Trial Fitness Review for Yost

•February 3, 2016•

A status hearing determining whether Michael S. Yost is fit to be tried for the March 4, 2015 murder of Sheri Randall is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 8 .

In December Chief Circuit Judge Dan Flannell agreed to allow Yost, 41, be evaluated by Champaign psychiatrist Dr. Lawrence Jeckel.

That report was completed, presented to Moultrie County Circuit Court January 20 and impounded from outside review.

Judge Flannell will make a determination on Yost’s fitness, based on the results of that report, during the February 8 hearing.

Yost appeared in court with public defender Brad Rau representing him on December 7. Rau argued that he felt medical issues surrounding Yost’s diabetes could have rendered him unfit for trial.

A previous motion to change the location of the trial based on an inability to find fair jurors in Moultrie County was denied by Judge Flannell.

Yost has remained in Moultrie County Jail on $1,000,000 bond following his arrest in March.

Parkland College Dean’s List

•February 3, 2016•

Included on the Dean’s List at Parkland College in Champaign are Adam Beachy, Omar Martinez, Jeremy Plank, Brooke Tabb and Avery Schrock, all of Arthur; Kaya James and Jamie Hendrickson, both of Lovington and Elissa Stewart of Sullivan.

Okaw Valley Prom Hosts Pizza Dinner

•January 27, 2016•

The Okaw Valley High School Prom committee is holding a Pizza Dinner fund raiser for the 2016 Okaw Valley Prom.

The public is invited to the Okaw Valley High School cafeteria from 5-8 p.m Thursday Feb. 4.

Pizza lovers will be offered the option of a meal which includes pizza, salad, and a dessert with drink. Pizza will also be sold by the slice for those in a hurry.

SHS Post Prom Fundraiser at TnT Pizzeria

•January 27, 2016•

On Friday, January 29 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. TnT Pizzeria and the Sullivan High School Post Prom committee are hosting a post prom fundraiser.

For those dining in, carrying out or ordering a delivery that night TnT will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Post Prom committee.

All you have to do to qualify is mention “SHS Post Prom” when you order. TnT Pizzeria is located at 10 East Harrison in Sullivan.

Donations to Food Pantry Grow

•January 27, 2016•

WAND TV’s 3 Degree Guarantee is getting better for the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Kristy Dawson, Moultrie Food Pantry Director, reported that by Friday, January 22 the 3 Degree Guarantee had grown to $650. Presentation will be made during the WAND -TV 6 p.m. newscast on Wednesday, February 3 by the station and co-sponsor IBEW Local 146.

A Moultrie County challenge has also been issued to match the WAND 3 Degree Guarantee in an effort to double up on the effort to help those who need food in Moultrie County.

During the month of January when chief meteorologist JC Fultz gets the weather forecast correct within three degrees, the television station and IBEW Local 146 contribute $50 to the charity of the month.

Since the 3 Degree Guarantee began in June 2014 WAND TV and the IBEW Local 146 have given $16,000 to area charities. The best month in 2015 meant an $1100 charity donation.

CPA Firm Names Partner

Negangard CPA•January 20, 2016•

Former Sullivan resident Craig Negangard, CPA, has just been added as a partner at May, Cocagne & King, P.C.  in Decatur.

Negangard has been with MCK since 2005, specializing in the tax and audit areas, with primary concentration in the agribusiness industry.  He is originally from Sullivan and graduated from Eureka College.  He and his wife Angie live in Bloomington with their three children.

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Rules for Political Signs

•January 20, 2016•

Election time is nearing and political signs will soon be going up. Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England would like to remind candidates and/or their representatives that there are regulations set by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Municipalities regarding placement/removal of political signs. Following are a few guidelines for those with regulations:

• Illinois Department of Transportation: Typically will not bother signs placed on their right-of-way within a few weeks of an election as long as they are placed behind sidewalks, curbs or on the back side of ditches, generally near the right-of-way line where they are not causing any operational or safety concerns. The department asks that the responsible party remove the signs immediately after the election.

• City of Sullivan: Political signs are not to be placed until 45 days prior to an election and must be removed within three (3) days after the election. Signs for political rallies, fund-raisers, etc. may be placed two days prior to the event and must be removed the following day. Check with the city of Sullivan and other municipalities regarding zoning codes for any illuminated signs.

• Village of Arthur: Signs cannot be placed on village property (boulevard) – must be on private property.

England would like to remind candidates and/or their representatives that election law prohibits any sign, literature or campaigning within 100 feet of polling locations.

Okaw Valley Students of the Month

•January 20, 2016•

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December students of the month at Okaw Valley High School are Baylee Suarez, a freshman and daughter of April Suarez, and sophomore Darien Brown, son of Darien and Tanya Brown.

Suarez enjoys listening to music, hanging with friends and drawing. Brown works on the farm with his horses, sheep, chickens and ducks.

Health Screenings at Senior Center

•January 20, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln Lincolnland Home Care and Lincolnland Hospice will conduct a free blood pressure clinic 8:30-9 a.m. Thursday, February 18 at the Senior Center in Sullivan.  For more information, call Lincolnland Home Care at 1-800-879-3212.

Bingo from 9–10 a.m. will follow the blood pressure clinic.

If the schools are closed due to adverse weather, the senior center is also closed.

SHS Swimmers Make All-Area Team

•January 13, 2016•

Sullivan High School girls’ swim team members were named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Team.
All Area team members are Brynna Sentel, McKenna Kull and Anna Wooters, first team; Alison Oligschlaeger, second team and Natalie Drury, special mention.