Cubs Sullivan Connection

•October 26, 2016•

The January 8, 1917 edition of the Decatur Herald ran an article entitled: “Frank Chance Recalls His Debut in Sullivan”.  Frank Chance was player-manager of the Chicago Cubs on the only two World Series championship teams in 1907 and 1908.

The short of it is that in 1895 at either 17 or 18 years of age, Chance was observed playing in Fresno, Calif. by someone who enticed him to come to Sullivan, Illinois to play for the semi-pro team based there at the time.

Two different accounts indicate his salary to have been $25/month or $40/month (plus board).

There were two sources, one of which had him playing both in 1896 and 1897 in Sullivan while the other indicated he returned to play in Fresno in 1897 where he impressed a former Cub player who contacted Cubs management that they needed to sign him, which they did. He began his career with the Cubs in 1898.

Thanks to Brett Robinson Bethany baseball great for this story.

Findlay Legion Auxiliary Hosts Halloween

 •October 26, 2016•

The Findlay American Legion Auxiliary will host their annual Halloween supper 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 in the Findlay American Legion Post.

The dinner consists of BBQ, chicken and noodles, chili, peanut butter and cheese salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, cole slaw, a variety of desserts, and a beverage.

The American Legion will host their annual parade, which will form at Butch’s Station, and proceed to the Legion Post. Costume judging will be held inside the Legion Post home.

Scams, Fraud and ID Theft Workshop

•October 26, 2016•

SAIL, Soyland Access to Independent Living, will host a free workshop about Scams, Fraud and ID Theft 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 at First United Methodist Church located at 216 W. Jefferson Street in Sullivan. The speaker is Lanae Clarke, Public Affairs Manager with the State of Illinois Comptroller’s Office.

The workshop is free; reservations are not required. For more information call Betty Watkins, Rural Outreach Coordinator at 774-4322.

George Days Recalled for Historical Society

•October 19, 2016•

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold their monthly general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Heritage Center in Sullivan. The topic for the meeting will be the history, manufacturing and preservation of George Garden Tractors made in Sullivan from 1946 through 1966.

Gary Davis of Herrick will be the speaker for the evening and is the owner and collector of many George Garden tractors in various stages of restoration.

This program should be of interest to all of the local gardeners and lawn care folks. Following the program there will be a social hour with refreshments being served.

OV Schools Set Veterans Day Event

•October 19, 2016•

Okaw Valley Community Unit School District invites all veterans and their family members to a Veterans Day program at Okaw Valley High School in Bethany Thursday, November 10.

A breakfast will be provided to all who attend beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria and a short assembly will follow at 9:15 a.m. The assembly will feature the Okaw Valley School District band and chorus students. The keynote speaker will be Casey Woods, Illinois Air National Guard.

The students and staff at Okaw Valley appreciate all Veterans for their acts of courage and devotion to the ideals that have served to guide our nation.

Those able to attend should call 665-3232 for a reservation.

New Donor at Findlay Drive

•October 19, 2016•

Findlay American Legion volunteers welcomed a new donor to the Oct. 5 Blood Drive.

The Findlay American Legion Auxiliary fell six pints short of their goal of 19 pints at their recent American Blood Cross Blood Drive.

The drive was held at the Findlay American Legion October 5. Seventeen donors responded to the plea for blood donations.

Sierra Landreth became a first time donor. The next blood drive will be held 2-6 p.m. Tues. Dec. 6 in the Findlay American Legion Hall.


•October 12, 2016•

In the October 5, 2016 edition of the News Progress an error was made in the page 4 story “Sunshine Savings…” In the photo with Mike Fowler Kim Harris was incorrectly identified as Kim Miller. Our apologies for the mistake.

Sullivan Legion Inaugural Show

•October 12, 2016•

The Sullivan American Legion with the help of “Sullivan Street Machine Assn.” will hold their inaugural car-truck-motorcycle show Sunday, October 23 on the south lawn of the Sullivan American Legion.

Registration will be held 10 a.m.-noon with judging shortly after registration. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. The first 25 entries registered will receive dash plaques. Top 20 entries will receive a plaque along with an overall “best of show”.

Food and drinks will be available in the Legion hall, and A-Sharp DJ Service will provide music for the event.

Lovington First Church Harvest

•October 12, 2016•

The First Christian Church of Lovington will have their Harvest Dinner and Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 5.

Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) are offering the following to raise money for the project within the church.

Cinnamon roll and coffee served from 8-10 a.m.; bazaar shops including candy shop, Christmas shop, baked goods shop and crafts shop are open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

Silent auction is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with final bids up to 6 p.m.

Harvest dinner (turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salads, rolls and dessert) served from 5-7 p.m.

Opportunities to donate to after school programs for kids, vacation Bible school, general expenses and community causes will also be available.

Dove Candlelight Ceremony

•October 12, 2016•

Dove invites you to join them for the 16th Annual Candlelighting Ceremony. At this service, we will mourn those who have suffered and died through domestic violence and celebrate with the survivors and those working to end the abuse. This ceremony takes place in October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 216 W. Jefferson, Sullivan. The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include remarks from coordinator Mary Hughes, music, and the lighting of the candles.

For additional information, please call 728-9303.