News Briefs

Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride June 13

April 29, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lake Volunteers Association are hosting the second Annual Loop Lake Shelbyville bike ride on Saturday, June 13. All rides will start from the Lake Shelbyville Visitor and will include options for a 22 mile, 52 mile or a 65 mile ride. Proceeds for the ride will benefit the Lake Volunteers Association (LVA). The LVA provides education, historical interpretation, recreational and environmental improvements at Lake Shelbyville. Read More

Bethany Village-wide Cleanup Day May 9

April 29, 2015

Bethany village board members  voted earlier this month to set the date of the popular village-wide “Cleanup Day” in Bethany. Typically held following the town’s rummage sale event, Cleanup Day allows residents to dispose of their unwanted items and refuse at the village hall.  With a few exclusions, citizens may dispose of whatever they want from the hours of 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on May 9, in any of a number of dumpsters that will be present.  Read More

IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis

New vaccination requirements for adolescents

April 29, 2015

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging parents to talk with their child’s doctor about the new school-entrance vaccination requirements, which include meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV). In observance of National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-23, IDPH plans to raise awareness of the value of timely vaccinations for infants, as well as for residents across the lifespan.
Beginning next school year, all students entering the sixth and twelfth grades will be required to show proof of recent MCV in order to prevent all students from acquiring this potentially fatal disease. Although disease incidence is at historic lows, the overall case-fatality rate remains between 10 to 15 percent, with between 11 to 19 percent of survivors experiencing long-term sequelae such as neurologic disability, limb or digit loss, and hearing loss. Read More

LLC Hosts Annual Foundation Scholarship Reception

April 22, 2015

Lake Land College recently held its annual Foundation Scholarship Reception recognizing scholarship recipients as well as the donors who contribute financially to scholarship funding.
“We are here today to extend our gratitude generous donors and to celebrate the student experience at Lake Land College as they pursue higher education,” said Alan Fedrigon, foundation board member.
Linda McCabe of Bethany is one of several members of the foundation board, which for the 14-15 academic school year alone awarded $300,000 through 300 scholarships. Read More

Moultrie Awarded Emergency Food, Shelter Funds

April 22, 2015

Moultrie County has been chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. Read More

Lake Shelbyville 2015 Recreation Season Kickoff

April 15, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville would like to announce the campground opening dates and fees for the 2015 season. Both Forrest W. “Bo” Wood and Lithia Springs Campgrounds will open as scheduled, however, a few facilities and campsites will be delayed in opening.
Forrest W. “Bo” Wood Campground will open sites 50-77 and 95-113 in area 4 on April 16, with site 110 utilized as a temporary dump station. An anticipated two week delay of opening the rest of the park, excluding Area 5 and sites 78-93 in Area 4, is projected depending on the weather. Area 5 and sites 78-93 in Area 4 are projected to open around Memorial Day. The delay in opening is due to ongoing sewer work throughout the park. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis until Memorial Day.
Lithia Springs Campground will open all sites excluding sites 1-32 on “A” Leg and sites 58-60 and 81 on April 16, 2015. New Restroom / Shower buildings on “A” Leg and “C” Leg are projected to be complete in June 2015.
Coon Creek Campground is offering free first come, first served camping May 7-10 as part of an open house. There will be activities for all ages, inflatable bounce houses, programs, and more.
New Restroom / Shower building on “G&H” Leg is projected to be complete in June 2015.
Campground Season Dates and Fees Read More

Sullivan Basketball Program to Host Camps in May

April 15, 2015

The Sullivan boys’ basketball program is having fundamental basketball camps starting in May. These camps are for all boys in the third - 11th grades. Campers will be taught the fundamentals of the game of basketball by the boys’ basketball coaching staff.
Current third-fifth grade camp is 3:30- 5 p.m. May 11, 12, 13 and 15 in the Sullivan Elementary School gym. All campers will receive a shirt and basketball. Camp forms may be found in the SES office or on the SHS website under boys’ basketball. Read More

USDA Rural Development Launches New Website

April 15, 2015

USDA Rural Development has launched a new website to enhance program accessibility and customer service.
The new website ( features quicker and more intuitive access to programs, simplified site navigation, and information about services and staff contacts in every state office. The site also provides easily accessible resources for loan and grant applications, eligibility information and program descriptions. Illinois Rural Development offices and information may be accessed at
“The new website is part of a continuing effort to make information about Rural Development programs easier to access for anyone interested in the future of rural communities,” said Colleen Callahan, Illinois Rural Development Director. “Reflecting how mobile we’ve all become, the site can now be easily accessed on Smartphones and tablets.” Read More

Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Week will be held April 13-17

April 8, 2015

In an effort to get all 4H clubs in both Moultrie and Douglas counties out into the community to be visible all at once, 4H week will be held beginning April 13 with unique events on each day:
Monday, April 13– I AM 4-H Day
Members are encouraged to show their community that I AM 4-H by wearing their club shirt to school.
Tuesday, April 14– Spread the Word
Members are encouraged to go out into their communities and post flyers about 4-H, their club and the good works that they are doing. If assistance is needed, members may contact Angie Welker at the Unit 19 office in Arthur at 217-543-3755. Read More