Civic Women’s Club Learns About Counseling Center

•November 30, 2016•

The Sullivan Civic Women’s Club met  November 14 in the Moultrie County Senior Center. The guest speaker was Dave Cole, director of Moultrie County Counseling Center. He related that one of the services offered is an employment program to help match people to jobs. They also work with Lake Land College to help people learn trade skills.  Read More

Mexican Doctoral Students Brought to U of I

Research partnership on diabetes, obesity also approved

•November 30, 2016•

The University of Illinois System signed an agreement that will bring doctoral students funded by Mexico to U of I System universities and approved a partnership for diabetes and obesity research during a visit to Mexico last week by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of senior leaders.

Agreements also were signed that will provide a foundation for new academic and research partnerships with Mexico’s largest university and the country’s leading research institute.

The four-day trip, from Nov. 14-17, was arranged to explore new educational and research collaborations in Mexico, and included meetings with government agencies and two of the nation’s top universities.

Killeen said the outreach effort is rooted in a new strategic framework adopted earlier this year, a roadmap to the future that seeks to build on the U of I System’s service to students and the public good, and its global impact. Read More

Deer Take Over 50,000 First Firearm Week

•November 30, 2016•

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 54,452 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season Nov. 18-20. Hunters took 57,870 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2015.

Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Dec. 1-4.

Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include:

• Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season Dec. 9-11; Read More

42nd Annual Barbershop Christmas Concert Sunday

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•November 30, 2016•

The Coles County Barbershop Chorus will present their 42nd Annual Christmas Benefit Concert(s) Sunday, Dec. 4.

The 3 p.m. concert will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, and the 7 p.m. program will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon. The concert lasts one hour and is free to the public. A free will offering is taken, and annually more than $5,000 is generated for area food pantry and homeless shelter programs.  Read More

Moultrie Douglas Farm Bureau Update

Training and Traveling with the Farm Bureau

•November 23, 2016•

By Annaleah Emm
Illinois Farm Bureau Manager Trainee

My name is Annaleah Emm, and I am a manager trainee with Illinois Farm Bureau. I have been training in the county for the past two weeks. The training program is a unique program that allows me to train and travel with Farm Bureau managers from around the state. I have currently trained in Livingston, Bureau, Knox, Cass- Morgan, Lawrence, Piatt and Douglas-Moultrie counties.

The holiday season is among us. While most are preparing for the holiday festivities, farmers are still hoping for good weather to finish their last-minute field work. As 2016 harvest is wrapping up, we see many farmers making the most out of the few good weather days. Many are applying anhydrous ammonia, while others are disking. Service companies such as South Central FS are also busy with end of the year activities. They are applying lime and other dry fertilizer. Tiling is also big right now. As of Sunday November 13, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reads Illinois as 100% harvested for the 2016 corn crop. This is above the five- year average of 96%. Soybeans are also 100% harvested and above the five- year average of 97%. A general census with farmers from around the area is corn harvest will be better than 2015 but not as good as the harvest of 2014. Soybeans of 2016 are the best many have seen in years. Final yield numbers will be released at a later date. Read More

Lovington Village Receives Drainage Report

•November 23, 2016•

Lovington Village board met November 14 approving a request from Amanda Kreher to help with Breakfast for Santa Saturday, December 17.

Kreher told the board that the breakfast is from 9-11 a.m. in New Life Community Building. She requested the village donate $500 toward the event’s food and treat bags for the children.

At the October village board meeting David Bowers reported on drainage district progress.  Read More

Safe Driving is Key to Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

•November 23, 2016•

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 10 Commander, Captain Louis Kink, would like to remind motorists that the ISP is gearing up for the beginning of the holiday travel period.

The ISP will step up enforcement patrols as the holiday driving season begins. The goal is to make the roads safe for all motorists.

Traditionally, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday marks the  beginning of the busy holiday travel period. Beginning on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27, officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, is expected to be the busiest.

The ISP is urging the motoring public to adhere to the rules of the road. Statistics continue to show that fatal crashes increase on the interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday period.  Read More

Soils Temps Remain Higher than Normal

•November 23, 2016•

Soil temperatures declined through the first half of November but still remain higher than normal, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

On November 15, soil temperatures at depths of four inches under bare soil averaged 49.4 degrees in Illinois, a decline of 13.3 degrees from November 1. Temperatures on November 15 ranged from a daily high of 59.3 degrees at Freeport to a low of 42.2 degrees in Carbondale. Read More

West & Company, LLC Opens Champaign Office

•November 23, 2016•

West & Company, LLC has opened an office at 3121 Village Office Place in Champaign. Seth T. Dixon, CPA has been named manager of the office.

West & Company, LLC is a full service accounting firm with an emphasis in accounting and auditing, income tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, employee benefit plan services, and estate and financial planning.  Read More

Windsor FFA Chapter Attends Convention

•November 23, 2016•

The Windsor FFA Chapter, along with 63, 000 other FFA members and guests, invaded downtown Indianapolis Oct. 19-21.

Ten members of the Windsor FFA Chapter attended the 89th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo. There they listened to guest speakers give motivational life stories in the convention hall and explored the many booths in the career show.

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