DMH Receives Heart Association/ Stroke Association Honor

DMH Receives Heart Association/ Stroke Association Honor

August 14, 2019 – Decatur Memorial Hospital has received an honor from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with a Gold Plus Achievement Award.  The award recognizes a commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.  DMH additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. 

Fairview Pool and Scovill Zoo Observe Fall Hours

Fairview Pool and Scovill Zoo Observe Fall Hours

August 14, 2019 – You have a little time left to enjoy Fairview Pool before the end of the season and the end of the facility itself.  Fairview Family Aquatic Center will start observing it’s fall schedule now through September 2. The pool will be closed on weekdays and open swim will be offered from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only. Special Labor Day hours on September 2 are from noon until 5 p.m. with half price admission. 

Fairview Pool Fall Hours

August 12 – 16, Closed

August 17 & 18, Noon – 6 p.m.

August 19 – 23, Closed

August 24 & 25, Noon – 6 p.m.

August 26 – 30, Closed

August 31 & September 1, Noon – 6 p.m.

September 2 (last open day of the season), Noon – 5 p.m.

Scovill Zoo is also observing fall hours now through October 14. Visiting hours will be offered from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the last admission one hour before closing. 

Voting Begins Tomorrow for NE Community Fund Grant

Voting Begins Tomorrow for NE Community Fund Grant

August 13, 2019 – Voting begins tomorrow for Northeast Community Fund to have a chance to win a 25 thousand dollar grant from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program.  Northeast Community fund was named a top 200 finalist by State Farm and hopes to use the funds for a mobile food bank.  Voting will be open for residents 18 and older with a valid email address.  A link to voting can be found HERE. Northeast Community Fund has until Aug. 23 at 11pm CST to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On September 25, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.  

Millikin University A Midwest Best College by Princeton Review

Millikin University A Midwest Best College by Princeton Review

August 13, 2019 –Millikin University is one of the 159 best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Millikin University in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region”The website feature salutes a total of 656 colleges that The Princeton Review recommends over five regionsThe Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisers whose opinions the company solicits. 

Macon County 4H Collecting for Teacher Supply Drive

Macon County 4H Collecting for Teacher Supply Drive

August 13, 2019 –  The Macon County 4-H is Hosting a “Back To School Teacher Supply Drive” to show support to area teachers. The Supply drive is hosted by University of Illinois Extension.  If you are interested in donating supplies, they can be dropped off from now until Sept 13th  at the  Extension office at 3351 N. Howard Brown Blvd. in DecaturThe National Center of Education reports that teachers spend an average of $480 on supplies each school year out of their own pocket. Macon County 4-H hopes to support area teachers by collecting much needed school supplies and distributing the items to each school.  

Items needed include:
• Tissues
• Hand sanitizer
• Clorox wipes
• Paper towels
• Baby wipes
• Headache medicine
• Chocolate/wrapped candy
• Stress ball
• Gum/mints
• Loose-leaf notebook paper
• Notebooks
• Pencils: mechanical and
regular
• Pens
• Dry erase markers
• Post-it notes
• Paperclips
• Binder clips
• Notecards
• Scotch tape
• Ziploc baggies
• Stickers
• Stamps/ink
• Clipboards
• Fun-Tac
• Command strips/hooks
• Colored paper/cardstock
• Erasers
• Rubber bands
• Highlighters
• Mini pencil sharpeners
• Three-ring binders
• Two-pocket folders
• White out
• Copy paper
• Construction paper
• Scissors: large and kidfriendly
• Crayons
• Colored pencils
• Washable markers
• File folders
• Rulers
• Push-pins
• Elmer’s Glue: bottles and
sticks
• Pencil box
• Graphing paper
• Basic calculators
• Binder dividers

Heritage to Offer Mental Health First Aid

Heritage to Offer Mental Health First Aid

August 13, 2019  – Heritage Behavioral Health Center has facilitated several Mental Health First Aid Trainings over the last year and has a new course available to the public. One in five Americans has a mental health condition, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use concern can be difficult to detect. Heritage Behavioral Health Center is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course on August 22nd and Adult Mental Health Course on September 6th.  The training is free and limited slots are available. Contact JSmiley@Heritagenet.org for more information.  

LISTEN: Education Spotlight

LISTEN: Education Spotlight

August 9, 2019 –  Jey Owens, the district’s Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Christelle Harding, Instructional Specialist Coordinator and Amy Richards, new Special Educator at Parsons, joined Byers and Co to talk about the district’s New Teacher Orientation. Not only did the new educators have to learn the resources they need to be successful as they begin school next week, but the group learned a few things about Decatur. They took a field trip and visited the Devon Amphitheater, the Decatur Arts Council to learn about the PASS programs. Listen to the interview now.

LISTEN: Macon County Board Update

LISTEN: Macon County Board Update

August 9, 2019 – Macon County Board Chairman Kevin Greenfield joined Byers & Co to give an update on the County Board. Greenfield addresses issues within the Macon County Health Department as well as gives an update on the recycling center study.

ADM Announces Cash Dividend

ADM Announces Cash Dividend

August 9, 2019 – ADM Board of Directors announced a cash dividend of 35.0 cents per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on Sept 12 of this year. This is ADM’s 351st consecutive quarterly payment, a record of 87 years of uninterrupted dividends. As of June 30, 2019, there were over 500 million shares of ADM common stock outstanding. The Board also authorized an extension of ADM’s share repurchase program. The original 5-year program authorized the purchase of 100 million new shares of ADM stock in between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2019. The program has now been extended an additional five years.