July is Tie for Coolest on Record in Illinois

August 6, 2014

The statewide average temperature for July was 70.3 degrees in Illinois, which ties the record for the coolest July set back in 2009, according to the Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

July 1936 (82.8 degrees) was the warmest July on record, followed closely by July 2012 (81.8 degrees). In just six years, Illinoisans have experienced the second warmest and twice the coldest July on record. Read More

Mobile Mammography Available

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s mobile mammography van will be at the SBL Sullivan Clinic  August 15 and Hydro Gear in Sullivan  August 29.

The van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who qualify will receive their mammogram free. Read More

Ill. Announces Launch of Homegrown By Heroes™

August 6, 2014

Illinois veterans soon will have the opportunity to leverage a national branding campaign to help market their farm products. The Homegrown By Heroes initiative, a product labeling program, will allow Illinois farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on their agricultural products. Farmer training and education also are large components of the initiative, which will make informational resources available to veterans desiring to farm in the state. Read More

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings Coming to Sullivan 

July 30, 2014

Residents living in and around the Sullivan community may be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. First United Methodist Church at 216 W. Jefferson St. in Sullivan will host Life Line Screening  August 7.

Four key points every person needs to know:

• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability

• 80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke Read More

Theta Psi Members Attend National Convention

July 30, 2014

Rita Seelow and Noelle Yeakel of the Theta Psi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi in Bethany attended the Psi Iota Xi National Convention in Fort Wayne, Ind., June 21-22.

Psi Iota Xi meets annually to vote on charitable contributions to be distributed nationally. Two years ago Psi Iota Xi established a new long term project that will result in donations of more than $100,000 to the Intensive Stuttering Clinic at the University of Toledo. The last two long term projects included an endowed professorship at Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital and cleft palate research at the University of Illinois.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville Tree Stand Permits Now Available for the 14-15 Deer Season

July 30, 2014

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the Lake Shelbyville tree stand policy for this season will remain the same as it was last season. The policy allows hunters to leave one seasonal tree stand up for the duration of the archery season. Seasonal tree stands may be put up two weeks prior to the beginning of archery season. Opening day is October 1. Tree stands must be taken down two weeks after archery season ends on Jan.18. A roving tree stand may be left up for a period not to exceed 72 hours – the length of a three day weekend. Read More