in this issue: February-March 2016
ON THE COVER – Answer Man –
You have questions – we have answers. Find out what local experts have to say about hot topics on the minds of those who need to know everything.
Cover Illustration by Tronnie Goss
How does the quality of Decatur’s tap water compare to a bottled brand? Pumped about their product, the team at the city’s South Water Treatment Plant accepted our challenge to find out. Test results might surprise you!
Hold the Phone
What is the downside of using your cell phone to make emergency calls? Local safety officials offer some words of caution when it comes to cutting the cord on your landline.
Colors of the Year
What are the design trends for 2016? Industry leader Pantone kicks off the year by announcing the top new colors, which may influence everything from artwork and accessories to the paint on your walls.
Why are some local events more popular than others? Whether it’s a familiar favorite or a new event, common traits are behind the Decatur blockbusters that fill every seat.
Not for Duffers
How many guys does it take to tell a good golf story? In this case, eight. Take an annual two-decade tradition, add a group of longtime local buddies, combine with 200 holes of golf, and you’ve got more stories than you could club with a nine-iron.
With the City of Decatur facing an “urgent” revenue situation, strategies for encouraging people to live, work and spend in our community are critical.
Staying active is akin to a fountain of youth says Contributor Sally Betscher, and taking time to exercise now builds strength, flexibility and fitness reserves for the golden years.
arts & entertainment
Be Our Guest
The search for a new conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra concludes with guest appearances by the two finalists at concerts in February and March. You’re invited, too!
“We have so much fun, we’d sing to an empty room,” says Opus 24 member Corky Nicholson of this inspiring choral group, which performs a special anniversary concert this spring.
travel & leisure
New Zealand Nirvana
Contributor Pam Smith finds paradise on the other side of the world, in a country where sheep outnumber people, Hobbits have cult status and nature offers captivating contrasts.
Taking Her Best Shot
Five years after she first held a pool cue, Warrensburg-Latham High School senior Serena Black is winning national billiards tournaments — and earning the respect of fellow competitors.
Two Rules of Thai
Following the rules will enhance your dining experience when you visit either of Decatur’s new Thai restaurants. Contributor French MacLean explains what you need to know…
During cold and dreary central Illinois winters, local restaurants know how to dish up comfort foods that soothe the soul and warm the heart.
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