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[December 27, 2013]  Mount Pulaski Courthouse to host 4th annual New Year's Eve Service of Remembrance

MOUNT PULASKI On Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., there will be a Service of Remembrance at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse.

With participants gathered on the steps of the courthouse, or inside if the weather is bad, the names will be read of those who have died in 2013 within the city of Mount Pulaski and its immediate vicinity. After each name is read, the old 1870s school bell on the south side of the courthouse yard will be tolled. The service will last about 20 minutes.

To review the list of names to be read, go to the town's website,, and click on "Obituaries." All corrections or additions should be called in to Tom Martin, 792-3267.

The New Year's Eve Remembrance Service was initiated on Dec. 31, 2010, to kick off the yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Mount Pulaski.

The historic courthouse was once the Logan County seat (1848-1855) on the traveling Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit, where Abraham Lincoln, Judge David Davis, Steven A. Douglas, William "Billy" Herndon, Samuel H. Treat, Lionel P. Lacey, Samuel C. Parks, and William H. Young, among many others, practiced their craft by bringing the court of law to the people by horseback and horse and buggy. This structure later became a schoolhouse for grades one to 12 during the years 1857-1877 and again for one year in 1911-12.


Nikki Hamilton named December ALMH Employee of the Month

Nikki Hamilton of Springfield has been named the December Employee of the Month at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Hamilton works at ALMH as a unit secretary and nurse tech in acute care. Her great attitude garnered her recognition and nominations from several co-workers.

"She is one of the best team players on the floor," said her nominator. "She always has a smile and always a positive attitude. We were so lucky to get her on our floor. She deserves this honor."

Another nominator mentioned that Hamilton is always willing to jump in and help anyone out: "Nikki goes the extra mile for her co-workers and our patients! She works hard every second she is here and never complains about any task, small or large. Her positive attitude is contagious!"

Hamilton began her ALMH career in dietary and has now been at the hospital for seven years. As a unit secretary, her duties include updating charts, verifying orders, setting up appointments, answering phones and call lights, and much more. As a tech, Hamilton gives direct care to patients, which can include meeting their general needs, helping to keep their pain under control with non-medical techniques and sometimes just comforting them.

"I love working at ALMH, where I learn something new every day because every patient and every day is different," said Hamilton. "I love how dedicated everyone is to their job and our family environment. I am looking forward to being able to grow as a person and as an employee at ALMH."

Hamilton enjoys spending time with friends and families, watching movies, singing, and taking classes toward her nursing degree.

ALMH, at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, is a 25-bed, critical-access hospital affiliated with Memorial Health System. ALMH employs over 310 in a variety of roles. For more information, visit

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Salvation Army adopted families share in Christmas

The Salvation Army Keest Center in Lincoln was the site of the annual Adopt-a-Family Christmas party on Thursday evening. Adopt-a-Family is a Salvation Army program that pairs families with sponsors who want to make sure the children have something under the Christmas tree.

This year almost 20 families took part in the program, up from nine families last year. This is the second year that the program has been part of the Lincoln Christmas season.

"Sponsors for the families come from three local groups," said Tony Shuff, Salvation Army director for Logan and Mason County. "We get partners from churches, businesses and families who want to help out."

This year the families enjoyed a visit with Santa, as well as cookies and hot chocolate.



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