New Voter Cards Mailed

•May 24, 2017•

Registered voters in Moultrie County will receive new Voter Registration Cards within the next week. As required by law, the county clerk’s office is in the process of completing a purge of Moultrie County voters. County Clerk Georgia England explained that a purge is done to help maintain voter registrations by keeping them current and up-to-date and to eliminate voters who are deceased or have moved from Moultrie County. Jonathan Creek Precinct, Marrowbone 1 and 2 Precincts, and Sullivan 3 Precinct voters received new Voter Registration Cards at the time their polling location was changed and will not receive new cards at this time.

England urges voters to check their voter’s card and familiarize themselves with their districts and polling location. Voter’s should sign the new card and destroy the old card.

England is asking for voters’ assistance in returning Voter Registration cards that were delivered to individuals who no longer live at the address where the card was delivered. Should a household receive a Voter ID card for a member of their family or for an individual who once resided at that address but no longer does, mark on the Voter ID card “NOT AT THIS ADDRESS “. If you know the address to where the individual has moved write that on the card also. Place the card in the mail to be returned to the county clerk’s office. No additional postage is required. It is important that these cards be returned to the clerk’s office and not just destroyed, nor should they be given to the person listed on the card who does not live in that household. If the addressee on the card is deceased, notify the county clerk’s office in writing. The sole purpose of a purge is to have correct voter data for the election process.

Also, if an individual’s address has been changed by municipality or post office action, inform the county clerk’s office of said changes. England says that if a person had a Rural Route Box number that was changed by 9-1-1 addressing but their new voter card reflects an incorrect address, her office needs to be informed.

Registered voters who do not receive a voter’s card by June 12 should notify the clerk’s office at 728-4389.

England would like to reiterate the importance to change voter registration information whenever a person changes their name or moves, even if the move is across the street. If the address or name change is not made in a timely fashion before an election is held, the voter may be prohibited from voting a full ballot at the polls or may be required to Grace Period Register and vote at the County Clerk’s office.

The next election will be the General Primary March 20, 2018. If an individual is not registered to vote, now is the time to do so. Registration may be done in the county clerk’s office, with precinct committeemen and at all Moultrie County libraries. For information regarding registration qualifications call the county clerk’s office or visit their website at

Memorial Day Observations

•May 24, 2017•

Memorial Day observations begin at the Moultrie County Courthouse at 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 29.

From there the Sullivan American Legion Post 68 Honor Guard will lead the Memorial Day Parade to Greenhill Cemetery where a formal service will be conducted at 8 a.m.

The Honor Guard will then attend services at the Wyman Park Memorial followed by breakfast at the American Legion hall.

They will then conduct memorial services at the Moultrie County Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

Lovington American Legion will host their Memorial Day services Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m in Tom Conn Park.

Memorial Day mass will be observed at St. Isidore Catholic Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Bring lawn chairs.

Early News Deadline

•May 24, 2017•

The Moultrie County News Progress will observe Memorial Day by closing  Monday, May 29.

Due to the Monday closing all deadlines for publication are moved to noon Friday, May 26. The News Progress offices will be closed Monday, May 29.

Honor those who gave their lives defending the United States of America.

For questions, call 217/728-7381.

Mo Do County Fair Pageants

•May 24, 2017•

Anyone who wishes to participate in the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Pageants to be held in July should contact Sandy Hoke, Pageant Director at 493.3583 by Thursday, June 8 for Miss and Junior Miss. Ages for Miss are 16-21 and Junior Miss 11-14.

The new Miss Moultrie-Douglas will receive a $2000 Scholarship.

Sullivan Lions Celebrate

•May 17, 2017•

Lions District Governor Moe Wimbly attended the May 9 Sullivan Lions meeting to award milestones to several members.

John Ruscin has been a member of Sullivan Lions for 66 years. Lynn Reed and Dave Reed have both been Lions members for 40 years.

Jess Barker and Nick Voegel are Centennial Members as they joined Lions last year during Lions International’s 100th Anniversary.

Sullivan Lions is a chapter of Lions International, a service organization which stresses vision and hearing services as well as several local projects.

All-American Cookout

•May 17, 2017•

Eastview Terrace in Sullivan is hold the All-American Cookout at 12 noon Friday, May 19.

As National Nursing Home Week comes to an end everyone is invited to enjoy a cook out and great music from The Rauch Band.

Come to 100 Eastview Place in Sullivan and noon and bring a lawn chair, for a great a hot dog, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie for dessert.

For more information call 217/728-7367.

Healthcom Holds 5K event

•May 17, 2017•

Healthcom is increasing awareness for Senior Fitness Month by sponsoring an Active Every Day 5K Run/Walk for the benefit of Mid-Illinois Senior Services in Sullivan.

The staff of Healthcom Inc. is coordinating this fund-raising event, which kicks off at the Sullivan High School track/football field at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10. Those registering early get a $10 discount plus a participant’s t-shirt and tote with gifts. Those 65 years and older race free and may purchase a shirt.

The 5K run or walk is through Wyman Park with the one mile fun run for seniors and children held on the school track.

Trophies are awarded the three top finishers in each class with all children receiving participation medals.

A bounce house is available for children following the race.

Those interested may email or

Mid-Illinois Senior Services is a non-profit agency serving Moultrie and Douglas counties offering support services free for area senior citizens.

Lowe 1 Precinct Poll Change

•May 17, 2017•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England has announced that Lowe 1 Precinct’s polling location will change effective with the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election.

The Precinct is now located at the Arthur Public Library, but will relocate to the Arthur Fire Department located at 323 W. Columbia St., Arthur. Voters will be receiving a new Voter Registration Card in the mail showing the new polling location the week of May 29th .

With all the additional equipment needed to comply with State and Federal laws regarding ADA compliancy, Lowe Precinct was in need of more space. Being able to spread out more will also accommodate the number of individuals voting more efficiently.

England stated, “We are very fortunate in Moultrie County to have organizations, churches, libraries, firehouses, village halls, etc. that are so willing to do whatever is necessary to help in the democratic process of elections. It’s been a pleasure working with the Arthur Library for many, many years, and I look forward to working with the Arthur Fire Protection District.”

Menus 5-17-2017

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, May 22- Breakfast bites, grape juice, milk.
Tuesday, May 23 - English muffin, grape juice, milk.
Wednesday, May 24- Warm apples, Ritz crackers, milk.
Thursday, May 25 - Coffee cake, grape juice, milk.
Friday, May 26 - Bagels, grape juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, May 22 - Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, carrot sticks, crackers, banana, milk.
Tuesday, May 23 - Sausage links, mashed potatoes, peaches, bread & butter, milk.
Wednesday, May 24 - Pork fritters, green beans, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, May 25 - Popcorn chicken, french fries, applesauce, bread & butter, milk.
Friday, May 26 - Pizza, lettuce salad, mixed fruit, milk.

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, May 22 - Sloppy Joe, baked corn casserole, butter beans, bun, apricots.
Tuesday, May 23 - Ham slices, frosted sweet potatoes, peas, Texas toast, tropical fruit.
Wednesday, May 24 - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, tomatoes & zucchini, whole grain dinner roll, sunshine salad.
Thursday, May 25 - Taco salad w/taco meat, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream & taco sauce, pears, taco chips, layered lemon dessert.
Friday, May 26 - Turkey tetrazzini, California mixed vegetables, green beans, whole grain wheat, fresh fruit.

Sullivan FFA Mother’s Day

•May 10, 2017•

The Sullivan High School FFA is holding a Mother’s Day greenhouse sale this Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m.-noon in the SHS ag department greenhouse.

Everything from hanging baskets to planted pots to six packs of the buyer’s favorite flora and fauna is available with the proceeds helping the local FFA chapter.