Millikin Percussion Ensemble Presents Free Synergy Concert

•February 15, 2017•

Millikin University’s Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Synergy concert on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Synergy showcases the distinctiveness of Millikin’s ubiquitous, interdisciplinary alliances through a collaborative concert featuring performances by students and faculty across the College of Fine Arts.

This year’s Percussion Ensemble Synergy concert sets out to examine the relationship between music and the cognitive sciences. The program will explore a variety of interesting musical corollaries including, entrainment, swarm intelligence, dreams and the mind-brain problem. Read More

Rep. Halbrook Named Minority Spokesperson to House ‘Counties & Townships’ Committee

•February 15, 2017•

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) has been named to five committees in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 100th General Assembly. They include Cities & Villages, Counties & Townships, Elections & Campaign Finance, Government Consolidation & Modernization, and the Government Transparency Committees. Rep. Halbrook has been named the minority spokesperson for the Counties & Townships Committee. Read More

Cheers! Event Supports Healthcare Scholarships

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Members of the 2017 Cheers! committee are: (front row, left to right) Karen Littleford, Tricia Dye and Kim Lockart, special event coordinator; Back row (left to right) Amanda Yost, Debra Sandercock, Jerri Pine, Beth Catt and Colleen Stoner, Volunteer Services Director. Committee members not pictured are Catherine Bovard, Eva Higgins, Jodi Hildebrandt, 2017 committee chair, and Lissa Skocy.

•February 15, 2017•

Katelyn Ruholl of Teutopolis and Brett Miller of Toledo are two of many that have benefited from Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Volunteer Guild scholarship program.

“This scholarship has made it less stressful and allowed me to focus more on school rather than finances,” Ruholl said. She is currently a junior nursing student at St. John’s Nursing School in Springfield and aspires to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). “I have always loved taking care of others by putting their needs before mine. I also love learning about all of the amazing ways our body works,” she said.

Miller obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and then worked for three and a half years before deciding to return to school to pursue a degree in nursing. “Being a non-traditional student has given me many life experiences that have prepared me for nursing. I wanted a career where I could make a difference,” he said. Read More

Public Input Encouraged for Long Range Transportation Plan

•February 15, 2017•

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will identify policies to provide Illinois residents and businesses with innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow the economy. Read More

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Feb. 13 - Sausage pattie or links, egg, bacon and cheddar scramble, fruit juice, whole grain blueberry muffin, warm fruit strudel bites.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 - County beef stew with potatoes, carrots, onions, Mexi corn, roll, cherry pie.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Shepherd’s pie w/vegetables, broccoli, warm biscuits, Mandarin oranges.
Thursday, Feb. 16 - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, seasoned peas, Texas toast, fresh fruit.
Friday, Feb. 17 - Tuna noodle casserole, Harvard beets, warm black-eyed pea salad, whole grain wheat, pineapple pistachio dessert.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Feb. 13 - Nutri-grain bar, grape juice, milk.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Breakfast bites, grape juice, milk.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Warm apple, Ritz crackers, milk.
Thursday, Feb. 16  - Waffles, grape juice, milk.
Friday, Feb. 17 - Cereal, grape juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Feb. 13 - Macaroni & cheese, green beans, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Chicken salad sandwiches, carrot & celery sticks, banana, milk.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Cheese pups, peas, applesauce, milk.
Thursday, Feb. 16  - Fish on bun, carrots, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Friday, Feb. 17 - Chicken nuggets, mixed vegetables, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk.

Total Deer Harvest Drops; Youth Takes Increase

•February 8, 2017•

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 155,229 in 2015-16.

During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:

Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 53,479 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2016 and concluded on Jan. 15, 2017. That compares with the harvest of 56,767 during the 2015-16 archery season.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day

•February 8, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place donated Christmas trees and artificial porcupine structures into Lake Shelbyville March 18 to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Volunteers with boats are needed to help place trees in the lake at designated locations. Volunteers on shore are also needed to help build the porcupine structures and bundle and place the trees and porcupine balls in the boats.  Read More

State of Illinois, U of I System Launch ‘Smart State’ Partnership

•February 8, 2017•

The state of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new partnership today which advances Illinois as the nation’s premier ‘Smart State’, integrating next-generation technology to improve quality of life, grow the state’s economy and retain and attract residents.

“Illinois is nationally recognized as the first U.S. state to have a vision and roadmap for becoming a smarter state,” said Hardik Bhatt, Secretary Designate and state CIO of the Department of Innovation and Technology. “The goal is to use technology, Internet of Things, mobile, analytics and cybersecurity to improve operational efficiency and find new and more cost-effective ways to serve our customers.”

Illinois launched Smart State initiatives, under the leadership of Governor Bruce Rauner, with the release of a white paper titled, “Introducing the Smart State: Illinois Leads the Way” in early 2016. This was followed by two smart state workshops in April and December, that connected leaders from both the public and private sector, to explore how becoming a smart state will improve government efficiency and access to services, and create a climate that promotes the growth of business and industry. Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Farm Bureau Accepting Shuman Applicants

•February 8, 2017•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

The Moultrie County Farm Bureau is once again accepting applications for the Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship. This will be the 17th year for the scholarship honoring the achievements and life of Charles Shuman.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Moultrie County who is a graduating high school senior or is currently enrolled in a university or community college. The successful applicant should be of good moral character and exhibit potential for successful completion of a course of study in agriculture or related fields. In addition to academic performance, extra-curricular and community involvement will also be considered in the selection process. Contact the MCFB office at 217-728-4214 to obtain an application. The application deadline is Friday, March 24.  Read More

“Learn to Draw Faces! Workshop Offered in Mattoon

•February 8, 2017•

Kari Rajkumar, an award-winning artist from Paris, is scheduled to teach a “Learn to Draw Faces!” Workshop at the Mattoon Arts Council located in the historic Mattoon Train Depot, 1718 Broadway Avenue in Mattoon.

Rajkumar, who is primarily self-taught, is known for her highly detailed portraits in graphite, pastel, and oils. Her work has received top honors in numerous regional, national, and international competitions and has also appeared in such notable publications as the Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and the Pastel Journal. Read More