There is a winter storm watch late
Wednesday night and Thursday for Lincoln and Logan County. The
winter storm watch also covers Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark,
Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar,
Effingham, Fulton, Jasper, Knox, Lawrence, Macon, Marshall, Mason,
McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Richland, Sangamon,
Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford
counties, including the cities of Beardstown, Bloomington, Canton,
Champaign, Charleston, Clinton, Danville, Decatur, Effingham,
Eureka, Flora, Galesburg, Havana, Jacksonville, Lacon,
Lawrenceville, Lewistown, Marshall, Mason City, Mattoon, Monticello,
Newton, Olney, Paris, Pekin, Peoria, Rantoul, Robinson, Rushville,
Shelbyville, Springfield, Sullivan, Taylorville, Toledo, Tuscola,
Virginia and Winchester.
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A significant winter storm will move
out of the southern Plains late Wednesday night into Thursday and
produce a band of snow, sleet and freezing rain over parts of
central Illinois. Most of the precipitation should hold off until
late Wednesday night, with the threat for any heavy accumulations of
snow or ice during the day Thursday.
storm watch is issued when severe winter weather is possible but not
imminent. At the time there is a potential for significant snow and
ice accumulations. Future driving and walking conditions may become
hazardous, so it is important to monitor the latest forecasts.
alert issued 4 p.m. Tuesday]
Skelton's determination will influence you. The Lincoln native is a
classic example of the famous saying, "What the mind of man can
perceive, he can achieve."
The voice on the other end of the phone
is chipper, sweet and thoughtful. When asked if she might be able to
take time from her busy college schedule for an interview, she
doesn't hesitate to say yes, she can do that. Six days later the
21-year-old Eureka College coed sits on her bed like a normal
college student telling her story. Despite all outward appearances
Skelton is not your typical college student.
[Photos by Jan Youngquist]
[Liz Skelton in her dorm room]
When it first began
How many 5-year-olds
do you know who say what they are going to do as an adult and are
still committed to doing that thing as they enter young adulthood?
Unless they grew up in a family of strong vocational tradition like
farming or doctoring, it is not the typical outcome. Liz Skelton was
only 5 when she announced before her entire family, including her
grandparents, that she was going to be a teacher.
The first setback
However, not long
after first grade began she was identified as EMH, educably mentally
handicapped. Testing revealed that she read backward and she was
weak in mathematics.
She entered the
School District 27 specialized program that offered an
individualized plan that would help her through grade and junior
high school. During those years she kept up with her class.
Skelton praises all
her teachers from grade and junior high schools. She was in
Washington Monroe for first grade. She recalls Mrs. (Jan) Davis from
Adams for second and third grades. "Loved her, she's an awesome
person," Skelton said. And at Central she had Mrs. (Charlise)
Leesman for fourth through sixth grades. The teachers collaborated
on her progression.
another teacher who stood out with the inspiration she carries
today. At Lincoln Junior High she met Mrs. (Melinda) Mayfield. "She
brightens up a room when she walks in. Radiance comes from her,"
Skelton says, "Mrs. Mayfield told me to go for what I wanted. I have
always remembered that."
"You don't know the little things that you do that can influence
another person's life. It's neat but scary."
Liz stood out in her
memory as well. "She was a fun student to have, an encouragement to
me and her peers," Mayfield said. "One day she came to school with
an outfit like mine and said, ‘Mrs. Mayfield, like my outfit?' and
"She is the type of person that if you said she couldn't do it,
she'd prove you wrong." It fit a poster Mayfield remembers having up
on the wall.
vulnerable, gullible and easygoing. You might think you could pull
something over on her. But there is a lot of depth there," she said.
Mayfield says that
when she looks at a special education student, she looks at what
they are good at. "If I'm not good at mathematics, why would I go
into math? To some degree we all have disabilities," she says.
She cited as an
example, "I know a man who is head of a corporation who cannot read.
He knows how to put people in his life to deal with it. We just have
to learn to get around our disabilities."
Her foundational strength
Skelton says of
herself, "I do what I can set my mind to. I have my father's will,
which is, ‘Go for it. Don't give up on it, whatever that is.'"
She said that one
summer when her father was putting up a dog pen. He was having a lot
of trouble with it. He wanted to give up. But he didn't.
She and her father
talked about her determination and using the dog pen experience as
an example. She remembers telling him, "I learned from the best."
Little did she know
then how important her tenacity to see a thing through would be in
It was a downfall
from her goals when Skelton reached high school. She was set up with
an individualized education plan, an IEPA, her freshman year in high
school that did not fit her intentions. The LCHS special education
coordinator, Mr. Ross, placed her in life skills courses rather than
college prep classes. He made the recommendations based on her
testing, academic history and what he thought best for her. She took
classes such as food and nutrition and child development rather than
Skelton said that
during a first-semester meeting with her and her mom, Ross told them
that said she wouldn't get through high school. Her mother let him
know that her daughter had been planning to go to college since the
age of 5.
graduated with her high school class, she didn't go on to college
the very next fall. She missed the college registration date by a
few days and took the semester off.
When Skelton's mother
was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease she was
given six months to live. Skelton was so devastated she stopped
going to church. It's now been 3½ years, her mother is still alive,
and Skelton just went back to church.
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She sadly remembers
the day late in fall following her graduation. She was with her
brother at a madrigal dinner practice. She strongly sensed it as the
ambulance and rescue vehicles went flying by, sirens screaming. They
were going for her father. He had had an epileptic seizure while
driving. Her grandmother was a passenger in the truck. Both were
gone forever that day.
Moving on to the big test
The next January
Skelton began the ultimate test of her dream. With a 13 on her ACT
exam she entered Lincoln College as a full-time student. She was
earnestly striving to get on track again.
The LC tutors
assisted her just as teachers had in the grade and junior high
schools. Of Mr. Bob Turley, mathematics teacher and tutor, Skelton
says, "[He was] God-sent." She gives high praises to Mr. (Lyle) Read
and Mrs. (Marjorie) Hamilton and Mrs. (Jean) Hall. Of the latter she
says, "I really miss her when I go to write papers."
Hamilton said that
Skelton was a delight to work with. "Elizabeth impressed me with her
optimism. She's such a happy person. She loved school and worked
hard," she said. She even began helping another student in the
tutoring center who needed help.
Hamilton said, "Her
personality is so well suited to working with children." She will
make a great teacher.
More than academics
While at Lincoln
College Skelton worked on the student senate-sponsored winter
semiformal. She was an active member of the LC Choir under Bill
Buffington and took voice lessons with Linda Buffington.
The choir had fall,
winter and spring performances that required lots of practice and
memorization. Mr. Buffington said she was a delightful, diligent and
commented that, unlike her other students, Skelton had had very
little training when she came in. But she improved dramatically.
While she "started with three strikes against her," Buffington says,
"any university or college would be glad to get her now."
She was easy to work
with and eager to please, Buffington said. "I could have her do
something, she'd try it, find it worked and stuck to it," she said.
She was first to memorize the new songs each semester. "If praised
she tried all the harder."
stick-to-it courage even though she was so scared she was moved to
tears," Buffington said. It was during one such performance that the
fullness of her talent came to light. During a solo of the piece
"Think of Me," the instrumental tape cut out. Liz went on "and
finished perfectly on pitch." Buffington said. "She won a
respect from other music students."
Skelton was a lovable and delightful student. She'd say to me, "Oh,
Miss B, thank you for believing in me."
Mr. and Mrs. Miley
both had Skelton in art classes. Karen Miley said she remembers
Skelton as a hard worker who put in a lot of time, stuck with it and
produced a lot of paintings. It was in her 3-D acrylic class that
Skelton created the impressionist piece with ladder-back chairs
surrounded by flowers.
[Skelton's beautiful painting hangs in her room.]
If you lay the
painting down the chairs actually appear to stand out from the
In the spring of 2002
Skelton graduated from Lincoln College with her first college
degree. Skelton's college life at Lincoln was rich and full of
Continuing her quest
Skelton chose Eureka
College to continue her schooling as an education major. Life at
Eureka is no less filled with activities. She has continued with her
music and is busy with CAB, the campus activities board. She's also
taking yearbook pictures, has pledged a singing fraternity and
studies are going well.
She loves going
weekly to Davenport Grade School to do clinical teaching with first
graders. She works with them on their reading and writing.
Working by a plan
Skelton plans to get
her bachelor of science degree and then go to work. She plans to go
on to ISU to do master's work, and then she intends to get her
teaching certificate in special education.
Work is not all there is in life
While at Lincoln
College Skelton met her fiancé, Eric Alfredson. He was also in
special ed, "so we connect on certain levels that others wouldn't,"
she says. "He's a nice guy and a true gentleman. I love him to
Alfredson is a
business administration major at Jacksonville College. The couple
intends to wait until they have both finished school and have been
working a year before marrying. They are planning to wed on June 6,
Her message to others concerning
"If in special
education or not, keep going; it is very beneficial. Don't just drop
out and say ‘I'm done.' That's how I got to where I am. I never gave
up on going to college."
While Skelton has not
yet met her goal of becoming a teacher, she has already done much
more than some others have said she would do. She is a model for
what vision and persistence can do.
How focused are you
on your dreams? So focused that if the musical accompaniment cuts
off you will still carry on and finish on perfect pitch? That's what
Happy New Year!
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Battle over LDC closing continues
In mid-March, AFSCME
officials charged that the death of three medically fragile LDC
residents may have been caused by the Department of Human Services
moving them from the cottage that had been their home. Coty Cottage
had been set up for the care of the physically fragile, but patients
there were moved to another cottage that lacked appropriate
facilities, an AFSCME spokesman said. The moves were part of the
downsizing of LDC ordered by Gov. Ryan. State officials later denied
that the transfer of residents had anything to do with the three
At the end of the
month, Associate Circuit Judge Donald Behle ruled that the state
could not move any more residents from LDC without a permit from the
Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. The ruling came as the
result of a lawsuit filed by parents of an LDC resident, state Sen.
Larry Bomke, AFSCME Council 31 and Don Todd, president of AFSCME
Later in March state
Reps. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsythe, and Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg,
filed an amendment that would keep Lincoln Developmental Center
operating with 240 residents and 480 employees. "It will be an
uphill fight. I don't want to lead you on, but it's the right thing
to do and it's the fair thing to do," Mitchell said. The proposed
amendment would increase the funding proposed for LDC in the 2003
fiscal year from $11,028,400 to $27,816,000. Gov. George Ryan,
citing abuse and neglect at the 125-year-old facility, in February
of this year ordered LDC downsized from a high of nearly 400
residents to 100, and from a high of about 700 employees to 210.
City faces budget crunch
The city of Lincoln's
finance chairman, Steve Fuhrer, told the council that the city must
cut almost $1 million from next year's budget to make expenditures
balance its estimated revenues. In March the city was also asked to
come up with $1.1 million as its share of the $3.5 million cost of a
proposed industrial and commercial park on 63.5 acres north of the
city near the I-55 interchange. The city's share would go to run a
sewer line out to the property and for other sewer improvements,
according to Mark Smith, economic development director. Smith said
prospects who are looking for manufacturing and distribution sites
do not want to locate on the west side, where utilities are more
easily available, because of incompatible land use. He said that
because there are homes, churches and retail establishments on the
west side, prospects who want to build these facilities are
concerned about objections from neighbors.
Early in March, a
privately operated company, the Alan G. Ryle Company of Champaign,
asked the city of Lincoln to grant it a zoning change to allow a
Community Integrated Living Arrangement home in an R-1 neighborhood.
The company announced plans to build homes for 64 of the residents
that Gov. Ryan proposed to move out of the Lincoln Developmental
Center by the end of June. The city does not allow group homes areas
zoned R-1, but the attorney for the company said the city's
ordinance is illegal and violates the federal Fair Housing Act as
well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. At a later meeting,
however, city attorney Bill Bates said that whether the city's
housing ordinance was illegal was still in question.
Primary brings high voter turnout
Interest was high for
the March 19 primary, bringing a high voter turnout of 40.24
percent. Of those, 83 percent took Republican ballots and 17 percent
took Democratic ballots. Republicans Sally Litterly and Mary E.
Bruns were unopposed in their races for county clerk and recorder
and for county treasurer. Steven G. Nichols won the nomination for
sheriff over three other Republican candidates, Robert J. Brandt,
James J. Pinney and Henry Bartmann. Nichols will face Democrat
Anthony "Tony" Soloman in November. Jean R. Anderson defeated Robert
P. Turk as Republican candidate for regional superintendent of
schools for Logan, Mason and Menard counties.
For the first time in
many years, voters chose members of the Logan County Board from
districts rather than at large. In District 1, Republicans Lloyd
Hellman and Charles E. Ruben were unopposed. In District 2,
Republicans Robert D. Farmer and Richard E. "Dick" Logan defeated
incumbent Roger W. Bock and Scott E. Doerr. In District 3,
Republicans Gloria Luster and John L. Stewart defeated Tom Cash.
They will face Democrat Harold G. Dingman in November. In District
4, Republicans David R. Hepler and Terry "TW" Werth defeated Julia
Pegram Gerardot and Stephan A. Mesner. In District 5, incumbent Dale
A. Voyles and newcomer Patrick O'Neill defeated incumbents Clifford
"Sonny" Sullivan and Jim Griffin. In District 6, Republicans Paul
Gleason and William (Mitch) Brown defeated Veronica Board Hasprey.
In state races,
Republican senatorial candidate Jim Durkin defeated John Cox and
James D. Oberweis and will face incumbent Democrat Richard J. Durbin
in the fall. Gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan defeated Republican
challengers Corinne Wood and Patrick J. O'Malley. Democrat Rod R.
Blagojevich defeated Paul. G. Vallas and Roland W. Burris. In the
race for lieutenant governor, Republican Carl Hawkinson defeated
Jack J. McInerney, Charles G. Owens and William A. O'Connor.
Democrat Pat Quinn defeated F. Michael Kelleher and Joyce W.
In the race for
attorney general, Republican Joe Birkett defeated Bob Coleman, and
Democrat Lisa Madigan defeated John Schmidt. Secretary of state
candidates Kris O'Rourke Cohn, Republican, and incumbent Jesse
White, Democrat, were unopposed, as were comptroller candidates
Thomas J. Ramsdell, Republican, and Daniel W. Hynes, Democrat, and
treasurer candidates Judy Baar Topinka, Republican, and Thomas J.
This year poll
watchers who congregated at the courthouse watched the returns on a
computer monitor instead of the traditional blackboard
County revenues down
Logan County revenues
from sales and income taxes for the first three months of the fiscal
year are down, and expenses exceed income by 2.79 percent. Finance
committee spokesman Roger Bock said revenues from the income tax and
from 1 percent and 0.25 percent sales taxes are $65,000 below where
they ought to be at the end of the first quarter. Not all revenue
sources are down, and interest income is holding steady. However, he
said, sales tax is a better indicator of overall trends than other
revenue sources like inheritance tax because it is less susceptible
to fluctuation. If the present trend continues, Bock projected a
year-end revenue deficit in the neighborhood of $250,000.
New rules and
regulations for Logan County Airport were discussed by the county
board and will be reviewed by State's Attorney Tim Huyett. Existing
regulations were passed in 1985, 1980 or even earlier and do not
address many current needs, according to airport and farm committee
chair Roger Bock, who researched the changes. Dale Voyles, chair of
the insurance and legislative committee, said it seems prudent to
renew the county's health insurance coverage with Health Alliance of
Champaign despite a 23 percent increase in premium. He said the main
reason for the increase is that claims have exceeded the premium by
more than $200,000 during the seven months the policy has been in
effect. Three significant claims have produced this shortfall.
Other March news
The Logan County Arts
Association board, with Marshall Jacobs as board president, adopted
a membership schedule ranging from $30 for individuals to $350 for
corporate sponsorships. The association plans to have its first
official membership drive during October 2002. The basic membership
level costs $30 for an individual or $50 for a couple and includes a
membership newsletter or mailings.
A house fire claimed
the life of a Mount Pulaski resident in the early morning of
Thursday, March 7. Brad S. Follis, 29, of 504 1842nd Ave., Mount
Pulaski, was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. by Logan County Coroner
Chuck Fricke. Follis' mother, Nancy Monroe, awoke to the fire in the
house and tried to put it out. She was taken to Memorial Medical
Center in Springfield, where she was treated and released.
Clinton Lake was
reopened after being closed to the public. Exelon owns the lake and
the adjacent nuclear power plant and closed the lake in September,
citing safety and security concerns following the Sept. 11 terrorist
Daniel J. Logan, 16,
of Lincoln was pronounced dead at 9:44 p.m. Saturday, March 30,
after the car he was driving failed to negotiate a curve on Route
121-Limit Street. The car was traveling southbound when it moved
into the northbound lane and off the road into a ditch. The car
overturned and the driver was thrown from the vehicle. He was
pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers in the
car. The accident occurred just south of Keokuk Street at 8:56 p.m.
Daniel Logan is the son of the local county board chairman, Dick
Lincoln's Stephanie Reichle led the Lady Redbirds to a 70-67 victory over the visiting
Indiana State Sycamores, tallying nine points and leading the team
in rebounds with six. She also had three assists and three steals
while foul trouble limited her to 27 minutes of action. She recently
had knee surgery but said she is now 100 percent and has all her old
On March 3, another
Lincolnite, Brian Cook, along with Frank Williams, led the Fighting
Illini to a last-minute win over Minnesota. The Illini were down by
nine points with just over three minutes to play. Then Frank
Williams stripped the ball away and Cory Bradford drilled one of his
five 3-pointers. Illinois was down by only one with 6.9 seconds to
play when Williams sent off a high-arching banker that floated
softly through the twine. His shot launched a wild celebration
throughout the state. Cook did all he could to set up the
celebration by registering a double-double, tallying 22 points, 11
rebounds and four blocked shots.
Jeffries was chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Year in voting by
both the coaches and media. University of Illinois junior Frank
Williams was honored as Big Ten Player of the Year for 2001 and
received first-team honors this year. Lincoln's Brian Cook, also a
junior at Illinois, was one of five players named to the second
The Lincoln Railers
were defeated by Springfield Lanphier in IHSA sectionals at the
Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. However, two
Railers, Brock Werner and Cliff Carnahan, advanced in the IHSA
3-point shootout in Springfield and now move on to the state
tournament in Peoria.
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Eighteen Illinois legislators, most of
whom were members of the committee that heard testimony about
closing or downsizing Lincoln Developmental Center, have sent a
letter to Gov. George Ryan asking him not to downsize the
institution until the "unanswered questions" about the moves have
been resolved. The letter noted that family members of residents
remain supportive of LDC and wish their loved ones to stay there.
As part of a series of staff cutbacks
aimed at downsizing the facility, 19 Lincoln Developmental Center
employees left as of Tuesday, April 16, to take positions in other
state-operated centers for the developmentally disabled. These were
the first of 60 employees who chose to accept transfers to other
locations rather than be laid off by the Department of Human
Services, according to Dan Senters, spokesman for the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that
represents most LDC staff members. The employees went to the Fox
Developmental Center in Dwight, the Shapiro Developmental Center in
Kankakee and the Jacksonville facility.
Although the injunction by Logan County
Circuit Judge Donald Behle has put a hold on moving out residents,
AFSCME members are concerned that the state will continue staff
layoffs and residents will not be properly cared for. Sen. Larry
Bomke, R-Springfield, an LDC supporter, said it would be
"devastating" to lay off the 128 employees scheduled to leave on
April 30. A spokesman for the DHS said employees who are needed will
not be laid off. Senters said later in the month that only 35 of the
128 scheduled to leave would be laid off, but he also said the state
is laying off people who are needed, and many of the current
employees have been mandated to work double shifts almost daily.
An amendment filed in the House to
provide funding to keep LDC at 240 residents failed to get out of
the rules committee. The bill was sponsored by state Reps. Bill
Mitchell, R-Forsythe, and Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg.
continues with budget cutting
In an effort to cut about $1 million
from next year's budget, the Lincoln City Council decided it must
pass the fire hydrant service fees back to water company customers.
The move will save the city about $212,000 yearly and will add about
$5 to city residents' bimonthly water bills.
To keep the budget deficit down, the
budget committee will move money out of set-aside funds for the
west-side fire station, the fund that pays death benefits for city
fire or police employees, and the working cash fund. The committee
has already imposed a wage freeze for all department heads and a
hiring freeze for all departments. According to finance chairman
Steve Fuhrer, the city has already spent $285,000 more than it is
bringing in this year. He said he hoped the city could avoid layoffs
of employees to keep the budget in balance. The city will still have
a deficit of about $270,000, he said.
Lincoln received a Tree City USA award
from the National Arbor Day Association and the Illinois Department
of Natural Resources. The city supplied trees to be planted at six
local elementary schools in celebration of Arbor Day this year.
In April the Lincoln Police Department
opened its first substation, at an office in Centennial Courts.
Officer Tim Butterfield is in charge of the new facility, which will
be staffed part time.
County Board sees shortfall
The Logan County Board learned that its
general fund decreased by $239,103 during 2001 because of overly
optimistic income projections. In the first third of 2002 revenue is
also below budget. Andy Lascody of Sikisch Gardner & Co. presented
tentative results of his audit of county books for fiscal year 2001,
ending Nov. 30. The report shows that revenues from fines, personal
property replacement tax, 1 percent sales tax, state income tax and
interest income were all low, totaling $328,327 short of budget
expectations. Lascody attributed some of the shortfall to the
weakened national economy, resulting in lower sales tax income and
interest rates. The shortfall was apparently not caused by
out-of-line expenditures. "All departments stayed pretty well within
what they were allotted," said finance chair Rod White.
The board voted to "renew by
continuance" the county health insurance policy with Health Alliance
of Champaign for one year. It also voted to establish immediately a
committee composed of township, city and county officials to discuss
the north-side commerce park proposal, with the possibility of
including other development options as well. Those options include
broadening the north-side industrial park package to improve Fifth
Street Road to aid development on the west side. The committee will
see if there is any feasible way to combine the Fifth Street Road
and north-side industrial park projects. One reason the broader
package is appealing is that funds for Fifth Street Road improvement
are already in the works. Widening Fifth Street Road would enhance
existing property, including the already developed Lincoln
Industrial Park on Fifth Street Road and the Burwell property on
School construction over budget
Construction work on Lincoln Elementary
School District 27's new Central School will resume on April 29,
after a series of changes to bring costs into line. On that date
work will begin on piping and electrical work, Bill Ahal of the S.M.
Wilson firm, construction manager for the building project, told the
school board. Work on the Seventh Street site stopped on April 3
while the board, architect Dave Leonatti and the Wilson firm looked
for alternative systems that would bring the costs down. The halt in
construction was necessary because in February, when bids were
opened, the board found costs were almost $800,000 beyond the
approximately $6 million budgeted to build the 47,000-square-foot
On April 16 the Lincoln Police
Department spent five hours negotiating with a 20-year-old man
threatening to commit suicide before using less than lethal force to
subdue him. The man would not allow police into the residence in the
400 block of South Kickapoo. He had filled the house with natural
gas and was threatening to blow himself up. The emergency response
team was called out and the street was blocked off during the
State Rep. Jonathan Wright,
R-Hartsburg, has introduced a bill in the state legislature that any
infant born alive, including those surviving an attempted abortion,
would be assured proper medical care to protect and preserve their
Looking for Lincoln officers announced
at the group's April 17 meeting that the grant to fund the Abraham
Lincoln video has been delayed but not canceled, so shooting must be
postponed from early June to late summer or early fall. Paul Beaver,
Logan County chair of Looking for Lincoln, said Illinois Sen. Bob
Madigan and Rep. John Turner assured him in the fall of 2001 that
$20,000 in state funds had been earmarked for the video project. He
said the money would come from a members' initiative grant.
baseball game, a video of events from 1953 and national-grade
entertainment -- all these are planned for the party the city of
Lincoln will throw to celebrate its 150th birthday. Meeting on April
17, the sesquicentennial planning committee voted to urge the
Lincoln City Council to accept the polling place building at Adams
and Fifth streets for use at Postville Park for historical purposes,
including the sesquicentennial.
Lincoln Community High School recently
awarded diplomas to four former students, men who left school before
they graduated. Today's young people might think of these four men
as dropouts, but in their day they were heroes. All of them left
school to enlist in the armed forces at a time when America was
engaged in conflict that threatened its very existence. Two of
Sunday's graduates, Robert Ball and Edgar Logan, enlisted to serve
in the U.S. Navy in World War II. The other two, Richard Montcalm
and Jim Pinney, signed up to serve during the Korean War a few years
The Relay for Life held April 19-20
raised $60,510 for the American Cancer Society. The people circling
the oval track at the Recreation Center were survivors of cancer --
men and women, old and young.
Glenn Brunk Stationers of Springfield
announced plans to open a store at 511 Broadway about June 1. The
company, run by the Stanfield family who bought it from the
founder's widow in 1997, specializes in personal service to the
point of delivering a single item. Lately Lincoln has been without
an office supply store for the first time in 60 years. Staples and
BAT (formerly Lincoln Office Supply) had both closed.
The Senior Citizens of Logan County
hosted an open house at The Oasis from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9,
to celebrate 17 years of service. The public was invited to visit
the senior center at 501 Pulaski in Lincoln.
According to the ISU football office,
Lincoln's Andy King has signed a free-agent contract with the St.
Louis Rams. This news makes King potentially the second player from
Lincoln to play in the NFL in the last decade, joining offensive
lineman Tony Semple of the Detroit Lions. According to an ISU
source, the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears had both shown
considerable interest in acquiring King's services, so it was pretty
surprising to see him end up with the Rams.
The Railer baseball club seems to be
turning things around of late. Although their record is not what
they'd like it to be, they're showing signs of life. Andy Knopp and
Derek Schrader have been hitting some bombs, and Lincoln's pitching
seems to be coming along just a bit. While a brutal early schedule
might not have aided the Railers to a quick start, it may have
toughened their resolve and made them a better team in the long run.
Railers also are not sporting the kind of overall record that sends
shivers down their opponents' spines, but they were 2-2 in the
conference the last time we got a report. The loss of JoBeth
Borowiak could've been killer. Instead, the girls have marched on.
It will be interesting to see how both of these teams fare in the