Boosters Help SES Mentors

•February 15, 2017•

The Sullivan Redskins Super Boosters recently donated to the Sullivan Elementary School students. Booster representative Jon England presented a bags game and a $1000 check from the Redskin Super Boosters to SES social worker Poppy Graham and principal Daniel Allen.

The money came from proceeds raised at the boosters banquet and is earmarked specifically for the mentoring program at Sullivan Elementary School and helping families in need.

Renewables May Get Boost

•February 15, 2017•

Legislation designed to grow Illinois’ bio-based economy has been introduced by Senator Chapin Rose and Senator Andy Manar. Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources.

The legislation builds upon Illinois’ strong agricultural base and seeks to provide new products and markets derived from grain commodities and their by-products. Universities and private companies are investing in a race with other states in research and development to introduce these products to the marketplace.

“This legislation is all about the jobs that will be created in this potential $20 billion new industry,” State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said. “Central Illinois is perfectly suited to be the center of this new industry with the production and shipping capacity of Decatur on one side, the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab (IBRL) in Urbana on the other side, and the best corn and beans in the world in between. The potential for jobs is here - we have something no one else has to offer. This bill will help us capitalize on this and bring these jobs to Central Illinois.”

The legislation compliments Senator Rose’s leadership in securing a $26 million research investment in the University of Illinois’ Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory to work with the industrial biotechnology sector to accelerate growth of this rapidly emerging biotechnology sector.

“Illinois is strategically positioned to lead in the development of these new renewable products. We have leading biotechnology companies, large and small, that are leading research and development efforts on these innovative products and we have critical mass in infrastructure to produce and transport these renewables around the world,” said Senator Manar.

Industrial Biotechnology is enabling the production of a new generation of renewable chemicals, biobased materials and bioplastics produced from biomass. These can serve as a replacement or supplement to traditional fossil fuel-based chemicals and products. The emergence of this technology represents a historic opportunity to reverse job losses in the chemicals and plastics sectors, increase energy security, replace fossil fuel-derived chemicals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, maintain U.S leadership in clean energy and chemistry, and build domestic renewable chemicals and biobased production facilities.

“We applaud the leadership of Senator Rose and Senator Manar to introduce this legislation to advance the innovative agricultural biotech sector in Illinois. These new bio-based products offer great potential to the Illinois economy across the entire State. We need to lead now by leveraging our tremendous assets or forever be playing catch-up,” said Warren Ribley, President and CEO of iBIO.

SB 1656 provides a state tax credit to Illinois companies that produce and sell new manufactured products made from manufactured bio-based molecules of biomass feedstocks. These products represent the next generation of advanced biofuels and include renewable chemicals and food additives.

Iowa and Minnesota have already established these state incentives and legislation is pending in Congress to establish a similar credit at the federal level.

Learn How to Set up a Bee Hive

•February 8, 2017•

A one day class on how to set up a bee hive will be 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Feb 18 in the Arthur United Methodist Church, located at 128 E Illinois. The cost for a family includes handout material and a year’s membership in the Arthur Beekeepers.

Lunch will be provided

For more information or to register for the class, call 454-1441

Bethany Legion Ready for Texas Hold’em

•February 8, 2017•

American Legion Post 507 in Bethany will host its 12th Poker Tournament Fundraiser Saturday, February 25.

The event will benefit students at Okaw Valley High School through academic scholarships awarded annually.

The Texas Hold’em poker tournament starts at noon and has limited seating so early registration is advised. Pork burgers and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information or to pre-register, contact or view us on Facebook at “American Legion 507 Poker Group.” Charitable games license #02565.

Secretary of State Offices

•February 8, 2017•

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities open Monday to Friday will be closed Monday, February 13, while facilities open Tuesday to Saturday will be closed Saturday, February 11, in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

All Driver Services facilities will be open for business Tuesday, February 14.

Legion Offers County Seniors Scholarship

•February 8, 2017•

Moultrie County high school seniors are invited to apply for the Sullivan American Legion Post 68 sponsored $1000 annually renewable scholarship.

The 2017 Irrevocable Scholarship program is available to seniors graduating from Sullivan or Okaw Valley high schools in Moultrie County, as well as descendants of members in good standing of Sullivan American Legion Post 68.

The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Copies of the application packet are available at each high school counselor’s office.

Applications are also available by contacting Michael Keown, secretary, Irrevocable Scholarship Trust, or Post 68 Adjutant Charles Bragg at 217-728-4612.

Beekeeping Class Offered

•February 1, 2017•

The Arthur beekeepers show how to set up and maintain a hive through the year during an Introduction to beekeeping class.

The one day class is 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Feb 18 in Arthur United Methodist Church located at 128 E. Illinois in Arthur. There is a cost which includes handout material and a year’s membership in the Arthur Beekeepers for a family.


•February 1, 2017•

In the January 25 issue of the News Progress an error was made in the page three story entitled Bethany Church Families. Pastor Tracy Siegman is the pastor of the First Christian Church of Bethany. She was incorrectly identified as the Presbyterian Church pastor. We apologize for the error.

Sullivan: Preschool Round Up 2017

•February 1, 2017•

If a child is between the ages of birth to five years old the Sullivan School District and Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Educate Little People) will offer free preschool screenings February 27 and 28.

Screenings are at First United Methodist Church, 210 West Jefferson in Sullivan. The free preschool screening is to see how a child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language.

A vision and hearing screening is also provided. The free developmental screening lasts about one hour. Call Sullivan Elementary School at 728-2321 for an appointment or more information.

Menus 2-1-2017

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Feb. 6 - English muffins, apple juice, milk.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Strawberries & bananas, Ritz crackers, milk.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Toast, apple juice, milk.
Thursday, Feb. 9  - Coffee cake, apple juice, milk.
Friday, Feb. 10 - French toast, apple juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Feb. 6 - McRibs, peas, Mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, crackers, apple slices, milk.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Goulash, green beans, pears, garlic bread, milk.
Thursday, Feb. 9  - Corn dogs, tater tots, peaches, milk.
Friday, Feb. 10 - Pizza, lettuce salad, mixed fruit, milk.

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Feb. 6 - Cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, Italian green beans, whole grain wheat, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Chicken pot pie w/vegetables, mixed lettuce salad w/dressing, biscuits, warm cinnamon apples.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 - Chili mac w/beans, carrots, Texas toast, warm peach crisp.
Thursday, Feb. 9  -Pork chop in gravy, mashed potatoes, winter mix vegetables, Texas toast, frosted pumpkin bar.
Friday, Feb. 10 - Ham or cheese salad, potato soup, creamy coleslaw, whole grain wheat, crackers, fruit salad.