News Briefs

Lake Land College Spring Graduation 2015 List Announced

July 1, 2015

More than 700 candidates received their degrees and certificates after the completion of the spring semester 2015. Degree abbreviations are as follows: AS-Associates of Science; AAS-Associates of Applied Science; AA-Associates of Art; Associate in Liberal Studies.
Area graduates included:

Bethany

Gene-Austin Birch, AS, Bioscience Non-Teaching; Ashton Doty, AS, Elementary Education; Leah Oathout, AA, Art; Taylor Piper, AAS, Nursing; Tamra Sims, ALS.

Findlay

Katelyn Coleman, AAS, Early Childhood Care and Education; Slade Keller, AAS, IT-Network Administration.

Gays

Cole McKimmy, AAS, CET/Advanced Technical Studies.

Lovington

James Bates, Certificate, Management; Nicholas Day, AAS, Agriculture Business & Supply; Brody Elder , AA, Liberal Arts; Colin Franklin, AS, Business Administration; Read More

Dolphins Donate to Food Pantry

July 1, 2015

This year when approached by Jamie Crosier of the Moultrie County Relay for Life to help her team with a food drive, the Sullivan Blue Dolphins saw the chance to help two groups instead of one.
The challenge?
Raise 500 cans in four weeks. Kristy Dawson of CEFS met with the swimmers and explained to them how the need for food increases in the summer months due to kids being out of school.
The cans would first be used to hold the luminaries at Relay for Life and then be delivered to the food pantry to feed the hungry. Read More

July Lovington Public Library Events

July 1, 2015

Ancestry and Genealogy Workshop

The Lovington Public Library District has just subscribed to ancestry.com for a year and is offering a “Ancestry & Genealogy Workshop” on Friday July 17 from 1-3 p.m. The class is free but pre-registration is required by calling the library at 873-4468. Basic genealogy tips and web resources will be presented by Kaye Webb.

Bob Ross Painting

Jim Rhode will be offering the Bob Ross Painting class on Saturday July 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is a $35 charge that includes the canvas and paints needed. Each participant is asked to bring a light lunch and a roll of paper towels to the class. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lovington Public Library at 873-4468 by Thursday July 16. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Set to Welcome Holiday Weekend Visitors

July 1, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville anticipates a very busy upcoming Fourth of July holiday celebration. The lake is open for all visitors to enjoy and should have plenty of water.
As of June 29, and with no additional rainfall, the lake is projected to crest on Monday, July 3 at 610.6 feet above sea level (referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD)). On June 29, at 7 a.m., the lake level was 609.59 feet above sea level NGVD, which is 9.89 feet above normal summer pool (599.7 feet above sea level NGVD). Read More

Remember When? 7.1.15

25 Years Ago This Week

Shannon Phillips and Ryan Nettles were the recipients of Lovington American Legion Post 429’s outstanding eighth grade student awards. Runners up were Rachel Casteel and Jeremy Tarr. The awards were presented by Don Bell during the eighth grade promotional program May 24.
Randol Protz received a bachelor of science degree in math May 20 from MacMurray College in Jacksonville. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Protz of Sullivan.
Pitcher Brett Robinson has been moved up to AA baseball and pitched 8 2/3 innings last Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., not giving up a run until the eighth. Robinson, who was moved up to another Chicago Cubs farm team, the Charlotte Knights in North Carolina May 21, has pitched three games and led them to a 6-2 victory Sunday over Knoxville.
Five young Sullivan bowlers recently earned state champion honors after competing in the Young American Bowling Alliance Prep Mixed Division state tournament. They are David Montague, Keith Trussell, Amanda Foster, Valerie Denier and Matt Dyer. Read More

Fireworks Pose Safety Hazard

July 1, 2015

With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinois residents to leave fireworks to the experts. Many injuries and fires occur each year from these devices and therefore should be used only by trained professionals.
Fireworks pose a danger to users and bystanders of all ages. As the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) explains, fireworks were responsible for an estimated 11,400 injuries and eight deaths in 2013. Injuries typically result from the user playing with lit fireworks or igniting fireworks while holding the device. Injuries can also be sustained from device malfunctions, such as errant flight paths, devices that tip over and blowouts. Read More

Local Residents Attend Rally for LIHEAP

Submitted Pictured, from left to right, are area residents who attended a rally on LIHEAP funding: Jean Landers, Shirley Cochran, Nylene Hughes, and Deb Groendal, Mid IL Senior Service Executive Director.

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Pictured, from left to right, are area residents who attended a rally on LIHEAP funding: Jean Landers, Shirley Cochran, Nylene Hughes, and Deb Groendal, Mid IL Senior Service Executive Director.

June 24, 2015

Four area residents recently attended an Action Day in Springfield for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Jean Landers, Shirley Cochran, Nylene Hughes and Deb Groendal, Executive Director of the Mid-Illinois Senior Service of Sullivan attended the Action Day on May 26 sponsored by the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA).
The day started with a rally at the Statehouse Inn followed by a march to the Capitol where participants were able to meet with legislators and their staff to enlist their support of the LIHEAP program. Of particular concern for the group is Governor Rauner’s current plan to suspend the State Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (SLHEAP) as of July 1. This move would leave only federal funds available for the operation of the program and lead to reductions in the number of households local LIHEAP agencies will be able to assist. Read More

Moultrie County Real Estate Tax Bills Mailed

June 24, 2015

Moultrie County real estate taxes were mailed June 19. The first installment is due July 22, and the second installment is due September 3.
The public is encouraged to look over their tax bills and make sure all of the information is correct, including the back of the tax bill. It is the responsibility of the property owner to report all address changes to the assessor’s office at 728-4951. Assessment and exemption questions should be directed to the Supervisor of Assessments office. Read More

ALAH School Newspaper Receives Grant

June 24, 2015

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School newspaper staff recently received a $1500 grant from the Illinois Press Foundation to purchase cameras.
“I was able to purchase two Canon Rebel SLR cameras complete with tripods, lenses, and carrying cases with the grant,” adviser Zach Freed said. “It has really helped our staff to get better pictures more easily. Before the grant we were scrambling to find a camera to photograph activities. Now we just grab one of these digital cameras.” Read More

Houser Converts to Career Agent

Houser

Houser

June 24, 2015

Elizabeth Houser of Sullivan recently converted to a career agent with Country Financial in Sullivan.  She completed the organization’s extensive training about the solutions COUNTRY Financial offers to help customers become financially secure. The training also focuses on guiding customers toward successfully setting and achieving their goals.  Houser can provide customers with auto, home, life and long term care insurance, annuities, mutual funds and college education funding options.  Read More