Uphoff in State Queen Pageant

GabbyZoom_0051-612x1024•January 6, 2016•

Miss Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Queen Gaby Uphoff will be one of 71 young ladies competing for the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Title at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield the weekend of January 15-17.

Uphoff’s interview portion will be held Friday.  Her preliminary—which consists of speech, swimsuit, and evening gown--will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to attend, and the tickets may be purchased at the door. Finals will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. At that time the top 15 will be announced and the non-finalists recognized.

The top 15 will then start over with all four categories along with answering three pop questions on stage.  Tickets for the final portion had to have been purchased in advance. Those interested in attending may contact Sandy Hoke at 217-253-2377.

Too Much Rain

•December 30, 2015•

Rainfall passed the eight inch mark in Sullivan December 29 creating many of the flooding problems that come along with too much water with no place to go.

Patterson Street is temporarily closed because flooding conditions destroyed a culvert along with half the street. Repairs could take up to a week with local traffic being rerouted until the street is passable once again.

Sullivan City Council met in regular session and heard a report from Travis Hughes who lives in the northwest part of the city.

Hughes noted Parkway subdivision has flooded enough in the past that he has replaced his furnace and washer and dryer two times.

In spite of ditch improvements and his using four sump pumps, the recent rains have his neighborhood and basement under water again. He asked the city council to consider trying to improve the drainage situation.

After some discussion of options, the consensus was reached that a larger culvert could help carry that water away from the city neighborhoods.

Similar flooding occurred in Eastview subdivision where sewer water was coming into basement drains.

Mayor Ann Short explained this amount of rainfall creates unexpected problems, and the city needs to see whether there is a way it can help.

Van Washed Away

•December 30, 2015•

It has been a busy past few days for the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department responding to motorists inquiries about flooding roads while patrolling rural areas to make sure no motorists are stranded.

Sheriff Chris Sims reported that one potentially dangerous situation was avoided northwest of Lovington Monday, December 28.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Old Springfield Road at 10:05 p.m. about a quarter mile west of Route 32.

David Rosenbaum, 19, of Arthur was driving his van west on Old Springfield Road on his way to a friend’s house. He drove into water that was crossing the roadway without realizing how deep it was.

The van was swept away by the flooding waters while Rosenbaum escaped by the driver’s side window.

He waded from the flooded roadway to a nearby house where Moultrie County authorities were notified. Lovington Ambulance Service was called to check out the driver.

Sheriff Sims explained water washing across a roadway is deceiving, and motorists shouldn’t take unnecessary chances.

Mass of the Nativity

•December 23, 2015•

St. Columcille Catholic Church in Sullivan will celebrate the first Mass of the Nativity of the Lord at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The second Mass of the Nativity of the Lord will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Christmas Day.

Newspaper Closed for Holiday

•December 23, 2015•

The Moultrie County News Progress offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and  Friday, December 25 to observe the Christmas holidays.

Offices will reopen for business as usual at 8 a.m. Monday, December 28. Happy a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous Donation

•December 23, 2015•

Sullivan IGA was the scene of holiday generosity last week.

A Sullivan couple came into the store and purchased $1200 worth of hams to donate to the Moultrie County Food Bank.

IGA management explained the couple would like the donation to remain anonymous. Sullivan IGA employees delivered 100 hams to the Moultrie County Food Pantry Monday morning in time to be distributed to needy families prior to the holidays.


•December 23, 2015•

In the December 2 edition of the News Progress the story on page eight concerning the retirement of Prairie Winds director Virginia Darnell unintentionally omitted longtime member Vic Arendell. We regret the error.

Gyms Opened During Delayed School Start

•December 23, 2015•

When inclement weather strikes this winter the Sullivan School District will delay school opening two hours.

In an effort to accommodate parents with morning obligations the district will open the Sullivan Elementary School gym at 8 a.m. The Sullivan High School gym will also be opened with supervision for middle and high school students who need to arrive earlier than the 10 a.m. and 10:14 delayed start times.

The adjusted schedule will be used during extreme cold or when weather has caused poor driving conditions early in the morning but then clear off within a couple of hours.

On the delayed start days, school starts two hours later than usual (SES 10 a.m. and SMS/SHS 10:14 a.m.) Buses will run two hours later. Parents will be notified through the Skyward “all call” system and local television stations.

Breakfast will not be served. Morning Early Childhood and Project HELP classes will not be in session. Dismissal times will remain the same.

First Baptist Celebrates

•December 16, 2015•

A Christmas Eve service at the First Baptist Church located at 215 E. Harrison in Sullivan is Thursday, December 24.

A musical prelude begins at 6 p.m. followed by service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve program includes responsive readings, Christmas hymns, the pastor’s message, and lighting of the Christmas candles.