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Sullivan Schools Consider Bus Leasing

July 23, 2014

Big aim is to avoid increasing maintenance costs

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With new regulations and increased costs for purchasing and maintaining bus fleets, Sullivan schools may opt to begin leasing their busses, rather than purchasing them outright.

The need for a lease was discussed both during and after Sullivan schools transportation supervisor Cary Suhl’s annual transportation report last month.

In his report, Suhl explained that the district has 25 vehicles in its fleet, including 16 school busses and that bus drivers drove an average of 709 miles each day to get students to and from school at an average cost of $2,210.33 per day. For the 13-14 school year, the district’s fleet underwent 154,143 miles of travel, down 2,812 miles from a year ago. The majority of the fleet also enjoyed slightly better gas mileage this past school year, and the average cost per gallon of diesel had also fallen just less than 12 cents. The 13-14 budget stipulated $80,000 for fuel, but the total came in $14,573.07 less at $65,426.92 as of June 12. Read More


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Growing Epidemic

July 23, 2014

Elderly face struggles with second raising

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan Reporter

When grandparents reach the age of retirement, most of their goals consist of relaxation, travel, getting involved with new hobbies or catching up with family and grandchildren, but for some grandparents, this won’t be the story. Many grandparents here in Moultrie and neighboring counties are now finding themselves heading households and caring for their grandchildren.

According to the Illinois Department on Aging, grandparents raising grandchildren is considered an epidemic by the federal government. Common factors that result in grandparents raising their grandchildren are alcohol and drug abuse, death of a parent, divorce, neglect, abuse or abandonment, unemployment or poverty, parental incarceration, and teen pregnancy.  Read More

New ALAH School District Holds First Meeting

July 23, 2014

With merger, financial updates given including Atwood-Hammond money

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

The former Arthur-Lovington District School Board opened their July 16 meeting as the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH) District with new superintendent Kenny Schwengel and administrative assistant, Audrey Fleener, who served as an administrative assistant at  Atwood-Hammond High School for 23 years, and will be serving her 24th year at the ALAH district.

“I’ve been a superintendent for nine years, but there’s always a learning curve when you switch districts,” said Schwengel, in a separate interview. “As far as goals, first and foremost, I intend to work toward the district goals that were established/updated over the course of last year. I hope to build relationships, get to know everyone, and determine other areas to work on or possibly improve.” Read More

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McGill Duo Win Big in Legacy Series Tourney

Photo by Kevin Sesko Father-Son duo Dalton (left) and Mike McGill (right) took first place this past weekend at the Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament and also earned point champions for the year.

Photo by Kevin Sesko
Father-Son duo Dalton (left) and Mike McGill (right) took first place this past weekend at the Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament and also earned point champions for the year.

July 23, 2014

Father-son pair bring in 14.77lbs. of fish

Submitted by Barry Featheringill

Bright and early Saturday morning with the sun coming up over the water and peaking out from behind the scattered clouds, Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament anglers left Wolf Creek State Park searching to fill their livewell with that limit of fish that would push them to the lead in points standing.

At takeoff it was a very close race to get the points champion leader award, but as fish were brought to the scales, it was clear that the father- son duo of Mike & Dalton McGill of Findlay would win the first place award and probably the points champion award. The two brought four fish to the weigh-in, with the first being a large bass weighing 6.18 pounds. Their total weight came to 14.77 pounds. This, in turn, made their large bass the winner of the big bass for this event but also was big bass for the season.

The second place team of Elmo Weaver and Kaleb Wood, both of Sullivan, brought in three fish weighing a total of 4.30 pounds. This marks Wood’s last year to fish Legacy as a junior after completing eight years as a junior member with many of those years boasting a team as points champions.

Third place went to a new team of Hal Burngner and his grandson Colten Wilkins who brought a single fish to the scales that weighed 1.30 pounds. Wilkins was visiting from Missouri and wanted to fish with his grandfather. Read More

Mo-Do Seniors Finish Year, While Jr. Team Advances in Division Tourney

July 23, 2014

Jr. team to play Eureka Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Moultrie-Douglas Jr. Legion Team advanced to the third round of the division tournament after a win this past Saturday, while their senior counterparts finished the year at 7-15.

After finishing their regular season at 29-8, the jr. team, which earned the no. 1 seed in the division tournament, took on Macon County Saturday at Tuscola’s Ervin Park, and won 11-1. Read More

Blue Dolphins Compete

July 16, 2014
Submitted The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in two meets, one in Springfield June 6-8 and another in Shelbyville June 21.

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The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in two meets, one in Springfield June 6-8 and another in Shelbyville June 21.

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in both Shelbyville and Springfield. Full results are below: Read More

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Obituaries 7-23-2014: Betty Reed 

Betty Reed 

Celebration of Life Services for Betty E. Reed, 87, of Sullivan were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan was in charge of arrangements. She died at 12:45 a.m. Thursday July 17, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. Read More

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