Serve Illinois Commission AmeriCorps Programs

•July 27, 2016•

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) has announced approximately $9.2 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed.

“This year we were able to leverage enough federal funds to expand AmeriCorps’ reach into new counties throughout the state,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military family members. These volunteers are going to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans.” Read More

SBL Holds Health Screenings

•July 27, 2016•

SBL Lincolnland Home Care and Lincolnland Hospice will conduct a free blood pressure clinic 8:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Senior Center in Sullivan. For more information, call Lincolnland Home Care at 1-800-879-3212.  Read More

Thinking About Health: Help for Hearing Loss Is Often Unaffordable

TrudyLieberman-Photo•July 27, 2016•

By Trudy Lieberman,
Rural Health News Service

Nearly two-thirds of adults over age 70 have hearing loss that doctors consider “clinically meaningful.” In plain English that means as people age, they are likely to become hard of hearing. Many of those people, however, don’t get the help they need, often because they simply cannot afford it.

“The prevalence of hearing loss almost doubles with each age decade of life,” says Dr. Frank Lin, an otolaryngologist at Johns Hopkins University, but for older people, he adds, “there are multiple barriers that prevent individuals from getting their hearing loss addressed.”

Lin spoke about the subject to a group of journalists in a recent phone conference sponsored by a Washington, D.C., advocacy group the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is a co-author of a June report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that recommends better access and support for treating hearing loss.

Lin told the group that although hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process, “hearing care is inaccessible” to many seniors. He said studies over the last five years have shown that such loss “can increase the risk of cognitive decline.” Using data from a longitudinal study (one that tracks data from the same people repeatedly over many years or decades) that began in 1958, Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins found that those with hearing loss had a higher probability of developing dementia. The more severe the loss, the more likely the dementia. Read More

Illinois Speed Awareness Day Campaign Reflects on Residential Dangers

•July 27, 2016•

During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 27, Troopers from District 10 are taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and enforcement. In Illinois during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

District 10 Troopers will be participating in extra enforcement patrols on July 27 including Air Speed, LIDAR Details, and Radar Details. The details will be on state and U.S. Highways, county roads, city streets, and Interstates that run through District 10 including I-57, I-72, and I-74.

In residential areas, speeding can have the following consequences: Read More

Mosquito Reduction Strategy Focuses on Used Tire Threat

•July 27, 2016•

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.

“Used tires threaten Illinois communities by increasing the risk of disease transmission,” said Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina. “This collaborative effort between IEPA and IDPH will allow us to assist local governments most vulnerable to West Nile virus and the possible spread of Zika virus by removing prime breeding habitats for disease-carrying mosquitoes.” Read More

Remember When? 7-27-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Olympic weightlifting works, and Sullivan High School graduates Rodger DeGarmo, Brent and Braidy Miller and Matt Jenkins all brought home medals from the Prairie State Games to prove it.

Me and My Girl, the smash 1930’s English musical comedy which was revived and brought to Broadway in 1986, will open at The Little Theatre on the Square Wednesday, July 24 and run through Aug. 4.

Airman Colin E. Moon has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The son of Larry E. Moon of Bethany and Mary J. Moon of Decatur, he is a 1987 graduate of Bethany High School.

Joy Day of Lovington kept a close eye on the judge while showing her Angus steer “Alfalfa” Friday afternoon at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair in Arthur. Alfalfa was named Champion Angus in the breed show and took Reserve Champion British Bred honors.

In his 44 years of practicing medicine, Sullivan family physician Dr. Dean E. McLaughlin can name only one thing that hasn’t been updated in medical technology. “About the only thing that hasn’t changed is anatomy,” he observed with a smile during an interview this week just days prior to his retirement from full practice. Read More

Don’t Get Schooled – Be Prepared With Social Security

•July 27, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager

Your summer job has ended so there’s no better time than now to start planning for retirement. You can easily be ahead of the game and secure your future with a few simple steps.

As a millennial, you are in the best position for planning, investing, and saving for your retirement, growing that nest egg as large as it can be. The sooner you start, the more money you will have.

There are two easy ways to prepare for retirement at a young age:  Read More

Corn and Soybeans Ahead of Average

•July 27, 2016•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

As of Sunday, July 18, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has Illinois corn condition rated at 58% good and 22% excellent. Corn silking is at 77% which is above the five-year average of 68%.

Soybean conditions include 59% good and 17% excellent. Soybeans are also ahead of the five-year average for blooming at 60% for 2016 compared to 54% for the five-year average. 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 seems to still be doing well for this time of year. In the past weeks, there has been reports of some greensnap in cornfields from wind damage, especially to the south of us. Greensnap happens prior to tasseling, when the corn is rapidly growing. Plants affected by greensnap can break anywhere along the stalk. Often, plants will break at the node just below the primary ear or below the ear in the internode. Broken plants may still be able to produce a nubbin, which is a small nonproductive ear. With the continued heat this month, I have had multiple questions on how this can affect the corn crop. Corn is a very tough crop but, as most of us, does not like extreme heat. If you see corn leaves rolling up, the reason for this is the plant is trying to protect itself from excessive loss of water. However, with the amounts of rain we have received lately most corn leaves have unrolled. While the moisture we have received is great for the crop, it is also conducive to various leaf diseases that can harm the leaves above the ear on the stalk. This in turn can reduce the yields of the plant.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville Dove Hunt Applications Available

•July 27, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will conduct a dove hunt on opening day of dove season, Thursday, September 1 at Wilborn Creek Dove Field.

Two hunts will take place, one in the morning (6:30-11:30 a.m.) and one in the afternoon (2 -7 p.m.). A permit is required to participate in the hunt on opening day. Permit applications may be picked up at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or obtained online at

Applicants will be able to indicate their preference for the hunt (a.m., p.m., or either). Permit applications must be received at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office no later than 4 p.m. August 15.  Read More