Hickory Point Bank Announces Appointment
Of Judy Lourash 
As Mortgage Lender

    Hickory Point Bank has announced that Judy Lourash has been named Mortgage Lender for the Decatur area.
    “Judy will be a great addition to our mortgage team,” said Peggy Myers, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending. “This promotion demonstrates our confidence in Judy, earned through her dedicated service to Hickory Point Bank and its customers.” 
    Lourash is located at Hickory Point Bank, 225 N. Water Street, Decatur, IL 62523, and may be reached at 217.872.6352.
    Lourash joined the bank in 2010, and most recently served as a Personal Banker. She is a life-long resident of Decatur, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She is actively involved with several community organizations. 

St. Teresa High School Student 
Earns Perfect ACT Score

    Charlie Blackburn, a junior at St. Teresa High School recently learned that he earned a perfect composite score on his ACT - 36. Blackburn received his results just before Christmas on Dec. 19, 2017. Charlie stated that he, “was really surprised to have gotten a perfect score. I knew I did well but was not expecting that.”
    Data from ACT.org shows that for the graduating class of 2016, out of more than 2 million students that took the ACT, only 2,235 scored a perfect 36 - or 0.1%. Since 1999, five (5) St. Teresa students have earned a perfect composite score on their ACT.
    “Charlie is a very involved student (baseball, Kairos, National Honors Society, Relay for Life and WYSE), says Principal Larry Daly. ”We are extremely excited for him and know he has a bright future ahead of him after he graduates from St. Teresa next year.”
    Charlie’s educational plans for the future include pursuing a degree in something math or science related. His parents, Amy and Brian, shared, “Charlie is a great kid and a hard worker. We are extremely proud of him and know he’ll continue to do great things.”

WAND 17 Adds Early Weekend Morning Newscasts


WAND 17 has added early weekend morning newscasts anchored by Caryn Eisert and Meredith Juliet.
    Caryn and Meredith are anchoring WAND Weekend Daybreak 6 to 7 am Saturday and on Sunday, 7 to 8 am. 
    Both Weekend Day-break newscasts will be followed by WAND Today. 
    Meteorologist Jess-ica Dobson will be bringing viewers the weather both days.
    “Viewers want news and weather all the time and by bringing news to weekend mornings, we are providing them what they are looking for”, according to Ricky J. Joseph, President/ Gen-eral Manager.
    WAND Weekend Daybreak has been in the works for several months and brings the viewers the latest news, overnight breaking news, human interest stories, what’s trending and what to expect for the day’s weather.
    Start your weekends right with WAND Weekend Daybreak Saturday 6-7 am and Sunday 7-8 am.

Black Friday Sales Strong in Forsyth,
as Village Posts Best Figures Since 2011

    Over $395,000 in sales tax to be disbursed to the Village was collected by Forsyth businesses in November, signalling the strongest holiday season launch for the Village in over half a decade. The figure released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Revenue is the highest in Forsyth for November since 2011, and beats last year’s mark by about $25,000. 
    “We had some key additions to Hickory Point Mall as well as along the Route 51 corridor that undoubtedly led to this sales boost for November 2017,” said Village of Forsyth Community & Economic Devel-opment Coordinator Andrew Zupkoff. "In a region where lagging sales tax figures are the norm, we’re fortunate to be in a position that we’re experiencing growth. The continual attraction of retail businesses to Forsyth, and a new TIF district strengthens our position and should allow us to flourish for years to come. ”
    Through the February 2018 sales tax disbursements, Forsyth has received approximately $45,000 more funds than through the same period last year. 

Babies Born At Decatur Memorial Hospital 
Celebrate American Heart Month With Red Knit Hats

    Volunteers for the American Heart Association and Decatur Memorial Hospital are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at DMH in February. The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country and the leading killer of infants with birth defects.
    Volunteers from across the country have knitted nearly 3,000 hats that will be given to babies born at 13 Illinois hospitals during the month of February.
    Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. CHD affects approximately one in every 125 babies every year in the United States alone.
    The American Heart Association is second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research, including congenital heart defects.
    For more information on Little Hats Big Hearts visit www.heart.org/ LittleHatsBigHearts.

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