Local Memorial Day Services 2015

May 20, 2015

• The Sullivan American Legion will hold a service at 8 a.m. Monday in Greenhill Cemetery.
• The Honor Guard and the Sullivan American Legion will host a service at 10 a.m. Monday at the Moultrie County Memorial Park located between Sullivan and Bethany.
• The American Legion Post #429 will host a Memorial Day Service Sunday at 1 p.m. at Tom Conn Park in Lovington.

Bethany Celebration Seeking Pageant and Talent Contestants

May 20, 2015

The Bethany Celebration Committee is seeking contestants for its annual pageants and talent contests.
The pageants include Miss Bethany, Jr. Miss Bethany, Young Miss Bethany, and Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker.
The Celebration will also host its annual Bethany’s Got Talent contest. Both it and the pageants will be held the evening of Friday, June 19.
The deadline to enter is June 1. Applications may be found at  Bethany village hall or by contacting Angie Neal at 217-737-7755.

Students Participate in Junior High Honors Band

May 20, 2015

Students from Okaw Valley Middle School and Windsor Junior High are among more than 130 students from 18 area junior high schools who participated in the Frances Watts Johnston Junior High Honors Band and Chorus Festival recently at Lake Land College. Those from Okaw Valley are Shelby Hagerman, trumpet; Shelby Harding, flute and Madison Vogel and Connor Powers both on baritone. Choir students include sopranos Sadie Zimmerman and Isabella Benning and alto Kaylee Taylor. Attending from Windsor are Miranda Hayward, flute, Logan Greuel, tenor saxophone, Michael McCoy, trombone and Brandon Newell, percussion. Read More

Shimkus Votes to End Uncertainty Over WOTUS

May 20, 2015

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted recently for H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. The legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their controversial proposed rule to regulate Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Read More

Growing Up in Sullivan: The Mulberry Tree and the Day of the Bumblebees

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by Jerry Ginther
NP Columnist

Until recently I had never seen a mulberry bush, but just because I’d never seen one I hadn’t ruled out the possibility that they may exist. Having reasoned that they must truly exist, because a couple of children’s nursery rhymes specifically say “bush” instead of “tree”, I ventured to the internet to settle the conflict. There I found that in fact there is a variety called a bush. As a matter of fact, I found several varieties of mulberry trees and bushes. That said, I had one particular tree in mind. For several summer seasons in my early childhood, I spent quite a few days under a mulberry tree eating the berries. As I recall, they had to be fully, drop dead, ripe or they were a little sour to the taste. So, once one found a fully ripe one nothing else would do and you passed over any that were not fat and dark purple. Read More

Happy Graduation Ads Still Available

May 20, 2015

With the News•Progress’ graduation issue arriving on newsstands June 10, ads congratulating graduates are still available to purchase.
Ads include a picture with a congratulatory message for $20.
The deadline to purchase an ad is May 29. For submission forms, see either last or next week’s editions of the News•Progress or visit our office and ask for Barry Morgan.

Burch Charged with Sexual Assault

Rural Shelbyville man brought up on second count

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart

A rural Shelbyville man who was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual
abuse last month is now facing a second count of criminal sexual assault.
Wade T. Burch, 25, of rural Shelbyville appeared in court a week ago Monday with his attorney Sean Britton. There, Burch was read the second charge filed against him and a preliminary hearing was set for next month. Read More

Mo-Do Fair Pageant Contestants Sought

May 20, 2015

Anyone who wishes to participate in the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair pageants to be held in July should contact Sandy Hoke, pageant director at 493-3583 by Wednesday, June 3 for Miss and Junior Miss.
The Little Miss contestants deadline is Saturday, June 13.
All applications may be found at moultriedouglascountyfair.com.

Sen. Rose works with Illinois Farm Bureau to Protect Landowners Rights

May 20, 2015

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and the Illinois Farm Bureau teamed up to add legal protections for homeowners and landowners when it comes to the planning and surveying for electric transmission lines on their property.
“This legislation is designed to provide better notification and more transparency during the entire process to landowners who are potentially involved in these projects,” Rose said. “Obviously, when you ‘flip a switch,’ we all want the lights to turn on, but how the big power companies treat people when planning for the delivery of electric service is no less important.” Read More

Phelps Helps Out, One Pop Tab at a Time

Submitted Pictured (left) is Sullivan McDonald’s owner Angie Matlock and (right) Sullivan high school senior Beretta Phelps, who along with Matlock’s help, collected 400 pounds of pop tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charity as a state service project.

Pictured (left) is Sullivan McDonald’s owner Angie Matlock and (right) Sullivan high school senior Beretta Phelps, who along with Matlock’s help, collected 400 pounds of pop tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charity as a state service project.

Tabs converted into cash to help Ronald McDonald House

May 20, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Forty-four gallons of soda are drunk per year, according to an associated press article published in 2013. Of those who consumed the 44 gallons, it is quite possible that they did not give much thought to the worth of a pop can tab. At the Ronald McDonald House, however, they think much differently when they see a can of soda-they think of hope and the chance at helping save lives. Each year nearly 40, 000,000 tabs are collected for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Those tabs are cashed in to raise money to help the patients and families who stay there. That adds up to $10K annually for its charity.
Former Sullivan Middle School principal Nancy Schaljo can attest to this beneficial charity because of her own personal experience.
Nearly 12 years ago her granddaughter was very ill and had to undergo a heart transplant. While undergoing care, she stayed in the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. Read More