Obituaries 8-13-2014: Kay Aldridge

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Katherine R. “Kay” Aldridge, 92, of Sullivan, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 in her home in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in First Christian Church in Sullivan. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the church. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Arrangements are by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Read More

Obituaries 8-13-2014: Randy Baker

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Randy Allen Baker, 37, of Windsor, formerly of Sullivan, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at his home in Windsor.  Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.  Visitation will be held one hour before the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.  Read More

Red Apple Fire Investigation Further Delayed

August 13, 2014

According to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper, the state fire marshal’s investigation into the cause of the Red Apple fire from late July was delayed last week because of rain in the area.

The investigation was then further delayed this week due to investigators unable to secure permission from Red Apple ownership to revisit the scene. The Sadikoska family, who owns the restaurant, was expected to be back in the United States late Tuesday after being out of the country during the fire. The investigation looks to continue, if not wrap up, late this week.

Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Receives 5-Star Rating

August 13, 2014

Petersen Health Care announced that Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care has earned the five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which signifies a “much above average” rating.

Five stars is the highest and most respected rating a nursing home can receive and is based on health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Read More

Summer Winding Down, Farm Bureau Staying Busy


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By Tyler Harvey
Mo-Do Farm Bureau Manager

It seems like only yesterday that the summer was upon us and the return of school was a distant thought. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer and got to experience a fair, festival, or caught up on that “to-do” list.

As you read this, the Illinois State Fair will be winding down for the year. If you have never experienced the State Fair, it is something to see. There is so much going on, day and night, that it is sometimes overwhelming but still worth it. To me, the fair is the close of summer and also the last time I will get my fair food for another long year. The Illinois State Fair goes on until Aug. 17 so you still have time to make it. Read More

Over 2,000 Traffic Signs to be Replaced in Moultrie

Photo by Keith Stewart The new style of rural reference and street name signs, as seen at the intersection of Rt. 32 and the entrance to Bo Wood, includes mixed case as opposed to the now outdated all uppercase lettering.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The new style of rural reference and street name signs, as seen at the intersection of Rt. 32 and the entrance to Bo Wood, includes mixed case as opposed to the now outdated all uppercase lettering.

August 13, 2014

2009 rules and routine wear prompt replacement

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With routine replacement of traffic signs and regulations from 2009 dictating new retroreflectivity levels and upper and lower case street signs, Moultrie County is preparing to replace more than 2,000 regulatory, warning, and post mounted guide signs beginning this fall, not to mention 2,755 rural reference/street signs as needed.

At the monthly road and bridge committee meeting last Tuesday, it was announced that bids for the purchase of the 2,015 regulatory signs would open August 22.

According to county engineer Jeffrey Birch, the sign upgrade project comes with a program cost of $185,000, though a figure that is strictly for budgeting purposes. While there is an estimated cost for the project, which is typically lower than the program cost, Birch says that in order to have potential bidders bid “blind”, that estimate would need to be withheld.

“The program cost is a ‘best guess’ established by the agency at the time of preparing the annual budget and is a very rough ballpark figure,” explained Birch in a separate interview. “The estimate of cost is prepared  after the specifics to any contract have been determined.  The estimate of cost is a much more refined number.  Both numbers were prepared by the County Highway Department.” Read More

Local Scouts Complete Eagle Scout Projects

Submitted Pictured is former Troop 39 scoutmaster Gerry Wood (left), recently promoted Eagle Scout Benjamin Berner (middle), and current scoutmaster Jeff White at the formal unveiling of Berner’s Eagle Scout project, a list of more than 2,000 Moultrie County veterans and current armed forces and a podium upon which the list will sit.

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Pictured is former Troop 39 scoutmaster Gerry Wood (left), recently promoted Eagle Scout Benjamin Berner (middle), and current scoutmaster Jeff White at the formal unveiling of Berner’s Eagle Scout project, a list of more than 2,000 Moultrie County veterans and current armed forces and a podium upon which the list will sit.

August 13, 2014

High honor now within grasp

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“Congratulations, Eagle Scout.”

Three simple words that so many Boy Scouts hope to one day hear, they perhaps don’t completely encompass the years of merit badges attained nor the hours and hours of work on their Eagle Scout project.

But for two local scouts, Benjamin Berner and Sean Johnson, hearing these words recently were well worth the time, money, and work.

“The Eagle Scout project is the last major requirement before a boy becomes an Eagle Scout,” explained Troop 39 Scoutmaster Jeff White. “He must earn 21 merit badges, 13 of them are required (first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, cooking, personal fitness, emergency preparedness (or lifesaving), environmental science, personal management, swimming, camping and family life), but the remaining eight merit badges are chosen by each scout according to his interests (there are over 100 in all).”

For the 16-year-old Berner, his project involved the collection of service records both for current and past Moultrie County citizens enlisted in the armed forces. Read More