That’s All Folks!


The Re:Decatur team has some sad news. We recently decided to cease publication of any new articles and bring this project to an end.

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Focus on Unconventional Painting

Painting of rocks with a river at the bottom of the stream.

What is unconventional painting?   Think buttermilk and chalk or aluminum foil and acrylic paint. Read on! Jessica Stricklin Disbrow’s initial encounter with painting was in second grade when Mrs. Harris was her teacher in Carmi, IL. The teacher designed an art project using buttermilk and colored chalk to create a large mural.  Although very unconventional, Stricklin-Disbrow says, “That day, I fell in ...

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Cerro Gordo Bids Farewell to Mrs. Morr, 32 Years of Teaching P.E.


In 1983, Mrs. Laurie Morr began teaching physical education at Cerro Gordo Elementary School. As a graduate from Cerro Gordo High School in 1970, Cerro Gordo became a natural fit for her teaching career. I sat down with Mrs. Morr to discuss her time at Cerro Gordo. Mrs. Morr was my own Physical Education teacher from first grade through high school and my son's physical education teacher for the past two years.

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Anna Waters Head Start Says Goodbye to Cozette Cliff-Reed


In 1974, then Cozette Cliff became the Parent Involvement Coordinator for Anna Waters Head Start. The position entailed her working deeply with the inner-city community families. Anna Waters Head Start is an early prevention preschool program to give kids that may not otherwise get schooling before Kindergarten a head start. Cozette left a lasting impression at Anna Waters, not just ...

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After 21 Years, Mrs. Perry says Goodbye to Cerro Gordo


Mrs. Janet Perry has served as the librarian for Cerro Gordo's School district for the past 21 years. This fall, Amy Williams, will be replacing her as the librarian for Cerro Gordo Schools. Mrs. Perry graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in Librarian Science in 1975, but did not use her degree until 1986, when she began subbing for central Illinois schools. After she graduated, she married a farmer, and worked as the farm hand for awhile. She enjoyed it, but she says after they had more children, "someone needed to go find other work", so she did. I sat down with Mrs. Perry in the Cerro Gordo High School Library to talk about her time at Cerro Gordo. I wish her the best in her retirement, and I hope she gets her wish and gets to see her grandchildren more.

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Macon Resources Clients to Sell Produce from Resource Farm

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On Thursday, July 23, Macon Resources’ clients will be selling vegetables, flowers, and other produce grown at Macon Resources’ very own Resource Farm. Resource Farm’s Farmers Market will be open for business 11am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in front of Macon Resources (2121 Hubbard Ave.) this summer (when available). Proceeds from Resource Farm support MRI services that promote the growth, independence, and self-worth of children and adults with disabilities.

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Racism: “It’s quietly being done…”


During a Bible study at  historic African Methodist Emmanuel Church on June 17th in Charleston, South Carolina Dylaan Roof murdered 9 people because of their race. The nine slain were: South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney (the Pastor of the AME church), the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Cynthia Hurd, and ...

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My “Bob” Stories

Bob Fallstrom listening to jazz at 2009 Juvae Jazz Society fundraiser.

Tuesday, July 14, was the funeral of Bob Fallstrom, who wrote for the Decatur Herald & Review for 66 years.  Many happy and humorous stories were recounted at the funeral, interspersed with jazz played by the local Dixie Daredevils. During the last song, When the Saints Go Marching In, Bob’s loyal friends from the Juvae Jazz Society raised their New ...

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Did You Know — Part 2


• that the nation’s total estimated unfunded public pension liability of $1 trillion, a figure commonly cited in the media, is WAY off (and everyone involved knows it). This is because unlike private pension funds, which use a figure of 4.6% annual growth to calculate the estimated future value of the investments that will fund pension payments, public institutions use ...

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X-treme Camp Canoeing Sugar Creek on July 13

X-treme Camp Canoeing

Children ages 10-15 are invited to Rock Springs for an X-treme Camp canoeing day trip on July 13. Campers will canoe Sugar Creek at Turkey Run State Park in western Indiana. Fee is $60. Register online at

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