Transformer Fire at Theatre

•June 8, 2016•

The Sullivan fire department responded to a call in the rear parking lot of Little Theatre at 11:54 a.m. Thursday, June 2

A faulty electrical transformer prompted the call and was repaired by Sullivan utility workers that afternoon.

Firefighters at the scene assisted with a brief evacuation of the Little Theatre building and returned to the station at 12:11 p.m.

No fire damage was reported in the incident.

Baking Contest Returns to Bethany

•June 1, 2016•

The Bethany United Methodist Church is bringing the baking contest and auction back to the Bethany Celebration Saturday, June 25.

Area bakers are encouraged to get out their favorite recipes with prize winners auctioned at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

More information on categories and prizes will be distributed soon.

Former Sullivan Educator Retires

•June 1, 2016•

Sullivan High School music teacher  from 1991-96 William Cole retired from Cloverdale Ind. Middle School after 37 years of teaching. He spent his career teaching music, choir, and band in Indiana and Illinois.

Cole arrived in Sullivan in 1991 from Richland High School in Olney. In 1996 Bill, his wife Janelle, son Alex and daughter Janessa moved to Cloverdale to be closer to family.

He spent the past 20 years in Cloverdale schools and was named Educator of the Year in 2016. Cards may be sent to him at 53 Logan Court, Cloverdale, IN 46120.

Cream of the Crop Photos

•June 1, 2016•

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs encouraged young photographers to submit photos for the 2016 Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state.

Cream of the Crop Photo Contest from Illinois students, ages 8-18. Top photographs will be chosen in three age-based categories: ages 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each student is allowed to submit up to two photos by July 7, 2016.

Visit our website at or contact Rebecca Huston at 217.558.6217.

Adult Heart Healthy Class

•May 25, 2016•

The Lovington Public Library will be offering a free information class on “Adult Heart Healthy/Diabetes”. The class will be offered 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday June 8. Preregistration is required, and the deadline for sign-up is Monday June 6.

The Moultrie County Health Department will conduct the informative class and will have time for questions also. Individuals interested in signing up for the class may call the library at 873-4468.

Hydrant Flushing

•May 25, 2016•

The city of Sullivan water department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning June 1.

There may be some discoloration in the water, and laundry should be avoided during those times.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to 217-728-4383.

Newspaper Office Closed

•May 25, 2016•

The News Progress business offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Our deadlines for advertising, both classified and displays, are moved up to noon Friday, May 27. News items may be emailed through the weekend.