Moultrie Sees Lowest Unemployment in Central Illinois Once Again

UnemploymentJuly14-13August 27, 2014

July still sees slight uptick from last two months

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite a slight uptick from the last two months, Moultrie County’s unemployment rate in July was still lower than any other central Illinois county, marking an ongoing trend throughout the current year.

At 5.8, the July rate, which tied for the 10th lowest in the state, was an uptick from 5.5 the two previous months, and so far the county enjoyed its lowest rate of the year in April at 5.4, which was the lowest in Moultrie since November of 2011 when it was 5.3.

Moultrie began 2014 with an unemployment rate of 7.3, which was also the lowest out of its neighboring counties. Read More

Obituaries 8-27-2014: Harry Lumpp

Lumpp, Harry Paul0009Harry Lumpp  

Funeral services for Harry Paul Lumpp, 91, of Shelbyville were held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Rev. Jim McClarey officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard.

He died at 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 in his residence at the Villas of Holly Brook in Shelbyville with his family at his side. Read More

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast September 13

Solid Rock Chapel in Sullivan will host a men’s fellowship breakfast Saturday, September 13. Doors will open at 7 a.m. for coffee with the free breakfast starting at 8 a.m.

Special guest speaker and accomplished deer hunter Steve Lachenmayr will then give his presentation beginning at 9 a.m. Lachenmayr, who was named Illinois conservation land-owner of the year in 2007, will be offering advice to deer hunters and habitat enthusiasts and sharing his Christian testimony. A drawing will be held for a new Mathews hunting bow from among those in attendance.

Understanding Illinois: Fermilab Looking Into the Smallest Things

NowlanAugust 27, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

As I scribble a note for this column, I am standing 350 feet underground at a research experiment that is sending beams of trillions of neutrinos underground to a detector located 500 miles away in Minnesota.

I am at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in west suburban Chicago, where Big Science—and big achievements—are the hallmark of the sprawling lab.

Illinois has two national laboratories out of 17 in the country that are operated by the U.S. Department of Energy—Argonne in southwestern suburban Lemont is the other.

Together the labs expend more than a billion dollars a year and employ 5,000 people, about half of whom are scientists and engineers. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Water Safety Tips for Labor Day Holiday

August 27, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is urging those who will be spending the Labor Day weekend on or around water to follow these safety tips.

Before heading out for the lake or river, be sure to have a life jacket on hand for everyone. The life jackets should be U.S. Coast Guard approved, the correct size and fit, and appropriate for the activity planned. On average, nine out of 10 people who drowned at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake or river project didn’t wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives by keeping the wearer afloat and providing time for rescue. Read More

2014 Senior Expo Sept. 9

August 27, 2014

Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc. will hold the 2014 senior expo Tuesday, September 9 at the Sullivan American Legion beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a free breakfast sponsored by TnT Pizzeria, Illinois state representative Adam Brown, and state senator Chapin Rose. Read More

Mattoon Boy Drowns at Sullivan Marina Pool Saturday

August 27, 2014

Boy, 8, found in deep end

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An 8-year-old boy drowned Saturday while swimming in the Sullivan Marina Pool.

Reginald Fulton III of Mattoon was pronounced deceased at 7:52 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital according to Coles County coroner Ed Schniers. 

A report by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department states that its office and the Sullivan Fire Department were dispatched to the Sullivan Marina swimming pool at 6:58 p.m. in reference to an unresponsive 8-year-old. According to witness statements, Fulton was seen swimming in the shallow end of the pool before then going into the deep end. Witnesses further added hearing Fulton say, “Look at me, I am in the deep end.” Read More

Despite Sudden Heat, Back to School Bash Quite the Treat

Photo by RR Best Donning a backpack, Lilly Ayer inspects one of several games featured at this past weekend’s Back to School Bash in Lovington.

Photo by RR Best
Donning a backpack, Lilly Ayer inspects one of several games featured at this past weekend’s Back to School Bash in Lovington.

August 27, 2014

Lovington Library plans for another event next year

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

The Lovington Library hosted a Back to School bash Friday with the help of area churches to give local children the opportunity to play games and enter a raffle to win a pizza while they listened to music presented by A-Sharp DJ Service.

While the unexpected heat wave kept attendance to the bash lower than expected, the 80 children and adults who attended enjoyed the festivities and entered the raffle by bringing school supplies to donate to Lovington Grade School.

Local churches provided snacks, hot dogs, and drinks as well as the games, such as bowling and a bag toss.

Candi Fultz, a rural resident, came into town to attend the bash.

“We don’t come out often,” she said. “We live in the country, but it’s fun for him.”  Read More

Civic Center Floods After Water Heaters Misfire Sunday Morning

August 27, 2014

For now, only cold water available for showers

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Early Sunday morning the Civic Center was flooded when one of the two 90 gallon water heaters misfired, causing steam. This in turn caused a solder joint in the 1-1/4 pipe to come loose and flood the floor in the gym and surrounding area. It is thought that, when discovered, water had been running out for between two to three hours. There were about 16 inches of water collected when the leak was discovered. Civic Center staff and volunteers worked until late Sunday pumping and squeegeeing the water. “Needless to say Ron (Jenkins) will not have to clean the floors for a few days” noted commissioner Mike Mossman.

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