News Briefs

Gridiron Alumni Seeking Local Football Players

Do you have what it takes to strap on a helmet one more time? Well, if you’ve ever wished that you could play football one more time, your wish has been granted. Alumni football is coming to Sullivan. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time. Read More

Historic Farms Still Being Accepted for Upcoming Book

The publisher of an upcoming book honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to their publicity campaign has been overwhelming, despite the fact that a large number of farm owners still haven’t heard about the project.

The coffee-table book, “Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the State’s Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms,” will feature histories of family-owned farms that have been certified by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as Centennial or Sesquicentennial Farms, as well as photos and stories documenting the history of agriculture in the state. Read More

Shimkus Supports Right-To-Carry Reciprocity

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is cosponsoring legislation that would allow someone with a valid concealed carry permit in one state to legally carry in another state.

“The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (HR 2959) is pretty simple,” Shimkus explained. “If you can legally carry in Illinois – now that we have finally started issuing concealed carry permits – you should be allowed to carry in other states. Read More

Rose Legislation to Help Transition Laid Off Workers Back to Employment

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is looking to expand the MAP Grant application process to help provide much-needed financial assistance to displaced workers.

“Local community colleges called a critical problem to my attention: that the existing MAP rules completely discriminate against those who’ve been laid off,” Rose said. “It just makes sense to move these displaced workers into an educational setting instead of having them on the unemployment rolls.” Read More

Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training in May, June

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place from 1-5 p.m. on May 19-22, 27-30 and June 2-4 at Dove’s 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Center in Decatur.

This training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies’ staff members. There is a fee for the training, and some scholarships are available. Read More

Beatty Appointed to Council of Regents

Marla Beatty of Bethany, an administrator at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.  Read More