At the Lake Land College Virtual Employee Recognition, faculty and staff members were honored for their years of service. Lake Land College is proud to honor the commitment and dedication many employees have devoted to helping students succeed at the college.

Lake Land College created the Retiree Wall of Fame in 2008 to honor the achievements of past faculty and staff who helped to create the student-first culture the college lives by.

Dustine Smithenry was recently named Assistant Vice President at the Peoples State Bank of Newton, focusing on agricultural-related lending. He joined the Newton team in 2019, finding his footing nicely among ag, commercial, consumer and residential lenders.

First Mid Bank & Trust was recently awarded $20,000 in grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic.

The 98th Annual Luck Reunion that was scheduled for July 26, 2020 has been canceled for this year. Next year’s reunion will be held at Forest Park on Sunday, July 25, 2021. For more information contact Donna Lupton at 217-774-3879.

At the start of the 2019/2020 school year, school districts in Illinois reported 1,858 unfilled teaching positions, with 647 of these being in special education classrooms. Data has shown that the retention rate for special education teachers is lower during the first three years. In an effo…

Plans for this year’s Relay For Life of Shelby County have been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Sarah Bush Lincoln Laboratory is one of the most technologically advanced areas of the Health Center and it just became more advanced, delivering high-quality lab results faster while reducing the potential for human error.

Six staff members of Lake Land College’s award winning newspaper, The Navigator News, recently received awards from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) in a contest judged by professional journalists across Illinois.


A desire to relieve the stress on the Sarah Bush Lincoln Purchasing Department to find enough gowns to protect its employees has fueled employees to make their own gowns.

DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University has received a generous gift of $100,000 from Dr. Paul and Shirley Stanley to support Millikin’s new Center for Theatre & Dance. In addition to the $100,000 contribution, the Stanleys also made a $50,000 contribution toward the project during Millikin’…

CHICAGO – May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month in Illinois, a time to thank the thousands of foster families across the state that have opened their homes to provide a temporary safe haven to abused and neglected children who have been placed in the care of the Illinois Department of Chil…

Sarah Bush Lincoln was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Sarah Bush Lincoln’s achievements providing safer health care.

The AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter #87 meetings for Monday, May11th and for Tuesday, May 12 have been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. AFSCME is adapting to the recommendations from the CDC and the governor’s office to cancel all in-person meetings until the CDC lifts them.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and Lumpkin Family Foundation are responding to meet the needs of area nonprofit organizations by hosting a #GivingTuesdayNow campaign on Tuesday, May 5. The Community Foundation has created online fundraising pages for area organizations and Lumpkin Family Foundation is offering a $25,000 match to be shared with organizations partnering with the Community Foundation. Donations received between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, will be eligible for the match (while funds are available).

In recognition of nurses everywhere who are putting themselves on the frontline to treat and protect the vulnerable as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Governors University (WGU) is kicking off National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12, with a new Nurse Appreciation Scholarship for nurses who are interested in furthering their education.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with partners from Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association want to remind residents of the following safety measure put in …

Lake Land College still has openings for some of the online courses available during the three-week intersession from May 18 to June 3. These courses are a great way to earn transferable credits in a short timeframe.

Seeing a rapidly growing need for face shields in the emergency department, critical care unit and 2 South nursing unit where respiratory patients are cared for at Sarah Bush Lincoln, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mike Schwenke, Laker Nation Class of 2010, reached out to Lake Land Colle…

Normally, this time of year I would be coming to you to talk about the exciting line-up we have planned for our upcoming Summer Season at The Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan. Instead, I need to let you about the postponement of our 2020 Summer Season.

Shelby County 4-H visited third graders at Main Street School on Thursday, January 30. Shelby County 4-H Ambassadors Aidan Jackson and Shae Jackson members of the Moweaqua Rustlers 4-H Club and Robotics SPIN Club leader Jim Sparks talked with students about 4-H projects that students can enr…

PELLA, IA — Madilyn Ulrich of Shelbyville, was one of more than 700 students at Central College who would have been honored at the college’s annual Scholarship Celebration on Thursday, April 23.

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) recently announced it has distributed more than $5.5 million to nonprofit organizations across the state, marking the first grants since launching the fund. Of the first-round funds, $250,000 went to 30 organizations in southeastern Illinois providing essential resources to vulnerable residents who have been largely impacted by COVID-19.

Shelby County 4-H held 4-H Fire-Up on Saturday, March 14. Fire-Up was led and sponsored by Shelby County 4-H Federation. Federation is the youth leadership group for Shelby County 4-H. Fire-Up was geared towards first and second year 4-H members as well as cloverbuds, who are members ages 5-7.

During the Corinavirus threat, Illinois residents have been asked to follow social distancing. As a result, the Ewington Chapter, Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution, canceled its annual Outstanding Citizenship award ceremony.

Springfield – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is recognizing Telecommunicators, Operators and other behind-the-scenes-heroes who dispatch Troopers and officers from other state agencies in emergency situations.

Effingham Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry traveled to Stewardson on Tuesday, April 14. A total of 40 households representing 95 individuals were served that day. Of those individuals, 34 were children.

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