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[July 17, 2012]  Logan County Democrats to host a 'Blue Donkey' chicken dinner

The Logan County Democrats are hosting a "Blue Donkey" chicken dinner on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus in Lincoln. Serving will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with speakers featured from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The headline speaker will be Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, and Col. Jill Morganthaler will speak on "The Republican War on Women." Steve Waterworth of Easton, who is retired from the Air Force and is a candidate for 18th Congressional District representative, will also speak.

"Phil, Bonnie & Friends" will play from 5 to 6 p.m. There will also be a 50-50 drawing.

Tickets are available at the door or from Democratic precinct captains. See Logan County Democrats on Facebook for information about precinct captains.

Zion Lutheran announces registration dates and other events

Below is a list of upcoming events for students, parents and faculty of Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln. Note that school registration day is Aug. 7. There will also be a community open house at the school that evening.

  • Baseball practice and tryouts will begin on July 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rec Center. All boys from fifth to eighth grade are eligible to play.

  • ZLS will host a community volleyball camp July 30-Aug. 3 for any girls entering fourth to eighth grade.

  • Faculty meetings will be held Aug. 6-7.

  • A community open house at the school will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

  • Registration for the 2012-2013 school year will be from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8-9.

  • There will be a $250 activity fee for each student from kindergarten to eighth grade.

  • Families should be prepared to purchase lunches, milk, assignment books, Bibles, pay early arrival fees and rent PE locks at final registration.

  • Hot lunches, including milk, will be $3. Extra milk is 40 cents.

  • Families are reminded to bring the following items to final registration: current sports physical; current vaccinations and eye exam for students in kindergarten, second and sixth grade; and current dental exam and birth certificate if those are not on file.

  • Families are to purchase all requested supplies prior to Aug. 20. A supply list is available at

  • The teacher rededication service will be at Zion Lutheran Church on Aug. 19.

  • Classes for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will begin on Aug. 20. The Parent Teacher League will host a reception for all ZLS families.

  • Preschool classes will start on Aug. 21.

Wampler to be listed in United States Achievement Academy yearbook

Brianna Wampler, daughter of Jeff Wampler and Robyn Tibbs, all of Lincoln, has been named by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in being listed on the high honor roll, participating in the library and media club, and showing excellence in Spanish. Wampler will appear in the United States Achievement Academy yearbook.

Kathy Stoyak, who teaches at Lincoln Community High School, nominated Wampler.

Wampler is the granddaughter of Larry and Liz Barnes, Shannon and Rick Jones, and Gary and Sandy Wampler, all of Lincoln.

Elkhart community blood drive at Elkhart Christian Church

ELKHART -- To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, Elkhart Christian Church will host a blood drive on Thursday, July 19, from 3 to 6 p.m.

For your convenience, call Lucille to sign up at 947-2702 or schedule an appointment at, using sponsor code 60017 to earn points for rewards. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.

The blood donor bus will be at the church, 113 S. Gillett.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving blood for 12 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital in Springfield. CICBC is a division of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which collects over 180,000 units of blood annually and serves 80 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Leadership Council for area manufacturers and distributors will meet July 24

The Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership and Sysco are hosting a Leadership Council for area manufacturers and distributors July 24 at Sysco.

David Boulay, president of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, will speak on MEP Next Generation Strategies. The five key areas address continuous improvement, technology acceleration, supply chain, sustainability and workforce development.

MEP, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Following Boulay’s presentation, there will be a tour of Sysco.

For more information, contact the development partnership office at 217-732-8739 or

WLB jr. high baseball camp July 23-26

Jeff Nelson, head baseball coach at West Lincoln-Broadwell, announces a July 23-26 baseball camp open to incoming fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The camp will last from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day, Monday through Thursday, at Miller Field at the school.

The camp will focus primarily on the fundamentals of baseball, including hitting, fielding, throwing and base running.

All campers should wear baseball pants or sweatpants (no shorts or jeans), a hat, a T-shirt and any protective gear necessary. Participants should also bring baseball gloves to camp each day. Batting helmets, baseballs and catcher’s equipment will be provided.

The registration deadline is July 19.

For more information, contact Nelson at 217-671-1825 or

Free movie tickets available for 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

Lincoln College is the sponsor of "Mr. Popper's Penguins," the seventh feature in a series of free family movies this summer at Lincoln Theater 4.

Free tickets for the movie are now available at the admissions office on the Lincoln College campus, 300 Keokuk St.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" will be shown Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m.

For more information, click here.

Lincoln Theater 4 is at 215 S. Kickapoo St. in downtown Lincoln.

Verallia Glass to give free canning supplies to new fair entries

This year the Logan County Fair is hoping to attract more and new entrants into its various competitions. With that in mind, a special gift will be given to new entries in the Dairy and Culinary Department.

The first six new canning exhibitors who register at the fair secretary's office in Lincoln will receive one dozen jar lids, compliments of Verallia Glass of Lincoln. 

For more information, call 217-732-3311. 

Fair entries close July 25 at 4:30 p.m. 

Oasis to host seminar on alternatives to Illinois Cares

The Illinois Cares Rx program was discontinued effective July 1. This program provided assistance to seniors for expenses associated with prescription drugs. The Oasis Senior Center along with personnel from the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland will host a seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, to discuss additional options.

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Community Action Head Start Logan County recruitment

Community Action Head Start, a free program for income eligible-families with children from birth to age 5, is recruiting in Logan County for the 2012-2013 program year.

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that serves income-eligible families and children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Logan County Head Start provides center-based preschool services and runs during the school year, beginning Aug. 27.

Early Head Start is a child development program that serves income-eligible children and families including pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers up to age 3. Early Head Start provides home-based services throughout Logan County and runs the full calendar year, beginning Aug. 27.

Children do not have to have a disability to qualify. The program welcomes all eligible children. Additional services, including screenings and access to medical, dental, vision services are what set Head Start apart from other child development and preschool programs. Transportation is available to children and families to participate and receive full benefit of the program.

To apply for Head Start or Early Head Start, contact Brittany Feese or Cathy McIntosh, family partnership specialists, at 217-732-3448, or Leticia Cook or Amber Wright, family partnership specialists, at 217-732-2159.

The following documentation is required to complete the application:

  • Completed 2011 tax forms or W-2

  • Copy of child's birth certificate or medical card

  • Proof of Social Security, TANF and cash assistance (if you receive it)

Logan County Community Action Head Start is sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, which serves the low-income and senior populations of six Illinois counties. For more information, visit or

Oasis pork chop dinner July 26

The Oasis Senior Citizens of Logan County will host a butterfly pork chop drive-up dinner at the Lincoln IGA parking lot on Thursday, July 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Purchase your tickets at the senior center, 501 Pulaski St. in downtown Lincoln, or call 732-6132 for more information.

Millikin University spring dean's list includes Kincheloe, Vermeire, Kennett and Volle

DECATUR -- Brittany Kincheloe and Jordan Vermeire of Lincoln, Casey Kennett of Emden, and Megan Volle of Mount Pulaski have all been named to the Millikin University dean's list for the spring semester.

Kincheloe is a senior attending the College of Art & Sciences. Vermeire is a junior in the College of Professional Study.

Kennett is a sophomore and Volle a senior, both attending the College of Art & Sciences.

Logan County Fair office open

It's time to register entries for this year's fair

The Logan County Fair office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All grandstand tickets are on sale now. Fair books are in and can be picked up at the office. Fair entries began July 2 and the deadline is July 25. Entries for the chili cook-off, talent contest and demo derby can be made in the office. For further information, visit

LCHS Class of 1977 reunion July 28

The LCHS Class of 1977 will have a reunion on July 28 to mark 35 years since graduation. The class reunion will be at Logan Lanes, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a golf outing at the Lincoln Elks Country Club.

There is no cost to attend the reunion. Food and drink will be available for purchase.  

Logan Lanes will have their "Summer Bash" going on that evening, which will include live bands set up on the bowling lanes. Outdoor seating will also be available.  

If you have any questions regarding the golf outing, contact Jane Quisenberry Ryan at  

Questions on the reunion at Logan Lanes as well as updated classmate info can be sent to Tami Burwell Klink at

There is also a Class of 1977 page on Facebook at

For those needing hotel accommodations, the Best Western adjacent to Logan Lanes has a special rate for any Class of 1977 members. Please refer to the reunion in order to get the discount.   

There are some classmates we've lost contact with, so help get the word out by mentioning this article to people you know, or tell them about the Facebook page.

Entries with recycled materials sought for Logan County Fair

The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency and the Lincoln Woman's Club are again sponsoring a recycled materials medium in the Fine Arts Division at the Logan County Fair. The medium will include recycled materials such as glass, metal, plastics, wood and paper. Artists are encouraged to use their imaginations in their choice of recycled materials and the application of those materials in an art project.

Recycled materials artwork will be sponsored in the following age divisions: adults, 18 years and over; young people, 13-17 years; and children, 10-12 years. Entries must be made to the Logan County Fair office by 4:30 p.m. July 25. Artwork must be delivered to the Fine Arts Exhibition Building between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 30.

Award premiums for the artwork are being furnished from proceeds generated by the monthly glass collections co-sponsored by the Joint Solid Waste Agency and the Lincoln Woman's Club.

For more information on the Fine Arts Division, contact the Logan County Fair Association at 732-3311.

Mount Pulaski Courthouse to host quilt show -- exhibitors wanted

MOUNT PULASKI -- The Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation is sponsoring a quilt show Sept. 8 and 9, during the Mount Pulaski Fall Festival. The quilts will be displayed at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 9.

All quilts are welcome. If you wish to exhibit a quilt, call the courthouse at 217-792-3919 between noon and 4 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Saturday, to obtain a quilt entry form and guidelines. Quilt entry forms are also available at many area shops and libraries. All entry forms are due by Aug. 15.

Awards will be provided for first, second and third places. The awards will be based on votes by all visitors.

Each quilt displayed has a unique story to tell. The quilt pictured was made on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It was won in a basketball tournament by Terry Middletent, from the Lower Brule Reservation. When Pastor Barbara Stroud-Borth left her seminary internship on the Lower Brule Lakota Reservation, Terry and his wife, Mary Jane, gave it to her to honor and thank her for the year she lived and worked with the people of Lower Brule.

A committee of volunteers is putting on the quilt show to help raise money for the courthouse restoration. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

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