Food Service Manager Certification Class

•June 22, 2016•

There will be 2 foodservice sanitation manager’s certification courses offered in July, the 18th and the 25th.  Each will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St, Urbana, IL.  Exam immediately following. Read More

Growing theme for Smyser Christian VBS

•June 22, 2016•

Smyser Christian Church will host Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. July 18-22. for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. The theme is Growing: Inside Out.

Kids will learn about loving God and loving others as they explore the emotions of anger, fear, disgust, sadness and joy. Read More

Tragedy Inspires Mother to Educate Others About Safe Sleep

Photo furnished Newborn Kambri Hildebrand, with parents Brett and Mara Hildebrand, models a sleep sack at Sarah Bush Lincoln. They are pictured with SBL women and children’s nurse Haley Campbell (center) and Angie Goebel with her three-year-old son Grant.

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Newborn Kambri Hildebrand, with parents Brett and Mara Hildebrand, models a sleep sack at Sarah Bush Lincoln. They are pictured with SBL women and children’s nurse Haley Campbell (center) and Angie Goebel with her three-year-old son Grant.

•June 22, 2016•

Angie and Ben Goebel still struggle with the loss of their three-month-old daughter Maggie five years ago.

The couple never imagined tragedy would strike when the child’s baby sitter laid her down for a nap one morning. “We received a frantic call saying she wasn’t breathing and they had called 911,” Mrs. Goebel said. By the time the family reached the hospital emergency department, their baby girl was gone. “Maggie had rolled over into some soft bedding while napping in a “Pack’N Play” and suffocated,” Goebel explained. “It was a horrible accident.”

In the years that have followed this unthinkable tragedy, the Newton mother has made it one of her life missions to educate others on safe infant sleep practices. “I just want to educate everybody so there’s not another family that has to go through what we’ve gone through,” she said.

The Goebel family recently donated more than 100 HALO® Sleep Sacks to be given to parents enrolled in Oh! Baby childbirth classes at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Since 2005, The American Academy of Pediatrics and First Candle/SIDS Alliance suggest the use of a wearable blanket, like the HALO® Sleep Sack, instead of a loose blanket to help keep a baby warm. Loose blankets in the crib can pose a significant risk as they can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Read More

Cowden Free Methodist Camp Comes to July

•June 22, 2016•

Pastor Gerry Coates is the featured evangelist at the Cowden Free Methodist Camp set for July 8-16.

Evening services are 7:30 pm except for Sunday which is 6 pm.  Morning Service is 10:30 am.

He first attended camp in 1967, and the son of Herb and Mary Coates was called to the ministry in 1977 during family camp at Cowden. Read More

Dog Days of Summer at Lake Shelbyville

•June 22, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting area residents and their canine pets to join them for the 22nd annual Lake Shelbyville Dog Days of Summer Dog Show on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Participants can enter their dogs in the following categories: Best Trick, Best Dressed, Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, and Most Precious Puppy.

There will be prizes awarded to the winners of each category. Owners can enter multiple dogs, but only one dog per owner will be allowed in each category. Read More

Social Security Combats Homelessness and Helps Veterans

•June 22, 2016•

Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, and other leaders in the fight to end homelessness gathered today to continue the ongoing battle against homelessness among veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.

“Social Security plays a key role in reducing homelessness, and our benefit payments help people to secure and maintain stable housing,” Acting Commissioner Colvin said. “Social Security is the most successful anti-poverty program in our country’s history and collaborates with other federal, state and local agencies to ensure that veterans, people who are disabled, have lost a loved one, or are retiring have access to our benefits and services.”

Acting Commissioner Colvin joined with federal and state officials to discuss initiatives to end homelessness and outreach programs to vulnerable populations, including veterans, at a forum called “Ending Homelessness: Lessons Learned from the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Representatives from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and the Virginia Housing Alliance participated in the discussion.

In 2015, Virginia announced that it had ended homelessness among veterans. Many federal and state agencies are looking to replicate best practices from Virginia’s success in their respective states.  Read More

“When Thunder Roars, Time To Go Indoors”

Lightning  Awareness Week 

•June 22, 2016•

When thunder roars, go indoors- is more than a catchy phrase about lightning safety. It’s a reminder that you’re at risk of being struck by lightning if you’re outdoors and can hear thunder. That’s the message the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will promote during Lightning Safety Awareness Week “We all enjoy being outdoors on beautiful summer days,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “But don’t push your luck when thunderstorms are in the area. There’s absolutely no picnic, golf game or other outdoor activity that’s worth risking your life.”

Joseph added it’s important to remain inside a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Read More

Remember When? 6-22-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Hydro-Gear employees really pulled together as they accepted a challenge from Shrock Bros. in a tug of war with $100 in prize money to be donated to the Quincy Veteran’s Hospital in the name of the winning team. On the women’s team were Susan Tipsword, Lisa Todd, Scarlet Mayer, Sue Pope, Linda Fultz, Kelly Nolen and Karen Click. The women took second place. On the winning men’s team were Ron Sporer, Doug Moore, Ron White, Lyle Elzy, Gary Cooper, Tom Key, Keith Hughes, Kevin Corley, Joe Taber and Todd Harris.

Rural Sullivan resident  Dean Byers became so intrigued with the fishing at Lake Shelbyville when the lake was built he honed his fishing skills as a fisherman and became a fishing guide.

Sullivan Middle School teacher Bill Ward of Sullivan handed out his final report cards last week. Ward retired at the end of the school year after teaching in the Sullivan School District for 33 years.

Cassie Jackson was elected president of the Okaw Challengers 4-H Club when the group met May 13 for its first session of the year. Officers serving with her will be Dane Jackson, vice president; Sarah Jackson, secretary; Meg Reedy, reporter; Brad Smith, recreation chairman; and Carrie Jackson, treasurer.

Sullivan High School baseball team members have chosen Troy Rogers as the team’s most valuable player and Monte Johnson as captain. Read More

Women’s Civic Club Scholarship Winners

•June 22, 2016•

Sullivan Women’s Civic Club scholarship winners Summer McClain, Danielle Tingey and Ryan Baker along with their mothers were guests of the club at their June meeting held at the Moultrie County Senior Center. The recipients delivered short “thank you” speeches and related their plans for continuing their education. Read More