Shelbyville Daily Union

Local News

April 2, 2013

Rose hosts legislative update on Lake Shelbyville

Updates on Eagle Creek Resort reported

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Area civic leaders heard encouraging news about Eagle Creek resort during an ‘update’ session with legislators Wednesday at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.

State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said he hosted the session to “educate me about the Lake Shelbyville area.”

“I’m the new kid on the block, so this is for my benefit,” Rose said.

Rose invited State Representative Adam Brown and U.S. Congressman John Shimkus to the meeting. Also in attendance were representatives from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, area mayors and county board members, and Corps officials.

Richard Glazebrook, supervisor for Eagle Creek and Wolf Creek State Parks, reported that work is being done on the building although he could not give a timeline to reopening.

“I’m happy to report the resort is being gutted, the resort is being worked on, and the resort will be reopened,” Glazebrook said. “They’re taking everything out down to the studs.”

The resort was shuttered in 2009 due to mold problems and was purchased by BMDD Resorts Corporation of Decatur in 2010 for renovation work.

The National Golf Course, located at the resort, was renovated and reopened in 2010. Glazebrook added that improvements to the course are being planned for this year as well as improvements to the parking areas and new boat docks in 2014.

“Things are positively happening at Eagle Creek Resort,” Glazebrook said.

Glazebrook reported that temporary docks and a high water beach area will be developed at Wolf Creek, on the east side of the lake, thanks to an agreement with the Corps of Engineers.

“In 20-some years of being here, I’ve never seen a better working relationship between the Corps and DNR. That makes it better for counties and cities to work together,” Glazebrook said.

Mike Stevens of the DNR spoke on the impact State Parks have on the local and state economies. He reported that the agency is starting a “Great Parks Partnership” which will allow volunteer groups and individuals to work with the parks for the parks.

The agency is also looking to rehire interpreters for the parks. Interpreters explain points of interest to visiting groups to the state parks, such as Lincoln Log Cabin State Park near Charleston.

Lake Shelbyville manager Ricky Raymond reported that in 2012 there were 4.1 million visitors to the lake bringing a more than $88 million economic impact for the surrounding communities.

He added that the number of visitors dropped later in the summer due to the heat and that numbers were also down over Labor Day due to remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Raymond noted that the volunteer program is very important to the lake.

“We do a lot of work with volunteers,” Raymond said.

Raymond reported that work on the General Dacey trail connecting the Dam East Recreational area to downtown Shelbyville will be finished this spring. The Corps is currently redeveloping the lake at Sullivan to improve the fishing environment. This year the Corps is planning to replace two sluice gates and install a new buoy system and beach at Wolf Creek. He also reported that improvements to camping areas are being planned.

Stephanie McMahon, director of the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce, said that the city is looking for way to attract more visitors to the city and into Moultrie County.

“The north end doesn’t get as much traffic as the south end, but we’re trying to find ways to attract more visitors to our end of the lake,” McMahon said.

The Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure (MOGA) event and Spores ‘n More slated for April will help bring visitors to the general lake area.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Drowning victim identified

    A weekend drowning victim has been identified by the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

    July 28, 2014

  • Heroin addiction in Illinois: A community problem of epidemic proportions In Illinois, heroin addiction is a growing problem. Overdose and deaths as a result of heroin abuse are issues now faced by every community in our State. No small town is exempt from this growing epidemic. Today, towns such as: Stewardson, Beecher Ci

    July 28, 2014

  • 072914 trail work pic 2 Local volunteers assist AmeriCorps workers on Illini Trail The AmeriCorps NCCC crew got a boost of help on July 19 from community volunteers to work on the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville.The crew is rehabilitating the trail, which has been neglected over time. The 11-mile hiking trail runs between Lo

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sherry Kay Spitzner Flora Sherry Kay Spitzner, 54, of Flora passed away at 4:29 a.m. Friday (July 25, 2014) at the Clay County Hospital, Flora.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Vis

    July 28, 2014

  • Drowning death reported

    A Shelbyville woman is the apparently victim of a drowning Sunday morning.

    July 27, 2014

  • Lake Shelbyville tree stand permits available for 2014-15 Lake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to announce that the Lake Shelbyville Tree Stand Policy for this season will remain the same as it was last season. The policy allows hunters to leave one seasonal tree stand up for the d

    July 24, 2014

  • Aquafest at Dam West Beach Aug. 2 Lake Shelbyville - Aquafest at Dam West Beach is no ordinary day at the beach. The Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting Aquafest for Saturday, August 2, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Children and adults of ages all are welcome to a

    July 24, 2014

  • Shelbyville Edward Jones office to collect school supplies Tad Mayhall, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Shelbyville, is supporting the Shelbyville schools by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jon

    July 24, 2014

  • SMHGirls Night Out on Know Your Medications SHELBYVILLE, IL, – According to the National Health Institute, close to 40% of Americans receive prescriptions for four or more medications. Medication is a powerful tool in a healthcare professional’s tool kit, but when combined with over-the-counte

    July 21, 2014

  • Correction

    In the story "Eagle Scout rebuilds Illini Trail bridge" (July 18), the carpenter who helped on the project was Doug Martin, not Doug Hall.

    July 21, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Poll

Should the minimum wage for workers be raised in Illinois?

Yes
No
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium