Standerfer Completes Ph.D.

Standerfer•August 24, 2016•

Zakry Standerfer, of rural Sullivan, recently completed his Ph.D. at Indiana State University. Standerfer successfully defended his dissertation, The Illinois Teacher Pension Crisis Impact on Illinois Teacher Attrition, before his dissertation committee May 17.

He will participate in the December commencement ceremony at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Read More

Hullabaloo Returns to the Sullivan Square

duck winner•August 24, 2016•

Hullabaloo on The Square in Sullivan is coming Sunday, September 18 from 2-5 p.m.

This annual event features free entertainment and activities for families including laser tag, inflatables such as bungee run, bounce house, joust, obstacle course, rock climbing wall, carnival games and contests, candy and prizes, and face painting.

Area vendors will sell food and beverages including polish sausages, corn dogs, tacos, lemon shakeups and soda.

The sixth annual Hullabaloo sponsored generously by local businesses and organized by New Life Church has been a huge success year after year, and attendance has grown to nearly 2,000 last year.

Tiffany Burgess of New Life spearheads the event and is assisted by volunteers from New Life and the community. She encourages the public to attend hours of unlimited use of games and inflatables.  Read More

Sullivan Kiwanis Movie Night

At Wyman Park Saturday

•August 24, 2016•

Sullivan Kiwanis Club’s annual movie night will be held at dusk in Wyman Park Saturday, August 27.

Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the popular Disney family feature film “Up”.

Concessions will be available throughout the show.

Sponsored by the Sullivan Kiwanis Club, “Up” is free of charge to the general public. This year’s free family movie is courtesy of Oakwood Apothecary, Rural King and Metro Communications.

Sullivan Kiwanis was originally chartered in 1960 and reorganized two years ago. The club is responsible for a variety of community activities throughout the year. Read More

Gift Card Credit Scam Hits Area

•August 24, 2016•

Sullivan chief of police John Love is warning residents of the latest credit card scam in the area.

“Over the past few days residents have reported receiving unsolicited credit cards,” Chief Love said, noting they want you to activate the card so the scammers can steal a person’s identity.

Residents have  been receiving Amazon credit cards in the mail. The unsolicited card offers that opening the account through Chase Bank, the cardholder will receive a free Amazon $50 gift card.

“The catch is, if you activate the card, the scammer takes your information and the gift card,” Love continued.

Chief Love called Chase Bank about the “gift” cards and explained the scam. He advised anyone who gets these cards and is nervous about their credit to call the Chase fraud division at 800-955-9060.

Fall Sports Preview Night

Photo courtesy Lisa Dickens/Bliss Photography Fall Sports Preview Night On Friday, August 19 Sullivan school district sports enthusiasts got a chance to see their favorite teams in action. Fans were invited to watch football practice which concluded on the game field. Athletic introductions of all the Sullivan schools’ fall sport participants were held at 6 p.m. including football, cheerleading, band and color guard, cross country, golf, swimming, middle school baseball, middle school softball with volleyball introductions in the elementary school gymnasium. Volleyball team members (pictured) then held a scrimmage to conclude the event.

Photo courtesy Lisa Dickens/Bliss Photography
Fall Sports Preview Night
On Friday, August 19 Sullivan school district sports enthusiasts got a chance to see their favorite teams in action. Fans were invited to watch football practice which concluded on the game field. Athletic introductions of all the Sullivan schools’ fall sport participants were held at 6 p.m. including football, cheerleading, band and color guard, cross country, golf, swimming, middle school baseball, middle school softball with volleyball introductions in the elementary school gymnasium. Volleyball team members (pictured) then held a scrimmage to conclude the event.

Politics and Policymaking in Illinois: Rauner Breaks Mold of Illinois Governorship

Nowlan•August 24, 2016•

By Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist

This is the second in a series about “politics and policymaking in Illinois.”

In his biography of Illinois governors titled “Mostly Good and Competent Men,” the late Chicago Tribune reporter Bob Howard concluded that the 40 to hold the office thus far have been, with a few notable exceptions, okay but not remarkable, certainly no visionaries among them.

Are there lessons to be learned by Illinois GOP governor Bruce Rauner, who has struggled in his battles with Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan, from those who have gone before? Maybe; maybe not.

Several past governors stand out.

A penurious lawyer on the frontier, Democrat Thomas Ford (1842-46) restored fiscal integrity to the state, important for prospective outside investors.

Ford insisted that Illinois tax itself to pay in full a huge debt that had been run up earlier by the likes of lawmakers Lincoln and Douglas to pay for “internal improvements” (canals, plank roads and railroads) that mostly died aborning.

Republican Frank Lowden (1917-1921) received national notice for reorganizing a state government comprising scores of tiny bureaus into but a handful of state agencies. Read More

Children’s Lives Matter

Photo by Mike Brothers Children’s Lives Matter School is in session throughout Moultrie County and drivers need watch for children going to and from school. Not only at crosswalks and in neighborhoods, but especially while loading and unloading buses. Motorist must obey the stop sign for the safety of the children boarding and unboarding. Drivers violating the stop arm are subject to high fines and loss of drivers privileges for three months. Make this a safe school transportation year.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Children’s Lives Matter
School is in session throughout Moultrie County and drivers need watch for children going to and from school. Not only at crosswalks and in neighborhoods, but especially while loading and unloading buses. Motorist must obey the stop sign for the safety of the children boarding and unboarding. Drivers violating the stop arm are subject to high fines and loss of drivers privileges for three months. Make this a safe school transportation year.

Obituaries 8-24-2016: Dorthy Claytor

Dorthy Claytor 

Dorthy M. Claytor, 87, of Decatur died Aug. 19, 2016.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur with burial in Point Pleasant Cemetery in Long Creek. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care handled arrangements. Read More

Ice Cream Social Honor

•August 24, 2016•

The citizens of Sullivan are having a police and sheriff’s department appreciation social at the Sullivan V.F.W.  Saturday, August 27.

Special events are planned during the 1-3 p.m. reception which will offer free ice cream, cake and cookies to those attending.

“We are lucky to have such a great group of law enforcement officers in this area, and we would like to show our appreciation for what they do every day,” event coordinator Rob Young explained.

For more information or to find out how to participate call 217/728-2383.