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WIU to Co-Host 2019 Mississippian Conference July 27

LEWISTOWN, IL – Western Illinois University and the Illinois State Museum will co-host the 2019 Mississippian Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

Admission is $5 and can be paid upon arrival at the conference. The event is open to the public. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. and presentations begin at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided and lunch options are available in Havana and Lewistown from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Presentations by archaeologists about their research and excavations related to the Mississippian culture will be given throughout the day. Excavation sites include Cahokia, Dickson Mounds, Kincaid, Star Bridge, Orendorf, Orr-Herl and Ten Mile Creek (also known as Hildemeyer). Discussion topics will include excavation updates; new views provided by LiDAR laser remote sensing, drone imagery and geophysical surveys; new analyses of artifacts from old collections; and the latest perspectives on the spread of Mississippian culture into the Late Woodland populations of the Central Illinois River Valley, based on almost nine decades of archaeological study.  

The Dickson Mounds Museum exhibits 12,000 years of human history in the Illinois River Valley, focusing on the nearby Woodland and Mississippian mounds. The Mississippian cultural tradition thrived from around AD 1000 to 1400 in the Midwest, and was characterized by large permanent agricultural settlements, often with a number of platform temple mounds arranged around plazas, and smaller moundless villages scattered around the larger sites. 

The subject matter will be of interest to the general public, students and professional archaeologists. 

The Dickson Mounds Museum, part of the Illinois State Museum system, is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. For more information, visit illinoisstatemuseum.org. 

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Bustos Raises $475,000 in Q2

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced raising nearly $475,000 in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 – ending with more than $2.3 million cash-on-hand. Showing strong grassroots support, nearly 90 percent of contributions to Congresswoman Bustos were under $100 and the average online contribution was under $13.

 

“With nearly 90 percent of contributions coming from small-dollar donors, Cheri is demonstrating strong enthusiasm and true grassroots support across Illinois’ 17th District – setting her up for success in 2020,” said Denise Mousouris, Friends of Cheri Bustos National Finance Director. “In Congress, she’s kept a relentless focus on results, working to pass 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. Let’s be clear – extreme politicians are working overtime to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, but Cheri will continue pushing for commonsense solutions that protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and bring down costs for Illinois families.”

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Peter Rao Named Vice President for Ambulatory Services

MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital welcomes Peter Rao, MHA, CMPE, as Vice President for Ambulatory Services. Rao joins MDH beginning August 1.

The national search, conducted by Cjeka Executive Search, took place over the last five months.

 

“One of the major aspects that attracted me to MDH were the leadership team, physicians, and staff. I see great potential for MDH to advance its presence as a local and regional hub in its commitment to provide dependable, advanced, and comprehensive care. I look forward to being part of the mission, vision, and growth at MDH,” said Rao.

 

Rao comes to MDH from Osage Beach, Missouri, with an extensive background managing large multi-specialty medical groups and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE). Most recently he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Leadership and Innovation Center in Osage Beach, and prior to that served as the Missouri Hospital Association’s Vice President of Quality Evaluation and Program Development.

 

From 2005-16 Rao served as the Executive Director and Corporate Compliance Officer for Lake Regional Medical Group in Osage Beach overseeing the daily operations of the multi-specialty medical group consisting of 75 providers.

 

MDH President/Chief Executive Officer Brian E. Dietz, FACHE, was impressed with Rao’s work experience and looks forward to having him join the hospital’s Senior Leadership Team.

 

“This was a collaborative effort involving members of our Board of Directors, Medical Group physicians and mid-level staff, Senior Leadership Team, and Directors. Peter brings to us a very successful background and significant experience managing physician practices, and clearly has the skill set that will provide the proper level of support to manage a successful Medical Group. We feel very fortunate he has chosen to join our team.”

 

Rao is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and the Health Care Compliance Association. Early in his tenure with Lake Regional, he received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who have contributed significantly to the advancement of health care management and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.

 

Rao’s wife Corinne currently works as a hospitalist and they have two daughters in college. In his spare time, Rao enjoys flying as he holds a private pilot license, running, and music.

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Bustos Announces $3 Million for Illinois Central College

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $3,000,000 grant for Illinois Central College from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. These funds will be used to help establish a new Workforce Sustainability Center on campus.

 

“Illinois Central College plays a vital role preparing Peoria-area students for success in the workforce,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, investing in our workforce is a top priority – and these federal dollars will help establish a workforce training center to further the college’s efforts. Students and educators alike will be able to leverage this funding to grow the local economy and build a stronger workforce here in Illinois.”

 

“A Workforce Sustainability Center will provide our students with an opportunity to build their skillset, prepare for the workforce and support local employers in our community,” said Illinois Central College President, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Illinois Central College is committed to fulfilling the needs of our students and ensuring they receive a well-rounded education. Today’s funding will only further that commitment and I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her passion for our students.”

 

The Workforce Sustainability Center will be used to help train students and prepare them for jobs in the region. The addition of this facility will improve Illinois Central College’s ability to provide students with new sets of skills both now and in the future.

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Best Big Cities to Live In

July and August are the most ranking among the popular months to move. About 80% of the U.S. population wants to live in urban areas . If people are unsure on the right moves to make they can visit WalletHub. Wallethub has the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 56 key metrics. The data set ranges from quality of public-school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

 

Like for example they have Virginia Beach. Virginia has the highest homeownership rate, 63.85 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Miami, the city with the lowest at 30.24 percent. Also Virginia Beach has the lowest share of residents living in poverty, 8.00 percent, which is 4.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 37.90 percent.

 

Another example is San Francisco. San Francisco has the lowest median debt rate per median earnings, 13.97 percent, which is six times lower than in Aurora, Colorado, the city with the highest at 83.68 percent. Wichita, Kansas, has the shortest average commute time, 18.20 minutes, which is 2.2 times shorter than in New York, the city with the longest at 40.80 minutes.

 

Lastly, Virginia Beach has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.38, which is 15.1 times less than in St. Louis, Missouri, the city with the most at 20.82. Visiting Wallethub will show you a list of cities that are ranked best to worst. So if people are ever trying to move or vacation somewhere, visiting Wallethub is the right move to make.

 

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Vince Neil of Motley Crue to Replace Megadeth at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Vince Neil will take to the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage on Friday, August 9th. He will take the place of Megadeath, who cancelled due to Dave Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis. The Mötley Crüe front man’s legendary voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including Wild Side, Home Sweet Home, Girls Girls Girls, Dr. Feelgood, Kickstart My Heart, and more.

 

Mötley Crüe’s epic 34-year run included countless multi-platinum releases, more than 22 hit singles, 100 million albums sold and dozens of global tours with sold out arenas. Despite the band’s departure from the rock world, Vince Neil shows no sign of slowing down, continuing to carry on his The Legacy Continues Tour. Fans can expect to hear all the Motley Crue hits, as well as select cuts from his three solo albums.

 

Tickets for Vince Neil will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m via Ticketmaster (online and Ticketmaster mobile app) and at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Box Office (by phone and in person sales). All tickets will be $17 for the show (General Track or Reserved Seating), no VIPit tickets will be available. Tickets for all other Illinois State Fair shows are on sale now.

 

Thursday, August 8: Montgomery Gentry 
FREE Concert

 

Friday, August 9: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe with special guests Vixen and Autograph
All Tiers- $17

 

Saturday, August 10: Bad Company with Foghat
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Sunday, August 11: Dan + Shay with Filmore
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / Gen Track - $35 / VIP Track - $55

 

Monday, August 12: The Traveling Salvation Show – A Tribute to Neil Diamond
FREE Concert

 

Tuesday, August 13: Why Don’t We with MAX and EBEN
Tier 3 - $20 / Tier 2 - $25 / Tier 1 - $30 / Gen Track - $30 / VIP Track - $50

 

Wednesday, August 14: Pentatonix with Special Guest Rachel Platten
Tier 3 - $45 / Tier 2 - $50 / Tier 1 - $55 / Gen Track - $55 / VIP Track - $75

 

Thursday, August 15: Old Dominion with Restless Heart & Ryan Griffin
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Friday, August 16: Snoop Dogg w/ Dogg Pound, Warren G, DJ Quik, Twista, and Do or Die
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / Gen Track - $35 / VIP Track - $55

 

Saturday, August 17: Shinedown with Badflower
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Sunday, August 18: Reba McEntire with Rachel Wammack
Tier 3 - $35 / Tier 2 - $40 / Tier 1 - $45 / Gen Track - $45 / VIP Track - $65

 

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Illinois State Fair, August 8 through 18, in Springfield. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT HEAT ADVISORY CHANGE IN PICK-UP TIME

 

Beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Waste Management will be starting their routes one-half

hour earlier than normal, due to the severity of the heat index.  The starting time will be 5:30 a.m.  This schedule will continue until further notice.

 

Waste Management suggests residents place their carts at the curb the night before their scheduled pickup day.

 

We appreciate the cooperation of our residents during this heat advisory.

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Regional Media Names Chief Operating Officer

Illinois– (July, 16) – Regional Media, parent company of radio stations and multimedia news and sports websites in Iowa, Illinois, and Hawaii, announced today that it has chosen Rick Feltner  as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Feltner, who recently sold his business in the area, will step into the role reporting directly to the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fletcher M. Ford this week.

 

"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our world-class media organization," said company President and CEO, Fletcher M. Ford.. "Rick has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the business realm. This combined with his deep business knowledge and strong desire to advance technology for his clients, makes Rick uniquely qualified to lead Regional Media successfully into the future. 

 

Additionally, Rick is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates. He's been a highly successful executive and local business owner in the area but more importantly, he's a great fit with each of the four 'critical leadership competencies' we evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and mission-driven orientation.”

 

"I'm honored, and I'm grateful  for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals," said Feltner. "Regional Media’s team produces innovative, relevant and insightful programming, every day, and their public service impacts the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome. Working with my business mentor Fletcher is going to be such a rewarding experience for me. Leading our team to success is just going to be the icing on the cake.”

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Knox County Sheep Show results

Galesburg, IL--The Knox County 4-H Fair Sheep Show results from July 15, 2019 are: 

Grand Champion Oxford Sheep – Joe Sandoval

Grand Champion Crossbred Sheep – Annika Spring

Reserve Champion Crossbred Sheep – Hayden Beard

Grand Champion Ewe Overall – Annika Spring

Reserve Champion Ewe Overall – Hayden Beard

Grand Champion Market Lamb – Hayden Beard

Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Annika Spring

Grand Champion Market Pen of Lambs – Allison Hopkins

Reserve Champion Market Pen of Lambs – Paige Nimrick

Junior Showmanship – Drake Nimrick

Intermediate Showmanship – Allison Hopkins

Senior Showmanship – Joe Sandoval


 

Sheep Show Ribbon results will be posted soon here!

 

 

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2019's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

With workplace-related stress alone has cost society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2019’s Most and Least Stressed Cities of America as well as accompany videos. In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. 

 

The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates. Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana, Augusta, Georgia and Las Cruces, New Mexico residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 7, which is 23.4 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164. 

 

South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.70 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.00 percent. Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 10.22 percent, which is four times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.32 percent.

 

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Corbin and Olson Halls, University Union: Cooling Centers

MACOMB, IL -- Due to the extreme summer temperatures and high humidity that will affect the region this week, two of Western Illinois University's residence halls and the University Union are designated as cooling centers for area residents. 

Corbin and Olson commons will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 through 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are located on the first floors of Corbin and Olson halls.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The Union is closed Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance and on the first floor near the Office of Student Activities. 

Burger King is open in the University Union 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change). For dining hours, visit wiu.edu/student_services/dining/index.php.

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WIU Bobcat Research Program Awarded $375,000 Federal Grant

MACOMB, IL – A $375,000 federal grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will boost ongoing research at Western Illinois University into the state's bobcat population. 

The two-year grant was awarded to WIU Biological Sciences Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology Chris Jacques to continue field research he has been conducting for several years. The work includes opportunities for WIU students to study bobcat ecology across north central Illinois and allows previous research, funded by a $100,000 IDNR grant, to continue. 

"Graduate and undergraduate students are essential for conducting the day-to-day data collection activities, data analyses and synthesis of primary study results," said Jacques. "Without support from the IDNR, ongoing bobcat research at WIU is not possible and would formally end at the end of the calendar year. Continued financial support will facilitate opportunities to expand our work into new regions of the state (i.e., northcentral Illinois) focused on new questions related to reproductive ecology and genetics, which in turn will provide a greater understanding of how fragmented landscapes may influence population structure of bobcats."  

The current IDNR grant term ends at the end of the calendar year, and Jacques said further research will benefit the state agency by helping to refine existing bobcat monitoring and management programs across the state. 

The work funded by the new grant will continue to use remote cameras to estimate bobcat population densities in north central Illinois. The phased research has previously monitored the bobcat population in west central Illinois and has fitted animals with VHF collars to track seasonal and annual survival and movement status.

Bobcats were captured in McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler and Hancock counties through the winters of 2018 and 2019 and fitted with VHF and GPS radio collars. The research also included using 220 infrared-triggered remote cameras in the winter months, when cameras were working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over 60-day intervals to photo capture and recapture bobcats for use in density estimation. 

For more information on the study, or to get involved, contact Jacques at CN-Jacques@wiu.edu or at (309) 298-2155. 

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Beef Show Results

Macomb, IL- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Beef Show results from July 11, 2019 are:
Grand Champion Angus Heifer – Gracyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Anna Curley
Grand Champion Hereford Heifer – Rachel Hood
Grand Champion Simmental Heifer – Payton McGrew
Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Reid Carson
Grand Champion Charolais Heifer – Carter Hoge
Grand Champion AOB Heifer – Carter Hoge
Reserve Champion AOB Heifer – Riley Smith
Grand Champion Commercial Heifer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer – Brooklyn Welsh
Grand Champion Heifer – Carter Hoge
Reserve Champion Heifer – Gracyn Welsh
Grand Champion Pair Purebred Heifer – Erin Curley
Reserve Champion Pair Purebred Heifer – Payton McGrew
Grand Champion Pair Commercial Heifer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Pair Commercial Heifer – Brooklyn Welsh
Grand Champion Cow/Calf – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf – Payton McGrew
Grand Champion Lightweight Steer – Ryan McGrew
Reserve Champion Lightweight Steer – Grant Rauch
Grand Champion Middleweight Steer – Rachel Hood
Reserve Champion Middleweight Steer – Jace Pendarvis
Grand Champion Heavyweight Steer – Brooklyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Heavyweight Steer – Anna Curley
Grand Champion Steer – Brooklyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Steer – Rachel Hood
Grand Champion Rate of Gain Steer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Rate of Gain Steer – Ethan Hoyt
Junior Showmanship – Payton McGrew

 

 

Beef Show Ribbon Results: 

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / All Other Breeds

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / All Other Breeds

Blue

Jace

Pendarvis

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Jace

Pendarvis

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Chianina

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Pair of Reg Heifers / Simmental

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Shorthorn

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Heifer Calf born this year.

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / Simmental

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / Simmental

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Pair of X-Bred Heifers

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 2

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Simmental

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / All Other Breeds

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 2

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Pair of X-Bred Heifers

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Limousin

Blue

Riley

Smith

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Limousin

Blue

Riley

Smith

Beef

Pair of Reg Heifers / Limousin

Blue

Hailey

Walters

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Angus

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Gracyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Gracyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Angus

Blue

Kendrick

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Kenlee

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Kenlee

Welsh

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Horse Shoe Results

Macomb, IL- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Horse Show results from July 12, 2019 are:

Grand Champion Novice Western Rider  -  Kenadie Webster

Reserve Champion Novice Western Rider – Duncan Smith

Grand Champion Advanced Western Rider – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Advanced Western Rider – Kia Davis 

Grand Champion Pony Halter – Kia Davis

Reserve Champion Pony Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Mare Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Mare Halter – Kia Davis

Grand Champion Gelding Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Gelding Halter – Ava Kilburn

Grand Champion 4-H Pony Pleasure – Kenadie Webster

Reserve Champion 4-H Pony Pleasure – Kia Davis

Grand Champion 4-H Trail – Kayla Davis

Reserve Champion 4-H Trail – Ava Kilburn

Junior 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kasen Webster

Intermediate 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kayla Davis

Senior 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kia Davis

Advanced Horse Showmanship – Kalissa Watkins

 

Horse Show Ribbon Results:

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horsemanship

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horse Pleasure

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horse Pleasure

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

4 Year Old or Older Mare/Gelding or Other Equine

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horsemanship

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Walk-Trot 8-12 yrs Old

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter-Stock Mare

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

4 Year Old or Older Mare/Gelding or Other Equine

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Novice Horsemanship

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Walk-Trot 8-12 yrs Old

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

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Senate Week in Review

Springfield – Recent strong earthquakes that occurred in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). They also plan to focus this month on young people learning how to prepare for emergency situations.

In other words, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will remind citizens that 120 state facilities serve as cooling centers, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) is stepping up efforts to recruit new troopers through a Fast Track Program that offers job opportunities for local police officers.

 

Their was also a recent earthquake of 7.1 magnitude in California and its thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to  issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois:“The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!  Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ``Drop, Cover and Hold On.’” The agency suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.  

 

Southern Illinois is bordered by the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on the east and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on the west and south.  The agency says over 3,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Madrid Seismic Zone since 1974. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more active of the two, according to a Northwestern University study that was published in 2010.  The largest earthquakes ever recorded in the continental United States that occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the winter of 1811-1812.  Three major quakes ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 magnitude.

 

IEMA is focusing on preparing young people for emergencies, individually and as part of the family, as a way to instill confidence at a time when panic can easily rise.Citizens who need to escape the high heat and humidity can get relief by visiting one of the 120 state facilities.  Cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago. They will be open to the public during regular business hours.

 

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Chicago Southland Occupational Safety and Health Conference Debuts July 18

CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Labor’s OSHA division will participate in the Chicago Southland Occupational Safety and Health Conference on Thursday, July 18, at Prairie State College.

“This all-day conference will provide excellent information on health and safety regulations as well as touch on timely topics such as active shooter preparedness and marijuana in the workplace,” said Ben Noven, director of Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The conference, presented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie State College Conference Center, Chicago Heights. The keynote will be “Best Practices and Preparedness in an Active Shooter Event.” Attendees will also choose from up to three one-hour training sessions on topics such as machine guarding, CDL yard safety, making the case for safety to senior management and top 10 OSHA citations.

This workshop is geared toward business professionals in both large and small firms, specifically those in the transportation, warehouse, distribution and manufacturing sectors. Those interested can register online at www.prairiestate.edu.safety or call 708-709-2957 for more information.

For more information on Illinois OSHA visit https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/safety/Pages/default.aspx

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BOT Meeting Cancelled

Due to a quorum not being present for the Board of Trustees meetings scheduled for today (July 11) and Friday, July 12 at the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, the meetings have been cancelled. Interim President Martin Abraham will continue to serve in this role until further notice. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Oct. 3-4 in Macomb.

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Goat Show Results

Macomb, IL-- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Goat Show results from July 9, 2019 are: 

Grand Champion Meat Doe – Leah Sargeant

Reserve Champion Meat Doe – Paige Sargeant

Grand Champion Dam & Doe – Paige Sargeant

Reserve Champion Dam & Doe - Leah Sargeant

Grand Champion Pair of Does – Anna Curley

Reserve Champion Pair of Does – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Lightweight Wether – Bailey Rauch

Reserve Champion Lightweight Wether – Kasen Webster

Grand Champion Mediumweight Wether – Anna Curley

Reserve Champion Mediumweight Wether – Tessa Sargeant

Grand Champion Heavyweight Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Heavyweight Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Wether – Anna Curley

Grand Champion Pair of Wethers – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Pair of Wethers – Anna Curley

Grand Champion Weight of Gain – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Weight of Gain – Ryleigh Hall

Junior Showmanship – Kasen Webster

Intermediate Showmanship – Ryleigh Hall

Senior Showmanship – Kalissa Watkins

Goat Show Ribbon Results: 

Stormie

Bergman

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Stormie

Bergman

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Hannah

Brint

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Hannah

Brint

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Erin

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Breeding Goats

Dairy Goat (dry) Doe 12-24 months NOT IN MILK

Blue

Bailey

Rauch

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Bailey

Rauch

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Dairy Goats Pair of Does

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue


 

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Hancock County Emergency Services Releases Statement

Dallas City, IL- The Hancock County Emergency Services issued a statement today regarding the recent floodings:

 

To all who have been affected by the 2019 flooding, there will be a Multi-Agency Resource
Center (MARC) on July 11, 2019 at the Dallas City Elementary School cafeteria. The event will
start at 10:00 AM and go until 6:00 PM. No appointment necessary. If you have no way to get

there, call 309-221-0240.

 

Bring ID and a utility bill or something with your name and address on it for proof of current

residency.

 

A few of the agencies going to be present are:

American Red Cross
Salvation Army
Illinois Department of Public Heath
Illinois Department of Insurance
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Illinois Department of Human Resources
Illinois VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
Hancock County Department of Public Heath
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Henderson County Emergency Management Agency
Hancock County Emergency Management Agency

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2019's States with the Most and Least Student Debt – WalletHub Study

With several candidates for the 2020 presidential election proposing the cancellation or refinancing of America's massive student debt load, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.   

Student Debt in Illinois (1=Most; 25=Avg.) 

24th – Avg. Student Debt

12th – Proportion of Students with Debt

33rd – Student Debt as % of Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)

20th – Unemployment Rate of Population Aged 25 to 34

36th – % of Student Loans Past Due or in Default

20th – % of Student-Loan Borrowers Aged 50+

38th – Availability of Student Jobs

18th – Availability of Paid Internships

6th – Grant Growth

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-student-debt/7520/

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Krizalido Piano Trio to Perform at WIU Scholarship Fundraiser Friday

Macomb, IL – The Krizalido Piano Trio will perform Friday at 7 p.m  in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at Western Illinois University. 

 

The trio will have violinist Daryl Silberman, pianist Sandra Carey and cellist Cathy Kuna. This trio is sets a good example with their music in support of education, justice and healing. 

 

The concert is a fundraiser for the Laura and Lisa Kerr Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was started by Dr. Lawrence (Mel) and Judith Kerr, and is named for their daughters, who are both WIU graduates. Mel and Judith were named honorary WIU alumni in 2002. 

 

Judith will also sponsor a reception for the artists at the Macomb Country Club following the performance. The reception is open to anyone attending the concert. 

 

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Bustos Statement on Oral Arguments in Washington Republican Case to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Washington Republicans’ Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted the devastating impact the case could have on hardworking families in Illinois and across the country. The administration’s dangerous lawsuit would eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement – including the law’s patient protections for folks with pre-existing conditions, assistance for seniors with high drug costs, the ban on lifetime limits, bipartisan Medicaid expansion and the ability of individuals to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26.

 

“Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve worked diligently to improve the health care law and bring down costs for Illinois families,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Just this year, House Democrats have passed 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. But this partisan, reckless lawsuit would wreak havoc on the financial security of hardworking Illinoisans – forcing them to pay even more for less coverage and fewer patient protections. The administration should drop the lawsuit immediately and instead, work with both parties to find common ground.”

 

Read more HERE about Congresswoman Bustos’ work to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs.

 

In Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, nearly 30,000 folks would lose their coverage if the Washington Republican lawsuit is successful – and across the state, more than 600,000 Illinoisans would lose health coverage altogether.

 

Additionally, by striking down the ACA in its entirety:

 

Illinoisans over the age of 50 could face a more than $4,500 “Age Tax”

 

91,000 young adults with their parents’ coverage could lose their care because, under the ACA, young adults are able to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26

 

More than 5.4 million Illinoisans with pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma and diabetes could be charged more for health care

 

Nearly 190,000 Illinois seniors could have to pay more for prescription drugs

 

More than 4.6 million Illinoisans could once again face annual and lifetime coverage limits

 

Support for rural hospitals could vanish and threaten the livelihood of small communities, leaving

Illinois hospitals with nearly $2 billion in uncompensated care

 

More than 5.8 million Illinoisans could have to pay for preventative services like flu shots, cancer screenings and mammograms

 

Illinois women could be charged more than men for the same coverage

 

700,000 Illinoisans enrolled through bipartisan Medicaid expansion could lose coverage

 

 

 

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Child and Adult Care Program

 

Springfield – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced funding is now available for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in fiscal year 2020. The program assists child care centers, Head Start programs, before-and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to serve healthy meals to children.

 

All participating child care centers must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional cost. Funding for the CACFP comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The Child and Adult Care Food Program supports the healthy development of our youngest learners,” said ISBE Director of Nutrition Mark Haller. “Inequities in access to healthy food can impact children’s learning at an early age. ISBE is committed to ensuring all children have the resources and supports they need to grow and be ready for school.”

 

CACFP participant Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton understands that childhood hunger affects the learning process. The organization will offer classes to parents interested in improving their cooking skills and in learning about the benefits of using fresh ingredients, meal planning, and budgeting. Riverbend Head Starts Youtube channel gives parents access to easy recipes, cooking tips, and cooking strategies to make meal preparation easy and fun.

 

“Riverbend Head Start’s participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program continues our investment in healthy kids and healthy communities,” said Jon Kuanfung, a nutrition specialist at Riverbend Head Start and Family Services. “ISBE’s administration of the program helps us offer vital supports for families in need in and around the Metro-East area.”

 

Riverbend Head Start also incorporates gardening as a way to teach children classroom learning objectives outside. The garden helps to introduce children to fresh vegetables and make connections with where their food comes from. The gardening program continues to expand through the involvement of parents and community volunteers. Nearly 1.4 million people in Illinois experienced food insecurity in 2017, including more than 450,000 children, according to Feeding America.

 

Individuals in households who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines determine eligibility to receive free meal benefits for families that do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits. If a household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines, they should contact their child care center or day care home provider to learn about the benefits of the CACFP. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information.

 

Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs at approved Head Start facilities and foster care children who are legal responsibilities of the state or court also receive free meal benefits. Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in the program.

 

 

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2019 Northwestern Illinois Crop Sciences Field Day Set for July 17th

University of Illinois Extension released a press report during the holiday weekend about an upcoming field day hosted by Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center that will take place on July 17th in Monmouth, IL. 

Addressing issues of this year’s growing season, expertise from University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences will be there to provide impactful knowledge throughout the tour. Presentations will be held outside as participants will board the buses touring areas of the farm. 

The following are the 2019 field day topics and presenters are as follows: 

  • Sizing up the 2019 corn and soybean crops - Emerson Nafziger 

  • Insect management in corn and soybean - Nick Seiter 

  • Updates in applied disease management in Illinois - Nathan Kleczewski 

  • 2019 weed management update - Doug Maxwell and Charlie Mitsdarfer 

  • Overview of Industrial hemp production in Illinois - Phillip Albertl 

Certified Crop Advisors many earn two continuing education units (1.0 - CM, 1.5 - IPM) 

The NIARDC agreed to host their event open to the public at no cost. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. with sandwiches and refreshments available after the conclusion of the event.

 

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Saying Goodbye To Family Video

MACOMB - This Sunday, July 7th, Macomb residents and other local customers saidgood-bye to the Macomb Family Video store as it will be the company’s last day of service. The stores closing was sudden to its customers and employees. According to The McDonough County Voice, the store was given a two weeks notice that verified the store was being removed. Desirea Stewart, employee at Family Video, explained to the MCV that the store did not seem as if it would be going out of business this year. 

 

    “We are constantly busy… We’ll get a little slow around lunch, but after people get off work, they are here shopping around,” Stewart Said. 

    The corporation informed the staff about the close down of the Family Video in Beardstown, IL, which is about an hour away. Stewart claims that she did not sense any sign of closing from Corporate for our area. 

 

    As the Family Video comes to a close, the town is preparing to see a remodeling and opening for a new Dollar General. All employees of the Macomb Family Video were granted the opportunity to work for the new Dollar General, yet there has not been any news of the store’s hiring, remodeling, and opening processes. The Family Video Corporation highly believes that those employers will be the first in line for positions. 

 

    The store had plans for the future to increase revenue with promotions and adding additional products to its collection of movies and other entertainment disc. These ideas were cut short just before they were aware of the closing. This Sunday was a sad day in Macomb for loyal customers, showing us the signs that the movie rental market is slowly on a decline.

 

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