Capital Memorial Submissions Encouraged

•May 18, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), and the Illinois Senate Republican caucus are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.

The public is encouraged to submit a photograph and written remembrance of veterans who are no longer with us, which will be displayed on the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. The submissions will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda starting at the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Thursday, May 26 through Monday, July 4.

“Every veteran’s life deserves to be recognized, remembered, and honored,” Righter said. “They all have a story and a legacy that must always be kept alive. This Memorial Day Remembrance Wall is a tribute to them. It’s also a very important way for family and friends to share their stories and memories of our brave men and women.” Read More

ALAH FFA Alumni Awards Scholarships

•May 18, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (ALAH) FFA Alumni awarded the first scholarships to four area students. The chapter, chartered in 2014, has 53 members with the purpose “to provide leadership, mentoring, and financial assistance to the agricultural education program at Arthur-Lovington/Atwood- Hammond High School.”

The scholarship fund receives donations, fundraising and proceeds from the variety test plot hosted by Jeff Davis of Hammond. Students fill out an application and are interviewed by alumni prior to selection.  Read More

Illinois Department on Aging recognizes Older Americans Month

•May 18, 2016•

What does it mean to blaze a trail? To the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), blazing a trail means evolving to better meet the needs of our growing older adult population and creating a sustainable path for older adults in Illinois – today and for many more years to come. As we celebrate Older Americans Month, IDoA is embracing this year’s theme – Blaze a Trail – and using it as a call to action.

“Older Americans Month is an important month for us to celebrate the contributions of older adults and raise awareness about the issues facing our community,” remarked IDoA Director, Jean Bohnhoff. “We’re being challenged to keep pace with technology and a growing aging population; the department is meeting that challenge head on and, working with the Rauner administration, we believe we’ve found the right solution to avoiding premature institutionalization while maintaining the sustainability of critical programs,” she continued. Read More

Local Women attend LWML Convention

•May 11, 2016•

The 71st Annual Convention of the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) was held April 23 at Salem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. Servant events, a light meal, and a church service were held April 22. The convention theme was, “Create in me a Clean Heart, O God” and was based on Psalm 51:10. Those attending from the area included Marlene Wirth, delegate, of Sullivan; Nancy Stremming, district board member and Effingham/Shelby Zone president; Esther Becker, delegate; Connie Wirth, alternate delegate and Pastor Steven Becker, senior district LWML counselor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, all of Strasburg. Read More

Mediacom Upgrades to All-digital Channel Lineup

•May 11, 2016•

Some customers will need digital adapters to continue receiving TV signals as Mediacom Communications continues to upgrade its video network with an upcoming change that primarily affects the way subscribers view local broadcast television channels on analog TVs. Beginning Wednesday, June 15, 2016, analog signals will no longer be used to deliver lower-numbered channels, including local television stations based out of the Champaign-Springfield and Decatur areas.

While placing an emphasis on digital and high-definition (HD) channels, Mediacom has continued to support customers using older, non-digital TVs by also delivering analog signals for a subset of channels. Those channels will now convert to a digital-only signal and older-model TVs will need to connect to a digital adapter for continued reception.

Mediacom is aiding this conversion by making Digital Tuner Adapters (DTAs) widely available in both standard (SD) and high-definition (HD) formats. The HD version has HDMI ports, and all DTAs include a remote control and newly-released on-screen program guide.

Subscribers who already use a Mediacom DTA or digital converter box (cable set-top box) will not be affected; nor will viewers who connect a newer-model digital-ready TV directly to cable. But by using an adapter, Mediacom officials explain, customers can access more channels and use an on-screen program listing. Adapters also make it possible for older-model TVs to receive signals for higher-numbered channels such as WUSI-DT2 PBS World (Ch. 116) or WUSI-DT3 PBS Create (Ch. 117). For Family TV subscribers, an adapter or converter box delivers additional digital channels, including CBS Sports Network (Ch. 171), National Geographic (Ch. 250) and others. Read More

Remember When? 5-11-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Six retirees from the Sullivan school system will be honored at a reception in the high school cafeteria from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The retirees are Joan Laugher, Russell DeVore, LaVonne Graven, Carl Kutz, Juanita Patterson and Bill Ward.

The Sullivan Scholastic Bowl team finished sixth in the Masonic state tournament last Saturday falling about two questions short of winning all five of their matches. Playing for the Redskins in the state tournament were seniors Keena Baumgartner, Michelle Keown, Amy Peters and Matthew Stone; juniors Wade Baumgartner, John Freese and Stephanie Sleeth; sophomores Breanna Cooper and Erin Marshall; and freshman Wes Baumgartner.

Guys and Dolls, this year’s Sullivan High School musical, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 23-25 in the Little Theatre—On The Square. Starring as Nathan Detroit is Troy Rogers with Karol Lane playing his girlfriend, Adelaide. Neil Elder is the gambler Sky Masterson, and Vanessa Vandeventer will portray Sarah Brown, head of the mission. Read More

“Trucks are for Girls” Day Hosted by Marvin Keller Trucking

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•May 11, 2016•

Dozens of area Girl Scouts now have another patch to show they learned about something new and different.

Marvin Keller Trucking recently partnered with the Women in Trucking Association to sponsor a Trucks are for Girls Event for local Girl Scouts April 30.

Marvin Keller invited Girl Scout troops from Moultrie and Shelby counties for a fun-filled morning of learning. The purpose of the event was to teach the girls about the importance of trucking to the economy while they were able to get an up-close view of a tractor trailer.  Read More

SBL Food and Nutrition Offers Grocery Shopping Budget Tips

•May 11, 2016•

Learn how to choose healthy yet less expensive food items when grocery shopping during a program entitled “Budget Friendly Grocery Shopping,” hosted by Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Food and Nutrition Services. This free program begins at 6 pm, Tuesday, May 17, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education located on the north side of Health Center. Read More

Physician’s Choice Brings InBody Test to Moultrie County

Photo by Mike Brothers Nutritionist Lindsey Shamloo stands barefoot on the InBody230 and holds her thumbs in the two wands for for two minutes. A complete body analysis is printed for review by a Physician’s Choice Wellness professional.

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Nutritionist Lindsey Shamloo stands barefoot on the InBody230 and holds her thumbs in the two wands for for two minutes. A complete body analysis is printed for review by a Physician’s Choice Wellness professional.

•May 11, 2016•

As the competition level for student athletics increases, training programs and pre-season conditioning are essential, and so is that student’s health and nutrition.

Moultrie County high school athletes are invited for a body composition testing and meal planning session 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 23 at Courtyard Estates in Sullivan.

Becky Clayton-Anderson owner of Physicians Choice Wellness and Apex Network Physical Therapy is offering the InBody230 testing to determine muscle mass and overall body composition. She is encouraging parents to accompany  their student athlete to help understand the importance of nutrition as a part of healthy training.

The InBody230 body composition measures body fat, muscle mass and muscular development; allowing a diet, lifestyle and exercise program to achieve preset goals. This is all determined standing on two footholds and grabbing two wands for two minutes.

“Student athletes want maximum performance and will do the extra training to achieve that,” Anderson said, explaining the InBody230 can give an athlete a body composition reading at the beginning of the summer and then at the end of training to measure muscle growth.

“Students and parents are investing a lot of time and money in training, and proper nutrition is essential to complete that process,” she said, referring to a recent example with a football player. Read More

Sullivan Elementary School Gold Slip April Winners

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Gold Slip Winners pictured from left: Mitchell Hooten, Leanna Jones, Charlie DuPron, Taylar Mercer, Sofia Nuzzo, Landry Hall, Charyti Reyna, Cali Szabo, Paul Bates, Jon Kipp, Alex Julian and Carter Addison.

•May 11, 2016•

Sullivan Elementary Gold Slip Winners for the month of April are Mitchell Hooten who was honest about an assignment he had turned in late. He had a chance to get a perfect grade and a piece of candy but was honest with his teacher, missing out on the awards.

Leanna Jones approached a new student who always plays alone and asked him to play with her and her friends.

During an unannounced fire drill Charlie DuPron’s first concern was not for himself but to help a teacher with a broken foot into a wheelchair and get her out of the building.

Taylar helped pick up containers that fell in the school entrance and, going the extra mile, carried them out to the car for the person who dropped them.

Sofia Nuzzo and Landry Hall each helped a teacher who was in a wheelchair get from her classroom to the music room and back without being asked.   Read More