Dove’s Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training Nov. 3-19

October 8, 2014

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place November 3-19, Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1-5 p.m., in Decatur at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Center. This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies’ staff members. There is a fee for the training but some scholarships are available. Read More

Youth Waterfowl Hunting at Okaw Wetland

October 8, 2014

Okaw Wetlands offers 10 waterfowl blinds that will be available during the youth waterfowl season by special use permit only.  To obtain a special use permit, all hunters must make a reservation by telephone.  Reservations for youth season will be accepted starting Monday, October 6, at 8:30 a.m. No advance reservations will be accepted prior to this date and time.  Hunters will only be allowed to reserve one blind for either Saturday or Sunday.  The telephone number to call when making reservations is: (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7019. Read More

Oktoberfest 2014 Back Bigger & Better Than Ever

October 1, 2014

The 2014 Oktoberfest and 11th annual chili cook-off is back bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will be held 6-11 p.m. Friday October 17 and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, October 18.

Friday night festivities include arts, crafts, and food vendors. The Sullivan Area Arts Council (SAARTS) will host Artoberfest at Cathrine’s Gallery Gifts & More. A highlight to the festival this year, the Oktoberfest wine tasting at 5 West will be open from 6-9 p.m., and the Oktoberfest beer tent will be open 6-11 p.m. Friday. XKrush will rock the beer tent 8-11 p.m. Read More

LLC Board Of Trustee Election Petitions Available

October 1, 2014

Persons who wish to file for a seat on the Board of Trustees of Lake Land College, Community College District No. 517, may pick up nominating petitions at the office of Jean Anne Grunloh, executive assistant to the president at Lake Land College on or after Sept. 23.

Petitions are available from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when the college is open. Grunloh’s office is located in the administrative wing of the Luther Student Center on campus in Mattoon. Read More

Manufacturers, Educators Invited to Roundtable Oct. 28

October 1, 2014

Manufacturing representatives and educators from throughout the East Central Illinois (ECI) region will convene to hear best practices and discuss solutions to some of the industry’s workforce issues at the upcoming ECI Super Region Roundtable in Effingham, Illinois.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST, community colleges, economic and workforce development agencies, K-12 educators, regional planning commissions, and area manufacturers will meet at Thelma Keller Convention Center to explore opportunities related to the ECI Super Region, which encompasses nearly 40 counties in East Central Illinois. Read More

Mattoon Babe Ruth League Sign-ups Oct. 1-31

October 1, 2014

The Mattoon Babe Ruth League will be taking registration for 2015, 16-18 year senior Babe Ruth players starting October 1-31.  Players who are 16 on or before April 30 and, players who are 18 on April 30 are eligible to play as long as there is not a Babe Ruth Charter (for this age group) in their area.  Read More

Lovington Homecoming Kicks Off October 10

October 1, 2014

This year, Lovington’s homecoming parade will honor veterans from Lovington and area towns. U.S. Marine Major Lynn Lowder (ret.) will counsel veterans at the Lovington library Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon.

To help celebrate veterans, Aaron Fleming and Dennis Garmon will start the parade with “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless the USA.”

ALAH fall sports team members and coaches, bagpipers, a Cinderella carriage, Shriners groups and Tiny the Clown will join the scouts, antique cars, fire trucks and other groups. Read More

Shimkus’ Staff In Arthur Oct. 8

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has a tradition of having his staff hold office hours in addition to those he holds himself. A member of Shimkus’ staff will be in Arthur 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, October 8 in the Municipal Building board room at 120 East Progress Street. Read More