Fireworks Celebrations in the Area

•June 29, 2016•

Area fireworks programs begin this Saturday, June 25 at the close of Bethany Celebration.

On Saturday, July 2 the Arthur and Harristown fireworks displays are set.

Sunday, July 3 includes fireworks at Lovington, Monticello, Monticello Railway, Mt. Zion, Pana. Read More

Letter to the Editor: 6-29-2016

Dear Editor,

The educational trip to Florida hosted by Mr. Rogers, Sullivan Middle School science teacher, was an event to remember.

I had an amazing time snorkeling, swimming with the manatees, kayaking in the mangroves, exploring the seagrass for crabs and meeting Winter the tailless dolphin.  Read More

Fourth of July at Lake Shelbyville

•June 29, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is gearing up for a busy Fourth of July weekend. A host of programs and special events are planned for visitors to enjoy including campground programs, a dog show, tours of the dam, and the annual fireworks show.

The campground programs offered over the course of the holiday weekend will be held at the amphitheaters of various Lake Shelbyville USACE campgrounds. All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult for most programs. Read More

Remember When? 6-29-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Bethany Junior High students Andy Brewer, Allison Patrick and Haley Rowe participated in the Honors Band and ChorusFestival in May at Lake Land College. Students from Lovington Junior High also participated. They are Kara Bolsen, Kelly Smith, Chas Seelow and Jenny Elliott.

Leslie Phelps of Bethany has been awarded a Millikin University academic scholarship based on outstanding academic achievement. She is the daughter of Gilbert and Deborah Phelps.

Lovington Middle School students Wyatt Murphy and Meg Reedy have won the first round in the national D.A.R.E.  Day Poster and Letter To President Bush Contest. Murphy was the poster winner while Reedy won the letter contest. They are now contestants in the state competition.

University of Illinois graduate Angie Quick of Lovington is one of nine area health care students awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild. She plans to enter Washington University in St. Louis this fall to seek a master’s degree in physical therapy.

Tracy Lynne Kirk of Sullivan, Kristen Kay Scott of Bethany and Jennifer Jeanne Cole of Windsor are recipients of 991 special education teacher scholarships. Read More

ALAH High School Honor Rolls Announced

•June 29, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond high school second semester honor rolls have been announced.

Grade 12 High Honors: Brian Binion, Jakob Brewer, Madeleine Brown, Chelsey Chupp, Chris Conder, Cade Day, Darrin Gingerich, Syndie Hanscel, Zach Hingson, Ally Irwin, Jordan Jent, Essi Kettunen, Ariel Kibler, Hannah Leal, Kalli Martin, Jovany Martinez, Bradley D. Miller, Teddy Poe, Tiffany Renfro, Jordan Rettig, Eilis Stewart, Ricky Wright, Colton Yeakley.

Honors: Jazmine Arnett, Makayla Brown, Logan Emel, Kayla Hodge, Josiah Kinert, Greer Lambdin, Bradley R. Miller, Mariah Slaughter, Megan VanVleet, Anthony Wilkins.

Honorable Mention: Belle Baugus, Braxton Eckart, Cory Griffin, Nancy Hack, Isaac Kitchen, Brenden Teak.

Grade 11 High Honors: Kim Davis, Abby Foreman, Gracie Hammer, Shandon Herschberger, Mary Huffman, Megan Hug, Samantha McClain, Regina Miller, Jamie Schlabach, Michelle Schrock, Nick Stoltey, Kelsi Stutzman, Abby Wallace, Payton Wellbaum, Erin Wildman, Drew Wingler. Read More

Host Foreign Exchange Families Sought

•June 22, 2016•

Foreign exchange student host families are being sought for area foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year.

Area coordinator for the foreign exchange student program in this area is Cindy Yoder who explained that 100 English speaking students from various foreign countries are available for host families in the area. Read More

Monthly Brain Training Classes Offered in Sullivan

•June 22, 2016•

There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health.  However, most people think more about keeping their bodies fit or their hearts healthy than working at maintaining a healthy brain.

Cheri Burcham, Family Life Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, will offer “Wits Fitness: Brain Exercise Classes” at Mid-Illinois Senior Services (Senior Center) in Sullivan 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27. There is no cost to attend.  Read More

Millikin Students Win Prestigious Biology Research Awards

•June 22, 2016•

Students and alumni from Millikin University’s Biology Department received various accolades at the biennial Tri-Beta National Convention held this year at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., from June 2-4.Millikin University was represented by five students at the convention; two of which are recent graduates: Elizabeth Wrobel ‘15, from Tinley Park, Ill., and Spencer Hudson ‘15, from Wilmington, Del. Because they won 1st Place at the 2015 Tri-Beta District Convention, Wrobel and Hudson each received a travel stipend from the Tri-Beta national office for the national convention which is held every other year. Hudson recently completed his first year of a Ph.D. program at Utah State University, and Wrobel completed her first year of a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia.

The convention featured 68 presentations across four divisions, with approximately 8-10 presentations during each session. Students from over 30 universities across the country presented their research.

In the ecology division for posters, Millikin University received two awards. Elizabeth Wrobel took home Millikin’s first-ever 1st Place Award at a Tri-Beta National Convention for her work with diseases in songbirds and raptors. Kelsey Going, a senior from Butler, Ill., earned a 3rd Place Award for her work with thermal tolerance and physiology in invasive frogs. Read More