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

Passion for Pets Breeds New Grooming Business

DogGroomingby Jake Dilley
Reporting near Dunn

Moultrie County now has a new pet grooming business, Lucky Dog Pet Grooming, opened by owner Carrie Simmons.

Simmons, who is a native of Blue Mound, graduated from Eastern Illinois University and was an auditor with ADM for several years. But after having children and being a stay-at-home mom for a short time, Simmons decided to follow her passion for animals and attend the Hair at the Dog pet grooming school in Monticello. There she completed the hands-on training necessary to graduate including learning how to use clippers, what blades work and how they are used, thinning shears, trimming nails, cleaning out ears, how different breeds should be bathed, teeth brushing, and also working with the customer to assure that they receive the quality service they want for their pet. Read More

A Local Inspiration Helps in Foundation of New Sullivan Business

Photo by Keith Stewart Tyler Mosier, Timmy Valentine, and John Stephens (L-R) recently opened the Astoria Company Store, which features homemade soy candles, lotions, soaps, and more. Astoria is located on the first floor of the Harrison Street Inn, in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Tyler Mosier, Timmy Valentine, and John Stephens (L-R) recently opened the Astoria Company Store, which features homemade soy candles, lotions, soaps, and more. Astoria is located on the first floor of the Harrison Street Inn, in Sullivan.

Local soy leads to candle business

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

It’s hard not to notice the aroma in the air when traveling through the Decatur area. But who would imagine that the source of that scent could produce such a beautifully fragrant soy candle. One Sullivan resident saw the potential and ran with it.

After his mother gave him a soy candle as a gift, John Stephens became impressed at the difference between the soy and regular candles. He found that the soy candles did not have the black smoke billowing out, they were much more fragrant, and they lasted longer. It was then that Stephens started putting together items from his own kitchen to create his own soy candle line.  Read More

Helping Others Make Healthy Strides

Photo by Keith Stewart Physician’s Choice Wellness is comprised of six individuals, including (from left to right): Geoff Owens, exercise specialist, Martina Gadberry, clinical assistant, Becky Clayton-Anderson, executive director, Jackie Clayton, DNP,  Ashley Bradshaw, registered dietician, and Dr. Glen Dust.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Physician’s Choice Wellness is comprised of six individuals, including (from left to right): Geoff Owens, exercise specialist, Martina Gadberry, clinical assistant, Becky Clayton-Anderson, executive director, Jackie Clayton, DNP, Ashley Bradshaw, registered dietician, and Dr. Glen Dust.

Anderson’s award winning clinic in sync with her life’s mission to better health

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Recent statistics show proof that obesity and diabetes are on the rise in the United States. According to the Food Research and Action Center, two-thirds of Americans were obese or overweight in 2012. The American Diabetes reported that in 2011, 25.8 million children and adults had diabetes. With these alarming statistics, it is more important than ever for people to start taking control of their health.

Becky Clayton-Anderson is trying to help people do just that. Read More

Two Dreams Come Together to Form Hair Salon

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur-Lovington Reporter

Playing dress up, working with models on the runway, and consulting with pageant queens helped two women realize their dreams, which led to their opening up a beauty salon in Lovington this past July. Together, Val Brumfield and Julie Kinert make up more than 25 years of experience in their shop, Majestic Cuts Salon and ValSalon.

“I have always had a love for beauty,” Kinert said. “I have been with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 18 years. I have also worked with pageants for over 13 years.”

“There were five of us in our family, and having sisters, we were always messing with hair and makeup. We loved to play dress up,” said Brumfield.

While their love for beauty stems from the heart, they added to their knowledge with a valuable education in cosmetology and fashion-runway experience.

“I felt the only thing that was always missing was my degree in cosmetology,” said Kinert who did end up completing the cosmetology program at Lake Land College. “They have the best program out there by far! You get the best well-rounded education there. They not only teach you the techniques you need, but they also teach you anatomy, advanced first aid/CPR and business, so you are fully prepared to run or start your own business,” she stated.

Brumfield attended St. John’s School of Cosmetology in both Decatur and Champaign. She was also able to travel and be an educator for seven years with The Matrix, a popular professional hair salon. As an educator Brumfield travelled to different beauty supply houses and taught classes on hair color and style.

“I went to a job career fair one day, and The Matrix was there doing demonstrations. I just fell in love with what they did,” said Brumfield. “While I was there, I spoke with one of their educators…With my extensive knowledge, I was also asked to be an educator. I learned new trends and went to all of the big hairdressing shows. It was very intimidating being right out of beauty school. I did fashion runways with Alteri from Las Vegas and with Vivian McKinder from London. I got to experience all of their knowledge and learn the tricks of the trade. Some hairdressers never get to experience that. I got a chance to expand outside the box.”

The ladies also gained experience by working in other salons.

Kinert worked a year and a half at a shop in Arthur and at the Cutting Edge in Atwood for three and a half years.

“I got the best on-the-job training working with a mother/daughter team that had 40-plus years of experience between them,” she said.

Brumfield, meanwhile, had her own salon and day spa in Monticello for almost 10 years.

Kinert’s inspiration for working in the beauty industry radiates from her love and passion for bringing one’s inner beauty to the surface. While she may tease men about their ear hair, she does enjoy helping her customers feel good about themselves.

As for Brumfield, having a love for the hair industry is in the genes.

“I had a great-grandfather who was a barber, my great aunt was a hairdresser, and both of my mom’s sisters are also hairdressers.”

It was just a little over a year ago that the two hairdressers first met.

After a divorce, Brumfield moved to Lovington and opened up her shop in April of 2012. Shortly after opening, Kinert arrived, asking whether there was room for another hairdresser. At the time, Brumfield had a second job so she thought it would be possible. A year went by before Kinert approached Brumfield again. After she said yes, the two sat down for some “shop talk” regarding their new business. Since they both would be working separate hours, it was decided that the hairdressers would keep their personal business names: Majestic Cuts Salon and ValSalon.

The shop offers all hair services, waxing, manicures, pedicures, Shellac Nails, professional makeup, pageant consulting, and tanning.

To make an appointment, you may call 217-519-0224 or visit the shop in downtown Lovington at 102 East State Street. A grand opening is currently in the making. Majestic Cuts Salon may also be found on Facebook.

New Firearms Training Service Hopes to Educate Community

by Emily Scott
Reporting in Allenville

A new small arms training service has emerged in the area in hopes of educating and training people of all skill and knowledge levels under the Illinois concealed carry act.

The Okaw Valley ASAT, LLC, Advanced Small Arms Training was recently established as an educational service to the community to provide professional and state-certified firearms training to carry concealed firearms in the state of Illinois. Read More

Jackson’s New Showrooms and Renovations Ready for Duty

Photo by Keith Stewart The Jackson Family of Dealerships recently completed renovations to the Sullivan location, including the addition of a new showroom. Pictured from left to right are owner Mark Jackson,  Jeff Parkison, Zack Bryan, and Drew Danalewich.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Jackson Family of Dealerships recently completed renovations to the Sullivan location, including the addition of a new showroom. Pictured from left to right are owner Mark Jackson, Jeff Parkison, Zack Bryan, and Drew Danalewich.

After nearly two years, dealership’s new look and features complete

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Jackson Family of Dealerships of Sullivan offering Chrysler and General Motors brands of cars has completed a new facility on the west side of Sullivan.

After purchasing the former HPR dealership in 2010, the Jackson Family of Dealerships moved from 107 E Jackson Street in Sullivan to 1320 W Jackson Street.

Then approximately two years ago, the dealership decided a face-lift, among other things, was in order. Read More

Bethany Hears New Howl with Music Studio

New record studio grand opening during block party

Photo by Keith Stewart Local band Slant Six is seen here, with members Stan Smart (left), Mike Harmison (center), and Julie Maloney (right). After first organizing in 2008 and then dissolving, the band reformed in 2011 and will perform live during the block party in Bethany October 12.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Local band Slant Six is seen here, with members Stan Smart (left), Mike Harmison (center), and Julie Maloney (right). After first organizing in 2008 and then dissolving, the band reformed in 2011 and will perform live during the block party in Bethany October 12.

by Emily Scott
Bethany Reporter

Mike Harmison of Sullivan has loved music ever since he learned to play the guitar at the age of five years old. In his teenage years he went on to play both the guitar and drums.

“That’s how I identify myself,” he said. “I’m a musician.”

Harmison has been recording local bands on his own since 1979 with his own recording equipment. While he admits the recording processes he once used were not the most high-tech, he enjoyed helping bands record and considers the time recording on his own successful. “Everyone ended up with a tape by the end,” he said.  Read More