SHS Announces First Semester Honor Rolls

•February 1, 2017•

Straight A Honor Roll

Anderson, Ciara L. (11), Cameron, Laine N. (11), Cooper, Grant P. (12), Cravatta, Abby E. (11), Elder, Trevor W. (11), Ellis, Caden P. (10), Farley, Mary M. (12), Freeman, Shelby A. (12), Goss, Broderick J. (10), Hunter, Shyanne L. (9), Johnson, Spencer A. (10), Jones, Lindsay M. (11), Mauck, Grace E. (12), Mcclure, Kaitlynn M. (11), Menke,, Alex R. (12), Miller, Allison C. (12), Miller, Morgan L. (12), Nichols, Adalee J. (9), Phelps, Winchester L. (11), Plank, Isaiah C. (11), Pratt, Bailee E. (12), Sentel, Brynna C. (12), Stutzman, Joshua M. (11), Tarr, Tanner L. (11), Todd, Maxwell L. (12), Tuttle, Brett P. (11), Tuttle, Brooke E. (10), Webb, Kaitlyn D. (11), Weber, Cassandra L. (12), Whitaker, Parker L. (12), White, Kaitlyn A. (9), Will, Allyson N. (12), Williams, Abigail R. (12) Read More

State Missed Investment Earnings Due to Budget Impasse

•February 1, 2017•

The state of Illinois could have earned $8.8 million more in investment income in the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of the year-long budget impasse, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

“Following yesterday’s state of the state address, we can all agree that the state is in dire need of a full, balanced budget plan that brings fiscal stability to Illinois,” Frerichs said. “Our office continues to maximize returns on our investments, but we could be bringing in millions more in investment income with a sound budget in place.” Read More

Remember When? 2-1-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Feb 3, 1992

George Risley of Sullivan took advantage of springlike weather playing a round of golf at the Sullivan Country Club in 60 degree weather.

Moultrie County crime decreased from 1990 to 1991 MCSD Sgt. Rieck Kendall reported. Burglaries fell from 51 to 33 in 1991 with Kendall noting the arrest of three groups operating burglary rings in Moultrie and Macon counties were a major reason for that decline.

Bethany’s Andi Smith contributed points, steals and rebounds to propel the Fillies to a 59-35 win over Blue Mound at the Meridian Tournament.

Corey Richardson had eight assists and a big three pointer in the fourth during Sullivan’s loss to St. Teresa. Read More

New Investment Program for Children and Adults with a Disability or Blindness

•February 1, 2017•

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs today announced a groundbreaking partnership that brings together 14 states to encourage individuals to invest money on behalf of people with a disability or blindness without jeopardizing their federal disability benefits.

Illinois leads the National Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Alliance, the country’s largest multi-state agreement for these special investment tools that allow for tax-free investment growth when proceeds are spent on qualifying disability-related expenses. Today’s announcement culminates nearly two years of negotiations and additional states also can join the Illinois-led group.

“Every parent wants the best for their child,” Frerichs said. “With this program, we can ensure that families who have a loved one with a disability or blindness get the tools that they need to plan for their future.” Read More

Lovington Public Library February News

•February 1, 2017•

Crazy 8s is a cool over-the-top after school club that’s designed to get kids excited about math. Beginning March 8, each Friday from 3:45-4:45 p.m. kids will get to build stuff, run and jump, be Ninjas and make new friends. This program is for children in grades third-fifh.

“Wee Readers Story Time” is held 10:45-11:15 a.m. Thursday mornings. Preschoolers two years and older enjoy a story, arts and crafts, song and dance, learning games and more. Themes are Feb. 2: “Valentine’s Day”; Feb. 9: No storytime; Feb.. 16: “Presidents”; Feb. 23: “Penguins”.

Learn to design games with Minecraft’s Alex and Steve 3:45-4:45 p.m. Feb. 3. Participants will program animals and other Minecraft characters in their own version of Minecraft using an easy drag-and-drop system. This program is for second grade through adult code learners. Feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or smartphone if you do not want to have to code with a partner.

Calling all adults! Need a little relaxation and conversation? Join the Adult Coloring Club every Friday, from 3:45 - 4:45 pm. The library will provide coloring sheets and markers.  Read More

Sullivan Middle School First Semester Honor Roll

•February 1, 2017•

Straight As

Eighth Grade: Cooper J. Browne, Reagan A. Crouse, Cody M. Crowe, Arabella Y. Dudley, Haylee J. Faulkner, Keelie M. Fleener, Coen J. Foster, Jerralee R. Goad, Alexa R. Hauser, Brett D. Johnson, Hailey D. Jones, Anna E. Mathias, Avery C. McGregor, Emma M. Moran, Mallory A. Nichols, Ian M. Plank, Darien M. Ray, Andrew D. Rogers, Emily B. Simpson, Carley R. Towle, Zoe M. Walton, Emily E. White, Nicholas C. Wilson.

Seventh Grade: Oliver S. Adamson, Logan J. Anderson, Logan A. Annetts, Camden J. Dwyer, Raimi N. Gardner, Connor A. Golden, Lilly R. Graham, Nathan N. Green, Kathryn L. Honchell, Maddison D. Hopper, Abigail L. Kirkwood, Joann B. Mathias, Morgan E. Moll, Sammantha K. Montague, Madelyn M. Neville, Aastha V. Patel, Alyssa J. Shriver, Caprice N. Smith, Jerold J. Standerfer, Aaron M. Stutzman, Alyssa M. Thompson, Natalie N. Turnbaugh, Ryan A. Villalobos, Morgan E. Wallace, Devon A. Winings; Read More

Mo. Co. Ended Year with Lowest Unemployment Rate

•February 1, 2017•

Moultrie County ended the year with the lowest unemployment rate of all surrounding counties at 4.6 percent.

In December 2015 Moultrie County was leading the area at 5.0 percent. The seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in December 2016 compared to 12.2 percent at the peak of the economic cycle in January 2010.

Unemployment rates fell in all surrounding counties with Vermilion County reporting a high of 7.2 percent unemployment in 2016 compared to 7.7 percent in 2015.

Douglas County was second lowest with 4.7 percent, improving by 0.8 percent from 5.5 percent in 2015. Read More

Hospitals Are Penalized for Harming Patients

•January 25, 2017•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Anyone facing a hospital stay for themselves or a family member should look at new data the government released right before Christmas showing that it http://khn.org/news/769-hospitals-penalized-for-patient-safety-in-2017-data-table/ penalized 769 of the nation’s hospitals for having high rates of patient injuries. The monetary penalties – a reduction for the year in their reimbursement for treating Medicare patients – do bite. Larger teaching hospitals could lose as much as $1 million or more.

This is the third year the government has penalized hospitals in an effort to prevent avoidable patient deaths in hospitals, which emerged as a big issue about 18 years ago. This year the government added injuries caused by MRSA and C diff infections to their list of other harmful conditions patients contract in a hospital such as urinary tract and surgical site infections resulting from hysterectomies and colon procedures. MRSA – a staphylococcus bacterium - can cause pneumonia and bloodstream infections. C diff is a germ that can multiply in the gut when patients are taking other antibiotics to kill other germs.  Read More

Remember When? 1-25-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Lady Redskin Stephanie Monroe was virtually unstoppable in the first few minutes of Sullivan’s contest against St. Teresa Thursday night. The senior guard had four steals, three layups and an assist within the first three and a half minutes to help the Lady Reds gain a 19-0 advantage. Sullivan won the contest 68-22 but went up against more formidable competition at St. Louis’ Visitation Academy on Friday as the Lady Reds suffered their first regular season loss in three years 61-45.

Lacosta Meadows and Karissa Brosam, both of Sullivan, were among the Sullivan Preschool students who attended an out-of-school workshop Monday at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library. Library employee Patsy Baker led the workshop which included information about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More

DMH Community Health Calendar

•January 25, 2017•

E-Birth Class. Register online at https://www.dmhcares.com/ or call 217-876-3400.

Geriatric Assessment Clinic, 241 W. Weaver Road, Suite 240, Forsyth. Come to our outpatient program to identify health needs and develop a tailored care plan for loved ones. Get peace of mind for the whole family. Call 217-876-2199 to schedule your appointment.

Bone Density Screening, February 1, 9-11 a.m. free, DMH Breast Center, 302 W. Hay St., Suite 117A. Detect the early stage of osteoporosis with this free screening. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call for an appointment, 217-876-4377.

Is Your Heart The Picture of Health? February 1, 11-1 a.m., free, Café DMH. Learn about a low-dose scan that takes images of your heart. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-2401. Read More