Lake Land College Fall Semester Graduates

February 11, 2015

More than 200 candidates received degrees and certificates from Lake Land College following the completion of the 2014 fall semester. Locally, five students attained degrees, including:
Abigail Taylor, Arthur, Associate in Arts Sociology/Social Work; Sara Mills, Bethany, Associate in Science Business Administration; Gay Thomas, Dalton City, Certificate Medical Coding Specialist and an Associate in Applied Science Health Information & Medical Coding; Read More

County to Implement Three Election Judge Option for Upcoming Consolidated Election

February 4, 2015

Submitted by
Georgia England

Moultrie county taxpayers stand to save more than $4,000 this coming election.
According to Illinois Statutes (10 ILCS 5/14-3.1), in odd numbered years, the county clerk has the option of using three election judges per precinct rather than the five judges that are required in even numbered years.
In odd numbered election years, voter turnout is significantly lower. Therefore, after careful consideration and based on discussions with several election judges, County Clerk Georgia England has decided to exercise the odd numbered year/three judges per precinct option for the upcoming Consolidated Election to be held April 7. England stated that by utilizing the three judge option, taxpayers of Moultrie County will save approximately $4,350 in election costs. Read More

Kaskaskia Watershed Study Gets Preliminary Funding in Corps Budget

February 4, 2015

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) recently stated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced funding for the Kaskaskia Watershed Study in both its fiscal year 2015 work plans and its fiscal year 2016 budget. The Kaskaskia Watershed Study will have a $50,000 allocation in the current 2015 fiscal year. The President’s budget, released today, asks for $500,000 in fiscal year 2016.
“The Kaskaskia Watershed Study was previously authorized by Congress, but funding has always been the holdup in getting this comprehensive study of the river accomplished,” Shimkus noted. “The local stakeholders have been very supportive and have really been the impetus in getting these funds allocated.” Read More

Mirror Images to Perform Original Play Friday

“What Can’t Be Said,” an original play written by Mirror Images, Sullivan High School’s prevention theater group, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, February 6 at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
“This show is a testament to the creativity and heart of the students at our high school,” said Mirror Images adviser and SHS English teacher Becky Lawson. “It represents what they think is important for our school, our teachers, and our students to acknowledge – both good and bad. We worked together as a team to write the show; every cast member had a chance to contribute. It is a true team effort; I just guided them and helped with a few parts.” Read More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hosting Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville

February 4, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the Fourth Annual Eagle Day event Saturday, February 14 at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.
New to Eagle Day this year, the Illinois Raptor Center will present a short 30 minute program just for kids. Raptors for Kids begins at 10 a.m. There will also be two 50 minute Birds of Prey programs featuring a live bald eagle along with other live birds of prey. The first program starts at 11 a.m., and the second program will start at 1 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program, however only 150 seats will be available per showing. Read More