News Briefs

Remember When? 1-18-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

The Tower Hill Tigers took the tip from Bethany, but that was the only time they had the advantage over the Mustangs as the Bethany cagers won the uneven contest modestly with a score of 68-46. Bethany junior Phillip Dickens took the tip away from the Tigers for the first two points, and Mustang senior Chris Smith stole the ball again to answer with his own top points. Ben Osman added all eight of his points in the first period, and Dave Snyder put in six of his 16 for the evening in the first period. The second period resulted in fairly even scoring for the Mustangs as Ryan Martin and Steve VanLoon added their evenings points before going to the bench in favor of the substitutes. “I was pleased to get to play all of the players on the team,” said Mustang coach Brent Phillips.

Former Lovington prep volleyball standout Jennifer Cochran recently completed her first season as a member of the College of St. Francis Fighting Saints. A junior-transfer student from Parkland College, Cochran saw considerable playing time as an outside hitter and back row player. She was fifth on the team in digs per game with a 2.15 average and also scored 52 service aces and second best on the team with a serving percentage of 88.5 percent.  Read More

Sullivan Student Among Nominees to Military Service Academies

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Students nominated from counties in the district, pictured left to right above: Charles Goss of Sullivan (USAFA), Grace Zeller of Effingham (USMA), Shimkus, Gabriel Oetting of Charleston (USNA), and Christopher Henson of Flora (USNA).

•January 18, 2017•

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced his 16 nominations to the military service academies.

Charles Goss of Sullivan High School was nominated as a candidate for the US Air Force Academy.

The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.

“The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the unique challenges of attending a military school,” Shimkus said. “As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.” Read More

ISP District 10 Handles Fatal Crashes, Mutiple Motorist Assists

•January 18, 2017•

Illinois State Police District 10 announced that during the month of December 2016, Troopers handled 1,331 incidents. 365 of those incidents were calls for service and assistance.

Of these calls, 135 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Troopers stopped for a total of 299 motorist assist incidents. Troopers handled 127 crash reports, five of which were fatal crashes resulting in five deaths. Read More

Letter to the Editor: 1-11-2017

January 4 Was One of the Best

Dear Editor,

January 4, 2017 was one of the best newspapers I have read.

I always enjoy Trudy Lieberman and Jim Nowlan’s columns, but this week the story on the Bethany library was very good.

I was glad to read that Bethany High School class yearbooks are digitally available. Read More

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Distributes at Sullivan VFW

•January 11, 2017•

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families. The distribution will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at Sullivan VFW. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process. The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $3,000. Read More

Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Announces Award Recipients

•January 11, 2017•

The Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development have announced the winners of the 2016 annual awards, which will be presented at the SCED annual luncheon Friday, January 27.

Each recipient is a stand-out in a community of exceptional business and community members.

Jon England will be recognized as the 2016 Citizen of the Year.  It would be hard pressed to find a cause that England has not contributed to in the community of Sullivan. A person may go to EK Petro any day of the week and see a new cause they are helping.  He is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of Sullivan which is shown through his business practices with EK Petro, EK Petroleum and Transport Services, which are all based in our community.   Read More

Employer Withholding Tax Changes Increase Accuracy

•January 11, 2017•

In an effort to reduce taxpayer filing and payment errors and increase the detection of false income reporting and insolvent employers, the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin requiring all withholding taxpayers to file quarterly withholding income tax returns and report detailed payroll data beginning in 2017. The change impacts employers, payroll service providers, software developers and individuals who pay gambling and lottery winnings. IDOR believes the detailed reporting of amounts and dates of any tax withheld under the new quarterly filing will make it easier and more accurate for withholding filers. Read More

Remember When? 1-11-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Nathan R. Hutchings of Sullivan has been awarded an honor scholarship to attend MacMurray College in Jacksonville as a result of scholarship competition held in November 1991. He is the son of Dennis and Mary Hutchings and plans to major in biology or chemistry for pre medicine at MacMurray.

Several area students are among the nearly 50 candidates for degrees or certificates upon completion of the fall term at Lake Land College. Two area students graduated summa cum laude with a 3.8 to 4. grade point average. They are Michael H. Hafer of Arthur and Tamara M. Cox of Findlay, who both earned associate in science degrees in business administration. Lisa M. Perry of Bethany earned cum laude status leading to her associate in applied science degree in management. Other graduates are Joyce M. Lowder, Arthur; Kelly R. Austin, Bethany; Martha J. Elliott, Windsor; and Sullivan residents Linda M. Dean, Sean W. Ruppert, Staci L. Shafer and Brenda S. Ray.

Rhonda Rutledge of Sullivan has been named to the Midstate College dean’s list for the fall 1991 quarter. Midstate College is in Peoria. Read More

Thinking About Health: Changing Obamacare Likely To Mean Higher Costs,Less Coverage – or Both

•January 4, 2017•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Lori Eng, a 62-year-old office manager who works in western Nebraska, sent an email not long ago telling me she was “terrified” she might lose her Obamacare health insurance. The many horror stories passed along in the media had frightened her, and she wanted me to hear from someone who had benefitted from the law.

No wonder Eng is scared. Ever since the Affordable Care Act passed almost seven years ago, opponents, mostly Republicans, have vowed to repeal the law and replace it with a different plan. The November election results now make that a possibility.

Eng didn’t have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act came along. Her four-day-a-week job did not provide it, and her salary - less than $20,000 a year - was too low for her to swing an insurance premium. She bought her first Obamacare policy from one of the insurance co-ops that operated in Iowa and Nebraska that was supposed to offer cheaper coverage. It did - until it collapsed. With her government subsidy, she was able to buy a plan for only $50. She also qualified for an extra subsidy to help pay her deductible and coinsurance.

When the co-op failed, as most eventually did, she got a similar plan the next year from another company. Because her subsidy had increased, she paid only $34 each month. That year Eng was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her treatment, which included chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, cost around $200,000. She paid just $1,450 out of pocket. Read More