Red Cross Blood Drive

•November 9, 2016•

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive at the Sullivan American Legion noon-6 p.m., Friday, November 11.

Blood donors are encouraged to call drive coordinator, Jeri Davis, at 217-273-9456 to schedule. appointment.

Donors may also go to to schedule an appointment.

This is a critical time for blood donations. Blood supplies can be at critical low levels due to holiday traveling and vacations.

Walk ins are welcome and appreciated; however, having an appointment decreases donor wait time and ensures adequate red cross staffing.

Place Food in a Visible Location

•November 9, 2016•

Sullivan residents participating in Scouting For Food should place their food pantry donations in front of their door (in a spot visible from the road) by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Pack 39 will pick up donated nonperishable food items and deliver to the Food Pantry.

Dora Township Moves Meeting

•November 9, 2016•

Due to Thanksgiving the Dora Township meeting in November we be held on Wednesday November 30th at 7:00, the rest of the meetings for the year will be held as usual on the last Thursday of the month at the Dora Township office.

Prairie Winds Performs Free Concert

•November 2, 2016•

The Prairie Winds of Sullivan will present a free concert in the First United Methodist Church Friendship Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The Prairie Winds is a not-for-profit group of 20 local singers and keyboardists whose ministry includes performing shows for area nursing homes and at senior residences.

“Those Were the Days” is the theme of their present show. A trip down Memory Lane follows a couple, Harold and Maude, as they reminisce about their courtship while listening to an old-fashioned band concert in the park.

Songs featured include a “Good Old Summertime” medley, a tribute to World War I, and selections from  “The Music Man”.

The Prairie Winds are completing their 31st year “Sharing God’s Love Through Music”.

The public is invited to enjoy this hour of music, comedy and lots of fun.

The United Methodist Church is located at 216 W. Jefferson St. in Sullivan.

Time to Change Batteries

•November 2, 2016•

The Sullivan Fire Protection District would like to remind everyone that on November 6  to change their batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when they set the time back on their clocks!

SHS Footloose at Little Theatre

•November 2, 2016•

The Sullivan Singers and Sullivan High School will present Footloose November 4, 5, and 6.

Tickets may be purchased at the door,.

The story of Footloose follows the troubles of a small town outside of Chicago as the townspeople struggle to overcome a community tragedy.

With loud music, dancing, and all partying strictly against the law, a newcomer strives to bring the joy of dance back to the grief-stricken town.

Scouting for Food Drive

•November 2, 2016•

Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Pack 39 will hold their annual “Scouting for Food” food drive will be distributing bags this Saturday, November 5 & picking up bags with donations Saturday, Nov 12. .

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 12 for pick up. The scouts ask that the items are placed so they are visible from the road.

Cubs Sullivan Connection

•October 26, 2016•

The January 8, 1917 edition of the Decatur Herald ran an article entitled: “Frank Chance Recalls His Debut in Sullivan”.  Frank Chance was player-manager of the Chicago Cubs on the only two World Series championship teams in 1907 and 1908.

The short of it is that in 1895 at either 17 or 18 years of age, Chance was observed playing in Fresno, Calif. by someone who enticed him to come to Sullivan, Illinois to play for the semi-pro team based there at the time.

Two different accounts indicate his salary to have been $25/month or $40/month (plus board).

There were two sources, one of which had him playing both in 1896 and 1897 in Sullivan while the other indicated he returned to play in Fresno in 1897 where he impressed a former Cub player who contacted Cubs management that they needed to sign him, which they did. He began his career with the Cubs in 1898.

Thanks to Brett Robinson Bethany baseball great for this story.

Findlay Legion Auxiliary Hosts Halloween

 •October 26, 2016•

The Findlay American Legion Auxiliary will host their annual Halloween supper 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 in the Findlay American Legion Post.

The dinner consists of BBQ, chicken and noodles, chili, peanut butter and cheese salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, cole slaw, a variety of desserts, and a beverage.

The American Legion will host their annual parade, which will form at Butch’s Station, and proceed to the Legion Post. Costume judging will be held inside the Legion Post home.

Scams, Fraud and ID Theft Workshop

•October 26, 2016•

SAIL, Soyland Access to Independent Living, will host a free workshop about Scams, Fraud and ID Theft 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 at First United Methodist Church located at 216 W. Jefferson Street in Sullivan. The speaker is Lanae Clarke, Public Affairs Manager with the State of Illinois Comptroller’s Office.

The workshop is free; reservations are not required. For more information call Betty Watkins, Rural Outreach Coordinator at 774-4322.