Back to School at LGS

Photo by Keith Stewart Back to School at LGS Kindergartener Kade Ballinger stands next to his mother Melissa Nichols, who is seen holding her son Jace while school librarian Karen Smith-Cox gives directions last Wednesday, which marked the first day of school for ALAH CUSD 305.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Back to School at LGS
Kindergartener Kade Ballinger stands next to his mother Melissa Nichols, who is seen holding her son Jace while school librarian Karen Smith-Cox gives directions last Wednesday, which marked the first day of school for ALAH CUSD 305.

Cruise Night on the Square

Photo by Mike Brothers Cruise night on the Square A 35 year tradition comes to the square in Sullivan at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Cruisers from the Sullivan Street Machine Association such as Joe Scribner’s 1969 Plymouth GTX (right) and Rick Montague’s 1970 AMX will be leading the way. Far left is Joann Pratt’s 1966 Mustang, a potential cruiser. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique rides are welcome with a cash prize awarded most active cruiser. Shovelhead will provide live music. The AmBucs of Sullivan sponsored the event which first came to the square 10 years ago. Free popcorn from the Sullivan Boy Scouts and entertainment for the kids as well as more than $600 in door prizes will be given away. A trophy for spectator’s choice is awarded and a chance for everyone to see some cool rides cruising the streets of Sullivan.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Cruise night on the Square
A 35 year tradition comes to the square in Sullivan at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Cruisers from the Sullivan Street Machine Association such as Joe Scribner’s 1969 Plymouth GTX (right) and Rick Montague’s 1970 AMX will be leading the way. Far left is Joann Pratt’s 1966 Mustang, a potential cruiser. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique rides are welcome with a cash prize awarded most active cruiser. Shovelhead will provide live music. The AmBucs of Sullivan sponsored the event which first came to the square 10 years ago. Free popcorn from the Sullivan Boy Scouts and entertainment for the kids as well as more than $600 in door prizes will be given away. A trophy for spectator’s choice is awarded and a chance for everyone to see some cool rides cruising the streets of Sullivan.

Remember When? 8-26-2015

25 years ago this week

Former University of Illinois basketball standout Kendall Gill signed autographs Saturday at The Depot in Sullivan. Chad Andrews of Decatur was one of the fans who stood in line for over an hour to see Gil. Andrews, the grandson of Mary Carnine and the great-grandson of Edith Shadow, both of Sullivan, brought a basketball program for the future NBA player to sign.

Amanda Bruce began the first step of her primary education Monday when she registered for kindergarten at Lovington Grade School with the assistance of her mother Cindy.

While most students spend the summer away from their studies, Sullivan High School junior Denise Elder furthered hers as a delegate to a national 4-H program in the nation’s capital. A member of the Moultrie County Clover Kids 4-H Group, Elder was among 88 state and 4,000 national 4-H’ers ages 15-19, who attended Citizenship Washington D.C. Focus July 14-21 to learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

The photograph of a Moultrie County youngster illustrates an article in the September issue of Good Housekeeping which went on newsstands this week. Bailey Elliott, daughter of David and Patty Kay Elliott of Lovington, was captured on film by her mother as she smelled a bouquet of flowers. The photo was entered in a contest sponsored by the magazine and was selected as one of 25 winners throughout the nation. Read More

Delinquent Tax Sale Underway in Moultrie County

•August 26, 2015•

Bids are being taken for properties in Moultrie County up for delinquent tax sale.

Properties delinquent for 2011 and prior real estate taxes are eligible for sale.

All sealed bids must be in the Moultrie County treasurer’s office, located in the Moultrie County Courthouse Suite 10, no later that the close of business Friday, September 11. Read More

Obituaries 8-26-2015: Thomas Polk, Sr.

Thomas Polk, Sr.

Services for Thomas E. Polk Sr., 84, of Mt. Pulaski were held at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will be in Mt. Pulaski Cemetery at a later date.

He died at 3:28 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22, 2015 in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Read More

Sullivan Schools Approve New Teacher’s Union Contract

Tentative budget also approved

•August 26, 2015•

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Between July and August, the Sullivan school board approved both a teacher’s union contract and a tentative budget for fiscal year 2016.

At their July 13 meeting, the board presented what is the first budget of the new fiscal year, which began July 1. Known as the tentative budget, it tries to predict not only what expenses the district will incur over the next year but also the much more tricky area of revenue at a time when state funding for K-12 education continues to be unreliable.

The budget does show the district spending more than $400,000 than it estimates bringing in, but Superintendent Brad Tuttle reported to the board that not only do tentative budgets usually contain contingencies that may later be taken out, but that this budget, in particular, is better than other tentative budgets in the past.

“Obviously this is a work in progress,” said Tuttle. “As you work a tentative budget, you have a lot of contingencies and a lot of things throughout that. This one in particular is better than what we’ve had in a while. It is showing a deficit…[but] “at this point I feel it’s in a lot better shape than what we have been in the past at this point.”

A look back at the FY15 tentative budget does support Tuttle’s comments. In particular, that budget estimated deficit spending of $464,213 compared to this year’s tentative budget, which anticipates $417,786. The estimated fund balance across the four major operating funds is also estimated to improve by more than $71,000 thanks, also, to more than $107,000 less in anticipated expenses. Read More

Bethany Hosts Blood Drive

•August 26, 2015•

The American Red Cross team from Peoria will be at the Bethany Fire House on Route 121 2-6 p.m. September 1 to collect blood from donors. The drive is being sponsored by the Theta Psi Chapter. It takes approximately one hour and blood is desperately needed. To make an appointment, call 217-665-3457.

C.E.F.S. Awards Educational Scholarships

cut with scholar story and pic C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently awarded educational scholarships at their 2015 Annual Board of Directors meeting.  Pictured (L-R): Vickie Bowers, board member, Alana Bernardi and Arlene Aschermann, board member.

cut with scholar story and pic
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently awarded educational scholarships at their 2015 Annual Board of Directors meeting. Pictured (L-R): Vickie Bowers, board member, Alana Bernardi and Arlene Aschermann, board member.

•August 26, 2015•

A scholarship winner from Moultrie County was recognized at the recent annual C.E.F.S. Board of Directors meeting. Scholarship recipient, Alana Bernardi, received a certificate of recognition and a monetary award to pursue educational training.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, Board of Directors recently awarded $8,000 in educational scholarships to three individuals who are pursuing post-secondary education. The educational scholarships were made available through funding provided by the Community Services Block Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Bernardi of Arthur is currently enrolled at Lake Land College in Mattoon and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Bernardi previously owned her own business which in how she became interested in this field. Read More

National Senior Citizens Day Celebration

Photo by Mike Brothers Sixty-two people from Sullivan and surrounding communities gathered at the Mid-Illinois Senior Services for lunch Friday, Aug. 21 in observation of National Senior Citizens Day. On this day in 1988 President Ronald Reagan made the official declaration. Mason Point provided lunch for the group  celebration. Above Executive Director Deb Groendal is served her meal by Darin Wall, Karen Rodgers, Leeann Stickles and Angie Clawson.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sixty-two people from Sullivan and surrounding communities gathered at the Mid-Illinois Senior Services for lunch Friday, Aug. 21 in observation of National Senior Citizens Day. On this day in 1988 President Ronald Reagan made the official declaration. Mason Point provided lunch for the group celebration. Above Executive Director Deb Groendal is served her meal by Darin Wall, Karen Rodgers, Leeann Stickles and Angie Clawson.

•August 26, 2015•

Seniors from Mid-Il Senior Services in Sullivan observed National Senior Citizens Day Friday, August 21 with a meal.

The luncheon served by Mason Point to 62 area seniors commemorated the 27 year recognizing senior citizens nationwide.

Mid Illinois Senior Services is the local SHIP site for Medicare, insurance counseling, advice for choosing skilled care facilities, as well as caregiver support for seniors and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Executive director Deb Groendal noted in addition to the meal provided by Mason Point those attending on Friday enjoyed Bible study in the morning and card games as afternoon entertainment.

“Deb is a real expert on insurance matters,” Kay McCoy said of the director, noting her knowledge has helped many of those attending Mid-Illinois Senior Services unravel the complications from insurance coverage for senior citizens.

President Ronald Reagan’s declaration from 1988 designating the observation is printed below.

Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land. Read More