Labor Day Deadline

August 20, 2014

With the upcoming Labor Day Holiday (September 1), the NewsProgress is announcing that the deadline for classified and display advertising as well as for legal notices for the September 3 issue will be the preceding Friday at noon.

For more information, call our office at 728-7381.

Free Magic Show Aug. 20

August 13, 2014

Windsor Christian Church will host a free magic show at 5:30 p.m. August 20 and invites the public to attend. Free hotdogs, chips, and drink will be served on a first come first serve basis until gone.  Andrew, the Family Magician will perform a show at 6:30 p.m.

Windsor Christian Church is located at 1101 Broadway.

Red Apple Fire Investigation Further Delayed

August 13, 2014

According to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper, the state fire marshal’s investigation into the cause of the Red Apple fire from late July was delayed last week because of rain in the area.

The investigation was then further delayed this week due to investigators unable to secure permission from Red Apple ownership to revisit the scene. The Sadikoska family, who owns the restaurant, was expected to be back in the United States late Tuesday after being out of the country during the fire. The investigation looks to continue, if not wrap up, late this week.

New Youth Ministry in Lovington

August 13, 2014

Lovington Assembly of God is launching a new youth group, Impact Youth Ministry, which will meet 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday beginning August 21

Impact Youth Ministry is a time when teenagers in sixth through 12th grade may come together to fellowship, worship, and grow in their faith in Christ. Impact’s focus is through discipleship by enabling and equipping this generation of teens to come to know God in a real, tangible, life-changing way and to be a powerful witness to the people with whom they interact.

For more information contact the church office at 873-8791.

Rauner in Sullivan Sunday

August 13, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be in Sullivan this Sunday.

Hosted by the Moultrie County Republican Central Committee, a meet and greet will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at TnT Pizzeria. Rauner, who is running for Illinois Governor against incumbent Pat Quinn, will be joined by US Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15).

The public is welcome to attend.

Back To School Blood Drive in Findlay Aug. 11

August 6, 2014

The Findlay American Legion will host an American Red Cross blood drive 2-6 p.m. Monday August 11 at the Findlay American Legion Hall. Every donor may pick a school supply for personal use or to donate to kids in the Okaw Valley School District.

Since May, the Red Cross has experienced a shortfall of almost 80,000 donations, potentially affecting patients in need. As a result, blood donations are urgently needed.

Refreshments will be served.

LLC Livestock Judging Scholarship Recipient

August 6, 2014

The Lake Land College Livestock Judging Team recently announced freshman scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year.
Zachary Day of Lovington was one of several to earn a scholarship.
To learn more about the Livestock Judging Team at Lake Land College, contact coach Ryan Orrick at (217) 234-5360 or

Lovington Library Seeking GED Interest

The Lovington Library is seeking local interest on attending GED classes in the near future.

According to the library’s director Darlene Barlow, the library currently has two to three individuals interested in attending a GED class at the library, but Lake Land College, who instructs the class, requires six to eight individuals before the class is established.

If interested, call the Lovington Library before August 15 at 873-4468.

Red Apple Fire Investigation Still Ongoing

According to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper, the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed the Red Apple Family Restaurant last Tuesday is ongoing.

SFD investigator Kenny Graven is conducting an in-house investigation on the fire in addition to the state fire marshal.

Piper said that both investigations hope to wrap up by the end of this week.

Health Screenings Aug. 21 in Sullivan

SBL Lincolnland Home Care and Lincolnland Hospice will conduct a free blood pressure clinic 8:30-9 a.m. Thursday, August 21 at the Senior Center in Sullivan. For more information call Lincolnland Home Care at 1-800-879-3212.

SBL Lincolnland Home Care, Lincolnland Hospice and Lincolnland Home Medical will also sponsor bingo from 9–10 a.m. following the blood pressure clinic.