Obituaries 5-24-2017: Roger Uphoff

Roger Uphoff

Roger Chris Uphoff, 71, of Lovington, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family May 17, 2017.

He was born January 18, 1946 in Shelbyville, Illinois to his loving parents Lois Aileen (Gordon) and Gilbert Franklin Uphoff (deceased). He joined his three siblings Connie Yantis (deceased), Duane (Marjorie) Uphoff and Stanley (Pat) Uphoff. He was raised on the family farm, and even though he worked for 39 years as a computer room supervisor at Wagner Castings, he was always a farmer at heart. His parents raised him with a strong devotion to God, family, community, the Findlay Falcons, and the Chicago Cubs. Read More

Obituaries 5-24-2017: Mary Livergood

Mary Livergood

Mary Livergood lived a full, wonderful life that ended on this earth Friday evening, May 12, 2017.  However, the real story is her incredible journey that began the day she was born May 6, 1921 to John and Mary Brown Tueth of rural Bethany. The Tueth family was one of the original 16 settlers as they were called, having founded St. Isidore’s Catholic Church just north of Bethany.  Mary often rode her horse Joker to White School before attending and graduating from St. Teresa High School in Decatur. She graduated from Brown’s Business College and went on to work at Tabor Grain Company in Sullivan. While at Tabor Grain, she was Purvis Tabor’s secretary. Read More

Braden Chairs Illinois Court Clerk Education Committee

Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden

•May 24, 2017•

Moultrie County Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden was appointed chairperson of the Committee on Circuit Court Clerk Education by the Illinois Supreme Court last week in an announcement from Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier.

Braden’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017 when she presides over the 14 member Judicial College committee responsible for continuing eduction of the state’s circuit clerks. Circuit Judge Mark L. Levitt of Lake County is Braden’s vice-chair.

“I am thankful for the confidence and support from my colleagues in receiving the appointment,” Braden said, noting she had served with many on the committee during her past involvement in the Clerk’s Association.

“We have a good education infrastructure in place,” Braden said. “I look forward to working with everyone on the committee.” Read More

New Voter Cards Mailed

•May 24, 2017•

Registered voters in Moultrie County will receive new Voter Registration Cards within the next week. As required by law, the county clerk’s office is in the process of completing a purge of Moultrie County voters. County Clerk Georgia England explained that a purge is done to help maintain voter registrations by keeping them current and up-to-date and to eliminate voters who are deceased or have moved from Moultrie County. Jonathan Creek Precinct, Marrowbone 1 and 2 Precincts, and Sullivan 3 Precinct voters received new Voter Registration Cards at the time their polling location was changed and will not receive new cards at this time.

England urges voters to check their voter’s card and familiarize themselves with their districts and polling location. Voter’s should sign the new card and destroy the old card.

England is asking for voters’ assistance in returning Voter Registration cards that were delivered to individuals who no longer live at the address where the card was delivered. Should a household receive a Voter ID card for a member of their family or for an individual who once resided at that address but no longer does, mark on the Voter ID card “NOT AT THIS ADDRESS “. If you know the address to where the individual has moved write that on the card also. Place the card in the mail to be returned to the county clerk’s office. No additional postage is required. It is important that these cards be returned to the clerk’s office and not just destroyed, nor should they be given to the person listed on the card who does not live in that household. If the addressee on the card is deceased, notify the county clerk’s office in writing. The sole purpose of a purge is to have correct voter data for the election process.

Also, if an individual’s address has been changed by municipality or post office action, inform the county clerk’s office of said changes. England says that if a person had a Rural Route Box number that was changed by 9-1-1 addressing but their new voter card reflects an incorrect address, her office needs to be informed.

Registered voters who do not receive a voter’s card by June 12 should notify the clerk’s office at 728-4389.

England would like to reiterate the importance to change voter registration information whenever a person changes their name or moves, even if the move is across the street. If the address or name change is not made in a timely fashion before an election is held, the voter may be prohibited from voting a full ballot at the polls or may be required to Grace Period Register and vote at the County Clerk’s office.

The next election will be the General Primary March 20, 2018. If an individual is not registered to vote, now is the time to do so. Registration may be done in the county clerk’s office, with precinct committeemen and at all Moultrie County libraries. For information regarding registration qualifications call the county clerk’s office or visit their website at

IESA State Qualifier

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IESA State Qualifier
Redskin Zoe Walton placed seventh in the high jump at the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Final Track and Field Meet at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria Thursday.

Nettles Places for ALAH Track at State

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Knight Kenli Nettles poses with her IHSA Class 1A State Track and Field meet medals.

•May 24, 2017•

Despite a rain delay, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond freshman Kenli Nettles placed in the top six in two events at the IHSA Class 1A State Track and Field Meet at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Nettles high jumped 5 feet 5 inches for third place and ran the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.44 for sixth place.

Nettles broke her own school record of 15.58, which she ran in the prelims.

The Knights tied for 29th place with 11 points.

Obituaries 5-24-2017: Weldon Kingery

Weldon Kingery

Weldon Elmer Kingery, 74, of Sullivan passed away at 5:25 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 in his home in Sullivan. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 24) in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with military rites by Sullivan American Legion Post #68. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Smyser Cemetery in Gays. Read More

Memorial Day Observations

•May 24, 2017•

Memorial Day observations begin at the Moultrie County Courthouse at 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 29.

From there the Sullivan American Legion Post 68 Honor Guard will lead the Memorial Day Parade to Greenhill Cemetery where a formal service will be conducted at 8 a.m.

The Honor Guard will then attend services at the Wyman Park Memorial followed by breakfast at the American Legion hall.

They will then conduct memorial services at the Moultrie County Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

Lovington American Legion will host their Memorial Day services Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m in Tom Conn Park.

Memorial Day mass will be observed at St. Isidore Catholic Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Bring lawn chairs.

ALAH Baseball Ends Season in Moweaqua

•May 24, 2017•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball team’s season ended with a 9-2 loss to Decatur Lutheran in the Class 1A Central A&M Regional at Moweaqua May 17.

Decatur Lutheran scored three runs in the first inning and six in the second to take an early 9-0 lead.

The Knights added a run in the third and one in the fifth for the final score. Read More

Wild About Nature at Lake Shelbyville

•May 24, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is announcing that registration is underway for the 2017 Wild about Nature Series at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Sessions take place Thursday mornings in June and July. Any child between the ages of one and 12 is welcome to attend. Ages one-three and four-five meet from 9-10 a.m. Ages 6-12 meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A responsible adult is required to attend with children between the ages of one and three. However, adults are not required to attend for all other age groups. The following is a list of program dates and topics. Read More