LLC Announces Foundation Scholarship Deadline

•January 20, 2016•

Lake Land College Foundation scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are due Feb. 1.

Students graduating from high school, adults who are enrolling at Lake Land College and current students are encouraged to apply. Those students who received a Lake Land College Foundation Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year and wish to be considered for a 2016-2017 award must reapply. Read More

“Like New” Prom Dress Sale in Sullivan

•January 20, 2016•

Interested in a designer dress without the price tag?

The Sullivan High School Post Prom committee is holding a “Like New” Prom Dress sale from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 29 and again from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, January 30.

Held at the First United Methodist Church, 216 W. Jefferson St. in Sullivan, this fund-raising event gives those looking for a dress and those looking to sell a dress a chance to get together. Read More

Enhanced 911 is On Its Way to Moultrie County

•January 20, 2016•

Enhanced 911 emergency telephone service is moving toward completion in Moultrie County with the passage of the Coles-Moultrie consolidation agreement.

Board member Kevin McReynolds explained the enhanced system would be operated out of Coles County and include land and cell telephone service addresses once completed.

‘We have worked on E911 for a long time,” board chairman Dave McCabe said. “And although we are not last, in going slow we feel we have gotten it done right.”   Read More

Mobile Mammography Available Locally

•January 20, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be at the SBL Sullivan Clinic Feb. 18. The Mobile Mammography van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who qualify will receive their mammogram free. Read More

SBL Releases Calendar of Events for February

•January 20, 2016•

The following is a list of Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and support groups for February. The locations of all programs are posted daily in the main lobby of Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Parent 2 Parent Support Group for Expectant and New Parents

6 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. A free service offering information, discussion and support about becoming a parent. For location of meetings contact Pam Hood at 217-258-2229.

Pathways Through Grief

7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Open to anyone who has lost a loved one. For more information, contact Lincolnland Hospice at 1-800-454-4055.

Cancer Support Group

10 a.m. Monday, February 8, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln. This group is open to anyone dealing with cancer. Open to family members of patient as well. For more information, contact Bob Clapp at 217-232-2537. Read More

NAMI Program Comes to Area

•January 20, 2016•

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family Program, Tuesdays, February 16-May 3; 6:30-9 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 E. Grove Ave. in Effingham. Call 217-690-6583, NAMI Effingham, to reserve a spot.

The same 12-week Family-to-Family program is offered at the Salvation Army, 1300 Richmond Ave. in Mattoon Wednesdays, February 24-May 11, 6:30-9 p.m. Call 217-273-9934, NAMI Mattoon. Read More

Blood Donations Urgently Needed by the American Red Cross The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative. Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Macon Decatur 2/1/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, 3950 Lourdes Lane Argenta 2/2/2016: 1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friends Creek Community Building, 101 East Elm Decatur 2/2/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St 2/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St 2/5/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Millikin University Richards Treat Center, 1184 West Main Street 2/7/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1177 W. Hickory Point Road 2/8/2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Teresa High School, 2710 North Water Street 2/9/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St 2/11/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors may now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. About the American Red Cross: For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

•January 20, 2016•

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Read More

Me & My Sidekick Brings Superheroes to Children’s Museum of Illinois

•January 20, 2016•

Only the best superheroes train at Children’s Museum of Illinois! Join as the Museum hosts Me & My Sidekick, a Super Man and Super Kid night, on February 20, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Super moms are invited as well! All participants are encouraged to dress like their favorite hero, or create a new one! Activities that evening will include: Read More

Remember When? 1-20-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Eighteen avid—and hardy—golfers took to the links New Year’s Day to compete in the fourth annual Richard Murphy Invitational “Frozen” Open at the Country Club. The three teams of six players each set new records this year, thanks to the hard crust of snow which required some digging to open the cups on the greens. The winning team—which came in four under par to pare four strokes off the previous record of 36 in the nine-hole tournament—was composed of Jan Haegen, Bob Hagen, Gordie Wood, Curtis Thompson, John Merryman and Paul Sager.

Students in Linda Brewer’s Bethany history classes recently learned first hand how lucky they are to live in the 20th Century. After spending more time than they had anticipated to complete projects such as braiding rugs and making replicas of log cabins, the students decided they were lucky they weren’t living in the 1700s and 1800s, the time period assigned by Brewer for them to make a project. “I learned they didn’t have as much spare time as we do because most of their time was spent cooking and weaving,” said Jodi Armer. Seventh grader Clayton Brush agreed. Brush made a cabin over break while on vacation in Florida and used white sand from the beach for the project.

“A first place with special merit,” one of only three such awards given to schools in the United States with enrollments of under 500 students, has been given to the 1990 Sullivan High School yearbook. Members of the award winning staff of the Retrospect include co-editors Michelle Keown and Matthew Stone, Janell King, Marissa Williamson, Pam Turnbow, Krystal Horsman, Jamie Christy, Denise Elder, Shari Black, Amy Raymer, Keena Baumgartner, Jill Sutton; associate editor, Jamie Buttry, Megan Cooper, Lori Moody, Amanda Glazebrook, Dean Weaver and Mike Houser. Read More