Foodbank Distribution in Sullivan December 6

November 26, 2014

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families at the Sullivan VFW Post 6410 located at 1146 State Hwy 32 in Sullivan 10 a.m.-noon December 6.
All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome (see below). Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food. Read More

Knights Take Rivalry Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Nick Frerichs tries to shoot over ALAH’s Tyler Schuring Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Nick Frerichs tries to shoot over ALAH’s Tyler Schuring Tuesday night.

November 26, 2014

Schuring scores 25 as ALAH tops Sullivan on opening night

by Keith Stewart

If Tyler Schuring’s first quarter performance was supposed to indicate how he would play the rest of the night Tuesday, he fooled everyone.
With just a modest five points after the opening period, the senior point guard took over in the second,  shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field including one dagger from the arc for 13 of his 25 points on the night. He would then help lift his team once again in the fourth going 2-2 from the perimeter and adding a basket from the line as he and his teammates held on for a 55-52 win over Sullivan.
“I thought he was patient the first quarter, but I think he took the game over in the second quarter offensively for us,” said Knights’ head coach Dale Schuring. “And there’s going to have to be times this year he’s going to have to do that. We just don’t have as many weapons, although some of the kids reality impressed me tonight with what they did do. But he’s supposed to be our best player, and at times he’s going to have to do that.” Read More

If We Aren’t Thankful What Else is There?

November 26, 2014

by Sarah Hudson Pierce
Guest Columnist

If we aren’t thankful for what we possess what else is there? What good does it do to have the best of everything if we are discontented?
Having been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, along with my sister Alice, due to having grown up in an orphanage, perhaps we are a little more grateful than some of our peers.
Maybe it takes emotional storms, of having the rugs jerked out from under our feet, to truly understand the trauma of hurting. Having stood on the edge of homelessness as a child and an adult, God has always stepped out of the woodwork to help me. Read More

Moultrie Moments Updated

November 26, 2014

The NP photo gallery,, has been updated with photos from the fall sport seasons and other feature and news moments.
The website does feature a new interface. For assistance ordering photos online or other questions, call 728-7381 or email Keith Stewart at

Live Nativity in Sullivan Dec. 5-7

November 26, 2014

The seventh annual Christ’s Living Nativity will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday December 7.  This free outdoor event may be watched from the comfort of a vehicle and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
A cast of more than 30 costumed participants, Christmas carols, props, and special lighted scenes will be featured. The Sullivan Church of God is located at 321 North West Street at the west edge of Sullivan, behind Neal Tire. Admission is free; however, canned goods for the Moultrie County Food Pantry will be accepted.

Sullivan Schools to Hold Tax Hearing, Again

November 26, 2015

Two levy rates presented, but board errs on side of caution

by Keith Stewart

Earlier this month, the Sullivan school board agreed to schedule a truth in taxation hearing early next month, though presented two different levy rates, one of which will be decided at next month’s regular board meeting.
Citing recent speculation that school districts across the state might be facing a cut in their already cut state aid for this financial year, Sullivan Superintendent of Schools Brad Tuttle presented two tentative tax rates, both of which represent increases over last year’s levy amount, but one that would require a truth in taxation hearing, at an increase of 6.69 percent, and one that would not at an increase of 4.99 percent, just under the five percent limit that decides whether such a hearing is legally required.
“As early as this financial year, we could get a prorated version of our prorated version,” said Tuttle, who had travelled to Springfield earlier that day. “For the first time, I heard from some people that understand in Springfield that there is a legitimate chance we could not get 89 percent this year. They don’t know that,  but that’s speculation that could happen.”
Districts were told earlier this year that they would receive 89 percent of their otherwise full amount for this financial year. In addition to this level of funding being potentially cut further, Tuttle cited “major concerns” about the income tax extension likely to run its course and end come January and the implications that, too, could have on school revenue.
“The only reason I tell you that is because I think it’s important as we think about this tentative (levy), that we talk about this,” said Tuttle, “to guarantee that we would be able to levy the amount to get our maximum rates.” Read More

Obituaries 11-26-2014: Rodney Boline

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Services to celebrate the life of Rodney Dale Boline, 71, of Maroa were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Decatur. Burial was in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.

The former Cerro Gordo resident died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

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Martins to Host LTOTS Fundraiser

November 26, 2014

Christmas concert to be held Dec. 13

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

Every year the Little Theatre on the Square provides a vast variety of entertainment for both the young and the young at heart. It takes a quality amount of time, effort, and money for the magic that the Little Theatre brings each season to come alive. Without the help and dedication of individuals, organizations and businesses, it wouldn’t be possible. One couple, Philip and Nina Martin, especially, hold the Little Theatre dear to their hearts.
“This is a fundraiser at the home of Philip and Nina Martin for the general operating expenses at the Little Theatre On the Square. They open their home to the general public to see a wonderful performance and see the house fully decorated for Christmas,” explained John Stephens, the LTOTS executive director and fundraiser organizer. The Martins are actually quite familiar with putting on such fundraisers, as they had hosted similar events in their home with the Madrigal Singers from Uni High School in Urbana. Read More

Understanding Illinois: State Gets Raw Deal From Feds

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by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

I was struck to read the other day that Illinois receives back from the federal government only 56 cents of every dollar it sends to Washington in taxes, which ranks us 49th on this indicator. I have known for decades that Illinois has been on the short end of the stick, but I did not know it was so bad.
So I decided to dig a little deeper to see if it could be true. I found that, yes, it probably is correct.
The state of Illinois should mount a major effort in the new Rauner Administration to begin to claw back some of our money. Read More