February is thought of as the month of love, and as such, the Lovington Library will host a special event for adults at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11. The event will celebrate all things chocolate. Guests will enjoy an evening of socializing as well as tasting.
The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
The event is part of a larger celebration during February of why people love Lovington. Each day of the month, people or places in the community will be spotlighted for their contribution that makes Lovington so lovable for so many. Red hearts will be posted around town recognizing individuals or organizations.
For more information, contact the Lovington Library at 873-4468.
Blood Drive in Findlay Feb. 17
A blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Findlay February 17. For more information on donating blood, visit redcrossblood.org.
Application forms and information pertaining to the J. Leonard Brown scholarship fund have been distributed to area high school guidance counselors. Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in Moultrie County and plan to further their education.
In 2013, the J. Leonard Brown scholarship fund provided a total of $5,226 to area students. It is anticipated that a similar amount will be available for distribution in 2014.
Eligible students may contact their local high school guidance counselor.
Five Elite Basketball Fundamental Clinics will be held at Sullivan High School beginning on March 9 and held thereafter on each Sunday of the month. The last clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 2. All clinics will be held from 1-3 p.m. at a cost. The clinics are open to boys and girls from 3rd grade to high school. For more information about Elite Basketball, contact Barry Wolfe at 232-4446 or visit www.elite-basketball.net.
State Sen. Chapin Rose’s (R-Mahomet) office will be holding satellite office hours 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Bethany Village Hall and 1:30-3 p.m. at Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan, both on February 4.
A member of Senator Rose’s staff will be on hand to meet with constituents regarding issues important to them. The satellite office hour program is in an effort to bring his office to local citizens.
Constituents with questions may contact Rose’s Macon County office at 330-9356 or via email at email@example.com Constituents may also submit concerns or opinions on issues via Senator Rose’s website at: www.senchapinrose.com and clicking on the “contact form” button.
The Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc., is offering a Rules of the Road review course for all citizens in the Sullivan area. The course is free to anyone who wishes to attend.
The purpose of the course is to help participants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road examinations, and also provides information on the vision screening.
The course will be held at: Mid-Illinois Senior Services located at 114 E. Jefferson in Sullivan February 5 from 10-11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit cyberdriveillinois.com
The News•Progress received the following press release from Arthur-Lovington Superintendent Travis Wilson Friday afternoon following ALHS principal Brian Hatfield resigning Wednesday:
“The Arthur-Lovington District administration and board of education were very saddened to learn of the events that have taken place recently regarding our former high school principal. The matter has been resolved quite quickly and with all deliberate speed to ensure that the District’s response to these events was legal, appropriate, effective, and prompt. We recognize the legitimate concerns that parents and members of the community may have, and assure you that the District has taken these issues seriously and worked to resolve them as appropriately as possible.
Members of the school community should know that the District administration and board of education were as surprised by some of the reporting in recent media accounts as they were. The very minute that District administration learned of the allegations contained in the media accounts, they moved immediately to ensure appropriate actions were taken to ensure the safe and orderly operation of school functions.
Please know that at all times the District administration and board of education undertook due diligence to ascertain the facts, assess the appropriate and legal steps, and respond accordingly. Throughout this personnel matter, District administration has been in regular contact with the District’s legal counsel to make sure that we were acting in a legal and appropriate manner. Please also know that if there had been any knowledge or facts that would have suggested to District administration any safety issue for students or other members of the school community, they would have acted immediately to remove that risk. At no time prior to recent media reports did the District have knowledge of any such risk.
This matter has been resolved quickly and without any direct harm to any member of the school community. Should any parent or student have questions or concerns, please contact Travis Wilson, 543-2511.
Danny Powell, former principal at Villa Grove School District, will serve as substitute interim principal for the remainder of the school year at Arthur-Lovington Jr. /Sr. High School. He will begin those duties on Monday, February 3, 2014.”
To read the original report about Hatfield, click here.
3:09 p.m.: The NewsProgress received the following press release from Arthur-Lovington Superintendent Travis Wilson Wednesday afternoon:
“The District has received a letter of resignation from Arthur-Lovington Jr./Sr. High School Principal Brian Hatfield. The School Board will act upon the resignation at our next meeting. Mr. Hatfield is no longer at work as of today.”
Hatfield’s resignation comes after he was charged with two counts of domestic battery on January 21. For the full story click here.
Earning fall dean’s list honors at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville are Ashley Tabb and Myranda Tabb, both of Arthur; Robert J. Guynn of Dalton City; Anthony Hettinger, Jordan Leynes and Courtney Yoder, all of Lovington and Emma Adkisson, Rachel Cook, Hayley Harshman, Colton Henderson, Zachary Righter and Dalton Whetsell, all of Sullivan.
Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. has announced that Ruthie Wheelock of Lovington and Witten Crawford of Sullivan have been named to their fall dean’s list.
In an effort to help raise money for the Arthur-Lovington high school post-prom trip to Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin, parents have organized “Fill the Boot” fundraisers at this Thursday’s girls’ basketball game against Tri-County and at the Friday, February 7 boys’ basketball game.
Parents will collect donations to keep the cost minimal so all students may attend the post-prom event.
Post-prom was created to offer prom attendees a drug-free, fun, activity-filed night after prom has concluded. Parents are asking people attending the games to support the athletes and support the drug-free post-prom event.