Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Livestock Show Results

•July 27, 2016•

Beef

Grand Champion Heifer- Case Bozdech, Camargo Champs, Camargo

Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Luke Zimmerman, Camargo Champs, Camargo

Grand Champion Steer – Quentin Day, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Lovington

Dairy Goats

Grand Champion Wether- Blair Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany

Reserve Grand Champion Wether- Amy Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany

Jr. Champion Doe- Amy Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany

Reserve Jr. Champion Doe- Amy Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany

Grand Champion Buck- Amy Monroe, Sunny Side Flea Flickers, Bethany  Read More

Lovington Grade School Registration

•July 27, 2016•

Lovington Grade School will hold registration noon-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 2,  at the school.

Parents should bring the registration packet sent home with the students in May and have all papers completely filled out with the most current information. Kindergarten students should have a physical exam, dental exam, eye exam and must bring an official birth certificate from their birth county courthouse.

Second grade students should have a dental exam.

Sixth grade students are required to have a physical and dental exam.  Read More

IEMA Includes Moultrie County in Grant Awards

Grants help 120 cities, counties prepare for emergencies

•July 27, 2016•

Moultrie County received $17,250.97 in Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) grant money.

Grants totaling $4 million awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will help 120 accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparedness and response efforts. Read More

Serve Illinois Commission AmeriCorps Programs

•July 27, 2016•

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) has announced approximately $9.2 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed.

“This year we were able to leverage enough federal funds to expand AmeriCorps’ reach into new counties throughout the state,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military family members. These volunteers are going to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans.” Read More

SBL Holds Health Screenings

•July 27, 2016•

SBL Lincolnland Home Care and Lincolnland Hospice will conduct a free blood pressure clinic 8:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Senior Center in Sullivan. For more information, call Lincolnland Home Care at 1-800-879-3212.  Read More

Thinking About Health: Help for Hearing Loss Is Often Unaffordable

TrudyLieberman-Photo•July 27, 2016•

By Trudy Lieberman,
Rural Health News Service

Nearly two-thirds of adults over age 70 have hearing loss that doctors consider “clinically meaningful.” In plain English that means as people age, they are likely to become hard of hearing. Many of those people, however, don’t get the help they need, often because they simply cannot afford it.

“The prevalence of hearing loss almost doubles with each age decade of life,” says Dr. Frank Lin, an otolaryngologist at Johns Hopkins University, but for older people, he adds, “there are multiple barriers that prevent individuals from getting their hearing loss addressed.”

Lin spoke about the subject to a group of journalists in a recent phone conference sponsored by a Washington, D.C., advocacy group the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is a co-author of a June report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that recommends better access and support for treating hearing loss.

Lin told the group that although hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process, “hearing care is inaccessible” to many seniors. He said studies over the last five years have shown that such loss “can increase the risk of cognitive decline.” Using data from a longitudinal study (one that tracks data from the same people repeatedly over many years or decades) that began in 1958, Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins found that those with hearing loss had a higher probability of developing dementia. The more severe the loss, the more likely the dementia. Read More

Illinois Speed Awareness Day Campaign Reflects on Residential Dangers

•July 27, 2016•

During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 27, Troopers from District 10 are taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement. In Illinois during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

District 10 Troopers will be participating in extra enforcement patrols on July 27 including Air Speed, LIDAR Details, and Radar Details. The details will be on state and U.S. Highways, county roads, city streets, and Interstates that run through District 10 including I-57, I-72, and I-74.

In residential areas, speeding can have the following consequences: Read More

Mosquito Reduction Strategy Focuses on Used Tire Threat

•July 27, 2016•

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.

“Used tires threaten Illinois communities by increasing the risk of disease transmission,” said Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina. “This collaborative effort between IEPA and IDPH will allow us to assist local governments most vulnerable to West Nile virus and the possible spread of Zika virus by removing prime breeding habitats for disease-carrying mosquitoes.” Read More