NAMI Family Program Offered

•February 10, 2016•

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family Program will be held 6:30-9 p.m. each Tuesday, February 16-May 3 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 E. Grove Ave. in Effingham. Call 217-690-6583, NAMI Effingham, to reserve a spot.

The same 12-week Family-to-Family program is offered at the Salvation Army, 1300 Richmond Ave. in Mattoon 6:30-9 p.m. each Wednesday, February 24-May 11. Call 217-273-9934, NAMI Mattoon. Read More

Remember When? 2-10-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Three Moultrie countians are among eight Lake Land College students recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, a national academic honors society.The three are Marsha Hutchcraft and Jerry Price, both of Sullivan, and Marilyn Thompson of Lovington.

Four students from Moultrie County have been named to the deans’ lists for the fall semester at the University of Illinois. They are Susan Lee Ozier of Bethany and Sullivan students, Tamara Kristen Dabbs, Sara Ann Elder and Grant Evans Tice.

Lori Moody of Sullivan, a student at Bradley University in Peoria, has been awarded a Bielfeldt Valedictorian Scholarship for 1990-91. Bielfeldt Scholarships are awarded to Bradley students who were valedictorians of their high school graduating class and have an ACT composite score of 28 or more.

Two University of Illinois students from Moultrie County were among the 1,721 students earning degrees in January. Sue Patrice Buckner of Sullivan earned her master of social work degree, and Kevin A. McReynolds of Bethany earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering.

Six Sullivan Middle School students will advance to the Mattoon Elks Hoop Shoot competition at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Mattoon Junior High gym. Chris Kottwitz led all of the Sullivan shooters and won his age group when he completed 20 of 25 attempts. Sally Mundy, Phil Turner, Travis Nolte, Tiffany Bone and Melissa Bone also won the chance to advance in their respective age groups. Read More

Special Father-Daughter Dance Night At Little Theatre

•February 10, 2016•

The Little Theatre on the Square is hosting a Daddy-Daughter Dance 6-8 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The event will be held at Cathrine’s Gallery, Gifts & More at 5 West and The Little Theatre’s dance studio, both located on Jefferson St. in Sullivan.

“We are expanding outreach efforts, and we wanted to do something that ties in with our dance and drama mission,” said John Stephens, executive director and producer at The Little Theatre on the Square. The idea for a daddy-daughter dance came from a newly formed advisory committee working on increased awareness and support for the Little Theatre.

Girls of all ages are welcome to attend the dance with their father, grandfather, or father-figure. About 60 couples have registered for the dance. Registration ends  Tuesday, February 16. Read More

Important to File Early for Student Aid

•February 10, 2016•

While the current budget delay has made this a challenging time for higher education in Illinois, financial aid is available to help make college possible for Illinois students—if they apply for it. As part of Financial Aid Awareness Month, students are reminded to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—the form that determines a student’s eligibility for most federal, state, and college financial aid programs. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency that works with students and families year-round to increase college access, is offering a host of free workshops and other assistance to assist students in completing the form as soon as possible.

“In the 2014-15 school year, students in Illinois received more than $1.5 billion in state and federal aid for college,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “We know that the delay in funding the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) for the 2015-16 school year has created significant uncertainty for students and schools, but if students want to be considered for almost any form of financial aid, they should not delay in filing their FAFSAs for the upcoming school year.”

The 2016-17 FAFSA became available on January 1, 2016, and ISAC has been recommending to students that they file as soon as possible after that date. Here’s why: Read More

Okaw Valley Drama Club Hosts Potato Bar

•February 10, 2016•

The Okaw Valley High School Drama Club will host a potato bar dinner before the OVHS boys’ basketball game 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16. The menu will include baked potato with topping choices of taco meat, chili, broccoli, cheese, sour cream, bacon and chives, a variety of dessert choices and tea and lemonade.

The OV Timberwolves will play the Argenta-Oreana Bombers and will also be celebrating senior night for the boys’ basketball team, cheerleaders and band.  Read More

OV January Students

Photos Submitted Pictured above are OV students Hannah Landreth and Garrett Tippit.

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Pictured above are OV students Hannah Landreth and Garrett Tippit.

•February 10, 2016•

January students of the month At Okaw Valley are sophomore Hannah Landreth, daughter of Justin and Tai Landreth and freshman Garrett Tippit, son of Fred Tippit. Landreth is involved in Drama Club, Art Club, Science Club, FFA and is press secretary of Student Council, treasurer of FCCLA and treasurer of the sophomore class. She is also a member of the Lady Timberwolves basketball team.

Tippit is involved in FFA and is a member of the baseball and bass fishing teams. He is also one of the Timberwolf mascots.

January Had Swinging Temps

•February 3, 2016•

Illinois temperatures in January showed some very large swings in which the highs and lows tended to cancel each other out, with a monthly temperature of 26.7 degrees, or just 0.3 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

The first nine days of the month were above average, followed by four days below average, then three days above average. The second half of January started out much below average, but steadily warmed, and by the month’s end the temperature was 20 degrees above average. Read More

Rural Housing Loans for Low-Moderate Income Families

•February 3, 2016•

Tax return and home-buying seasons are just around the corner, but saving enough money to qualify for a mortgage is one of, if not the, biggest barriers to buying a home.

Through the 502 Direct Single Family Housing Loan program, USDA Rural Development helps low income individuals and families purchase a home with 100% financing. As homeownership grows, rural communities across Illinois are strengthened.

Nancy had no idea where she would get the money for a down payment on a home. She and 256 other families around Illinois in FY2015, qualified for and purchased a home with 100% financing – a reality that would not have been possible for them without the Direct Single Family Loan program.

Rural housing loan funds are also available for qualifying families and individuals to build or rehabilitate a modest home in rural areas. Read More