Lovington Resident Opens up Resale Shop in Sullivan Friday

Photo by Keith Stewart Robin Vaughn of Lovington is set to open her new resale shop, Mudgies, at 20 W. Harrison in Sullivan Friday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Robin Vaughn of Lovington is set to open her new resale shop, Mudgies, at 20 W. Harrison in Sullivan Friday.

Mudgie’s soft grand-opening set for Saturday

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

There is at least one new store opening this Friday in Sullivan, but for shop owner Robin Vaughn it is a familiar routine. Vaughn has owned and run the Thrifty Boutique for the last five years, first in Decatur before then moving to Arthur. But prohibitive rent prices there recently forced her to close up shop and look elsewhere for options, which brought her to Sullivan.

However, Vaughn realized an immediate conflict: there is already a similarly named shop in town. With the proposed opening date of July 18 fast approaching, she needed a new, unique name for her new location. Read More

Sullivan Bingo Hall Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

July 2, 2014

Submitted by Justine Brewer

The Sullivan Bingo Hall, located at 401 W. Water Street in Sullivan, recently celebrated five years of successful operation.

The Beacon, a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness, was previously struggling to find the dollars to make ends meet. The financially strapped state of Illinois budget has been unable to provide any type of funding increase or cost of living increase for the past six years, putting a strain on the annual budget.  Read More

EK Looks To Fuel Windsor With Support, New Choices

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are mother-son managerial duo of EK Petroleum Cheryl and Chris Coddington. Cheryl (left) is EK’s area manager while son Chris (right) is the Windsor location’s general manager.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are mother-son managerial duo of EK Petroleum Cheryl and Chris Coddington. Cheryl (left) is EK’s area manager while son Chris (right) is the Windsor location’s general manager.

June 25, 2014

Grand opening set for early July

by Ariana Cherry
Reporting in Windsor

Roger Bragg and Jon England, owners of Sullivan EK Petroleum, do their share when it comes to giving back to the community.

According to the two owners, since 2012, EK has donated over $6,000 to scholarship funds for local schools by donating a penny per gallon of gas. The company has also supported the Sullivan athletic fund through events such as the Three for Three Point Challenge where $3 is donated for every three-point shot made.

And now Bragg and England have their sights set on the town of Windsor, where a new EK Petroleum location was opened June 2.  Read More

A Hidden Treasure in Bethany

Photo by Keith Stewart Owner of Church House Treasures, Natalie Elliott, is prepared for her business to enjoy a full second year of operation in Bethany having reopened this month.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Owner of Church House Treasures, Natalie Elliott, is prepared for her business to enjoy a full second year of operation in Bethany having reopened this month.

After difficulties, Church House Treasures looks to a new year

by Emily Scott
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Natalie Elliott first opened her antique store, Church House Treasures, last May after reading about the property being for sale in a local publication. Elliott, a St. Joseph native, had never previously been to Bethany, let alone known where it was.

“It was something I wanted to do for a long time,” she said.

Located in the former Presbyterian Church in Bethany, the store featured hundreds of items from clothes to jewelry, to holiday decorations and dishware and anticipated more offerings throughout its first year of business.

But just a few weeks after opening, her husband Dave was involved in a motorcycle accident, putting a halt to the store’s ambitions.

“Everything changed that day,” said Elliott of her husband’s wreck. “Everything.”

Though it remained open off and on last year with the help of Elliott’s friends, the store re-emerged this month, a year old in reality, but truly just beginning. Read More

Not Your Ordinary Clothesline 

Photo by Keith Stewart Tiffany Hammer (right), owner of the new consignment shop the Clothesline in Sullivan, is seen next to her employee Donna Scheffer in the former Goldie’s Front Porch restaurant building, which now sits full of clothing and other accessories for sale.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Tiffany Hammer (right), owner of the new consignment shop the Clothesline in Sullivan, is seen next to her employee Donna Scheffer in the former Goldie’s Front Porch restaurant building, which now sits full of clothing and other accessories for sale.

Sullivan’s newest consignment shop opens

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

As a child, Tiffany Hammer didn’t receive clothes from consignment stores or garage sales.

“I was spoiled growing up. I always had new name brand clothes. It wasn’t until I grew up and had a family of my own, that I realized how expensive things are and how fast my daughter goes through clothes. But now my mother and I both love to go garage sale shopping together.” she explained.  Read More

Relaxing Atmosphere and Drink Come to Downtown Bethany

Photo by Keith Stewart Erin and Shane Weybright are the owners of the Hired Hand Winery & Saloon in downtown Bethany, which officially opened last November.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Erin and Shane Weybright are the owners of the Hired Hand Winery & Saloon in downtown Bethany, which officially opened last November.

Pizza also available to order

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Shane Weybright is a carpenter by trade. As such, the Bethany native has become accustomed to tools and expanding his tool belt, both literally for his profession and in he and his wife Erin’s other endeavors as entrepreneurs.

Nearly two years ago, the couple opened Echoes Pottery Studio and then helped with the establishment of Howlin’ Dog Studios last year. But more recently, the Weybrights moved forward with opening Hired Hand Winery & Saloon, the third new business in downtown Bethany. Read More

Not Your Average Consignment Store

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Photo by Keith Stewart
Jeff Feldkamp is seen on a fourwheeler, one of dozens of items geared towards men and for sale at the newly opened Caveman Consignments located in the former VFW in Sullivan.

New business offers items geared toward men 

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

Sullivan welcomes its newest business this week, Caveman Consignments, owned and operated by Jeff Feldkamp.

And perhaps as the name hints at, Feldcamp’s consignment store is not your typical breed, but instead is centered towards men and the items or projects that one might find in your prototypical ‘man cave.’  Read More

Rosati’s Officially Up and Running in Sullivan

New Italian restaurant to offer dishes unique to area

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

November 11 marked the opening of Sullivan’s newest restaurant, Rosati’s Pizza,  a family-run business whose first store was opened in downtown Chicago and featured “Italian Style Pizza” as well as pastas, sandwiches, and a whole menu full of other items from which to choose.  Read More

After Increased Demand, New Gun Store Opens in Lovington

by Florence Hallford

Photo by Keith Stewart Ralph Zancha of Lovington has officially opened his new firearms store, Zancha’s Guns and Ammo, which also sells top of the line metal detectors and knives.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Ralph Zancha of Lovington has officially opened his new firearms store, Zancha’s Guns and Ammo, which also sells top of the line metal detectors and knives.


Lovington Reporter

After selling firearms part time from his private residence, Ralph Zancha had to make a move if he was going to keep up with the increasing demand.

“Business had gotten so good we had to expand,” he explained. “It was get bigger or get out.”

Zancha did just that Saturday when his new store Zancha’s Guns and Ammo held its grand opening in downtown Lovington.

A steady stream of visitors crowded the store throughout the day, browsing the firearm selection. In addition to firearms, the store sells Garrett metal detectors and accessories and is an authorized Case Knife dealer.

Currently, Zancha works as a manager at O.K. Jobbers during the day while his daughter operates the store. He runs the store in the evenings and on weekends. He hopes that sales will continue to increase so he can leave his job and become full-time at the new location. He plans to promote the store through advertising and is holding a New Year’s Eve drawing. Names are entered into the drawing for every $100 spent. The winner will receive a Marlin 336.  Read More

New Chiropractor Opens Shop in Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is Dr. Quintin Murray, who has taken over the chiropractic office formerly Dr. Kellerman’s in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is Dr. Quintin Murray, who has taken over the chiropractic office formerly Dr. Kellerman’s in Sullivan.

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

While dealing with medical issues during his eighth grade year, Quintin Murray was able to find assistance and relief through the chiropractic services of Dr. Jeffery Fishel in Arcola. After meeting Dr. Fishel, Murray knew that he too wanted to be a chiropractor and help people with relief of pain when he grew up. And now that he has, Murray is doing just that.

“Dr. Fishel sat with me and helped me,” Murray explained. “He really had an impact on me.”

Murray spent his early educational years in Arthur. After graduating, he attended Lake Land College where he also played baseball. He then moved on to continue his education at Millikin University. After getting his degree from Millikin, Murray moved to St. Louis to attend Logan College of Chiropractor where he earned his degree in 2012.  Read More