Scouting for Food

•November 11, 2015•

Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Pack 39 will be holding their annual “Scouting for Food” food drive Saturday, November 14 to benefit the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Sullivan residents are asked to place nonperishable food items or paper products in grocery bags at their front door or porch by 9 a.m. November 14 for pick up.

Make sure the items are visible from the road.

SES has Family Reading Night

•November 11, 2015•

Sullivan Elementary School is holding Family Reading Night from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19.

This year Mrs. Fleming has planned the family reading theme around “camp out with a good book”.

Complete with tents and s’mores participation includes various classrooms and promises to be a good time for all.

LLC Offers Free Dental Cleanings for Veterans

•November 11, 2015•

The Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Program is offering free dental cleanings through the month of November for Veterans Appreciation Month.

Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday from 12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. The clinic is located in the Northwest Building, room 116 on the Lake Land College campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon.

Call 217-234-5249 to schedule an appointment.

Library Winter Operations

•November 11, 2015•

As winter approaches, the library staff would like to remind patrons that certain circumstances may dictate that the library close for the safety of our patrons as well as the staff.

Power failure, heating system failure, snowfall of 6 inches or more, blizzard conditions, hazardous icing conditions, or a police advisory are just a few of the circumstances that may require closing the library.

When closure becomes necessary,local radio stations (Decatur WEJT 105.1FM or WDZ 1050AM) are notified.

If a patron is unsure of the status of the library, they are encouraged to call the library at 728-7221.

Location Change Denied for Yost Trial

•November 6, 2015•

A motion to move the trial of Michael S. Yost out of Moultrie County was denied  by the Hon. Judge Dan L. Flannell Friday, November 6.

Yost, 40, of Sullivan is charged with the March 4, 2015 murder of Sheri L. Randall, 43.

Public Defender Bradford Rau called NewsProgress Publisher Robert R. Best for testimony illustrating how high profile the case was. Best told the court the News Progress website hits were 2,2562,979 during the publications including information on the Randall murder. He noted the average hit range is between 400,000 and 600,000.

States Attorney Jeremy Richey’s office commissioned a survey that revealed 48% of those surveyed had no knowledge of the case.

Rau pointed out that of those who knew about the case 98% said they believed the defendant was guilty.

Also reviewed was an anonymous letter from a former juror who was surveyed. It was an appeal for a guilty verdict in the case.

“In my 27 years we have been successful in finding impartial jurors; the process will determine if there is a need to move to another county,”  Judge Flannell said.

Following the decision Richey and Rau agreed to a trial ready meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday November 30.

Blood Drive is Nov. 10

•November 4, 2015•

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 10 in the legion hall.

During the holidays blood donations are critical. Walk ins are welcomed, but an appointment reduces wait time and ensures adequate Red Cross staff is available.

To make an appointment or for questions call Jeri Davis at 273-9456.

ALAH Veterans Day Assembly

•November 4, 2015•

The faculty and students of Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School and the Arthur Grade School extend an invitation to all veterans for the annual Veterans Day program on Wednesday, November 11. They will honor those who have served our country and have given us the freedoms we have today.

RSVP by November 6 to Wendy Leenerts at 543-2146 ext 320.

Peace Meal is Still Delivering

•November 4, 2015•

Despite funding delays in senior nutrition programs, Peace Meal will continue to provide meals to its clients Monday through Friday throughout its service region.

Peace Meal Director Barbra Wylie said, “We are fortunate that Sarah Bush Lincoln believes in the Peace Meal mission and helps support the program despite budgetary delays.”

Peace Meal offers home-delivered meals Monday through Friday and also offers noontime meals at congregate sites throughout the region, in which participants may enjoy fellowship, receive education and enjoy a hearty meal.

For more information, contact Peace Meal at 1-800-543-1770 or (217) 345-1800.

Veterans Day at Sullivan Schools

•November 4, 2015•

Sullivan High School  will have a Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. November 11 in the high school gym.

A reception will follow. All veterans are encouraged to attend, and an RSVP to Rebecca Lawson at the email provided to or to 728-8311 would be appreciated.

The event is being staged by Lawson’s Career English class for the high school and middle school.

It immediately follows the event held at the elementary school.