November 2013 will always be remembered for the tornado outbreak November 17 that produced 25 tornadoes across Illinois based on the latest reports. While not as dramatic, weather conditions for the month of November were colder and drier than average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. Read More
The Broadcasting Club at Lake Land College recently collected 1100 pounds of food and donated it to the Mattoon Community Food Bank.
According to Greg Powers, broadcasting instructor, the canned food drive is sponsored by the Broadcasting Club each year, and every year the campus community comes together to work for a good cause. Read More
by Aspen Cassidy
The Okaw Valley FFA Chapter started this year with 60 members, a marked increase from last year. Members elected Tanner Coleman as president; Natalie Jeffers, vice president; Paige Robinson, secretary; Ethan Macklin, treasurer; Austin Hill, TJ Williams and Grace Harlin, historians; Hannah Landreth, reporter and Kam Roley, sentinel. Read More
Santa will leave the Firehouse and arrive at the depot to be greeted by members of the Okaw Valley band to hear children’s Christmas wishes from 10-12 this Saturday. Read More
Foundation to Donate up to $2,000 per Location Across United States
This holiday season, as shoppers seek the ideal gift for their loved ones, Shopko Hometown Foundation is giving back to the hometown communities it is privileged to serve. For every signature Shopko Hometown in Sullivan receives between December 1 and December 24, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will make a $1 donation to Sullivan School District (up to $2,000 per store) as part of its Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 181 store locations across the country. Customers may sign their name once a day, every day to show their support; no donation or purchase is required. Read More
Green Mill Village in Arcola will host a Holiday Walk 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 14.
The day will begin with a breakfast with Santa served at Carriage Crossing. Kids crafts will be featured at Santa’s Workshop at the Best Western PLUS 8 a.m.-noon. Storytime with Mrs. Claus will be held at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. The Holiday Walk will conclude at noon with final silent auction winners announced. Read More
Do you have an interest in gardening? Want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests? Those who answered yes to these questions and have time to volunteer in the community and share their knowledge with others may be interested in becoming a master gardener. Read More
A food service sanitation manager’s course will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 18 at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St. in Urbana. The exam will be 9-11 a.m. Monday, December 23 at ILEAS. Persons needing recertification for their Illinois Dept. of Public Health certificate may attend the second day, Wednesday, December 18, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Read More
The Little Theatre On The Square has announced the cast for the holiday favorite, A Christmas Story. This funny and heartwarming play is based on the film by humorist Jean Shepherd. Read More
A diamond elephant pin, a Liberty Head gold piece, and a lot of vintage baseball cards are just some of the items that Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is offering in the next Illinois Treasurer’s Online Unclaimed Property Auction. It started at 10 a.m. Monday, November 18 and will begin closing at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 22. Those interested in seeing the items up for bid should go to the treasurer’s office’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and click on the auction preview button. Read More