Millikin Kicks off Academic Year

•August 17, 2016•

First-year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin’s 2016 First Week program scheduled Aug. 16-21.

First Week is designed for first-year students to become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22. The First Week experience teaches students what is expected in the college environment and how to best engage in the Millikin community to ensure success.

First Week activities begin with Move-In Day for residential students on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

An integral part of the First Week experience is the First-Year University Seminar. University Seminar is intended to be a unique learning opportunity for first-year students entering Millikin University. The seminar introduces students to college-level academic inquiry by focusing on critical and ethical reasoning, and reflection.  Read More

Dr. Kohlmann Joins SBL Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

SBL Dr. Kohlman•August 17, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln is pleased to welcome Orthopedic Surgeon James Kohlmann, MD, to its medical team.

After caring for area residents in a private practice for more than 24 years, he is excited to bring his expertise to Sarah Bush Lincoln where he began his career in 1992. “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back. It’s like coming home,” he said.

Dr. Kohlmann looks forward to working alongside Orthopedic Surgeons Louis Mendella, DO, DC, Donald Sandercock, DO, AOAO, and Jeremy Stevens, MD, at SBL Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “I bring a fair amount of experience to the table and I’m very good at the procedures I do,” he said. “I love sharing what I know with my colleagues, and I think they’re just as excited to share what they know with me.”

Having grown in Champaign, Dr. Kohlmann earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Illinois-affiliated hospitals in Chicago, where he gained experience working in the trauma units of several Cook County hospitals. Read More

Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale is Coming Up

•August 17, 2016•

The 55th Annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale will be held August 26 and 27 at the Otto Center, ½ mile south of Arthur.

The activities will begin Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a pulled pork BBQ dinner and the auction at 6 p.m. On Saturday a pancake and sausage breakfast runs from 6-10 a.m., with the auction beginning at 8 a.m. The silent auction is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The children’s activities begin Saturday at 8 a.m. and feature a train ride around the grounds. The children’s auction will begin at 10 a.m. A featured activity for the children will be a petting zoo. Read More

Menus 8-17-2016

•August 17, 2016•

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770

Monday, Aug. 22 - Pork burger sandwich with condiments, Creole black-eyed beans, seasoned greens, tropical fruit, bun.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Taco salad w/lettuce, tomatoes, beans, sour cream, and taco sauce, pineapple tidbits, taco chips, cake. Read More

West & Company, LLC acquires Rice Consulting

West Group

Photo furnished Pictured left to right are Calvin G. Schultz, Director of Bank Services, Jeffrey A. Rice and Brian E. Daniell, partner.

•August 17, 2016•

West & Company, LLC has purchased the bank consulting practice of Jeffrey A. Rice which was effective July 1.

Rice founded his firm in 1982 and has engaged in the performance of directors’ exams, loan reviews and compliance audits.

“It was very important to me that my company be sold to a reputable firm that shared my commitment to the provision of client services at the highest level,” said Rice. “I am confident that West & Company, LLC is that firm,” he added.

“We are pleased to serve as the successor firm to Jeffrey A. Rice and are pleased to add bank consulting services to the list of services provided by our firm,” said Brian E. Daniell, partner-in-charge of the firm’s accounting and auditing group.  Read More

Tabernacle Singing at Cowden Camp

•August 17, 2016•

“Singin’ In the Tabernacle” featuring The Chosen Ones, The Lesters and Final Authority will be 10 a.m-3:30 p.m. Sept 17 at Cowden Free Methodist Camp Ground, located across from the city park in Cowden. Lunch will be available. For ticket info call 217-433-1014

Contact Melody Smith, 217-433-1014 for more information.

ISP Reminds Motorists School is Starting

•August 10, 2016•

Be alert for children walking or riding bicycles and stopped school buses.

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Commander, Captain Louis Kink, is reminding motorists that area schools will soon open their doors and begin the new school year. The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.

Motorists need to be watchful for children walking and riding their bicycles to school and children darting out from between parked cars. Motorists also need to be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses. As parents drop off their children before school and pick them up after school, there will also be an increase in vehicle traffic during the morning and evening commute. Extra travel time should be planned to allow for the increase in traffic. Read More

Social Security Celebrates 81st Birthday

•August 10, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager

Look who’s over the hill! In August, we will be celebrating the 81st anniversary of Social Security. Although Social Security’s overall structure remains the same, it’s impossible to overlook the changes in the economy and advancements in technology that made it necessary to transform our programs into what they are today.

In 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which gave birth to Social Security, (almost) as we know it today. The program was created primarily as a response to the growing rate of poverty within the elderly population. Here we are in the future, and Social Security has come a long way from 1940, when Ida May Fuller became the first person to receive a benefit check. In 2015 alone, almost 60 million people received Social Security benefits.  Read More