Rose backs Richey’s Changes to Criminal Law

Moultrie County State’s Attorney initiatives pass Illinois Senate 

Two initiatives of the Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office are halfway through the legislative process, thanks to the sponsorship of State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).

Senate Bills 3435 and 3547 will toughen penalties on those who assault children and also unsafe drivers. Read More

Feb. Unemployment Shows Moultrie as Lowest in Central Ill.

MoCoFeb14UnemploymentMost still see overall increase from Dec.

by Keith Stewart

Moultrie County ranked the lowest among nine east central Illinois counties in unemployment for February.

Coming in at 7.5 percent, Moultrie is, in fact, tied for the fourth lowest rate of unemployment in the state with Washington county also at 7.5.

However, the county’s rate was an uptick from each of the two prior months, a trend nearly all other neighboring counties also saw. Read More

One Big Catch

Submitted Nathan Riley is seen with his 20 inch long 5-pound, 7-ounce large-mouth bass, which he caught in Wyman Lake in March.

Nathan Riley is seen with his 20 inch long 5-pound, 7-ounce large-mouth bass, which he caught in Wyman Lake in March.

20 inch, 5lb large-mouth caught out of Wyman

by Keith Stewart

Nathan Riley is 12 years old. He’s been fishing for only a couple years. He is mostly self-trained too, having watched dozens of YouTube videos on the sport. And it was he who was by himself at little ol’ Wyman Lake when he supposedly caught a 20-inch, 5-pound., 7-ounce large mouth bass on a cold March morning.

Sounds a little fishy.

Perhaps some doubt could, in fact, be cast if there wasn’t a photo or two of the Sullivan middle schooler showing off his fresh catch. His friends at school can’t deny it–Riley has shown them photos on his cellphone. It’s the reel-deal.

Bad fishing puns aside, Riley’s catch is the biggest of his life so far and a young life at that.

He first got into fishing after seeing the line and reel for the first time. Read More

Okaw Valley to See Big Benefit from New Shelby County Tax

As much as $50,000 could go to OV

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

Earlier this month Shelby County residents passed a new one percent sales tax aimed at helping area schools maintain their often-aging buildings. The referendum, which passed on March 18 and goes into effect April of next year, could bring Okaw Valley schools as much as $50,000 in increased revenue according to district superintendent Kent Stauder. Read More

National Library Week Starts April 14

National Library Week will be observed from April 14-20, and the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library staff encourages everyone to stop by and see what the library has to offer. If a member of the public doesn’t already have a library card, stop by the desk and become a registered patron. (Individuals who live outside the city are required to pay a non-resident fee. Those who fall in that category should call 728-7221 for details. Read More

Free Two-Week Summer Journalism Workshop for High Schoolers

High school students will have an opportunity to learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop at Eastern Illinois University on June 15-27.

Applications for the 13-day workshop, which is funded by the IPF, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Robert R. McCormick Foundation and EIU, will be accepted through May 10. Eighteen students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Go to or contact director Joe Gisondi at for further information. Read More

March was Cold and Dry in Illinois

The statewide average temperature for March in Illinois was 33.8 degrees, which was 7 degrees below average and the eighth coldest March on record. Combined with the colder-than-average January and February made this the fourth coldest start (23.6 degrees) for Illinois for the year to date, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. Read More

Illinois 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 5

The 2014 Spring Trout Fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 5, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced recently. 

“The spring trout season is always a great time for families to go fishing and catch some tasty trout, and we’re delighted to be able to add several new locations for trout fishing,” said Director Miller.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville 2014 Recreation Season Kickoff

The 2014 camping season began with the early opening of Area 5 at the Forrest W. “Bo” Wood Campground on Tuesday, April 1. These campsites (114 – 141) are available on a first come, first served basis and sites will be paid for using the honor vault system until Thursday, April 17. From May 8 to May 14, prior to the official opening date, Lone Point Campground is offering free first come, first served camping. Lone Point Campground will host an open house on May 9 and May 10. There will be activities for all ages, inflatable bounce houses, bands, and more.

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