Number of Farms Increases in Logan County

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%.

State Fire Marshall Investigating Sullivan Restaurant Fire

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.

Monticell School Board Deciding on Ballot Questions

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.

Macon County Man Charged with Beating 2 Year Old

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.

A Couple of Streets Have Opened Near Building Collapse in Taylorville

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

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.

Resurfacing of Rte. 128 is in the Works

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 Investigate Standoff

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.

Public Meeting in Piatt County Regarding Allerton Park

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.

Bement Wants Family Friendly Atmosphere in Downtown Park

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.