Lake Land College’s Collegiate Veterans Alliance, VFW to host Family Fun Day

The Collegiate Veteran’s Alliance at Lake Land College has teamed up with the Mattoon VFW Post 4325 to host a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 30.

The event will be held at the Mattoon VFW Post 4325, 1220 S 19th St., from noon until 5 p.m. During the day, there will be a bags tournament, a silent auction and several giveaways, including St. Louis Cardinal’s tickets and cash prizes.

This event is free and open to the public. All proceeds from the event will help support the Collegiate Veteran’s Alliance and the Mattoon VFW Post 4325.

“This is a great way to get veterans and their families, along with non-service families, together for camaraderie and fun while also raising money for our student club,” said Danielle Downs, financial aid and veteran’s services advisor.

To learn more about the Family Fun Day, contact Downs at 217-234-5255 or


Frogtown News May 21

frogtownGraduation Party
A graduation party for A.J. Simpson (son of Dawn Urban) was held at the home of Larry and Sue Urban on Sunday, May 17. Attending were: Kyle, Dawn, and Olivia Urban,Larry and Sue Urban, Belva Schaefer, Marilyn Magnus, Dane and Belinda Harpster all of St. Peter, and John and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill. A.J. will graduated from Odin Grade School on May 19. A dinner and cake and ice cream were served.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church News
Saturday evening worship attendance was 99.
Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 100 .
The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz.
Madyson Magnus served as Acolyte.
Attending Elders were Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin.

Remember in Your Prayers
Those with health concerns:
Nancy Kingery
Madison Lash
Those with long term health concerns
Ann Dunaway
Mark Dunaway
Jeaneane Jenne
Carolyn Maske
Ed Morton
Don Oertwig
Maria Oswald
Helen Schmidt
Bill Stine

Those serving our Country

Our Shut ins
Wayne Bergmann
Eugene Kruenegel
Harry Busse
Bill Stine
Gert Garrett
Keith Green
Martha O’Dell
Selma Quade
Earl Storck
Doris Strullmyer
Adela Rubin
Mary Harpster
Orville & Malinda Hinton
Carolyn Maske
Ed Morton
Don Oertwig
Betty Rubin
Clarence Wodtka
Evelyn Miller
Doris Wollin
Violet Rubin
Arline Wheeler

Jacklyn Michel
Melissa Suckow
Braden Will
Chris Miller
Reagan Roberts
Tresston Bahde
Dennis Lee

Shane & Kelly Taylor
Jesse & Michelle Hinton
Bob & Allison Magnus
Floyd & Donna Oertwig (54)


From the desk of John Shimkus; House passes budget

Congressman John ShimkusThe House got to work on the FY2016 appropriations process, agreeing to a balanced budget resolution and passing two of twelve annual spending bills. I voted for all three: the House-Senate budget agreement and Military Construction – Veterans Affairs (VA) funding on Thursday, and the Energy and Water appropriations bill on Friday.

Our budget agreement sets a number of priorities, including a strong national defense, a sustainable safety net for seniors and a growing economy that creates jobs. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, it would expand our economy by $400 billion over 10 years, creating an estimated 1.2 million more jobs by 2025.

Because of this agreement, we’re also now set up to use a process called ‘budget reconciliation.’ Reconciliation is a powerful legislative tool that enables Congress to fully flex its power of the purse to change otherwise mandatory spending.

Since Obamacare relies mostly on mandatory rather than discretionary spending, attempts to repeal it through shutdowns and other defunding measures have fallen short in the past. Budget reconciliation, however, gives the Republican-controlled House and Senate our best opportunity yet to dismantle Obamacare — including all its taxes, regulations and mandates — later this year.

You can find a detailed explanation of how budget reconciliation works HERE.

The House also passed two of the twelve annual appropriations bills last week. These bills were both considered under what the House calls ‘open rules.’ This transparent process allows any Member — Republican or Democrat — to offer amendments to increase, decrease or eliminate funding levels set by the bill.

In the Military Construction – VA appropriations bill, the House boosted funding for veterans programs by $3.6 billion — 5.6 percent over last year. This bill honors the promise to our nation’s heroes. It helps accelerate VA claims processing, supports the effort to create a modern, seamless VA/Department of Defense electronic health records system, and implements robust oversight measures to hold VA officials accountable.

In the Energy and Water appropriations bill, also approved last week, the House provided a total of $35.4 billion for the Army Corp of Engineers, the Department of Energy and related agencies.

This bill advances a truly all-of-the-above energy strategy. It makes strategic investments in the development of renewable fuels while also improving the safety and efficiency of fossil fuels Americans rely on every day. It also rolls back job-killing regulations like the Administration’s flawed ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule and makes important investments in our inland waterways infrastructure, and makes the full Inland Waterways Trust Fund revenues available for navigation projects.

The Senate will still have to approve the budget agreement and begin their own consideration of the 12 spending bills. There’s a long way to go but we’re off to a great start.


South Central Board meets

The South Central School Board filled a vacancy on the board by appointing Chris Blomberg until the next school board election. A report on the building project was heard from EWR and Poettker Construction.

The board approved the publishing of fuel and food bids for the upcoming school year, IASB annual dues, and the annual treasures bond renewal. Handbook changes were also approved for the upcoming year.

The board approved a building use request by the post prom committee to use the high school for a craft fair on November 15, 2015.

In personnel moves, the board approved the resignation by Jake Skibinski as middle school baseball coach and hired Brittany Garrett as middle school certified staff for the 2015-2016 school year.


Riley sets new meet record in 200 at Shelbyville

10428546_405429102970837_3094929162692087275_nSHELBYVILLE – For most of the season, South Central High student and Patoka track standout Chase Riley has been hovering around the 23.00 time in his 200 meter runs.

Although very impressive, the junior knew he could go under that elusive time. This weekend, he did just that.

Breaking the Meet record at the Shelbyville Open, Riley won the 200 meter event in a time of 22.32 after winning the 100 in a time of 10.91. Teammate Sean O’Leary finished third in the 200 in a time of 23.10.

The Patoka relay teams in the 4×100 and 4×200 consisting of Tyler Back, O’Leary, Jared Cain and Riley also had good days.

There were 24 teams in the Open and included school’s around Decatur up to Champaign. Patoka will run at Sectionals in Lawrenceville where Riley, just a junior, will look to advance to his 3rd straight State Meet.


Farina 4th of July Fundraising Breakfast

flagThe next 4th of July fundraising breakfast has been RESCHEDULED for JUNE 6, 2015 at the Farina American Legion.

Breakfast runs from 6:30-10 A.M. Pancakes, sausage links and patties, biscuits and gravy, eggs, juice, coffee, and milk will be available.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing.

Cost for breakfast is by donation only. Come eat and help us support a good community cause.