Watseka officials to talk about rising insurance rates
The Watseka City Council is meeting in special session next week (Tuesday 7/12) to find solutions to increased rates for health insurance.
The employee health insurance premium is being bumped up 50% by current provider Humana. The premium will increase from $12,000 to $19,000. The current policy expires July 31st, so urgent action is needed to allow time for any new arrangement to take shape.
Mayor Bob Harwood said it's a tough pill to swallow. Decision must be made. Five other insurance carriers have submitted proposals for city leaders to consider.
Twenty-one city employees are covered 100% under the current policy.
Dr. Stephen Nacco is the choice to lead Danville Area Community College. He was announced and introduced Wednesday as the new president of DACC. Nacco will succeed the retiring Alice Marie Jacobs.
Nacco is a New Jersey man. He has spent 30-plus years in higher education, half in administration. He said he's eager and ready to take the reins of Danville Area Community College later this summer.
Nacco will be on the job by mid-August. He'll work with Dr. Jacobs during a transition period.
Trustees unanimously approved appointing him as the seventh president in DACC's 70-year history.
Board Chairman Dave Harby said the details of his contract are still being worked out, but he expects trustees to vote on it at their July meeting.
Nacco, who began his career as an English instructor and is currently the vice president of administrative services for Union County College, N.J., was selected from among three finalists. There were 44 original applicants.
The others were Melissa Denardo, the provost/vice president of learning and student success at the Community College of Beavery County, in Beaver, Penn.; and Douglas Brauer, the vice president for economic development and innovative workforce solutions for Richland Community College in Decatur.
Harby said all three finalists had "outstanding" credentials.
Watseka Theatre featured at American Legion National Convention
Larry Gatlin in Concert performs at the Watseka Theatre this Saturday, July 9. Area veterans are invited to enjoy the show. And any veteran or member of the military is welcome free of charge.
The Watseka Theatre will have an active role at the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. The national convention is August 26 thru September 1, 2016 in Cincinnati. The Legion's Open Session will include the Watseka Theatre connection.
Convention officials will video part of the Larry Gatlin concert at the Watseka Theatre Saturday. The Gatlin-Watseka Theatre connection will be included during the opening session at the national convention.
Officials plan to film the veterans Meet & Greet at the Watseka Theatre then show a portion of the video during the Legion's National Convention Open Session.
Larry Gatlin is widely-known for his strong patriotic beliefs and his message "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave." Gatlin fights terrorism with his country music and is known for his performance of 'American with a Remington.'
Watseka Theatre owner Chuck Gomez says "the theatre is honored to be chosen for the filming and proud Watseka is representing small town America at her finest !"
The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will find the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno hosting a special service Saturday. The public is welcome for the 9 am event. It's free and refreshments will be served.
Stanley Stam is business administrator at the Veterans Home. He says "This is a long-awaited welcome home for many Vietnam era veterans." He too, is a Vietnam veteran. Stam said "Many of them were not welcomed home properly after the war. This is a chance for us to thank them and their families for their service......"
Veterans who served in the military between 1955 and 1975 will receive a commemorative pin, thank-you note and decals. The Manteno Veterans Home houses about 65 Vietnam-connected veterans, according to Stam ........
The service features the laying of the wreath, a memorial rifle volley, missing man ceremony, the lowering of the POW/MIA flag and patriotic music.
Sean Baumgartner, director of the Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, will be the keynote speaker.