Engineering Scholarship Offered to Area Seniors

•March 15, 2017•

The Central Illinois Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is sponsoring a $1500 scholarship to a qualified central Illinois high school senior.

To be eligible, the candidate should be accepted into an engineering college or a junior college with an equivalent engineering academic schedule and are encouraged to have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT equivalent. The candidate must reside within the counties of Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and the southern parts of De Witt and Logan. Read More

Don’t Depend on Luck to Get You Home St. Patrick’s Day

•March 15, 2017•

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you to plan before you party this St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be drinking alcohol to celebrate the holiday, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a cab or ride-sharing company or take public transit. Don’t make a mistake that could cost you all of your green.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion, but it can turn deadly if you aren’t responsible,” said Priscilla Tobias, highway safety official and director of program development for IDOT. “Make sure you leave your keys at home if you will be out drinking alcohol. It’s not worth a DUI, or worse. Leave the driving to someone who is sober.” Read More

Cream of the Crop Photo Contest Now Open

•March 15, 2017•

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs today encouraged young photographers to submit photos for the 2017 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.

“Illinois continues to be a leader in farming and strives for agricultural diversity,” Frerichs said. “This contest gives students an opportunity to capture the beauty of our state and showcase the importance of agriculture in Illinois.” Read More

Mobile Home Privilege Taxes Due in Moultrie County

•March 15, 2017•

Tax bills were mailed March 13, 2017 and are due on May 15, 2017. Taxes may be mailed to Moultrie County Collector, 10 South Main, Suite 10, Sullivan, IL. 61951.

They may also be paid at all Moultrie County banks: Scott State Bank Bethany/Dalton City/Sullivan, State Bank of Arthur, Arthur Community Bank, First National Bank of Arthur, First Community Bank of Moultrie County in Sullivan and Lovington and First Mid-Illinois Bank Sullivan.  Read More

New Partner for West & Company

•March 8, 2017•

David W. Faller has been named a partner of West & Company, LLC.

Faller is a native of Newton and a graduate of the University of Illinois. He resides in Dieterich with his spouse Pam and their children.

Faller was recently named partner-in-charge of the firm’s Accounting & Auditing Department. His duties include oversight of the firm’s quality control policies and procedures and of the firm’s adherence to professional standards.  Read More

Thinking About Health: Readers Ask for Clarifications About Medicare

•March 8, 2017•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Over the past few months, these columns have raised plenty of questions about Medicare, present and future, and I’ve received many responses to those questions from readers. Today’s column addresses some of readers’ concerns about Medicare, a complicated program.

Q: Why do you refer to Social Security as social insurance?  This continues to baffle me just as those who continually refer to SS as a handout. It’s not a handout. That money has been taken out of every one of my paychecks since I was 16. This is my money.  TF

A: Social insurance is group insurance. Workers pay premiums in exchange for insurance against the loss of wages as the result of disability death, or old age. Because the government manages the insurance, and it is nearly universal, it has historically been labeled social insurance. The writer is correct. Working and paying those insurance contributions entitles him to benefits. The benefits are not a government handout. Social Security is not a welfare program.

Q: I turn 65 this August and need to learn the basics to make informed choices.  Is there a website or source you recommend that would give me the basics of Medicare?  PH Read More

Remember When? 3-8-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Second place state champion Lady Redskins Carinna Elder, Tiffinie French, and Sheri Adams displayed the trophy at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.

Tom Fitzgerald of Bethany was elected director of Scott State Bank in Bethany.

Bethany football coach Kris Wheeler unexpectedly resigned during a public meeting called to determine the future of the school’s football program. A crowd of 60 gathered in the high school gym for the meeting chaired by high school principal David Nolan and athletic director Dave Benning.

Richard Hortenstine of rural Sullivan was the first to report finding morel mushrooms for the hunting season. Read More

Energy Assistance Funds Still Available

•March 8, 2017•

The C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance. Any household that has applied as of September 1, 2016 or after would not be eligible to apply again, unless they are being disconnected from their utility service. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income eligible households pay for their winter utility expenses.

C.E.F.S. began taking LIHEAP applications last September for the current program year 2017. To date in Moultrie county energy benefits totaling $124,583.00 have been approved for 283 households. The average payment per household was $440. Additionally, in Moultrie county 29 households received $10,618.00 in emergency reconnection assistance. The average reconnection assistance payment was $366. Read More

IDNR Biodiversity Field Trip Grants Include SES

•March 8, 2017•

The Sullivan Elementary School first grade has received an $840 IDNR grant for a field trip to Ballard Nature Center in Altamont.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Wayne Rosenthal announced the awarding of more than $98,000 in donated funds from the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. More than 8,300 students will visit Illinois state parks, museums and other natural resources sites this year to learn about nature and conservation, thanks to grant funding through the 102 field trip grants.

“We are pleased to support learning outside the classroom with these grants. This program allows students to visit locations throughout the state to see first hand what they’ve been learning about in the classroom,” said Director Rosenthal. “Our future conservation leaders need the opportunity to experience Illinois’ natural resources in person.”  Read More