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CANCELLATIONS FORMARCH 31ST 2023

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BUSHNELL- ALL  EVENING ACTIVITES CANCELLED

 

Camp Point Central  Closing at 10:45 AM   
Carthage Elementary  Closed  Friday 
Dallas City Elementary  Closed - Friday   
Hamilton  No After School Activities - Friday   
Illini West #307  Remote Learning Day - Friday   
LaHarpe Elementary  Closed   
Macomb  Closed/No After School Activities - Fri   
Mendon-Unity Unit 4  All Sporting Events Canceled   
Southeastern  Closing at 10:00 AM   
Central Lee  Closing 2 Hrs early   
Abilities  Closing at 12:00 PM   
Canton R-5  Closed - Friday   
Clark County R-1  Closed - Friday   
Hannibal Career and Technical Center  Closed/No After School Activities - Fri   
Hannibal Early Childhood Center  No Afternoon Pre-K - Friday   
Hannibal Elementary School  No After School Activities - Friday   
Hannibal High School  Closed/No After School Activities - Fri   
Hannibal Middle School  No After School Activities - Friday   
Knox County R-1  Closed - Friday   
Lewis County C-1  Closed - Friday   
Mississippi Valley State  Closing at 12:00 PM   
Palmyra R-1  Closing at 11:45 AM   
Scotland County  Closed - Friday 

Sandburg Board of Trustees Holds March Meeting

Sandburg Board of Trustees Holds March Meeting

GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting
Thursday on the Main Campus in Galesburg.
The Board awarded a contract of $266,041 to Heart Technologies to install new wireless access
points throughout all campuses this summer. Work on the project will begin following
graduation in May and be completed before the start of the fall semester, with minimal service
interruption anticipated during that time. This will mark Sandburg’s first wireless access point
upgrade since 2014.
Trustees also awarded contracts totaling $2,764,020 toward construction of the new Science
and Technology Center and assigned them to River City Construction, which serves as the
project’s construction manager. Contracts were awarded to East Moline Glass for work on
glazing systems, Flooring Systems Inc. for floor covering and Vogue Painting for painting.
In other business, the Board approved the employment of Sydney Godsil as Upward Bound
Project advisor, effective April 1.
The Board’s next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. May 2 on the Main Campus in Galesburg.

LOCAL NONPROFIT GUIDES PUBLIC TO BELIEVE SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

LOCAL NONPROFIT GUIDES PUBLIC TO BELIEVE SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

 When a person tells someone they were abused, it can be a stressful and uncertain experience for both parties. The person disclosing often worries if they will be believed, or if the person they are telling will have a negative reaction. On the other side, the person who is being told may not be certain of what to do or say in this situation. To help make the experience more supportive, WIRC-CAA Victim Services is once again hosting a campaign during the month of April that guides people in what to say and do during this important moment. 

 “Start by Believing” is a national campaign that seeks to educate the public about how to positively and compassionately react to disclosures of abuse. Victim Services has participated in this awareness campaign for several years during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

Part of their awareness activities include posting information on decorative coffee cup sleeves in partnership with local coffee shops, community outreach activities and displays, and an invitation for businesses and individuals to pledge their support to survivors by participating in a photo campaign.

“Believing a survivor is more important than many people realize,” says Victim Services Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth. “When survivors are seen, heard, and respected by you, that compassionate response can lift a weight off their shoulders. Believing someone is powerful.” 

Victim Services has created a three-step system that guides concerned individuals in the right direction: 1) Start by believing the survivor; 2) Respectfully, ask how you can help; 3) Give them Victim Services’ free and confidential crisis hotline number (309-837-5555) so they can speak with a trained counselor or legal advocate about their situation when they are ready.

The most vulnerable of survivors, children, especially need adults to believe them when they say they have been inappropriately touched or assaulted. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three girls and one in four boys experienced attempted or completed rape between the ages of 11 and 17. 

“Children need us, as adults, to be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse, and children need to know they have adults who believe them and are willing to do something to help,” said Victim Services Associate Director Alisha Eidson. 

While every person and situation are different, potential signs of abuse in children, and some adults, include a sudden change in behavior; frequent nightmares; sudden negative change in academic performance; physical injuries; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; or other changes that seem out of character for that person.  

Victim Services wants to remind the public that mandated reporters, like teachers, should contact the Department of Children and Family Services if they believe a child is being abused. Anyone of any age is welcome to call Victim Services to speak with an advocate or counselor at no charge.  

If you are a business or individual that would like to pledge your support to survivors, call Victim Services’ business line at 309-837-6622 to schedule free photo-op. 

WIRC-CAA Victim Services is a nonprofit that provides free and confidential crisis counseling, medical advocacy and legal advocacy to child and adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking. The Agency’s service area includes multiple western Illinois counties. 

If you have witnessed or experienced abuse at any point in your life, you are welcome to call Victim Services’ free and confidential crisis hotline at 309-837-5555.  

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Skillet Hamburger Meal Due to Presence of Allergens Not Listed on Packaging

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Skillet Hamburger Meal Due to
Presence of Allergens Not Listed on Packaging

 Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is

voluntarily recalling one variety of its Hy-Vee Chili Macaroni Hamburger Skillet Meal due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (dairy) not listed in the product packaging.

 

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product.

 

Hy-Vee was made aware of the undeclared allergen on Friday, March 24, 2023.  The recall was initiated after reviewing the spice packet did not have the allergen declared on the packaging.  Lot FEB0824 Y18 was only impacted by this packaging issue.

 

The affected products were distributed to Hy-Vee’s grocery stores and Dollar Fresh Market stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The recalled product is labeled as Hy-Vee Chili Macaroni Hamburger Skillet Meal and is packaged in a 5.2oz cardboard box.  The only Best By date that is being recalled is “Best By FEB 08 24 Y18” and this code can be found on top of the box.  The recalled product also has UPC 0075450085520.

 

UPC:                        Product and Size:                                                                        Lot Number:

0075450085520

Hy-Vee Chili Macaroni Hamburger Skillet Meal – 5.8 oz.

FEB 08 24 Y18

 

 

Hy-Vee has voluntarily removed all affected Hy-Vee Chili Macaroni Hamburger Skillet Meal entrees from its shelves. Customers who purchased the product and have a dairy sensitivity should dispose of the product or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives at (800) 772-4098 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

 

Rep. Norine Hammond - Sliding scale insulin legislation passes House

Rep. Norine Hammond - Sliding scale insulin legislation passes House

An Illinois resident looking for assisted living facility might not be accepted for residency if they require sliding scale insulin.  Under current Illinois law, those who require the SSI must find a private duty licensed healthcare professional when living in an assisted living community, even if the community has nurses on staff that can provide for the administration of sliding scale insulin.

 

A sliding scale varies the dose of insulin based on blood glucose level. The higher your blood glucose the more insulin you take. The Sliding Scale method is more precise than fixed dose insulin in that it takes account of the fact that people's blood glucose is not always in the normal range before meals.

Legislation sponsored by Deputy Republican Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) removes the provision prohibiting a person from being accepted for residency to an assisted living establishment if the person requires sliding scale insulin administration unless self-performed or administered by a licensed health care professional.

 

House Bill 3172 was approved in the House this week and heads to the Senate for their consideration.

Rep. Norine Hammond - Illinois House approves Rep. Hammond's proton therapy cancer treatment legislation

Rep. Norine Hammond - Illinois House approves Rep. Hammond’s proton therapy cancer treatment legislation

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) that requires health insurance plans to provide coverage for proton beam therapy cancer treatment has been approved by the Illinois House of Representatives.

Representative Hammond has spent the past two years working on legislation to make it easier for cancer patients to receive proton beam therapy as part of their treatment plan. Hammond said that while proton beam therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, insurance companies often restrict or refuse coverage for the treatment.

“Proton therapy is a very effective treatment for certain types of cancer,” Rep. Hammond said. “The legislation that I introduced last year was for a constituent that had brain cancer. She was told that proton therapy was the option that she should take for her treatment. However, it was not an in-network expense so they paid tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. That being said she is doing wonderfully as a result of the treatment.”

House Bill 2799 would require that a health insurance policy provide coverage for medically necessary proton beam therapy for the treatment of cancer. The bill further provides that the policy shall not apply a higher standard of clinical evidence for the coverage of proton beam therapy than for any other form of radiation therapy treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic, proton beam therapy uses positively charged protons that release their energy within the tumor. There is a small amount of entrance radiation, but virtually none travels beyond the tumor. Because the beams can be finely controlled, higher doses of radiation can be delivered to a tumor. Traditional X-ray treatment delivers radiation to everything in its path. That means tissue in front of and behind the tumor receives some damaging radiation.

An initiative of Northwestern Medicine, House Bill 2799 passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 111-0-1.  Attached is audio with Rep. Hammond.

SENATOR JIL TRACY AND SENATOR NEIL ANDERSON VISIT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

SENATOR JIL TRACY AND SENATOR NEIL ANDERSON VISIT

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Senators Jil Tracy and Senator Neil Anderson visited Memorial
Hospital on March 6 during a visit to Hancock County. Ada Bair, Memorial Hospital CEO, and
team members discussed various innovations, patient experiences, growth, and more with Tracy
and Anderson regarding Memorial Hospital, Memorial Medical Clinics, and Hancock County
Senior and Childcare Services.
Chris McKay, Executive Director of Hancock County Senior & Childcare Services, shared a
testimonial from a family member that moved their loved one into the Maple Grove memory
care community. Next, Teresa Smith, CFO, spoke to Tracy and Anderson about the positive
economic impact the organization offers the community and discussed the financial challenges of
delivering care. Raigan Brown, Chief Nursing Officer, shared insights on nurse staffing. Finally,
Dr. Victoria Popela, Chief Clinical Officer, spoke on medical staff recruitment and board
engagement.
The team also shared various topics regarding the organization where legislative support is
needed.
Memorial Hospital CEO, Ada Bair, stated, “We are truly grateful for the opportunity to meet and
collaborate with Senator Tracy and Senator Anderson as we work together with the universal
goal of bettering health care for Hancock County and our region.”
After the panel discussion, staff members participated in a question-and-answer session with
Tracy and Anderson.

 

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES WIU NURSING STUDENTS

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WELCOMES WIU NURSING STUDENTS

Carthage, IL – 3/28/2023 – Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome a new group of nursing
students from Western Illinois University as they begin their clinical rotations. Memorial
Hospital is grateful to have the opportunity to work with students as they gain valuable real-
world patient care knowledge and experience.
During the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to provide total care for
patients of all ages and backgrounds under the guidance of Memorial Hospital staff. Complete
patient care includes assisting with bathing and medications, calling providers, checking vital
signs, assessments, and more.
The nursing staff at Memorial Hospital truly believes that hands-on clinical experiences are
critical to any nursing education. They are committed to providing students with the resources
and support needed to succeed and become compassionate nurses. By providing nursing students
with the opportunity to learn from experienced medical professionals in a real-world setting,
Memorial Hospital is helping to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Memorial Hospital is also the host site for the West Central Illinois Area Health Education
Centers (AHEC). West Central Illinois AHEC partners with universities and healthcare
organizations to promote health careers, enrich learning environments, and provide professional
development opportunities for students. These activities support their goal of achieving equitable
health professionals and services distributed throughout the communities and regions in Illinois
and nationwide.
If you or someone you know is interested in job shadowing, interning, or clinical rotation at
Memorial Hospital, contact Mary Jane Clark at the West Central Illinois AHEC at (217) 357-
6832.

MACOMB CONCERT AIMS TO HELP SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

MACOMB CONCERT AIMS TO HELP SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

(Macomb, Illinois, March 22, 2023) – A local musician and business are collaborating to host a benefit concert for
survivors of abuse who need counseling and advocacy services. The event is part of the “Final Friday” concert series
hosted at The Wine Sellers in Macomb. Local musician and philanthropist Bill Maakestad will provide the entertainment
for the evening with several other local musicians.
The concert will be held on Friday, March 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Wine Sellers in Macomb. All collected
donations will be given to WIRC-CAA Victim Services, a nonprofit agency that provides free counseling and advocacy
services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
“Individuals who have experienced traumatic events are often in need of a safe, private place to talk about their
feelings,” said Victim Services Director Debbie Collins. “All counseling sessions at Victim Services are confidential and
offered at no charge to the survivor or their family. The support of the community, through fundraisers like this, allows
us to provide this free service.”
Admission to the concert is free, and free will monetary donations will be collected for Victim Services during the event.
Lysa Fox, Lisa Wipperling, Jeanie Davenport and Bill Maakestad will be the featured musicians of the evening focusing on
the musical theme of “Songs by, for, and About Women”.
The date of the concert is especially timely with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault
Awareness Month. “This concert will help us to kick off our awareness campaign, which is one of our biggest and busiest
of the year,” said Victim Services Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth. “We are thankful for the invitation and
opportunity to raise awareness and be the recipient of donations from this concert.”
WIRC-CAA Victim Services is a nonprofit that provides free and confidential crisis counseling, medical advocacy and legal
advocacy to child and adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking. The Agency’s service
area includes multiple western Illinois counties. If you have experienced any form of abuse in your life, you are welcome
to call their free and confidential crisis hotline at 309-837-5555.

CARTHAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY AMY GEE TORI BUCKERT

CARTHAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY AMY GEE TORI BUCKERT LOTS OF PROGRAMS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES, AND THE NEW PROMO COMMERCIALS FOR THE LIBRARY

 

Carl Sandburg College Foundation Joins 100 Extraordinary Women Initiative to Support Nursing Student Success

Carl Sandburg College Foundation Joins 100 Extraordinary
Women Initiative to Support Nursing Student Success

GALESBURG — Nearly 4,000 Carl Sandburg College nursing graduates have changed lives
through research, education, practice, policy and countless other ways as leaders in the
profession and society.
Now, the Carl Sandburg College Foundation and Sandburg’s College of Nursing want to spotlight
some of those difference makers as they have joined the national initiative 100 Extraordinary
Women, engaging women to pledge their support toward nursing student success and
Sandburg’s new Science and Technology Center .
The Sandburg Foundation is seeking a minimum of 100 women to each donate or pledge $1,000
over five years ($200 per year or $16.67 per month). Donors can make their payment in one
amount, donate annually or make bimonthly gifts by credit card on the 100 Extraordinary
Women website, www.100extraordinarywomen.com . Individuals may also group together to
share their pledge, and anyone may give in honor or in memory of a special woman.
These donations will help remove educational barriers such as daycare costs and availability,
reliable transportation and fuel prices. They also will relieve the financial hardship related to
the inability for students to work many hours during the program as well as the initial textbook
costs and fees for stethoscopes, uniforms and clinical supplies. Commitments also will assist
with end-of-program costs like board fees and fingerprinting. Throughout the campaign,
Sandburg will also celebrate how nursing education at the College has evolved through its first
56 years to meet changing health care needs.
In the coming months, Sandburg will break ground on a new multimillion-dollar Science and
Technology Center that will serve as the centerpiece of its Main Campus in Galesburg. The
building will house all health professions and include a simulation lab, skills labs and
collaborative classroom settings that can provide up-to-date workforce learning. This
environment will offer an area for both hands-on and theory learning to assist students in
developing skills necessary for today's fast-paced healthcare environment, making it a one-stop
shop for nursing students.

Construction is estimated to be completed in time for the 2024 fall semester. The name of
every donor or every woman honored as part of the 100 Extraordinary Women campaign will
be permanently listed in the College of Nursing as part of the new Science and Technology
Center. To celebrate the power of this initiative, donors will be invited to take part in a
celebration event this fall to recognize each participant.
To join the initiative or to give in honor of an extraordinary woman, visit bit.ly/sandburg100 .
For questions, more information or to donate, contact Dr. Emily Schaeffer, dean of nursing
professions, at eschaeffer@sandburg.edu or 309.341.5253 or Eric Johnson, chief advancement
officer, at ebjohnson@sandburg.edu or 309.341.5349.
Founded in 1969, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation
organized exclusively for educational purposes to assist in developing and augmenting the
College's facilities and carrying out the educational functions of Illinois Community College
District 518. Contributions to the Foundation expand and enhance Sandburg's programs;
support students through scholarships and crisis loans/grants; and provide for the capital needs
of Carl Sandburg College.

 

SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT- SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT

SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT- SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Shortly after 10:00 AM this morning, our department responded to a call of an active shooter at
the Fort Madison High School. A lock down occurred, and officers conducted a systematic
search of the building. It was learned that nothing unusual was observed on the premises prior
to the report. As time progressed, it became known that other school districts in southeast
Iowa, including Central Lee and Keokuk, received similar calls. Working with district officials,
protocols were followed to insure there was no risk to students before resuming daily activities.
The department’s school resource officer will remain posted at the high school throughout the
day.
The Fort Madison Community School District will issue a joint press release of the incident.
Because of the magnitude of multiple false calls prompting law enforcement action state-wide,
specific details are being withheld pending investigation by the FBI.
We are thankful for the assistance rendered by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and other first
responders who provided support at the scene.
Mark Rohloff,
Chief of Police

Public Announcement

Public Announcement

PSA to residents of Dallas City. Please share.
People are still flushing more than toilet paper down their toilets. Even when the wipes say they are flushable, they are not. According to city workers, all 4 lift stations in town are being plugged up by items other than toilet paper.
ONLY FLUSH TOILET PAPER.
No feminine products.
No wipes of any kind. Not even flushable wipes.
No diapers.
No wash rags.
No toys.
Nothing but toilet paper.
Please do your part.
Thank you.....
From the men doing the dirty work. And yes, in this case it's men

Child tickets offered for Eric Jones Magic show at The Legacy Theater

 

Child tickets offered for Eric Jones Magic

show at The Legacy Theater

Due to the high interest of school-aged children to attend the Eric Jones Magic Show at The Legacy Theater, a lower cost, child ticket is being offered for that show.

The $20 child’s ticket has been approved by The Legacy Theater Foundation board for the show. The adult ticket price is $45. Children’s tickets can be used by those 18 years and younger. Eric Jones performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at the theater in Carthage.

The discounted ticket can only be purchased by calling or coming toThe Legacy Theater ticket office. The child’s ticket is color coded.

Local purchasers can come to the box office Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to buy the child ticket. Those who cannot come to the theater during box office hours can call 217-357-9479. Bonnie Bentzinger will print the tickets, and they can be picked up in advance or at the “will call” window on the night of the show.

An award-winning performer, Eric Jones was a semi-finalists on "America's Got Talent," and was one of very few performers to stump Penn and Teller on their TV show “Fool Us.”.

?His unique show mixes comedy and magic, technology and deception, using screens, projection, and high-definition cameras.

This show is sponsored by Marine Bank & Trust.

The Legacy Theater is at 1160 Buchanan. See www.thelegacytheater.com for all upcoming shows.

 

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC NAUVOO AND NAUVOO PHARMACY ARE HOSTING OPEN HOUSES

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CLINIC NAUVOO AND NAUVOO PHARMACY ARE HOSTING OPEN HOUSES

Carthage, IL – (Friday, March 10, 2023) - Memorial Medical Clinic Nauvoo and Nauvoo Pharmacy are excited to announce that they will be hosting open houses on Wednesday, March 22. The events will take place from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. and are free and open to the public.

 

At the Nauvoo Clinic open house, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet with healthcare providers Tony Wasielewski, FNP-C, Physical Therapist Tonya Dooley, and Memorial Medical Clinic Med Spa staff. Health screenings such as A1c and blood pressure checks will be available, and guests are welcome to ask any questions related to their health and physical fitness. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will have the chance to win door prizes while connecting with their healthcare providers.

 

The Nauvoo Pharmacy open house will feature Mattie Haas and her team, Tammy Bevier, Camille Anderson, and Lauren Carlisle. The pharmacy will display examples of compliance packaging targeted for community members, highlight their high-quality lines of over-the-counter supplements (Pure Encapsulations and Ortho Molecular Products), and offer $10 off any $50 purchase of its Mudpie selection. The pharmacy will also provide coffee and a light snack. 

 

The Memorial Medical Clinic Nauvoo and Nauvoo Pharmacy are located on the same block at 1370 Mullholland Street and 1350 Mullholland Street, respectively. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect with your healthcare providers and learn more about the services they offer.

Rep. Norine Hammond - Hammond proton beam radiation therapy given committee approval

 

 

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) has spent the past two years working on legislation to make it easier for cancer patients to receive proton therapy as part of their treatment.

While proton therapy is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, insurers often restrict or refuse coverage.  Hammond has been seeking to ensure that coverage is provided to all insureds.

Proton beam radiation therapy is considered by many to be safer and just as effective, if not more so, than traditional radiation therapy for adults with advanced cancer. That finding comes from a study that used existing patient data to compare the two types of radiation.   Traditional radiation delivers x-rays, or beams of photons, to the tumor and beyond it. This can damage nearby healthy tissues and can cause significant side effects.  By contrast, proton therapy delivers a beam of proton particles that stops at the tumor, so it’s less likely to damage nearby healthy tissues. 

Under Hammond’s legislation (HB2799) which was approved this week in house committee, the treatment of cancer shall not apply a higher standard of clinical evidence for the coverage of proton beam therapy than the insurer applies for the coverage of any other form of radiation therapy treatment.

Attached is audio with the representative on the bill.  The measure now moves to the House floor for consideration

Rep. Norine Hammond - Hammond proton beam radiation therapy given committee approval

U of I Extension and JWCC Ag Center Host First Livestock Judging Clinic

U of I Extension and JWCC Ag Center Host First Livestock Judging Clinic

The first livestock judging clinic for youth, hosted by University of Illinois Extension and John Wood Community College, was held on Saturday, March 4, at the John Wood Community College Agricultural Education Center, in Baylis, IL. 

 

Over 70 youth attended the entry level workshop, where they first spent time in the classroom, learning basic livestock evaluation skills. Following classroom instruction, the group was divided into sections according to age and experience level and were then given the opportunity to practice those skills on five pens of livestock, including beef, swine and sheep. Members of the JWCC livestock judging team assisted the youth with placing the pens of animals and giving reasons for the placings. 

 

According to event coordinator, Kristin Huls, 4-H Youth Development Educator with U of I Extension, the event met and exceeded the expectations of both organizations. “We are very excited to see this many youth interested in learning about livestock judging. This sets the stage nicely for future opportunities for this group, such as the evolution of 4-H livestock judging SPIN (special interest) clubs, participating in livestock judging contests, and getting youth more involved in the livestock industry in general.”  

 

Youth attending ranged in age from 8-17, and represented Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, Schuyler, Cass, Morgan, and Scott counties in Illinois, and Marion County, Missouri. For more information about the livestock judging clinic, or other 4-H programs, please contact Kristin Huls at khuls@illinois.edu or 217-357-2150.

 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. 

 

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

 

JOB INTERVIEW WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

JOB IN

(Macomb, Illinois, March 6, 2023) – People ages 16 and up who are ready to enter the workforce or advance to a better job are welcome to attend multiple workshops that will help them prepare for their next job interview. Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC), in collaboration with Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois and Illinois WorkNet Center, are offering job interview training workshops to the public. 

The community workshops will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Both workshops will be held at WIRC, 133 West Jackson Street, Macomb. The workshops are free, and people of all income levels, ages 16 and up, are welcome to attend.

Anyone who cannot attend on those dates is welcome to schedule a one-on-one appointment with WIRC by calling 309-837-2997 or emailing wirc@wirpc.org.

WIRC officials say these workshops will be especially helpful to those planning to interview for a job at Jobapalooza in Macomb on March 30 at Spoon River Outreach Center. “These workshops are helpful to anyone who is job hunting, but the timing is perfect for job seekers going to Jobapalooza,” said Jamie Roth, WIRC Public Relations Manager. “After the workshop, they will know how to write a resume that reflects their skill sets, how to write an effective cover letter, what to wear to an interview, and other important job-hunting skills.” 

Those who want to attend are encouraged to save their seat by filling out a short online form at wirpc.org/workshop/, calling WIRC at 309-837-2997, or emailing wirc@wirpc.org

Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois, Illinois WorkNet Center, and Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) are equal opportunity providers and employers.

WIRC helps people and communities in western Illinois, and wants to know how they can help you. Their main office is located at 133 West Jackson Street in Macomb, Illinois. To learn more about their programs, call 309-837-2997, email wirc@wirpc.org, find them on social media, or visit their website at wirpc.org.

TERVIEW WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

AREA AGENCY ON AGING GAY DICKERSON

AREA AGENCY ON AGING GAY DICKERSON

OPEN ENROLLMENT AND TAX SERVICE TIME IS COMING TO A CLOSE. CONTACT THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING TO SEE WHAT GAY CAN DO FOR YOU TODAY

 

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

 

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR

Carthage, IL – Sunday, March 05, 2023 – Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce they will be hosting three virtual career fairs on Thursday, March 9. These virtual events will be open to anyone interested in exploring careers with Memorial Hospital, Memorial Medical Clinics, and Hancock County Senior and Childcare Services. 

 

There will be three sessions throughout the day, each lasting about 45 minutes for attendees' convenience. The morning virtual career fair session will begin at 7:15 am, the afternoon session will begin at 11:45 am, and the evening session will begin at 6:00 pm. These sessions are a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in healthcare or senior care to ask questions or make an appointment for an online on the spot interview. 

 

This virtual career fair will take place via Facebook Live and can be found with the designated event created on the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, Facebook page. During the virtual career fair, those tuning in will get the chance to hear from the Chief of Human Resources, Nat Hall, along with several other employees. If attendees have specific questions about a career they are interested in, there will be a Zoom option for attendees to go into breakout rooms and discuss any questions they have with department managers. 

 

For more information, please visit the events that have been created on the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, Facebook page. 

 

 

Hancock County Retired Teachers Meeting March 13th

Hancock County Retired Teachers Meeting March 13th

The next meeting of the Hancock County Retired Teachers will be Monday, March 13. We will
meet at the Knights of Columbus (new facility/formerly Kraus Furniture) in Nauvoo at 11:30 am.
One of our new members, Steve Hanlin, will provide the program. Steve has taught in
numerous overseas locations and has a wealth of knowledge concerning education in other
countries. I’m sure you won’t want to miss this meeting.
Please call or text (217-430-6487) your reservation to Ruth Gayton by noon Thursday, March 9.
The cost will be $10. If you are a retired teacher from a Hancock County school, please consider
joining our group. We meet quarterly, and the annual dues are $5.00.
If you need a ride to the meeting,

Sandburg Tuition Rates to Remain Same for 3rd Straight Year

Sandburg Tuition Rates to Remain Same for 3rd Straight Year

 

GALESBURG — For the third straight year, tuition at Carl Sandburg College will remain the same.

 

The Sandburg Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting Thursday approved tuition rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Tuition will remain $175 per credit hour for in-district students, $262 per credit hour for out-of-district students and $292 per credit hour for students from out of state. The in-district tuition rate at Sandburg has gone up just $5 since the 2019-20 academic year.

 

Carl Sandburg College Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour

 

FY2024

FY2023

FY2022

FY2021

FY2020

In District

$175

$175

$175

$170

$170

Out of district

$262

$262

$262

$255

$255

Out of state

$292

$292

$292

$284

$284

 

The Board also awarded contracts worth $15,996,891 toward construction of the new Science and Technology Center and assigned them to River City Construction, which serves as the project’s construction manager. 

 

Trustees accepted $126,281 allocated by the Illinois Community College Board to be used toward efforts supporting students’ mental health. The supplemental funding is part of the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act, which was signed by Gov. JB Pritzker in January and is intended to address gaps in mental health services on college campuses throughout the state.

 

Faculty members Tammi Lewis (nursing), Jeremy Bohrer (mathematics), Tina Braun-Smith (nursing), Ian Milligan (manufacturing technology), Sonrisa Nolan (speech), Joshua Seifert (business and economics) and were granted tenure, effective for the 2023-24 academic year. Instructor Robert Thompson (theater) was not granted tenure.

 

The contracts of non-tenured faculty members Nicole Lepper (nursing), Cathy Gebru (medical assisting), Stewart Ferrell (physics), Michael Hagedorn (automotive technology), Krista Winters (biology), Cindy Koepp (associate degree nursing) and Laura Rider (radiologic technology) were renewed for the 2022-23 academic year.

 

In other business, the Board approved the following:

  • Employment of Don Damitz as executive director of administrative computing/programmer, effective March 1.

  • Employment of Laura Maly as executive director of marketing and public relations, effective March 1.

  • Appointment of Robert Stevens as chief information officer, effective March 1.

  • Resignation of Stephanie Burkhardt as program support technician, effective March 17.

  • Resignation of Kennedy Jackson as Upward Bound Project advisor, effective Feb. 7.

 

The Board’s next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. March 23 on the Main Campus in Galesburg.

WIRC's Weatherization Team Wins Awards

WIRC's Weatherization Team Wins Awards

 

– Western Illinois Regional Council’s (WIRC) Weatherization Team was
recently recognized state-wide for their efficiency and timeliness in completing projects. The nonprofit department
received “Most Improved” and “Top Performer” awards by the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. WIRC
Weatherization Assistant Coordinator Chase Gaumer accepted the awards on behalf of the Agency.
The Illinois Home Weatherization program helps eligible homeowners with making their homes safer and more
energy efficient by eliminating heat loss and air infiltration areas in the home. To qualify, the household’s total gross
income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty level guidelines, which can be found online at
wirpc.org/weatherization/ or by calling WIRC at 309-837-2997.
WIRC manages the social service program in Hancock, Henderson, Fulton, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties in
Illinois. In the past two years alone, the WIRC Weatherization Team has installed energy efficiency improvements at 130
homes in their service area.
“The weatherization funds we receive from Ameren and NICOR help us to do additional homes on top of the 55 homes
we do each year with the funding we receive from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,” said Tim
Manock, Weatherization Coordinator for WIRC.  
WIRC helps people and communities in western Illinois, and wants to know how they can help you. Their main
office is located at 133 West Jackson Street in Macomb, Illinois. To learn more about their programs, call 309-837-
2997, email wirc@wirpc.org, find them on social media, or visit their website at wirpc.org. The Agency is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
Caption: Tim Manock (left), Chase Gaumer (center), and David Hawk (right) of WIRC’s Weatherization Team display
two awards their department recently received from the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. [Photo by WIRC]

WIRC's Weatherization Team Wins Awards

WIRC's Weatherization Team Wins Awards

 

– Western Illinois Regional Council’s (WIRC) Weatherization Team was
recently recognized state-wide for their efficiency and timeliness in completing projects. The nonprofit department
received “Most Improved” and “Top Performer” awards by the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. WIRC
Weatherization Assistant Coordinator Chase Gaumer accepted the awards on behalf of the Agency.
The Illinois Home Weatherization program helps eligible homeowners with making their homes safer and more
energy efficient by eliminating heat loss and air infiltration areas in the home. To qualify, the household’s total gross
income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty level guidelines, which can be found online at
wirpc.org/weatherization/ or by calling WIRC at 309-837-2997.
WIRC manages the social service program in Hancock, Henderson, Fulton, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties in
Illinois. In the past two years alone, the WIRC Weatherization Team has installed energy efficiency improvements at 130
homes in their service area.
“The weatherization funds we receive from Ameren and NICOR help us to do additional homes on top of the 55 homes
we do each year with the funding we receive from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,” said Tim
Manock, Weatherization Coordinator for WIRC.  
WIRC helps people and communities in western Illinois, and wants to know how they can help you. Their main
office is located at 133 West Jackson Street in Macomb, Illinois. To learn more about their programs, call 309-837-
2997, email wirc@wirpc.org, find them on social media, or visit their website at wirpc.org. The Agency is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
Caption: Tim Manock (left), Chase Gaumer (center), and David Hawk (right) of WIRC’s Weatherization Team display
two awards their department recently received from the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. [Photo by WIRC]

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