Lovington Village Receives Drainage Report

•November 23, 2016•

Lovington Village board met November 14 approving a request from Amanda Kreher to help with Breakfast for Santa Saturday, December 17.

Kreher told the board that the breakfast is from 9-11 a.m. in New Life Community Building. She requested the village donate $500 toward the event’s food and treat bags for the children.

At the October village board meeting David Bowers reported on drainage district progress.  Read More

Safe Driving is Key to Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

•November 23, 2016•

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Commander, Captain Louis Kink, would like to remind motorists that the ISP is gearing up for the beginning of the holiday travel period.

The ISP will step up enforcement patrols as the holiday driving season begins. The goal is to make the roads safe for all motorists.

Traditionally, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday marks the  beginning of the busy holiday travel period. Beginning on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27, officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, is expected to be the busiest.

The ISP is urging the motoring public to adhere to the rules of the road. Statistics continue to show that fatal crashes increase on the interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday period.  Read More

Soils Temps Remain Higher than Normal

•November 23, 2016•

Soil temperatures declined through the first half of November but still remain higher than normal, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

On November 15, soil temperatures at depths of four inches under bare soil averaged 49.4 degrees in Illinois, a decline of 13.3 degrees from November 1. Temperatures on November 15 ranged from a daily high of 59.3 degrees at Freeport to a low of 42.2 degrees in Carbondale. Read More

West & Company, LLC Opens Champaign Office

•November 23, 2016•

West & Company, LLC has opened an office at 3121 Village Office Place in Champaign. Seth T. Dixon, CPA has been named manager of the office.

West & Company, LLC is a full service accounting firm with an emphasis in accounting and auditing, income tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, employee benefit plan services, and estate and financial planning.  Read More

Windsor FFA Chapter Attends Convention

•November 23, 2016•

The Windsor FFA Chapter, along with 63, 000 other FFA members and guests, invaded downtown Indianapolis Oct. 19-21.

Ten members of the Windsor FFA Chapter attended the 89th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo. There they listened to guest speakers give motivational life stories in the convention hall and explored the many booths in the career show.

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Affordable Care Act Workshop

•November 23, 2016•

SAIL, Soyland Access to Independent Living, will host a workshop introducing information about the Affordable Care Act Updates, Thursday, 9:30-11 a.m. December 1 in First United Methodist Church located at 216 W. Jefferson Street in Sullivan.  Read More

Remember When? 11-23-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Sullivan Civic Center director Bill Highland coached both Sarah and Jake Shasteen Saturday on how to use the aerobicycle exercise bike before he convinced their mom, Ruth, to try it also, during an open house. The Shasteen family purchased a membership pass along with 40 other individuals and families who decided to become Civic Center members after witnessing the improved health and fitness facilities offered at the center.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Eckel celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in July with a white water rafting trip on the Snake River near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Seth Dunscomb won three events and placed in five, while Holly Highland placed in five events Nov. 1-3 in the Peoria Spooktackular Swim Meet.

On Nov. 12, the Quilting Group of the Moultrie County Retired Senior Volunteer Program distributed nap time quilts to the 34 children enrolled in the Moultrie County Head Start program and nap time pillows to the kindergarten children at Powers Elementary School in Sullivan. RSVP members Alta Lee, Freda Netherton and Mildred Moran distributed the quilts and pillows.

Clint Edwards of Sullivan was among the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Sullivan, Lovington and Bethany who picked up food donations in their respective communities Saturday for the Moultrie County Food Pantry. Read More

LLC Center For Business And Industry Sets Employee Development Training

•November 23, 2016•

The Lake Land College Center for Business and Industry recently announced a new workshop titled “The Indispensable Employee.” The workshop will be offered twice in December; 6-9 p.m. Thursday, December 1 or 9 a.m-noon Tuesday, December 6 at the Lake Land Center for Business and Industry facility located at 305 Richmond Avenue East in Mattoon. Read More

Social Security Covers You Outside the Country

•November 23, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager in Decatur

Social Security has you covered, even outside our nation’s borders. We’re with you through life’s journey, even if you’re traveling outside the United States. Many people who travel or live outside the country receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, you may receive your Social Security payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible. When we say you are “outside the United States,” we mean you’re not in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa. Once you’ve been outside the United States for at least 30 days in a row, we consider you to be outside the country. Whether you’re off to Europe, or considering a stay in our newly reopened neighbor Cuba, you may be able to receive your Social Security benefits even while you’re outside the United States. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you cannot receive benefits if you’re outside of the United States for a month or more. Read More

Let’s Talk Turkey – Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking

•November 23, 2016•

First things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT! It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving. Allow approximately 24 hours for each four to five pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator. A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take five to six days to thaw. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.

“Every year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “By adhering to what we call ‘the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill,’ you can avoid becoming ill and ruining your holidays.”

1. Clean - wash hands, cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops before and after preparing each food item. Read More