Moultrie Counseling Center Cuts Keep Coming

•April 27, 2016•

The current state of Illinois budget impasse is being felt locally in many ways. Moultrie County Counseling has suffered significant reductions according to Executive Director David Cole. The National Alliance of Mental Health reported that from 2009-2012 Illinois cut funding for community mental health programs by 30% or $187,000,000. With the exception of three other states, Illinois had the highest cuts in the nation. To have the current budget impasse on top of these previous reductions creates significant difficulties. Read More

Spring Rendezvous Comes to Wolf Creek Park

Photo by Melanie Byers George “Curly” Spallinger, sitting at left, demonstrates fire starting technique as his granddaughter Madison looks on at Wolf Creek State Park during the 2015 Spring Rendezvous.

Photo by Melanie Byers
George “Curly” Spallinger, sitting at left, demonstrates fire starting technique as his granddaughter Madison looks on at Wolf Creek State Park during the 2015 Spring Rendezvous.

•April 27, 2016•

The IDNR Links to the Future and LTC Spring Rendezvous will once again be open to the public at Wolf Creek State Park on Lake Shelbyville in Windsor. Public events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21.

Through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, the Lincoln Trails Council Boy Scouts of America serves young people with its program of citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and character development. Together with the IDNR they will host the annual outdoor youth festival.

This all-day event will feature such activities as trapshooting, target shooting, archery shooting, fishing, and wildlife displays. An encampment of frontiersmen representing the lifestyle, clothing, and trades of Rendezvous Era will be on hand, as well as exhibits and activities including rope making, blacksmiths, woodworking, and a re-creation of a Civil War camp. Read More

Obituaries 4-27-2016: Victor Tessman

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Victor Eugene Tessman, 98, of Sullivan passed away in the presence of his family into the arms of Jesus at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Services to celebrate Vic’s life were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial with military rites by Sullivan American Legion Post #68 was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.  Read More

IDOT Helps Local Schools Honor Earth Day

Nonprofit Donates Thousands of Trees for Educational and Environmental Benefit

•April 27, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is teaming up with the environmental organization Living Lands and Waters to distribute thousands of tree seedlings to schools throughout Illinois in observance of Earth Day. The trees were donated to IDOT as part of the Living Lands and Waters Million Trees Project.

“Through our partnership with Living Lands and Waters, we have delivered nearly 45,000 tree seedlings over the years to be planted in Illinois soil,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “As an agency that impacts every community in our great state, every day is Earth Day at IDOT. The trees planted this year will join the thousands of others to be appreciated and cherished by the generations to come.” Read More

Obituaries 4-27-2016: Darrell Morris

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Darrell G. Morris, 69, of Arthur, formerly of Sullivan, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 in his residence.

Celebration of Life services were at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Gene Godfrey officiating. Burial will be at a later date.  Read More

Kiwanis Bedding Collection Saturday

At Jackson/Hamilton Intersection 

•April 27, 2016•

The Sullivan Kiwanis Club bedding collection drive is at the corner of Jackson and Hamilton streets 10 a.m-noon Saturday, April 30.

Located at the northeast corner lot, Kiwanians will be on hand to accept new and slightly used bedding for donation to those in Sullivan with a need.

“There is help for struggling families with food and other essentials,” Sullivan Kiwanis treasurer Marci Thompson said. “More people than we realize simply can’t afford bedding.”

She explained this is a part of the Kiwanis mission serving the children of the world.  Read More

Old Boiler Goes

Photo by Mike Brothers Old Boiler Goes The 60 year old 35,000 pound steam boiler that heated both the high school and middle school was removed by Henson Robinson Co.  April 26 with a little help from Custom Crane Service. Director of Maintenance Kevin Landrus explained the 4 million BTU boiler had become unreliable and was inefficient. The high school and middle school will each have new systems with twice the efficiency and comfort as part of the HVAC systems upgrade in Sullivan schools over the summer.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Old Boiler Goes
The 60 year old 35,000 pound steam boiler that heated both the high school and middle school was removed by Henson Robinson Co. April 26 with a little help from Custom Crane Service. Director of Maintenance Kevin Landrus explained the 4 million BTU boiler had become unreliable and was inefficient. The high school and middle school will each have new systems with twice the efficiency and comfort as part of the HVAC systems upgrade in Sullivan schools over the summer.

Lady Redskins face Meridian

Photo by Darian Hays Lady Redskins face Meridian Madison Wall threw a very good game and kept the Lady Redskins in  the game, but fell to a very good Meridian team 6-1. Hitters faced an all-conference pitcher and didn’t have a great deal of success, but they kept battling until the end scoring one run and having the bases loaded in the 7th inning.  The JV game went a little better with a 5-1 win.  Abby Elzy pitched great.

Photo by Darian Hays
Lady Redskins face Meridian
Madison Wall threw a very good game and kept the Lady Redskins in the game, but fell to a very good Meridian team 6-1. Hitters faced an all-conference pitcher and didn’t have a great deal of success, but they kept battling until the end scoring one run and having the bases loaded in the 7th inning. The JV game went a little better with a 5-1 win. Abby Elzy pitched great.

First National CEO, President

•April 27, 2016•

Ray Duncan, Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Sullivan, announced that at the annual stockholder’s meeting March 22 Paul Hrvol was named CEO and Reid Molzen was named president of the bank.

Hrvol, who has been with the bank since 1989, received his B.S. in finance from Eastern Illinois University in 1988 and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He resides in Sullivan with his wife Mickey and their two sons.

Molzen received his B. S. in finance from Millikin University in 1992 and has been with the bank since 1992. He attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Sullivan with his wife Christy and their two sons.

Recent Obituaries: Brian P. Hart

Brian P. Hart

Brian P. Hart, 56, of Sullivan, passed away 1:55 p.m. Tuesday (April 19, 2016) in Decatur Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Pastor Marge Overlot officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Moultrie County Food Pantry, the Decatur Cancer Care Specialist Scholarship.

Brian was born May 28, 1959 in Shelbyville, the son of James and Nancy Wakefield Hart. He married Kathleen Ann Freese on October 23, 1991. Brian retired from the phone company (GTE, Verizon, Frontier) with thirty five years of service on November 1, 2015. He had been a member of the Sullivan Sports Boosters, George A. Sentel Masonic Lodge # 764 and the Sullivan Country Club. His favorite pastimes were playing golf and poker, but his greatest joy was watching his kids play sports. Brian knew no stranger. He loved people and always had kind words to say about everyone.

Surviving are his wife Kathy, daughter Brittany Hart of Sullivan; son Dylan Hart of Sullivan; sister Brenda (David) Winskill of Sullivan; niece, Hillary Winskill; nephew Clay Winskill; mother-in-law Pat Larkin of Sullivan; sister-in-law Nikki (Dan) Hodge of Arthur; niece Andalyn Hodge; nephew Dustin Hodge and grandmother-in-law Helen Gustin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents Jim and Nancy.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Wade, III, LeAnn Rhinehart, NP and Lynette his primary nurse at the Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur, along with his nurse Sami at Decatur Memorial Hospital. They are incredible people and should be admired for their dedication to their professions.