SBL Nurse Residency Program Begins

Photo furnished New nurse graduates entering Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Nurse Residency Program are pictured left to right: first row – Casey Neville, Tara Biggs, Lisa Lawson, Emily Johnson, Hannah Jernigan, Tiffany McSparren, and Jessica Spence; second row – Cassie Riley, Megan Huddleston, Shelby Jackson, Kiersten Dent, Andrea Hutchinson, Lexi Walk, Kierston Oborne, Chris Roedl, Amber Waterman, Renea Phelps, Glenda Hunt, and Lexi Fiscus; third row – Cassie Will, Katy Augustyn, Todd Layton, Dwight Hardin, Haley Whitman, Marissa Klee, Jason Duhamell, and Andrew McDevitt. Not pictured are: Ali Barless, Jennifer Martinez, Amy Pippin, Hilary Bodle, Shelby Evinger, Nathan Raisner and Valentina Theole.

Photo furnished
New nurse graduates entering Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Nurse Residency Program are pictured left to right: first row – Casey Neville, Tara Biggs, Lisa Lawson, Emily Johnson, Hannah Jernigan, Tiffany McSparren, and Jessica Spence; second row – Cassie Riley, Megan Huddleston, Shelby Jackson, Kiersten Dent, Andrea Hutchinson, Lexi Walk, Kierston Oborne, Chris Roedl, Amber Waterman, Renea Phelps, Glenda Hunt, and Lexi Fiscus; third row – Cassie Will, Katy Augustyn, Todd Layton, Dwight Hardin, Haley Whitman, Marissa Klee, Jason Duhamell, and Andrew McDevitt. Not pictured are: Ali Barless, Jennifer Martinez, Amy Pippin, Hilary Bodle, Shelby Evinger, Nathan Raisner and Valentina Theole.

•June 22, 2016•

Thirty-four registered nurse graduates joined the first Nurse Residency Program at Sarah Bush Lincoln.

The Nurse Residency Program helps new nurses transition from nursing graduates to competent, confident and compassionate nurses. Sarah Bush Lincoln Nursing Leader Mindi O’Rourke, BSN, explained that for new nurses, there is so much to learn in the first year that sometimes it can be overwhelming. This program helps them adjust through additional classroom education, hands-on simulation, online learning modules and guest presenters. They also will be working with a mentor.”

A big plus is that the nurses will develop lasting relationships with other nurses in the program, which will help them acclimate to a new environment and begin their careers with a strong start. Read More

Smyser Hosts Picnic at Windsor Park

•June 22, 2016•

Smyser Christian Church is hosting “Picnic In the Park” at the Windsor Park. Any one may come for the meal and activities.

It will be a time to come together as neighboring communities to meet people and enjoy a meal. There will be activities for kids fifth grade and under at Kidz Corner. Area junior and senior high students are invited to stay after “Picnic In the Park” for XLR8 from 6:30-8, for a time of worship, Bible study, activities and fun times with friends. Read More

Clearing Needed at Sullivan Utility Distribution Locations

Sul garden overOvergrowth Creates Hazard

•June 22, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

An issue with the Sullivan utility department electrical sectionalizers were brought to attention at the last city council meeting.

Many of them are close to 40 years old which has left time for trees, plants and weeds to grow around them.

When these sectionalizes, which distribute 7200 volts of electricity, have overgrowth around them, they overheat and do not perform at their highest quality.

Recently, there was a power outage which lasted an hour and a half because utility workers were having problems getting to a sectionalizer. Commissioner Mike Kirk presented several photos which showed a number of them which were blocked with shrubbery, trees and various other items.  Read More

Working Together to Secure Today and Tomorrow

•June 22, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager in Decatur

Your first job is a landmark occasion. You’re meeting new people, making professional connections and probably cashing that first paycheck. You might be a little surprised when you see a portion of your earnings go to a tax called “FICA” for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. This deduction goes to Social Security and is your way of helping us secure you today and tomorrow. It’s our job to keep the safety net of Social Security strong through your incremental contributions.

Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans. By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from workers’ paychecks. While referred to as “Social Security taxes” on an employee’s pay statement, sometimes the deduction is labeled as “FICA.” This stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, a reference to the original Social Security Act. Sometimes, you will see “OASDI,” which stands for Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance, the official name for the Social Security Insurance program.  Read More

Urban Flea Market Trip Offered

•June 22, 2016•

Join SBL Advantage 50 on Saturday, July 9, for a day trip to the annual Indianapolis “Treasure Hunt” flea market and yard sale.

Highlights of the trip include a stop at the Indy Urban Flea Market featuring a large selection of antiques and collectibles. The trip also includes 50 y’arrd sales throughout the Northside Historic District, which is held annually at All Saints Episcopal Church. The day will wrap up with dinner at Almost Home in Greencastle, IN. Cost of the trip is $100 per person which includes dinner and tip for the driver. Read More

Obituaries 6-22-2016: James W. Williams

Williams, JamesJames W. Williams

James W. Williams, 87, of Monticello passed away at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Celebration of Life services with military rites will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Sullivan American Legion at 8 E. Strain St. Arrangements are by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.

He was born June 18, 1928, a son of Royal C. and Marie Rentfro Williams, on his grandparents’ farm near Stewardson. During his lifetime he lived in Decatur, Bement, Sullivan, Atwood and Monticello. He joined the Army at the end of World War II and passed through Hiroshima and Nagasaki on his way to battle in Korea.  Read More

Voter Mass Mailing Not from County

•June 22, 2016•

On June 10 there was a mass mailing for voter registration which did not come from the County Clerk’s office but from “The Voter Participation Center” out of Chicago. Enclosed with the center’s mailing was a pre-addressed envelope to the Moultrie County Clerk.

The Moultrie County Clerk’s office has received several of these forms from individuals that state they have moved many years ago, that the relative to whom the form was mailed is deceased, and even to a person who has property in a trust in which the pre-printed name on their form has their last name as Trust. “It appears that the county clerk’s office was involved with these mailings; however, that is not the case,” England states. “We have no control or say in what The Voter Participation Center does and suggest that if a person receives the mailing from The Voter Participation Center in error that they look at the bottom of the letter for their code to unsubscribe to future mailings from the center.”

According to the letter from The Voter Participation Center, the center will be monitoring the Illinois voter file records in eight weeks to see whether the individual has mailed their form to the county clerk’s office for registration.

As suggested by England, if you want to unsubscribe to future mailings from the center, you must contact the center with your code. The county clerk’s office cannot unsubscribe for individuals. England stated that if a person receives this letter and they are not registered to vote and wish to register, by all means complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office. Also, if a form is addressed to someone who has moved or is deceased, England asks that the form be sent to the clerk’s office with a brief note telling of the circumstance.

Food Service Manager Certification Class

•June 22, 2016•

There will be 2 foodservice sanitation manager’s certification courses offered in July, the 18th and the 25th.  Each will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St, Urbana, IL.  Exam immediately following. Read More

Oh Brother: A Volcanic Eruption of the Most Unfortunate Kind

MikeBrothers•June 22, 2016•

by Mike Brothers
NP Managing Editor

I was in the fifth grade at the time and had yet to uncover my full capacity for stupid human tricks.

So when Steve Nelson and I were assigned an outside science project by Mr. Harris in the fifth grade, it became a challenge to create some sort of explosion.

That particular instinct has led me to several close calls over time.

I had just seen this old movie on television about Pompeii and how it and a bunch of other Roman cities were destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius volcano.

Even though it was old and in black and white, the way fire shot from the volcano followed by rivers of hot molten lava frightened and impressed me at the same time.

Thousands of people died as six inches of lava covered the southwestern Italian coastal towns, which gave it enough historic importance to sell to Mr. Harris.

What I talked Steve into was building our own volcano. So when we had to get project approval, that was our plan.

“Mr. Harris, we want to build a volcano like Mt. Vesuvius,” was our request.

“How?” was his reply. Read More