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[June 05, 2012]  Logan County Relay for Life will host 2 fundraisers this week

On Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., 10 percent of all sales at Culver's restaurant in Lincoln will be donated to Relay for Life.

Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Relay for Life garage sale at 329 Decatur St. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.

Sam Opperman achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Sam Opperman, a junior at Lincoln Community High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Lincoln Boy Scout Troop 1102. He was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 12 at Zion Lutheran Church.

Scoutmaster Robert Cox presented Sam with his Eagle Badge, and Cpl. James Harnacke of the Marine Corps League presented him with the Good Citizenship Award during the Court of Honor.

Sam joined the Scouting program in first grade as a Tiger Cub. He continued in Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, where he earned 45 merit badges on his way to Eagle Scout.

Sam completed his Eagle service project at Zion Lutheran School. Through the generosity of the members of Zion Lutheran Church, school and the Lincoln community, Sam led his troop in landscaping the entrance to the school, assembling and mounting two heavy-gauge steel benches, and mounting a cross salvaged during the renovation of Zion Lutheran Church. The troop also mounted two outdoor basketball poles, backboards and hoops.

Sam has participated in the National Youth Leadership training at Ingersoll Scout Reservation, served in numerous leadership roles for his troop, backpacked through the mountains of the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and the mountains of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Colorado. He has also walked from New Salem to Springfield six times with his troop during the Lincoln Pilgrimage. He also received the Order of the Arrow, reaching Brotherhood designation.

Samuel is the son of David and Stephanie Opperman of Lincoln. His grandparents are Ruth Opperman and the late George V. Opperman of Lincoln and Bobetta Kolbus and the late Raymond Kolbus of Normal.

Benefit for Leanne Arnold this weekend

There will be a benefit for Leanne Payne Arnold on Friday and Saturday at TT's Place, 210 W. Main St. in Easton, to help toward medical expenses for her treatment. Leanne is the daughter of the late Howard and Maggie Payne and grew up in the Hartsburg area. Leanne was diagnosed with stage IIIC breast cancer last November and has been undergoing both chemo treatments and a series of radiation treatments since then.

On Friday, there will be a benefit dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be an all-day benefit beginning at 11 a.m., including a poker run, bake sale, silent auction, 50-50 drawing, raffle and concessions. The All the Rage band will play beginning at 7 p.m.

A portion of funds raised will be matched by the Mason County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

For further information on the events for the benefit, contact Mike Arnold at 309-550-5230 after 5 p.m.

Donations toward the benefit may be sent to 120 NW Madison, PO Box 52, Hopedale, IL 61747, c/o Leanne Arnold Benefit.

Lincoln College to host basketball camp for girls

Lincoln College will host a basketball camp June 25-28 for girls in first to eighth grade. Sessions will be in the Jack Nutt Arena in the Lincoln Center.

The camp will focus on fundamental skill development.

Girls in first to fourth grade will attend from 10 a.m. to noon, and girls in fifth to eighth grade will go from 1 until 3 p.m.

The camp is $40 per person and $20 for additional siblings. Forms are available in the Lincoln Center if needed.

For more information, contact Carol Wilson at 735-5050, ext. 317, or email

Logan County Democrats to meet June 9

The Logan County Democrats will meet on June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Owl's Roost Coffee Bar, 427 Pulaski St. in Lincoln.

All Logan County Democrats are welcome to attend and bring a guest.

Like the Logan County Democrats on Facebook and view updates.

ZLS 4th-quarter honor roll

The fourth-quarter honor roll for Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln is as follows:

High honors:

Fourth grade -- Will Messner, Isaiah Prather

Fifth grade -- Blake Hermes, Lane Prather, Madeline Steiner

Sixth grade -- Emily Messner

Seventh grade -- Danielle Burgrabe, Claire Conrady, Heather Heidbreder, Brooklyn Hermes, Sydney Johnson, Anna Sielaff

Eighth grade -- Joe Ahrends, Elizabeth Ford


Third grade -- Moriah Prather, Will Stambaugh, Ysabella Adubato

Fourth grade -- Madelyn Koehler, Greyson Rademaker

Fifth grade -- Francesca Adubato, Megan Benner, Noah Henry, Katie Lynn, Carter Robison

Sixth grade -- Ashlan Broom, Nathan Ford, Katie Hunsley, Kathryn Nobbe, Emma Ritterbush

Seventh grade -- Zack Prather, Isabelle Thompson, Hailie Williams

Eighth grade -- Lexie Groves, Andrew Simmer, Anna Walters

Honorable mention:

Third grade -- J.R. Lynn, Halie McEntire

Fourth grade -- Noah Butler

Fifth grade -- Grace Montgomery

Sixth grade -- Emma Cooper, Mya Roberts, Victoria Tripplett

Seventh grade -- Kalyn Roberts

Eighth grade -- Cylie Rekart, Ben Steiner

Mount Pulaski High School honor rolls

MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski High School has released honors rolls for the fourth quarter and second semester.

4th quarter


"Straight A" honor roll -- Mark Foley, Audrey Maske

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Katheryn Bobell, Alexandra Conley, Marlea Elias, Samantha Fanning, Allison Haley, Andrew Houser, Carly Powell, Matthew Southerlan

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Hillary Fielden, Taylor Lowe, Kyle Przykopanski, Grace Tierney

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Sarah Clayton, Whitney Clayton, Alexander Deppe, Kelsey Griesheim, Jeremy Henrichsmeyer, Tyler Hubal, Eryn Leever, Madison Leinweber, Jacob Litterly, Kyle Lock, Jonathan Oberreiter, Taylor Schahl, Christopher Wernsing


"Straight A" honor roll -- Rachel Allen, Jessica Awe, Andrea Dickerson, Sylvia Klumpp, Zackary Ladson

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Josef Bosnyak, Tanner Clementz, Rachel Durchholz, Allison Hickey, Elyse McCormick, Alexa Meister, Trenton Trump

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Taylor Anderson, Scott Clampet, Shanyn Gibbs, Timothy Koehler, Darian Lovin, Bryan McCawley, Jessica Raineri, Hannah Skaggs

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Bowen Casper, Janson Cooper, Holly Elias, Edward Grisheim, Cole Huff, Shawn Knauer, Erika Leever, Tyler Litterly, Jacob Stoll


"Straight A" honor roll -- Madison Haley, Chun Yin Michael Ho, Cady Lowery, Jordan Taylor

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Derek Baunach, Jordan Luczaj, Emma Stewart, Brady Thomas

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Alexis Bowles

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Stephanie Bailey, Madison Chandler, Samuel Fielden, Marcus Hoock, Marissa Mattingly, Aaron Stewart, Maxwell Van Rheeden


"Straight A" honor roll -- Elizabeth Allen, Julia Beccue, Alecsandria Hayes, Samantha Morris, Margaret Olson, Haley Vaughan

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Matthew Amidon, Hannah Riedle

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Blake Collier, Justin Dunakey, Aaron Durchholz, Angel Griffieth, Caroline Huff, Garrett Johnston, Claudia Knight, Michael Lowery, Hayle McCawley, Andrew Moody, Whitney Nichols, Nicholas Raineri, Jessica Smith, Ashton Wakeman, Kelsey Wilham, Shelby Young

2nd semester


"Straight A" honor roll -- Mark Foley, Allison Haley

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Katheryn Bobell, Alexandra Conley, Marlea Elias, Samantha Fanning, Audrey Maske, Carly Powell, Matthew Southerlan, Grace Tierney

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Hillary Fielden, Andrew Houser, Jacob Litterly, Justin White

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Ryan Amidon, Sarah Clayton, Alexander Deppe, Kelsey Griesheim, Jeremy Henrichsmeyer, Tyler Hubal, Kyle Lock, Taylor Lowe, Jonathan Oberreiter, Kyle Przykopanski, Kevin Utterback, Christopher Wernsing


"Straight A" honor roll -- Rachel Allen, Jessica Awe, Andrea Dickerson, Sylvia Klumpp, Alexa Meister, Trenton Trump

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Josef Bosnyak, Tanner Clementz, Rachel Durchholz, Allison Hickey, Zackary Ladson, Elyse McCormick

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Scott Clampet, Timothy Koehler, Darian Lovin, Hannah Skaggs

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Taylor Anderson, Bowen Casper, Auston Constant, Janson Cooper, Lindsey Davis, Shanyn Gibbs, Edward Griesheim, Jacob Hahn, Cole Huff, Emily Johnston, Tyler Litterly, Bryan McCawley, Jessica Raineri, Alexandra Sanchez, Jacob Stoll


"Straight A" honor roll -- Madison Haley, Chun Yin Michael Ho, Cady Lowery, Jordan Taylor

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Jordan Luczaj

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Derek Baunach, Brady Thomas

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Alexis Bowles, Madison Chandler, Samuel Fielden, Marcus Hoock, Marissa Mattingly, Chelsea Siembida, Aaron Stewart, Emma Stewart


"Straight A" honor roll -- Elizabeth Allen, Julia Beccue, Alecsandria Hayes, Margaret Olson, Haley Vaughan

High honors (3.80 and above) -- Samantha Morris

Honors (3.50-3.79) -- Angel Griffieth, Andrew Moody, Hannah Riedle, Shelby Young

Honorable mention (3.00-3.49) -- Matthew Amidon, Blake Collier, Aaron Durchholz, Caroline Huff, Jacqueline Inselmann, Garrett Johnston, Claudia Knight, Michael Lowery, Hayle McCawley, Whitney Nichols, Nicholas Raineri, Ashton Wakeman

Abraham Lincoln Chapter DAR awards

The following are the Logan County recipients of the Abraham Lincoln Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awards:

Good Citizen Award

  • Mount Pulaski High School -- Audrey Maske

  • Lincoln Community High School -- Lauren Soebbing

  • Hartsburg-Emden High School -- Mary Rankin

Excellence in American History

  • Mount Pulaski Junior High School -- Morgan Hayes

  • Carroll Catholic -- Julia Huynh

  • Chester-East Lincoln -- MacKenzie O'Donohue

  • West Lincoln-Broadwell -- Garrett Schreiner and Kate Benner

  • Lincoln Junior High -- Zachary McCray

  • Zion Lutheran -- Lexie Groves

  • Hartsburg-Emden Junior High -- Alyssa Bridge

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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.

Mount Pulaski CUD 23 preschool openings

MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski Grade School has openings in its preschool program for the 2012-2013 school year.

The program guidelines are:

  • Children must be 3 years old prior to Sept. 1.

  • Three-year-olds will meet in the morning (8-11 a.m.).

  • Four-year-olds will meet in the afternoon (noon-3 p.m.).

  • Classes meet five times per week.

  • Monthly tuition is $100.

  • Transportation is the parent's responsibility.

If you are interested or have any questions about the program, call Gene Newton, Mount Pulaski Grade School principal, at 217-792-7220.

Extension and Master Gardeners offer youth programs in June

University of Illinois Extension in Logan County has three upcoming programs beginning in June for local youth ages 9-12. These programs will be presented and taught by trained Master Gardeners.

"Rock Stars" will be for six sessions, on June 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. daily. Participants in this program will learn more about geology and classes of rocks and do some rock collecting, as well as learn how to make a rock display case for the collection. Cost of this program is $20.

The "Wiggly Worms" program will be on June 5, 6 and 7 from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Participants will learn more about how worms contribute to our ecosystem and the balance of nature. Cost of the program is $15.

"Beautiful Butterflies" will be on June 12, 13 and 14 from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Participants will learn how butterflies hatch and play a part in nature. Cost is $15.

All programs require advance registration, which may be done in person before June 1 at the Extension office on the northwest corner of the Logan County Fairgrounds. Forms are also available on the Logan-Menard-Sangamon Extension website at For more information or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these programs, contact 732-8289.

Logan County 4-H offers youth programs in June

Logan County 4-H will have a Pets Mini Camp on June 8 from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at Kickapoo Creek Park in Lincoln. Youth 8-12 years of age are welcome to attend and join in the morning's pet-related activities.

Youth will participate in making a pet toy, pet photo frames and pet placemats as well as creating a snack.

Advance registration is required by June 1, and the cost will be $8 per person.

An International Cooking Camp will be offered as a Special Interest Club, or SPIN program, on June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, from 9:30 to noon each day. This program is for ages 10-14. Participants will learn authentic ethnic recipes from a different culture each day -- Africa, Germany, Poland, Spain, Indonesia and France. Advance registration is required by June 12, and the cost is $35.

To register for these programs, stop in or call the Logan County Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive in Lincoln, 732-8289, or visit the Logan-Menard-Sangamon website to access registration forms at For more information or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in either of the programs, contact 732-8289.

Kevin Michael Barker of Lincoln earns Eagle Scout

Kevin Michael Barker, son of Llyle and Sue Barker of Lincoln, was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Lincoln Christian Church on Sunday. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1102 in Lincoln and just completed his freshman year at Lincoln Community High School.

During his nine-year Scouting career, Kevin has advanced through Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, earning 28 merit badges on his way to Eagle Scout. The rank of Eagle is earned by 2 to 4 percent of Boy Scouts each year. He successfully led the troop in a project to build 12 park benches for Little Galilee Christian Camp in Clinton, a camp that he has been a part of and has been inspired by.

Kevin has also participated in National Youth Leadership training at Ingersoll Scout Reservation. He has served as senior patrol leader for the troop and has been inducted into the Order of the Arrow honor society. This summer he plans to complete a two-week, 62-mile backpacking trek through the mountains of New Mexico with members of his troop.

Troop 1102 Scoutmaster Robert Cox presented Kevin with his Eagle Badge during the Court of Honor.

After graduating from Lincoln Community High School, Kevin hopes to enter the medical field.

Writing club to meet

Lincoln Writer's Club will meet on Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Lincoln College dining hall..

Suggested topics: a favorite relative, an age you'd like to be again, travel to another planet, or a second chance in life.

All are welcome.

For more information, call 732-2723.

HSLC spay-neuter transport in June

The Humane Society of Logan County's next spay-neuter transport to the Animal Protective League of Springfield will be on Monday, June 11. Call 217-737-4042 now to make arrangements for your dog or cat to be spayed or neutered in June.

The fee for all dogs except pit bulls and pit bull mixes is $55. The fee for pits is $25. Male cats are $35 to neuter, female cats are $45 to spay, and feral cats are $25.

All animals must have paper proof of a rabies shot, or one must be given at the time of spaying or neutering.

Other services are available at a reduced cost.

Delavan to host Civil War re-enactment battle June 30-July 1

DELAVAN -- The inaugural Little Crane Creek Civil War re-enactment battle will be on June 30 and July 1 at the Lake Park in Delavan. It is one of many events in Delavan in conjunction with the city's175th birthday. The re-enactment is free and open to the public.

Re-enactors representing both the North and South will participate in a battle scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The weekend will also include an appearance by President Abraham Lincoln, Civil War storyteller Brett Hall and Civil War songs by Bob Welch. On Saturday evening there will be a period dance featuring the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band.

Scholarships available at Community Action

Community Action is accepting applications for $1,000 Community Services Block Grant scholarships. The CSBG scholarships, offered in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, are designed to provide financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged individuals of high academic attainment or potential. Scholarships will go toward providing formal education or occupational training in an accredited Illinois educational institution to CSBG-eligible clients.

To be considered, applicants must be income-eligible and reside in DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard or Piatt counties, and must be enrolled or accepted at an Illinois accredited higher educational or occupational training institute.

Applications will be accepted through June 15. Interested applicants should visit their local Community Action office or contact Kathy Shepherd, community services director, at 1-877-588-7189, ext. 246, for details.

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit organization serving low-income and senior populations in six central Illinois counties. To find out more about the services offered, visit For updates, like the agency on Facebook.

Harvest of Talents Princess Tea planned for June 30

Harvest of Talents for World Hunger and Lincoln Christian Church are sponsoring a Princess Tea again this year for young ladies ages 3-13. The event will be on June 30 at the Lincoln Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Doors will open at 10:45 a.m., and the tea is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The theme of the event will be "Secret Garden." Young ladies are invited to dress in whatever makes them feel pretty. Tea will be served on decorated tables and entertainment will be provided. There will also be time allowed for photo ops.

Tickets go on sale May 1. Seating is limited. For more details and to make reservations, contact Vera Thomas at the church office.

Young ladies are to be accompanied by a chaperone, such as their mother, grandmother, aunt or friend.

Lincoln Christian Church is located at 204 N. McLean St. in Lincoln.

All proceeds from the Princess Tea will go the 2012 Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, to feed hungry people worldwide.

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