Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 55,708 deer during the opening weekend of the 2013 Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 22-24, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced Nov. 27. The second portion of the firearm season was Dec. 5-8; however results had not been released by IDNR as of press time. The preliminary harvest total of 55,708 for the first three days of the 2013 firearm season compares with the first weekend harvest of 72,111 deer during the 2012 deer season. For the entire seven-day firearm season in 2012, hunters harvested 99,546 deer in Illinois.
Counties with the highest reported preliminary harvest totals Nov. 22-24 were Pike (1,535), Jackson (1,526), Randolph (1,436), Fulton (1,409), and Adams (1,393).
The preliminary first season figures reported for each county include those deer taken on special hunt areas within that county as well as on private land.
Community Link announces the appointment of Ricky Johnson to its board of directors. Ricky Johnson retired from the Air Force in 2007. Upon returning to the United States, he pursued a degree in business administration from McKendree University in Lebanon.
With an adopted son enrolled in Community Link’s First Step Early Head Start program, Ricky is an active First Step Early Head Start committee member and chairperson. Ricky brings 21 years of culminated leadership and management experience from the Air Force and looks forward to progressing the vision and future of Community Link’s commitments.
Currently residing in New Baden, Ricky and his wife, Tracey, are proud parents of two sons, Ricky III and Shawn, and two daughters, Erin and Elise.
Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives. For more information, visit www.commlink.org.
Clinton County Clerk Mary Rakers of Aviston has announced that she will run for re-election in November 2014.
Mary was elected county clerk in 2010 following the retirement of former County Clerk Tom LaCaze.
Prior to starting her current position, Mary held other public service positions — working as an office assistant and legislative aide for a combined 14 years in the offices of former state Sen. Frank Watson, state Sen. Kyle McCarter, and former state Rep. Ron Stephens. Mary believes having a career where she can serve the needs of people in the community is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
“Our office is working hard to serve the needs of Clinton County residents with a pleasant attitude,” she said. “My staff has been great and continues to look for ways to improve our office.”
Since taking office, Mary and her staff have lowered the cost of running the County Clerk’s Office by improving the computer software. She has also saved county funding by successfully managing her office workload with one less employee following the retirement of a longtime employee.
Mary (Thole) Rakers is originally from New Baden. She graduated from Wesclin High School and from Hickey Business School in 1982.
Mary is very active in her community having served as past president of the Aviston Jaycees and as Aviston Park Board secretary since 1993. She is a member of St. Francis Parish and co-owner of Aviston’s All-Smiles Day Care.
She is married to Matt Rakers and they have two children, Brady, 16, and Wil, 14.
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