Certification Class For Foodservice Managers

•September 14, 2016•

There will be another foodservice sanitation manager’s certification course offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. September 19 at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St. in Urbana. An exam will immediately follow.  Class is also available online. New two-hour food handler class offered at svilleco.com There are charges for the courses.

To register, contact Sue Summerville, 217-684-2435.

Sullivan Alumni Celebrate 47

•September 14, 2016•

Sullivan group meets here to celebrate 47 years of Sullivan alumni friendships.

Many past attendees and graduates of Sullivan schools from all over the country will gather in Sullivan Oct. 8 to celebrate the 47th annual alumni dinner and the friendships that developed by attending and graduating from Sullivan schools.

Designed to work together with Sullivan homecoming activities, the dinner and celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Sullivan VFW.

Sponsored by the Sullivan Alumni Association, the association’s president Jeani Taylor said “the group’s constant goal is to nurture and grow friendships and memories each year by bringing attendees and graduates back together to maintain those lifelong ties.”

This year’s dinner and celebration will also pay tribute to the late J. Harold Jones, a Sullivan math teach who was named Illinois “Teacher of the Year” in 1964 and was also voted at last year’s alumni meeting as “a favorite memorable teacher”. Robert Priddy, a 1959 graduate and well-know historian, humorist and broadcaster, will be master of ceremonies. Ted Walk, principal of Sullivan Middle School, will update the attendees on the current status of Sullivan schools.

Dress will be casual. A social hour is scheduled, and the dinner/program will start at approximately 5:30. Seating is limited, but some tickets for Sullivan attendees, graduates and their spouses are still available and may be purchased by calling Taylor at 728-7896 (jlhight@Yahoo.com) or Barbara Kirk at 797-6467 (Bkirk25@Hotmail.com).

Media contact is Ralph Kirk, 217-797-6467 or Ralphk@Frontiernet.net

Civil War Camps Featured

•September 14, 2016•

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold their monthly general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Heritage Center in Sullivan.

The topic of the evening will be Camp Butler and Camp Douglas of Illinois during the Civil War. Joe Pound will bring the history of both camps and open up what most of us do not know about these camps, especially Camp Douglas.

The public is always invited to the general meetings, and refreshments will be served during the social hour following the program.

IGA Round Up Anniversary Approaches

•September 7, 2016•

Round five of the Moutrie County Food Pantry “Round Up”  is October 30 through November 5.

Sullivan IGA is teaming up with the C.E.F.S. food pantry for the fifth year, giving people in the community a chance to give a little by rounding up their grocery bill to the next dollar.

The little bit given by everyone during the “Round Up” goes a long way toward helping the Moultrie County Food Pantry feed less fortunate families.

Moultrie County Food Pantry, CEFS community outreach is important when family budgets get tight.

On average the Moultrie County Food Pantry servers 140 boxes of food per month, helping nearly 400 members of the community.

Anyone in need, who lives in Moultrie County, is welcome to visit the pantry every 30 days.

Each food box contains items to help prepare meals for five days.

Boxes are valued at $75 plus families may qualify for two to six pounds of meat, depending on the number in the family. The food pantry distributes 100 pounds of ground beef in one week.

This vital community role is made possible through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

Cancer Sucks Party Saturday at V.F.W.

•September 7, 2016•

Cancer Sucks benefit for Steve “Ike” Hower is Saturday, September 10 at Sullivan V.F.W. Post 6410.

The Brothers Odd will perform 8 p.m. until midnight, providing favorite country styled music with a heavy dose of pedal slide guitar along with a string driven sound.

The evening starts with a fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings catered by the VFW from 5-7.

Activities include a silent auction, live auction, gun raffle and 50/50.

Hower is the brother of Nolan Hower and Paula Moody and has been battling cancer for two years. Diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, he has undergone four surgeries and recent dialysis.

The proceeds with go to assist financially until he wins this battle.

Raffle and auction donations are being accepted. For more information call 217/520-9656 or 972-8112. Donations may be made at Sullivan First National Bank.

Patriots Day at SHS Observed

•August 31, 2016•

The ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be held in the Sullivan High School  gym at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

The public is invited to attend and should arrive by 9:15 a.m.

All Moultrie County first responders (volunteer, retired, and current) are invited to attend.

A brunch reception will follow for all first responders. First responders who plan to attend are asked to RSVP Rebecca Lawson at SHS by Monday, Sept. 5.

Saturday Crash Claims Life

•August 31, 2016•

Tucker M. Schwengel, 21, died as the result of a 1 a.m. August 27 single vehicle crash on the Clarksburg blacktop.

Schwengel,a Shelbyville High School football standout who was attending Millikin University,  was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville following August 29 services in Shelby Christian Church.

He was the son of Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond superintendent of schools Kenneth and Stephanie (Chesnut) Schwengel of Arthur. Two sisters, Alex of Shelbyville and Daley of Arthur survive, along with grandparents.

According to Illinois State Police District 10, Schwengel was driving the 2008 Volkwagen Jetta south on the Clarksburg blacktop at 1:10 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle left the roadway before a curve.

The car traveled 170 feet before hitting a concrete culvert. At that point the Jetta was airborne for another 40 feet traveling over County Road 900N before coming to rest in a tree line.

Schwengel, who was traveling alone, was wearing his seat belt.

Early Voting Made Easy

•August 31, 2016•

Moultrie County voters will have a chance to take care of registration and vote early before the November General Election, according to County Clerk Georgia England.

Due to the record turnout of voters in the March Primary Election and to possibly avoid long lines again in November, England is encouraging voters to take advantage of the opportunity to both register and vote during the Early Voting period from September 29 through November 7 and during the Grace Period Registration and Voting period from October 12 through election day. A person does not need an excuse to vote early.

“If a registered voter is unable to vote on election day and cannot make it to the office to early vote, they may vote by mail,” England said.Call the clerk’s office at 728-4389 for an application to vote  or go online at moultriecountyil.com and download an application to vote.

Secretary of State Mobile

•August 24, 2016•

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Sullivan Library, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. White’s mobile unit will be available at the Sullivan Library, located at 2 West Water in Sullivan, on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. September 22.

An applicant renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or identification card need only present a current valid driver’s license or identification card. If the applicant is applying for either a duplicate or corrected driver’s license or identification card, the applicant must present two forms of identification. To find out what documents are considered acceptable identification, call 217-782-7044 or visit the Illinois Secretary of States website at: