and Logan County
celebrate Lincoln’s birthday
12, 2002] Children
all over Logan County have spent the last few weeks concentrating
their artistic efforts on our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. In
honor of Lincoln’s birthday the Logan County Arts and Craft Guild
sponsored a poetry and picture contest for all school-age children
of the county. Entries were judged based on subject, clarity,
neatness and technical accuracy, and winners were announced at the
guild-sponsored birthday party Saturday at the Logan County
celebration opened with a prayer by Henry Johnson, a local prison
chaplain. This was followed by the annual placing of the wreath.
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 479 carried a wreath across the courthouse
and placed it in front of a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Representatives of the local Interveterans’ Council presented the
American flag and a 21-gun salute.
cover their ears during the 21-gun salute]
War music, provided by The Prairie Aires, included "Tramp!
Tramp! Tramp! The Boys are Marching" (a tune better known as
"Jesus Loves the Little Children"), "Minstrel
Boy" and a medley of "Camptown Races," "Little
Liza Jane" and "Skip to my Lou."
educational time of the celebration was a presentation by Susan
Kirby, author of the American Quilts books. She told stories about
Abraham Lincoln and the people of the Midwest in the 1800s. Her
lessons included what she called her "cue card quilts."
These quilts contained pictures of buffalo, American Indians, snow
and farmland. Using them, she was able to draw a vivid picture of
life in the 19th century.
[Susan Kirby tells about Lincoln]
[Both photos by Bob Frank]
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it was time for the highlights of the day: The entire assembly sang
"Happy Birthday" to Lincoln, and the awards for the poetry and
picture contest were handed out. Each winner in the elementary school
levels received a copy of one of Kirby’s American Quilts books. The
one high school winner received a book on the use of quilts in the
Johnson closed the program with a benediction. All of the children were
invited to come and receive a "souvenir" of the day. The
souvenir turned out to be a metal portrait of Abraham Lincoln — i.e.,
what is a birthday without cake and ice cream? Both were served after
the main festivities were over, to the delight of all participants and
entries in the poetry and picture contest can be seen during the month
of February in the display window of the Red Cross downtown, next to Sew
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96.3 changing name and introducing new sports program
11, 2002] Monday,
when WMNW Classic Rock 96.3 in Atlanta becomes FIX 96, a new sports
show with Jeff Mayfield and Greg Taylor will debut at 6 p.m.
a former Lincoln Community High School assistant coach and currently
sports editor at Lincoln Daily News, said the hour-long show,
"Sports Open Line," will encourage call-ins regarding all
area sports. Men’s and women’s sports, teams from throughout the
county, non-revenue sports as well as the bigger draws, college and
professional sports of area interest — all are in the mix planned
for the show.
is the hot topic just now, and the opening segment will comment on
the Lady Railers’ first regional playoff game. But expect a
quick-moving format that includes many topics. Mayfield said he and
Taylor will prepare a skeletal outline for each segment, but they
hope that callers rather than they will determine the shape of the
Open Line" will include interviews, live feeds and giveaways.
The hosts plan to interview guests such as coaches and athletes and,
after several segments have established an audience, to make them
available to take calls. Broadcasts from satellite sites where fans
congregate, such as college hangouts, are also in the plans. In
addition, Mayfield and Taylor hope sometimes to give away items such
as T-shirts and tickets.
to be covered include swimming, cross country, golf and tennis, as
well as basketball, football and baseball. Area teams will include
those from Mount Pulaski, Hartem, Illini Central and
Taylor, already familiar to area listeners and readers as color
commentator for Railer broadcasts and sports writer for Lincoln
Daily News, is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and Jeff Mayfield roots
for the Cardinals. The two expect sometimes to play off each other
in a pattern similar to that on ESPN’s "Pardon the
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addition, Mayfield said, Taylor is an eternal optimist, hoping to win
every game. His enthusiasm will collide with Mayfield’s greater
realism. Expect Mayfield to analyze and evaluate, using statistics and
coaches’ explanations of strategies. When Taylor goes on about his
Chicago favorites, Mayfield said, "I’ll remind him that the Cubs
haven’t won since 1908."
for a long time, the two hosts met when Taylor was still in high school.
According to Mayfield, he is an old man compared with the young
whippersnapper, Taylor. They have talked of collaborating on a radio
show for several years.
emphasized that the future of the show is in the hands of the
advertisers and audience. If there is good response, "Sports Open
Line" may expand beyond the one-hour weekly show. One of Mayfield’s
dreams is to lead into Monday night football in the fall.
Daily News will be
providing a live feed for listening to the broadcast via the Internet.
This will enable fans traveling out of the area, college students and
die-hard sports diaspora worldwide to catch the show. Just click on lincolndailynews.com,
go to "Hear it Here!" located under the sports banner on the
front page, and click. You’ll be there with Greg and Jeff listening to
two new voices exclaiming our local sporting news.
to host Illinois State Sister Cities Convention
11, 2002] The
Decatur Sister Cities Committee is hosting this year’s Illinois
State Sister Cities Convention, on April 12 and 13 at the Holiday
Inn in Decatur.
speaker will be John S. Kavulich II, president of the U.S.-Cuba
Trade Economic Council, Inc., New York. For more information visit
the website at www.decaturnet.org/dscc.
Mixell, public relations chair,
Decatur Sister Cities Committee]
into after-dark incidents continue
8, 2002] Detective
John Bunner is heading the investigations of two separate criminal
activities that occurred in the same area of town three weeks apart.
the evening of Thursday, Jan. 17, a woman reported an incident that
began in the Kroger parking lot. She was returning to her car after
doing some shopping. As she approached the car, a person who was
hiding in the back seat jumped out and put a gun to her, demanding
her money. She gave her money to a person she believed was a
heavyset man about 5-foot-8 and in his early 20s. Then, at gunpoint,
the suspect made her get into the car and drive to another location.
The suspect then got more money from the victim. No further harm
came to the woman.
the night of Saturday, Feb. 2, a taxi driver called police from his
cell phone to report someone had accosted him in his taxi. The
driver went to pick up a fare in the 300 block of Feldman Drive. As
he sat waiting for his customer, someone grabbed him and sprayed
something in his eyes. He exited the cab and moved away a distance
before stopping to call police on his cell phone. He could see the
person looking for the cash drawer in the front seat of the cab. His
description was much like that of the Kroger assailant except the
suspect was female.
on evidence, Lincoln Police went to the apartment of a 41-year-old woman
living at 321 Feldman Drive. Due to her inconsistent statements,
Kimberly L. Ingram was arrested for attempted robbery in the taxicab
state’s attorney has the information on both cases. It has not been
stated that the two incidents are linked.
radio station announces new shows and name change
8, 2002] On
the air less than a year, Classic Rock 96.3, WMNW in Atlanta is
changing its name to FIX 96. The name change begins Feb. 11, when
the station unveils its new local morning show and an evening open
line for sports. General Manger Jim Ash hopes the new image will
give the station a stronger identity across central Illinois.
still going to be playing the classic rock music that’s so
popular, but we feel that we’ve got a lot more to offer," Ash
music, the station broadcasts area high school football and
basketball games, special events like the Logan County Fair and
balloon fest, local news, and sports. Ash says the new "Morning
FIX" will run from 7 to 10 a.m. weekdays. He plans to have
surprise guests, trivia games, prizes and more.
new open-line sports show will run Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. and will
be hosted by local sports personalities Jeff Mayfield and Greg
Taylor. Both men write sports news and features for Lincoln Daily
Mayfield is a former Lincoln High School basketball assistant coach,
and Taylor currently serves as the color commentator for Railer
broadcasts. Ash says eventually the sports show will run five nights
a week with a variety of hosts.
think it’s going to be a big hit, not just in Lincoln, but all
across central Illinois," Ash said.
went on the air April 13, 2001. It serves DeWitt, Logan, Macon,
Mason, McLean, Menard, Sangamon and Tazewell counties.
campaign will bring anti-drug messages to area families
8, 2002] Drugs
are one of the greatest threats currently facing America’s young
people. Dedicated to minimizing this threat, Logan-Mason Mental
Health has announced that it will join forces with the White House
Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Youth Anti-Drug
Media Campaign in an effort to significantly reduce youth drug use
in Logan and Mason counties.
National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is a five-year initiative
dedicated to reducing youth drug use in America. The campaign mainly
targets middle-school-age adolescents (approximately 11- to
13-year-olds), along with their parents and primary caregivers.
integrated communications campaign uses a variety of communications
vehicles to achieve its objectives, including advertising, the
Internet, relationships with the entertainment industry, public
education efforts and community partnerships, to teach children and
parents about this issue.
on the momentum generated by the materials and messages provided by
the campaign, we at Logan-Mason Mental Health will mobilize Logan
and Mason counties around this issue to de-normalize drug use in our
community, " said Kristi Simpson, prevention specialist at
Logan-Mason Mental Health. "Our local efforts will enhance
those occurring at the national level and will provide a ‘surround
sound’ effect for Logan and Mason County’s children and parents
that cannot be ignored."
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involvement is essential to our success. In order to truly make an
impact, the campaign’s anti-drug messages must be constantly repeated
— by different people in a variety of ways," said Alan Levitt,
director of the campaign. "When community organizations, such as
Logan-Mason Mental Health, step up to the challenge and provide local
leadership, change is accelerated and our children are the ultimate
more information about prevention efforts and what you can do to help in
Logan or Mason County, call Kristi Simpson, prevention specialist at
Logan-Mason Mental Health, (217) 735-2272.
release from Logan-Mason Mental Health]
January storm reduces concerns over soil moisture in Illinois
7, 2002] "Soil
moisture conditions over Illinois for spring have improved with the
first significant winter storm that struck Illinois on January
30-31, generating a large swath of snow across the northern half of
the state, freezing rain south of the snow band and rain over the
rest of the state," says Jim Angel, state climatologist with
the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign.
was heaviest south of the band of maximum snow. Some west-central
Illinois locations received more than 3 inches: Morton (3.41
inches), Washington (3.31 inches) and Peoria (3.17 inches).
on preliminary storm data, Galesburg reported 17.3 inches of snow,
and snowfall amounts of 10 to 12 inches were common in the Chicago
area. There were reports of 12.3 inches (Chicago Botanic Garden), 12
inches (O’Hare) and 11.1 inches (Midway).
with this storm, winter snowfall remains at less than 50 percent of
normal across central Illinois and less than 75 percent of normal
across northern Illinois. Southern Illinois is at or above normal
winter snowfall thanks to an earlier storm on January 18-19 that
dropped between 3 and 6 inches at most locations. Normal February
snowfall ranges from 8 inches in northeastern Illinois to 4-6 inches
in central Illinois to 3 inches in southern Illinois. So we still
have a chance for more snow this winter," says Angel.
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33.2 F average January temperature was 8.4 degrees above normal, the
sixth warmest January on record since 1895 and tied with 1914 and 1921.
The warmest January on record was 1933 with 37.6 F. South of a line from
Galesburg to Kankakee, the average temperature was at or above 32 F.
Based on preliminary data this month, only Galesburg reported a
below-zero January temperature, -1 F on Jan. 2. Because December and
November temperatures were also above average, the combined
November-January period was the second warmest on record since 1895.
January 29, precipitation for the state was only 31 percent of normal.
However, the late-month storm boosted the statewide total to 2.19
inches, 0.27 inches above normal. The storm also alleviated some concern
about having adequate soil moisture for spring crops," concludes
the Illinois State Water Survey]
7, 2002] Police
are currently investigating a reported bank robbery at Central
Illinois Bank, 428 Keokuk St. The suspect has left the premises. The
activity occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Police are doing a complete door-to-door canvas of the neighborhood.
suspect, said to be a white male, 40ish in age, escaped on foot and
is believed to have left the area in a car. The robber is said to
have made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
is believed that there is no relationship between this robbery and
the Dec. 28 State Bank of Lincoln robbery.
FBI has been notified.
Racial profiling occurs here,
Lincoln alderman says
6, 2002] Although
some city officials may believe no racial profiling occurs in
Lincoln, that statement is not accurate, according to Alderman Glenn
Shelton, minister of the Second Baptist Church and the first
African-American to serve on the city council.
is a problem in this community," Shelton said at the Feb. 4
evening meeting of the council. The problem, he said, is that some
African-Americans feel they are not being treated equally or with
respect by police and other agencies, firemen, EMTs and hospital
was referring to a comment made last week by Alderman Verl Prather,
chair of the police committee, that statistics show there is no
racial profiling in Lincoln and that no formal complaints of racial
profiling have been made. The comment was quoted in The Courier.
have a problem with someone drawing conclusions that there is no
profiling," he told the council, then cited two incidents in
which he himself was involved.
one incident, which occurred before he was on the council, he was
pulled over by Logan County Sheriff’s Police in the Kroger parking
lot one night, asked for identification and asked where he was
going. He said he told the officers he was just coming from a prayer
meeting and was then told this was a "courtesy stop"
because his license plate light was out. By that time several more
police cars had pulled up.
said he got out of his car to check the light and saw it was on. He
said he even kicked the back of the car to see if the light was
malfunctioning, but it remained on. Later, he said, he received an
apology for the stop.
also reported that at one Sunday service, cars in the Second Baptist
Church’s parking lot were checked. "I wonder if any white
church members had their cars checked that day," he said.
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refuted the statement that no formal complaints about racial profiling
have been made, saying he has reported complaints to city officials.
"If I go to the police chief or the mayor, that’s a
also noted that African-Americans make up only 2 percent of Lincoln’s
population, but 5 percent of all those arrested and ticketed here are
he was quick to defend Mayor Beth Davis and Police Chief Rich Montcalm.
police chief and this mayor take the issue seriously and will not
tolerate it. I don’t want anyone to think these officials are not
doing anything about it." He said he simply did not believe that
statistics presented recently by Chief Montcalm could be interpreted to
mean that there is no harassment or profiling of African-Americans in
you for listening to my concerns," he concluded.
will not tolerate this kind of behavior," Mayor Davis said. She
urged any citizens with concerns about racial profiling to attend a
meeting of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans
and Youth, which she said also includes minorities.
Montcalm also said that racial profiling and harassment will not be
tolerated and encouraged alderman and others to come to the Citizens
Police Academy, a program starting in March in which citizens learn how
the Police Department operates and ride along with officers on patrol.
is a year like no other. Since Sept. 11 we are a changed nation.
Individually, our daily sensitivity toward whom and what we have in
our lives has been heightened. We are more conscious and
appreciative, first about those we love and see everyday. Next, we
have a newfound appreciation for those who risk their lives every
day as rescue workers and protectors of life and property in our
communities. We also now think more about our military men and women
who are committed to serve and protect our country. Many are away
engaged in battle, some are in waiting to go, all are ready to lay
their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.
Daily News is
seeking the names and addresses, including e-mail addresses, of
friends and relatives who are serving in the armed forces. They need
not be from here in Logan County. If you know someone serving,
please send the information to email@example.com.
A complete list will be made available and kept updated through the
site so we might all hold them in our thoughts, prayers and well
here for names available now.]
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we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?
on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on
the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on
high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed
practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened,
but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how
prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?
the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical,
our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond
to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all
the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning
Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not
even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a
number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health
and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and
hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.
are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday,
Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED.
At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning,
training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept.
11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders
we have in this community.
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day after ‘Attack on America’
Area leaders respond to national tragedy
and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise at water
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs - Part 1
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs – Part 2
nuclear power plant safety measures in place
County agencies meet to discuss protocol for suspicious mail
promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack
began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on
air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps,
destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting
than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have
pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.
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(serving the U.S.
registration for disabled
19 general primary election notice to the elderly and people with
15, 2002] Citizens
who are not registered to vote and cannot leave their home,
hospital, nursing home or other institution because of a permanent
physical disability can arrange for voter registration by contacting
a deputy registrar or the county clerk’s office.
registration will close on Feb. 19 for the March 19 general primary
you are physically able, you may register to vote by going to the
county clerk’s office, Room 20 in the Logan County Courthouse, 601
Broadway in Lincoln. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday. You will need to show two forms of identification, one with
your current address on it.
people with physical disabilities and the elderly, election judges
will be available at the polling place on election day to assist
voters when a friend or relative is unable to help.
Handicapped-voter booths will be available for your convenience.
Physically impaired or elderly persons may be eligible to vote
absentee. Please contact the Logan County clerk’s office for
any information concerning voter registration or voting for the
elderly or disabled, please call the Logan County clerk’s office
at (217) 732-4148.
J. Litterly, Logan County clerk]
to register to vote
3, 2002] Are
you registered to vote?
March 19 primary is rapidly approaching. The close of registration
is Feb. 19. If you have moved, or if you have married and changed
your name, it is necessary that you change your voter registration
with our office in order to cast your vote in the election.
you have questions about your voting eligibility, please contact
our office at (217) 732-4148.
J. Litterly, Logan County clerk]
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