2018 Year in Review

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December 17

IGA employees loaded one vehicle after the next of a long line on Saturday morning. It was the annual Christmas Food Basket give-away delivery sponsored by the Lincoln Emblem Club.

Photo by Jan Youngquist




December 18

On Monday evening the Lincoln City Council by unanimous vote approved new residential sewer rates to take effect January 1, 2019. The rate change is being done in order to secure the appropriate amount of funding for the city's Long Term Control Plan improvements at the waste treatment plant and throughout the town. The plan is mandated by the Illinois EPA, but comes with no state or federal funding, so the city must increase sewerage rates to cover the more than $20 million overall costs.

The rates will be based on actual water consumption from the October through December billing cycles. The actual usage of the three months will be averaged, then become the flat rate for the customer through the 2019 calendar year.

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December 20
This past weekend, Lincoln College played host to the first All-State Junior High Girls Tournament. The All-State Junior High Classic included approximately 140 girls competing on teams that went head to head in competition all day on Sunday with the final results being one championship team.

The Championship team for 2018 was the Central Team that was made up of players from West Lincoln-Broadwell, Mount Pulaski, Pana, Winchester, and Piper City. The team coach was Coach Kari Froebe of West Lincoln-Broadwell.

Teena Lowery

December 21
On Thursday, Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court announced that Logan County State's Attorney Jonathan Wright will be filling the seat as resident Circuit Judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit beginning January 7th. Wright will complete a two-year term from January 2019 through December 7th, 2020, at which time the seat will be filled according to results of the November 2020 election.


December 26
The Lincoln Logan Food Pantry received several boxes of non-perishable food items from the West Lincoln-Broadwell School Beta Club members. The Beta Club also donated two boxes of children's books to First United Methodist Church "Kids Club Daycare."

Thank you to the Beta Club for the food and book donations and supporting our mission to serve others in our community.

Rick Releford
Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry

In November and December, Logan Correctional Center employees raised $2,000 cash through raffles and donations and over 200 gifts that were donated to the Toys for Tots campaign of Logan County. Lieutenant Raymon Gonzales spearheaded this year's Toys for Tots Drive at Logan Correctional Center. Lt. Gonzales is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Pictured front row left to right: Correctional Officer Dorsey, Staff Assistant Shannon Evans, Correctional Officer Valsquez and Lt. Gonzales. In the back row is Correctional Officer Ott on the far left with Sergeant Ward on the far right. In the middle of the back row are six correctional trainees at Logan County Correctional Center.

Photo by Heidi Browne


December 27




On Thursday afternoon Mother Nature delivered a hard blow to the city of Lincoln. High winds throughout the town caused some issues, most of them minor but still an inconvenience. Tree damage, trash cans blowing away, power outages to 330 locations in Lincoln and other such things kept city crews, Ameren Illinois and others busy.

An example of such turbulence was found on the north side of town, near the bottle factory when this tree fell partially blocking the street. Crews were out hustling to get it cleaned up quickly.

In another part of town, the most disturbing damage may have been that done at the Mill on Route 66 Museum. One of the four sails of the windmill on the front of the building came toppling down.

The sail was quickly located close by and taken inside until it can be repaired and returned to its proper location.

Photos by Roy Logan and Geoff Ladd


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