A Busy Saturday in Moultrie

Several festive happenings are set for this Saturday:

• Hometown Holidays Parade in Sullivan, 12 p.m. start

• Santa’s Workshop at the Sullivan American Legion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Christmas on Main Street in Bethany, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

• Santa at the Bethany Depot, 10 a.m.-noon

• Dance Station Performance in Bethany, 11:30 a.m.

• Christmas Tree Lighting at Bethany Depot, 5 p.m.

• Sparrow’s Annual Auction in Lovington at the East End, serving begins at 4:30 p.m., auction at 5:30 p.m.

ALAH FFA Canned Food Drive Begins Dec. 8

December 3, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA is sponsoring a canned food drive December 8-12. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food items by 8 am school days and after school until 3:45 p.m. The food drive is also being extended to the local communities as well. The goal this year is to collect at least 1000 cans to help all of the communities that make up the Arthur School District. In order to help achieve this goal, to gain admission to the girls’ basketball game December 8 and the boys’ basketball game December 9, the public is encouraged to bring at least two canned goods for children/students and three canned goods for adults.

Visit with Santa at Lake Shelbyville

December 3, 2014

Santa Claus is coming Saturday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.

Children of all ages and their families are welcome to stop in and see Santa. All who attend will receive a free photo print with Santa as well as some water safety items from Bobber the Water Safety Dog. Photos of the event will also be made available for download on the Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facebook page following the event.

Santa’s elves will be busy making crafts with the children and serving complimentary hot chocolate, milk and cookies. This visit with Santa is provided free of charge by the Lake Volunteers Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951, ext. 2.

Holiday Parade Dec. 6

December 3, 2014

The Home Town Holidays Parade sponsored by Petersen Health Care will be held Saturday at noon in Sullivan.

Parade lineup will be at 10:30 a.m. at Sullivan High School.

For more information, contact parade organizer Angela Clawson at 728-4394, ext. 1200.

Sullivan Police Chief Warns of Scams

November 26, 2014

Some area residents have recently received phone calls that were later realized to be scams.
According to Sullivan police chief John Love, his department received three complaints Tuesday about alleged scams that area residents had received over the phone.
Of the three phone scams, two dealt with a caller alleging to be a relative that was in trouble and in need of money. The other scam involved a caller alleging to be an IRS investigator. Both scams were requesting money.
Love says area residents should be weary of such calls. For more information, contact the Sullivan police department at 728-4351.

Moultrie Moments Updated

November 26, 2014

The NP photo gallery, Moultriemoments.com, has been updated with photos from the fall sport seasons and other feature and news moments.
The website does feature a new interface. For assistance ordering photos online or other questions, call 728-7381 or email Keith Stewart at keith@newsprogress.com.

Live Nativity in Sullivan Dec. 5-7

November 26, 2014

The seventh annual Christ’s Living Nativity will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday December 7.  This free outdoor event may be watched from the comfort of a vehicle and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
A cast of more than 30 costumed participants, Christmas carols, props, and special lighted scenes will be featured. The Sullivan Church of God is located at 321 North West Street at the west edge of Sullivan, behind Neal Tire. Admission is free; however, canned goods for the Moultrie County Food Pantry will be accepted.

Temporary Recreation Area Closings

November 19, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold the 25th Annual Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities during the first firearm deer season on November 21 – 23, .  The hunt will be conducted in portions of recreation areas at Lake Shelbyville that are closed for the season.  As a safety precaution, Lone Point and Lithia Springs Campgrounds and all of Bo Wood, Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas will be closed to all automobile and pedestrian traffic from 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20, to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 23, .

This temporary closing includes boat ramps located within Bo Wood, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas.  Boat ramps remaining open to serve lake users during time period are Dam West, Lone Point, Lithia Springs, Whitley Creek, Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks.  All primitive ramps will remain open as well.     

For more information contact Lake Shelbyville Natural Resource Specialist Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7005.

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library Winter Operation Hours

November 19, 2014

As winter approaches, the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library staff reminds patrons that certain circumstances may call for the library’s closure in order to ensure the safety of patrons as well as staff.  Power failure, heating system failure, snowfall of six inches or more, blizzard conditions, hazardous icing conditions, a snow storm so severe that road crews cannot clear the streets, or a police advisory that travel is hazardous are just a few of the circumstances that may require closing of the library.

When closure becomes necessary, the director or the person in charge will notify local radio (Decatur WEJT 105.1FM or WDZ 1050AM) and television stations (WAND in Decatur and WCIA in Champaign) as well as the News•Progress, so the public may be made aware of the closing.  If uncertain whether the library is open or closed due to weather, call the library (728-7221) prior to traveling there.