Training Stresses uniformity of response and
safety for both victims and responders
By Christina Whitford
Every 15 seconds a women is abused here in the U.S. This assault is usually perpetrated by someone intimately related to her. As such, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in America, even more than car accidents. This abuse not only has an effect on the victim but greatly impacts the entire family, especially the children.
This past Friday, those who are trained to assist and respond to this domestic violence attended the Best Practices for Domestic Violence Response training at Mason Point in Sullivan. Sponsored by the Family Violence Coordinating Council, the training was made possible by an arrest grant awarded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women and is distributed to encourage the arrest and enforcement of orders of protection. Read More
New effort aims to educate on importance of mfg. and being successful employees
by Christina Whitford
Do you remember the very first job you had either while you were in high school or after graduation? The feeling of when you got that first paycheck? You were now a part of a workforce and certain expectations were placed on you as an employee. These were experiences that recently many local employers and educational leaders met to discuss in order to understand how to get a new generation of young employees ready for the workforce. Read More
by Ariana Cherry
A proposed tentative tax levy increase was presented to the Arthur-Lovington school board Wednesday, November 13. This year’s EAV was estimated at $131,750,000 while last year’s total was $126,298, 911. An increase of 4.3% was calculated, but the board passed a 3.76 % increase which would avoid a truth and taxation hearing. Read More
Though scattered and infrequent damage is still sustained
by Keith Stewart
Sunday’s storm, which was responsible for approximately 80 reports of tornadoes including those near the Altamont, Tuscola, and Gifford areas, left Moultrie County, by comparison, in relatively good shape.
Nonetheless, parts of the county did suffer extensive damage from what is generally believed as straight line winds. Read More
First quarter honor rolls for Moultrie County schools have been announced.
Lovington Grade School
Three eighth graders, five seventh graders, two six graders and one fifth grader received “A” honors for the first quarter at Lovington Grade School. They include Madison Brown, Janette Comstock and Samuel Renfro, eighth grade; Hunter Day, Ciara Emrick, Sean Evans, Katelyn Gingerich and Taylor Powell, seventh grade; Natalie Lambdin and Kenli Nettles, sixth grade and Tatjana Mehmen, fifth grade. Read More
$900,000 building to include much needed extra space
by Keith Stewart
The Moultrie County board officially accepted a bid last month, giving the green light for the new health department building, which is to be constructed just south of Frontier and just east of the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan.
The county received six bids and ultimately chose family-owned Building Systems of Illinois. Read More
Fifth grade class learns about Navy and
excellence from veteran
by Keith Stewart
Just a kid of the countryside, Francis Marian Drummond Jr. willingly enlisted in the Navy on a Saturday in January of 1952 but only after his older brother Everett told him of the realities that would lie in store for him if he was drafted into the Army.
“I changed the plans,” said Drummond, who did in fact bypass the draft, which he would have otherwise soon experienced at the age of 19. “He told me that the last place I wanted to sleep in was a hole in the ground, so the next day my friend and I enlisted.”
Drummond’s brother had served in the Army during WWII after being drafted, joining several of the family’s relatives in service to the country, including his uncle Walter, his father’s youngest brother, who died during WWI. Drummond’s father, Francis Sr. had also served in WWI in the army as did another uncle–Bertram. Read More