great contestants prepared for Logan County Fair queen contest
27, 2001] A
group of six contestants have been preparing for the queen
competition at the 2001 Logan County Fair. The contest takes place
on the opening night of the fair, Tuesday, July 27. The event will
be at the grandstand at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the 7:15
opening ceremony for the fair.
of the contestants is strong in her own right, and pageant director
Penny Kilhoffer says they are a strong group of contenders as a
whole. Theyíve been practicing and are now ready for the big
night, with their last rehearsal being on Sunday night before the
range from 18 to 20 years of age and are all college students. They
will go through personal interviews with judges and participate in a
swimsuit and evening gown competition on stage.
newly crowned queen will serve as hostess for the remainder of the
Logan County Fair, represent Logan County in the Miss Illinois
pageant in January and crown the next Miss Logan County Fair queen
in 2002. She will also represent Logan County at other area
functions and events.
2001 Logan County Fair
20-year-old daughter of Mike and Brenda Fink of Beason; graduate of
LCHS, 2000; will be a sophomore this fall at St. Mary of the Woods;
studying veterinary-equine science.
19-year-old daughter of Gary and Kathy of Lincoln; graduate of New
Wine School, 2000; will be a sophomore at Lincoln College; nursing
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19-year-old daughter of Steve and Patricia of Emden; graduate of
Hartsburg-Emden High School, 2000; will be a sophomore at Greenville
College; training for youth ministry.
18-year-old daughter of Kenton and Marcia of Chestnut; graduate of
Mount Pulaski High School, 2000; sophomore at University of
Illinois; studying food science and human nutrition.
19-year-old daughter of Richard and Deloris of Lincoln; graduate of
New Wine School, 2000; sophomore at Lincoln College; nursing major.
19-year-old daughter of Robert and Elizabeth of Lincoln; graduate of
LCHS, 2000; sophomore at Eastern Illinois University; history major,
working toward a teaching certificate.
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It's FREE! --
days are nearly here
27, 2001] This
summer is going by fast! How can you tell? Next week is the opening
of the Logan County Fair already, signaling the start of a
fun-filled week of entertainment and activities in our fair county!
over the fairgrounds, you see that the tents are up, signs are
posted on the racetrack. Concessionaires and vendors are arriving
daily, and the stalls are being made ready for the arrival of
animals ó thousands of animals.
year the fair will be more fun than ever, and the low ticket-prices
make attending the fair what may be the best entertainment buy in
Logan County. Again this year, adults are admitted for only $2 and
children 12 and under get in for FREE.
variety of carnival rides will fill the midway of the Logan County
Fair. The rides open at 6 p.m. during the week (Tuesday through
Friday), at 2 on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. All rides take
just one ticket, with 16 tickets being available for $15 or just $1
the showing side, the judging of entries will begin at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, when junior steers will be weighed in. Through the week, 4-H
projects will be presented and judged; swine, beef and sheep will be
groomed and paraded; potted plants will show off; and a few culinary
contests will help determine just who is the best cook in the
opening night, the Logan County Fair queen will be selected from
amongst a group of beautiful and talented young Logan County women.
For the rest of the week, the newly selected queen will preside over
the activities of the fair.
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the grandstand on Wednesday evening, the talented in the county
present their best talents. Thursday evening the tractor-pull
contest will fill the stands with noise and excitement. Those who
visit the fair on Saturday afternoon will have the opportunity to
attend harness racing. On Saturday evening the quarter midget cars
take to the track, and closing the fair on Sunday evening is the
event everyone is waiting for: the demolition derby.
few other highlights of this upcoming fair: Tuesday morning at 8:30,
the fair will host the kiddie tractor pull and on Thursday afternoon
at 4, the judging of the winning smile. A 3-on-3 basketball contest
will be during the day on Saturday, Aug. 4, for third grade through
grade 12 kids, and a chili cook-off Saturday will offer a $200 grand
prize for the best chili in the county.
are merely a few of the highlights of an upcoming, exciting Logan
County Fair. Lincoln Daily News will be there, covering the
events and reporting on the results.
slow your summer down a little, come out and enjoy a good time with
your friends from the county at this yearís Logan County Fair,
July 31 through Aug. 5.
County Board sets budget review
27, 2001] The
Logan County Board will start its FY 2002 budget review hearings on
Friday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions will continue
Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Aug. 23, from 1
to 4 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 24, possibly beginning at 8:30 a.m.
all hearings are completed, the information will be assembled for
analysis. After that the auditors will schedule and make a
presentation to the full board.
meetings are in the third-floor jury room at the Logan County
Courthouse and are open to the public.
rainfall still helps
26, 2001] Scattered
rains, accompanied by some lightning and thunder, fell over areas of
Logan County Wednesday evening.
Geelhart of the National Weather Service said they had .51 in their
rain gauge. Mount Pulaski, the only other official reporting
location, had 1.63 inches. Looking at the radar maps, Geelhart said
it appeared that the north-northeastern area of the county mostly
missed out. Most of the rain followed a trail in the southwestern
half of the county, between Middletown and Mount Pulaski.
the erratic rainfall, John Fulton, unit leader of the University of
Illinois Extension, said that at this point in time "any
moisture is valuable (to crops)." Even the higher humidity
helps because plants do not need to draw up as much moisture from
the ground, nor do they lose as much moisture to the air when the
air is at high moisture saturation.
is a critical time for soybean seed development. "They are
starting to fill pods now," Fulton explained. "At this
time crops need about 1 inch rain per week."
View Drive homeowners
still seeking sewer hookup
25, 2001] Two
Lincoln homeowners who do not have the benefit of city sewers
appeared again at the city councilís work session July 24 to ask
that the city expedite their sewer hookups as soon as possible.
Robbins and Kevin Bateman, who live on Campus View Drive, a dead-end
gravel street that curves behind Lincoln Christian College, say they
have problems that neither of them can repair, and the problems
havenít gotten any better.
they are officially in the city and pay city taxes, they are among
12 homeowners at the edge of Campus View Drive who are not hooked up
to the cityís sewer system. The septic systems in their small
yards are not big enough to do the job, they report.
I have to do is a load of laundry and Iíve got sewer water in my
back yard," Mike Robbins of 450 Campus View, told the council.
and Kevin Bateman, 455 Campus View, appeared before the council in
June, asking that the city hook up homeowners on the street to its
sewer system. The problem is that although they are in the city,
Campus View Drive is not a city street but belongs to LCC, and the
city must get permission from LCC to run a sewer line along it.
June both Robbins and Bateman told the council that sewage backs up
into their yards or the lower level of their homes and that sewer
contractors have told them their yards are not big enough to put in
adequate septic systems.
officials replied that they have been working on the problem but
havenít yet been given permission for an easement from LCC.
Alderman Bill Melton said he had hoped to have permission already.
Grant Eaton, sewer plant manager, said he would get in touch with
college officials immediately.
said college officials told him they would be glad to give Campus
View Drive to the city. To accept it, however, Eaton said the city
would have to bring it up to city code.
ordinance wonít allow us to take it the way it is," he said.
silly to cite that ordinance when you are violating another
ordinance by not giving us sewer hookups," Robbins replied.
pointed out that Campus View Drive in its present condition is still
wider than some other streets that are in the city.
offered to clean their septic tanks at city expense, but Robbins
said that had already been done and did not solve the problem.
also told the homeowners that the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency has to approve the sewer hookups first, and that can take up
to 90 days. He said he would talk to the IEPA and "see if they
will work with us. Weíve already been out there and measured. We
know what we have to do and we know the cost."
feel confident we will be able to work with LCC," Melton said.
"I canít see them holding back on your getting a sewer
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Traffic routing for balloon fest
council also discussed routing traffic only one way around the
fairgrounds during the balloon fest on Aug. 24, 25 and 26. Traffic
would be one-way south on Jefferson Street, one-way west on Short
11th and one-way north on Postville Drive. This would prevent
traffic jams when cars are leaving at the end of the evening,
according to Alderman Verl Prather. He said cars parked on both
sides of Postville also create a hazardous traffic problem
"Handicapped child area"
council also discussed posting signs to alert motorists that
handicapped children are in an area. A homeowner on Oscar Street had
requested a sign saying "Handicapped child at play" be put
up on that street, as well as speed limit signs.
debating various wordings, the consensus of the council was that the
wording "Handicapped child at play" should not be used, as
it might imply the city was giving permission for the child to play
in the street. A sign reading "Handicapped child area,"
however, would be acceptable. At present at least one sign saying
"Deaf child area" is posted in the city.
Superintendent Donnie Osborne said a 20 mph speed limit sign has
already been posted in the Oscar Street area and agreed to order a
sign saying "Handicapped child area."
also told the council the city has an opportunity to purchase a used
leaf vacuum at a good price, about a $6,000 savings, and the price
is within the budget approved earlier this year. He asked if the
council could give him permission to negotiate with the seller.
Although the city has one leaf vacuum, leaf removal from city
streets becomes a problem every fall, and having two machines would
be a big advantage, he said. Because it is used equipment, the
council agreed that Osborne could negotiate the purchase without
going out for bids.
council also agreed not to challenge the request by former Lincoln
Police Chief Richard Ludolph for unemployment compensation from May
13 through June 16.
didnít lay him off, but we didnít renew his contract. There is
no reason we should challenge this. He was without a job for a
certain length of time," Alderman Steve Fuhrer said.
City attorney replacement
council then adjourned to executive session to discuss hiring a new
city attorney. The present city attorney, Jonathan Wright, who was
appointed to fill John Turnerís unexpired term as state
representative, has resigned. No decision was announced after the
Partner with Youth
25, 2001] The
Lincoln Area YMCA will have its annual Partner With Youth campaign
from July 7 to Aug. 5. Keith Snyder has been named the chairman for
the 2001 campaign. A father himself, Snyder knows the importance of
getting youth involved in activities that support a healthy
lifestyle. He is working hard to collect money for the youth of
Lincoln. There are 33 community volunteers joining him in the
will bring more
programs for youth and adults, and the campaign
will help make it possible for needy families to participate in any YMCA programs.
Funds raised during this campaign go toward providing scholarships
for families who meet the requirements.
the year 2000 the local YMCA offered 26 programs to over 12,000
youth. Here are some of the programs offered and what they
accomplish: Swim lessons help save children's lives; Tae Kwon Do
helps raise self-esteem; Y Leaders Club helps build the leaders of
tomorrow. The local YMCA also teaches youth how to cope without
being violent, gives special-needs youth a place to belong and have
fun, provides a safe environment for teens on weekends, and offers
mentoring for troubled youth. No one is ever turned away from a
program because of an inability to pay.
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campaign victory celebration will be on Sunday, Aug., to thank all
the volunteers who are giving so generously of their time and
Area YMCA staff is available to help the "friends of
the YMCA" better understand the scope and effect of YMCA
programs and services on the community. If you would like to have
someone speak to you or your company, please call 735-3915 to set up
release; ed. LDN]
24, 2001] During
the summer months, heat waves can occur anywhere in Illinois and
affect anyone. Young children, elderly people and people with health
problems are most likely to be affected. This is a reminder to
to check on the elderly and those with health problems at least
once a day during hot weather.
leave children in a parked car.
sure you drink plenty of liquids during hot weather.
small things can make a big difference.
public service announcement is brought to you by Lincoln Daily
News and the Logan County Health Department.
committee to promote preservation of historic homes and buildings
24, 2001] The
first meeting of Lincolnís Historic Homes and Buildings Committee
was on July 16 in the office of Mayor Beth Davis. The mission of
this committee is "to promote and preserve historic homes and
buildings within Lincoln, Illinois for the purpose of recognizing
and preserving their historic value."
committee will be chaired by Lincoln resident Betty York and will
meet in the mayorís office on the third Monday of each month.
committeeís upcoming plans include developing a public access
website, identifying the available local records for research
purposes, developing a format to assist the public in researching a
home or property, and investigating the availability of grant money
for historic restoration.
more information, call Betty York at 732-8311 or Georgia Vinson at
experiences a warm homecoming
23, 2001] Despite
the steamy temperatures, Elkhart residents filled the streets of the
village on July 21 to celebrate the renewed Elkhart
here to see photos from the Elkhart Homecoming]
to Mayor Dayle Eldredge, "The village decided to start the
homecoming again as a fund-raiser to build up the coffers for the
2005 Sesquicentennial. A homecoming is a good way for residents to
celebrate, raise money, as well as show others how friendly we
Saturday festivities included a parade, car show, chicken dinners,
childrenís games and free entertainment.
village is already making plans for next year and encourages local
families to plan reunions that weekend to make it a true
Burge, 94, an honored parade guest, who had the distinction of being
the oldest living Elkhart resident stated, "If Iím here next
year, Iíll be back!"
to step down as city attorney
23, 2001] Jonathan
Wright, who was recently appointed to fill John Turnerís unexpired
term as state representative from the 90th District, has announced
that he will step down as Lincoln city attorney as of Aug. 1.
said that because of the time commitment he did not think he could
continue to serve as city attorney. He also said he would be scaling
down his law practice.
have been honored to work with this administration and the city
council," he told Lincoln officials at the council meeting July
16. "I leave with a deep sense of sorrow. I have made a lot of
good friends here, and I appreciate that above all."
he will miss his former job, Wright said he is enjoying his new one.
He has set up a district office at 407 Keokuk, which will be staffed
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. He will continue to keep his
law office at 503 Broadway open as well. He also plans to set up
satellite offices throughout the 90th District, which includes all
of Logan, Mason and DeWitt counties and parts of Tazewell, McLean
and Piatt counties.
said he is visiting the various communities in the district, trying
to meet with constituents and their concerns.
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the legislature will not be in session again until November, Wright
said he is hoping to hear within the next week what his committee
assignments will be. He is especially interested in being on the
agricultural committee, because of the importance of agriculture to
he accepted the appointment, Wright said he would run again for the
seat, even if redistricting changes the makeup of the 90th District.
He told the Lincoln Daily News that although there may be
many rumors, he did not think there would be any real indication of
the new boundaries before November at the earliest. Both parties
have just selected their committees to work out new maps, he said,
and the committees must then agree. Wright also expects legal
challenges regardless of how the maps are drawn.
Redistricting occurs every
10 years, and because of population shifts to the north, in the
collar counties around Chicago, district boundaries in central and
southern Illinois are expected to shift.
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