Moultrie Moment of the Week

Pictured above are Alexander Lumber Co. (Sullivan) employees in 1976. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Pictured above are Alexander Lumber Co. (Sullivan) employees in 1976. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

A Scientific Adventure Engaging Aquatic Life

Photo furnished Giraffe feeding by Kiley Will with Dalton Rogers and Cullen Dyer looking on.

Photo furnished
Giraffe feeding by Kiley Will with Dalton Rogers and Cullen Dyer looking on.

Hands on Experience for Sullivan Students

•June 29, 2016•

By Lori Kirk and Troy Rogers
For the News Progress

If you ever think the world is in trouble, take a trip with 28 young people and it will change your perspective.

Recently 28 Sullivan students took part in a scientific adventure to the Tampa Bay area where they were immersed in aquatic habitats to understand the interconnections between ourselves and the environment.

Students participated in hands-on learning experiences involving ocean water, brackish water, and fresh water springs.

They were able to snorkel with sea manatees well over 2000 pounds, snorkel in a spring fed river alive with all sorts of organisms, and dip net in gulf water grass beds where they found 33 different species to participate in data collection. They also picked up more than five pounds of trash off the beach while talking about the amount of plastic currently in our oceans.

Students participated in two different dissections of spiny dogfish shark obtained from bi-catch and also a squid dissection.

Connections between concepts discussed in class with the adaptations of the organisms such as buoyancy, flight, and energy transfer through food webs were made.  Read More

Fourth of July at Lake Shelbyville

•June 29, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is gearing up for a busy Fourth of July weekend. A host of programs and special events are planned for visitors to enjoy including campground programs, a dog show, tours of the dam, and the annual fireworks show.

The campground programs offered over the course of the holiday weekend will be held at the amphitheaters of various Lake Shelbyville USACE campgrounds. All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult for most programs. Read More

Remember When? 6-29-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Bethany Junior High students Andy Brewer, Allison Patrick and Haley Rowe participated in the Honors Band and ChorusFestival in May at Lake Land College. Students from Lovington Junior High also participated. They are Kara Bolsen, Kelly Smith, Chas Seelow and Jenny Elliott.

Leslie Phelps of Bethany has been awarded a Millikin University academic scholarship based on outstanding academic achievement. She is the daughter of Gilbert and Deborah Phelps.

Lovington Middle School students Wyatt Murphy and Meg Reedy have won the first round in the national D.A.R.E.  Day Poster and Letter To President Bush Contest. Murphy was the poster winner while Reedy won the letter contest. They are now contestants in the state competition.

University of Illinois graduate Angie Quick of Lovington is one of nine area health care students awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Guild. She plans to enter Washington University in St. Louis this fall to seek a master’s degree in physical therapy.

Tracy Lynne Kirk of Sullivan, Kristen Kay Scott of Bethany and Jennifer Jeanne Cole of Windsor are recipients of 991 special education teacher scholarships. Read More

Sullivan Council Reviews Liquor Changes

•June 29, 2016•

A couple of requests for changes in liquor licenses led to a review of sale hours and license availability at the Sullivan City Council meeting June 27.

Mayor Ann Short opened discussion with a request from Sullivan IGA to add package liquor to the beer and wine license they already have.

IGA manager Pat Stinson made the request based on increased sales the store has experienced during the tourist season.

“If we can offer a full service liquor department, we will have a better chance drawing those tax dollars to Sullivan,” Stinson began.

He pointed out that existing beer and wine sales increase from 2.5 percent to 4 percent of store sales during the tourist season.

“By being a one stop shop, customers going to the lake on weekends will be more likely to stop here on their way,” he concluded, thanking the council for their consideration.

Mayor Short also pointed out the recently adopted changes in liquor sale hours by the county board could be a point of review for the city.

“I don’t drink, and I don’t buy liquor, but I believe we have to be open to helping our businesses,” Mayor Short said, explaining earlier Sunday liquor sales could also improve the flow of tourism dollars.

In April the Moultrie County Board approved liquor sales hours to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday mornings in locations outside municipalities. Those new hours took affect upon license renewals at the June meeting.

At that point Stinson was asked whether a 9 a.m. selling time on Sunday, rather than noon might also improve sales to those traveling to the lake.

“We don’t get many alcohol sales requests before then, but that would help,” he replied.

Commissioners Mike Kirk questioned whether sale times would include taverns, and Mike Mossman noted that if IGA was allowed the change, others may follow.

Mayor Short agreed to have the liquor ordinance reviewed to reflect the changes discussed with a more specific proposal ready by the July meeting.

Bethany Celebrates

Photo by RR Best Bethany Celebrates Bethany’s Celebration offered good times for everyone last weekend from crafts and war artifacts exhibits to games and fun for the whole family, including a little time for Cheyenne and Shelby Harding to enjoy cotton candy along the way.

Photo by RR Best
Bethany Celebrates
Bethany’s Celebration offered good times for everyone last weekend from crafts and war artifacts exhibits to games and fun for the whole family, including a little time for Cheyenne and Shelby Harding to enjoy cotton candy along the way.

Fireworks Returns to Lovington

•June 29, 2016•

Lovington is bringing back the fireworks to the old football field this year at dusk Sunday, July 3.

Lovington has not had fireworks since approximately 2008 when the late Gene Clark and his minutemen put on the show for many years.

Central States Fireworks of Athens handle the display.

An old set piece will be lit in memory of Clark who had a love for fireworks. Many of his family members and friends used to help him  weeks before the fourth preparing for the show.

Walking tacos, hotdogs, kettle corn and lemonade shake-ups will be for sale starting at 6 p.m.

Correction

•June 29, 2016•

In the June 22 edition of the News Progress report on the Sullivan City Council meeting we incorrectly stated the Jefferson Street sidewalk project was approved for removal and construction.

Actually the Council approved authorizing to have the engineering prepared for the project. This will allow it to be bid at a future date.

ALAH High School Honor Rolls Announced

•June 29, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond high school second semester honor rolls have been announced.

Grade 12 High Honors: Brian Binion, Jakob Brewer, Madeleine Brown, Chelsey Chupp, Chris Conder, Cade Day, Darrin Gingerich, Syndie Hanscel, Zach Hingson, Ally Irwin, Jordan Jent, Essi Kettunen, Ariel Kibler, Hannah Leal, Kalli Martin, Jovany Martinez, Bradley D. Miller, Teddy Poe, Tiffany Renfro, Jordan Rettig, Eilis Stewart, Ricky Wright, Colton Yeakley.

Honors: Jazmine Arnett, Makayla Brown, Logan Emel, Kayla Hodge, Josiah Kinert, Greer Lambdin, Bradley R. Miller, Mariah Slaughter, Megan VanVleet, Anthony Wilkins.

Honorable Mention: Belle Baugus, Braxton Eckart, Cory Griffin, Nancy Hack, Isaac Kitchen, Brenden Teak.

Grade 11 High Honors: Kim Davis, Abby Foreman, Gracie Hammer, Shandon Herschberger, Mary Huffman, Megan Hug, Samantha McClain, Regina Miller, Jamie Schlabach, Michelle Schrock, Nick Stoltey, Kelsi Stutzman, Abby Wallace, Payton Wellbaum, Erin Wildman, Drew Wingler. Read More

Illinois’ Budget Standoff Must be Resolved

•June 29, 2016•

Illinois’ budget standoff must be resolved, and must be resolved now.

For a year, our state’s elected leaders have engaged in what can only be called political malpractice.

Illinois is the only state in the country that doesn’t have a budget. For a year, because of that failure, it has stiffed small businesses, social service agencies and its higher education system, leaving them trying to operate without money they’re owed. State operations have been cobbled together through a patchwork of court orders, and the mounting backlog of money owed gets deeper by the minute.

On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner said the state was on the verge of crisis, and that it would be an “outrageous, tragic failure” if schools don’t open on time this fall.

With all due respect, Governor, the state is already in crisis and the budget standoff has already been an “outrageous, tragic failure.”

As legislators return to Springfield today -- for the first time this month -- Illinois’ historic, serious problems have been made even worse by the failure to compromise on a balanced, long-term spending plan.

The political war between Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan has been confounding and unconscionable. Rauner has insisted on passage of the so-called Turnaround Agenda, a series of pro-business measures, as a condition of the budget. Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have seemed focused primarily on thwarting the governor. Read More