News Briefs

Lovington Public Library District October News

•October 7, 2015•

“Wee Readers Story time” for preschoolers 2-5 years old will meet 10-10:30 a.m. each Thursday morning. Dates and themes are October 8 -“Fire Safety”, October 15-“Squirrels & Nuts”, October 22-“Scarecrows” and October 29-“Pumpkins”.

Reading Redbirds Book Club - Youth in 4th-8th grades are invited to bring a favorite book to discuss for “Reading Redbirds Book Club”. Dates are 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday October 6 and October 20.

Adult Book Club: “Adult Book Club” meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday morning October 8. Anyone who loves to read and talk about a favorite book is invited to attend.

Make It & Take It: A “Make It & Take It Workshop” is 1-3 p.m. Oct. 9. Children kindergarten-8th grades are invited to stop by and make a fall craft to take home. Read More

Month of September was Warmest on Record

•October 7, 2015•

September 2015 was the ninth warmest September on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 70.2 degrees, four degrees above average.

The warmest September on record was 1933 with 72.2 degrees. Read More

State Fire Marshal Ushers in Fire Prevention Week

“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!”

•October 7, 2015•

National Fire Prevention Week takes place October 4-10. During this week, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez urges everyone to take a moment to review their safety protocols in the event of a fire.

This year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” points to the role of smoke detectors in dramatically reducing the tragic consequences of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of home fire deaths—about 1,400 fatalities a year—result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are sound asleep. Three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The combination of these two facts – late night fires without sufficient warning to escape - has deadly consequences.

“I cannot overstate the importance of having properly placed and working smoke detectors in your home,” said Perez. “Smoke detectors are incredibly affordable and easy to install. Take a moment this month to make sure you have one in every bedroom and on every level of your home and that they are all working properly. They could be the difference between life and death.”

The Office of the State Fire Marshal provides the following recommendations for installing and maintaining smoke alarms: Read More

Second for Sullivan FFA

•October 7, 2015•

Sullivan FFA placed second in the Sullivan Soils Invitational contest, missing first by one point.

Austin Schmohe, Jon Gavin, Brodie Scribner, Bryce King, Hailie Britton, and Devan Tull qualified for the Sectional Championship.  Read More

Soil Moisture Levels Up for September

•September 30, 2015•

Soil moisture levels rose across Illinois the second week of September as the state saw increased rainfall and cooler soil temperatures, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

Stations in the Illinois Climate Network (ICN) reported an average of 1.58 inches of rain from September 8 to 11, with stations in Springfield, Carbondale, and Brownstown (Fayette County) recording more than 3.50 inches during the time period.

The higher rainfall led to increases in soil moisture. On average, levels at two inches increased 54 percent from September 7 to 11 to a two-week high of 0.33 water fraction by volume (wfv). Levels declined slightly to an average of 0.27 wfv on September 15, well above the wilting point for most soil types. Similar trends were seen at depths of four and eight inches.  Read More

Free Breakfast for Seniors

•September 30, 2015•

On Tuesday, October 6 area seniors and heroes are invited to a breakfast buffet at Courtyard Estates in Sullivan.

Sponsored by Petersen Health Care the 6:30-8:30 a.m. buffet is in recognition for all fire & rescue, police, sheriff’s department, health care providers and senior citizens.  Read More

Southern Illinois Women’s Economic Summit Coming to Effingham

•September 23, 2015•

Sally Rutledge-Ott, regional director for the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce | Illinois including the Chicago suburbs and eastern Iowa, is announcing that the upcoming Southern Illinois Women’s Economic Summit will be held in Effingham Wednesday, September 30.

This event, co-hosted by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham. Summit attendees will hear from keynote speakers about the economic impact of women in business in Illinois, learn about new initiatives to assist the continued development of diversity in purchasing, and take part in a discussion about the priorities that women need to advance economic growth.

“Women are an important economic force in America,” says Rutledge-Ott. “For more than two decades, women have led the growth in America’s gross domestic product, driven the creation of new businesses and jobs and moved into leadership roles, providing financially for our children and families. But, even with our sizable contributions to the American economy, there is much left to do to support our economic opportunities, independence, security, values and family well-being.” Read More

Citizens Receive Blood Drive Pins

•September 23, 2015•

The Red Cross blood drive held at the Sullivan Church of God this month had two longtime donors receiving donation pins. Joe Pound of Sullivan received his 11 gallon pin which equals the donation of 88 units of blood, and Mike McDaniel, also of Sullivan, received a pin for donating nine gallons of blood since he was 23 years of age. Many first time donors also participated.  Read More

Foodmobile Comes to Sullivan Oct. 3

•September 23, 2015•

A distribution by Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be held 9 a.m-noon Oct. 3 at Sullivan VFW. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome (see below). Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food. A representative from Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be present to assist families and individuals interested in applying for SNAP benefits.

The Foodmobile distribution comes at a critical moment for area residents. Data released by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, shows that a staggering 15% of people in eastern Illinois are considered food insecure, which means they sometimes lack adequate access to food. More shockingly, over 23% of children are food insecure. ( Read More

Farm Grants to be Awarded

•September 23, 2015•

America’s Farmers Grow Communities will partner again with farmers to award more than $3.3 million to community nonprofits across the country. In Illinois, 97 organizations will receive donations in 2016.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in rural communities by giving farmers a chance to direct $2,500 donations to eligible nonprofit organizations of their choice. Farmer enrollment for Grow Communities kicked off on Aug. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2015.

Since the program’s inception, farmers have directed donations to help fire departments purchase equipment and complete training, send FFA and 4-H groups to contests and conventions, provide food pantries with meals to serve those in need and boost agriculture curriculum in rural school districts. Other beneficiaries of the program have included health care organizations, youth and community centers, state parks and economic development programs, among many others. Read More