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Logan County citizens rally “Families belong together" on courthouse
Saturday was designated “Families Belong Together
Day” across the United States. Seven hundred communities held
demonstrations opposing the recent decision to separate children
from their parents who crossed the southern border of the United
States seeking asylum. Lincoln was one of those communities in
central Illinois holding a rally along with Bloomington,
Springfield, and Champaign.
Leading Preservation Group Invites Public to Get Its Kicks on Route
66 with Campaign to Secure Federal Historic Designation
named a ‘National Treasure’
On Monday, the National Trust for Historic
Preservation named Route 66 to its National Treasures portfolio and
announced plans to pursue National Historic Trail status for one of
“America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” The centerpiece of
the campaign is a month-long road trip to help preserve the “Main
Street of America.” During the road trip, the organization will
share the stories of historic sites along Route 66 and build support
for the National Historic Trail designation.
Small but very patriotic group takes part in Lincoln’s Fourth of
July Children’s Walking Parade
Let Freedom Ring - Children's Walking
Parade participants - slideshow
Let Freedom Ring - From the park to the
park district - slideshow
Let Freedom Ring - Best of the fireworks
Let Freedom Ring - fireworks - a grand
Grand Finale' - slideshow
On Wednesday morning, the return of the Lincoln
Children’s Walking Parade was very well received by a small but
patriotic group of children. Kids decorated their bikes, parents
decorated strollers and wagons, and all set off on the traditional
trek from the south side of Scully Park in Lincoln to the Lincoln
Park District Recreational Center.
Logan County Highway Department secures funding for Sugar Creek
The Logan County Highway Department has been awarded
$857,000 from IDOT’s Major Bridge Program. The funding will be used
to repair the Sugar Creek overflow bridge on 100th Avenue located
about 1 ˝ miles south of New Holland. Construction will be planned
Communities embracing Route 66 ‘The Mother Road’ offer tourists
quirky fun and receive back
One of the most important tourist destinations in
Logan County, the most frequented, isn’t a building or a statute or
a museum. It is the road itself that brings the tourists, the most
famous highway in the world, Route 66. The Mother Road holds untold
potential that deserves preserving. That is the conclusion of local,
state and national tourism and government officials.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation Awards $80,000 in
Healthcare Career Scholarships
The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation
board has named four recipients of the 2018 Healthcare Career
Scholarship. David Curry, Lindsey Goodwin, Katie Hunsley all of
Lincoln and Hannah Freer of Mount Pulaski were selected as
recipients after a rigorous application process that included three
rounds of interviews with members of the ALMH leadership team and
foundation directors. Each student will receive $20,000 to help fund
their pursuit of a degree. The award includes an agreement to work
at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) in Lincoln following
City fires up new drug incinerator
On Friday morning, the Lincoln Police Department
fired up its new drug incinerator for the first time, burning over
100 pounds of expired and unwanted drugs that have been turned in to
the department since the first of the year.
Lincoln hosts 194 "accidental tourists" - Album
Passengers of Texas Eagle stranded
Lincoln played host to 194 visitors Saturday
afternoon, but they were not here of their own choice. The Amtrak
Texas Eagle that travels from San Antonio to Chicago usually arrives
in Lincoln around 11 a.m. on Saturdays. This week it was four hours
late, arriving at 2:45 p.m., and when it went to depart the Lincoln
depot to resume the journey to Chicago the engine died.
The passengers were stranded.
Veolia North America enlarges scope of operations
oversight of the Lincoln Waste Water Treatment Plant
Veolia North America announced today that it has
acquired from American Water Works Company, Inc., the rights to 23
of its water treatment and energy service contracts. The transaction
will expand the core municipal water business of Veolia, which is
among the top providers of water and wastewater treatment services
in the U.S. and Canada, and will see Veolia welcome 110 new
employees to its North American operations.
Plane makes forced landing on Interstate-55
Illinois State Police crash report
At about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 a small
plane force-landed approximately one mile north of the Logan County
Airport on Interstate 55 near Kruger Elevator.
The plane made contact with a car, but the pilot then veered the
aircraft off the Interstate to get away from traffic.
A strong candidate for city administrator gets council talking
After an hour of regular business at the Tuesday
night Lincoln City Council Committee of the Whole, aldermen went
into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel.
While the discussions taking place in executive session are not for
publication, the after conversations made it clear that aldermen had
discussed filling the position of city administrator with a specific
WHOW signs on new signal in Lincoln
The Miller Media Group's Kaskaskia Broadcasting,
Incorporated, today (Wednesday) signed on its new FM signal at
106-point-5 in Lincoln, to bring WHOW's news, agriculture, and talk
programming to Logan County 24 hours a day.
LC Inks Deal with Adidas; Gears Up for NAIA Debut
Lincoln College’s first-year Athletic Director Mark
Perdue has been busy this summer in preparation for leading the LC
Athletics Department into its inaugural season of competition as a
member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA). Perdue’s top priorities during the off-season have included
helping his coaches build competitive schedules, entering the
department into a uniform & equipment contract with a major
athletics dealer, and the launching of a new athletics website.
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Community celebrates new police station for the city of Lincoln
On Wednesday evening a large crowd
gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the new
Lincoln Police Station. The station is in the former Jefferson
School building located in the 700 block of Fifth Street.
County receives funding for county-wide guardrail upgrades
The Logan County Highway Department
has been awarded up to $1,000,000 from IDOT’s Highway Safety
Improvement Program. The funding will be used to replace guardrail
and terminals along various County Highways in Logan County.
Construction will be planned for 2020.
New name for Crop Production Services: Nutrien
As of July 1, 2018, Nutrien Ag
Solutions is the new name for the previously branded Crop Production
Services retail business.
Atlanta adds restored centennial carriage
house to collection of days-gone-by historic buildings
Atlanta adds restored centennial carriage house to collection of
days-gone-by historic buildings - Album
Atlanta held an open house Sunday afternoon for the latest addition
to the historic buildings at the site of the J.H. Hawes Grain
Elevator. The John Pendelton Hieronymus Carriage House is one of the
last carriage houses in Atlanta that served households during the
horse and buggy days.
Waste Treatment Plant management contract
change of ownership should not impact Lincoln
At The Monday evening voting session of
the Lincoln City Council, Waste Treatment Plant Manager Tim Ferguson
was asked by Alderman Ron Keller to explain the change of ownership
with American Water Company and possible impact on the city’s
Career railroad employee recalls passenger conductor experiences as
Dale Jenkins related his encounter with
the old adage “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”
Jenkins was speaking to members of the Logan County Genealogical and
Historical Society attending the monthly meeting last Monday
Hilltopper Wind Farm construction causes issues
On Tuesday, July 17, the Logan County Board held its regular board
meeting voting on several motions and hearing a few committee
updates. One focus of discussion was some problems with the
Hilltopper Wind Farm project.
At the Board Workshop on Thursday, July 12, Logan County Highway
Engineer Bret Aukamp said there have been some roadway issues with
the Hilltopper Wind Farm project near Mount Pulaski causing some
damage on Highway 9.
Logan County Supervisor of Assessments position remains unfilled
On Tuesday, July 17, the Logan County
Board held its Regular monthly meeting. One focus of discussion was
the Supervisor of Assessments position.
The position opened after Denise Martinek recently announced her
decision not to seek reappointment. On June 28, the board
interviewed two candidates for the Supervisor of Assessment position
in an executive session. At the July 10 Finance Committee meeting,
committee members went into executive session to discuss the merits
of the candidates.
Significant CEL School Board vote next Tuesday
At the upcoming board meeting on July 24, the Chester-East Lincoln
Board of Education will be voting on a significant resolution to
change how board members get elected. Current bylaws dictate that
CEL can only have three board members per township (an election type
called 'congressional'). CEL Administrator Laura Irwin said, “We can
have less but not more,” in board members per township. The
congressional model ensures that no township is over-represented.
Hartsburg man joins State Bank of Lincoln staff
Dirk Conrady has joined State Bank of Lincoln as a
loan officer, according to an announcement by bank president Steve
Dirk Conrady, son of Rick & Mary Conrady is from Hartsburg. He
graduated in May, 2018 from Illinois State University with a
bachelor’s degree in agri-business.
Lincoln aldermen seek public opinion on train whistle ‘Quiet Zone’
At Lincoln City Council's Tuesday night Committee of the Whole
aldermen discussed whether or not it is in the best interest of
Lincoln residents to apply for a “quiet zone” for the city. The
quiet zone would pertain to the railroad crossings used by Amtrak
and Union Pacific, running north to south through the city.
The establishment of the quiet zone would impact how trains utilize
their horns when passing through a total of seven crossings in the
One new component added to the Lincoln Welcome Garden and another on
At noon on Thursday, Rick and Leslie
Hoefle delivered a new mural to the Lincoln Welcome Garden. The
mural which was hung on the back side of the large Welcome sign was
then installed by Rick with help from daughter Lauren Sutton,
Richard Smith, and Lincoln Alderman Ron Fleshman.
Habitat breaks ground on home build no. 24
On a soggy Sunday afternoon, people stood
shoulder to shoulder under a single tent on Sixth Street in Lincoln.
They were there on a cool rainy day to celebrate a ground breaking
ceremony for Habitat for Humanity of Logan County.