Coles-Moultrie Sponsorship Benefits SBL Regional Cancer Center

Photo furnished Pictured are: (back row, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members, Sam Adair and Tim Kastl; CoBank Regional Vice President, Cliff Bolstad; Coles-Moultrie President & CEO, Kim Leftwich; and CoBank Vice President, Aaron Johnson.  (front row, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members, Patty Hedges, Debbie Boldig, Becky Taylor, Kim Lockart and Cindy Foster. Not present: SBL Golf Committee members, Chris Kessler, Linda Neeley and Larry Tojo.

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Pictured are: (back row, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members, Sam Adair and Tim Kastl; CoBank Regional Vice President, Cliff Bolstad; Coles-Moultrie President & CEO, Kim Leftwich; and CoBank Vice President, Aaron Johnson.
(front row, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members, Patty Hedges, Debbie Boldig, Becky Taylor, Kim Lockart and Cindy Foster. Not present: SBL Golf Committee members, Chris Kessler, Linda Neeley and Larry Tojo.

•June 8, 2016•

Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and CoBank recently donated $8,000 in sponsorship funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 27th annual golf benefit scheduled for Friday, June 10, at Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center.

“We are delighted to support Sarah Bush Lincoln in its efforts to enhance cancer care for community members with a new modern facility,” Coles-Moultrie President and CEO Kim Leftwich said. “Coles-Moultrie’s $4,000 donation was matched dollar-for-dollar by CoBank, as part of its ‘Sharing Success’ program designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America,” Leftwich said.
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Oklahoma State Graduate

KMBT_C364e-20160603140355•June 8, 2016•

Lainee A. Sanders recently graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Sanders is the daughter of Kelly Reedy of Bethany and Forrest Sanders of Mattoon. Her grandparents are Dick and Pat Taylor Cast of Broken Arrow, Okla., and her great-grandmother is Myrtle Reedy of Sullivan.

Family Preparedness Plans Must Include Pets

•June 8, 2016•

According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households include at least one pet. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.

Throughout the month of June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of emergency preparedness for pets.

“Pets are beloved members of many families these days,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “That’s why it’s so important to include your pet’s needs when developing your family emergency plan and stocking your emergency supply kit.” Read More

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

•June 8, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2016. An adolescent in west central Illinois became severely ill in late May.

“We typically don’t start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois until the end of July or beginning of August,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “This first human case is much earlier this year, reminding us that it’s important to protect ourselves against mosquito bites now and not wait until the hotter months of summer.”

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which can determine whether the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. However, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, may occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus. Read More

“Bumps, Burps & Giggles” Baby and Children’s Fair Good for All Ages

•June 8, 2016•

If you are an expectant parent, new parent or even an experienced parent or grandparent, Bumps, Burps and Giggles Baby and Children’s Fair has something for you.

The 2016 Bumps, Burps & Giggles Baby and Children’s Fair will be held from 11 am to 2 pm, Sunday, June 26, in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education Center at Sarah Bush Lincoln. It is free and open to the public.

The Baby and Children’s Fair provides information and education regarding areas of interest to expectant and new parents, as well as highlighting services provided by the Health Center and community groups geared toward expectant and new parents. More than 25 community agencies and area businesses are offering informational displays, and opportunities to purchase items.

The interactive fair gives participants and opportunity to view obstetrical equipment used on the Women & Children’s Center and talk with staff members about their questions and concerns. Participating Sarah Bush Lincoln services include Oh, Baby! Perinatal and Infant Care Education, Dental Services for women and children, nutrition, Physical Therapy, Speech & Hearing, ENT, Breastfeeding, Car Seat Clinic, Physician referral, Lincolnland Home Medical Equipment, and Birth Companions. Read More

Affordable Rents are Out of Reach for Minimum Wage Workers

•June 8, 2016•

Renters must earn $19.98 to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Ill., while nearly $225 million in emergency state funding for affordable housing is being held up to due to state budget impasse

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in Illinois, renters need to earn $19.98 per hour. This is Illinois’ 2016 Housing Wage, revealed in a national report released today. The report, Out of Reach 2016, was jointly released by Housing Action Illinois, a statewide coalition that fights to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC- based research and advocacy organization.

Nearly $225 million in state funding that would help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing was just included in a larger emergency funding bill for human service programs that the General Assembly recently passed with bipartisan support. The bill, SB 2038, includes funding for homeless shelters, supportive housing, rental subsidies, and housing construction. This funding—as well as additional funds for affordable housing—would have been available 11 months ago if not for the state budget impasse. On May 18, the bill was sent to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for his consideration. Read More

Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lake Shelbyville

•June 8, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is hosting a free fishing tournament for children under 13 Saturday, June 18 at Opossum Pond. The pond is located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling 217-774-3951 ext. 2, though it is not mandatory.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the age six and under category and participants will fish from 9-9:45 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the age 7-9 and 10-12 category, and participants will fish from 10-11 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish in each age division. All children will receive a certificate for participating. The tournament will be limited to bank fishing only.  Read More

Watch Out For Rabid Bats And Animals

•June 8, 2016•

Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.

“Never try to approach or catch a bat, or any wild animal, you find outside. Bats and wild animals that let people approach them are often not healthy,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Instead, call your local animal control agency for its recommendations on how to handle the animal.”

In 2015, 97 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois. Any wild mammal, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats, can have rabies and transmit it to humans.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system. People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. People usually know when they have been bitten by a bat, but bats have very small teeth and the bite mark may not be easy to see. If you find yourself in close proximity to a bat and are not sure if you were exposed, for example – you wake up and find a bat in your room, do not kill or release the bat before calling your doctor or local health department to help determine if you could have been exposed to rabies and need preventive treatment. If the bat is available for testing and test results are negative, preventive treatment is not needed. Read More

State Police District Helped 300 Area Motorists in May

•June 8, 2016•

Illinois State Police District 10 announced that during the month of May 2016, troopers handled 2213 incidents. Four hundred fifty-four of those incidents were calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 308 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Troopers handled 86 crash reports, four of which were fatal crashes resulting in five deaths.

Criminal activities during the month included 37 arrests for criminal offenses. Troopers had 17 subjects arrested for Wanted on Warrant. Troopers also issued nine citations for drug violations. Read More

What’s New at the Library?

•June 8, 2016•

The Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library has added “Learning Express Library,” a powerful learning resource to its online programs.

Featuring nearly 1,000 tutorials, practice tests, and e-books, this database helps students and adult learners prepare for the GED, ACT, SAT, or career certification tests such as the NCLEX-RN.

The Job and Career Accelerator provides specialized content and tools to help people find jobs.  It also includes occupational profiles, a real time job search engine, resume’ and cover letter builders and more.   Read More