News Briefs

Remember When? 3-22-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Joe and Joan Pound began chronicling their trip around the world through the pages of the News Progress. Leaving on February 20, 1992, the couple set off for a 70-day worldwide trip six months in the making. They first began in Tahiti, then moved over to Bora Bora as the leap year commenced, crossing off the first two stops on their 14-country agenda.
The Bethany School Board voted to continue the football program for the 1992/1993 school year. After concerns from a board committee that the program was low in student participation and posed a threat to student health, the board voted 6-1 to maintain the program. Mike Smith, of the Athletic Boosters, spoke from the audience in favor of the football program and offered endorsement from the boosters. In addition, the board also learned that high school student Tom Blackford had recruited a list of 42 prospective players plus two students from Findlay. In the end, board member Paul Roney of the Budget Affairs Committee was the only member to vote against the program. More than 70 people attended the meeting, which was held in the high school cafeteria. Read More

Menus 3-22-2017

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, March 27 - Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, whole grain wheat, apricots.
Tuesday, March 28 - Swissed beef pattie w/green peppers, onions & tomatoes, brussels sprouts, macaroni & cheese, whole grain wheat, applesauce.
Wednesday, March 29 - Saucy ham loaf, creamed peas, baked squash, whole grain wheat, strawberry oatmeal bar.
Thursday, March 30 - Settlers beef & beans, corn, roll, warm sliced pears w/raisins.
Friday, March 31 -  Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, graham crackers, fresh fruit.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, March 27 - Mixed fruit, Ritz crackers, milk.
Tuesday, March 28 - Pancakes, orange juice, milk.
Wednesday, March 29 - Breakfast bites, orange juice, milk.
Thursday, March 30 - Muffins, orange juice, milk.
Friday, March 31 -  Cereal, orange juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, March 27 - Sausage links, mashed potatoes, peaches, bread & butter, milk.
Tuesday, March 28 - Cheese pups, green beans, pears, milk.
Wednesday, March 29- Popcorn chicken, peas, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, March 30 - Hamburger horseshoe, french fries, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Friday, March 31 - Pizza, lettuce salad, mixed fruit, milk.

Thinking About Health: How Changes in the Affordable Care Act Could Affect You

•March 22, 2017•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are getting lots of media attention. But like most reporting on major issues, the coverage is about who’s up, who’s down, who wins, and who loses. Explanations of how proposals will affect people will get short shrift.

I’ve heard from readers complaining about Obamacare and from some who praised it. This column will tackle some of those concerns and explain the potential effects of the legislation that has so far been okayed by two Congressional committees.

The bill that may reach the president could be very different in specifics, but the primary goal - to reduce government healthcare spending and encourage more personal responsibility in choosing healthcare arrangements - is not likely to change.

Will I continue to receive subsidies? Like Obamacare, Republican proposals call for tax credits to help people buy coverage, but there are significant differences. Obamacare policies are pegged to income with those at the bottom of the income scale getting larger credits. Those credits get smaller as income rises and phase out when families and individuals have incomes greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty level. (This year that’s $97,000 for a family of four and $47,000 for individuals.) Read More

Dove’s Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training

•March 15, 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, May 8-24 in Decatur at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room. 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 fee for the training with some scholarships available. Read More

Remember When? 3-15-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Roger Molzen of Lovington was named 1991 Moultrie County Soil and Water District Farmer of the year. Molzen uses no-till farming on 700 acres of corn and soybeans in Moultrie and Piatt counties.

The Little Theatre on the Square purchased Furburd’s the former women’s clothing store and video shop in Sullivan. Leonard Anderson, general manager of the theatre, said the building will be used to relocate the theatre box office and will house a concession stand. Offices will move to the new facility, which will be remodeled with the help of a $2000 grant from the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation.

Gloria Florey of Lovington and Mrs. Paul Stone of Sullivan were elected to the Board of Directors of the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana. The home is a project of the Central Illinois Conference of United Methodist Women. It is a 96 year mission serving troubled pre-teen and teen-aged girls and  boys. Read More

Hillbilly Elegy Author J.D. Vance at Millikin

•March 15, 2017•

J.D. Vance, renowned author of the New York Times best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” will present a thought-provoking discussion on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and The New York Times and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. Vance has recently signed on as a CNN Political Contributor and currently works as a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Read More

Deer Hunt Applications are Available For People with Disabilities and Wounded Warriors

•March 15, 2017•

The 28th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park will be held November 17-19. Applications are available for pickup at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, online at, or mail by contacting the Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 Ext. 7049.

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card or a disabled veteran identification card. This year, 10 spots will be held for Wounded Warriors. All disabled veterans wounded in combat are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by March 31 to the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, 1989 State HWY 16, Shelbyville, IL 62565. Read More

Legislation to Expand the Organ/Tissue Donor Registry Passes House

•March 15, 2017•

Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislation that would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card passed the Illinois House of Representatives.

House Bill 1805, sponsored by state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), now goes to the Senate for consideration. A similar measure – Senate Bill 868, sponsored by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) – passed a Senate Committee on February 16.

“Our goal is always to save lives,” White said. “Thousands of Illinoisans are waiting for an organ. Many of those who wait are someone’s mother, father, daughter or son. This legislation, which the vast majority of other states have implemented, is an important step in reducing the number of those on the waiting list.” Read More