Local Boy Scout Troop to Collect Food Saturday

November 12, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Pack 39 will hold their annual “Scouting for Food” food drive on Saturday, November 15, to benefit the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Sullivan residents are asked to place nonperishable food items or paper products in grocery bags in a visible location at their front door or porch by 9 a.m. November 15 for pick up.

Third Annual Santa’s Workshop December 6

November 12, 2014

Dove will host their third annual Santa’s Workshop Saturday December 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion in Sullivan.

Santa will be available before and after the city parade. Free crafting tables for children as well as face painting and other activities will be featured.

There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and a bake sale as well as novelty items.

Plow Day set for November 1

October 29, 2014

Antique tractor enthusiasts will be moldboard plowing on Saturday, November 1 at The Great Pumpkin Patch south of Arthur. Everyone is invited to come and watch the art of fall plowing and turning under pumpkins and corn stalks. Plowing will begin at 9 a.m. and will run throughout the day. Any size tractor and plow are welcome as long as they are in good working order. Golf carts are welcome. Rain or wet field conditions may cancel the event. For more information, call Jim Fleming at 217-791-1026.

Annual Holiday Market Saturday

October 29, 2014

Handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind works of art will be featured at the First Christian Church Annual Holiday Market in Sullivan on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year tickets will be sold for a chance to win a cross-stitch floral quilt made by member Ann Hamilton (recently deceased). The Market will feature a bountiful bakery shop with homemade candies, cookies, cakes, pies and bread; and an inspirational Christmas shop. There will be a quilt shop, a crafts shop, a youth group shop offering unique items for sale, and a children’s shop with gently used clothing and toys.

An almost new shop in the church sanctuary will also be selling many treasures that look like new and are functional.

The coffee bar will be open from 9-10:30 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall and feature homemade treats and drinks. Lunch will then be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry-outs will be available.

Pick-a-prize drawing tickets will be sold at the door. Prizes may include original artwork, his and her golf getaway for a day, Illini basketball tickets, Little Theatre Christmas show tickets, gift certificates, gift cards and much more.  The winners will be drawn at 2 p.m.  Proceeds from the drawing will go to Secret Santa and DOVE.

Family Harvest Night At Lovington Library Friday

On Friday October 24, the Lovington Public Library District will be having a Family Harvest Party from 6-7:30 p.m.  The library will be hosting a “Family Fun Night” with snacks, games, stories to be read, art projects and some prizes. Costumes are not required in order to attend but the public is encouraged to come and have a fun night as a family. For more information, call the Lovington Public Library at 873-4468.

Lovington Trivia Game on for Another Week

October 22, 2014

During the Lovington Homecoming Weekend, the Lovington Public Library District provided a Lovington Trivia game that was enjoyed by Alumni  This game is still available to participate in for another week.

The public is encouraged to stop by the library and take the trivia quiz to see how much they really know about Lovington. Patrons can then visit the back meeting room to check his or her answers.

Area Trick or Treat Hours 2014

Village of Arthur
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.

Village of Bethany
Friday, October 31, 6-9 p.m.

City of Sullivan
Oct. 30 & 31, 6-8 p.m.

SCED Safe Trick or Treat-Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.

AmBuCs Halloween Parade-Oct. 31
5:45 p.m.-Line up on the square
6:15 parade begins
*if weather does not permit, parade will be held in SHS gym
*10 cash prizes will be awarded after parade

Sullivan Southern Baptist-Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
*Bible events will be acted out; candy will be handed out in each room.

Blood Drive Nov. 11 at Legion

October 22, 2014

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Legion on November 11. Appointments may be made from 12-6 pm by calling drive coordinator Jeri Davis at 273-9456. Walk ins are welcome, but making an appointment ensures that waiting time will be reduced and adequate staffing is available.

Sullivan Author to Host Series of Book Signings

October 15, 2014

The public is invited to attend any of the following book signings by author E.M. Burtcheard of Sullivan:

October 10, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan

November 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan

November 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Senior Center, located at 325 N. 9th St. in Shelbyville

The title of the featured book is “The Long Ride”, the story of two young girls who came west on the infamous Orphan Trains. The girls meet when they are each thrown into the jail of an unscrupulous sheriff on false charges. Their escape leads them on a trail across Texas where they meet other travelers they join with. One of the accumulated group will die at a river crossing.

“The Long Ride” is a western fiction, the fourth book written and first published by Burtcheard, who is a student of western lore, Native Americans, and the Civil War. Brutcheard has written two other unpublished western fiction books while studying history at Lake Land College, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, and EIU as well as several children’s works. Burtcheard lives near Sullivan, and books may be purchased on Amazon, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Historical Society Meeting Oct. 16

October 15, 2014

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center in Sullivan. The speaker for the evening will be Joan Pound of Sullivan and her program entitled “Moultrie County Men in the Civil War.” She will touch on topics such as: were there southern sympathizers in Moultrie County, the difference in the people in the northern and southern part of Illinois, what role did central Illinois have in Grant getting his start leading the troops, and how to quickly research a Moultrie County Civil War ancestor. A social hour will follow the meeting with refreshments being served.

As always all general meetings are open to everyone, not just members.