Total Deer Harvest Drops; Youth Takes Increase

•February 8, 2017•

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 155,229 in 2015-16.

During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:

Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 53,479 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2016 and concluded on Jan. 15, 2017. That compares with the harvest of 56,767 during the 2015-16 archery season.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day

•February 8, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place donated Christmas trees and artificial porcupine structures into Lake Shelbyville March 18 to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Volunteers with boats are needed to help place trees in the lake at designated locations. Volunteers on shore are also needed to help build the porcupine structures and bundle and place the trees and porcupine balls in the boats.  Read More

State of Illinois, U of I System Launch ‘Smart State’ Partnership

•February 8, 2017•

The state of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new partnership today which advances Illinois as the nation’s premier ‘Smart State’, integrating next-generation technology to improve quality of life, grow the state’s economy and retain and attract residents.

“Illinois is nationally recognized as the first U.S. state to have a vision and roadmap for becoming a smarter state,” said Hardik Bhatt, Secretary Designate and state CIO of the Department of Innovation and Technology. “The goal is to use technology, Internet of Things, mobile, analytics and cybersecurity to improve operational efficiency and find new and more cost-effective ways to serve our customers.”

Illinois launched Smart State initiatives, under the leadership of Governor Bruce Rauner, with the release of a white paper titled, “Introducing the Smart State: Illinois Leads the Way” in early 2016. This was followed by two smart state workshops in April and December, that connected leaders from both the public and private sector, to explore how becoming a smart state will improve government efficiency and access to services, and create a climate that promotes the growth of business and industry. Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Farm Bureau Accepting Shuman Applicants

•February 8, 2017•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

The Moultrie County Farm Bureau is once again accepting applications for the Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship. This will be the 17th year for the scholarship honoring the achievements and life of Charles Shuman.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Moultrie County who is a graduating high school senior or is currently enrolled in a university or community college. The successful applicant should be of good moral character and exhibit potential for successful completion of a course of study in agriculture or related fields. In addition to academic performance, extra-curricular and community involvement will also be considered in the selection process. Contact the MCFB office at 217-728-4214 to obtain an application. The application deadline is Friday, March 24.  Read More

“Learn to Draw Faces! Workshop Offered in Mattoon

•February 8, 2017•

Kari Rajkumar, an award-winning artist from Paris, is scheduled to teach a “Learn to Draw Faces!” Workshop at the Mattoon Arts Council located in the historic Mattoon Train Depot, 1718 Broadway Avenue in Mattoon.

Rajkumar, who is primarily self-taught, is known for her highly detailed portraits in graphite, pastel, and oils. Her work has received top honors in numerous regional, national, and international competitions and has also appeared in such notable publications as the Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and the Pastel Journal. Read More

Singing Valentines

•February 8, 2017•

On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, people who live in and around the Sullivan, Arthur area may receive a singing Valentine.  A quartet will sing two love songs at homes, businesses or schools, deliver a box of candy and a beautiful card.  They will also take a photo of the event for the recipient.  All the proceeds go to the vocal music programs at area high schools.  Call Bruce Condill (841-7281) to schedule an appointment for a Singing Valentine. The Sentimental Journey Quartet, all members of the Coles County Barbershop Chorus continue this dozen year long tradition.  From left to right:  Brad Smith (Hindsboro), Stan McMorris (Charleston), Ron Leathers (Charleston) and Gary Hawker (Charleston)


Benefit for Prison Ministry Held at The Otto Center

•February 8, 2017•

The 15th annual Gospel Echoes Team prison ministry benefit auction and haystack supper is Friday March 17, at The Otto Center in Arthur.

Donations for the 6 p.m. benefit auction are being accepted. Those willing to donate furniture, quilts, crafts, tools, new items and gift certificates may contact Lewis Otto 217-962-0596; Mark M. Otto 962-1648; Loyd Gingerich 272-0751 or Eddie Gingerich 508-7665. Read More

Lovington Grade School Honor Rolls Announced

•February 8, 2017•

Lovington Grade School’s second quarter honor rolls include the following students who earned straight As: Rachel Kinney, Tatjana Mehmen and Miranda Rentfro, eighth grade; Max Allen, Reggie Edmonds, Delaney Gillis, Josh Gingerich, Gavin Mechling, Michaela Powell and Kaitlyn Zander, seventh grade; Connor Edmonds, Emma Edwards, Josie Hale and Eli Parker, sixth grade; Marilyn Hill, fifth grade and Kenalll Carnahan and Jacob Tighe, fourth grade. Read More

Remember When? 2-8-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Eleven probationers who had committed alcohol-related offenses in the county attended the first session of a slide program developed by coroner Lynn Reed.

Sharon Slaughter, a Sullivan teacher, and Chaleana Norton, a student, received minor injuries when they were struck by a truck in front of Powers School.

RaNet Osborn, Tina Perry and Erica Titus were honored during senior night activities at the final home basketball game for the season. The three are members of the Bethany Fillies basketball team which is co-champion of the Meridian Conference.

Concentration and quality shooting from stepbrothers Heath Wilson and Ben Ward helped give the Lovington Panthers two Meridian Conference victories over the weekend. Read More

January Temperatures Remain Above Normal

•February 8, 2017•

The statewide average temperature in January was 31.4 degrees, 5.0 degrees above normal, and the 14th warmest January on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

Above-normal temperatures in January spanned the state and the eastern half of the U.S. Read More