Senior Signs to Swim

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Senior Signs to Swim
Brynna Sentel, a member of the Sullivan-Okaw Valley-Shelbyville swimming team, has signed a letter of intent to continue her swimming career at Franklin College. The signing took place in the Sullivan High School gym on Friday, March 17 at 2:45pm. Pictured with Brynna during the signing are her parents, Lori and David Sentel.

Former SHS Player Hitting Well for Robert Morris team

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Former SHS Player Hitting Well for Robert Morris team
Former Sullivan High School softball player Seleste Smith is currently hitting .364 for the Robert Morris University-Springfield softball team. She has appeared in 10 games for the Eagles starting in eight of them while playing outfield and catcher.
The Eagles just returned from their spring trip to the Fast Pitch Dreams Classic in Myrtle Beach and currently have a 6-4 record. In recent games she went 2-2 with one run scored, one RBI and a double versus Webster University. She was 2-4 versus Penn State Schuylkill and 1-3 with two runs scored and an RBI versus Hilbert College.

Flower Pot Reopens

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Flower Pot Reopens
The Flower Pot in Sullivan celebrated an open house in Sullivan last week with co-owners Ellen Bernius and Madison Winskill hosting visitors checking out the new decore and offerings.

C.E.F.S. Offers Income Eligible Scholarships


C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering scholarships for income eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study. The course of study must lead to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.

Listed below are the Income Eligibility Guidelines at 125% poverty level:

family size; one - $3,768.75 (90 day income); two - $5075.00; three - $6381.25; four - $7687.50; five - $8993.75; six - $10,300.00; seven - $11,606.25; eight - $12,912.50.

Applications are available at any C.E.F.S. Outreach Office, high school counselor, IETC, local colleges and our website at Completed applications with all necessary documentation must be received in the county Outreach Office by 4 p.m. March 31.

Applicants are screened for eligibility after the deadline. A committee of C.E.F.S. Board of Directors and staff will interview the eligible applicants prior to choosing the winners. Scholarship funds will be available for the FY17/18 school year.

Funding for the program is made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as part of the Community Services Block Grant Program.

For further information contact C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, 1805 S. Banker St., PO Box 928, Effingham, IL 62401 or call 217-342-2193 Ext. 149.

Menus 3-22-2017

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, March 27 - Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, whole grain wheat, apricots.
Tuesday, March 28 - Swissed beef pattie w/green peppers, onions & tomatoes, brussels sprouts, macaroni & cheese, whole grain wheat, applesauce.
Wednesday, March 29 - Saucy ham loaf, creamed peas, baked squash, whole grain wheat, strawberry oatmeal bar.
Thursday, March 30 - Settlers beef & beans, corn, roll, warm sliced pears w/raisins.
Friday, March 31 -  Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, graham crackers, fresh fruit.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, March 27 - Mixed fruit, Ritz crackers, milk.
Tuesday, March 28 - Pancakes, orange juice, milk.
Wednesday, March 29 - Breakfast bites, orange juice, milk.
Thursday, March 30 - Muffins, orange juice, milk.
Friday, March 31 -  Cereal, orange juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, March 27 - Sausage links, mashed potatoes, peaches, bread & butter, milk.
Tuesday, March 28 - Cheese pups, green beans, pears, milk.
Wednesday, March 29- Popcorn chicken, peas, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, March 30 - Hamburger horseshoe, french fries, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Friday, March 31 - Pizza, lettuce salad, mixed fruit, milk.

Understanding Illinois: Is Restoring the American Spirit A Dream?

•March 22, 2017•

By Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist

In his first address to Congress, President Trump exhorted us to renew the American spirit. I worry Americans are not up to the challenge. Or am I being much too dour, maybe because I live in Illinois, where entrenched dysfunction colors my view of the world?

Americans showed strong “can do” spirit from our 18th Century Revolution throughout history to the end of World War II and carried forward a sunny optimism up to the Vietnam Conflict of the 1960-70s.

Since then, our spirit has wavered.

In 1979, Jimmy Carter gave a speech about a “crisis of confidence.”

“We can see this crisis,” said the humorless, preachy Georgian, “in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of unity of purpose for our nation.”

The so-called “malaise speech” (he never used that word) went over like a lead balloon, in part because many Americans felt he was criticizing them, which he was. Read More