Impaired and Unbuckled Drivers Target of New IDOT Safety Campaign

•September 7, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced a new media campaign to remind Illinois drivers that they are not Invinceable when getting behind the wheel.

The Invinceable campaign, with radio and TV safety airing through the Labor Day holiday period as well as on digital platforms, humorously plays on cop shows of the 1970s and ‘80s to drive home the message that driving impaired and failing to wear a seatbelt are not laughing matters. Read More

Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Induction

•August 31, 2016•

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, 74 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date. This class included Janet Breen of Douglas County, Breen is an 18-year leader of the County Clovers 4-H Club that is based in Tuscola. This year celebrated the 12-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The ceremony was held Saturday, August 20 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” Barnard said. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.” Read More

Menus 8-31-2016

Senior Peace Meal

For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770

Monday, Sept. 5 - Closed for Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, Sept. 6 - Chicken parmesan, zucchini bake, winter mix vegetables, watermelon, whole grain wheat.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 - Hamburger or brat w/ketchup, potato salad, kidney bean salad, peaches, bun.
Thursday, Sept. 8  - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/gravy, spinach, whole grain wheat, strawberry gelatin, salad. Read More

Moultrie County Employment Rate Improves

•August 31, 2016•

Moultrie County has the lowest July unemployment rate in the area, reporting  4.4% in 2016, down from 4.7% in July 2015.

Moultrie’s drop was less than surrounding counties at 0.3%, with Douglas County reporting 4.5% unemployed, 0.6% better than 5.1% in 2015.

Shelby County’s rate improved by 0.8% to 5.5%, down from 6.3% in July 2015.

Coles County improved by 0.4% over the previous year with 6.4% in July 2016 compared to 6.8% the previous year. Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Farm Bureau Has Appreciation Picnic

•August 31, 2016•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

As of Sunday, August 21, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has Illinois corn condition rated at 57% good and 27% excellent. Corn denting is at 47% which is slightly lower from this time last year. Soybean conditions include 58% good and 21% excellent. Soybeans setting pods are at 89% for the year as well. NASS comes out with a weekly updated crop report every Monday at 3 p.m.

Driving between Tuscola and Sullivan and looking at various crops, the majority of corn and soybeans seem to be moving right along. Depending who you speak to, it seems that some harvesting could start as early as the week of Labor Day to the middle or end of September. You can really tell the differences in certain corn varieties by the color of the stalk and leaves. With the multiple inches of rain, we received the week of the 15th, this precipitation will also slow down the crops from continuing on their way to maturity. However, the rain was a welcome sight especially for soybeans. The extra moisture will help the pods on the soybean plant fill more and have a better weight.  Read More

Remember When? 8-31-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Amy Bricker, 10, daughter of G.L. and Angie Bricker of Findlay, sang the first two opening numbers in a recital held recently at Millikin University.

Cassandra Jackson of Lovington received an award of excellence for her computer project in 4-H judging at the Illinois State Fair. Her computer project was one of approximately 25 computer projects entered by 4-H’ers from 11 counties. She is a member of the Okaw Challengers 4-H Club in Moultrie County.

Betty Roby has more time to tend to her flowers and yard now that she has retired from the Bethany school district as junior-senior high secretary to the principal. Roby joined the district in 1968 and retired last month after 23 years of service.

Gene Bryant of Sullivan was recently honored during the Crow’s Hybrid Corn Co.’s annual sales meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio for achieving sales goals in his region. He is region manager in region IV. Crow’s Hybrid has 87 sales districts and seven sales regions. Read More

Notice to the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities

•August 31, 2016•

For the November 8 General Election, 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 General Election is Tuesday, October 11, with the exception of grace period registrations and transfers between October 12 through election day. Read More