Get Covered Illinois Moves to the Department of Insurance

•July 15, 2015•

Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Anne Melissa Dowling, today announced the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace (IHIM), also known as Get Covered Illinois (GCI), will be administered by the department beginning August 1.
“The Department of Insurance welcomes the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace as its new home. This move will streamline program processes, improve efficiency, and align services leading to increased access to health coverage for Illinoisans,” said Director Dowling. “Consolidating Marketplace activities under a Division at the Department will promote a potential path to long term operational sustainability for Illinois to continue as a Partnership Marketplace.” Read More

Lake Land College FY16 Budget Available for Public Review

•July 15, 2015•

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees last night placed the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget on file for public inspection until a special board meeting on August 18.
The tentative budget is available for inspection by the public in the Luther Student Center’s administrative wing on campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, and at the second story conference room at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology, 1204 Network Center Blvd., Effingham during normal working summer hours, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
According to Lake Land College President Josh Bullock, the proposed budget is a testament to the college’s commitment to conscientiously spend budget dollars and conserve budget resources where possible. Read More

Sarah Bush Lincoln Philanthropic Group Awards More than $ 56,000 in Grants

•July 8, 2015•

WomenConnected, a giving circle within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation, awarded grants totaling $56,406 to 18 programs and services at the Health Center, bringing the group’s total amount of grant funding to $426,604 since 2004.
WomenConnected is comprised of 74 women from Coles and surrounding counties who through their membership contributions, help fund and direct the expansion of services provided by Sarah Bush Lincoln.
Programs and services receiving WomenConnected support this year include: Heart Smart for Teens; Center for Healthy Living scholarships to help people who cannot afford the services; SBL Dental Services for urgent restorative care for mothers and children and oral health education to area grade schools; Healthy Kids Cooking classes; I Sing the Body Electric, an award-winning prevention program for teens; Step in the Right Direction, a diabetes prevention program; Living with Diabetes, a program that focuses on managing diabetes through nutrition and exercise; diabetic supply help; Heart Failure clinic; Building Hope Campaign, which supports the construction of a new Regional Cancer Center building; mental health books for Child Physiatrist Katie Hecksel, MD; and more. Read More

Free Self-defense Class July 18 in Sullivan

•July 8, 2015•

The Moultrie County Counseling Center will sponsor a self-defense class free of charge to the public Saturday, July 18 in the Vineyard Church, located on South Route 32 in Sullivan. Classes will be available from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 8-12 and from 12-1:30 p.m. for ages 13 and up.
Teaching the classes will be Joe Kennedy of “Industrial Martial Arts” in Mattoon. Kennedy is a third degree black belt and has been in the martial arts field for eight years. In addition, Sheriff Chris Sims and Police Chief John Love will make an informational presentation regarding community safety. Read More

Fourth of July Activity Winners 2015

•July 8, 2015•

Below are the top places earned across various activities during this past weekend’s Fourth of July Celebration at Wyman Park:

Sack Races

Ages 0-4
1st place Tinley Stollard, Sullivan; 2nd place Easton Wickline, Sullivan; 3rd place Karsen Ragsdale, Sullivan.
Ages 5-7
1st place Kharli Kelly, Sullivan; 2nd place Brady Stollard, Sullivan; 3rd place Olivia Binnion, Sullivan.
Ages 8-10
1st place Madeline Mudd, Decatur; 2nd place Maddy Probus, Sullivan; 3rd place Emily Miller, Sullivan; Bryte Thompson, Lebanon, Ohio. Read More

Remember When? 7.8.15

25 Years Ago This Week

Mike Marlow of Sullivan has been appointed as a new member of the Lay Advisory Committee by the Lake Land College Board of Trustees.
Lady Redskin Stacy Crawford received both the passing and setting awards for high school juniors at the Shelbyville High School Volleyball Camp June 4-8. Crawford, Dawn Cripe, Kathi Shackles, Susan Shellabarger, Wendy Gilmore and Tina Hogue all participated in the week long event.
Julie Bowling and Kara Webb, members of the Dalton Gang 4-H Club in Dalton City, will represent Moultrie County June 19-22 at the 1990 4-H Conference in Champaign.
One senior and two freshmen earned straight A’s during the second semester at Bethany High School. They are senior Susan Ozier and freshmen, Ben Yarnell and Tammy Yowell.
Highest honors were earned by one senior, two sophomores and one freshman during the fourth quarter at Lovington High School. They are senior Jeff Curry, sophomores, Gary Click and Tonya Doty, and freshman Doug Creviston.

50 Years Ago This Week

Cynthia Kidwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kidwell and Bill Mossman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mossman, of Sullivan and Charles Lewis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lewis of Lovington were among 323 high school students who attended the chorus camp of the 14th annual Eastern Illinois University Music Camps June 13 to 20.     Login or Subscribe to read the rest of this story.

Mo-Do County Fair 4-H Results 2015

Submitted Pictured (left) is Janae Hopper of Allenville receiving her Grand Champion award  from (right) Hunter Dyer Moultrie-Douglas Jr. Leader President.

Pictured (left) is Janae Hopper of Allenville receiving her Grand Champion award from (right) Hunter Dyer Moultrie-Douglas Jr. Leader President.

•July 8, 2015•

The Moultrie-Douglas county fair held its general 4-H show earlier this week. Below are the local 4-H results by club:

Atwood-Hammond Prairie Dogs

Hunter Dyer, Extempore Speaking, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate, Grand Champion; Passport to the World, Individual Class Champion, Grand Champion; Elyse Harris, Citizenship III, State Fair Delegate;Communications III, State Fair Delegate; Emma Harris, Walk In My Shoes, Individual Class Champion, Grand Champion, State Fair Delegate; Emma Harris, Leadership II, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate, Grand Champion.

Awesome Arthur Clovers

Hannah Carter, Sewing / Textiles I, Grand Champion; Victoria Carter, 4-H Cooking 101- 3 cookies, Class Champion; Alexandra Edwards, Design Decisions - Advanced Class Champion, Grand Champion, State Fair Delegate; Chalk/Carbon/Pigment, State Fair Delegate; Jace Green, Bicycle I (not SF eligible), Class Champion, Grand Champion; Corn, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate, Grand Champion; Soybeans, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate.

Moultrie County Longhorns

Benjamin Bushue, Demonstration, Class Champion; Electricity 2, Grand Champion, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate; Junk Drawer Robotics I, State Fair Alternate; Brett Bushue, Pebble Pups I, Class Champion, Grand Champion; Plants / Soils I, Class Champion; Reagan Crouse, Design Decisions-Beginners Class Champion, State Fair Delegate; Photography I, State Fair Alternate; Coen Foster, Computer Science 1, Class Champion, State Fair Delegate; Electricity 2, State Fair Alternate; Read More

LLC Presidential Scholars

•July 8, 2015•

Lake Land College has awarded 142 students in the surrounding communities with the Presidential Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. This monetary award is offered to district high school graduates who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in high school. The scholarship is good for two years with a value up to $4,625 per year or $9,250 total.
To receive the scholarship, a student must either rank in the top 15 percent of his/her senior class; or have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Additionally, students must enroll at LLC full-time the fall semester immediately following high school graduation and submit the Presidential Scholarship Acceptance Form prior to enrollment at the college. Read More

Emergency Management Officials Urge Caution When Temps Rise

•July 8, 2015•

The hottest days of summer are just around the corner, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering heat safety tips to help people play it safe when temperatures rise.
“Warm weather is a welcomed relief after the long, cold winter we endured this year,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “But summertime comes with its own hazards, many related to excessive heat. We want to help people avoid these risks and enjoy a fun, safe summer.”
Joseph said one of the most important safety tips when temperatures rise is to never leave children, elderly people, disabled adults or pets in parked cars, even for a short time. Temperatures inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels even if the windows are slightly open, and can lead to brain damage or death. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Read More