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Hancock County Reports 19 COVID-19 Cases October 17-23, 2021

Hancock County Reports 19 COVID-19 Cases

October 17-23, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report nineteen (19) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of October 17-23, 2021.  Cases include four males in their 60’s, two males in their 50’s, two males in their 30’s, and one male in his 20’s. In addition, female cases include one female in her 70's, two females in their 60’s, two females in their 50’s, one female in her 40’s, two females in their 30’s, and two females in their teens.

 

There have been a total of two-thousand-seven-hundred-sixty-one (2761) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-seven-hundred-fourteen (2714) people have recovered, twelve (12) people are currently isolated, and thirty-five (35) have passed.  

During the week of October 17-23, three of the 19 positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated.  

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

 

 

 

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FOCUS FITNESS TO HOLD FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & HEALTH FAIR

FOCUS FITNESS TO HOLD FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & HEALTH FAIR

Carthage, IL – Monday, October 25, 2021 – Memorial Hospital’s Fitness Center, FOCUS Fitness, has plans to hold a health fair event in celebration of their first birthday on Wednesday, November 3rd, from 4pm until 6pm at FOCUS Fitness on 103 Randolph Street in Carthage. 

This open house will include prize drawings, giveaways, and the opportunity for membership sign-up and renewal. The event will also include a mini-health fair, with a variety of free health screenings offered including A1C blood sugar screenings. Refreshments will also be served. 

Ashlyn Housewright, Director of Community Health and Wellness at Memorial Hospital, states, “We are so excited to be able to host an event for the public to help us celebrate our first birthday. This is our way of saying thank you to all who have supported us in successfully offering a 24/7 fitness center! We look forward to many more years of serving our community.”

This event is open to the public. For more information, check out the Facebook event page: FOCUS Fitness Turns One: Birthday Bash & Health Fair.

To learn more about the 24/7 fitness services provided by FOCUS Fitness or to access a membership application, visit mhtlc.org.

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINICS LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

IL – Friday, October 22, 2021 – On October 4, 2021, Memorial Medical Clinics launched a new mental health service line. Shellie Wear, PMHNP-BC, and Tammy Teel, LCPC, MSEd, are now providing mental health services with offices located at Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage - Hospital Campus, 1450 N. County Road 2050, Carthage, Illinois. This team offers a variety of mental health support and treatment, including medication management, addiction treatment, and individual, couples, and family counseling.  

Shellie Wear, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified, received her certification from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 2021. Wear has had a long-standing practice at Memorial Medical Clinic Bowen, working as an Advanced Practiced Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She is excited to transition her service line and pursue her passion for mental healthcare.

Wear states, "I love watching people get better and feel better. I love to witness and facilitate self-discovery. I have a passion for teaching individuals how to better cope and thrive in their day-to-day lives and find this work to be incredibly rewarding."

Tammy Teel, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), MSEd, received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University (WIU) in 1996. She then received her Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Quincy University in 2010.

 

Teel states, "I love to enable people to find the answers they are searching for and assist with struggles they may be experiencing within themselves. I get to celebrate every kind of victory with my patients during their treatment journey. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to provide new perspectives in order to take care of my patients' mental health."

 

Wear and Teel treat a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), substance abuse issues, and more. This team also addresses needs and provides support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) community.

 

To schedule an appointment to receive mental health services, call (217) 357-6888. For more information, visit mhtlc.org.

 

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Headshots: Shellie Wear, Tammy Teel

MAPLE GROVE OFFERS CUTTING EDGE THERAPEUTIC RESOURCE

Maple grove offers cutting edge therapEUtic resource

Carthage, IL – Friday, October 22, 2021 – Maple Grove Memory Care, a living option at Hancock Village in Carthage, Illinois, has implemented a cutting-edge service for its residents. Two sensory areas in each Maple Grove house are now offered. One space offers residents a stimulating surrounding, while the other section provides a calming atmosphere, free from excessive stimuli.

The cognitively stimulating section of the sensory experience aims to reach withdrawn residents by interacting with their senses. For example, a resident who struggles with poor hearing may still enjoy lights and the scent of essential oils. Therefore, the sensory room aims to connect with residents by stimulating the senses that they have.  

The calming section of Maple Grove’s sensory area is used to alleviate anxiety among residents. Residents can get away from bright lights and everyday noises by utilizing the calming room. Popular features of the calming space include dim lighting, essential oils, and soft music.

Items located in each section of Maple Grove’s sensory rooms have been chosen by reviewing cutting-edge research and data. The bubble tubes in these rooms have been statistically shown to stimulate hearing and vision and help residents feel calmer. Fiber optic ropes provide residents visual stimuli that they can hold. Light therapy is also a tried and true form of therapy often used to help residents who suffer from insomnia, as it can aid in resetting one’s circadian rhythm. Other resources in the sensory rooms include tactile stimuli such as sand, beans, cooking utensils, and kinetic sand.

Kristen Doyle, Director of Nursing at Hancock Village, states, “I have seen firsthand just how much these sensory rooms can help our residents at Maple Grove feel calmer, connected, and content. I am so proud of our team for utilizing available research to learn how we can improve the lives of our residents who suffer from dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment.”

To learn more about Maple Grove Memory Care and the other living options available at Hancock Village, visit hancockvillage.org or call (217) 357-8800.

 

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Pictured is Joan Kugler a resident at Hancock Village enjoying the sensory room.

Hy-Vee Issues Consumer Advisory on Onions

 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 22, 2021) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today a consumer advisory regarding the onion recall that is occurring nationwide. Hy-Vee was recently notified by its supplier Capitol City Fruit that in August the grocer had received a shipment of onions that are part of the recall. The potentially impacted onions would have been sold at Hy-Vee stores between Aug. 13 and Sept. 1, 2021.

 

The only affected products sold at Hy-Vee stores were three-pound bags of yellow onions, available for purchase from Aug. 13 to Sept. 1, 2021.

 

The affected onions are no longer available at any Hy-Vee stores; however, consumers may have product remaining in storage or freezers, or in canned or frozen goods produced with the affected onions. Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee advises consumers to discard any affected product or return the product to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

 

Additional information on the recall is available on the Food & Drug Administration’s page.

 

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

Two very different shows are planned during early November at The Legacy Theater

Two shows are planned at The Legacy Theater in Carthage during November.
The unique music of Vocal Trash will ring through the theater on Friday, Nov. 5.
Presenting “Music with a Message,” the Vocal Trash ensemble of young singing, dancing
instrumentalists brings a high-energy musical and environmental message.
Their show for the general public begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. In the afternoon, the four Hancock
County high schools have each been invited to bring 100 students for a free show at The Legacy
Theater.
Vocal Trash combines recycled musical instruments, such as their “one of a kind” bass and
guitars, with an industrial percussion section made-up of metal trash cans, plastic barrels, water
bottles and other landfill rescued items.
Their afternoon show for students is one of the theater’s educational programs sponsored in
part by the United Way of the Great River Region. This show brings a message of green
sustainability and anti-bullying through popular music and urban dance.
The next weekend, The Folsom Prison Five: Johnny Cash Tribute performs at 7 p.m. on
Saturday, Nov. 13. Coming from Springfield, this ensemble of five brings all the favorite songs
and sounds of Johnny Cash to the stage.
Tickets are available at The Legacy Theater box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to
Friday, or call the theater at 217-357-9479 and leave a message. They are can be purchased
on the theater’s website, www.thelegacytheater.com.
The Legacy Theater follows state mandated rulings related to Covid -19 safety at the time of
each show. This includes masking by guests and staff, cleaning, and any other requirements.

Chaddock will be hosting an in-person Open Interview Hiring Event on Thursday, November 4th for our new Carthage, Illinois School.

Chaddock will be hosting an in-person Open Interview Hiring Event on Thursday, November 4th for our new  Carthage, Illinois School. The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Carthage United  Methodist Church at 402 Main St. Immediate employment opportunities include the following:  

Carthage Location Openings: Teacher, Counselor, Administrative Assistant and Paraprofessional 

Supervisors will be on location conducting interviews at the event. Applicants are welcome to apply online  prior to the event at chaddock.org/careers or may do so in person.  

We appreciate your help in bringing awareness to our ever-increasing need for staff to support the treatment  and healing of our children and families, especially during this time of growth and expansion into Carthage.  Our school staff are vital to the success of our clients and continue to make a difference in helping our kids  restore the ability to form trusting relationships in a therapeutic setting. 

Anyone who qualifies to work in education and is ready to make a career change or seeking post-pandemic  employment is encouraged to attend. For more information about this event, please visit ‘Chaddock Careers’ on Facebook and follow/share the event page.  

For specific questions about our Carthage School hiring event, potential applicants and media are welcome  to contact Amy Hyer, Human Resources Director at 217-222-0034 or via email at ahyer@chaddock.org.

FATAL STABBING IN FORT MADISON - UPDATE

FATAL STABBING IN FORT MADISON - UPDATE 

The following is an update to the Tuesday October 19th, 2021, press release: 

The victim is identified as Antwan Lawrence Brewster, age 21, of Fort Madison, IA. The delay was to accommodate notification of family members. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Fort Madison Police Department with the assistance of lowa DCI. 

Mark A. Rohloff, Chief of Police

NAUVOO PUMPKIN WALK TERRY MARLER

FOR OVER 25 YEARS THE NAUVOO PUMPKIN WALK HAS BROUGHT BEAUTIFUL DECOR AND A FAMILY FRIENDLY EXPERIENCE WITH FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT.

 

LaHood, Illinois Soybean Association Complete "Life of a Soybean" Video Series after Third Visit

LaHood, Illinois Soybean Association Complete "Life of a Soybean" Video Series after Third Visit

Atlanta, IL – Congressman LaHood (IL-18) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) were back on Ron Kindred's farm in Atlanta to wrap up their "Life of a Soybean" video series, providing a behind the scenes look at planting, growing, and harvesting soybeans. The final video can be viewed here

"Thank you to Ron for allowing me to join him and the Illinois Soybean Association to give a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a soybean," said Rep. LaHood. "The videos we filmed highlight the hard work that farmers put in every day to feed and fuel Illinois and America.  I will continue to fight for farmers and Illinois soybean producers in Congress and on the Ways and Means Committee."

The third video in the series focuses on harvesting the soybeans. Ron and Congressman LaHood talk about what comes next after harvest and some of the challenges that farmers face during this stage, including market access and infrastructure that allows for Illinois to be a competitor in the soybean industry.

“The time Representative LaHood took in coming to my farm, speaking with me about topics farmers want their voice heard on, and listening to my family’s story does not go unnoticed,” Kindred says. “Now that he has experienced the entire growing season from planting to harvest, he has been able to see firsthand the hard work and dedication of Illinois farmers. This unique experience was valuable for both of us.”

Rep. LaHood serves on the Subcommittee on Trade for the Ways and Means Committee, the oldest committee in the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over tax measures, the management of public debt, trade and tariff laws, and many other economic growth measures.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability.

Learn more about the Illinois Soybean Association here.

FATAL STABBING IN FORT MADISON

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FATAL‌ ‌‌STABBING‌ ‌‌IN‌ ‌‌FORT‌ ‌

MADISON‌ ‌ ‌

At‌ ‌‌4‌:‌39‌ ‌‌PM‌ ‌‌this‌ ‌‌date‌,‌ ‌‌a‌ ‌‌911‌ ‌‌call‌ ‌‌was‌ ‌‌received‌ ‌‌from‌ ‌‌an‌ ‌‌apartment‌ ‌‌manager‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌600‌ ‌

block‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌6th‌ ‌‌street‌ ‌‌reporting‌ ‌‌a‌ ‌‌stabbing‌.‌ ‌‌A‌ ‌‌male‌ ‌‌tenant‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌building‌ ‌‌was‌ ‌

assaulted‌ ‌‌with‌ ‌‌a‌ ‌‌knife‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌‌an‌ ‌upstairs‌ ‌‌hallway‌,‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌assailant‌ ‌‌apparently‌ ‌‌fled‌ ‌

the‌ ‌‌scene‌ ‌‌on‌ ‌‌foot‌.‌ ‌‌The‌ ‌‌victim‌ ‌‌was‌ ‌‌administered‌ ‌‌first‌ ‌‌aid‌ ‌‌by‌ ‌‌fire‌ ‌‌department‌ ‌‌personnel‌ ‌

and‌ ‌‌then‌ ‌‌transported‌ ‌‌to‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌hospital‌ ‌‌by‌ ‌‌Lee‌ ‌‌County‌ ‌‌EMS‌.‌ ‌‌He‌ ‌‌has‌ ‌‌recently‌ ‌‌just‌ ‌

be‌ ‌‌pronounced‌ ‌‌deceased‌.‌ ‌ ‌

Fort‌ ‌‌Madison‌ ‌‌police‌ ‌‌officers‌ ‌‌have‌ ‌‌been‌ ‌‌on‌ ‌‌scene‌ ‌‌investigating‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌‌canvassed‌ ‌

the‌ ‌‌area‌ ‌‌for‌ ‌‌witness‌es‌.‌ ‌‌The‌ ‌‌lowa‌ ‌‌Department‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌Public‌ ‌‌Safety‌ ‌Division‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌

Criminal‌ ‌‌Investigation‌ ‌‌(‌DCI)‌ ‌‌has‌ ‌‌since‌ ‌‌been‌ ‌‌summoned‌ ‌‌to‌ ‌‌assist‌ ‌‌what‌ ‌‌appears‌ ‌

to‌ ‌‌be‌ ‌‌an‌ ‌‌intentional‌ ‌‌homicide‌.‌ ‌‌Investigators‌ ‌‌believe‌ ‌‌that‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌victim‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌‌his‌ ‌

attacker‌ ‌‌were‌ ‌‌connected‌,‌ ‌‌and‌ ‌‌that‌ ‌‌this‌ ‌‌was‌ ‌‌decidedly‌ ‌‌not‌ ‌‌an‌ ‌‌act‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌random‌ ‌

violence‌.‌ ‌ ‌

Due‌ ‌‌to‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌fact‌ ‌‌that‌ ‌‌we‌ ‌‌are‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌initial‌ ‌‌stages‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌investigation‌,‌ ‌‌we‌ ‌‌do‌ ‌‌not‌ ‌

anticipate‌ ‌‌any‌ ‌‌further‌ ‌‌updates‌ ‌‌until‌ ‌‌consulting‌ ‌‌with‌ ‌‌our‌ ‌‌partners‌ ‌‌at‌ ‌‌DCI‌.‌ ‌‌Also‌,‌ ‌

the‌ ‌identity‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌‌victim‌ ‌‌is‌ ‌‌being‌ ‌‌withheld‌ ‌pending‌ ‌notification‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌family‌ ‌

members‌.‌ ‌ ‌

Mark‌ ‌‌A‌.‌ ‌‌Rohloff‌,‌ ‌

Chief‌ ‌‌of‌ ‌‌Police‌ ‌ ‌

Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage will end its season at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage will end its season at 4 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 31. Until that closing, the museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The museum plans to be open as part of the Carthage Christmas Open House on December 2 featuring the model train displays of Jim Morrison and Galen Wollbrink.

For several years, these volunteers have set up their model train displays at the museum for public viewing beginning with the Carthage Christmas Open House. 

Additional model train viewing days in December and January will be announced by the Kibbe Museum closer to the holiday season.

The museum will reopen for the next season on March 1, 2021.

The Kibbe Museum was recently featured in the AAA Missouri magazine October issue in a 

 The museum is located at 306 Walnut, in Carthage, one block south of Rt. 136. For information, call 217-357-9552.

Hancock County Reports 26 COVID-19 Cases October 10-16, 2021

Hancock County Reports 26 COVID-19 Cases October 10-16, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report twenty-six (26) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of October 10-16, 2021.  Cases include two males in their 70’s, three males in their 50’s, one male in his 40’s, two males in their 30’s, one male in his 20’s, one male in his teens, and three males 10 years of age and younger.  In addition, female cases include three females in their 70's, two females in their 60’s, one female in her 50’s, one female in her 40’s, one female in her 30’s, two females in their 20’s, three females 10 years of age and younger.

 

There have been a total of two-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-two (2742) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-six-hundred-seventy-nine (2679) people have recovered, twenty-eight (28) people are currently isolated, and thirty-five (35) have passed.  

 

During the week of October 10-16, two of the 26 positive COVID cases were documented as fully vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine.

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.

 

 

Halloween Activities at Carthage Public Library

Halloween Activities at Carthage Public Library

 

Author Chris Bohjalian will answer questions and speak about his newest book, Hour of the Witch, in a virtual presentation at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 27.  Adults may come to the Carthage Public Library to view the program or contact the library for a registration link to view the Zoom event on your own.

PreSchool Story Hour continues at Carthage Public Library on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am.  The theme for Oct. 21 is pumpkins.  On Oct. 28, children are welcome to wear their costumes as they enjoy Halloween books and activities. The final session for the fall will be held on Nov. 3.

A Halloween Party will be held at the library on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Stories, games, and crafts are geared for children 5-9 years of age, but younger children may participate with an adult or responsible teen.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Donations of pre-wrapped treats or small toys for goodie bags are appreciated. 

 The library will be participating in the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Trick or Treat Around the Square” event on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3:00-5:00 pm.  Children are invited to stop by the Library and other area businesses to receive a treat.

Upcoming events include an after-school story and activity session on Nov. 9 to celebrate Children’s Book Week and a Family Reading Night activity from 5:30-6:30 pm on Nov. 18. The adult book club will meet at 12:30 pm on Nov. 18 to discuss the book These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card. Copies of the book are available for check out.

Library programs are free of charge and are open to all, including those who live outside our district.  For more information call the Library at 217-357-3232 or email cartlib@mtcnow.net.

 

Jesse White Announces Illinois Literacy Foundation Completes "10 Ton Challenge" Initiative

Jesse White Announces Illinois Literacy Foundation Completes “10 Ton Challenge” Initiative

 

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that the Illinois Literacy Foundation (ILF) completed the “10 Ton Challenge” initiative providing a book to every public schoolchild in the 10 lowest per capita income counties in Illinois.

 

“I am proud to serve as chairman of the Illinois Literacy Foundation and the Illinois State Library’s 10 Ton Challenge. Working with local organizations we are trying to ensure that all Illinoisans, especially children, have access to literacy and library services,” said White, ex-officio chair of the ILF. “This initiative fulfills the mission of the foundation putting school children on a path to lifelong learning.”

 

The project concluded last month with 39 school districts receiving a total of 26,347 books to share with enrolled students. These books were given to students to take home and keep. Since book ownership and access to books are prerequisites to literacy, the foundation blanketed Alexander, Johnson, Brown, Perry, McDonough, Pulaski, Franklin, Hardin, Jackson and Lawrence counties’ public school districts with reading material.

 

Since its establishment in 1999, the ILF has worked to support literacy programs throughout the state. In partnership with the Illinois State Library, the foundation is committed to ensuring that all Illinois citizens have the reading skills necessary to achieve their utmost potential.


For more information about the Illinois Literacy Foundation, visit  HYPERLINK "https://www.theillinoisliteracyfoundation.org/" https://www.theillinoisliteracyfoundation.org/.

EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by domestic violence. That is the message that Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) Victim Services and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) are emphasizing for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every October, advocates, counselors, and allies across the country raise awareness about this serious crime and show survivors that they are not alone.  

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control, one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is often thought of as being a physical crime, but it also includes these types of abuse: emotional; financial; bullying; elder; pet; sexual coercion; misusing technology (e.g. stalking someone online or tracking a significant other); intimidation; and/or threatening words and actions.  

“Domestic violence is about one person trying to take power and control over another,” said Victim Services Director Deborah Collins. “This crime can happen to anyone.  We want survivors to know the abuse is not their fault, they are not alone, and we have free and confidential resources available to them.”  

Collins continued that their service numbers show that rural western Illinois is not immune from this crime. “Since January of 2021, we have received over 1,400 domestic violence calls to our hotline, provided counseling to over 500 clients, and provided legal advocacy for over 200 court cases.”

Victim Services is grateful to have partnered with local elected officials to raise awareness. The City of Carthage, City of Macomb, Village of Oquawka, and City of Monmouth have all signed proclamations declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Those communities will also display purple ribbons to show their support. Purple is recognized as the color symbolizing domestic violence victims and survivors throughout the United States. 

Pets are often the target of domestic abusers, especially when the abuser feels like they are losing control of their victim(s). On Saturday, October 16, from 1:00 p.m.  to 3:00 p.m., Victim Services will host the Pets Against Domestic Violence Awareness Event at the Jackie & Dave Thompson Dog Park in Macomb. The goal of the free event is to raise awareness about barriers that many survivors with pets often face when trying to leave an abusive situation. Attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event and learn how they can be supportive of survivors. 

Later this month, Victim Services will also host a private domestic violence training and outreach event for local law enforcement in partnership with Make Fit Happen in Macomb.

In addition, Victim Services will have informational tables at events throughout their service area, and are doing an outreach campaign on their social media pages. 

Western Illinois University (WIU) and the WIU Women’s Center are once again collaborating with Victim Services to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence through the Clothesline Project exhibit and the popular Take Back the Night March and Rally.  The emotional and empowering event will start at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 in front of Sherman Hall at the WIU campus in Macomb. After a presentation, attendees are welcome to march as a group from Sherman Hall to Chandler Park. At the Chandler Park gazebo, survivors will be invited to share their story on stage in a safe space. Counselors from Victim Services will be available to those who wish to have a private conversation about their story.  

“You can make a difference in a survivor’s life,” said Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth. “We encourage anyone who shares our mission in ending the cycle of abuse to share our information on social media. If you think a friend or loved one is being abused, call our hotline at 309-837-5555 so that our counselors can advise you on ways to safely help that person.” 

WIRC-CAA Victim Services provides free and confidential crisis counseling and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence and/or stalking in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties in western Illinois. 

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any ability, age, sexual orientation, income level, education level, religion, gender identity, or ethnic background. If you have experienced or witnessed domestic violence at any point in your life, or if you are being stalked, call Victim Services’ 24/7 free and confidential hotline at 309-837-5555.

Caption: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Victim Services is displaying purple ribbons in support of survivors at several locations throughout Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties in Illinois. 

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CEO PROGRAM OF HANCOCK COUNTY RECIEVED A GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

THE CEO PROGRAM CLASS OF 2022 RECIEVED A GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION THAT WILL BE USED FOR MATERIALS AND INVESTORS TO IMPROVE THE FUTURE OF THE  CEO PROGRAM.  KAREN  JACQUOT AND CHRISTINE MURPHY TALK ABOUT RECIEVING THE GRANT WITH THE HELP OF BLANCHE SHOUP  THE DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE OFFICE OF WESTERN ILLINOIS WHO HELPED  THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Receives 2020 Illinois Primary Airport of the Year and 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award

springfield, illinois …….Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport has been chosen as Illinois’ 2020 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Award recipients are chosen based on criteria including cooperation and coordination with IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, the airport’s safety record, promotion of aviation and educational events, and the general maintenance of the airport facility.  “Aviation is one of the key components that goes into making Illinois the transportation hub of North America,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Our aviation partners take great pride in the work they do supporting transportation, jobs and quality of life in their communities. These awards highlight their efforts as well as those of the entire Illinois aviation community.”

 

The airport was also honored by receiving the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for its Terminal Expansion and ADA Improvement Project from the Illinois Public Airport Association.  The multi-year project to update and modernize large portions of the main passenger terminal complex is nearing completion.  

 

Frank J. Vala, Chair of the Springfield Airport Authority stated, “The Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners and staff continue to demonstrate their dedication to providing modern and safe infrastructure, striving to provide the best possible service and experience for passengers, supporting general and corporate aviation operations, ensuring the availability of excellent public safety resources and facilitating economic development activities.  He continued by noting, “Numerous airport partners, stakeholders and tenants contribute to our efforts in providing a first-class facility and quality services.” Vala concluded, “Receiving these honors is a statement of the team effort the Board and the staff embrace as we are all committed to improving the quality of living and advancement of our community; all involved with receiving these recognitions are to be commended!”

 

 

ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT

 

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2020 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation. In 2012 IDOT released an Economic Impact study indicating Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport generates $563.6 million in total economic output annually for the local economy impacting 4,797 jobs. The airport is home to many major tenants that include the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Wing, IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, Lincoln Land Community College’s LRS Aviation Maintenance Training Center, StandardAero, Illinois Army National Guard and Stellar Aviation. The airport’s main passenger terminal is also home to the Passenger Service Center and Sky Club, a membership-based club offering an unparalleled level of service for frequent travelers.  Commercial passenger air service offerings feature daily service to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines, to Chicago on United Airlines and to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and Phoenix/Mesa on Allegiant.  More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at www.FlySPI.com or by calling the Passenger Service Center at 217-788-9200.

 

Hancock County Reports 39 COVID-19 Cases October 3-9, 2021

Hancock County Reports 39 COVID-19 Cases October 3-9, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report thirty-nine (39) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of October 3-9, 2021.  Cases include one male in his 90’s, two males in their 70’s, two males in their 60’s, four males in their 50’s, three males in their 40’s, two males in their 30’s, two males in their 20’s, one male in his teens, and one male in his pre-teens.  In addition, female cases include four females in their 70's, two females in their 60’s, three females in their 50’s, four females in their 40’s, two females in their 30’s, two females in their 20’s, and four females in their teens.

 

There have been a total of two-thousand-seven-hundred-sixteen (2716) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-six-hundred-forty-three (2643) people have recovered, thirty-eight (38) people are currently isolated, and thirty-five (35) have passed.  

 

NOTE: COVID-19 data can vary from one site to another, due to various factors, such as, further investigation of cases that result in transferring cases to other counties or states,  the time in which the LHD receives results of patients who test outside of the county, and when tests are administered and results are received.

 

If a person is having symptoms of COVID or has been exposed to someone who has COVID, it may be necessary to get tested.  In Hancock County, anyone who is having symptoms of COVID can contact 217-357-0617 to schedule an appointment.  Insurance companies may cover the fees associated with the test and office visit.  A person may obtain that information when calling the number to make an appointment.  Walk-ins for COVID testing will not be accepted, an appointment is required.  

 

COVID Vaccinations are still available in our county.  To schedule either a Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer Vaccine you can contact any of the Memorial Medical Clinics in the county or sign up on the Memorial Hospital website at mhtlc.org.  The Hancock County Health Department is also still offering the Moderna vaccine and an appointment can be scheduled by calling 217-604-3092.

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Next Week at Sandburg Campuses in Galesburg, Carthage

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Next Week at Sandburg Campuses in Galesburg, Carthage

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is hosting vaccine clinics next week at its Main Campus in Galesburg and Branch Campus in Carthage.

 

The Branch Campus will host a drive-up clinic from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at 305 Sandburg Dr., Carthage. A second clinic will take place at the Branch Campus from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2. The two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be available to those 12 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, and there is no cost to receive the vaccine.

 

Sandburg has also partnered with the Knox County Health Department for a clinic from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Center on the Main Campus, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg. Pfizer (two doses needed), Moderna (two doses) and Janssen (one dose) vaccines will be available for those 12 and older. There is no cost to receive the vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment on the Knox County Health Department’s website.

 

To find other COVID-19 vaccine clinics near you, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov or call 1.833.621.1284.

Area men take on Major League players in Augusta, The contest took place in Augusta on Oct. 8, 1952

Area men take on Major League players in Augusta    It was far from the final game of the WorldSeries.   But on a magical fall afternoon almost 60 years ago, the finest players from the Augusta area almost knocked off a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars.   The contest took place in Augusta on Oct. 8, 1952. The Augusta Merchants took on a barnstorming band of ballplayers who had little incentive other than love of the game. The matchup was held the day after the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in game seven of the World Series to capture their fourth straight title.   The Major Leaguers came from the St. LouisCardinals, St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, New York Giants, WashingtonSenators and Boston Red Sox.    Merchants players included Jim Hiland andLarry Kerker of Augusta, Dave Swisegood of Plymouth, Sid Winfield of Bowen.Dale Mixer of Camp Point, Eldon Atwood of Pittsfield, Gillie Lester of Colchesterand Dick Heitholt of Quincy.    The Augusta team lost 11 to 9, and might have come out on top had the All-Stars not scored five runs in the sixth inning. More than 600 people attended.   Augusta would not host such a big game again, but baseball still is a highly popular sport there.   Dave Swisegood would go on to coach for 63 years at schools in Plymouth and Augusta, winning a state-record 950 games. He passed in November 2020 at age 90. 

ILGOP Delegation Statement on IL Democrats' Sham Redistricting Process

Springfield, IL - Moments ago, the Illinois House of Representatives Redistricting Committee concluded their first public hearing on the redistricting of Illinois’ Congressional map. U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Mike Bost (IL-12), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), and Mary Miller (IL-15) released the following joint statement on the Illinois Democrats’ sham redistricting process:

“In Springfield and Washington, Illinois Democrats like to talk about empowering voters, but their sham redistricting process shows they only care about protecting their own political power. Illinois citizens have been clear that they want an independent redistricting process free of political influence, but as we speak, Democrat lawmakers are picking their own voters behind closed doors.

“We would hope Governor Pritzker keeps his campaign promise to veto any map drawn by politicians, but our failed governor has shown twice already that he’s perfectly fine with lying to the people of Illinois if it means his party can stay in power. The Democrats’ corruption in Illinois will continue as long as Pritzker and Democrats in Springfield can pre-ordain the results of elections before voters cast a ballot.”              

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KEARA WEBER INVITES THE PUBLIC TO THE 5K TURKEY TRAIPSE THIS THANKSGIVING - ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO THE CARTHAGE PARK DISTRICT!

KEARA WEBER INVITES THE PUBLIC TO THE 5K TURKEY TRAIPSE THIS THANKSGIVING - ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO THE CARTHAGE PARK DISTRICT

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021 AT 8 AM

Turkey Traipse - 5k Fun Run / Walk

Come join the 5AM Fit Club in the 1st Annual Turkey Traipse 5k Fun Run / Walk before you venture out to a day of food and family fun. Register online at www.carthageparkdistrict.org

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC CARTHAGE TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC CARTHAGE TO HOST COVID-19

VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC

Carthage, IL – 10/4/2021 – Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage - Hospital Campus will hold a
COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic on Friday, October 15 th from 4pm until 7pm. To receive the
booster, individuals must sign up online at mhtlc.org or call (217) 357-2173.
To qualify for this booster, individuals:
? Must have received the Pfizer vaccine
? Must have had their last Pfizer vaccine dose at least six months ago
? Must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria listed on cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
Booster vaccines will be administered by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. All
qualifying individuals must bring their vaccine card to booster appointment.
If you are unsure if you qualify to receive a booster vaccine or request more information, call
Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage-Hospital Campus at (217) 357-2173.

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Hancock County Reports 64 COVID-19 Cases September 26 - October 2, 2021

The Hancock County Health Department and Memorial Hospital report sixty-four (64) laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week of September 26 - October 2, 2021.  Cases include four males in their 70’s, five  males in their 60’s, seven males in their 50’s, one male in his 40’s, five males in their 30’s, two males in their 20’s, two males in their teens, one male in his pre-teens and three males 10 years of age and under.  In addition, female cases include one female in her 90’s, six females in their 70's, two females in their 60’s, two females in their 50’s, five females in their 40’s, ten females in their 30’s, two females in their 20’s, four females in their teens, and two females 10 and under.   

 

There have been a total of two-thousand-six-hundred-seventy-seven (2677) COVID-19 cases in Hancock County; two-thousand-five-hundred-forty-eight (2548) people have recovered, ninety-four (94) people are currently isolated, and thirty-five (35) have passed.  

 

NOTE: COVID-19 data can vary from one site to another, due to various factors, such as, further investigation of cases that result in transferring cases to other counties or states,  the time in which the LHD receives results of patients who test outside of the county, and when tests are administered and results are received.

 

If a person is having symptoms of COVID or has been exposed to someone who has COVID, it may be necessary to get tested.  In Hancock County, anyone who is having symptoms of COVID can contact 217-357-0617 to schedule an appointment.  Insurance companies may cover the fees associated with the test and office visit.  A person may obtain that information when calling the number to make an appointment.  Walk-ins for COVID testing will not be accepted, an appointment is required.  

 

COVID Vaccinations are still available in our county.  To schedule either a Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer Vaccine you can contact any of the Memorial Medical Clinics in the county or sign up on the Memorial Hospital website at mhtlc.org.  The Hancock County Health Department is also still offering the Moderna vaccine and an appointment can be scheduled by calling 217-604-3092.

 

There are many factors that can help reduce the spread of illness.  For the safety of yourself and others, it is important to social distance, wear masks, hand wash and use proper respiratory etiquette, stay home when you are sick, clean and disinfect, follow isolation and quarantine guidance and get vaccinated.   

 

 

 

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Hy-Vee Launches Campaign to Provide 5 Million Meals* to Families in Need

Hy-Vee Launches Campaign to Provide 5 Million Meals* to Families in Need All funds raised will directly support Feeding America® and local Feeding America member food banks 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 1, 2021) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces its new “Scan Out Hunger” initiative to help  address food insecurity across its eight-state region. Beginning today through Dec. 31, Hy-Vee is joining with its  customers, suppliers and community partners to raise funds for Feeding America® with a combined goal of  raising $500,000, which equates to 5 million meals*.  

The “Scan Out Hunger” campaign is integrated with Hy-Vee’s reimagined website, Hy-VeeDeals.com. A special  “H” QR code is available throughout Hy-Vee locations, and will be in all Hy-Vee advertising and marketing  efforts. Customers can scan the “H” with their mobile device to view all Hy-Vee deals and coupons, as well as  access the “Scan Out Hunger” website and make a monetary donation directly to Feeding America. All money  raised will benefit local Feeding America member food banks. For every $1 donated, Feeding America is able to  help provide at least 10 meals* on behalf of local member food banks.  

“As we head into fall and look toward the holidays, this unfortunately is when food insecurity can hit families the  hardest,” said Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO and President of Hy-Vee. “Food banks are working hard to meet the  needs of their communities as the pandemic continues to burden families. We are asking our customers and  partners to join our campaign to help ensure no one has to worry about when their next meal will be.” 

In addition to customer donations, Hy-Vee is donating $150,000 and seeking similar corporate donations from  national food manufacturers and suppliers.  

“This is a critical moment in the fight against hunger. Our partnership with Hy-Vee helps meet the needs of so  many communities across the Midwest,” said Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at  Feeding America. “We are grateful for their support and commitment to helping neighbors facing hunger,  especially during the holiday season.” 

“Scan Out Hunger” is the second campaign this year where Hy-Vee joined with its partners to combat hunger  throughout the Midwest. Earlier this year, Hy-Vee partnered with several suppliers for its End Summer Hunger  campaign, which ran the entire month of July.  

In 2020, Hy-Vee donated more than $60 million to community causes across the Midwest with the funds  primarily focused on providing food, water and essential supplies to impacted families. Since the onset of  COVID-19, the number of people who don’t have food has tripled.  

*$1 helps to provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food  banks. 

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2022-23 Sandburg Foundation Scholarship Applications Open

 

2022-23 Sandburg Foundation Scholarship Applications Open

 

Aaron Frey, PR Specialist, 309.341.5301 afrey@sandburg.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 1, 2021

GALESBURG — Scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year through the Carl Sandburg College Foundation are now available.

 

The Sandburg Foundation awards more than $100,000 through dozens of scholarships each year to help Sandburg students achieve their dream of continuing their education. Applying for scholarships is free and open to anyone who plans to attend Sandburg for the 2022-23 academic year. Not all scholarships are based on academic excellence; many are based on other factors such as financial need and program of study.

 

To apply, visit sandburg.edu, log in to your mySandburg account, go to “Student Apps” and click on the “Scholarship Application” button. The application period closes June 15, 2022, and there is a priority consideration deadline of March 15, 2022.

 

For more information, including a list of available scholarships and FAQs, visit sandburg.edu/scholarships, or contact the Carl Sandburg College Foundation Office at 309.341.5215 or scholarships@sandburg.edu.

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Friday October 1, 2021 at around 12:00 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest

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Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Friday October 1, 2021 at around 12:00 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest. 

 

A sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Hamilton, IL and conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Lincoln for a traffic violation. Upon approach of the vehicle the deputy detected the odor of burnt cannabis. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia. 

 

The driver, Cody S. Sommers age 28, of Kahoka, MO was also searched and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine in his pants pocket. 

 

Sommers was placed under arrest and transported to the Hancock County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Less than 5 grams of Methamphetamine. Sommers was lodged pending an initial court appearance. 

 

All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Thursday September 30, 2021 at approximately 9:43 AM a property owner in rural Carthage, IL reported a suspicious vehicle and two suspicious males on his property.

Press Release

 

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Thursday September 30, 2021 at approximately 9:43 AM a property owner in rural Carthage, IL reported a suspicious vehicle and two suspicious males on his property. 

 

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at 905 N State Hwy 94 and immediately encountered a White 2002 Ford truck that did not belong on the property. The occupants, Cory R. Mefford age 34, of Quincy, IL and Joseph D. Hardy age 33, of Quincy, IL were discovered to be in the process of committing theft at the property. 

 

Mefford and Hardy were attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle on the property. They were found to be in possession of burglary tools. 

 

After an investigation it was found that the pair had stolen catalytic converters in different areas of Hancock County as well as in neighboring jurisdictions. They were found in possession of the stolen items. 

 

Both subjects were transported to the Hancock County Jail where they were held on charges of;

Theft over $500, Criminal Trespass to Real Property, and Possession of Burglary Tools. 

 

This investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed. 

 

All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Thursday September 30 at approximately 12:30 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest.

Press Release

 

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Thursday September 30 at approximately 12:30 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest. 

 

A sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Hamilton, IL and conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Mitsubishi for a traffic violation. 

 

A passenger, Bradford D. Howren age 38, of Warsaw, IL was found to have an active Hancock County arrest warrant for failing to appear on an original charge of Driving While License Revoked and Operating an Uninsured Vehicle. 

 

Howren was also found in possession of over five grams of methamphetamine. 

 

Howren was arrested and transported to the Hancock County Jail. The driver, Cortney RR Curtis age 31, of Warsaw, IL was released. 

 

Howren’s bond was set at $15,000. He posted the required 10% and was released. Howren also was released on his own recognizance for the arrest warrant. 

 

All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

 

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Wednesday September 29, 2021 at approximately 1:00 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest.

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that on Wednesday September 29, 2021 at approximately 1:00 AM a traffic stop led to a methamphetamine arrest.

 

A sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Hamilton, IL stopped a 2004 Chevrolet truck for a traffic violation. The driver was on a long-distance trip from Jefferson City, MO to Chicago, IL. The Sheriff’s Office K9 was called to the scene and positively alerted on the truck.

 

The driver, Jerry W. Husketh, age 65, of Tuscumbia, MO, was found to have methamphetamine on his person. A small amount of cannabis was located inside the truck.

 

Husketh was transported to the Hancock County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Less than 5 grams of Methamphetamine.

 

Husketh was released on his own recognizance on September 30, 2021 by the court.

 

All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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