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High school football: Central Illinois Conference bullies have a new challenger this year  Herald & Review

For the time since the Central Illinois Conference's opening season in 2014, there may be a team ready to challenge the big two.

Property taxes to rise to pay for Decatur schools' plan  Herald & Review

DECATUR — The Board of Education on Tuesday voted to increase property taxes to fund a building program estimated to cost at least $55 million.

For new Decatur teachers, back to school comes early  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Aryn Dobrinick recalls having many favorite educators throughout her time in Decatur public schools, and said their passion for teaching was a ...

Kindergarten is coming: How parents can make sure kids are ready  Herald & Review

DECATUR — According to Pink Floyd, “we don't need no education,” though a review of grammar might have been good for them. Whether kids think they need ...

Pritzker signs law eliminating 'basic skills' test for prospective teachers  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Prospective teachers are no longer required to take the test of basic skills to receive a Professional Educator License in Illinois.

45 years later, memories of the 1974 Decatur rail yard explosion remain fresh  Effingham Daily News

DECATUR -- The physical traces are all cleaned away and the fatalities long-buried, but the shock waves of recollection rolling back from a devastating Decatur ...

From the Archives: Recognize anyone? 42 high school basketball photos  Herald & Review

Basketball season is underway! So why not take a trip down memory lane with these 42 high school basketball photos from our archives!

Class dismissed: Thomas Jefferson says goodbye to being a middle school  Herald & Review

DECATUR — The last day of school is bittersweet for staff and students every year. Everyone's ready for a break, but they're also saying goodbye, sometimes ...

Class is in: These former school buildings are still in use  Herald & Review

As a community's education needs change, buildings are closed, demolished or find a new purpose. Here are 8 examples of school buildings that offer textbook ...

Remember this? 21 photos of Decatur high school activities through the years  Herald & Review

1984: Eisenhower High School's girls bowling team was 11th in the state tournament after an 11-1 record during the regular season. Eisenhower won the ...

Decatur elementary students will be graded differently this year. Here's what it means for parents.  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Parents and students in Decatur School District's elementary schools will see a new grading system in August.

Phase II of Decatur schools' facilities plan aims to cut down Dennis waitlist, expand Montessori programs  Herald & Review

Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series about the Decatur School District's facilities plan. Read part one here.

Alumni Tuesday: Decatur Public Schools HOF class | Sports  WAND

Meet the members of the Decatur Public Schools Hall of Fame's Fall 2018 induction class in this week's edition of Alumni Tuesday! Please enjoy this transcript ...

Ronald L. Gillen | Obituaries |  Herald & Review

DECATUR -- Ronald L. “Ron” Gillen, 83, of Decatur, IL, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Life's Journey Senior Living, Taylorville, IL.

Hard-hitting MacArthur junior Jeffery Wells reeling in Division I offers  Herald & Review

DECATUR — When Jeffery Wells played his first MacArthur varsity football game as a sophomore two years ago he was still relatively new to the game.

Tentative plan: Combine 2 Decatur middle schools by August  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Two public middle schools could be combined in one renovated building by August under a tentative timeline for the Decatur School District's ...

Decatur schools now have a barn for their agriculture program. Here's how it went up.  Herald & Review

DECATUR — When Mary Anderson gets ready in the morning, she's dressed for the day.

Clock runs out on Basketball Museum of Illinois in Pontiac  Herald & Review

PONTIAC — The expression is "money talks." Turns out a lack of it speaks pretty clearly, too.

Facilities plan: Decatur schools preview possible changes at Stephen Decatur  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Scattered here and there in the galleria at Stephen Decatur Middle School are a variety of seating options: a few armchairs, a stool designed to ...

Jerry A. Maxwell | Obituaries |  Herald & Review

DECATUR -- Jerry A. Maxwell 70, of Decatur, IL passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 8:55 a.m. in St. Mary's Hospital. A *service* to celebrate Jerry's life will ...

Speaking up: Decatur student ambassadors bring issues to school board  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Londarius Hayes wanted to be a student ambassador so he could speak for his Eisenhower High School peers.

During Illinois teacher shortage, Decatur and other districts turn to long-term substitutes  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Jorden Bell describes the Rev. Wayne Dunning as the best teacher he's ever had.

'We will not forget it': Former Decatur fire chief recalls 1974 rail yard explosion  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Decatur Fire Department Chief Don Minton was off duty the day of the explosion, when the dispatcher called him.

Gerk, Thomas Godfrey | Obituaries |  Herald & Review

DECATUR -- Thomas “Tom” Godfrey Gerk, 80, of Decatur, passed peacefully in his sleep from complications of Dementia Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm ...

2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm  Bridge Michigan

Dearborn Public Schools has two early-college programs at Henry Ford College, helping the district's high schools snare Academic State Champs honors.

Marshmallow igloos challenge Durfee students' STEAM skills on 100th day of school  Herald & Review

DECATUR — It's the 100th day of school, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build an igloo out of 100 mini-marshmallows, cake frosting, ...

Decatur schools' Countdown to Kindergarten eases transition for little scholars  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Many of the 30 kindergartners at French Academy this week for "Countdown to Kindergarten" have preschool or day care experience, so counting ...

Tuning up: New LSA High School band teacher leads summer camp  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Music students sometimes let practice time take a back seat during summer vacation, when family activities and just plain being outdoors fill up ...

St. T gym to be dedicated to the late Joe Venturi  Herald & Review

DECATUR — It's Wednesday, March 18, 1953. We're in Huff Gym on the University of Illinois campus. The 16-team one-class state high school basketball ...

Ron English mural nearly complete | Local |  Herald & Review

DECATUR — The nearly completed mural by artist Ron English has become vibrantly visible on the wall of Ken's Aquarium & Pet Supply at 730 E. Cerro Gordo ...

Downtown Stephen Decatur's last group of grads still meet after 40 years  Herald & Review

DECATUR – The Class of 1975 of Stephen Decatur High School will be celebrating their 40th anniversary next weekend.

Decatur Police Auxiliary marks 40 years of backing up full-time officers  Herald & Review

DECATUR - When Dan Winter signed on to become a police auxiliary officer as part of the unit's first contingent, he had no idea he would be pressed into ...

Decatur firefighter part of history he cherishes | Local |  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Inspector Brad Gillmar walked into a room at Decatur Fire Department Fire Station No. 1, where Lt. Mark Allen was standing with several old fire ...

Marine's medals catch up to him | Military |  Herald & Review

DECATUR – Bob Pittenger didn't concern himself about medals when he was told by an officer that he could leave the Marine Corps early, after returning from ...

Police officers Chervinko, Spain retire after 30 years | Local |  Herald & Review

DECATUR – The careers of two of the most distinguished officers of the Decatur Police Department started and ended on the same calendar day.

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