Remember Loved Ones with Holiday Lights at DMH

•November 16, 2016•

Remember your loved one with a holiday light at Decatur Memorial Hospital. For each donation, a light will be designated to shine at DMH through the holiday season outside Café DMH. You will also receive a remembrance card with your loved one’s name written in calligraphy as a keepsake.

Since 1990, the hospital’s landscaping glows with hundreds of white lights; each shining light symbolizing the life of a loved one both past and present.  Read More

ALAH FFA Attends 89th National FFA Convention

Photo furnished The ALAH FFA members pose in front of the RFD-TV backdrop. First Row (L-R)  Katie Gingerich, Bri Smith, Makenna Green, and Janette Comstock. Back Row (L to R) Zane Crist, Colton Romine, Adam Day and Adam Hingson. 

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The ALAH FFA members pose in front of the RFD-TV backdrop. First Row (L-R)  Katie Gingerich, Bri Smith, Makenna Green, and Janette Comstock. Back Row (L to R) Zane Crist, Colton Romine, Adam Day and Adam Hingson.

•November 16, 2016•

By Katie Gingerich
FFA Reporter

The 89th National FFA Convention was held in Indianapolis, Ind. on October 19-22. Janette Comstock, Colton Romine, Zane Crist, Bri Smith, Adam Hingson, Makenna Green, Adam Day, and Katie Gingerich represented ALAH at the convention. They were accompanied by their advisor Wendy Leenerts and chaperone, Monica Green.

The ALAH FFA members stayed in Indianapolis for three days. They attended the first general session of the convention on October 19. FFA members were able to hear from the featured speaker, Diana Nyad, who is the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a shark cage. The students were able to walk around the career show as well. That night, they went to the FFA concert where they saw the Henningsens, Cole Swindell, and Chris Young play. “I had a blast. It was really fun,” said Katie Gingerich. Read More

Fisher House Foundation Quarter Auction

•November 16, 2016•

The Sullivan American Legion will host a quarter auction fundraiser for Fisher House Foundation Friday, December 9.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for browsing with the vendors, and the quarter auction will begin at 7 p.m. in the Legion Hall. Light snacks will be available and a cash bar open.

A donation per person bidding will be accepted at the door with proceeds going to Fisher House Foundation. Read More

Fight Misuse and Make Antibiotics Matter

•November 16, 2016•

During Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking Illinoisans to learn how they can help prevent the misuse of life saving medications.

“Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs. However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not as effective as intended,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Because of misuse, antibiotic resistant bacterial infections are more common, resulting in many of our life saving medications losing efficacy. I encourage everyone to take some time this week to learn how you can keep antibiotics working.”

Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections. They do not cure infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or flu. Taking antibiotics when you do not need them can prevent them from working when you do need them. Read More

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Includes Moultrie in Grants to Counties

Photo by Erica Lehman Mobile Ag’s visit to Sullivan found Nora Becker, daughter of Cassie and Nathan Becker, and “Skittles” the calf seeing eye to eye at the Sullivan Oktoberfest.

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Mobile Ag’s visit to Sullivan found Nora Becker, daughter of Cassie and Nathan Becker, and “Skittles” the calf seeing eye to eye at the Sullivan Oktoberfest.

•November 16, 2016•

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program has announced that  Moultrie County Soil and Water Conservation District has funded the agriculture literacy coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year. Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom based these grants to counties off the 2015-2016 year-end reports.

In 2015-2016, the Illinois AITC program reached 646,201 students with a message about agriculture. Additionally, 37,563 teachers and 1,263 pre-service teachers learned how to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum while meeting state learning standards. Locally, Erica Lehman, Ag Literacy Coordinator, reached 5,061 students and 267 teachers with multiple topics regarding agriculture throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Kevin Daugherty, Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program, said, “The county level programs that implement the AITC program are our biggest strength. Although AITC is a national program, Illinois has the benefit of local contacts that provide content and knowledge and easy strategies for teachers to utilize. The county programs work to integrate agriculture into existing classroom curriculum.” Read More

USDA Invests in Small Rural Illinois Businesses

•November 16, 2016•

USDA recently announced an investment of $490,000 in Illinois, and more than $300 million nationwide, to help rural small businesses save money on their energy costs by adopting renewable sources or implementing more efficient energy options. The funding is through the USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Grant funding for the eight projects in Illinois ranged from $30,700 to $135,000, and includes the purchase and installation of solar renewable energy systems; energy efficiency improvements to insulation, and geothermal and lighting systems; purchase and installation of a fermenter for ethanol production; and energy efficiency improvements to grain dryers. One example of the Illinois improvements is a $40,000 grant to Monahan Filaments, LLC., of Arcola. The grant contributes to a nearly $190,000 project to upgrade existing lighting and chillers; it will result in more than $26,000 per year in savings and replace enough electricity to power 52 homes (568,868 kWh). Read More

Moving Firewood Long Distances Can Spread Invasive Insects

•November 16, 2016•

What’s in your firewood? Tree-killing insects or diseases may be hiding in or on firewood that may be transported hundreds of miles to campsites or fireplaces.

The spread of invasive pests often has serious economic consequences, according to Kelly Estes, coordinator of the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS), at the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute.

In a 2011 study published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal, researchers projected that wood-boring insects are anticipated to cause nearly $1.7 billion in local government expenditures in the U.S. and $830 million in lost residential property values over a ten-year time span. Read More

Remember When? 11-16-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Sullivan native Lynn Donnell is helping revolutionize business data processing with a state of the art computer software system which is making it easier for companies which produce a large volume of files, reports and other important data to store the information. Donnell, who is the son of the late Gilbert and Eleanor Donnell and nephew of Sullivan residents Floyd and Wilber Donnell and Paul Sager, is the founder and president of Donnell Systems, a computer company in South Bend, Ind.

The Sullivan Scholastic Team was a team on a mission Monday night when they traveled to play the Tornadoes and Niantic-Harristown. The Redskins varsity knew that two victories would secure second place in the big CISL conference. Playing for Sullivan were seniors Brian Foster, John Freese, Mindy Livingston and Stephanie Sleeth and juniors, Breanna Cooper, Julie Gore and Erin Marshall.

Tim Williamson and Kristen Grooms of Sullivan were recognized as outstanding 4-H’ers for 1991 during the recent Moultrie County 4-H Achievement Program. Outstanding first year members recognized included Chris Bennett, Heidi Crawford, Amanda Edmonds, Tyson Grooms, Kim Voegel and Nicki Wood, all of Sullivan; Ranee Casteel, Meghan Murphy and Kyle Reedy, all of Lovington and J.C. Fitzgerald, Christine Marshall, Ryan McCabe and Erik Stollard, all of Bethany. Read More

Windsor Students of October

Photo furnished Windsor Students of October Windsor High School October student of the month is Logan Greuel, son of Matt and Jennifer Greuel, and the junior high student of the month is Larissa Carr, daughter of Walter and Jennifer Carr.   Greuel is a sophomore and involved in baseball, basketball, FFA, scholastic bowl, student council, pep club, and physics club.  Carr, a 7th grader, is a member of the track team.

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Windsor Students of October
Windsor High School October student of the month is Logan Greuel, son of Matt and Jennifer Greuel, and the junior high student of the month is Larissa Carr, daughter of Walter and Jennifer Carr.
Greuel is a sophomore and involved in baseball, basketball, FFA, scholastic bowl, student council, pep club, and physics club. Carr, a 7th grader, is a member of the track team.