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Complete Auto Repair
720 N. Sherman St., rear
Thompson Auto Body
919 S. Kickapoo
105-115 Lincoln Ave.
P.O. Box 170
J&S Auto Center
103 S. Logan
222 S. McLean
Logan County Bank
121 N. Kickapoo
318 N. Chicago
1165 - 2200th St.
1709 N. Kickapoo St.
Puritan Springs at LDN
Advanced Carpet Cleaning
708 Pulaski St.
P.O. Box 306
411 Pulaski St.
Heartland Com. College
620 Broadway St.
601 Keokuk St.
129 S. Sangamon St.
2025 2100th St.
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Roger Webster Construction
303 N. Sangamon St.
341 Fifth St.
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120 S. McLean St.
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628 Broadway, Suite 1
All Things Blooming
125 S. Lafayette St.
Mount Pulaski, IL
food & ice cream
Gleason's Dairy Bar
110 Clinton St.
127 S. Logan
F-C-S at LDN
& Herbal Country
2580 100th Ave.
San Jose, IL
The Mustard Moon
1314 Fifth St.
214 N. Chicago
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New ALMH board members
New community volunteers took their places on the boards
of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital during the hospitalís annual
meeting on May 15. Guests attended the dinner that highlighted the
challenges and advancements made by the hospital during the past
year. The joint meeting of the governing boards of Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital, Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and Lincoln
Health Services recognized retiring members and welcomed new board
Susan M. Harmon,
M.D., medical staff president at ALMH, reported that the three new
physicians who arrived last August have been very busy with
patients. Kristen Green-Morrow, M.D. and Melissa Hardiek, M.D., with
Lincoln Health Care Specialists, and Richard Bivin, M.D., with
Family Medical Center, are Lincolnís three newest physicians
accepting new patients. Harmon reported that there continue to be
many consulting physicians and specialists who routinely see
patients in Lincoln.
The retiring ALMH
board of directors chair, Mark Graue, recognized the efforts of the
physicians, medical staff, volunteers and employees who work
together as a team to provide a valuable service to the community.
Although Graue will retire from the hospital board, he will remain
on the board of directors of Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation.
president and chief executive officer of ALMH, noted the challenges
that the hospital has faced in the past year in regard to Medicaid
reimbursement. "ALMH continues to overcome challenges and will
thrive for another century to come," stated Hester.
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This year marks the
100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and its
predecessor, St. John Evangelical Deaconess Hospital.
"Our community has
always supported this hospital ó even donating food in 1902, when
there was not enough to feed patients," Hester said. "Today, you,
our friends and neighbors, continue to support this organization
with monetary gifts to help us purchase the latest in technology and
equipment and to assist in providing the best in health-are
facilities and services available."
from the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation board are Marilyn J.
Armbrust, Lauri F. Bates, Evelyn M. Madigan and Gerald A. Sampen.
Officers of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital board are William E. Marcotte, chair; William M. Hull,
chair-elect; John D. Blackburn, secretary; and Thomas D. Kissel,
treasurer. New directors are Thomas D. Seggelke, ALMH board; Steven
D. Augenbaugh, ALHF board; and Kathleen K. Vipond, Lincoln Health
Services, Inc. board.
Woody Jones to retire after 37 years;
Rick Hamm takes over agency
miss (being a State Farm agent)," says Woody Jones, who is retiring
May 31 after 37 years of serving the Lincoln community. "There are
hundreds of people I consider friends."
Jones is a life member of the Presidentís Club in three of six
possible categories ó auto, fire and multiple line. This means that
he was among the top 50 agents in the country in State Farm auto and
fire policies and in the sum of all forms of insurance. And he did
it for at least five years to be a life member. All told, he
currently has about 14,000 policies of all types in force.
Owning a business in a small town as opposed to a metropolitan area
means increased person-to-person contact, and that is Jonesí
favorite part of his work. Having grown up with many of his clients
also means added "pressure and responsibility, to give the best
service that you can," he said. His goal is to treat people the way
heíd want to be treated.
Jonesí retirement will be celebrated at an open house May 23 from
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at his agency, 628 N. Chicago. He and Mike Lumpp
own Keokuk Village, where the agency is located. Though he has moved
twice, Jones has remained within a block and a half of his first
location, next to the current Chadís restaurant.
Luck is an important element in Jonesí formula for success. The
other key ingredients are offering a good product, knowing a lot of
people, securing a good location, hiring a professional staff and
taking advantage of opportunities. Jones considers himself fortunate
to have stumbled into the insurance business, a good fit for him,
when Don Stevenson retired 37 years ago. He said State Farm is
"tremendously financially strong" and he knows a clientís loss will
be taken care of.
Jones describes himself as a hands-on manager. "I enjoy getting
right in there with the staff and doing normal daily routines," he
explains. His staff consists of four employees ó Robyn Yarcho,
Monica Ritchhart, Teresa Robbins and Misty Virgil.
Proximity to company headquarters means that people are familiar
with State Farm. In fact, "dozens and dozens" of Logan County
residents work at the Bloomington headquarters, he said.
Jones said his biggest fire claim was a home and contents over
$450,000, and he covered several bad auto accidents that reached
policy limits of $300,000. One winter midnight, about 20 years ago,
he was awakened by a call from an out-of-towner who had wrecked his
car north of town. Jones got the car towed, secured a motel room and
then asked to see the manís policy. It was from Allstate.
Though several tornadoes have damaged more than one home he has
covered, Jonesí toughest situation was the widespread damage caused
by the 1995 hailstorm. There were 20 people lined up outside his
door when he got to work. Since 1995, he observed, Logan County
seems to have received more than its share of tornadoes, flooding
and other damage.
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Jones intends to retire fully after May 31, although he said he
"might look at something locally down the line." He enjoys the
outdoors and expects to spend more time with family. He and his wife
Sue have a daughter, Jackie Toal of San Diego; a son, Jason, a
stockbroker with Edward Jones; and three grandchildren.
Aug. 29, 2001, Jones gave one-year retirement notice to State Farm,
but he says he didnít mind when the company offered to speed it up a
bit. On June 1 Woody Jones / State Farm Insurance becomes the Rick
Hamm agency. Hamm has been working at the Lincoln office since April
1 in a two-month transition period.
Hamm said he has been with State Farm since he was 4 years old. His
father was an agent, and the two worked together for 11 years. Since
October 1993 Hamm has been a State Farm agency field executive
supervising 28 agents, including Woody Jones. "Woody was never a
problem," he said, and meetings between the two were "always just an
easy flow. It was like working with my dad."
Hamm has known Jones for most of his career ó since well before he
became his supervisor. He said Jones will be a hard act to follow
since he is so well known in the community, but he added, "So was my
"Iím more a people person than an administrator," he said, noting
that being a field executive entailed more paperwork and meetings
and less personal contact than he would have wished. Hamm sees
Jonesí agency as a great opportunity. Jones prepared the staff well,
he said, and they have similar styles. Like Jones, Hamm is a
Presidentís Club agent, qualifying in life insurance and multiple
Hamm has added one employee, Bridgitte Danner, to the agency. A
major change coming soon is 24-hour service through a call response
center. After-hours calls will automatically be switched to the
center, which can report claims, make appointments for a damage
estimate or with an adjuster, or take billing questions and requests
for changes in coverage. Customer messages will appear on agency
computers the next day.
Otherwise, Hamm said, clients will not notice any changes, and he
intends to offer the same service.
Hamm and his wife,
Betty, currently live on Lake Bloomington, with a Hudson address,
but have bought a house in Lincoln and plan to move here. Their
daughter, Stacey Hamm, works in fire claims in the State Farm
Bloomington headquarters, making her a third-generation employee.
Their son, Adam, is just finishing an Army stint in military
intelligence, working on satellite imagery.
do you go for the
goods and services you want?
14, 2002] In
finally discover where the best chai in town is and youíre
ecstatic! Then you discover itís been there a year or so and no
one told you about it. Youíre exasperated! Local businesses change
hands, move, increase their stock or services, do all sorts of
things youíd really like to know about, and somehow you donít
get in on it.
today, Tuesday, May 14, you can be "in the know" too!
LogOn Productionís Channel 15 premieres the show you have been
waiting for, "Chamber Chat." It airs from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce will host the weekly
half-hour LIVE talk show. "Chamber Chat" will feature an
update on local business activity, interviews with volunteers and
committee chairpersons of special programs taking place in the
community, issues, and community events. There are plans to
occasionally film segments on location in local businesses to add to
the perspective and content of the show. There will also be
opportunity for viewers to call in with live questions. The show
will air several additional times each week, but Tuesday night will
be the LIVE show. [Click
here to hear it!]
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County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobbi Abbott thinks,
"A focus on our GOOD NEWS will hopefully provide a domino
effect in positive attitudes and opinions about our community."
invites, "If you have business activity, please e-mail
to me any news about your place of business ó
expansions, new employees, new products or services, changes in
location or management, etc."
Abbott, Executive Director
S. Kickapoo Street
a new name and
a new warehouse, box plantís
ready for more business
13, 2002] As
a result of Weyerhaeuser Companyís takeover of Willamette
Industries and a nearly complete addition to the Lincoln facility,
Joe Nemith, general manager of the corrugated container plant,
expects an increase in business.
said the Lincoln plant has already picked up some business from the
Weyerhaeuser factory in Belleville. In line with a companywide push
for plants in close proximity to work together to avoid duplication,
the two facilities have been cooperating to identify overlaps.
Nemith reported few conflicts and only four mutual contracts, which
have been allocated in such a way that neither plant loses business.
For example, both had contracts with Holton Meats near St. Louis but
supplied different products. At a meeting on April 30 it was agreed
that though just one Weyerhaeuser sales representative will call on
Holton, each plant will continue supplying the products it did
reported the takeover has caused virtually no change to the local
operation so far. The phone is now answered in the name of
Weyerhaeuser and a temporary sign by the entrance identifies that
company, but the awning and permanent sign still say Willamette
Industries. Boxes are still marked Willamette as well, and Nemith
said the practice will continue until the printing plates wear out.
the local scene a number of senior managers from Willamette have
retired, two plants have been closed and more plant closings are
expected. Plants must meet two criteria, Nemith said: Make money and
provide a safe operating environment. The closed plants in Virginia
and Tennessee were unsafe and unprofitable. "We donít fit
either one of those categories," Nemith was happy to report, so
he expects operations to remain similar but busier.
he expects to occupy the 70,000-square-foot warehouse, currently
under construction, during the third week of May. H & H
Construction Services of Carlinville is general contractor for the
roughly triangular addition located on the south side of the
building. Nemith said there would be one more concrete pour, on May 4.
Some equipment will not be moved until Memorial Day weekend.
addition was approved under the Willamette watch. All told, Nemith
said, that company invested $6 million in the Lincoln facility
during the last five years and $50 million in the three Illinois
plants in the same period. Asked if he would have built the addition
if he had known about the coming takeover, Nemith answered: "I
would have. I donít know if Weyerhaeuser would have approved
Weyerhaeuser has already approved three equipment purchases for the
Lincoln plant: a pre-feeder for automatically feeding existing
machinery, a unitizer for banding large units and a die-cut section
for the largest of three flexo-folder-gluers, which print, fold and
glue the boxes. Purchase of a fourth flexo-folder-gluer has been
deferred until business has increased.
no employees will be added as a direct result of the new warehouse,
Nemith said the added space will make growth in business possible,
and increased business is the reason for hiring employees.
response to the anticipated increase in business, he does expect to
add three new permanent employees to the work force of approximately
100 by fall. He noted that employment at the Lincoln facility is
stable. Of two workers expected to retire in July, one has worked
here about 20 years and the other for 44.
Nemith praised local
employeesí positive attitude and said it results in a work
environment such that new hires learn the same attitude and also
become long-term employees. "All our people are responsive to
customers," he said.
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Weyerhaeuser-Willamette takeover is unique in two respects, Nemith
claimed. First, the predator company is adopting some of the ways of
its prey. Because Willamette led the industry in profit on boxes,
Weyerhaeuser, though three times larger, is seeking to learn from
its former competitor.
the Weyerhaeuser chairman was formerly the CEO of Willamette. Steven
R. Rogel took over at Weyerhaeuser in 1995 after heading Willamette
for the previous two years. Lured by the bigger company, he set
about buying the smaller one. Part of the reason, Nemith said, was
that if Weyerhaeuser had not bought Willamette, they themselves
might have been subject to a buyout. For several years Willamette
resisted the takeover, preferring to remain independent. It took 14
months of negotiations to reach the $6.1 billion merger agreement.
numerous closings there are still over 2,000 box factories in the
United States, and consolidation is common in the container
industry, Nemith noted. In fact, "this is the fourth name on
this building," he said. Built by U.S. Corrugated in 1946, it
was bought by Boise Cascade in 1984 and Willamette in 1992. Despite
the changes in parent company, much remains the same. "Every
facility has a personality" that doesnít change, he said.
himself worked for Weyerhaeuser from 1979 to 1981, after they bought
the company he was with. "I really thought the world of them
then," he said. "They are the only large company in the
industry I would want to buy us," because they treat their
people well. One dramatic event that occurred during Nemithís
earlier tenure was the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Weyerhaeuser
owned much of the mountain.
combined Weyerhaeuser Company, based in Federal Way, Wash., is among
the top three companies in the world in lumber, pulp, boxes and fine
paper. Before the merger Weyerhaeuser was No. 4 in corrugated
containers in the United States and Willamette was No. 11; together
they are No. 2 internationally.
committee made up of representatives of the two companies will
recommend ways to merge them. Although none of the recommendations
has yet been announced, Nemith expects one of them to reconfigure
the regions of the combined company. Currently, the Lincoln plant is
in a region stretching from New Jersey to Minnesota, and he expects
that to be split into at least two.
change that wonít occur until Jan. 1, 2003, is for local employees
to go on the Weyerhaeuser benefit plan. Nemith said the plan is
comparable to or better than the Willamette one, so he does not
foresee problems despite the fact that people are understandably
wary of changes.
research showed Nemith that of the Lincoln plantís 181 customers,
80 percent are in towns the size of Lincoln or smaller.
He is an
advocate of the Logan County Economic Development Councilís
proposed industrial park north of town. "It will be good for
Lincoln," he said, noting the townís excellent location.
is optimistic about the future of the Weyerhaeuser plant in Lincoln.
"I really expect to be a lot busier," he says. "Weíll
have a good, strong future."
1, 2002] The
Clinton Area Farmers and Artisans Market is coming to Mr. Lincolnís
Square in Clinton. The first market will be open Saturday, May 4,
from 8 a.m. to noon.
ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Tom Edmonds is scheduled for 9:30
a.m., as well as a rhubarb cook-off contest. Entries must be in by
that time, and winners will be announced at 10 a.m.
yearís markets will be the first and third Saturdays in May
through October, from 8 a.m. to noon. During June, July and August
the market will also be open Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
information on setting up at the farmers market, contact the Clinton
Area Chamber of Commerce at 935-3364.
chamber of commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing
business and professional people together to work for the common
good of Lincoln and Logan County.
Abbott, Executive Director
County Chamber of Commerce
S. Kickapoo St.
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604 Broadway St., Suite 4
Behne & Co. Inc.
Richard I Ray & Assoc
1350 Richland Ave.
106 S. Chicago
P.O. Box 129
218 Eighth St.
114 E. Cooke St.
P.O. Box 78
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548
311 Broadway St.
601 Keokuk St.
604 Broadway St., Suite 4
polishing & cleaning
All About You
408 Pulaski St.
716 N. Logan
511 Woodlawn Road
Holiday Inn Express
130 Olson Drive
2202 N. Kickapoo
Maple Ridge at LDN
2222 S. Sixth
Springfield, IL 62703
Advanced Eye Care
623 Pulaski St.
Nobbe Eye Care
1400 Woodlawn Road
Good Ole Pest Control
Daron Whittaker, owner
380 Limit St.
102 Fifth St.(217) 732-3100
Alexander & Co.
410 Pulaski St.
610 N. Logan
222 N. McLean
Werth & Associates
1203 Woodlawn Road
Blue Dog Inn
111 S. Sangamon St.
1101 Woodlawn Road
The Sewing Place
503 Woodlawn Road
Lincoln Mission Mart
819 Woodlawn Road
Clinton Mission Mart
104 E. Side Square
Clinton, IL 61727
Neal Tire & Auto
Logan County Title Co.
507 Pulaski St.
Abraham Lincoln Tour.
Bureau of Log. Co.
303 S. Kickapoo
AA Towing & Repair
945 Broadwell Drive
529 Woodlawn Road
The Classic Touch
129 S. Sangamon St.
Weddings by Crystal
121 S. Sheridan St.
319 W. Kickapoo St.