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The Year That Was
Our ever-vigilant Contributor Zach Shields kept his finger on the pulse of Decatur to track the hot topics that had people talking in 2014.

Decatur In Motion
Three former mayors join current Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy to discuss our community's positive momentum and what's needed to keep moving forward.

A City With Heart
Sometimes you have to look closely at a town to find out what it stands for. Long known for perseverance and a warm generous nature, Decaturites have what it takes to embrace opportunity and welcome the future with open arms.

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City By The Bay
It's easy to leave your heart in San Francisco, a city that charms with natural beauty, iconic landmarks, unique history, and colorful characters.

Made With Love
Cookbooks are more than collections of recipes for Contributor Pam Smith, who also flips their pages to find comfort, creativity, and cherished memories.

Stick-To-Your-Ribs Good
Offering more than just biscuits and gravy, local restaurants know that a full menu of heart-warming grub is the best way to ward off winter's chill.




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
Home and Garden


Here & There Chicago
Even with a prime location and a grand sense of place, there are challenges associated with living in the 3rd largest city in the country.

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arts & entertainment

Sweet Dates
Unconventional ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day in Decatur that will help you take “date night” to a whole new level.

travel & leisure

Band Of Brothers
Determined to live their dream, aspiring local musicians Kaleb and Jesse Hite seized the chance to perform their music and explore an exotic part of the world.

home & garden

Beer vs. Wine
Local connoisseurs Kevin Graham and Charlie McGorray accept our challenge to pair food with their favorite beverage…and we all win!

Suitable for Framing
Broadside printing dates back to the 18th century, giving local Blue Satellite Press an historic technique to create breathtaking works of poetry and art.

Inspired By “I do”
More couples are choosing to tie the knot surrounded by unique touches that reflect their lifestyles and personalities — a trend local event planners call “the wedding experience.”

Follow The Foodies
You can take their lead if you're planning a trip, because our local restaurateurs drop the names of their favorite out-of-state places to eat.

Fitness Formula
Contributor Sally Betscher gauges the fuel our bodies need to exercise effectively — whether the calories are consumed before, during, or after a winter workout.


Party Places
Whether you're planning an intimate celebration or a sit-down dinner for 600, Decatur's multitude of affordable and accessible venues guarantees the perfect fit.






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