Among those permanent changes was the announcement
that Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman was tendering his resignation.
Goodman had announced in 2019 that he would not seek re-election in
2021. At that same time Lincoln Ward 1 Alderman Tracy Welch had
announced that he would run for Mayor to replace Goodman.
Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman resigns
Dear Seth Goodman
A letter to our former Mayor
Welch seeks appointment as Acting Mayor of Lincoln
Local education programs were coming to an end and school was
officially “out” for the summer.
Students had learned to cope with their new environment and had done
their best to complete projects under extreme circumstances.
The Land of Lincoln Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities and the
Lincolnland Technical Education Center, Building Trades projects
were two examples of how the work went on.
LLCEO Class of 2020 endures a very unusual year
Virtual trade show day one
Virtual trade show day two
Virtual trade show day three
LTEC Building Trades completes another new home project
Lincolnland Technical Education Center Class of 2020 Building Trades
home - slideshow
Photos by Matt Puckett
Another great event that typically takes place in March is the Ag
Scholarship Breakfast hosted by the Logan County Farm Bureau. The
March event had to be cancelled, but the scholarship selection
committee still reviewed applications and in June announced the
recipients of the 2020 Ag Day Scholarships.
Five Ag Day Scholarship winners announced
Trying to be ‘normal’ again, several improvement projects were
underway in Lincoln and Logan County in June. The long-standing
businesses in our community were re-opening and working toward
making up what had been lost and there were new businesses opening
their doors for the first time, such as the Market on the Hill in
Market on the
Hill Store Manager Sam Brown (center left with scissors) is joined
by Mount Pulaski Mayor Matt Bobell in preparation of snipping the
ribbon on the new community grocery store.
The two are surrounded by members of the Market on the Hill Board of
Directors and several special guests. The ribbon cutting was part of
a Grand Opening celebration in Mount Pulaski on Friday evening.
A huge crowd turned out to enjoy free food prepared by Hilltop
Catering with products that can be purchased inside the market and
to celebrate the huge accomplishment for the community. The town has
been without a grocery store for the past several years. Now, the
Market on the Hill offers a small town grocery feel while fulfilling
a need in the community.
Photos by Nila Smith
Ameren Illinois Working With City Of Lincoln to Increase Visibility
With LED Streetlights
New streetlights save money, last longer and use up
to 65 percent less energy
CCAonline moves forward with projects to improve internet services
to its customers
New Communications Shelter arrives in Lincoln - slideshow
Watching the big swing and drop - slideshow
Taking additional steps to return to normalcy, the city of Lincoln
aldermen agreed that it was time to re-open the Amtrak waiting
station. Both the waiting station and the Logan County Tourism
Bureau Depot Visitors Center had been closed since March. LCTB staff
members had returned to work, but were planning on keeping the doors
locked to the public until the waiting station was re-opened.
City makes plans to re-open Amtrak waiting station
In other city of Lincoln news, it appeared that the dominate topics
at the meetings of the city council focused not of viruses, but on
Animal topics dominate discussion
Lincoln animal control ordinance changes put more ‘bite’ into fines
Chicken debate continues in Lincoln
Supporting our community and taking care of those in need continued
to be a practice as a number of events took place throughout the
month that helped those in need.
Beef Alliance with members/producers from Logan, Mason, Sangamon and
Tazewell Counties recently donated 100 pounds of ground beef to the
Lincoln Logan Food Pantry in Lincoln. The beef was sourced from Matt
and Karianne Short and the Atlanta Locker Service.
Alliance President Betsy Pech commented, "As beef producers it is
our job to promote beef, a great source of protein. In addition,
this donation will help serve the many families who rely on the food
Left to right front row: Heartland Beef Alliance members Larry Eimer,
Betsy Pech and Diane Lindgren.
Back row: Norm Newhouse and food pantry volunteers.
Photo provided by Betsy Pech
Last week was
National Certified Nurses Aid Week across the country. Locally, St.
Clara's Rehab and Senior Care celebrated its special "superheroes"
with some special gifts.
All the CNA's on staff received CNA coffee mugs. The CNA staff also
received gifts of appreciation from other entities. Graue Chevrolet
in Lincoln donated cups to the team. St. Clara's filled the
containers with candy before handing them out.
Kindred Hospice out of Springfield also presented "survival bags" to
the CNA's. Each bag included free gifts and an inspirational message
of gratitude for the work of the CNA staff.
CNA's also wore their superhero shirts that said on the front, "Some
superheroes wear masks, not capes."
Rick Hamm and staff donate I-pads to Generations and St. Clara's
MSED, Hospice Specialist with Kindred Hospice, donated "comfort
animals" to the residents at St. Clara's Rehab and Senior Care last
week. Kindred Hospice had reached out to the facility asking how
they could help to relieve some of the stress and anxiety with
residents during "visitor restrictions." The gifts were accepted by
Darcie Culbertson, Community Relations Coordinator at St. Clara's.
St. Clara's wishes to thank Michael and the team at Kindred Hospice
for thinking of the residents at St. Clara's Rehab & Senior Care.
There were some heartwarming, happy and bittersweet moments in the
community in June. As we emerged from our “stay at home” stupor, the
community found ways to come together without getting too close.
Congratulations to Morgan Lacefield of Lincoln and Michael Young of
Springfield. Today, the couple will tie the knot in the Lacefield
Earlier this week, Morgan's family was busy setting up this tent
that will be part of the floorplan for the wedding.
Just goes to show, not even pandemic can stop a June bride!
distancing is involved, there are usually 'work-arounds" if one has
a big enough imagination. For these close friends keeping their
distance does not mean they can't see one another from time to time.
The girls gather on occasion, meeting where they can see one another
without getting too close. Last week these three met in the parking
lot of the now vacant Kroger grocery store for a nice long visit.
The ladies said there are about a dozen close friends who get
together from time to time, weather permitting. They added that last
week they met in the parking lot of the former Big R in Heritage
Plaza. On that day, 11 gathered for a nice chat.
another food-truck style business will be opening at the Logan
County Fairground. Pat's Famous Walleye will serve alongside Cullers
Fries and Nuthatch Hill BBQ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until
further notice. Serving begins around 11 a.m. on each of the three
days of the week.
Photo taken from social media
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Logan County also had sadness in June. To start
the month beautiful memorial tributes were held in remembrance of
Allissa Martin and others who had suffered the loss of life due to
Martin and domestic violence victims remembered at Eaton Field
Friends and family remember Allissa Martin - slideshow
Logan Correctional holds remembrance honoring Allissa Martin
Corrections family comes together for Allissa - slideshow
Lanterns float to the heavens with messages for Allissa - slideshow
Eileen Mullins at Sir Renna Tea shared her story of a
friend who had passed. A display in her window designed by the
friend was maintained as a remembrance.
weeks a display in the window of Sir Renna Tea paid tribute to the
anniversary of the Civil War, but as time passed, it also paid
tribute to the man who put the display there.
Eileen Mullins, owner of Sir Renna Tea remembered visits from Pastor
Dave Hutton of Mount Pulaski recently. She said that he often came
to the tea shop with his granddaughter. Together they enjoyed a
refreshment and visited with Eileen. Eileen said one day he was
talking to her about the Civil War and said there should be
something to commemorate the anniversary dates of that war. Eileen
told him that if he wanted to do something, she would 'give' him her
front window for a month.
She said that Hutton was very excited about the invitation and took
her up immediately. She recalled he came in with all of his props
and carefully set up the scenes, including the battle of Sir Renna
Of course, then came coronavirus and the shop was closed. Eileen
didn't get the opportunity to share Hutton’s story. And then
tragically, Pastor Hutton passed away on April 29th.
Eileen said she is going to miss his visits and is sorry she didn't
get a chance to see him in the last few months. But she is thankful
for the time he shared with her, and also thankful for the window.
She said that she will be taking the display down soon, but plans to
keep all the parts and put it up again next year in memory of Pastor
Photo by Nila Smith
Lincoln Daily News joined many in the community who mourned the loss
of a dear and quirky friend. Moses Pinkerton aka Toby Prange passed
away suddenly in June and left a big hole in our hearts as well as
in our community.
It is with
fond remembrance we post this photo of a most recently completed
work by the late Toby Prang aka Moses Pinkerton. Moses passed away
unexpectedly earlier this week.
Moses came to Lincoln to establish an artist community, did so quite
successfully by encouraging others and providing a beautiful
professional gallery, the Lincoln Art Institute, for displaying
local and visiting artists works. He gifted significant sculptures
to our community that the public may enjoy for decades, such as the
iconic ‘Cow in the Corn/Route 66,’ which is visible to train
A colorful figure regularly attending community events, he will be
missed by all who knew him, the downtown community where you could
expect to see him and engage in friendly banter on any given day,
and most especially the artist community he built and fostered.
The new 300 pound sculpture crafted from a tree was installed
recently at Kickapoo Creek Park. Like the man himself, this piece is
difficult to describe, but easy to appreciate. As wildlife inhabits
the nooks and crannies, it will become a living tribute to the man
who made it.
Photo by Curtis Fox/Text by Jan Youngquist
In other news
In other news there were feel good stories and stories that showed
our community was changing and focusing on the future in spite of
Donna Cunningham announced as new Director of Youth Services at
Lincoln Public Library
On June 9th,
Deb Curry reached 40 years of service at J.M. Abbott and Associates.
Over the last four decades, she has worked with countless
individuals and businesses to help unravel accounting, tax, and
audit complexity. Deb has exhibited unwavering commitment to the
firm and to the local community she serves.
Please join us as we celebrate her nearly unheard of career
milestone and achievement.
Photo and text provided by Tim Bacus, EA - Wealth Management Advisor
week, Scott Lindley of Mount Pulaski and his two children and a
friend took on a new Lincoln project. The four worked to recreate a
vintage hand-painted Coca-Cola billboard that had nearly faded away
with years of aging. The billboard is located in the garden area
between Idle Hour and Leith Plumbing on Broadway Street.
By Monday the sign was all finished. Lindley said his goal was to
make the billboard look aged and somewhat "ghostly" on the wall.
Lindley, who was once a part of the Walldogs of Mount Pulaski, is
now working independently and owns CSL Studio. Lindley does murals,
hand-painted billboards, signs, illustration and graphic design.
Photos by Karen Hargis
Dragon now residing at the Lincoln Public Library was found at the
Campbell Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education
located north of Lincoln. Bearded Dragons are native to Australia
and would not be able to survive through an Illinois winter.
Dr. Dennis Campbell from Creekside contacted a number of people to
see if they would be willing to adopt the lizard. The library
director, who cares about all types of animals (except for ticks and
mosquitoes) agreed to provide it a home at the library. A naming
contest will be held once the library is fully open.
Photos provided by Michael Starasta
Now here is a
fish tale worth telling!
Ben Sellmeyer of Boy Scout Troop 122 in Mount Pulaski participated
in the “Virtual Fishing Derby” hosted by Logan County’s Crossroads
Scout District. He caught the largest fish in the district and is
pictured holding his prize fish.
Troop 122 in Mount Pulaski has been sharing resources provided to
its Scout Troop to keep youth involved with Scouting during Covid-19
when unable to attend meetings.
For more information about Troop 122 in Mount Pulaski and to learn
how to be a part of the troop, contact Scoutmaster Jason at
Photo by Jennifer Riedle
And, the best “feel good” story of the month came from the keyboard
of our roaming reporter Curtis Fox. The story of a 1937 Stinson
Reliant airplane that came limping into the Logan County Airport
with serious engine issues got the attention of several LDN readers.
A few were prompted to contact the editors and beseech them to be
sure and “tell the rest of the story.” Fox would do just that a few
months later when the airplane successful took flight from the Logan
County Airport with a rebuilt radial engine.
beautifully restored 1937 Stinson Reliant airplane made an emergency
landing at the Logan County Airport earlier this month. When new,
the aircraft was sold to American Airlines and used as a 'route
survey' plane training new pilots. Its owner/restorer, Dean Del Bene
of Chicago, was assisting in the new owner Mark Riedl ferrying the
plane to its next home in Texas.
Just north of Lincoln the pilots heard an engine problem and made an
emergency landing. They safely brought the plane to the ground and
assessed their situation with the help of a local pilot and friend
of Riedl, Ed Baker of Atlanta.
Photo by Curtis Fox
Right time, right place, right friends: Historic aircraft with
engine concern lands Logan County Airport
Historic airplane lands in Lincoln - Album
In conclusion, June for the most part was a good month, one in which
we were very nearly able to forget what was going on in the world
around us. It was a nice reprieve that would continue on into July.