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Junior high youth groups are encouraged to register for Little Galilee's annual New Year's Eve event.

 

Dr. Robert Shoaff, Executive Director of Little Galilee Christian Camp, indicates registration is underway for "Midnight Madness." Junior high youth will usher in the new year in a safe and fun environment.

 

 

Dr. Shoaff says registration is open to individual students and for area youth pastors to bring their junior high youth groups to the event. In the past, they have offered New Years' activities for high school as well, but it was better attended by the junior high age group.

 

 

Dr. Shoaff notes while Little Galilee is Christian-oriented, they want to maintain a sense of openness to everyone. The main goal of the event is to provide kids with a safe communal experience.

 

 

To register, visit littlegalilee.com.


A Bloomington/Normal entity is welcoming back a popular holiday event back to its original format after COVID canceled last year's event. 

 

Jay Tetzloff is the Executive Director of the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington and indicates their Wild Lights event is back and this year it is expanding to two weekends for the first time.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased ahead of the event but that is not required. According to Tetzloff, they are going to limit attendance this year to be respectful of the COVID conscience. He also points out masks will only be required if you are indoors.

 

 

Tetzloff believes Wild Lights is a great opportunity to not only enjoy a relaxing and charming night out, but can be a great opportunity to see some of their animals in an atmosphere not often offered at the zoo.

 

 

Wild Lights is from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights December 3-4, and the same times Friday and Saturday nights, December 10-11. Zoo members get into the event for $3 while the general public is $8. Children three and under are free. 

 

Get more information by visiting millerparkzoo.org or find the Miller Park Zoo on Facebook. 


Cold then warm, cold then warm - Mother Nature has offered up a rollercoaster of conditions this month.

 

Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln tells Regional Radio News we started the month cold, then warmed up in the 60s even some areas saw 70s and then there was a cooldown, and things have trended warmer again recently. 

 

 

As we get set to the turn the calendar page on November this week, Shimon indicates it's all looking like it's going average all out to average. 

 

 

After a cool weekend, this week is calling for temperatures to become above normal. Looking to December, Shimon says the trends are showing equal chances of above or below normal precipitation and equal chances of above or below normal temperatures. 


FALL HAS BEEN WARMER THAN NORMAL IN ILLINOIS THIS YEAR. 

 

CLIMATOLOGICAL FALL IS WRAPPING UP THIS MONTH, WITH SOME TEMPERATURES FOR THE RECORD BOOKS SAYS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST TRENT FORD.

 

 

FORD SAYS FALL PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE PLACE, WITH JUST UNDER SEVEN INCHES SINCE SEPTEMBER IN NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS AND OVER 12 INCHES IN EAST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS. 

 

 

DECEMBER IS LOOKING TO START OFF WITH AVERAGE TEMPS AND PRECIPITATION, ALTHOUGH FORECASTERS ARE LOOKING FOR A LA NINA EFFECT TO POTENTIALLY BRING WARMER AND WETTER WEATHER TO ILLINOIS THROUGH FEBRUARY.


Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

Better Business Bureau representatives say this could be another strong Christmas shopping season, but warns not all online retailers are reliable, so it's up to you to protect yourself if you shop on Cyber Monday or anytime during the holiday season.

 

The National Retail Federation estimates 62.8% of shoppers plan to do at least part of their shopping online today. BBB Investigator Don O'Brien says when you are shopping, search out legitimate and respected retailers:

 

 

When shopping online, the Better Business Bureau suggests you: Research any business and its owners carefully before paying any money. Try to determine whether the business has an actual office. And read all terms and conditions carefully before completing a purchase.


The Warner Hospital and Health Services will be expanding their Family Medicine.

 

CEO Paul Skowron notes the board at its meeting Monday approved an expansion of the Family Medicine area. The transfer to electronic records has cleared space in the nurse galleys.

 

 

Another purchase approved was a new John Deere tractor. Skowron indicates this will not only impact the hospital but the community as well.

 

 

Skowron reports through its partnership with Gibson Area Hospital they are bringing in a pulmonologist and a neurologist. 


Illinois is running a debt in its unemployment fund balance. And it’s costing the state millions in interests. The fund, which includes money borrowed from the federal government was rapidly depleted during the pandemic. But the bill has been due for a while and the state hasn’t made a payment yet.

 

Republican Rep. Tom Demmer says lawmakers need to prioritize using federal COVID relief dollars to pay off the existing debt.

 

 

The loan to steady the unemployment fund from the federal government was $4.2 billion.


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