Bethany Patient Stages Toy Drive to Give Back

Photo by Bernie Sanders Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

Photo by Bernie Sanders
Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

To Shriners Hospital Kids Like Him

•August 17, 2016•

Seth Webner has suffered with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for the past three years, and the treatment he has received at Shriner’s Hospital has inspired him to give something back.

Children from all over the country are treated free of charge at Shriners hospitals, and the Bethany seventh grader wanted to show his appreciation for the care he continues to receive.

“When I went through my first surgery at the old hospital, there was this lady who entertained me and gave me a toy,” Webner said, explaining the gesture did a lot to make him feel better about the treatments he was having to go through.

After his last visit in July, he told his mother Brooke he wanted to have a toy drive for Shriners Hospital, and so it began. Read More

Nominations Open for Illinois Job Honor Awards

•August 17, 2016•

The Illinois Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its first annual awards event, to be conducted November 30, 2016 in Lisle, IL. The Awards will celebrate Illinoisans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them.

Founded in Iowa in 2014, the awards are spreading nationwide under the banner of America’s Job Honor Awards. Previous honorees have overcome physical and mental disabilities, criminal convictions, limited English proficiency and long-term unemployment in their struggle for employment.

“Our society celebrates lottery winners, movie stars and professional athletes,” notes founder Kyle Horn. “We rarely hear inspiring stories of individuals whose lives are transformed through the hard work and perseverance that leads to meaningful employment.

It’s time for a new kind of hero.” Read More

County Goes to the Air for Next E-911 Phase

Last Photos Taken 2003

•August 17, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Moutlrie County’s move toward an enhanced 911 system will require updated aerial photos of the county.

Public safety chair Arlene Aschermann requested the county proceed with a proposal for Orthophotography for E-911 and Assessment use.

The photos were used primarily for tax assessment purposes in the past. Kevin McReynolds of public safety explained the existing black and white photos of the county were taken in 2003, and more detailed photos are required to complete the E-911 property location section.

McReynolds explained the new larger oblique photos would give a more three dimensional quality for more accurate property location in addition to serving the county’s various GIS needs.

He noted the original aerial shoot for the county cost $119,000 with grant funding assistance. The board approved proceeding on the proposal. Read More

Moultrie Moment of the Week

Pictured above is an undated photo of Sheridan’s Men’s Clothing store which was located on the south side of the square in Sullivan. 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.

Pictured above is an undated photo of Sheridan’s Men’s Clothing store which was located on the south side of the square in Sullivan. 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.

Flowering Corn?

Stu D. Baker photo Flowering Corn? Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Stu D. Baker photo
Flowering Corn?
Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Cubs Reel off 11 Straight, USA Women’s Rowing Does the Same

•August 17, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Columnist

For the 2020 Games in Tokyo the two will be coupled together for the first time—along with softball and three other sports—but for this go-around they are separate, but still the source of high-quality entertainment for young and old.

To highlight the diamond happenings, the Cubs tore off 11 straight games before succumbing to the Saturday and Sunday to the Cards—in spite of Kyle Hendricks’ 12 strikeouts—and as of print date hold a 12 game lead in the NL Central.

Only a truly catastrophic Cub-like collapse could save the Cards now.

In those weekend losses, the Cubs bullpen blew substantial leads, so stay tuned, folks.

Now to Rio. Read More

SCWC Plans for Homecoming Chili Supper

•August 17, 2016•

Plans are underway for the annual Sullivan Civic Women’s Club homecoming chili supper October 7 in the Sullivan American Legion.  Profits from the fundraiser go to the scholarship fund. Last year for the first time the club offered a 50/50 drawing as a way to raise more money for scholarships awarded to local high school seniors.  Read More

Retired Educator is on School Board

•August 17, 2016•

Ann Wheeler’s decision to apply for a place on the Sullivan Community Unit District 300 school board was based on her desire to serve the community, but it took a nudge from an unexpected place to motivate her.

Wheeler, retired after 34 years teaching English in Arthur schools, was educated in Sullivan and has  children and grandchildren involved in Sullivan district schools.

About a month ago while attending church, lay speaker Mike Craig spoke of getting involved by doing something.

“I had thought about the open spot on the board, but that gave me the nudge to apply,” she explained.

“I know how important schools are to small communities, and I realize there are challenges, especially when it comes to depending on state funding,” Wheeler said, emphasizing she is open for the new adventure.

Wheeler takes the seat vacated by Scott Atchison. The school board’s appointment is until the April 2017 election.

She takes her seat at the September 12 Sullivan School board meeting.

Millikin Kicks off Academic Year

•August 17, 2016•

First-year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin’s 2016 First Week program scheduled Aug. 16-21.

First Week is designed for first-year students to become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22. The First Week experience teaches students what is expected in the college environment and how to best engage in the Millikin community to ensure success.

First Week activities begin with Move-In Day for residential students on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

An integral part of the First Week experience is the First-Year University Seminar. University Seminar is intended to be a unique learning opportunity for first-year students entering Millikin University. The seminar introduces students to college-level academic inquiry by focusing on critical and ethical reasoning, and reflection.  Read More