will bring nationally recognized consultants to Logan County
29, 2001] “You’re
not totally unique but you’re darn close!
There are not a lot of networks that are broad-based like you
that have accomplished as much.”
what Terry Hill, executive director of the National Rural Health
Resource Center in Duluth, Minn., told the Healthy Communities
Partnership (HCP) when announcing its most recent award, the
Networking for Rural Health Site Visit Award. Logan County is
one of only 20 rural locations in the United States to receive the
site visit award, which will bring a team of experienced, nationally
recognized consultants to Logan County to help HCP task force
leaders plan for the future.
[Coordinator of Healthy Communities Partnership
Dayle Eldredge stands in front of an exhibit explaining the Mobile
survey of the HCP programs will be completed in the coming weeks,
and the team will visit Logan County early this spring. It
will help profile the strengths and weaknesses of HCP in purpose,
decision-making, planning, financing, leadership, staffing,
communication and evaluation.
team will meet with leaders of all four task force groups —
Healthy Families; Rural Health Partnership; Alcohol, Tobacco and
Other Drugs; and Domestic Abuse and Violence — in a daylong
retreat. The aim of the program is to strengthen and improve
new rural health care networks so they can continue to offer access
to quality health care.
its inception in 1997, HCP has received over $850,000 in grants to
help fund its activities. Funders include Health Resources
Services Administration, Rural Health Outreach Grant; Southern
Illinois University School of Medicine; the Center for Rural Health,
Illinois Department of Public Health; the Logan County Board senior
services tax levy; the Academy for Health Services Research and
Health Policy; and the Rural Health Outreach Project Mini-Grant of
the Rural Medical Education Program, College of Medicine at
2000-2001, grants received to fund HCP totaled $200,442. They
include a $40,000 Rural Health Outreach Grant carry-over; $80,000
from the Southern Illinois School of Medicine; $45,569 from the
Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health, for
Healthy Communities Partnership; $21,848 from the Illinois
Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health, for Rural
Health Partnership; $10,125 from the Logan County Board for the
Rural Health Partnership’s Mobile Health Unit; and $2,900 Rural
Health Outreach Mini-Grant through Health Resource Services
Administration, Washington, D.C.
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[Curtis Sutterfield of the Domestic Abuse and
Violence Task Force (left), Lincoln Police Chief Richard Ludolph and
Police Officer Diana Short display their certificates of
appreciation, while chatting with Kristi Simpson (second from
Rural Health Partnership’s Mobile Health Unit is a pilot project
for Illinois and is one of only five mobile units in the nation
designated a Rural Health Clinic site.
the awards given to HCP in 1999 are the 1999 Special Exemplary
Project Award, by the Illinois Rural Health Association; the
Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement, by the Illinois
Department on Aging; the Award for Excellence in Creating Healthy
Communities, by the National Association of County and City Health
Officials; and the Outstanding Volunteer Youth Organization Aware,
to HYPE (Helping Teens in a Positive Environment) by the Illinois
Drug Education Alliance.
in 2000 include the Achievement Award for a Community Program, from
the Area Agencies on Aging, Illinois Department on Aging; Youth
Volunteer of the Year Award for individual accomplishment in
prevention efforts, from the Illinois Drug Education Alliance, to a
Lincoln youth who is a HYPE member; and Outstanding Community of the
Year award, by the Illinois Drug Education Alliance.
Communities Partnership serves Logan County. It was organized
under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. Members in the
partnership include Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, the Logan
County Health Department, Logan-Mason Mental Health, Family Medical
Center and the Lincoln-Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
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celebrates one year
27, 2001] One
year, one solid amazing year! Every single person who worked with Lincoln
Daily News in the last year has
impacted and been impacted by it. A novel concept in its inception
as an online-only community newspaper, it had to earn acceptance as
a valid news source. Like with many new inventions, there were many
who said, "I don’t know why you would want to do that. I don’t
think it will work. Do you know how difficult it is to start a
dot-com business, produce news, get advertisers, run a paper (we do
writers to office/production staff to ad salespeople, as well as our
many contributors, all have worked long, often stressful hours. We
owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
all the encouragers who have said, "We’re with you,"
" That’s a great idea," "I’m glad you’re doing
it," "I’m telling everyone I know," and "Keep
up the good work", we say, "Thank you!"
all our advertisers who had no way of knowing if this was a good use
of their advertising dollars, we thank you for your willingness to
take a gamble. You are the means by which we exist, and we hope we
bring you direct monetary returns and recognition as a business
which supports the local community.
all our wonderful readers there would be no LDN. Thank you for being
have contributed greatly to LDN’s success.
Lincoln/Logan County in the new millennium style,
Youngquist, Managing Editor
speaks at Healthy Communities Update
The Healthy Communities Partnership (HCP) got high marks for its
work in promoting rural health from U.S. Representative Ray LaHood
and Dr. Carl Getto, Dean of the School of Medicine at Southern
Illinois University, at its semi-annual Update to the Community on
the meeting, both officials toured the HCP Mobile Health Unit, a van
that travels to 12 Logan County towns and villages, a site in
Lincoln, and Greenview in Menard County, providing health services
to about 700 walk-in patients a month, both young and old. The
36-foot van has exam rooms, lab equipment, a computer, TV/VCRs for
patient education, and both a registered nurse and a nurse
practitioner on board. It visits each community at least once
each month, and most more often.
the changing face of health care. It’s fantastic,” LaHood
said of the Mobile Health Unit.
Congressman from the 18th District told the audience of about 120
that America has the finest health-care system in the world,
comparing it to some of those he has seen in other countries.
“When people get sick in other countries, they come to America if
LaHood noted that the problem with health care today is access.
“A good number of people in this country work in jobs that don’t
have health insurance. This is a serious problem that I hope
Congress will deal with.”
who may lack access are uninsured people coming off welfare who must
give up government-funded health benefits and people in rural
communities without doctors or hospitals. The Mobile Health
Unit is one answer to that problem, he said, as well as hospitals
who are beginning to collaborate to set up clinics and send medical
professionals to rural areas.
health care problem is providing prescription medications for senior
citizens faced with large drug bills. “We actually passed a
bill in the House [of Representatives] last year to provide seniors
with money for prescription drugs, but the bill didn’t pass in the
Senate,” he said. “We are going to have a spirited debate
in Washington about prescription drugs.” He added that he
believed legislation would be passed to provide this help.
also noted that legislators “need to continue our efforts in
Washington to provide funding for medical schools.” The
Blanaced Budget Act of 1997 cut funding to hospitals from Medicare
and Medicaid, jeopardizing the financial standing of some hospitals.
did not, however, advocate creation of a universal health care
system, and he said drug companies need to make profits so they
could continue to do research on new life-saving medications.
Getto, dean of SIU School of Medicine, told the audience that
communities like Lincoln “have much to offer in helping to educate
physicians. Our job is made a lot easier by communities like
yourself, focusing on making the community healthier.”
the Mobile Health Unit began making its rounds in April of 1998,
family practice residents at SIU School of Medicine have gone out
with the unit as part of their training in providing medical care to
rural communities. Some residents also serve as interns at
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, an unusual program, he noted.
programs encourage medical school graduates to stay in rural
communities and SIU graduates to stay in Illinois, he said.
More than 40% of these graduates do stay in the state, and many more
go to adjacent states such as Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky, Getto
of the various task forces that make up the Healthy Communities
Partnership gave progress reports on their activities during the
past six months and outlined some plans for the future.
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Sank, chair of the Healthy Families Task Force, described ongoing
programs such as Safe Stop, finding homes and businesses that will
provide safe havens for children; mentoring for teen parents; and
the Baby-Think-It-Over program, which puts computerized “babies”
in high school and junior high school classes to give young people
an idea of the reality of caring for an infant.
announced that a job fair will be held again this year for high
school students who are going into the work force after graduation.
This project, set for March 14 at Lincoln College, will each
students how to apply for job, fill out an application, and dress
for job hunting.
Simpson of Rural Health Partnership Task Force and the Alcohol,
Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force outlined education programs put
on in all Logan County schools. These Youth Prevention
programs are presented 10 times per year in the 7th and 8th grades.
Seventh graders learn how to resist peer pressure, how to resolve
conflicts, and how the media distorts the reality of substance use.
Eighth graders focus on the dangers of specific drugs like marijuana
Sillings of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Task Force, told the
audience about Friday night teen dances without drugs or tobacco,
the DARE program, and the Family Fun Day, which brought more than
300 people to its first outing last summer. Sillings is also
planning an after-prom event for Lincoln Community High School.
Cook, chair of the of Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force, which
was established in 1999, reported that in 2000 there were 162
battery cases, and that in 66 of these incidents children were
present. Among the community-based prevention programs were
the candlelight vigil to raise awareness of the issue, complete with
silhouettes of women who had been killed as a result of domestic
noted that on Thursday, Feb. 1, a seminar, Domestic Abuse and
Violence 101, will be held at the Lincoln Park District at 1400
Primm Road. The program, set for 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be
presented by Andrea Shaner of Sojourn Shelter Services.
Healthy Communities Partnership presented two major awards and a
number of certificates of appreciation to organizations that have
supported its programs. One plaque went to the SIU School of
Medicine, which helps fund the Mobile Health Van, and was accepted
by John Record, assistant dean of the division of rural affairs, and
Dr. Getto. Another plaque went to the Illinois Department of
Public Health, Center for Rural Health, accepted by Mary King,
director, and Julie Casper.
of Appreciation were given to Lincoln mayor Joan Ritter,
representing the City of Lincoln; Alderman Glenn Shelton,
representing the Lincoln City Council; Dick Logan, current Logan
County Board president, representing the board; Darrell Deverman,
former County Board president; the Lincoln Fire Department, the
Lincoln Police Department; Lincoln Daily News, Curtis Sutterfield,
first chairman of the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force; Police
officer Diana Short for her work on compiling and maintaining
statistics on domestic abuse and violence; and Linda Schneider, for
her support of farm safety programs in the Rural Health Partnership.
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lab seized in Lincoln
26, 2001] Lincoln
City Police Department announced a meth lab sting was made early
last night. According to this morning’s press release, at
approximately 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, members of the
Central Illinois Enforcement Group, the DEA and Lincoln Police
Department, in conjunction with the Logan County State’s Attorney
Office, seized a suspected methamphetamine lab at 1111 Fourth St. in
Lincoln. No arrests were made, pending the completion of the
investigation. Information received and evidence obtained led to the
identification of this suspected lab. Lincoln Police Chief Rich
Ludolph praised the coordinated effort saying, "The listed
agencies work every opportunity to seize these illegal operations
and work together for successful prosecution."
board hopefuls file for April vote
25, 2001] Four
Lincoln-area school boards have candidates slated to run in the
April 3 consolidated general election, though only one school
district will have a contest. Jan. 23 was the last day to file
petitions for school board seats.
incumbents, current board president Robert Meinershagen and
vice-president Larry Gleason, will run again for the Lincoln
Community High School board. Two new candidates, Tom Ackerman and
Jim Mammen, have also filed to run for four-year terms. Stepping
down are incumbents Charles Bennett and Dale Voyles. Voyles resigned
recently after having been elected to the Logan County Board. His
seat has been filled temporarily by Robert Pharis, who is a former
member of the board and has served as board president.
Elementary School District 27, a full slate of candidates will run
for four-year terms with no competition. They are incumbents Marilyn
Montgomery, Jim Wilmert and Bruce Carmitchel, and newcomer Steve
Rohrer. Board president Bill Bates, who has served for more than 15
years, has decided not to run again.
West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary District 92, incumbent Laurie Muck
will run for another four-year term, along with two candidates who
were appointed to fill unexpired terms, Patricia Quint and Augustus
Scott. Scott Goodman, who is not presently on the board but has
served previously, will also run for a four-year term. Doug Muck is
running for the two-year unexpired term of Lynne Neal. Incumbent
Bill Cross chose not to run again.
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Chester-East Lincoln District 61, five candidates will compete for
four four-year terms. They are incumbents Jim Meyrick and Bob Buse;
Jennifer Dalyrmple, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term; and
newcomers Gladys Elkins and Aaron Leesman. An unexpired two-year
term still remains to be filled. Current board member Dennis Uphoff
has chosen not to run again.
who will be elected on April 3 will not be seated until the
following November, because of recent changes in the election law.
School board members used to be elected in November and seated in
the same month, but the date for their election was changed to April
to consolidate those races with the election of city, county, town
and township officials.
For the last two election
cycles, school board members have been elected in April and seated
the following November so they would be able to complete their
entire four-year terms. After the 2001 election, school board
members will be elected and also seated in April.
appoints two vice presidents
25, 2001] Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary announces the recent appointments of
Gary Edwards as vice president of stewardship development and Don
Green as vice president of church development.
brings extensive education, experience and training to LCCS. From
1990-2000 he served as vice chancellor for advancement for Purdue
University Calumet in Hammond, Ind. There he led the marketing and
community relations departments, as well as the annual and capital
campaigns, alumni affairs and special events. During his career,
Edwards has applied his experience and expertise as a marketing and
fund-raising consultant, vice president for development at Manhattan
Christian College and executive director for Coleman Adoption
graduate of LCC, Edwards certainly is not a stranger to Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary and its community. And, he returns to
Lincoln with enthusiasm and a desire to serve. While living in
Indiana, he served on the boards for Meals on Wheels, Rotary and the
Chamber of Commerce. He says that he finds community service
fulfilling and always becomes active in the community in which he
lives. "In addition to serving the college and seminary, I look
forward to getting involved in the community," Edwards
explains. "And, I can think of no better place than Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary to live out the purpose the Lord has
given me for my life — service to the church and to others."
addition to earning his B.A. from LCC, Edwards earned his M.A. from
Ball State University and has written two books: "A Capital
Campaign For Your Church" (1991) and "Keys to
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Edwards steps into his new role, longtime LCCS administrator Don
Green does so as well. Green has served LCCS for the past 18 years,
most recently as executive vice president. He now serves as vice
president of church development and will act as a liaison between
LCCS and churches.
partnership with churches and Christian organizations, the purpose
of the church development program at LCCS is to "provide
quality services and resources," explains Green. "We
intend to build on the foundation of what our faculty and staff have
done by working more intentionally, holistically and collaboratively
with constituent churches."
graduated from both Lincoln Christian College and Lincoln Christian
Seminary, earning his A.B. in Christian Ministries and a Master of
Divinity in New Testament. Before coming to LCCS, Green worked as a
youth minister and as a preaching minister in several Christian
churches. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Restoration Award for
exemplary leadership and contribution to higher education, preaching
Green says he wants to
help make LCCS a "premier resource" for the church, and is
thankful for this opportunity to serve. He adds, "[Church
development] is an area of my greatest passion — helping
Ray LaHood to be featured
speaker at HCP community update
24, 2001] The
Partnership (HCP) "Update to the Community" is scheduled
for Thursday, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Knights of
Columbus Hall in Lincoln.
Ray LaHood will be a featured speaker at the event. Dr. Carl Getto,
dean of SIU School of Medicine, will present the keynote address.
HCP is comprised of task forces which address access to medical care
for rural communities, substance abuse among youth, teen parenting
and pregnancy prevention, and domestic violence prevention. HCP task
force members will present updates on their progress and future
goals. Special awards will be presented to HCP supporters and
more information, contact Dayle Eldredge, partnership director, at
(217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.
$8,000 worth of books
graders enjoy a grand day out!
24, 2001] Jefferson
School third graders were treated to a bus trip to select their
books from the Bloomington Barnes and Noble on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
They arrived to bunches of big ribbon-wrapped boxes filled with
books. On site to present the books to the youngsters were Tenny Ahn,
district manager for Barnes and Noble Booksellers; Jodi Martinez,
deputy director of literacy for the state of Illinois, representing
Secretary of State Jesse White; and Lincoln Mayor Joan Ritter.
here for photos]
started with a month-long campaign, through the secretary of state’s
office and the Literacy Foundation of Illinois, in which Barnes and
Noble Booksellers raised money to purchase books for children.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, customers at the Bloomington
branch of Barnes and Noble were asked to contribute a dollar toward
local literacy programs. The total program raised $80,000 through 20
Barnes and Noble stores.
became a beneficiary when Mayor Joan Ritter learned of the program
last fall at a state meeting and recommended Jefferson School. The
school applied and was chosen for the grant. They received $6,800 of
that money, but, because Barnes and Noble gave them an education
discount, the donated money stretched to purchase $8,000 worth of
children’s books. Jefferson School received hundreds of new books
that were selected by the teachers and students for their school
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the boxes were unpacked, excited children got to look through the
hundreds of books. Each child chose the book of his or her liking
for the school to receive. Then a decorative placard was placed in
the book with the child’s own name on it.
the festive event the children were treated to a special lunch out
with the mayor. A decorated celebratory cake was included in the
all it was a grand day out for the Jefferson School third graders
and a day they and their teacher, Kathy Hawkinson, will remember for
a long time.
Thank you, Barnes and
Noble Booksellers, Mayor Ritter and Kathy Hawkinson for bringing a
little more to our community.
here for "Books
are one harvest from
Jefferson School garden,"a related article posted Jan. 13 in Lincoln
School third grade class receives two new national awards
24, 2001] Jefferson
School, recent recipient of $8,000 worth of new Barnes and Noble
books, just received two new awards. The National Gardening
Association (NGA) awarded Jefferson School the 2001 Youth Garden
Grant Award for Cathy Hawkinson’s third grade class’s gardening
program. The NGA also presented Jefferson School with the 2001
Kidsgardening Community Spirit Award, an honor that means Jefferson
School is in the top 100 of 1,500 school gardening applicants in the
is proud of these awards and intends to continue her gardening
program. She has enlisted the aid and funds of several local
business and organizations to enhance the existing gardening
program. See the Jan. 13 LDN article "Books
are one harvest from Jefferson School garden" for a full
list of contributors and volunteers.
hears plans for street repairs
24, 2001] Because
last summer’s city street rehabilitation project came in under its
$1.3 million budget, the city should have another $142,626 to spend
on street projects during the fiscal year that ends April 30, the
Lincoln City Council learned yesterday evening.
Mitchell, chairman of the streets and alleys committee, suggested
that the money be used on several of the smaller street improvement
projects that have been on the city’s list for some time. The 2½-block area of Clinton Street from the railroad to McLean was his
first suggestion for the extra repair work.
Osborne, street superintendent, agreed that the city should consider
doing the Clinton Street project on this year’s budget. "I’ve
received a lot of calls about that street. It’s in a bad state of
repair, and this winter has accelerated its deterioration," he
told the streets and alleys committee. Cost of this project is
estimated at $62,100.
addition to Clinton Street, Sheridan Street from Delavan to Tremont
should also be finished with the current year’s funds, Osborne
said, because it has a serious drainage problem. Cost of this
one-block project is estimated at $47,600. "If we could get
those projects done and finish what we began this year, I’d be one
happy street superintendent."
third project, completing the installation of curbs on Washington
Street from Seventh to Short Eighth Street, could also be completed
this year, by using public benefits funds if necessary, Osborne
suggested. Cost would be about $8,000.
is money we didn’t spend last year, and we’re looking for the
best place to spend it now," Osborne said.
on Clinton Street would include removing the existing surface and
putting in a new asphalt surface. Curbs and gutters are already
installed. Sheridan would be totally rehabilitated, with curbs,
gutters and new pavement. Washington, which already has curbs on the
east side, will have curbs put in on the west side and the pavement
reshaped, Osborne said. Some work remains from last season’s
project, the final resurfacing of Gavin and State streets. Early
winter weather came before the final blacktopping could be put on.
additional repair work was put on the agenda for the next regular
meeting Feb. 5. Sewer plant manager Grant Eaton said he would check
to see if sewers need repair while the road work is being done.
Eaton, Osborne and city engineer Mark Mathon will present more
detailed cost figures at the Feb. 5 meeting. If the council approves
the plan, bids can be let and work can begin as early as April.
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most expensive item on the "wish list" for the next fiscal
year is also the one needed most, Mitchell said. Rehabilitation of
South Elm Street from Kickapoo to Fifth Street, about eight blocks,
is estimated to cost $409,600. The streets and alleys committee
agreed this should be the first priority for the next phase of city
on the list are Omaha Street from Rutledge to Logan, estimated at
$157,600; Harrison from Ottawa to Logan and Logan from Harrison to
Ophir, estimated at $266,700; Evans from Main to Short Eighth and
Eighth, $208,000; parts of 11th and Chestnut, $181,100; Pulaski from
Sherman to LaDue, $117,100; 13th from Madison to Jefferson, $49,900;
Hennepin and Inlet, $144,100; and Pekin from Beason to Miller,
amount of money that will be available for street work in the next
fiscal year is still undetermined, but Mitchell noted that not all
the projects on the "wish list" can be done right away.
"We’ll run out of money before we run out of places that need
repair," he noted.
Gerald Dehner reported that he had had several complaints from
people who live on cul-de-sacs that the snow removed from the
streets was piled in their yards. He asked Osborne if it was
possible to pile the snow in the middle of the cul-de-sac.
said the only way to do that would be to go in with an end loader
after the street is plowed and move the snow from the yards to the
middle, because the snowplows would not have room to maneuver
without backing into yards or driveways. He also said he was
concerned that so much snow could pile up in the center that
emergency vehicles could not get through.
Steve Fuhrer said he had received a petition for reimbursement for
cutting down a tree, in two stages in 1997 and 1998, because the
tree was partially on city property. However, city clerk Juanita
Josserand said she had no record of a petition for reimbursement
turned in during those years. The letter also indicated the tree may
have been removed as early as1993 and 1994.
Osborne said he had looked
at the tree some years ago and determined that only a very small
portion was on city property. The sidewalks, forestry and lighting
committee voted to turn down the request for reimbursement.
honored as hero
23, 2001] Deputy
Jason Lucas, a two-year veteran of the Logan County Sheriff’s
Department, was recognized by the Logan County Board on Tuesday
evening, Jan. 16, for an act of heroism performed Dec. 31, 2000.
Tony Soloman presented the award to Lucas.
told those attending that Lucas came across a burning house, entered
it and rescued a man who was incapacitated.
only did he bring the man out," Soloman said, "but he
re-entered the building to fight the fire until help arrived.
was given a standing ovation.
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