Shuman Memorial Scholarship Winner

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•April 13, 2016•

Avery Schrock, of Arthur, has been named recipient of the 2016 Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Moultrie County Farm Bureau.

Schrock is the son of Roger and Jeannette Schrock and is a freshman at Parkland College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign through the Pathways Program. He is pursuing a career in agribusiness management with a minor in crop sciences.  Read More

Remember When? 4-13-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Bil Reedy of Sullivan was recently honored by the Illinois Secretary of State Office’s Drivers Service Department for having completed more than 15 years of service. Reedy, a public service representative for the Sullivan and Mattoon offices, has been employed by the state agency for 16-1/2 years.

A steady stream of rain in cold, miserable conditions didn’t hamper the performance of Lady Redskin Melissa Crouse and the rest of the Sullivan girls’ track team Friday as they easily dominated Warrensburg-Latham and Clinton in a meet at home. Crows led the point-scorers on the Sullivan team with wins in the 100, 200 and long jump. She also anchored the 400-meter relay team joining Janice Standerfer, Lois Craig and Heather Emel for a first place finish.

Sue McBride of Bethany, a junior nursing student at Millikin University and a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, was recently awarded the 1991 Fuld Fellowship. She and 49 other nursing students throughout the United States were selected for the fellowship from more than 280 nominations. McBride, who has been an LPN for 16 years and works in the labor and delivery department of St. Mary’s, is the wife of Mike McBride and mother of Josh and Michelle McBride.

Two Sullivan High School seniors and eight juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony April 11 at Faith Lutheran Church in Sullivan. New 1991 members include Terri Caruthers, Megan Cooper, Stacy Crawford, Chris Edmonds, John Freese, Amanda Glazebrook, Kristen Grooms, Nathan Hutchings, Julie Norris and Corey Richardson. Read More

Tenth Warmest March on Record

•April 13, 2016•

March 2016 was the 10th warmest March on record with an average temperature of 46.5 degrees, 5.2 degrees above normal. Illinois was not alone; essentially the entire US was warmer than normal in March, according to Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

March is the latest in a string of above-normal months in Illinois going all the way back to September 2015. In fact, the September-March 2016 average temperature of 45.6 degrees is 3.9 degrees above normal and the third warmest September-March combo on record since 1895. Read More

The Healing Jukebox Featured at Wits Fitness Class

•April 13, 2016•

There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health. However, most people think more about keeping their bodies fit or their hearts healthy than working at maintaining a healthy brain. “Wits Fitness: Brain Exercise Classes” are held every fourth Monday of the month from 1-2:30 p.m. at Mid-Illinois Senior Services (Senior Center) in Sullivan. Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator, leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. The next Wits Fitness class Monday, April 25 will feature speaker Kelly Willenborg of the Healing JukeBox in Effingham. Willenborg will discuss how music can boost the brain and will share an understanding of why a person can sing lyrics from songs known in high school but can’t recall what he or she ate for lunch yesterday. Each of us was born with the ability to harmonize with a beat, and participants will learn some simple and fun techniques and benefits of hand drumming while activating both the left and right sides of the brain through easy rhythm work. Read More

Watching the Flowers and Trees Bloom

•April 6, 2016•

By Kim McDonald
NP Garden Columnist

Spring has sprung! It is so great to go outside and see all the flowers and the trees blooming! I was beginning to think that spring would never come, though here I am surrounded by tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to help brighten the days. This is definitely one of my favorite seasons when I can go outside and see everything becoming green again with life.

I have started another aquaponic system such as the one I had the other year, but this year I decided to make it a whole lot bigger. In January I went out to my yard and dug some starts of some different herbs and other plants from my gardens, bought some house plants, and I started some vegetable seeds so I could have a good variety of plants for my system. It took a few weeks to get most of them to be independent of my daily care, but there are a few stragglers that I am still babying trying to get them to grow their roots down to the water flowing underneath them. The aquaponic system has given me a lot of things to focus on while I went through this past winter…I didn’t have much time to get bored. Read More

Voter Participation Center Mailing Sent All Non-Registered Voters

•April 6, 2016•

A mass mailing from from the Chicago based VPC is not connected to Moultrie County, and information contained may confuse some residents.

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England announced today that all election authorities were recently advised by the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) of a mailing that was sent out in March from the Voter Participation Center (VPC) located in Chicago to all non-registered voters in the state of Illinois.

The SBE advised that VPC has scheduled a second mailing to go out this summer. The mailing contains a letter from VPC and a voter registration form with the name and address of the election authority for reference should the person wish to register to vote. England would like the residents of Moultrie County to know that the Moultrie County Clerk’s office is in no way connected with the mailings from the outside organization VPC.  Read More

Sullivan High School Students Conduct Research at Booth Library in Charleston

Photo Submitted Pictured in the first row from left to right are Hannah Goad, Charlie Emel, Emily Stutzman, Summer McClain and Danielle Tingey. In the second row are Robin Sesko (media specialist), Grant King, Ross Metzger, Ryan Baker, Evan Barker, Tyler Green and Cami Badman (English teacher). In the third row are Adam White, Zane Uphoff, Blake Stewart, Dalace Ray and Austin Minnigerode.

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Pictured in the first row from left to right are Hannah Goad, Charlie Emel, Emily Stutzman, Summer McClain and Danielle Tingey. In the second row are Robin Sesko (media specialist), Grant King, Ross Metzger, Ryan Baker, Evan Barker, Tyler Green and Cami Badman (English teacher). In the third row are Adam White, Zane Uphoff, Blake Stewart, Dalace Ray and Austin Minnigerode.

•April 6, 2016•

Students from Sullivan High School visited Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston March 29.

The AP English students were conducting research for papers on social issues.

The students took a tour of the library and were given a demonstration on finding resources both on the bookshelves and through the library’s online database.

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday.

For more information on the library, visit the website,; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter. [/s2If]

EIU Fall Graduates

•April 6, 2016•

Eastern Illinois University graduated several students from this area at the end of the fall semester.

Graduates include Nick W. Coleman of Arthur - Bachelor of Arts; Alicia R. Dickerson of Arthur - Bachelor of Science in Ed; Jennifer A. Ashley of Bethany - Master of Science; Nathan J. Scott of Bethany - Bachelor of Arts; Hannah M. Shay of Hammond - Bachelor of Science in Bus; Matthew R. Bates of Sullivan - Bachelor of Science; Hannah N. Neal of Sullivan - Bachelor of Arts; and Alexander J. Oakley of Sullivan - Bachelor of Science in Bus.

Remember When? 4-6-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Participants in girls’ and boys’ basketball, football, swimming, pom pom squad and cheerleading were all recently honored during an awards night at Bethany High School. Juniors Greg Dickens and Steve VanLoon took top honors in football as Dickens was named the most valuable player on defense and best lineman, while VanLoon was chosen MVP on offense. Shelly Reed received an award for her participation in swimming competition. Alison Ferguson was the only senior to letter in girls’ basketball.

Several Sullivan firemen and ambulance crew members were recently honored for years of service. Volunteer firemen honored were Rod Fleming 18 years; Doug Farris, 16 years; Gary Booker, Scott Blomeley and Jerry Issacs, 15 years; Ron Coy, 12 years; Reid Cornwell, 11 years; and David Reed and George Risley, 10 years.

Work on the Sidewalk of Stars in Sullivan started this morning, and all 177 granite squares are expected to be in place for the opening of Sullivan’s first Festival of Stars May 10-12. Each granite square will feature a star and the date or dates the star performed at The Little Theatre—On The Square in its 33 year history.

Four seniors earned straight A’s during the third quarter at Sullivan High School. They are Keena Baumgartner, Eric Crouse, Amy Peters and Matthew Stone. Read More

Thinking About Health: Medicare’s Three-Day Rule Can Make Nursing Home Stays Expensive

•April 6, 2016•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Judy Norblade, a retired marketing director, and her husband, Paul, a retired teacher, thought they had all their financial bases covered. They had Medicare, good supplemental coverage from a Medigap policy, a drug plan that paid for most of their prescriptions and long-term-care insurance for a nursing home they hoped they would never need.

“I thought we were pretty well set for healthcare in our retirement years,” she said.

Then the Norblades bumped head on into a notorious Medicare rule that has caught thousands of families off guard over the past eight years and disrupted the sense of healthcare security they thought they had planned for.

They encountered a provision in the Medicare law, one that has been part of the program since it was founded in 1965. The provision says that Medicare will pay for services at a skilled nursing facility only if a patient has had at least a three-day, inpatient, medically necessary hospital stay before being admitted---assuming a few other requirements are also met.

If they are, Medicare pays the bill for the first 20 days. After that, a patient pays coinsurance---this year $161 a day from days 21 through 100. If a stay is longer, the family pays the rest. Read More