Benefit Reminder

10686654_10203883827238305_6372294650831603882_nFriends and family of Kevin and Jeaneane Jenne Family are hosting a weekend benefit (April 25) to help them with mounting medical expenses due to Jeaneane’s lengthy hospital stays and illness.

VB Tourney, BBQ pork and tons of food will be available for purchase, Silent Auction, Bake Goods, 50/50 Raffle and more!

This event was once scheduled for the 25-26, but now will only be held on April 25. 


Kaskaskia College’s Katherine Overstreet Selected as State’s Teacher of the Year in Adult Education

kclogoThe Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association (IACEA) held its annual conference in Springfield on March 4 – 6, at the Springfield Hilton. IACEA is a statewide adult education organization that provides leadership, representation, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance, unify, and professionalize the field.

Each year at the annual conference, the IACEA Board presents outstanding awards to an Adult Education director; support staff person; teacher; and student. IACEA members are asked to nominate candidates who meet the nominating criteria of each award related to their works or receipt of services from an Illinois adult education provider.

Katherine Overstreet, who serves as Kaskaskia College’s Librarian and an adjunct instructor for the KC’s Adult Education and Literacy Program, was this year’s recipient of the IACEA Arthur J. Stejskai Memorial Teacher of the Year Award. Ms. Overstreet, who has provided twenty-plus years of services in the state of Illinois in the areas of adult education and literacy, was nominated by Lisa Atkins, KC’s Dean of Adult Education and Literacy. Letters of recommendations for the award for Ms. Overstreet were sought from representatives of Kaskaskia College and her former supervisor at Olney Central College. Each letter of recommendation mentioned Ms. Overstreet’s commitment to student learning and her unwavering enthusiasm and passion for the field of education.

Ms. Overstreet’s career in adult education and literacy began at Olney Central College (OCCC) where she became a tutor for their Learning Skills Center while pursuing her associate degree at the college. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, Ms. Overstreet became an adult education instructor at OCC. After a year of becoming employed as a full-time instructor for the program, Ms. Overstreet lost her employment at OCC because of budget cuts. Ms. Overstreet remained employed with the Illinois Eastern Community College system as a Faculty Resource staff member for a short-time and eventually accepted a position at Kaskaskia College as the new Title III Curriculum Learning Specialist. Shortly upon her arrival at Kaskaskia College, Ms. Overstreet sought employment as an instructor for the college’s adult education and literacy program. Ms. Overstreet has served as an instructor for Kaskaskia College’s Adult Education and Literacy Program for five years.


Frogtown News April 23

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Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Jacquin and family of Villa Ridge, MO. Belinda and Mahala enjoyed shopping in Chesterfield on Saturday. On Sunday, Mahala hosted a Jamberry party.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church News

Saturday evening worship attendance was 71.

Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 107.

The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz.

Allie Murphree served as Acolyte.

Attending Elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.

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South Central FBLA attends State Conference

Future Business Leaders of America members and advisers from South Central High School attended the Sixty-sixth Illinois Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.

Over 1,500 members, advisers, and guests from 73 Illinois FBLA chapters were registered for the conference. The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2015-2016 state officers, and competitive events.

During the awards program at the conference, South Central High School FBLA members won the following individual, team, and chapter competitive events: Abby Hahn, 9th place, Agribusiness; Ally McCown, 5th place, Computer Applications; Luke Bergmann, 7th place, Insurance and Risk Management; Brayden Gunter, 10th place, Introduction to Business; Ean Fox, 8th place, Public Speaking I; and Kinsey Spencer and Macy Sullens, 6th place, Hospitality Management. Other FBLA members and advisers in attendance were Haley Bergmann, Chaud Dayrit, Alivia Hall, Carson Hulsey, Spencer Hulsey, Ella Jahraus, Autumn McCoy, Gillian McLean, Angelina Sedlacek, Grant Sedlacek, Jonathan Smith, Keely Smith, Makenzi Wilson, Mrs. Kathy Byers, and Mrs. Lynn Smith.
Carson Hulsey and Grant Sedlacek from South Central served as voting delegates at the conference in the election of the 2015-2016 Illinois FBLA State Officers:

President: Spencer Hulsey, South Central High School
Central Area State Vice President: Bradley Rozario, Normal Community High School
Central Northern Area Vice President: David Ying, Illinois Math & Science Academy
Eastern Area Vice President: Ben Baker, East Richland High School
Northern Area Vice President: Ammar Khan, Warren Township High School
Southern Area Vice President: Caroline Speith, Carterville High School
Southwestern Area Vice President: Corbin Robinson, Mascoutah High School
Western Area Vice President: Joseph Barlow, Warsaw High School
Secretary: Hannah Frier, Warren Township High School
Treasurer: Emily King, Normal Community High School
Reporter: Brennan Sorkin, Huntley High School
Parliamentarian: Matthew Runyon, East Richland High School

These officers will serve on the 2015-2016 Illinois FBLA Executive Council and their advisers will serve on the Board of Directors.

FBLA-PBL is the largest student business organization in the world with more than a quarter of a million members! FBLA prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. For more information about FBLA-PBL, go to,, and

SCHS State Group pic

Back Row: Ella Jahraus, Makenzi Wilson, Jonathan Smith, Carson Hulsey, Luke Bergmann, Autumn McCoy, Ean Fox, Grant Sedlacek, Keely Smith, Ally McCown, Abby Hahn
Front Row: Brayden Gunter, Alivia Hall, Macy Sullens, Angelina Sedlacek, Gillian McLean, Spencer Hulsey, Chaud Dayrit, Haley Bergmann, Kinsey Spencer


SCHS State winners pic

State Award winners: Left to right: Kinsey Spencer, Macy Sullens, Brayden Gunter, Luke Bergmann, Spencer Hulsey, Ean Fox, Ally McCown, Abby Hahn


Kaskaskia College Will Host Job Search Seminar at the Vandalia Campus

kclogoBe confident, be prepared, be yourself and get the job you want! Kaskaskia College will host a one-day Job Search Seminar on Friday, April 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Campus, 2310 West Fillmore Street, Vandalia. The seminar will cover such topics as job search, resume building, and the do’s and don’ts of job interviewing. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Wendy Blythe, KC Career Services Specialist at 618-545-3073 or at


From the Desk of Congressman John Shimkus

16651037098_a4b74055b9_oLast week in Washington, I voted for a budget that calls for $5.5 trillion in spending cuts and a simpler, fairer tax code to balance the federal budget in under a decade.

The annual budget resolution is at the core of everything else we do in Congress. It’s our vision statement that sets priorities and guides spending decisions for the remainder of the appropriations process. That process is important to fully utilize our constitutional power of the purse, but it’s the priorities this budget sets that really make a difference to the American people. Those priorities are your priorities: a strong national defense, a sustainable safety-net for seniors, and an opportunity society where anyone who works hard and lives responsibly can achieve their American dream.

Also last week, I joined Congressman Rodney Davis’s bipartisan, bicameral effort to bring fairness to the FEMA disaster declaration process. Downstate Illinois is disadvantaged when disasters strike, due to the larger population upstate. The Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act would help to address that problem and would allow communities like Gifford and Brookport, who were hit by tornadoes two years ago, a chance to be eligible for FEMA Public Assistance. A million dollars to Chicago may not matter much, but it does to my constituents and our communities.

You can learn more about the Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act here on my website.

I also have some important information for veterans today. The VA recently announced two major policy changes that should bring some relief to veterans attempting to get their benefits. The first is a change to the method used by the Veterans Choice Program to calculate the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility. Previously the distance was calculated by drawing a straight line between the two, it will now be calculated based off of the distance one would have to drive to reach the facility. Veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility should call 1-866-606-8198 to confirm their eligibility and to schedule an appointment.

Second, in an attempt to make the VA application process easier and more efficient, the VA has announced that they will now allow veterans to file an “Intent to File” form. This would allow veterans to save their place in line while gathering information to support their claim. This is a standardization of the traditional informal claims process and would afford a Veteran or survivor a full year to file without losing their place in the claims process. Both of these steps should provide a much improved experience for veterans trying to claim their benefits.

Finally this week, I have some information for students who may be interested in attending a service academy. The various service academies are among America’s finest institutions of higher education, and you don’t need to be enrolled to take advantage of the unique educational opportunities they offer.
The U.S. Naval Academy, for example, offers two programs over the summer for eligible high school students. These programs, the Summer Seminar and the Summer STEM Camp, provide a fantastic educational opportunity while offering students a preview of cadet life. Spots are limited and the deadlines are quickly approaching so I encourage you to apply soon.


Lake Land College recognizes donors, scholarship recipients at annual Foundation Scholarship Reception


Lake Land College recently held its annual Foundation Scholarship Reception recognizing scholarship recipients as well as the donors who contribute financially to scholarship funding. The Foundation Scholarship Reception gives students and donors a time to meet and get to know more about one another.

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