertainment.
Starting tomorrow, the IDOT will accept bids on a new round of road and bridge projects, including 13 miles of resurfacing on Rte. 128 from the Shelby County line to US Route 40 on the Effingham-Fayette County line.
Christian County Sheriffs continue to investigate a standoff at a residence west of Pana. Josh Edwards, 25, of Pana, who was firing at police, was shot and killed by ISP SWAT officers. A Pana Police officer was hit, but will be okay.
A public meeting to obtain input on the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Piatt County will be held today at 6 at the Visitor’s Center. Park officials want to know what attributes the park should have in the future.
The Village of Bement wants to bring a family-friendly atmosphere back to its downtown-area park. A vote next month may ban smoking, and alcohol in the park.