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Countdown for new radio
station nears liftoff

[MARCH 27, 2001]  "It could be as soon as next week." The statement made by station manager Jim Ash was in regard to the areaís new radio station, WMNW, going on the air. The local station, situated on a parcel of land on Lazy Row, rural Atlanta, is just about ready to begin a courtship of central Illinois listeners. Owned by K and M Communications out of Skokie, the new station will bring local radio back to Logan County as well as supplement existing stations in the 30-mile radius surrounding the transmitter.

Ash, a 19-year mainstay at the defunct WPRC and for the last two years at WUIS in Springfield, says that both the tower and transmitter are ready to span the airwaves on 96.3 FM. "We still need carpeting and some furniture and other items," Ash said, "but as soon as we get our hookup with our network affiliate, ABC, we will go on the air."

Ash reiterated that the station will primarily be music. "The format will be classic rock from the í60s, í70s and í80s," Ash noted. "We will have news briefs from ABC and some local news as well. Primarily we are interested in delivering music and are not interested in becoming another news station." Ash was quick to point out that with a 24-hour format geared to the Logan County area, any important breaking news will receive priority. "In the event of special alerts, inclement weather bulletins or area schools or businesses closing, WMNW will drop its music to give residents the latest information as soon as possible."


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Ash stated that as the station delves into the airwaves it will determine if any fine tuning will be done to the principal format. He also stated that any businesses interested in becoming an advertiser on the station can contact him at his home at 735-4930.

[Mike Fak]

K. Heller named marketing director at LCCS

[MARCH 19, 2001]  Lincoln Christian College and Seminary recently named Katherine Heller as director of marketing for the college and seminary. She will work with the newly appointed vice president of stewardship development for LCCS, Gary Edwards, in the areas of marketing and public relations.

Heller holds a bachelorís degree in professional writing and editing, with a specialization in organizational communications, from Youngstown State University. An Ohio native, Heller has lived and worked in Lincoln for the past year and has experience in public relations, communications and journalism. She has served as the programs and events coordinator for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, writer and managing editor for the Lincoln Daily News, and most recently as the communications director for the Academic Development Institute in downtown Lincoln.


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In her new role, Heller says she looks forward to informing the public of the many wonderful things God is doing at and through LCCS. "LCCS is an exciting place to serve," she says. "I am thrilled to be a part of an excellent team of faculty, staff and administration."

Hailing from a small town in eastern Ohio, Heller also enjoys Lincolnís close-knit community and considers it her second home. "Lincoln has a friendly, welcoming appeal," she explains. "It is a great place to live, work and serve."

[LCCS news release]

Little Indian Shop offers jewelry, artifacts and hands-on learning

[MARCH 8, 2001]  Jewelry crafted by Native Americans shares shelves at The Little Indian Shop with raw materials from which it is made.

Bob and Cozette Reichle, co-owners of the shop, have many samples of stones and shells used in making Indian jewelry. Some are displayed adjacent to the corresponding jewelry; more are in a box Bob eagerly pulls out and shares with interested customers. He even has some fake turquoise made of plastic in order to demonstrate how much lighter it is than the real thing.


Besides turquoise, there are samples of black jet, Mediterranean coral, tigerís eye, serpentine, Wyoming jade, pipestone and ironwood. Reichle can illustrate how the various colors in Zuni inlaid figurative pieces come from a myriad of shells, including purple lip, mother-of-pearl, green snail, black oyster, green and red abalone, and turtle shell. As an example of their use, cowry or spotted shell is used for the spotted hide on a pendant depicting an appaloosa horse.

Reichle is also quick to share notes and magazine articles signed by some of the artists. A favorite article features Alex Seowtewa, a widely known painter who has decorated the walls of a Zuni church with paintings of kachinas and masks. The masks appear so three-dimensional that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, when visiting the site, looked up the plane of the wall before she would believe nothing projected from it. Reichle has paintings by Seowtewa in his private collection.

Bob Reichle was formerly in the propane business. The couple first became interested in Indian jewelry in 1974, when Bob purchased a bracelet while vacationing at Lake of the Ozarks. The merchant told him he could meet the artist if he traveled to the reservation in the Southwest, and the Reichles set about to do just that.

They decided to stock rings for sale to Cozetteís beauty shop customers. In 1975 they made their first buying trip. The rings they brought back were snapped up quickly. Teenage girls bought them even if they did not fit their fingers, Bob Reichle said; they wore them on chains instead. On subsequent trips the couple gradually added other pieces of jewelry and decorative artifacts. Showcases were set up, and that was the beginning of The Little Indian Shop as a partner business to Cozetteís Beauty Salon, both at 519 Woodlawn Road.

Behind the jewelry counter is a row of kachinas. Reichle commented that a kachina is "not a god but awfully close; the kachinas showed the Indians how to live when they first came" to this continent. Early Morning, for example, went about waking everyone; he is always depicted with clouds, lightning and rain on his cheek.

Other kachinas displayed at the shop include Hummingbird, Longhorn, Black Whip Dancer, Ram, Hunter and Apache Spirit Dancer. In fact, all the kachinas represent dancing figures, Reichle said. Poleyesteva, the artist who made the Hummingbird kachina, told him its feathers were colored with "Indian rouge."


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Drums, ceremonial headdresses, paintings, pottery, carved figurines and assorted wall decor all are displayed at The Little Indian Shop. The menís case contains bolos, belt buckles, watch bands, chokers, collar tips and tie bars. Womenís jewelry includes earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins, pendants and watch bracelets. There are wooden flutes and a box made of birch bark, porcupine quills and sweet grass.

A Native American jewelry-makerís tribe can usually be discerned from the pieceís style and materials. The Navaho specialize in silver work, often incorporating turquoise. Zuni work is usually figurative and patterned of inlaid seashell and stone. The Hopi do silver overlay, in which one silver layer with cut-out patterns is soldered over another layer blackened with liver of sulfur. The Santo Domingo make heshi necklaces by stringing shells and stones together on a wire, grinding to round the segments, then transferring to string and adding silver fasteners.

Materials are sometimes imported from great distances. Reichle remarked that the Southwest Indians already had Mediterranean coral in 1540. The Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado brought it as a medium of exchange. The Native Americans traded produce and livestock for it, admiring how well it went with turquoise. Pipestone, from which pipes are carved, comes from an underground vein in southwest Minnesota. Reichle said the quantity of pipestone is limited.

It has been several years since the Reichlesí last buying trip, but while business was brisk they went four or five times a year. They visited the Zuni reservation south of Gallup, N.Mex.; the Navaho capital at Window Rock, Ariz.; the Santo Domingo reservation north of Albuquerque; and the Hopi in Arizona, among others.

Demand for Native American jewelry is cyclical, according to Reichle. It was high from the time the business opened until 1980, then cooled until around 1990, then picked up again. In 2000 business slacked off once more. "Every 10 years it seems like itís a rotation," he summarized. "A new generation comes along and itís hot again."

Hours of the shop are 8 to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

[Lynn Spellman]


Affordable, high-speed Internet
access finally comes to Lincoln

[MARCH 5, 2001]  More than a year and a half after the first plans were laid, Lincolnís major Internet provider, CCAonline, has broken ground for a new tower that will provide Lincoln with broadband-wireless Internet access. "Lincoln can now compete with surrounding larger cities such as Springfield and Peoria that have DSL and cable modems," says Curt Schleich, webmaster and co-owner of CCA Wireless.

This new wireless service will offer high-speed Internet service at reasonable prices that businesses and individuals can afford. While the service is new to the public, the technology has been around since the í60s. It was previously used only by the military. Wireless solves the "last mile" communications problems that occur between house and main source, as in between house and local Internet server.

Why wireless?

The consideration to add wireless began more than two years ago when Computer Consulting Associates owners Jim Youngquist and Curt Schleich began researching for an improved means to provide better quality high-speed Internet access. Without the use of big company equipment, our area telephone lines cannot support DSL or cable modems that are used by other larger communities.

Where do you go to buy a tower and what tower do you choose?

CCA investigated "getting an antenna into the air using downtown buildings or current towers," informs Schleich, but those choices proved to be either quality or cost-prohibitive, or lacked a place for nearby equipment storage. It was soon recognized that a tower was the only option.

The quest for a tower source was the first step. After some searching a company was located that had been building towers since 1949. Plans were drawn up and engineer approved. All was falling in line with the timing of the city building code and special use applications. Then a sad thing happened. One of the partners in the tower company died suddenly. The company was shutting down. After a new search was begun, it took many months to find another provider at a much higher cost. Then there would be the special application for engineering approval, more time and fees again. Just as another company that could do the job was found, CCA received word that the original tower company was resuming business with a new assistant. The original plans, already drawn up with engineering approval, could be used.

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Dotting their iís and crossing their tís

In the meantime, there was also some time involved in getting approval from the city to erect the tower. Soon, CCA was approved as one of several tower sites under the cityís new Telecommunications Tower Ordinance. CCA is open to adding other antennas for other businesses. At this time the tower will sport two antennas. One will be for CCA Wireless and they have one renter, Illinois Paging, scheduled to go up later. Currently, there is room for one more antenna on this facility.

New technology

Schleich is excited about bringing this new technology to Lincoln. Because it is new technology he could not say just how many users the wireless will be able to support on the first antenna. As with their online business, he plans to "closely monitor equipment for bandwidth and how much the service is used."

When asked about what this project has cost besides a lot of patience and planning, Schleich responds, "By the time weíre all done it will have cost between $20,000 and $25, 000."

You can log on to www.ccaonline.com for more information about wireless technology. Schleich says you can also find cost and sign-up information. There are already about 70 sign-ups on the waiting list. The sign-ups will be notified via e-mail when the tower is up and service has been initialized. Then "sign-ups will be contacted in turn for site evaluation and equipment setup," he says.

Welcome to the 21st century, Lincoln!


[Jan Youngquist]

Farmers Bank in Mount Pulaski will grow

[MARCH 1, 2001]  Both Farmers Bank and Citizens National Bank are excited about a recent transaction. Mount Pulaskiís Farmers Bank committed to buy the liabilities and assets of the Citizens National Bank branch in Mount Pulaski. The sale will be finalized after regulatory approval, which should take 90 days. At that time, Farmers Bank will acquire approximately $6 billion in deposits.

Richard Volle, vice president of Mount Pulaskiís Farmers Bank branch, and Timothy C. Flemming, president and CEO of Citizens National Bank in Macomb, announced that both banks will work to "provide a smooth transition for the customers of the branch." According to Volle, "The additional deposits and assets would allow Farmers to more effectively compete in the Logan County market area." Flemming believes the sale "would allow Citizens to better emphasize its presence in its McDonough, Macoupin and Henry County markets."

Davis presents Lincoln landmark ideas

[FEB. 22, 2001]  Pastor S.M. Davis, a local resident, presented slides last night to the Looking For Lincoln meeting under the administration of Main Street Lincoln. The town of Lincoln was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln before he became president, but Davis mentioned that it seems apparent that most people in the United States are not aware that the city was named in honor of Abraham. The slides presented interesting ways in which the city could advance the Looking for Lincoln program in our town.

Davis suggested that a large landmark is a positive way to attract tourists and inform them of the Lincoln heritage. He suggested that a huge statue of Mr. Lincoln could be built, like that of Lincoln christening the city with the juice of a watermelon, as shown in the painting by Lloyd Ostendorf.

Davis named monuments which attract a large number of visitors every year, such as the Statue of Liberty, the St. Louis Arch, the presidential carvings at Mount Rushmore and many more. He suggested that Lincoln could have a visitor's center, souvenir shops and a watermelon playground to entertain children. Also an art gallery might be included, showing the character and qualities of Mr. Lincoln, such as truthfulness, fairness and charity, and perhaps there would be a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.


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The Looking for Lincoln committee members seemed interested in Davis' plan. The committee feels there is enough merit to the plan to pursue the idea. A motion was made by the committee to go on to the next step.

The next Looking for Lincoln meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

[Kathleen McCullough]



ALMH names March Employee of the Month

[MARCH 16, 2001]  Congratulations to Rose Lancaster (laboratory), who was named ALMH March Employee of the Month. Rose began her career on the Med/Surg unit in 1989 as a nurses aide and in 1993 transferred to the lab as a phlebotomist and secretary.

One of Roseís nominators (a patient) states, "Rose is about the only one who can draw my blood and no matter how busy she is, she takes the time to do it and doesnít complain." Another nominator says that Rose is very conscientious and exceptionally compassionate. Sheís always ready and willing to learn new tasks and lend a hand.

Rose was born and raised in Lincoln and has two children, Chrystal and Chad, a son-in-law, Brian, and a beautiful new grandson, Blake. Rose enjoys going to World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and flower gardening. She says she has made lots of good friends at ALMH over the years. "We are a collection of the best," she says.

[ALMH news release]

The Chamber Report

Chamber Legislative Breakfast invitation

[APRIL 11, 2001]  The public is invited to attend the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Restaurant at the Depot. Todd Maisch, vice president of legislative affairs with the Illinois Chamber, will be the keynote speaker, guiding attendees through the legislative process and providing a pro-business question-and-answer session.

Last fall, Bobbi Abbott, executive director of the local chamber, joined chamber of commerce executives from across the state to prioritize and adopt a joint legislative agenda on business issues for the 2001 session of the Illinois General Assembly. Maisch will present an update on the status of this joint agenda, which challenged key legislation that affects business.

All local elected officials, business owners and managers, and interested individuals are encouraged to attend the breakfast. A charge of $5 for the buffet morning meal will be collected at the door. For a reservation, call the Chamber of Commerce, 735-2385.

Other upcoming events

April 19 ó Chamber mixer, 5-7 p.m., Graue Inc., 1905 N. Kickapoo St.

Networking social event for chamber members and POTENTIAL members.

April 25 ó Franchising seminar

"Business Start-Up Workshop" for anyone with an interest in owning a franchise business. Call for details.


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April 26 ó Office professionals luncheon

Always a sold-out event, this luncheon brings bosses and office professionals together for lively entertainment, a generous buffet lunch, free office product samples and door prizes!

June 8 ó Chamber roundup golf tournament, auction and dinner

The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing business and professional people together to work for the common good of Lincoln and Logan County.

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

303 S. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

(217) 735-2385

Fax (217) 735-9205



[Provided by Bobbi Abbott, executive director of Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]

Honors & Awards

Central Illinois Ag president elected to dealer council

[MARCH 1, 2001]  Steven P. Schmidt, president of Central Illinois Ag, formerly Schmidt-Marcotte and George H. Dunn, has been elected into the Case Dealer Council to represent all the Case IH dealers in Illinois. The Case Dealer Council is a very select group of 15 dealers from across North America that meet with upper-level management from Case IH to discuss ways to improve their businesses and deal with pertinent issues of the day. Topics discussed also include new product issues; concerns in parts, service and whole goods areas; and financial matters as well. Members of the Case Dealer Council serve a two-year term and meet biannually. Central Illinois Ag has business locations in Atlanta, Clinton, Pekin and Farmer City. 

Main Street Corner News

ē AS ALWAYS, Main Street Lincoln is working with you to make downtown a great place to work, shop and socialize. Got a suggestion? Call us at 732-2929.

Job Hunt

Now Lincolndailynews.com makes it easy to look for a job in the Logan County area
with our new Job Hunt feature in the Business section.

Employers, you can list available jobs by e-mailing ldn@lincolndailynews.com. Each job listing costs $10 the first week, $20 for eight days to three months. There is a limit of 75 words per announcement.

Help Wanted:  Part-time night time supervisor at Lincoln Public Library

Work Schedule:  Week one:  Monday-Thursday 3-8 p.m., Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

                           Week two:  Monday-Thursday 3-8 p.m.

Hourly rate is based on experience and qualifications.  A basic knowledge of computers is required.

Contact Richard Sumrall at 732-8878, or applications are available at 725 Pekin St.

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