Sullivan Students Move On to District Bee

•January 20, 2016•

Students at the Sullivan elementary and middle schools participated in their classroom spelling bees during the first few weeks of January.

The students who will be moving on to the District Spelling Bee at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 in the Sullivan High School Commons are as follows:

4th grade: Callista Tidwell, Kyle Corkill, Hannah Righter, Nevaeh Harminson, Nicole Lofland, Isabelle Stone, first alternate-Taylor Lingafelter, second alternate-Emily Kirkwood. Read More

Lovington, Sullivan, Windsor: Preschool Roundup

•January 13, 2016•

Free preschool screenings for children between birth and five years of age are being conducted in area school districts. The free preschool screening is to see how a child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language. The screening takes approximately one hour.

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond school district and Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Educate Little People) will offer the screenings February 9 at the Lovington United Methodist Church at 241 S. Broadway. Call Nancy Wildman at 217-873-4318 for an appointment or more information. Read More

Karen Woods New Director of Get Covered Illinois

•January 13, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) has announced Karen Woods as the new director of Get Covered Illinois (GCI), the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace that has enrolled nearly one million people in quality health coverage since it launched in 2013.

“I am excited to assume the leadership role for Get Covered Illinois and work with the GCI team,” said Woods. “I look forward to enhancing the opportunity for residents of Illinois to have access to the quality healthcare they need.” Read More

Notice to the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

For the March 15 General Primary Election

•January 13, 2016•

Citizens who are not registered to vote and cannot leave their home or nursing home facility because of a permanent physical disability may arrange for voter registration and voting by contacting the Moultrie County Clerk’s office.

The last day to register to vote before the March 15 General Primary Election is Tuesday, February 16 with the exception of grace period registrations and transfers between February 17 through election day.

Anyone may register at the County Clerk’s office, Moultrie County Courthouse, 10 S. Main in Sullivan, Illinois from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, if a person is unable to come to the courthouse, they may call the county clerk’s office and arrangements for registration will be made. Read More

Courthouse Chimney Comes Down

•January 13, 2016•

The building and grounds committee of the Moultrie County Board met January 6 and voted to recommend removal of a dilapidated courthouse chimney.

Maintenance director Rick Matthews explained that recent rain had indicated the unused courthouse chimney was the site of water infiltration inside the building.

Committee chair Gary Smith noted the chimney removal discussion was recurring and with Mason Masonry on location with the tuckpointing project, it was time to act. Read More

Thinking About Health: Low Premium Insurance May Not Always Be the Cheapest Option

•January 13, 2016•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

The enrollment period for choosing an Obamacare policy ends January 31. That means if you haven’t already signed up and think you want coverage from your state’s insurance marketplace, now’s the time to check your options and make a decision. But what decision will be best?

Over the last several months I have received many emails from readers of this column telling me about their experience with Affordable Care Act policies---some good, some bad. Their comments plus the close of open enrollment offer a chance to review a few of the basics for choosing a plan and to examine a critical question that’s been plaguing the law since the beginning: Are policies affordable?

A 61-year-old woman in South Dakota wanted me to tell readers to look carefully at the so-called silver plans because they provide what are called cost-sharing subsidies---extra help paying those sky-high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs Obamacare policies require. Silver plans cover 70 percent of someone’s medical expenses. The woman explained the subsidies had made it possible for her to switch from a platinum policy with a high premium (and lower deductible) to the silver variety, which lowered her premium and required what she called “minimal” copays for doctor visits and medications. Read More

Lake Shelbyville to Increase Downstream Releases

•January 13, 2016•

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday January 6 the pool elevation at Lake Shelbyville was 617.37. feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of approximately 3,130 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow for January 6 was approximately 2,860 day second feet (dsf). With current precipitation on the ground, Lake Shelbyville crested at 617.4 feet NGVD Tuesday January 5. With the high pool levels, projected releases will be increased to 4,500 cfs by Friday January 8.

Lake Shelbyville Dam is operating as designed, helping reduce flood stages on the Lower Kaskaskia River, Carlyle Lake, and the Mississippi River.  Read More

Come to Laker Visit Day and Learn About LLC

•January 13, 2016•

Prospective Lake Land College students and parents are invited to learn more about the college at one of three upcoming open houses. Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Feb. 12, April 1, and June 16.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and running until noon, Laker Visit Day provides an opportunity for students to tour campus, sit in on a current class, meet current students and talk with faculty. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend and learn more about the college during a parent session. Read More

Sullivanite on Dean’s List at Indiana State

•January 13, 2016•

Mikaela Gregory of Sullivan, a senior marketing major in Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business, has been recognized on the dean’s list at Indiana State University. Dean’s list honors at Indiana State require a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Read More