Windsor’s March Students

Photo Submitted Windsor’s March Students Autumn Bennett, daughter of Lori Bennett and Matt and Tiffany Bennett, has been named Windsor High School’s March Student of the Month. A senior, she is involved in volleyball, student council, FFA, Spanish Club, Physics Club, Pep Club, WYSE, DARE Role Model, Team Quest, class officer, 4-H, American Legion Junior Auxiliary, youth group, and club volleyball. She plans to attend college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where she will continue to play volleyball and study criminal justice. Megan Colclasure (left), daughter of Jake and Connie Colclasure, is Windsor Jr. High School’s March Student of the Month. She is a seventh grader and participates in track, volleyball, and cheerleading.

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Windsor’s March Students
Autumn Bennett, daughter of Lori Bennett and Matt and Tiffany Bennett, has been named Windsor High School’s March Student of the Month. A senior, she is involved in volleyball, student council, FFA, Spanish Club, Physics Club, Pep Club, WYSE, DARE Role Model, Team Quest, class officer, 4-H, American Legion Junior Auxiliary, youth group, and club volleyball. She plans to attend college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where she will continue to play volleyball and study criminal justice. Megan Colclasure (left), daughter of Jake and Connie Colclasure, is Windsor Jr. High School’s March Student of the Month. She is a seventh grader and participates in track, volleyball, and cheerleading.

Benatar and Etheridge Join State Fair Line up

•April 20, 2016•

Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon is adding two accomplished rockers to the grandstand line-up at this year’s Illinois State Fair. This co-headlining act combines two artists who have six Grammy awards to their credit, in addition to countless other awards and accomplishments. This year fairgoers will be treated to the best of 80’s and 90’s rock when Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge take the stage in Springfield.  Read More

Edward Jones Among Best Companies to Work

•April 20, 2016•

FORTUNE partners annually with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2016” list in its 17th appearance on the prestigious list, according to George R. Levi, a financial advisor in Sullivan. Read More

Musical Comedy Presented at the Okaw Valley High School

Photo Submitted Brianna Creviston (Kate Monster) and Nick Tipsword (Princeton) rehearse a scene for Okaw Valley High School’s April 22 & 23 production of “AVENUE Q: School Edition.”

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Brianna Creviston (Kate Monster) and Nick Tipsword (Princeton) rehearse a scene for Okaw Valley High School’s April 22 & 23 production of “AVENUE Q: School Edition.”

•April 20, 2016•

The Okaw Valley High School drama club will present the musical comedy “AVENUE Q: School Edition” at 7 p.m. April 22 and 23 in the OVHS Gym in Bethany.

“AVENUE Q” tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

The original “AVENUE Q” is a two-act musical, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. Because the original show contains some elements that have previously made it inaccessible to high school productions, Music Theatre International worked with the Avenue Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers.  Read More

Remember When? 4-20-2016

25 Years Ago This Week

Construction has begun on the new Hydro-Gear factory south of Sullivan. Workers from Standerfer Bros. General Contractors of Sullivan began pouring footings last week for the facility, where transaxles for lawn and garden tractors will be manufactured in a joint effort with Agri-Fab of Sullivan. Construction of the building is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.

For the second time this season, Braidy Miller has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Week. The 1987 SHS graduate set a school record in the hammer throw. He also took first place honors in the discus with a toss of 179-2. Miller bettered his previous EIU record by seven feet with a toss of 198-3 for a first place finish at the SEMOtion Relays in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Bethany’s Andrew Hagerman struck out 14 batters and gave up six hits to lead the Mustangs in a 28-5 victory over Stonington last week in Meridian Conference action. Hagerman’s 14 strikeouts accounted for all but one of Stonington’s outs in the five inning contest. Bethany batters walked 26 times to send their teammates around the bases for the majority of the Mustangs’ runs. Ben Osman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and “everyone got a chance to play,” said coach Dave Benning.

Nine Sullivan High School students recently attended a spring workshop put on by the Eastern District Assn. of Student Councils at Paris High School. SHS seniors Michelle Keown, Matt Stone and Jason Cobb; juniors, Wade Baumgartner and John Freese; and freshmen Tracey Johnson, Nikki Larkin, Matt Corzine and Tim Lowry all participated in the evening workshop. Read More

Tweeting Isn’t Just for the Birds

•April 20, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager in Decatur, IL

Ten years ago, on March 21, 2006, the CEO of Twitter sent out his first tweet. It’s appropriate, with spring coming, that the famous CEO was chirping in a format that the world now embraces as a vital form of interactive communication. Similarly, Social Security is no stranger to social media.

Updated regularly, Social Security Matters is our blog. It’s our hub for Social Security news,such as new features to my Social Security, changes in policy, retirement planning, and benefit information. The blog allows us to address issues in a longer format than a tweet or typical social media post. Check out Social Security Matters at blog.socialsecurity.gov and select “Get blog updates” if you want to stay informed. Read More

Student Solo Competition Winners Take the Kirkland Stage During Wind Ensemble Season Finale

•April 20, 2016•

Millikin University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will wrap-up its 2015-16 performance season with an exclusive concert performance, free and open to the public, on Friday, April 22 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The concert on April 22 will feature performances from Millikin’s student solo competition winners: Madeline Moylan (flute), a sophomore flute performance major from Breese, Ill.; Emily Hill (flute), a freshman flute performance major from Forsyth, Ill.; and Ryan Wood (euphonium), a sophomore music education major from Lisle, Ill.

The concert will open with a performance of Charles Rochester Young’s “Tempered Steele,” followed by Franz Doppler’s “Andante and Rondo,” featuring Madeline Moylan and Emily Hill on flute. The Wind Ensemble will also perform James Curnow’s “Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band” featuring soloist Ryan Wood. Following a performance of Karel Husa’s “Cheetah,” the Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with a performance of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posey.”

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Historically Low Rates for Community Projects

•April 20, 2016•

USDA Rural Development in Illinois is seeking loan applications.

Small, rural communities, not for profit organizations and special purpose districts are often faced with steep challenges when it comes to funding costly, yet basic needed services. The historically low interest rates of 2.875% for loans up to 40 years, recently announced by USDA Rural Development, may be just what it takes to make needed upgrades affordable.

Residents look for critical services from their community, such as protecting life and property, ensuring education and providing adequate health care, public services or public safety.  Read More