Recent Obituaries: Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Arcola, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Friday (May 20, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel, Sullivan with John Plummer officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time in the chapel. Burial will be in Moultrie County Memorial Park, Bethany. Memorial are suggested to the Mason Point Activity Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net. Arrangements by the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Virginia was born April 1, 1927 in Robinson, the daughter of Vaughn Olin and Gladys Coulter McCord. She had been a cook for the Arcola Schools and then worked as a seamstress for Collegiate Cap and Gown in Arcola. She was a member of the Arcola First Baptist Church and Sullivan American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia attended Mason Point Chapel and also assisted with their services. She married William ‘Bill’ Smith on December 31, 1945 in Oblong and he preceded her in death on November 4, 2004.

Surviving is her daughter Donna Lee (Charles) McLaughlin of Champaign and son Jim (Sheila) Smith of Sullivan; grandchildren, Barton (Olivia) McLaughlin of Troy, Michigan, Allison (Abe) Sit of Bartlett, Illinois, Brooklyn (Daniel) Webner of Bethany, Melanie (Cody) Brands of Bethany and great grandchildren, Addison, Seth, Autumn, Lydia, Hannah, Laila, Joseph and Emerson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, brother Bob and sisters Betty and Dorothy and a granddaughter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mason Point for their excellent care for their mother.

Recent Obituaries: Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Evan ‘Chuck’ Hutchcraft, Sr., 86, of Sullivan, died 12:10 p.m. Wednesday (May 18, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Allenville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Chuck was born February 7, 1930 in rural Macedonia, (Franklin County) IL, the son of Harry and Mildred Carleton Hutchcraft. Chuck married Glyndola Scott in 1950 and on January 25, 1992 he married June Taylor.

Survivors include his wife June; sons Charles E. Hutchcraft, Jr. (Audrey) of Mundelien, IL, Terry L. Hutchcraft (Tina) of Shelbyville, Steven G. Hutchcraft (Mary) of Bethany, Jeffrey D. Hutchcraft (Rebekah) of Sullivan; grandchildren Sarah, Joshua, Lexie, Laine and Ashlyn Hutchcraft, Mindy Yoder and Amanda Weaver; great grandsons Darius, Ford, Carter and Owen Hutchcraft; brothers Jim Hutchcraft of Bethany, Frank Hutchcraft of Sullivan and Ernie Hutchcraft of Mattoon; numerous nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his step-children Christine Weaver, Kathy Medved, Mark Kircher, Brenda Taylor and Carol Ann Ballard; ten step grandchildren; twelve step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Jeremy Hutchcraft, sister Christine Myers and brothers Paul and Larry Hutchcraft.

Chuck moved to the Sullivan area when he was 15 and started working at the Illinois Masonic Home at that time. He then went to work for Stubblefield Pontiac, Buick in Sullivan, then worked and retired from Caterpillar in Decatur in 1991. During all this time, Chuck worked numerous part-time jobs, after he retired, he helped various farmers and also worked for Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan for many years. In 1993, he was awarded ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ for the Sullivan Senior Center.

 

Chuck was no stranger to work, that was his passion, along with walking, as in 2012 he was noted as to walking1259 miles around town.

Lake Shelbyville Hosts Woods Lake Grand Opening Celebration

•May 18, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is hosting a celebration for the grand opening of Woods Lake on Saturday, June 4. Many free activities are planned for the occasion including a ribbon cutting ceremony, kids’ fishing tournament, National Wild Turkey Federation archery and BB gun stations, canoe paddling lessons, boat rides, and many other activities.

Woods Lake, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a 30 acre lake located five miles south of Sullivan off Illinois Route 32. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the new handicap accessible fishing pier located on the west side of the lake. Colonel Anthony P. Mitchell, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, will be in attendance along with many partners involved in rehabilitating Woods Lake. A plaque will be unveiled in honor of all who have participated in the rehabilitation process. Partners include AmBucs - Sullivan Chapter, Boy Scouts of America packs #51 and #142, Central Illinois Sportsmen for Outdoor Accessibility (CISOA), Chip’s Marina, C-R Farms and Tiling, Roy Yantis, Ed Wiessing, Fox Redi-Mix, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Lake Volunteers Association, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC, National Wild Turkey Federation, Shelbyville Electric Cooperative, Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development and VFW Post 6410. Read More

Sullivan Students Get Some Financial Help for Their Dreams

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan athletic director Ryan Aikman presents Blake Stewart with the L.J. Hollonbeck Memorial Track Scholarship.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan athletic director Ryan Aikman presents Blake Stewart with the L.J. Hollonbeck Memorial Track Scholarship.

•May 18, 2016•

It takes more than money to chase your dreams, but it helps.

Sullivan High School counselor Krista Smith pointed out $300,000 in scholarships plus an additional $40,000 in local awards were given during the annual Awards Night held May 4 in the high school commons. Some 86 separate awards were presented during the evening.

As the awards were distributed, the locally funded scholarships demonstrated the community’s commitment to education in Sullivan schools.

The David Elzy Memorial Scholarship was presented by Scott Bales and Elzy’s daughters Ally and Abby to Grant King. Elzy was a 1986 Sullivan High School track record holder, who joined the Air Force serving in Desert Storm.

Greg Lane presented the Leon Lane Memorial to Alyssa Marshall. His father was born in 1926 and married their mother Evelyn in 1946. An auctioneer for 45 years, he served as Sullivan mayor until he passed away during his sixth term.

The Blake Lane scholarship was presented in memory of the 1998 SHS graduate who left SIU-C to become a lineman and was killed in a work accident in 1999. Kyler Houser was the recipient.  Read More

Sullivan Historic Facade Program Winding Down

•May 18, 2016•

Sullivan has seen a lot of changes over the past 10 years, and many of those changes are due to the success of the Historic Façade Grant program that the city developed and adopted in 2006.

The program which at its inception offered businesses a $3000 grant for façade improvements had zero applicants, and so the city amended the plan to grant up to $20,000 in matching funds for any business located in the historic downtown willing to invest in updating the appearance of their property.

By 2013 the program was so successful that when businesses outside of the downtown asked whether they could also participate, the program was revised further to include any business located within a TIF district. Read More

Moultrie Moment of the Week

Pictured above is the north side of square in Sullivan in1881. The far left 3-story building is theTitus Opera House. The second floor corner office is John R. Eden Law Office. The first floor corner is a general store. Standing in front of the stairs to the Opera room and next to his new sewing machine is G.O. Andrews, a tailor. Next is L.M. Spitler and his son. Occupying the Vadakin “Drugs” building was Mose Ansbacher, men’s clothing. Where TNT is today was occupied by the “Journal” newspaper. Harry J. Pike, Jeweler occupied one of the small wooden buildings, and Dr. Lewis was located in the end building. Photo taken by A.S. Creech and is oldest known photo of that side of square. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Pictured above is the north side of square in Sullivan in1881. The far left 3-story building is theTitus Opera House. The second floor corner office is John R. Eden Law Office. The first floor corner is a general store. Standing in front of the stairs to the Opera room and next to his new sewing machine is G.O. Andrews, a tailor. Next is L.M. Spitler and his son. Occupying the Vadakin “Drugs” building was Mose Ansbacher, men’s clothing. Where TNT is today was occupied by the “Journal” newspaper. Harry J. Pike, Jeweler occupied one of the small wooden buildings, and Dr. Lewis was located in the end building. Photo taken by A.S. Creech and is oldest known photo of that side of square. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Can a Solar Customer Operate Economically in Sullivan?

Sullivan City Council researching net-metering policies

•May 18, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Recently, resident Mike Fowler approached the Sullivan City Council about installing solar power in his home. Fowler has never had solar energy anywhere else, but he does know it can save money.

“I have a niece and nephew-in-aw in the St. Louis area who installed a solar system two years ago, 2014, and I spoke with them, and they are very happy with their system and the amount of money they are saving on their electric bill,” he commented. “ During the summer months when the sun is shining bright on their solar panels and their air-conditioning is running full force, they get electric bills of three to six dollars per month,” he added.

Fowler is no stranger to how utilities work. He does, after all, have a background in the electrical industry. “I graduated from Lake Land Community College with an associates in electronics before becoming a journeyman electrician after serving a four-year IBEW apprenticeship. If you go back even further, I worked at the Sullivan electric plant my senior year in high school, mopping floors, and then I’d go for in for the maintenance crew on day shift and help the meter readers on second shift,” he said.

Fowler realizes that a few years have passed since he last spent time in the industry. Read More

Millikin University Spring Commencement This Weekend

•May 18, 2016•

Millikin University will celebrate its Spring Commencement with two ceremonies the weekend of May 21-22.

Millikin’s traditional ceremony for students will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in the Decatur Civic Center. Millikin will host a ceremony for graduates of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on Millikin’s campus. Tickets are required for admission to both ceremonies.

Traditional Student Commencement Read More

Obituaries 5-18-2016: Patricia Parrish

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Patricia May Parrish, 77, of Lovington passed away at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. Burial will be held in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. Arrangements were made by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Read More

Remember When? 5-18-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Several ribbons were awarded during the Festival of Stars sand sculpture contest Saturday in Sullivan. In the preschool category Emilee Sanders won first place for her volcano sculpture, and Andrew Crawford, with the help of his brother Chris won second place. Alex Knobloch and Matt Mossman won first place for their castle in the K-2 category. Second place went to Dane White. In the 3-5 category, Lori Halford won first place for her castle, and Casey Matthews and Norah Hanford won second for their turtle.

Seventy-eight runners participated in the Festival of Stars 5K on Saturday. Participating from Sullivan were Brett Cordell, Don Cruit, Kevin Moran, Jake Haegen, Kim Miller, Brian McDowell, Mark Dickens, Steve Corzine, Michael Craig, Justin Wheeler, Dick Issacs, Patty Marlow, Carole Moore and Ann Dickens. Participating from Bethany were Ronald A. White and Anthony Baxter. Cordell, Haegen, Marlow and Moore all finished first place in their categories.

Two Sullivan High School Scholastic Bowl members have been named to the All-State team. Sullivan’s Matthew Stone and Keena Baumgartner have been named to the first time all-state team in scholastic bowl. Coach Ken Johnson is extremely pleased that two of his team members were named.

Lake Land College agriculture instructor Tom Reedy has been awarded the 1991 Faculty of the Year award sponsored by the Lake Land Faculty Assn.

Joyce Cocksure was elected 1992 president of Sullivan American Legion Post 68 during a meeting May 6. Serving with her will be Darcel Vitzhum, first vice-president; Barbara Stinson, second vice-president; Ann Shaw, secretary; Genevieve Sutton, treasurer; Charlotte Stone, chaplain; Joan Taylor, historian; and Marie Mossman, sergeant at arms. The group also decided the theme for the Fourth of July parade will be “We Are Proud….” Read More