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Jacksonville Journal Courier (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Jacksonville, Illinois Issue everyday people farm Bureau has a familiar face Greg Olson photo journal counter Lindsay Mcqueen who grew up in Morgan county has been serving As manager of the Cass Morgan farm Bureau for the past year. By Greg g son Golson a Civita Smedia com almost a year ago Lindsay Mcqueen came Home to Morgan county. After a Little mort4 than four years As a farm Bureau manager in Southern Illinois Mcqueen jumped at the Chance to take the same position Here. A i would have stayed in Southern Illinois for several More years but when i heard that Jim Carleton was retiring As the Cass Morgan farm Bureau Man Ager i saw it As an Opportunity to come Home Quot Mcqueen said. Mcqueen who took the reins of the Cass Morgan farm Bureau office last june 16, said her farm background prepared her for a career in helping Farmers. A growing up on a farm i had daily chores which taught me responsibility at a Young age Quot Mcqueen said. A in the summer. My brother Mark and i could always count on walking Beans. That also helped create a sibling Bond Between us and lots of memories. Mcqueen was a member of Berea 4-h club from age to to 19. A we showed pigs during the Morgan county fair and i spent a lot of time in 4-h perfecting my baking and crafting skills a she said. A i Learned Many other skills including Public speaking that have helped me in my adult life. Being in Berea which is close4 to Ashland i had the Chance to meet kids with similar interests outside of my school. See farm 14a i ugly school Grad Rales Are stagnant and have been for several years by Mary Kuhlman special to the journal courier graduation season is ended for another year and about one in five Illinois High school seniors did not Don a Cap and gown. According to the 2015 building a Grad nation report while Illinois High school graduation rate of 83 percent is slightly higher than the National average the rate has been stagnant for several years. Co author of the report Robert Balfanz says another concern is the Opportunity Gap. A a that a part of Why its a Challenge a says Balfanz. A in Many neighbourhoods in Illinois everybody graduates so its not seen As a state Issue. But in another set of neighbourhoods a lot of kids done to graduate. So somehow the state has to get together and recognize that its important for All their kids to the report found in Illinois about 90 percent of Middle and High income students graduate compared to Only 73 percent of Low income youth. To increase the Overall graduation rate the report recommends states expand the use of Early warning systems that can indicate a child needs intervention and make state funding More equitable so Low income and affluent students have the same opportunities. Balfanz says increasing the number of High school graduates is critical for both the students future and the Success of Illinois. See Grad 14a a news obituary 2a police beat 2a local state 3a-4a nation world 5a. 8a commentary 6a advice 7a b sports sports 1b-4b classifieds 5b-6b comics puzzles 7b Bac Page 8b 6 &Quot"441681 111 1 8 join the conversation what s your take on today s news7 go to and visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts. Race Day a Tsiotos by Angela Bauer j journal Courter rubber ducks Cluster along a Boundary of the race course sunday at Nichols Park As they meander across the take toward the finish line during the passavant Hospital Duck race for lifeline. The wind died Down just As the ducks were helped into the water and they took their time with the race despite the dive team members who followed behind to encourage them Onward. Katie Selway keeps an Eye on the competitors As her father Bruce Selway hoists the first rubber Duck to make it through the Winner s Chute during the race. Proceeds of the annual event More than $33,000 will Benefit lifeline. The verdict on a race fan or a not a race fan May still be out. But one Young person in the crowd seemed not to question the concept of a rubber Duck Lood programs available during Slimmer by Samantha Mcdaniel Ogletree Mcdaniek Civit Almedta Coni for Many students summer is a time to relax and have fun w Ith friends and family. For others Summers could mean worrying about what they arc going to eat on a daily basis. Families who rely on free or reduced lunch programs through their arca school districts have the additional stress of finding a Way to feed their children during the summer. Krista Kunz the homeless specialist for the regional office of education for Brown Cass Morgan and Scott counties said a majority of programs arc used everyday by children who need a meal. According to hunger does no to take a vacation report by the food research and action Center nearly 3 million children participated in the summer nutrition programs in july 2013. While it is difficult to track the number of students who use the summer programs locally. Kunz said the number of students who participate in the free or reduced lunch programs May give some indication to the local need for summer meal programs. In the Jacksonville school District about 51 percent of the student population was considered Low income according to the 2013-14 Illinois report card. Also in the 50 percent Range were Bluffs and Virginia school districts. Beardstown Schtoil District which hosts a summer fix i program has a student population w Ith just under 78 percent being considered Low income programs. North Greene Schtoil District has a Low income population of 71 percent Franklin school District has a Low income population of 32 percent and Waverly Schimil District has a population of 42 percent according to the Illinois report Carli. But Kunz said not All students in the free and reduce lunch program participates in summer programs. According to the food research and action Center Only 15 percent our of nearly 16 million students participate in the est types of programs. Beardstown school District holds a program at Gard elementary chix weekdays from june 3 to july to. Breakfast times arc from 7 30 to 8 30 . And lunch is served from la . See food a he Chi the journal Ioury a mme the 20th anniversary of Skal taws i United Ron ton sanctions world a a Dustin Woodcock honoured sports a in or Ninn Chr lira of of l i ural a Doi Iffla country since april j i Isao t suf is Ilia 159. Volume 185 breaking news at monday. June 8.2015 a 75tf

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