Prospective Students Invited to Laker Visit Day

•November 25, 2015•

Visit Lake Land College and find out all the college offers at its upcoming Laker Visit Day. The event will be held Friday, Dec. 4 with activities starting in the Luther Student Center lobby at 9 a.m. and running until noon.

The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Parents/guardians and spouses are welcome to come along and attend the Parent and Spouse Session. Read More

Lovington Public Library December News

•November 25, 2015•

The “Reading Redbirds” Youth Book Club for 4th-8th graders meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first and thirdTuesday of each month. This club plans and assists with events that are held at the library and discussing books.

“Wee Readers Storytime” meets 10-10:30 p.m. Thursday mornings for preschoolers 2 years. and older. Dates and themes are Dec. 3-“Gingerbread Man”, Dec. 10-“Rudolph, Dec. 17-“Christmas Party”, and Dec. 24-No Storytime. Read More

Remember When? 11-18-2015

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Sullivan High School seniors Terri Caruthers, Amy Raymer, Christy Seeley and Janice Standerfer are vying for the title of Miss Merry Christmas. One of the four will be selected by a vote of students this week. Announcement of the winner will be made Friday night during halftime activities of the Sullivan Turkey Tournament.

Mark Righter of Sullivan was one of more than 50 Lake Land College Foundation scholarship recipients who attended a recent reception at the college in honor of recipients and donors. Righter received an agriculture scholarship from the State Bank of Sullivan.

Two Sullivan students are among 30 at Lake Land College who will have their names included in the 1991 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. They are Sandra K. Chaney and Shari L. Shackles.

Lisa Crawley of Dalton City is a freshman at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. The daughter of Rose and Larry Crawley, she is a pre-physical therapy major.

Three Sullivan students at Lake Land College are members of the school’s jazz ensemble which will perform at the first home game Nov. 27. The local ensemble members are Dawn Skidmore on saxophone, Lynn Bickers on brass and Marc Isaacs on percussion. Read More

New Rules for State Retirement Savings Plans

•November 18, 2015•

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday announced sweeping new rules outlining the path forward for state-sponsored retirement savings initiatives. Secretary Perez and Treasurer Frerichs listened to leaders who worry that the looming retirement savings crisis will have a profound impact on lower-income workers’ quality of life in retirement and become an untenable burden on states.

The Department of Labor’s proposed rules will dismantle barriers for state-based solutions to the retirement savings crisis, including Illinois’ Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. Already, 26 states, including Illinois have taken some type of action to pursue state-based retirement savings solutions that will increase access to employer-based savings programs.

“Secretary Perez’s leadership today will benefit generations of Americans,” Frerichs said. “In Illinois nearly 1.2 million workers are poised to benefit from our Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. With these new federal rules, my administration can move forward with helping some of our state’s most vulnerable workers. I applaud Secretary Perez and the Department of Labor for partnering with states like Illinois to craft a solution.”

Nationally, only half of working Americans save for retirement, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those who do not save, 84 percent work for an employer that does not offer a retirement savings vehicle. A lack of retirement savings increases the likelihood that workers will be over-reliant on social security or retire into poverty, creating significant future burdens on state and federal social safety nets. Read More

Lung Cancer Detection Improves

•November 18, 2015•

Patients with a history of smoking may get tested for lung cancer, and that test is now covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Carle has offered low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer since 2013. Starting this past February, most insurance plans began to cover the test.

People need to talk with their insurance provider to see whether LDCT is covered by their plan. LDCT uses a low dose of radiation, which protects the patients while it identifies potential lung cancer early.

“Before low-dose CT screening, most lung cancers were diagnosed after the tumor had grown quite large and possibly spread. At that point, the disease is very aggressive and hard to treat,” said radiologist Juan Jimenez, MD. “Thanks to LDCT testing, we can now screen patients’ lungs with the chance to discover and treat cancer in its early stages.”

“Low-dose CT screening can help save lives,” said Magesh Sundaram, MD, medical director of Carle Cancer Center. He added, “If we can catch the cancer early, the patient has a better chance of survival or even a cure.”

LDCT is for people who are at a high risk to develop lung cancer. High-risk patients are: Read More

Christmas Shopping Challenge in Sullivan

•November 18, 2015•

The Sullivan Chamber of Commerce is holding a Christmas Shopping Challenge this holiday season.

Designed for members of the Sullivan community, the person who spends the most on gifts purchased in Sullivan wins $200 Chamber Bucks.

All the shopper has to do is save receipts after making a Sullivan purchase and turn them in to the SCED.

The challenge runs from November 20 until December 13. All receipts must be turned in to Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development office by December 14. Read More

Antibiotics Widespread Use is Limiting Effectiveness

•November 18, 2015•

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs. However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not effective as prescribed.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is leading the Illinois Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics. The goals are to increase health care provider and patient knowledge about the harms of inappropriate antibiotic use and support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for acute respiratory infections.

“Not only are antibiotic resistant bacterial infections becoming more common, many bacteria are becoming resistant to more than one type of antibiotic,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “The Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs campaign involves partnerships among health care systems, professional associations, health care plans, and other stakeholders across the state to eliminate inappropriate use of antibiotics.”

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing drives the evolution of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and undermines the ability to treat common infectious diseases. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that are complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection. Read More

Lake Land College Hosts Job Fair

•November 18, 2015•

Does your business require a certain skill set or are you looking to hire highly qualified employees? If so, get a jump start on finding the right employees for your business at Lake Land College’s annual Job Fair.

The college will host a professional job fair on Wednesday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Field House on the Lake Land College campus in Mattoon. This event is sponsored by Career Services. Read More

First Quarter Honor Rolls Annouced by Local Schools

•November 18, 2015•

First quarter honor rolls  have been announced by county schools.

Earning straight As at Lovington Grade School are Natalie Lambdin, Trinity Miller, Kenli Nettles, Aaron Schmitt and Colin Stanley, eighth grade; Max Allen, Quentin Day, Reggie Edmonds, Delaney Gillis, Gavin Mechliing, Michaela Powell and Kaitlyn Zander, sixth grade and Xander Barrett, Emma Edwards, Connor Edmonds, Chloe Franklin, Josie Hale and Chilton Ingram, fifth grade.

Those named to the honor roll are Hannah Keown, Tori Morgan, Mackenzie Parrish and Clayton Stanley, eighth grade; Keegan Ashenfelter, Allysa Hilton, Rachel Kinney, Robbie LeCates and Tatjana Mehmen, seventh grade; Alex Adams, Jacob Bettinger, Sophia Floyd, Brady Foster, Joshua Gingerich, Elyssa Hall, Ava Miller, Alyssa Pickelsimer, Elizabeth Tighe, Jacob Vitale and Trey Wardrip, sixth grade; Mason Allen, Ashlynn Baker, Isaiah Bates, Wyatt Hilligoss, Brady Moore, Thomas Powell, Bobby Schanuel and Austyn Scroggins, fifth grade and Marilyn Hill, Connor Nettles, Peyton Newberry and Nathan Tighe, fourth grade.

Honorable mention was awarded to Isaac Gingerich, Ronda Hettinger, Shalonda Hettinger, Makayla Mitchell and Joshua Zander, eighth grade; Makenzie Brown, Koby Brownlee, Madisyn Crafton, Colton Middleton and Miranda Rentfro, seventh grade; Layna Kapp, Aiden Miller and Hailey Peeler, sixth grade and Hunter Carnahan, Mason Kreher and Billie Underwood, fifth grade.

Okaw Valley Middle School - Earning straight As at Okaw Valley Middle School are Paige Coleman, April Decesaro, Kate Jeffers, Kami Landreth and Chloe Ryherd, eighth grade; Carleigh Bobbett, Grace Bunfill and Emma Minard, seventh grade; Evelyn Ashley, Katherine Brown, Savannah Hagerman, Miles Harlin, Mia Harris, Alyssa Hart, Amelia Landreth, Kadan Miller, Ty Montgomery and Mikhayla Ward, sixth grade and Alexis Bartimus, Avery Bruns, Grace Moeller and Karson Park, fifth grade. Read More