2018 Year in Review

October 2018 Top Stories

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October 1

First Lincoln Alzheimer's Walk heightens awareness
Support includes LC runners

Cool day makes for easier waling at Lincoln's first Alzheimer's Walk

About 100 people gather for the first-time event at the Oasis Wellness Track - slideshow

Participants include runners from Lincoln College - slideshow

The cold dreary weather did not keep people away from Saturday’s Alzheimer’s Walk held at the Oasis Senior Center, which brought out around 100 people.

October 2

Sparks fly between Lincoln’s city attorney and the city administrator

The Monday night meeting of the Lincoln City Council ended with a confrontation between the City Administrator Beth Kavelman and City Attorney Blinn Bates, as each speculated that the other is not performing in the best interest of the city.

Ballot question for Logan County to be a Firearms Sanctuary

Proceedings of the Logan County Board
Resolution for an Advisory Referendum for the November 6, 2018 General Election for Firearm Sanctuary County - Pdf

During the July meeting of the Logan County Board, members voted to place a resolution for an advisory referendum on the ballot. The public is being asked their opinion concerning gun law in the context of protecting citizen’s right to bear arms in Logan County.

October 3

City Attorneys Woods & Bates deliver notice of contract termination - Pdf

October 4

Emden solar begins approval processes
Logan County Regional Planning Commission recommends

On Wednesday, October 3, the Logan County Regional Planning Commission heard about the application for community solar farm project in Emden and considered whether to recommend the Zoning Board of Appeal approve a special use to allow the construction of the four-megawatt solar farm.

WLNX Broadcasters Jackson and Hoffman Named Best in State
Illinois Broadcasters Association Awards First Place to Lincoln College Duo

The WLNX play-by-play duo of Nik Jackson and Adam Hoffman is the best student sports broadcast announcing team in Illinois.

Jackson and Hoffman were awarded First Place in the category of “Best Radio/TV Live Game Sports Broadcast” in the Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards, announced Friday, September 28, at DePaul University in Chicago.

October 8

Fun Kids Day of Play hosted by Park District and ALMH supports healthy lifestyle
Free Worldwide Day of Play Festivities at Lincoln Park District Saturday

Worldwide Day of Play - slideshow

On Saturday, September 29th, area children and their parents were invited to participate in Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The Lincoln Park District and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Community Health Collaborative planned and hosted the special event.

Lincoln College Swimmer to Represent Home Country at Youth Olympics

A member of the Lincoln College Women’s Swimming & Diving team will be in action soon as an Olympic athlete. LC freshman Roylin Akiwo will be representing her home country of Palau in the upcoming 2018 Youth Olympic Games taking place later this month in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

October 9

Logan County Fire Departments Parade to downtown Lincoln

The parade arrives in downtown Lincoln - slideshow

Fire Trucks and kids just go together - slideshow

A great afternoon for a fire truck reunion - slideshow

On Sunday afternoon, dozens of people, many of them children gathered on Broadway Street in downtown Lincoln to enjoy the sights and sounds of a large collection of fire trucks. The trucks were part of the Fifth Annual Fire Truck Parade and Truck Show hosted by the Logan County Fire Fighters Association. The collection of trucks included vehicles from throughout the county.

October 10

Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals votes for Emden solar farm

On Thursday, October 4th, the Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing to consider rezoning land in Emden. The rezoning would be for a special use that would allow the construction of a four-megawatt solar farm.

'Drug take back day' brings in 80 pounds medications and donation for a new D.A.R.E. grill

On Saturday, September 29th, the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln D.A.R.E. program and the ALMH Community Health Collaborative Opioid Task Force hosted a drug take-back day at the Lincoln Police Station.

October 12

‘Save the Flag’ Penny Drive Now Underway
Logan County Students Raising Money for Lincoln Artifact

A ‘Save the Flag Penny Drive’ is underway in Logan County schools through Nov. 8, as a way to raise funds to restore an historic flag associated with Logan County and Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential campaign.


October 13

Lincoln City Council:
Crawford Murphy & Tilly offer fixed rate sewerage billing

As the city of Lincoln prepares to undertake a massive, multi-million dollar upgrade to the city sewerage system, aldermen have been faced with how to pay for it. The Long Term Control Plan that separates sewerage from storm water is state mandated.

Early in the project engineers from Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Christy Crites and Shannon Brady, offered examples of sewerage billing based on water usage. The plan included a scaled billing based on zero to 1,000 gallons of water used, 1,001 to 4,000 gallons usage, 4,001 to 8,000 gallons usage, and lastly 8,001 plus gallons water used. Rates per month were recommended to start at $25 per month for the lowest usage and scale upward in $10 increments to $55 per month for the highest usage.

Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency Program ends November 30th

The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency will cease operation as of November 30, 2018.

The Agency’s Board faced with decreasing membership and funding coupled with increasing recycling expenses has decided to discontinue recycling services after more than two decades. The Agency cannot sustain the costs of transportation and processing of recyclable materials.

Logan County Fifth-graders enjoy field trip to Chicago courtesy of the Woods Foundation - Album

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, fifth graders from across Logan County traveled to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

This Student Enrichment Trip was sponsored by the Woods Foundation, made possible by the generosity of Robert J. and Joan J. Woods. Students from Lincoln Elementary District #27, Chester-East Lincoln, Carroll Catholic, Hartsburg-Emden, Mount Pulaski, New Holland-Middletown, Olympia South Elementary, West Lincoln-Broadwell, and Zion Lutheran Schools in Lincoln and Mount Pulaski all participated and enjoyed an exciting day in Chicago.

October 15

Significant question regarding CEL School Board on November ballot

A special public question will be on November's ballot for Chester-East Lincoln School district voters to change how board members get elected.

Deputy to be hired to serve as Logan County Courthouse security

At the Logan County Board Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 9, one focus of discussion was combining Court Security into the Sheriff’s budget.

Chief Deputy Mark Landers talked to the committee about plans hire a full-time deputy to serve as a security officer at the Logan County Courthouse. He said statutorily, you cannot combine the two, but can put a deputy at the courthouse.

Decades dispute over Campus View Drive may be settled in 2018

Over the past 50 plus years from time to time the subject of Campus View Drive has come up in the meetings of the Lincoln City Council. The street is an unusual situation within the city as the debate for many years has been first over ownership of the street, and second over the expense of bringing the street up to code if the city were to take responsibility for it.

October 16

Board discusses options for Logan County’s jail and courthouse

At the Logan County Board Workshop on Thursday, October 11, there was some discussion on the upcoming referendum for the public safety tax that would help with courthouse dome repairs and jail expansion. The previous referendum for the public safety tax failed last spring, but it will be on the ballot again this spring.

October 17

Greater Peoria Economic Development Council benefits to Logan County

At the Logan County Board Workshop on Thursday, October 11, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) Chris Setti gave a brief presentation. In February, Setti spoke at a joint meeting between the Board and the Lincoln City Council.

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Complaints on HillTopper night work heard

At the Logan County Board meeting on Tuesday, October 16, there was some discussion on issues going on with the HillTopper Wind Farm Project.

At the Board Workshop on Thursday, Chris Martin of Mount Pulaski said he lives near the HillTopper Wind Farm Project and has talked to several county board members about problems over there.

October 18

36 on 66 – Abe’s Carmelcorn Shoppe begins a year of celebration

Earlier this year, during the winter months, Abe’s Carmelcorn Shoppe, located at 117 N. Kickapoo Street in Historic Downtown Lincoln, Illinois, underwent a major renovation to the interior of the building. The result was stunning – new flooring and lighting accented by classic wood fixtures. In addition, the floor space was increased by 500 square feet to accommodate the unique shopping experience that features a cutting-edge selection of merchandise designed to make memories of a lifetime.

October 19

First Solar Farm request gets thumbs up from Logan County Board

During the Logan County Board's Regular voting session on Thursday, the board unanimously approved a special use permit that would permit the development of the county's first solar farm The four-megawatt solar facility would be built at the northwest edge of Emden pending winning state approval and incentives granting.

Area High School Students Learn about ‘Taking Care of Business’
Lincoln College hosts event to expose students to business studies

Lincoln College’s MacKinnon School of Business recently hosted its first annual Taking Care of Business event geared to introducing area high school students to the various disciplines of business. During the workshop, students experienced a series of hands-on interactive exercises often used in the business school’s course offerings. Areas highlighted included marketing, operations management, leadership, and strategy. The sessions were led by Lincoln College’s business faculty.

Video games, comics and memorabilia benefit veteran Honor Flights - Album

What do video games, comics and memorabilia have in common with veterans? This past Saturday, the Cronin Brothers VFW and Primary Colours Retro Relics hosted something new for the Lincoln-Logan County community. Vet-Con, a convention dedicated to games, comics, and various “nerdy” memorabilia, was a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. The convention was described as “the nerd's way to celebrate our freedoms and to give back to the veterans that have fought for those freedoms.”

October 20

County Briefs: Windfarm progression and road plans

The Regular Logan County Board meeting in September included updates on the HillTopper Wind Farm project and approval of an addendum to the Construction Inspection agreement with Cummins Engineering.

Judge Bill Workman accepts donation of Lincoln head statue at the Logan County Courthouse

On Friday morning Judge Bill Workman was joined in the third floor courtroom at the Logan County Courthouse by Bob and Judith Gordon. The trio gathered for a photo op with an Abraham Lincoln head donated to the Logan County Courthouse and Workman’s courtroom by the Gordons.

October 22

It’s dollars and sense at Logan County Board Budget time

At the Logan County Board meeting Tuesday, October 16, the board heard brief committee updates and voted on motions from several committees.

Mount Pulaski historical preservation works viewed by Logan County Tourism Board

The Logan County Tourism Bureau Board was invited to visit the Mount Pulaski Township Historical Society and Museum. For the Tourism Bureau’s October monthly meeting, the board was served a meal and updated on Mount Pulaski historical activities.

October 23

Two Logan County 4-H members earn special state recognition

4-H members from across the state were honored for their lifetime 4-H achievements at the Illinois 4-H Celebrating Excellence Award Program held on October 20th in Champaign. The Illinois State 4-H Award recognizes exemplary work in five major areas, including communications, community service, leadership, personal growth and project mastery.

October 25

Haiku poet Dr. Lee Gurga retires from dentistry

Dr. Lee Gurga of Apple Dental Center in Lincoln is retiring this year after 35 years of practice. He was honored with a retirement party on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Midwest Dental located at 207 South McLean in Lincoln.

October 26

Scarecrow contest and fun and games make for a great afternoon at the Oasis - slideshow

October 27

LYFL recognizes 2018 volunteers and coaches

Lincoln Youth Football recognizes outstanding leaders for 2018 season - slideshow

In the middle of practice Thursday night Lincoln Youth Football Commissioner Wesley Fuchs called the players together. It was time to thank the many volunteers who make the program such a huge success.

Fuchs, a dad himself, reminded the youth that many adults gave up countless hours to coach, run concessions, help with equipment, and pitch in when/where needed. Fuchs emphasized to the players that the volunteers spent time away from their families to help them. His comments were met with a loud round of applause from the players.

Halloween FunFest at the Lincoln Park District

Lots of fun and games for everyone - slideshow

All treats --- No tricks! - slideshow

Oh those faces! - slideshow

October 29

Saturday Trick or Treat with the Mayor enjoys a huge turnout

An excellent morning with Mayor Seth Goodman - slideshow

Downtown businesses and organizations get in on the fun - slideshow

Lots of treats for everyone - slideshow

Gotta love those Halloween faces - slideshow

On Saturday morning more than 200 children accompanied by about that many parents or other escorts participated in Trick or Treat around the town with Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman.

Children enjoy trick or treat at the Lincoln Heritage Museum - Album  

This past Saturday, the Lincoln Heritage Museum, located in the Lincoln Center on the campus of Lincoln College in Lincoln, hosted a free trick or treating event for kids in costume. Kids and their parents were given a free tour of the Lincoln Heritage Museum with Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln, along with guests in the form of a few of his friends in period dress, gave out candy to the kids, and played a 19th century game, including War, marbles, bean bag toss, and jacks. The event lasted from 1 to 4 p.m. with multiple groups of kids and families taking part.


HSLC Saturday pet costume contest and blessing of the animals makes for a great fall event

Humane Society goes to the dogs for Halloween - slideshow

Saturday event includes annual Blessing of the Animals - slideshow

On Saturday afternoon, the Humane Society of Logan County enjoyed a large turnout for the annual Blessing of the Animals, this year coupled with a pet costume contest.

Several dogs arrived, escorted by their people pets. They were dressed in wonderful costumes ranging from Santa Clause to perhaps a pups favorite table foods - hamburgers and hot dogs.

October 30

Harvest of Talents feeding the hungry around the globe

5K kicks off on a cool, crisp October morning - slideshow

Runners and walkers bring it home for HOT - slideshow

Saturday afternoon auction a bounty of great items - slideshow

On this glorious day - did we see you there? - slideshow

We love those beautiful faces! - slideshow

Sunday celebration a time of thanksgiving - slideshow

“Chain of Blessings” began in the Old Testament when Almighty God came to Abram and Abraham passed that along to Isaac, who passed it along to his son Jacob, who passed it along to his sons, including Judah, and on and on through generations leading to a guy named Jesus of Nazareth.

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