Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities at Lake Shelbyville

September 3, 2014

Okaw Wetland offers 10 waterfowl blinds that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 7 days a week only during the 2014 Early Goose and Teal waterfowl-hunting seasons. The blinds have not been brushed; maintenance to the blinds will take place when time and resources are available. Current water level is significantly low at this time to allow for optimal planting and growing conditions for waterfowl plantings. Hunting hours will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for goose and sunrise to sunset for teal. Read More

LLC to Host Presentation on K-12 Learning Standards

September 3, 2014

The Lake Land College Learning Resource Center (LRC) is hosting two discussions regarding recent changes to K-12 curriculum and the resources available to students, faculty and community members in order to better understand these new standards.
The sessions will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater on campus in Mattoon. The second session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 12:15-1 p.m. at the Kluthe Center in Effingham, room 201. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Water Safety Tips for Labor Day Holiday

August 27, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is urging those who will be spending the Labor Day weekend on or around water to follow these safety tips.

Before heading out for the lake or river, be sure to have a life jacket on hand for everyone. The life jackets should be U.S. Coast Guard approved, the correct size and fit, and appropriate for the activity planned. On average, nine out of 10 people who drowned at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake or river project didn’t wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives by keeping the wearer afloat and providing time for rescue. Read More

2014 Senior Expo Sept. 9

August 27, 2014

Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc. will hold the 2014 senior expo Tuesday, September 9 at the Sullivan American Legion beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a free breakfast sponsored by TnT Pizzeria, Illinois state representative Adam Brown, and state senator Chapin Rose. Read More

Labor Picnic to Honor Union Members

August 20, 2014

Current and former union members and their families in the area covered by the Mideastern Illinois Labor Council are invited to attend the 37th annual Labor Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23 at Fox Ridge State Park seven miles south of Charleston on Illinois Route 130.

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Rose’s measure to Help Transition Laid-off Workers Back to Employment

August 20, 2014

New law inspired by local community colleges

A new law spearheaded by State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) to create a two-year pilot program to help transition laid-off workers back to work has recently been signed into law by the governor.

“I want to extend a debt of gratitude to our local community college presidents for bringing this idea to me during a meeting at Richland Community College in Decatur. The new law will get people back to work,” Rose said. Read More

Fleming Earns FRED Scholarship

Submitted Pictured is Aaron Fleming of Lovington, a recent FRED scholarship  recipient (left) and David A. Cawthon, general manager of Moultrie Independent Telephone Co. (right).

Pictured is Aaron Fleming of Lovington, a recent FRED scholarship recipient (left) and David A. Cawthon, general manager of Moultrie Independent Telephone Co. (right).

August 20, 2014

Moultrie Independent Telephone Company recently awarded Aaron Fleming, a junior at Millikin University and a 2012 graduate of Lovington High School, a $1,500 academic scholarship funded by the Fund for Rural Education and Development, or FRED, which is a national charitable foundation located in Washington, D.C.

To receive a FRED scholarship, an applicant must be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student with at least a 3.3 GPA and be nominated by a FRED member telecommunications company. The FRED organization seeks to reward academic achievement and leadership in school and community activities in young people across rural America. Read More