Local Financing for School Bonds

•April 13, 2016•

Sullivan schools moved to finance health life safety approved projects, issuing $2,140,400 in bonds from school funds and another $2,140,400 sold as general obligation bonds.

Keeping it all in the district First Mid-Illinois Bank of Sullivan purchased the general obligation bonds at a 2.84 percent tax exempt rate.

District financial advisor Tim King told board members at the April 11 meeting that rates were better than expected, enabling the school district a 14 year payback plan.

By financing part of the HVAC and roofing projects for the elementary, middle school and high school with district funds, the school will generate $300,000 in interest income over the bond term, at 2.5 percent, King explained.

The total amount financed including the $123,000 previously issued comes to $4,263,800.

Board members approved both motions unanimously.

Findlay ALA Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

•April 13, 2016•

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Findlay American Legion Auxiliary was held in Findlay at the Findlay American Legion Monday, April 11.  The theme of the drive was ‘Celebrating Spring”.

Twenty-three people answered the call to donate blood with 21 pints actually collected surpassing the goal of 19.

Milestones were reached by Bob Hubbartt who received his pin for donating a total of six gallons, and Michael Bear who received a pin for donating a total of 12 gallons.

Paige Tippit and April Brown were first time donors. The next blood drive will be 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Findlay American Legion.

Mobile Unit At Library

•April 13, 2016•

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Sullivan Library, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. White’s mobile unit will be available at the Sullivan Library, located at 2 W. Water in Sullivan, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21.

An applicant renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or identification card need only present a current valid driver’s license or identification card. To find out what documents are considered acceptable identification, call 217-782-7044 or visit the Illinois Secretary of States website at:

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_x173.pdf.

Findlay ALA Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

•April 13, 2016•

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Findlay American Legion Auxiliary was held in Findlay at the Findlay American Legion Monday, April 11.  The theme of the drive was ‘Celebrating Spring”.

Twenty-three people answered the call to donate blood with 21 pints actually collected surpassing the goal of 19.

Milestones were reached by Bob Hubbartt who received his pin for donating a total of six gallons, and Michael Bear who received a pin for donating a total of 12 gallons.

Paige Tippit and April Brown were first time donors. The next blood drive will be 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Findlay American Legion.

District 10 Road Construction Underway

•April 6, 2016•

Since road construction season is in full swing, many roads are already marked with orange construction zone signs and equipment. Illinois State Police District 10 troopers will be working diligently to patrol construction zones in order to ensure the safety of not only the workers but also the motorists traveling through the zones. Speed and inattentiveness are major contributors to work zone crashes.

Motorists are more likely to be a victim in a work zone crash than a worker. Statistics show that approximately 90 percent of all work zone fatalities are motorists. Provisional data shows that 29 people, including three workers, were killed in Illinois work zone crashes in 2014.

Electronic Recycling in Sullivan

•April 6, 2016•

Sullivan is holding an electronic recycling event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9.

The collection truck will be located at the south end of the Wyman Park lake.

Citizens of Sullivan with qualifying electronics may bring those items until the truck is filled or until noon.

For those unable to take advantage of the this event, Bryant Industries in Tuscola is an alternative.

National my Social Security Week

•April 6, 2016•

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, welcomes everyone to celebrate the third National my Social Security Week from April 4 through 13. Social Security will host numerous events and activities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of establishing a my Social Security account. This secure, personalized account can be created at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

“For more than 80 years, Social Security has been there through life’s journey. We are helping to secure today and tomorrow with information, tools and resources to meet our customers’ changing needs,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin. “Join the more than 23 million people who have already created a my Social Security account, a secure, convenient option for people to do business with Social Security anywhere and anytime.”

With a my Social Security account, people may:

· Keep track of their earnings and verify them every year with their Social Security Statement;
· Get an estimate of their future benefits, if they are still working;
· Get a verification letter with proof of their benefits, if they currently receive them;
· Manage their benefits;
· Change their address;
· Start or change direct deposit;
· Get a replacement Medicare card; and
· Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

During my Social Security Week, the agency will hold “Check Your Statement Day” on April 7. It is important that people check their Social Security Statement every year to learn about future Social Security benefits and to verify annual earnings. Personalized Statements help people plan for their financial future. People may access their information when it’s convenient for them by creating a my Social Security account.

Social Security is also helping the U.S. Department of Treasury educate people about the value of saving for retirement. Millions of people do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work or find it difficult to start saving. The myRA® is a retirement savings account developed by Treasury that removes common savings barriers and can help people start to save. Learn more at www.myRA.gov.

SBL Mobile Mammography Available

•March 30, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be at the Sullivan clinic April 14.

The Mobile Mammography van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who qualify will receive their mammogram free.

The mobile mammography van is available to all women regardless of their financial status. Women with insurance that covers their yearly mammogram are also welcome.

Staffed by technologists from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Mammography Department, the mobile mammography van provides digital mammography technology, the same quality services found at the Health Center. All staff members are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology..

To make an appointment for a mammogram on the mobile van call 1-800-639-5929.

NEWS PROGRESS ADVISES

•March 30, 2016•

NEWS PROGRESS ADVISES OF ERROR IN MARCH 23, 2016 LEGAL NOTICE TO MOULTRIE COUNTY TAXPAYERS REGARDING TAX YEAR 2015/PAYABLE 2016 REAL ESTATE ASSESSED VALUES IN THAT: THE DEADLINE TO APPEAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW IS FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016 (not Friday, April 15, 2016):

Please be advised that item #2 in Column one of page 1 of 27 of the News Progress insert of the March 23, 2016 newspaper entitled, “Legal Notice To Moultrie County Taxpayers Tax Year 2015/Payable 2016 Real Estate Assessed Values By Chief County Assessment Officer”, hereinafter “CCAO”, contained an appeal deadline layout error after the proofed copy with the correct appeal deadline had been approved by the CCAO. This error was not the fault of Moultrie County.

Specifically, the correction to Column one in the relevant part of item #2 on the first page of the legal notice insert is shown below with the incorrect appeal deadline date noted with a double strikethrough and the corrected appeal deadline date underlined.

2. If not satisfied with the assessor review, you may file an appeal with the Moultrie County Board of Review. There is a deadline for filing appeals; appeals must be filed with the Moultrie County Board of Review no later than 30 days after the date of this publication; that is no later than Friday, April 15, 2016 April 22, 2016. Appeals filed late will not be heard.

R.R. Best, Publisher, News Progress