Moultrie Moment of the Week

Moultrie Moment of the Week                                                    Lovington Mule Skinners—Took care of the mules that were used to haul coal from the shaft mine in Lovington- The Lovington Coal Mine closed in 1924. this photo was donated by Roy Bolin. Partially identified: Top row from left Reenie Eckel, George Simpson, ?, (bottom) Ralph Morthland, Pearl Cantor, Mox Jurick, and Edra Morthland. 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.

Moultrie Moment of the Week
Lovington Mule Skinners—Took care of the mules that were used to haul coal from the shaft mine in Lovington- The Lovington Coal Mine closed in 1924. this photo was donated by Roy Bolin. Partially identified: Top row from left Reenie Eckel, George Simpson, ?, (bottom) Ralph Morthland, Pearl Cantor, Mox Jurick, and Edra Morthland. 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. For the story on this photo, click here.

Primary Petitions Available

•August 26, 2015•

Nominating petitions for candidates planning to run in the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election will be available in Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England’s office Monday, August 31.

The first day to circulate petitions for established political parties and independent candidates is September 1, 2015. Filing period is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. November 23, 24, and 25 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. November 30.

The countywide offices up for nomination are four full year terms for circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney; and, four year terms for county board members with four seats available. Precinct committeemen will be elected during the primary as well.

For additional information contact the county clerk’s office at 217-728-4389.

National Guard Battalion Holds Training Games in Sullivan

Photo by RR Best Illinois National Guard from around the state gathered for logistics training  with 550 gathering for exercises  at the Sulllivan Middle School and Civic Center on August 15.

Photo by RR Best
Illinois National Guard from around the state gathered for logistics training with 550 gathering for exercises at the Sulllivan Middle School and Civic Center on August 15.

•August 26, 2015•

By Nick Fiala

Reporting from Sullivan

For the first time since before 2007, a special training session hosted 550 members of the Illinois National Guard battalion at the Sullivan Middle School and Civic Center Saturday, August 15.

“We’re a logistics battalion,” explained Captain April Hawes. “So we’re supporting other units with fuel and water and food...and medical support…It’s usually just one unit drilling together.”

Over the years, the battalion has not narrowed down such an inclusive schedule. But the opportunity finally came this year, with a date set for last Saturday.

The special training day is a unique opportunity to further develop a wide variety of skills and relationships within the battalion that can prepare them for whatever field experience is in their future.

“Everything that we’re doing today has a direct tie to our actual logistical mission in supporting somebody else,” said Lieutenant Joel Jessup.

“But it’s been built into a competitive game-style environment. It’s an opportunity for everybody to come together who haven’t been together for seven to eight years.  They get to know people they may not interact with everyday and build professional relationships. Now they can go talk directly to their counterparts, whom they didn’t know last night.” Read More

Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association Holds Meeting

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The Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association held their third meeting of the year today, Aug. 5, 2015.

At the meeting, Stepheny McMahon, Director of Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development, spoke about the “No Job Left Behind” program which is creating ties between local high school students and area businesses in an attempt to prepare students for the workplace and develop prospective employees for those businesses. Pictured are Denny Hutchings, President of MCRTA; Stepheny McMahon; and Linda McCabe, Vice-President of MCRTA.

The Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association also presented Teacher Grants to nine Okaw Valley teachers/administrators to use in purchasing items for use in the classroom in the 2015/2016 school year. Pictured are four of the grant recipients: Doug McCausland, Okaw Valley Elementary Principal; Jena Atchison, Okaw Valley Counselor; Beth Sawyer, 2nd Grade Teacher; and Gayla Jackson, 1st Grade Teacher

Obituaries 8-26-2015: Jerry Dycus

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A Celebration of Life service for Jerry R. Dycus, 78, of Sullivan with military rites by Sullivan American legion Post #68 was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial will be at a later date.

He passed away at 8:55 a.m. Friday August 21, 2015, in his home in Sullivan.

Jerry was born March 23, 1937 in Mt. Vernon, a son of Orval John and Beulah May Fagan Dycus.  Jerry married Carol Ann Maris June 19, 1960 in Urbana, and she survives. Carol’s brother Ron was the minister for their wedding. Jerry graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1955 and went on to the University of Illinois where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1960. He spent 30 years in the military; for 10 years he was in the United States Marine Corps where he received the rank of captain and 20 years in the Illinois Army National Guard with the rank of sergeant first class. Jerry was the owner and operator of Wood-N-Bit in Sullivan from 1979 to 2015. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sullivan, the Sigma Chi Fraternity at the U of I, U. S. Jaycees, Sullivan Kiwanis and was a Mason with the George A. Sentel Lodge #764. He was involved with Moultrie County Habitat for Humanity and the Prairie Winds in Sullivan. Jerry was also a very valued and cherished employee with McMullin-Young Funeral Homes for 14 years. Read More

Hullabaloo on the Square

•August 26, 2015•

Hullabaloo on the square in Sullivan is coming Sunday, September 20 from 2-5 p.m.

This event features free entertainment and activities for families including laser tag; inflatables such as bungee run; bounce house; joust; obstacle course; rock climbing wall; carnival games and contests; cupcake walk; lots of candy and prizes, and face painting. Area vendors will sell food and beverages, and may include popcorn, elephant ears, polish sausages, corn dogs, hot dogs, nachos, lemon shakeups, and soda.  Read More

Ray Benefit to be Held Aug. 29

•August 26, 2015•

A benefit for Tom Ray who has recently been diagnosed with cancer is being held 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Solid Rock Chapel at 1213 E. Jackson St. in Sullivan.

Activities planned include a silent auction, ticket auction, dunk tank, photo booth, bake sale, face painting and outdoor activities for the children. A meal will be served 3-8 pm.  Read More

Correction

•August 26, 2015•

In the August 12, 2015 of The News Progress there was an error in the “Quick Acting Teens” story on the front page. Firefighter Leighton Burcham’s first name was misspelled. We apologize for the error.

WCTU Reviews Programs

•August 26, 2015•

The East Central Illinois Woman’s Christian Temperance Union will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, in Arcola at the Dutch Kitchen. Woman members and men associates will review the programs for the coming fiscal year. Visitors are welcome to the meeting and to enjoy a delicious noon meal. Further information Call 217 234 9827.