Recent Obituaries: Billie G. Rankin

Billie G. Rankin

Billie G. ‘Bill’ Rankin, 74, of Sullivan, died 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (September 21, 2016) in the Sullivan Health Care and RehabilitationCenter.

 Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2016 in the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan with Pastor Grant Wade officiating. The family requests casual attire. There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the Odd Fellows Rebekah Home, Mattoon. Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

 Mr. Rankin was born July 14, 1942 in Ash Grove Twp., Shelby County, IL, the son of Eugene W. and Alice L. Day Rankin. Bill worked for the City of Sullivan as the plant operator at the Sewer Dept. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Sullivan First Christian Church.Survivors include his children James Wessley (Loretta) Rankin of Ozark, Missouri and Ella May (Jason) Walters of Mattoon; granddaughter Jennifer Rose Johnson; step grandchildren Emma Walters, Janet, Katherine, Ressie and Emily Ellis and a sister-in-law Linda Henderson of Mattoon.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant daughters Glenda and Rosalee and a sister Margie Lou Rankin.

Lake Shelbyville Disabled Deer Hunting Blinds Available at Whitley Creek Recreation Area

•September 21, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is offering additional deer hunting opportunities at Whitley Creek Recreation Area in Moultrie County for disabled deer hunters holding a state issued P2A card.

Disabled hunters will be able to reserve one of four blinds in the closed recreation area during archery deer season, as well as disabled hunters holding a valid Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie 2nd shotgun season or Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie muzzleloader season permit. All four blinds were built by Boy Scouts to earn their Eagle Scout status.  Read More

Hullabaloo on the Square

Photo by RR Best Hullabaloo on the Square The sixth annual New Life Church sponsored event on the Sullivan square Sept. 18 provided family entertainment for hundreds of visitors. Many even braved the climbing wall (pictured) as well as inflatables, laser tag, street art, cotton candy and much more.

Photo by RR Best
Hullabaloo on the Square
The sixth annual New Life Church sponsored event on the Sullivan square Sept. 18 provided family entertainment for hundreds of visitors. Many even braved the climbing wall (pictured) as well as inflatables, laser tag, street art, cotton candy and much more.

Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Update: Continued Good Yields Threaten Commodity Price Index

•September 21, 2016•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

With half of September behind us the days are getting shorter, the air crisper, and the start of harvest for the year is in progress. Farmers around the area started harvest in the last couple weeks and continue to harvest what could potentially be the largest corn crop on record. The USDA came out with their September crop progress report on Monday, September 12 and surprised many people in agriculture.

The report lowered corn projected acreage 1% to 15.1 billion bushels. The report also confirmed a lower average yield of 174.4 bushels per acre. This average is only a modest change from the August report where the average was slated at 175.1.

Soybean projected projection in the report was dialed in at a record 4.20 billion bushels, up 3% from the August report. Average bushel yield was also raised to a record 50.6 bushels per acre. If these numbers hold true, this will be a record year for both corn and beans.  Read More

Understanding Illinois: “Nuclear Options” for Political Reform in Illinois

•September 21, 2016•

NowlanBy Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist

In the wake of the recent embarrassingly political, 4-3 partisan decision by the Illinois Supreme Court Democratic majority to reject a proposed voter initiative to reduce legislative district gerrymandering, savvy political observer Rich Miller has suggested the “nuclear option” of a voter initiative that would simply abolish the Illinois House altogether!

The idea is not so outlandish as one might think at first blush.

First, such a voter initiative would be constitutional, that is, it would meet the state high court’s wrong-headed requirement that initiatives be both “structural and procedural.”

Second, many democratic governments operate quite nicely with unicameral legislative bodies. Readers probably know that Nebraska has a one-house legislature, which they call the senate. [And that state appears to have avoided the dysfunction for which Illinois has become noted.]

Costa Rica is probably the healthiest democratic society in the Americas south of the U.S., other than maybe Uruguay. When I was that sunny clime some years ago, I visited their unicameral “assembly.” And the 30 states of Mexico also operate with unicameral legislatures. Read More

Remember When? 9-21-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Karen Coil of Sullivan, a registered nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County, has received one of three Pacemaker Awards given monthly by the center. The awards are given to recognize employees who set a good example for others, are hardworking and make a good contribution to the center. Coil has been employed by the center since 1988.

Sullivan runners Chris Clark and Jim Bailey earned second and sixth place finishes in a field of 57 runners last Saturday at the Cowden-Herrick Invitational.

Sullivan High School Homecoming activities this week include crowning of the queen and recognition of her court. This year’s queen candidates include Christie Edmonds, Vanessa Vandeventer, Sara Myers and Stacy Crawford. Representing the queen’s court are Carinna Elder, junior attendant; Jennifer Elzy, sophomore attendant; and Bobbi Bone, freshman attendant.

Three-year-old Melinda Seelow, daughter of Tim and Rita Seelow of Bethany, was crowned Little Miss Bethany during Bethany’s Fall Festival over the weekend.  Read More

Moultrie County Praised for Local Habitat Projects

•September 21, 2016•

Habitat for Humanity in Moultrie County is an operation that is respected all over the country.

That’s what the Moultrie County Board discovered when National Habitat Care-A-Vanner Robert Gillespie and his wife Betty,visited their regular meeting September 15.

Gillespie and Habitat volunteers living in campers and motor homes travel the country building some 300 homes all over the United States each year.

“This is our seventh house in Moultrie County, and as soon as the date for this build was posted volunteers filled the sign up list,” Gillespie said.

He pointed out a few things that make Moultrie County desirable for the retired habitat volunteers who have come to town to build a house in six weeks.

One big factor is Pastor Paul McGhghy, Gillespie said, explaining the Faith Lutheran Church offers the Care-A-Vanners a premium campground experience during the six week build.  Read More

Mobile Mammography in Moultrie County

•September 21, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be at the SBL Clinic in Sullivan Oct. 14.

The mobile mammography van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who qualify will receive their mammogram free. Read More