Delinquent Tax Sale Underway in Moultrie County

•August 26, 2015•

Bids are being taken for properties in Moultrie County up for delinquent tax sale.

Properties delinquent for 2011 and prior real estate taxes are eligible for sale.

All sealed bids must be in the Moultrie County treasurer’s office, located in the Moultrie County Courthouse Suite 10, no later that the close of business Friday, September 11. Read More

Hullabaloo on the Square

•August 26, 2015•

Hullabaloo on the square in Sullivan is coming Sunday, September 20 from 2-5 p.m.

This event features free entertainment and activities for families including laser tag; inflatables such as bungee run; bounce house; joust; obstacle course; rock climbing wall; carnival games and contests; cupcake walk; lots of candy and prizes, and face painting. Area vendors will sell food and beverages, and may include popcorn, elephant ears, polish sausages, corn dogs, hot dogs, nachos, lemon shakeups, and soda.  Read More

Ray Benefit to be Held Aug. 29

•August 26, 2015•

A benefit for Tom Ray who has recently been diagnosed with cancer is being held 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Solid Rock Chapel at 1213 E. Jackson St. in Sullivan.

Activities planned include a silent auction, ticket auction, dunk tank, photo booth, bake sale, face painting and outdoor activities for the children. A meal will be served 3-8 pm.  Read More

C.E.F.S. Seeking V.I.T.A. Volunteers

•August 19, 2015•

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is currently seeking volunteers within their seven county service area to become trained to provide free income tax preparation to low-to-moderate income households ($54,000 or below). C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has Outreach Offices in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Christian, Moultrie and Montgomery counties and has provided Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for more than 30 years. C.E.F.S. partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide the free tax preparation services through the VITA program.

Volunteers are a vital part of the VITA program, and C.E.F.S. needs to expand their volunteer base in order to be able to assist more low to moderate income taxpayers.

No experience is needed and the training is free! Volunteers will complete training and then be certified by the IRS and protected by the IRS in case of any errors. Training is offered both online and in the classroom. Volunteers are needed as greeter/screeners, tax preparers and quality reviewers.  Read More

SBL Calendar of Events for September

•August 19, 2015•

The following is a list of Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and support groups for September. The locations of all programs are posted daily in the main lobby of Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Pathways Through Grief

7 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Open to anyone who has lost a loved one. For more information, contact Lincolnland Hospice at 1-800-454-4055.

Parent 2 Parent Support Group for Expectant and New Parents

6 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. A free service offering information, discussion and support about becoming a parent. For location of meetings contact Pam Hood at 217-258-2229.

Cancer Support Group

10 a.m. Monday, September 14, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. This group is open to anyone dealing with cancer, as well as family members. For more information, contact Bob Clapp at 217-232-2537.

Ostomy Support Group

Evening meetings four times a year in Mattoon and Effingham. For dates, times and locations, call Ramona Tomshack, R.N. at 217-258-4112 or Christa Schulte at 217-238-4804. Read More

Health Screenings

•August 19, 2015•

SBL Lincolnland Home Care and Lincolnland Hospice will conduct a free blood pressure clinic 8:30-9 a.m. Thursday, September 17 at the Senior Center in Sullivan. For more information, call Lincolnland Home Care at 1-800-879-3212.  Read More

Lake Land College Welcomes 40 New Practical Nurses to the Field

•August 19, 2015•

Forty new practical nurses including Tracy Carrington and Alexandrea Robinson, both of Sullivan and Stacy Gee of Allenville were welcomed into the nursing field at a recent pinning ceremony held at Lake Land College.

The Practical Nursing Program is a three-consecutive-semester program that includes classroom, skills laboratory and clinical experience in various healthcare agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate may apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, the graduate may apply for PN licensure. Read More

Lake Land College Holds Extended Registration

•August 19, 2015•

Lake Land College will hold extended registration hours Monday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Luther Student Center on campus in Mattoon. This is the last day to register for fall semester before classes begin Aug. 25; late registration will continue through Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Students may contact Counseling Services at 217-234-5232 or for additional information regarding the enrollment process or to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor.

Counseling walk-in hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the week of August 17 through 21.  Read More

Running a Tight Ship

•August 19, 2015•

Running a tight ship is a challenge for the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department, and recent uncertainties in state funding are putting more pressure on a limited staff.

“With eight deputies covering the county 24-7 we are already running pretty close,” Sheriff Chris Sims said, noting that similar sized surrounding counties operate with up to 40 percent more staff.

“We also have lake traffic and marinas adding to coverage,” he explained.

“Now with the pitiful state economy everybody is trying to get by on less.”

In spite of recent cuts in state police coverage and 33 cuts from the conservation officers academy, Sims explained that Moultrie is still in pretty good shape.

“We already cover most of the state highway accidents, so the cut in state police won’t affect us, and it doesn’t look like the conservation cuts will affect existing lake coverage,” he continued. Read More