Robinson Street Deemed Unfit for Farm Traffic

Photo by Keith Stewart A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

Photo by Keith Stewart
A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

October 22, 2014

Engineer cites nearly $1 million estimate for roadwork

by Joash Tiarks
& Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

The Village of Bethany is once again dealing with the wear and tear of farm equipment.

As the main access route to the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator, the resurfacing of Robinson Street has cropped up again this year. Matt Foster, of the engineering firm Bainbridge, Gee, Milanski & Associates(BGM) out of Decatur, presented his findings to the board earlier this month on the possibility of a grant from the Truck Access Route Program(TARP) to more permanently deal with this perennial challenge. Read More

Blood Drive Nov. 11 at Legion

October 22, 2014

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Legion on November 11. Appointments may be made from 12-6 pm by calling drive coordinator Jeri Davis at 273-9456. Walk ins are welcome, but making an appointment ensures that waiting time will be reduced and adequate staffing is available.

Obituaries 10-22-2014: Gwen Wilson

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Gwen J. Wilson, 91, of Decatur passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Memorial services to celebrate Gwen’s life will be held at a later date.

Gwen was born July 24, 1923 in a farmhouse in rural Dalton City, the daughter of Earl and Genevieve Smith Cruit. She graduated from Bethany Township High School. She is a retired farmer and member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and PEO.

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Harlin Finishes 27th at State Course

October 22, 2014

Outgoing senior golfer earns best state outing of career

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As head coach Andy Wagner described senior golfer Paige Harlin, last year she was just happy to be at the state tournament in Decatur. This year, she wasn’t happy with her 27th place finish despite it being a marked improvement from the 56th place she earned the year before.

“It could have been really, really good,” said Wagner of the first day of the two-day state series. “Sitting in the top 20 after day one, it was really neat, but we talked all the way home about how she really did not putt well at all. What was an 82 could have very easily been a 75 or 76. Of course, we were pleased, but, probably the best way to put it is we weren’t satisfied.” Read More

Lucky’s Food and Spirits Opens in Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Amy Fultz prepares to enjoy her ribeye sandwich for lunch Tuesday at Lucky’s Food and Spirits in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Amy Fultz prepares to enjoy her ribeye sandwich for lunch Tuesday at Lucky’s Food and Spirits in Sullivan.

October 22, 2014

A little Luck goes a long way for new restaurant

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For Danny and Marissa Luck, stepping back into the restaurant business required, well, some luck.

The husband/wife duo planned for a soft opening Tuesday, October 7 and then be in full swing the following Wednesday. Read More

Let Us Decide

Bill Bailey, WIUOctober 22, 2014

by William C Bailey
Professor, Western Illinois University

It was an email, sent by a student from Oquawka, which brought into focus an on-going issue that could affect Illinois food consumers. Oquawka, by the way, is the home of the first monument to an elephant in Illinois, and, perhaps, the United States. Taylorville and Showman’s Rest, in Forest Park, also have elephant monuments.

The student, recalling that I like to read labels on the food I purchase, alerted me to a label she recently saw. The label, on imported soymilk, advertised it contained no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Read More

Rules of the Road Review Course Nov. 5 in Sullivan

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc., is offering a Rules of the Road Review Course for all citizens in the Sullivan area. The course is free to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Rules of the Road Review Course will be held at Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc., located at 114 E. Jefferson, Sullivan, 61951 from 10- 11:30 a.m. on November 5. Read More