on Logan County
Local help for job
seekers, plans for airport contract, official recognitions
Work Force Involvement Act is not just another name for the same old program,
according to Jan Gleason, representing the local office.
the Job Training Program Act, which was abolished by Congress on June 30, the
program wasn't only renamed but has new policies, guidelines and methods to help
people who are unemployed.
told members of the Logan County Board that her office, in coordination with the
Illinois Training and Employment Center and the Illinois Department of
Employment Security, now offers all services for people seeking employment.
you used to go to the unemployment office in Springfield, you would find job
postings on a bulletin board," Gleason said.
now offer online job information that can be accessed from our office or from
home," she added.
can come to our office and use the computer to find postings. If they aren't
familiar with computers, we will work with them and show them how to find
also said that of the five-county consortium of which Logan is a member, this is
the only county that has a representative from the Department of Employment
Security coming Lincoln twice a week, every week to offer assistance.
credit this arrangement to the cooperation among all agencies involved,"
also told the board that they offer assistance by going out on-site to places of
employment that have had layoffs.
let them know what services we provide and how we can help them seek other
employment or receive assistance if they are laid off," she said.
no longer have to go to the Springfield office to file for benefits. They can
access the system by telephone, and we're available to show them how to do
this," Gleason said.
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other board action, Roger Bock, chairman of the airport committee, told the
board that the new contract for the airport was going to be bid as three
contract would be for an airport manager; one for the actual operations, which
includes labor for upkeep; and the third contract would be for the use of the
Quonset hut hangar," Bock said.
current contract with Heritage-In-Flight has been extended until March in order
for Bock to meet with the Illinois Department of Transportation to get their
guidelines and views so that a workable contract can be let for bid.
White, chairman of the finance committee, thanked Bock for his work and the
amount of time he has spent in meeting with IDOT to resolve this issue.
ceremonial presentations were made, with Bill Hull of the State Bank of Lincoln
presenting a copy of a book on the history of Logan County. State Bank
commissioned Paul Beaver and Paul Gleason, local historians, to write the book.
Schumacher, from Main Street Lincoln, presented a plaque to the board, thanking
them for their cooperation in making the courthouse available again for the
Festival of Trees.
told the board that the added features of storytelling and choirs would be
provided next year due to the success of the event.
board itself recognized Carroll Catholic School girls basketball team for their
success this season.
Planters Bank received recognition for their efforts in making the purchase of
the courthouse annex at Pekin and McLean streets affordable to the county. The
annex will expand the county's services to the public.
group seeks to save Scully Building
been 36 days since a fire destroyed the roof of the historic Scully
Building. It's been 36 days since one of the busiest downtown shopping
streets has been open to through traffic. Both Prairie Years and Abe's
Carmelcorn, retail businesses supported by walk-in customers, continue to suffer
from the loss of easy customer access as the building on the corner stands
awaiting a declaration of demolition or salvation.
have been circulating through Lincoln about the fate of the historic
landmark. While it appears that nothing is happening, such
is not the case. A group
of Lincoln business owners is confident that the building will be
preserved and saved.
accountant Mike Abbott has been advising those who are interested in
preserving the building about available tax credits.
"Some have expressed interest in saving the building, and I
have spoken to them about the rehabilitation credits available for
restoring a building that lies within a historic district,"
says Abbott, "but no one has acted yet."
dentist Larry Crisafulli and local builder Dale Bassi have inspected
the building with Illinois State Historic Preservation architect
Mike Jackson. Crisafulli says that Jackson found the
building's structure to be in sound condition with no leaning noted
in the three standing gables.
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construction of the Scully Building is unusual in that the floors are made of
concrete. Only smoke and water damage was sustained on the lower
levels. Constructing a new roof and rehabilitating the lower
levels could be a costly undertaking, however.
noted that even though 20 percent of the qualified expenses to rehabilitate the
building can be used as a tax credit, the decision to restore the building
is still based on economics. "You have to find businesses and
apartment dwellers who are willing to move into the building to make the
restoration pay for itself," says Abbott.
Daily News will continue to
bring you updates on the fate or fortune of this building and the businesses
affected by the fire.
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daring men from the Illinois Valley Jump Club took to the sky this weekend over
the Logan County Airport — literally. The club, composed of both men and
women, though only men were here this weekend, normally jumps in Minier. Winter
weather has left their airport in need of some repairs. With the unanimous
permission of the Logan County Airport committee and the Federal Aviation
Administration, they will conduct their operation at Lincoln for the next month.
action started on the ground as they carefully packed their chutes, using rubber
bands to hold the ends of zigzagged cords and folding the material of the chutes
neatly. This important package then is rolled together and stowed away in the
they fold and tuck, they can be heard sharing stories of past jumps and past
victories. There is a strong, friendly sense of camaraderie among the jumpers.
Getting ready for the ascent, they don ski masks, heavy parkas and insulated
clothes to protect them from the near-zero wind chill factors as they exit the
plane (it was only 35 degrees outside).
reporter accompanied them on the exhilarating ride up on Sunday afternoon,
wearing one of the 20-pound parachutes just in case I "fell out."
Falling out is not too remote a concept, as I soon found out. An observer sits
on the floor facing backward at the front of the plane, between the lift-up door
and the pilot, with only a simple lap seat belt over the thighs. The
parachutists must climb over the observer to get out of the plane. When the time
came, I did not have the good grace to lean out and wave goodbye — as they
fell away I clenched the pilot’s seat.
plane ride up to 10,000 feet takes about 15 minutes. The plane banked and
circled the field many times on a gradual climb to allow the jumpers to adjust
to the changes in atmospheric pressure.
the way up, the jumpers are seated on a foam rubber mat in the tight quarters of
the small plane. Everyone has a window seat, watching as buildings and houses
become patchwork plots and earth’s curve becomes apparent. Smiles and looks
are exchanged occasionally. Because of the sound of the engine and the wind they
have to shout to each other in order to be heard. There is an excited
anticipation in the air. Everything is upbeat. Their plans have been carefully
arranged and communicated before they got in the plane.
the right position, the lead man partially opens the door from time
to time to look down and check their location, giving the pilot cues
to adjust the plane’s position to get ready for the jump.
everything is just right, he pushes the door all the way up,
carefully climbs out onto the wing strut and is followed immediately
by the other two jumpers. All three jumpers are out there in an
instant, positioned on the strut; then quickly, on cue, they jump
novice in the club has been jumping for more than a year, and the
most experienced in the group, Mac, has jumped out of planes close
to 10,000 times. Mac, a fireman from Peoria, received the award late
last year for exceeding 100 hours of free-fall time (the first 45
seconds of the jump before a chute is opened).
the free fall, they practice making and changing formations: holding
hands, then changing to hold another jumper’s feet, making
different formations during their quick descent toward the ground.
One jumper had a digital camera attached to his helmet, recording
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they fall, members of the jump party continuously check the
altimeters on their wrists to determine when they must open their
chutes to assure a safe landing. When they have fallen to between
3,000 and 2,500 feet, it is time to deploy their parachutes. The old
phrase "pulling the rip cord" has become archaic. They now
pull from their backpack a very small parachute that pulls the main
chute out. The smaller chute opens the main chute quicker than the
old still rip cord and the D-ring in front. As fabric unfurls, folds
loosen, and suddenly the chute snaps open, fully cupping the air,
followed by lengthening cords stretching out as the rubber-banded
folds pull loose and reach full extension. The parachutist’s
plummet is slowed with a great jerk.
are the old days when round white canopies floated docilely down to
the ground like puffs of cotton. The new-style chutes are
rectangular and ribbed in sporty, brilliant tutti-frutti colors like
raspberry and turquoise. The new chutes also appear to afford much
greater maneuverability. The jumpers glide to earth with precision
and grace as they steer their chutes with handles on each side,
doing aerial acrobatics, flips in the air and dramatic movements
that take your breath away (don’t try this at home, kids). Just
about 6 feet above the ground, the jumper makes a last-second
manipulation that slows him greatly and usually sets him down gently
on both feet. The ride down on the chute is much quicker than the
ride up in the plane.
a variation, the Minier club does something called a cross-country.
When the wind is very strong, usually in the spring, while miles
from their airfield, they jump at 10,000 feet or higher and deploy
their chutes immediately. Lincoln pilot Curt Fox recalled that about
four years ago, in the days before he was flying for them, a crew
went up, jumped when they were two miles west of Lincoln and made it
back to the field in Minier about 25 miles away.
this Sunday ride though, once the skydivers were away from the
plane, and not having fallen out myself, the pilot did a startling
dipsy-doodle maneuver to close the door, and then we began our quick
descent. It was a very quick roller-coaster-like descent from 10,000
feet to the ground. I noticed that the continual change in air
pressure does something to your head. Soon we were back on the
ground, and I climbed out with jelly legs as the next crew of four
jumpers quickly climbed in.
to Curt Fox for his information about this club and the subject
matter. Thanks to pilot Marvin Shumaker from Bloomington for not
letting me fall out, and thanks to the club members for sharing
their love of the sport.
Central Illinois Jump Club will be back again on Saturdays and
Sundays this month to ride up to 10,000 feet and then bail out into
the clear, cold sky over the Logan County Airport.
has been an increase in vehicle vandalism this past week. The Lincoln Police
Department is still investigating the crimes, so if you have any information,
please contact the police.
the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 15, someone stole two speakers, an
amplifier and a noise-reduction unit from a Lincoln man’s vehicle. The
automobile was parked at the owner’s residence. There is some damage to the
vehicle’s locks, so that is the assumed means of entry.
amplifiers, four subwoofers and a portable CD player were stolen from a van
between 11 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The owner is a Lincoln man, and
his vehicle was parked at Logan Lanes bowling.
11:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:52 a.m. on Monday, someone slashed tires at Willamette
Industries. Lincoln Police Department received a call at 3:52 a.m. that four
vehicles were damaged at 101 S. Lincoln Parkway.
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evening, two teenage boys were seen destroying four Ford pickup
trucks — all belonging to the same Lincoln man — parked at Curry
Ready-Mix lot on the 1600 block of North Kickapoo. At about 6:13
p.m. an individual heard breaking glass, saw two boys and called the
police. The police have not found the suspects yet. A ’67 Ford’s
windshield and headlights were broken. A ’78 Ford had the same
damage, plus the side mirrors were broken. An ’81 Ford had the
most damage: to the windshield, the driver’s side window, both
headlights, both taillights, both side mirrors, turn signal lights
and a reflector. An ’84 Ford had the windshield, the passenger
window, both headlights, both side mirrors and turn signal lights
police and owners would appreciate any information you have about
these thefts and vandalism. Please call the city police at 732-2151
or Crime Stoppers at 732-3000.
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Lincoln Police Department announces the results of its citywide tobacco
compliance checks conducted Feb. 7. These checks are performed to determine if
local retailers are complying with local laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco
to minors. During these checks, no retailers illegally sold tobacco to minors,
leading to a 100 percent compliance rate in local tobacco sales.
compliance checks are part of a $2,400 grant awarded to the city of Lincoln by
the Illinois Liquor Commission for an education and enforcement program on
minimum-age tobacco laws. The commission has awarded $1 million to Illinois
communities to implement programs to reduce youth access to tobacco products.
the last two years the Lincoln Police Department has been studying the problem
of tobacco sales to minors in collaboration with DePaul University, Healthy
Communities Partnership and the Illinois Liquor Commission.
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Lincoln Police Department, along with the community of Lincoln,
commends the following businesses for taking steps to better
understand the problem of tobacco use by our youth: Green Oil
Company, Quick Way Foods, Qik-n-EZ, GB Oil, Lincoln IGA, Kroger,
CVS, Tobacco Warehouse, Clark Refining and Marketing, Ayerco
Convenience Center, Walgreens, Fifth Street Food Mart, Wal-Mart,
Eagle Country Market, Illico Independent Oil Company, Apollo Mart,
Jackie and Charlie’s, Bruns Service Center, and Old Joes. Most
important is their enforcement of minimum age and sales laws and
youth tobacco possession laws. Thank you for your efforts.
release from Rich Montcalm,
community police officer, Lincoln Police Department]
County Board report
Topics range from
airport to astronaut
current contract with Heritage-In-Flight, which manages the Logan County
Airport, was discussed with the Logan County Board at a work session Thursday
night. Roger Bock, chairman of the airport committee, told members that the
contract with HIF would be extended 30 days if approved by board vote Tuesday
extension would allow the committee to seek bids for the airport's operation.
Notices would be published in two papers for a seven-day period. The bids, which
would be due at 4 p.m. on March 30, would be opened at the regular airport
meeting on April 2 and would be effective May 1.
Feb. 5 meeting of the airport committee also discussed at length a proposal by
Lloyd Mason, a local businessman, to rent the Quonset hut for airplane storage.
A motion to accept Mason's bid failed since no one seconded the proposal.
discussion included an update by T.W. Werth, chairman of the chamber of commerce
and economic development committee, about establishing a "recovery
plan" to help businesses in the event of catastrophic loss, such as the
fire in the Scully Building.
board could establish such a plan, similar to one being developed by the
chamber, but it would benefit businesses in the county if a fire or natural
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Dutz, chairman of law enforcement and the Emergency Services and
Disaster Agency committee, told members that the liability of the
county was significant in paying for medical care for individuals
incarcerated at the jail.
possible," Dutz said, "that our portion would be
approximately 40 percent of the cost if we follow specific
costs are similar to and are based upon the same fees paid by Public
other discussion, board member Cliff Sullivan told members that he
had been in discussion with the aunt of Scott Altman, astronaut and
former Lincoln resident. Sullivan said that he would like to see
signs erected at the entrances to Lincoln, honoring Altman for his
contributions and achievements.
board adjourned into executive session.
the quiet of clear blue winter skies with below-zero temperatures, two skilled
craftsmen silently ascended and descended the cold marble tower of a Civil War
monument in Mason City Memorial Park. Precise movements and calculated
measurements were choreographed between the hoist of a crane, extension ladders,
lowering straps and two men dedicated to their profession. A 133-year-old
tribute to Civil War soldiers was respectfully disassembled on the mornings of
Feb. 2 and 5 and transported to Springfield.
Monument Service of Springfield was recently commissioned by Mason City
Historical Society to begin rehabilitation of the monument. Consultations
with Camp Butler, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Illinois Heritage Association and
Washington, D.C.'s Save Outdoor Sculpture, along with other research, led the
local historical society to the difficult but end decision. There was only
one way to do it and that was to do it right.
piece of American history will be gently groomed during the next four months as
it lies in the laboratory of Arnold's Monument Service. The 10 individual
pieces of Victorian marble will be buffed and smoothed to fill aged pores.
Intricate re-carving will be done on an eagle with its prey, a draped scarf with
tassel, six wreaths, a shield with swords, plus leaves of laurel. Most
importantly, names and regiments of soldiers from this area will be
re-carved. The information will be burned into a stencil, which must be
tediously proofed by the local society. The approved names and
inscriptions will be carved into the newly buffed pieces by the latest laser
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allows Arnold's the best opportunity to direct total attention to
this time-consuming ordeal. Winter freezing also offers the
best time to move heavy equipment in and out of the park grounds.
public paid little attention during the monument removal
process. Two retired gentlemen slowed or stopped to watch
while passing through the neighborhood. They were assured that
proper authorities knew what was going on. It's the dream of Mason
City Historical Society that huge crowds will give their attention
when the monument returns after its makeover.
for Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27, is Civil War Living History
Weekend. This second annual event continues to be the
fundamental fundraiser for the monument project. Appreciated
contributions to "Save A Site" can be mailed to Melanie
Gordon, MCHSociety Treasurer, 407 N. Main St., Mason City, IL 62664.
City Historical Society news release]
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