Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival Party

This Sat­ur­day, orga­niz­ers of the Lin­coln Art & Bal­loon Fes­ti­val are host­ing a party to cel­e­brate and recruit vol­un­teers. It’ll be held at the Lin­coln Wal­mart from 11 to 2. The fes­ti­val runs Aug. 22 through the 24.

New Traffic Control Signals in Decatur

A heads-up this morn­ing — new traf­fic con­trol sig­nals have been acti­vated on Illi­nois Route 48 at Boyd Rd. in Decatur. Be care­ful going through that area.

Dewitt County Sheriffs Looking for Two Con-Men

DeWitt County Sher­iffs are look­ing for two men who stole over $1,000 from a Wapella woman. After giv­ing them $400 to fix her side­walk, one of the men stole more cash from her home. They left with­out doing any work.

Man Threatens a Witness in Conspiracy Trial

A man who was set free after post­ing $25,000 cash bail in a drug con­spir­acy case in Decatur, is back in jail on $2.5 mil­lion bond. Matthew Ander­son, 33, allegedly threat­ened to kill a wit­ness if he testified.

Section of Kiwanis Park Bike Trail Closed for One More Day

The Kiwa­nis Park bike trail from Sun­set Ave. to Dip­per Lane in Decatur will be closed today. Crews are doing some paving and striping.

Illinois Corn and Soybean Crops Looking Good

The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture says Illi­nois’ corn crop is matur­ing faster than nor­mal. 81% of the state’s corn is rated as either good or excel­lent. 75% of Illi­nois’ soy­bean crop is also con­sid­ered good or excellent.

Sangamon County Resident May Have Found Human Remains

Sang­a­mon County Chief Deputy Coro­ner, Jim All­mon, says a res­i­dent of Rochester found pos­si­ble human remains over the week­end. Inves­ti­ga­tors are await­ing the results of an autopsy.

Decatur Parolee is in a Lot More Trouble

A parolee who was released from prison in March after serv­ing six months of a six-year sen­tence, has been arraigned on felony nar­cotics deal­ing charges. Decatur Police say Bradley Smith, 24, had 8.7 grams of cocaine and over $400 cash in his possession.

Reduced Pet Adoption Rates in Lincoln

Now through Aug. 30, the Logan County Ani­mal Con­trol in Lin­coln is offer­ing reduced pet adop­tion prices. The adop­tion price for cats and kit­tens has been reduced from $85 to $50.

Shelbyville Eagle Scouts Build a New Bridge

Work on the Chief Illini Trail got some help recently from Shel­byville Eagle Scouts. It took them 3 days to build a 24 foot long, 3 feet wide bridge near the Lone Point recre­ational area. The old bridge was deteriorating.