Understanding Illinois: Four-Year Degrees From Two-Year Colleges?

NowlanJuly 30, 2014

By Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

For the past decade, College of DuPage (COD) president Bob Breuder has been pushing state lawmakers to allow two-year community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in technology-oriented fields.

Breuder makes a good case. Expect another push in the next session of the state legislature.

Since Joliet (IL) Junior College became the first such college in the nation in 1901, Illinois has been a leader in the community college movement.

When I was a legislator in the late 1960s, public two-year colleges had dotted the mushrooming suburbs and major downstate cities, covering the whole state.

Today there are 39 community college districts and 48 campuses, enrolling 42 percent of all higher education students in the state.

The two-year colleges have advantages over the older, more traditional colleges and universities. First, many located in population-dense markets, while small colleges often constructed their “Old Main” a century earlier in frontier towns that never blossomed. Read More

New Swim Co-op Approved Between Sullivan, Shelbyville Schools

July 30, 2014

To take effect this school year

by Keith Stewart

Board members approved a formal swim co-op between Sullivan and Shelbyville schools a week ago Monday.

Citing the request from the current Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim club, the Sullivan school board approved the co-op, which will go through the 2015-2016 school year.

But approval for the co-op didn’t go without caution, as Superintendent Brad Tuttle, invoking the memory of the previously failed wrestling co-op with Shelbyville that brought increased transportation costs, clarified that such costs would not be incurred. Read More

Delta Dental to Host Free Dental Care for Area Children Sept. 13

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, in collaboration with the Douglas County Health Department and Lake Land College, will provide a free day of dental care for Illinois children age 5 and younger as part of its Dentist By 1 program Saturday, Sept. 13 in Mattoon. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to schedule free exams, which can satisfy the mandatory dental screening for kindergarten. Read More

Mo Do Jr. Legion fails to Advance to State with Back to Back Losses

July 30, 2014

Sullivan’s Hart makes big hits, but not enough

Submitted by Duff Hoel

As the no. 1 seed in the state of Illinois 4th Division Jr. Legion tournament, the boys from the Moultrie-Douglas Jr. American Legion Baseball team entered tournament play with very high expectations. But those expectations came up short as Mo Do was eliminated by two losses on Saturday to end their season with a 30-10 record.

Zach Hrvol of Sullivan took the mound in game one for Mo-Do. Facing a quality opponent from Eureka, Mo-Do fell 5-4.  Read More

Aquafest to be Held at Dam West Beach at Lake Shelbyville

July 30, 2014

The Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host Aquafest noon-4 p.m. Saturday, August 2. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend. The beach fee will be waived for the entire day to allow all beach users a chance to come out and enjoy the free games and activities which include snow cones, inflatable water slides, bounce houses, water safety games, and an appearance from Bobber the Water Safety Dog.  Read More

Obituaries 7-30-2014: June Pedigo

Pedigo, JuneJune Pedigo 

Funeral services for June C. Pedigo, 90, of Sullivan were held at noon today (Wednesday) in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

She passed away at 6:05 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 in Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.    Read More

OV Schools Consider New Investment Strategy

July 30, 2014

Board also hears about swim co-op

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

It is that time again, no doubt too soon for the kids and none too soon for the parents.

At the last regularly scheduled school board meeting before the start of the new school year, there was not much business to work through as things moved along fairly rapidly.

After quickly approving the annual “consent agenda” to officially record the district designees of various fund managers, banking services, and legal representation, the board heard from Shelby County State Bank concerning its proposal to streamline the district’s security investments through SCSB.

Currently, the district has SCSB invest in a variety of federally backed securities. SCSB proposes simplifying the process and to try and get a better return for both SCSB and Okaw Valley school district by rolling the various securities into one.  Read More

Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Livestock and Horse Show Results

Submitted Christian Hopper of Gays waits patiently with his rabbit.

Christian Hopper of Gays waits patiently with his rabbit.

July 30, 2014

The following area individuals earned accolades during the Moultrie-Douglas 4-H livestock show:

Boer Goats

Katie Cline, Moultrie County Longhorns, Windsor-Jr. Champion Doe, Sr. Champion Doe; Zachary Hall, Moultrie County Longhorns, Gays-Reserve Grand Champion Doe, Jr. Champion Buck, Sr. Champion Buck, and Grand Champion Buck; Ethan Gingerich, Atwood-Hammond Prairie Dogs, Sullivan-Reserve Sr. Champion Buck; and Matt Cline, Moultrie County Longhorns, Windsor-Reserve Grand Champion Buck.

Pygmy Goats

Maddy Paddock, Awesome Arthur Clovers, Arthur-Grand Champion Wether-Sr. Champion Doe, Reserve Grand Champion Doe, and Reserve Jr. Champion Buck; Mathew Paddock, Awesome Arthur Clovers, Arthur-Reserve Sr. Champion Doe.


Amy Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany-Grand Champion American, Reserve Grand Champion American, Reserve Grand Champion English, Grand Champion Asiatic, Grand Champion All Other Fowl Single, Grand Champion Water Fowl Pair; Benjamin Bushue, Moultrie County Longhorns, Sullivan-Grand Champion Continental & All Other, Reserve Grand Champion Continental & All Other, Grand Champion Bantam-Feather Legged, Reserve Grand Champion Bantam-Feather Legged, Grand Champion Meat Production Class, Reserve Grand Champion Meat Production Class; Blaire Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany-Grand Champion Egg Production Class, Grand Champion Eggs;Issac Gingerich, Atwood-Hammond Prairie Dogs, Sullivan-Grand Champion Large Purebred, Grand Champion Rabbit; Joshua Gingerich, Atwood-Hammond Prairie Dogs, Sullivan- Reserve Grand Champion Large Purebred, Reserve Grand Champion Small Purebred; and Maddy Paddock, Awesome Arthur Clovers, Arthur-Grand Champion Small Purebred. Read More