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Red Apple Fire Ruled Accidental

Photo by Keith Stewart The south side of the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is seen torn wide open after the state fire marshal conducted an investigation into the cause of the July 29 fire, which was concluded last week as accidental and indicating that grease was in fact a potential cause.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The south side of the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is seen torn wide open after the state fire marshal conducted an investigation into the cause of the July 29 fire, which was concluded last week as accidental and indicating that grease was in fact a potential cause.

August 20, 2014

Grease the likely culprit in cause

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An investigation into the fire that ravaged the Sullivan Red Apple Family Restaurant in late July concluded last Wednesday citing the cause as accidental and with grease a probable suspect according to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper.

The investigation also concluded that the cause did not appear to be linked to anything electrical. 

“It was the hood vent,” explained Red Apple manager Tim Halili. “The grease collects in the vent hood, and it the fire started in the kitchen.” Read More


Despite Plea, ALAH School Board Continues with Demolition of Atwood-Hammond Gym

August 20, 2014

Board cites Illinois school code in denial

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Lovington Reporter

With 48 hours to go before demolition, 1966 Atwood High School graduate, Richard Price, who purchased the land on which the Atwood-Hammond High School sits, made a plea to the ALAH School Board to reconsider the decision to tear down the gym.

“The building has a lot of use in it still,” he noted. “I could save it and use it and return some of the money to the school district for not tearing it down,” Price explained. “I do have the money to take care of it. I was even approached with the possibility of making it a community center,” he further added.  Read More

County Audit Report Shows Good Standing, but Caution in Future

August 20, 2014

Revenues slide while expenditures rise

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the monthly Moultrie County board meeting the board heard a report from West & Company regarding the annual audit for the financial year 2013.

“The purpose of the audit is to render an independent opinion as to whether or not the financial statements made by the county are reasonably stated,” explained Jim Russell of West & Company. Russell went on to highlight where the county is in relation to the previous year, citing revenues in 2012 were $7.3 million while in 2013 they fell $7.2 million. Investments in 2012 came to $5.3 million and improved to $6 million in 2013. Expenditures, meanwhile, for 2012 amounted to $6.3 million and increased to $6.6 million in 2013 mostly due to increases in health insurance.  Read More

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Mo Do Jr. Legion fails to Advance to State with Back to Back Losses

July 30, 2014

Sullivan’s Hart makes big hits, but not enough

Submitted by Duff Hoel

As the no. 1 seed in the state of Illinois 4th Division Jr. Legion tournament, the boys from the Moultrie-Douglas Jr. American Legion Baseball team entered tournament play with very high expectations. But those expectations came up short as Mo Do was eliminated by two losses on Saturday to end their season with a 30-10 record.

Zach Hrvol of Sullivan took the mound in game one for Mo-Do. Facing a quality opponent from Eureka, Mo-Do fell 5-4.  Read More

Blue Dolphin Tryouts Aug. 23

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins will hold tryouts at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 23  at the Civic Center.

Swimmers who plan to tryout should bring a suit and towel. The tryouts are open to those ages 5-18. A parent information table will also be set up during tryouts.

For more information contact Kim Drury at 246-2861.

New Swim Co-op Approved Between Sullivan, Shelbyville Schools

July 30, 2014

To take effect this school year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Board members approved a formal swim co-op between Sullivan and Shelbyville schools a week ago Monday.

Citing the request from the current Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim club, the Sullivan school board approved the co-op, which will go through the 2015-2016 school year.

But approval for the co-op didn’t go without caution, as Superintendent Brad Tuttle, invoking the memory of the previously failed wrestling co-op with Shelbyville that brought increased transportation costs, clarified that such costs would not be incurred. Read More

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Obituaries 8-20-2014: June Queen

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A funeral service for Katherine “June” Queen, 91, of Washington, Ill. was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington with Pastor Roberta Shultz officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.

She died at 9:58 a.m. Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 in Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.  Read More

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