February 26th, 2020- Millikin University’s School of Education hosted its 8th Annual Interview Boot Camp. The day long camp takes students through a series of mock interviews with Millikin alumni who are currently serving as superintendents and principals or representing school districts throughout Illinois and Indiana. The camp allows a chance for students to get a taste of what they should expect in actual interviews setting while providing feedback and suggestions regarding interview skills at the same time.
February 26th, 2020- In celebration of National FFA Week, student officers from Eisenhower High School’s FFA Chapter volunteered their time to lend a helping hand at the Good Samaritan Inn. Listen to the full podcast with Nakya Smith, FFA Reporter, Eisenhower FFA Chapter Historian, Carson Donnel and FFA Advisor Seth Mcmillan, now.
February 26, 2020 – The negotiations between DPS61 and the DFTA will resume today in hopes of reaching a contract negotiation. Representatives from District #61 and the DFTA will meet again with a federal mediator to continue contract negotiations. Though previous meetings have not produced a contract, DPS 61 said in a statement that the two sides did have productive discussions. The Decatur Public School Board and the Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants have been negotiating since April of last year and the TA’s contract expired in June of 2019. The largest sticking point has been the cost of health insurance.
February 26, 2020 – ADM joins the likes of AT&T, John Deere, LinkedIn and MasterCard as one of the World’s Most Ethical companies according to Ethisphere, a group that works to advance the standards of ethical business practices. ADM is one of 132 companies that were recognized, spanning 21 countries and over 50 industries. “Each day, our world-class team of 40,000 works to enrich the quality of life for people the world over . . . and We are extremely proud to be recognized for our company-wide commitment to ethical business practices, transparency and corporate citizenship.” said ADM Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. Ethisphere grades companies on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance and diversity.
February 26, 2020 – Dove, Inc. In Decatur has been awarded two federal grants for the Senior Corp (core) program. The grants, totaling over $157,000, were announced yesterday by Congressman Rodney Davis. One $70,000 grant will be used for the Retired & Seniors Volunteer Program or RSVP. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer networks for people 55 and older. Dove counts RSVP as one its most successful programs, having hosted the program since the mid-70’s. Another grant totaling over $86,000 will be used for the Senior Companion Program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Barbara Blakey, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations for Dove said they are grateful for the opportunity to continue funding the RSVP program as well as to add the Senior Companion Program. The Senior Companion Program engages adults age 55 and over help other older adults, most of whom are homebound. The Senior Corps volunteers provide companionship and assistance with daily tasks such as shopping or paying bills, and give respite to family caregivers.
February 25th, 2020 – After having issues with headaches and ear problems, Bement High School grad and current Indiana State University Junior, Lauren Gross, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma in 2016. But even going through treatment, multiple biopsies and surgeries, her love for the Chicago Blackhawks never wavered. Her brother, Connor Gross, reached out to the Make A Wish foundation and, in 2017, Lauren got the chance to spend the day with her beloved Blackhawks; attending practice, having lunch with her favorite players and taking in a game. That once-in-a- lifetime experience has turned into a lifesaving opportunity for Gross and her family.
Since that Make-A-Wish experience, the Blackhawks organization has maintained contact with the family about her condition. Recently, Gross’s doctor told the family about a new drug trial that would consist of at least 9 trips to Philadelphia for treatment. No easy feat due to treatment expenses and travel. It looked as if the trial might not be a possibility for Gross.
The Blackhawks organization learned about the drug trial and the hardship it would cause the family. That’s when Ducan Keith, defenceman and an alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, stepped in. Keith volunteered to pay for the entire treatment for Gross through his Keith Relief Foundation. Gross was surprised with a phone call from Duncan Keith himself to tell her the good news.
Gross has qualified for the drug trial and will hopefully begin treatment soon. Hear the full story from Gross’s brother Connor in the podcast below as well as the video of her receiving the phone call from Duncan Keith.
February 25th, 2020- The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater’s Mike Wilcott previews an upcoming show that features an amazing Cher tribute artist and goes over a list of 12 “concert do’s and don’ts”.
February 25th, 2020- Macon County State’s Attorney candidate Scott Reuter talks about his candidacy. Listen to the podcast now.
February 25th, 2020- Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe and City Manager Scot Wrighton recap the latest city council meeting that featured 23 items put into action including optimizing our recently dredged lake and some agreements with the State of Illinois to improve some highway sections in town. Listen to the podcast now.