Benefit at Sullivan VFW for Angie Springman

Photo furnished Pictured are Rob and Angie Springman.

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Pictured are Rob and Angie Springman.

•November 9, 2016•

Angie Springman has been a lifelong resident of central Illinois. She grew up in Atwood, then moved to Mt. Zion, where she met her soulmate Rob Springman. They later married and had two children, Ryan and Jessica and moved their young family to Lovington where they spent many years. While maintaining her role as mom and military wife, Angie remained very active in her community as a selfless volunteer. She also worked for the Lovington School District, First Christian Church, US Post Office and many other businesses.

Later, she chose to further her education and went back to school to become a radiological technician, to continue her lifelong passion of serving others. Angie started her new career by working at an orthopedic surgeon’s office in Decatur. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. She is no longer able to work full time and finances have become a struggle. Read More

Sec. of State Mobile Unit Comes to Sullivan Library

•November 9, 2016•

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Sullivan Library, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. White’s mobile unit will be available at the Sullivan Library, located at 2 West Water in Sullivan 10 a.m-2 p.m. November 17. Read More

Millikin Hosts Annual Literary Festival

•November 9, 2016•

Millikin University presents the 14th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest Nov. 11-12. The 2016 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students, and the general public.

The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.

The 2016 Literary Festival will begin on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room in Richards Treat University Center, featuring a prose reading from guest writer Geoff Herbach.

The festival will continue on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with workshops and readings in Shilling Hall, Rooms 315 and 316, and the President’s Dining Room. Poetry and fiction workshops along with lectures on poetry craft will be held on Nov 12. Read More

Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Start of Open Enrollment

•November 9, 2016•

With significant changes in the health care marketplace across the country consumers are encouraged to compare options before enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage.

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today announced that Qualified Health Programs (QHPs) are now available to Illinois residents at Get Covered Illinois and Healthcare.gov. Due to the significant changes to the plans and prices from plan year 2016, DOI is encouraging all Illinois residents to take their time and compare plans.

“The Illinois Department of Insurance recognizes the challenges Illinois consumers will face as they try to decide on a health care plan for next year,” said Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling. “We want Illinois residents to know we are here as a free resource to make sure everyone is able to get the best coverage possible for themselves and their families.”

Illinois residents can make an appointment for free, in-person assistance from a licensed and trained Navigator by going to GetCoveredIllinois.gov or calling 1-866-311-1119 for more information. Read More

Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Start of Open Enrollment

•November 9, 2016•

With significant changes in the health care marketplace across the country consumers are encouraged to compare options before enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage.

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today announced that Qualified Health Programs (QHPs) are now available to Illinois residents at Get Covered Illinois and Healthcare.gov. Due to the significant changes to the plans and prices from plan year 2016, DOI is encouraging all Illinois residents to take their time and compare plans.

“The Illinois Department of Insurance recognizes the challenges Illinois consumers will face as they try to decide on a health care plan for next year,” said Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling. “We want Illinois residents to know we are here as a free resource to make sure everyone is able to get the best coverage possible for themselves and their families.” Read More

Remember When? 11-9-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years AgoThis Week

Sullivan Middle School students will present Peter Pan at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sullivan High School gym. Among the students appearing in the performance are Jill Farris as Liza, Katie Carlock as Tootles, Hollie Eaton as Bear, Nick Rodgers as Peter Pan, Steve Book as Captain Hook, Kevin Towle as Mr. Darling, Angie Mossman as Mrs. Darling and Kim Gaither as the lion.

Four Moultrie County residents were awarded undergraduate degrees during spring commencement ceremonies at Southern Illinois University. Trent E. Doty and Shawn J. Patrick of Lovington and Bradley E. Shuman of Sullivan all received bachelor of science degrees. Graduating with an associate in applied science degree was Michael A. Hermann of Sullivan.

Millikin University junior Julie Livergood of Findlay was a member of the MU homecoming planning committee. She was co-chair of the house decorations committee. She is the daughter of Gloria Lehn of rural Findlay and Jim Livergood of Costa Rica and a 1989 graduate of Findlay High School. Read More

Family Honors Mother’s Decision: Hospice Provides Comfort

Photo furnished Diane Blair with daughter Alice Smith.

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Diane Blair with daughter Alice Smith.

•November 9, 2016•

Diane Blair lived with faith, purpose and passion her entire life.

She was an amazing woman,” her daughter Alice Smith said. “She’s the strongest person I will ever know.” Known for her unwavering devotion to family, church and community, Blair opted for hospice care when she received a devastating diagnosis in August 2015.

Always on the go, the 82-year-old Charleston woman took herself to the emergency apartment when she started experiencing stabbing pains in her abdomen. Sadly, doctors discovered spots on her pancreas, and a biopsy confirmed she had pancreatic cancer. “She took it way better than the rest of us,” her daughter said. “She just accepted that it was God’s plan and He knows best.”

Her family was heartbroken by the severity of the diagnosis. “We hadn’t even left the oncologist’s office, and we were already talking about hospice care,” Smith said. Since surgery wasn’t an option, Blair was adamant about spending quality time with her family during her final days without the side effects of cancer treatment.

Smith and her three brothers respected their mother’s decision. “We all believed that was the best thing. We didn’t want to see her go through treatments that would only make her sicker.” Smith said. The family credits Lincolnland Hospice for easing their worries and providing the support they needed to make the most of their time together. Read More

October Temperatures Rise

•November 9, 2016•

The statewide average temperature for October was 59.8 degrees, 5.4 degrees above normal, and the seventh warmest October on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

The statewide average precipitation for October was 2.38 inches, 0.86 inches below normal. A few bands of three to five inches of precipitation occurred across northern Illinois and along the Interstate 70 corridor. Outside of those areas, October was drier than normal. The site with the largest monthly rainfall total was Palos Park, in Cook County, with 5.51 inches. Read More

Social Security Has A Full Basket Of Useful Offerings

•November 9, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager

Who doesn’t love sharing a summer picnic with friends and family? Whether you plan one for everyone on your block or a quiet afternoon for two, you’ll need to bring a basket full of delectable goodies. When you’re sharing dishes with loved ones, whether you’re at home or away, you’ll be sure to make everyone happy with a variety of treats.

In the service of securing today and tomorrow, Social Security has a full picnic basket of services. Our table is ready to serve millions of Americans online, by phone, and in person in our network of field offices. It’s easy to pick the method that’s best for you from the comfort of your home or on the go.  Read More