Area Students on U of I Dean’s List

•April 19, 2017•

The following area students made the fall dean’s list at University of Illinois Champaign.

Bethany - Emily Scott, senior, engineering; Lovington - Jamie O. Hendrickson, freshman, liberal arts; Thomas James Hendrickson, senior, liberal arts and science; Allison Constance Irwin, freshman, education. Read More

Lovington Moves Fireworks to the Month of June

•April 19, 2017•

Lovington community fireworks display will move to the Community Club’s annual fish fry June 16 following village board action March 13.

Jake Kamm announced the proposed fireworks displays included in the June 16 program, noting that an American flag display was added to 2017.

Trustee April Daily explained members of the Community Club hoped moving the fireworks would bring more people to the fish fry. Read More

Dove’s Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training

•April 19, 2017•

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence.

The training will be held 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday afternoons May 8-24,  at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room in Decatur.

This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies’ staff members. There is a $150 fee for the training with some scholarships available. Read More

What You Can Teach Your Grandchild About Social Security

•April 19, 2017•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager

One of the greatest gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of financial literacy. Helping them save money early in life and showing them how to make wise spending decisions goes a long way toward a bright financial future. As they get older, they may want to save for special purchases or their college education. You can encourage them when they get their first job to begin saving for the future, including their retirement.

Planning for the Future with my Social Security: Read More

Remember When? 4-12-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Bethany village board looked into hiring two full time policemen rather than one full time and two part time officers. Larry Hutchcraft is the full time officer with the village board offering a full time position to part-time officer Gary Carroll.

Lovington village board voted to increase treasurer Alma Fair’s salary and approved a 27 page police manual prepared by trustee Mike Daily.

Joe and Joan Pound visited Adelaide, Austrailia where aborigines burned out gum tree trunks for shelter.

Louise Kirby of the Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society presented a slide show and displayed gifts from her two month stay in Osaka, Japan.

One hundred children and parents gathered at the Elizabeth Titus Library to participate in the Night of 1000 Stars Great American Read Aloud. Guest readers included Cindy Welty, Melissa Dolan, Michael Williamson and Lisa Muirheid. Read More

Motorcycle Season Shifts to Top Gear

•April 12, 2017•

With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up–Ride Smart” to ensure their safety before taking the first ride of the season. The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes by conducting pre-ride safety inspections of their equipment and refreshing their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT.

“Motorcycles are only on the road for part of the year, yet account for almost 14 percent of all traffic fatalities,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “By choosing the proper safety equipment, performing routine safety checks and brushing up on their skills, riders can make 2017 safer for motorcycles.”

Proper protective gear is essential to safe riding. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear the right safety equipment and accessories, including high-visibility (Hi-Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet, at all times. Drinking alcohol and riding is to be avoided at all costs.

Illinois is one of two states that offer free motorcycle training classes to licensed residents. Since the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program began in 1976, more than 400,000 riders have learned the basics of motorcycle riding or taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about motorcycle safety.

The program is available throughout the state for all skill and experience levels. Classes teach riders how to safely operate a motorcycle and sharpen their knowledge and riding skills. The program is funded by Illinois motorcyclists through a portion of their license and registration fees. For more information, visit

“Riding a motorcycle is a perishable skill, even for the most experienced riders,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “We strongly encourage all riders to attend a motorcycle safety course and take the necessary precautions to ensure they are visible to other motorists by wearing DOT-approved helmets and protective body wear, such as boots and gloves. Remember, alcohol and motorcycle riding do not mix. So, Gear Up–Ride Smart, and stay safe.”[/s2If]

Purple Heart Returned to Vietnam War Veteran

Multi-Year Search for Medal Ends for Former Illinois Resident

•April 12, 2017•

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs today returned a Purple Heart medal to Vietnam War veteran Harold J. Walker.

The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Frerichs also returned a Vietnam Service medal and a National Defense medal for Walker’s service in Vietnam. The honors were discovered in a safe deposit box that was surrendered to the treasurer’s office as unclaimed property.

Born in Mississippi, Walker moved to Chicago at the age of 18 to live with his mother. He was later drafted into the Army and served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970 where he earned his Purple Heart. Read More

State Fire Marshal Encourages Emergency Plans

•April 12, 2017•

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging all Illinois households to take steps to prepare themselves in the case of a home fire incident. The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends having a working smoke alarm and a specific plan for your family in case of emergency.

“Planning and prevention are essential to saving lives in a fire incident,” says Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Because of the speed with which fire becomes uncontrollable, families should practice their response plan in advance and be prepared to implement it.”

Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and to have at least one on each floor of the home. Read More

Down by the Riverside with IAHCE

•April 12, 2017•

Moultrie and Douglas Home and Community Education members Marilyn Dufford of Sullivan and Josephine Marner of Arthur attended the 92nd Annual Illinois Association for Home and Community Education Conference at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel and Riverfront Conference Center March 14-16.

Through the years trends and needs have changed. First known as Home Bureau Federation, then Homemakers Extension Association, today it is Home and Community Education.

The goal is to educate members of homes and the community.  Read More

Campground Openings at Lake Shelbyville

•April 12, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set the campground opening dates for 2017.

Forrest W. “Bo” Wood Area 5 is now open on a first come, first served basis.

Walleye group camp at Lone Point Recreation Area opened April 7. Restroom facilities may be utilized at the boat ramp; however, shower facilities are not available until the full campground opens. Campers may register and pay using the honor vault system at both facilities.

Campground Season Dates and Fees: Coon Creek Campground will be open May 4-October 9.

Forrest W. “Bo” Wood Campground open April 20-October 29. Read More