ALAH Budget Looking Up, but Still Room for Improvement

•July 20, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry,
For the News Progress

“All funds are in the black,” noted Superintendent Kenny Schwengel at the last Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board meeting. “There is $1,669, 501.91 in the education fund balance. We are still short $240,000 from the incentive money that we did not receive.”

Schwengel also stated that the district was expecting around $670,000 in incentive funding for the 2016-2017 school year. “Things are still looking up from a budget standpoint, but there is still room to improve,” he said.

Other matters that were discussed or voted upon:

• The athletic department wanted to know the board’s opinion on including the local bar and gun shop as part of their ad sales for their fundraisers. Members of the board didn’t have any issues with it. Read More

Caring Women Form Group

•July 20, 2016•

A new group called “100 Women Who Care” is starting in Sullivan, and all women are invited to participate.

The group is neither a for-profit nor a non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with any other entity in town. It does not have a board of directors, a staff or even a budget but has the possibility of making a substantial impact in the Sullivan area.

Sullivan has more than 50 organizations that are consistently fundraising to create programs for almost every demographic of the town. A combined contribution from 100 Women Who Care could allow a group to do a larger, perhaps normally unattainable project that could otherwise take years to attain.

In a nutshell, women will commit to two meetings this year, one on July 28 and one on October 27. Upon arrival, each attendee may nominate a charity she deems worthy.

All nominations will be put into a fishbowl, and three will be drawn blindly. Those who nominated the selected charities are invited to speak about the organization for no more than five minutes each.

After that, everyone votes by private ballot for the charity she would most like to fund. The votes are counted and the winner announced. Then participants each write a $100 check directly to that charity.

Teams may also be created of up to four people who contribute $100 combined. If the group consists of 100 women, the group will be making a $10,000 contribution twice in 2016.

Consider joining at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at 5 West Coffee Lounge in Sullivan.

Noise Concerns Bring Visitors to County Board

Dog Kennel Questioned

•July 20, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Concerns over the noise level of a dog kennel brought an audience to the Moultrie County Board meeting July 14.

When planning and land use committee chair Todd Maxedon presented the motion for a special use permit allowing Duane Schrock to operate a dog kennel in rural Arthur, neighbors voiced concerns.

Bill Crane spoke for a number of neighbors explaining the prior owner had a puppy mill in the location, and the noise was unbearable.

“There are a lot of people living within 400 feet of the area,” Crane pointed out, “and putting up with 60 or 70 yelping dogs is not what we want.”

Gary Cornwell lives next door to the proposed kennel. “When those dogs are howling at night, it’s like a freight train,” he said, pointing out coyote traffic in the area added to the dogs’ agitation.

Planning and zoning director Jan Haegen pointed out four P&Z directors met at the property, returning a split vote to the planning and zoning committee, which approved the permit with recommendations. Read More

Garden Tractor Pull

Photo by RR Best Garden Tractor Pull The Christian County Tractor Pulling Association held a competition Sunday July 17 in Tabor Park in Sullivan. Kaitlin Morgan from Marshall wheel lifts her Disney puller above during the second annual event at Tabor Park.

Photo by RR Best
Garden Tractor Pull
The Christian County Tractor Pulling Association held a competition Sunday July 17 in Tabor Park in Sullivan. Kaitlin Morgan from Marshall wheel lifts her Disney puller above during the second annual event at Tabor Park.

Sullivan Summer Recreation Program Keeps Growing

Photo by Brynna Sentel Sullivan Summer Park and Recreation program is filled will all kinds of activities to exercise the young bodies and minds who are participating this year. Above Kailen Scribner engages in one of the mind exercising games. Click the photo to see the photo page.

Photo by Brynna Sentel
Sullivan Summer Park and Recreation program is filled will all kinds of activities to exercise the young bodies and minds who are participating this year. Above Kailen Scribner engages in one of the mind exercising games. Click the photo to see the photo page.

•July 20, 2016•

By Brynna Sentel
For the News Progress

One hundred fifteen kids, numerous donations, and a little heart have let the summer park program flourish in Sullivan.

Jake and Melissa Haegen have worked hard to improve Sullivan’s park rec program. An over 50-year-old program has evolved from 30-40 kids to 115, from two supervisors to multiple teenage volunteers who have been through the program and from a quick lunch break to a provided food program.

The program grew so rapidly in the past few years that the Haegens had to specify the requirements to participate. This free program is available to kids who have attended kindergarten in Sullivan schools. Kids may come until they are up to 12 years of age. Read More

Tabor Park Draws Crowd to Garden Tractor Pull

•July 20, 2016•

Christian County Tractor Pulling Association held the second annual Sullivan Garden Tractor Pull in Tabor Park Sunday, July 17.

Prizes were awarded the top four finishers in seven different classes.

950# 12HP Stock Single Class: First Rob Matthews on Little Legend - 295.92 ft., second Randy Long on Red Baron-294.06 ft., third Dylan Dirks on Cloey’s Ride-293.21 ft., fourth Terry Norville on Steiger Cub-289.87 ft.

1050# 14HP Stock Single Class: first Jake Bolen on Ole Blue-229.80 ft., second Vance Steward on Layin’ Tracks-212.48 ft., third Dave Beasley on Ole Crow-208.07 ft., fourth Kristin Johnson on Slow Ride-207.25 ft. Read More

Lovington Selects Animal Control Officer, Purchases Police Vehicle

Community Garden Grows

•July 20, 2016•

By Stu D. Baker
For the News Progress

During the June meeting of the Lovington village board a new animal control officer was appointed and a new police car purchased.

Lisa Clark was selected as animal control officer for the village at a $20 per hour rate. Clark was approved for a 30 day trial period.

A motion to purchase a 2017 Ford Explorer police vehicle from Wright Automotive for $26,310 was approved. Trustee Anklam noted the village received $11,000 from the Timm Foundation to add to the $15,000 budgeted for a new vehicle. The price includes the trade-in of the 2010 patrol car. An additional $2000 will convert the vehicle for police use. Read More

Independence Day Raffle Winner

Photo by Mike Brothers Independence Day Raffle Winner The annual Sullivan Independence Day raffle was another great success for the Chamber and Economic Development. Above interim Sullivan Chamber Executive Director Laurrie Minor presents the 2016 Independence Day raffle drawing winner Mary Ann Wiley of Sullivan with a $5148 check.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Independence Day Raffle Winner
The annual Sullivan Independence Day raffle was another great success for the Chamber and Economic Development. Above interim Sullivan Chamber Executive Director Laurrie Minor presents the 2016 Independence Day raffle drawing winner Mary Ann Wiley of Sullivan with a $5148 check.

George Exhibition at Agri-Fab

Photo furnished George Exhibition at Agri-Fab Vintage tools from the George Garden Tool exhibition held at Agri-Fab July 2 drew a big crowd, including some of the past employees and their families.  Evan Dickens, who was part of the original crew, is pictured with one of the many power garden tools made in Sullivan from 1946 through the mid 1960s. He and his wife Dixie inspect a vintage walk behind George sickle mower along with his daughter, her husband and grandkids.

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George Exhibition at Agri-Fab
Vintage tools from the George Garden Tool exhibition held at Agri-Fab July 2 drew a big crowd, including some of the past employees and their families. Evan Dickens, who was part of the original crew, is pictured with one of the many power garden tools made in Sullivan from 1946 through the mid 1960s. He and his wife Dixie inspect a vintage walk behind George sickle mower along with his daughter, her husband and grandkids.