Poll Locations Change

•January 25, 2017•

County Clerk Georgia England has announced two more polling location changes that will be effective with the April 4 Consolidated Election.

They are Marrowbone 1 and Marrowbone 2 currently located at the American Legion Post #507 which will relocate to the Bethany Firehouse public meeting room. Sullivan 3 currently located at St. Columcille Catholic Church will relocate to the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Sullivan.

Voters will receive a new Voter Registration Card in the mail the week of January 30 showing the new location and address.

Several locations were combined approximately 10 years ago; however, with all the election changes in the past five years, these combined precincts are in need of more space to allow for the election equipment and to accommodate the number of individuals voting.

England stated, “We are very fortunate in Moultrie County to have organizations, churches, village halls, etc. that are so willing to do whatever is necessary to help in the democratic process of elections. It’s been a pleasure working with the locations that have served our county for many, many years, and I am looking forward to working with the three new locations.”

Certification Class For Foodservice Managers

•January 18, 2017•

There will be a foodservice sanitation manager’s certification course offered on February 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St in Urbana. with an exam immediately following. There is a cost for certification and recertification class including course materials and ServSafe exam. The class is also available online. A new two-hour food handler class is offered at svilleco.com.

To register, contact Sue Summerville, 217-684-2435.

Menus 1-18-2017

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Jan. 23 - Ham & beans, copper carrots, cornbread, pears,
Tuesday, Jan. 24 - Meatloaf, frosted sweet potatoes, seasoned green, whole grain wheat, applesauce.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 - Taco salad w/beans, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and taco sauce, taco chips, cake.
Thursday, Jan. 26  - Roast beef, mashed potatoes w/gravy, tomatoes & celery, Texas toast, overnight fruit salad.
Friday, Jan. 27 - Cheesy turkey burger, German potato salad, cauliflower &  pea salad, Texas toast, scalloped pineapple.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 23 - Granola bars, peach juice, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 - Waffles, peach juice, milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 - Coffee cake, peach juice, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 26  - Biscuits & gravy, peach juice, milk.
Friday, Jan. 27 - Pop tarts, peach juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Jan. 23 - Hot dog on bun, tater tots, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 - Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peaches, dinner roll,  milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 - Popcorn chicken, corn, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 26  - Sloppy Joe on bun, green beans, pears, milk.
Friday, Jan. 27 - Fish sticks, mixed vegetables, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk.

Apps Ready For Brown Scholarship

•January 18, 2017•

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 2016, the J. Leonard Brown Scholarship Fund provided $4483 to area students. It is anticipated that a similar amount will be available for distribution in 2017.

Eligible students may contact their local high school guidance counselor.

Weight Watchers Changes Location

•January 18, 2017•

Weight Watchers of Sullivan is moving from the Moultrie County Senior Citizen facility to First Christian Church in Sullivan.

Beginning with the 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19 meeting, Weight Watchers will continue to meet at the First Christian Church.

Foodbank Distribution at VFW Feb. 11

•January 18, 2017•

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to families in need. The distribution will be held at Sullivan VFW (1146 State Highway 32, Sullivan) February 11 from 10-11:30 AM. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.

All eligible residents of Moultrie County needing food are welcome to attend the Foodmobile distribution. To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,746 per month for a family of four.

Other area Foodmobile distributions may be found by visiting the Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org and clicking “find help.”

District #305 Foundation Holds Raffle

•January 18, 2017•

District #305 Education Foundation is sponsoring an Inaugural Reverse Raffle at the Lovington American Legion Hall Saturday, March 18.

In this all tickets draw, last ticket drawn raffle a $1500 grand prize is awarded. All the proceeds will benefit the District #305 Education Foundation.

There are only 100 tickets sold at $50 each. Included in the ticket price is one pork chop dinner.

Tickets may be purchased from any foundation member or by contacting Shelley Martina at 855-4953.

After the first $50 winning ticket is drawn, $50 will be awarded every 10th ticket winner up to 80.

The last five out may split the first prize only if all remaining ticket holders agree to do so.

Ticket holders need not be present to win. For those planning not to attend it will be assumed the ticket holder will split unless otherwise noted.

Correction 1-11-2017

•January 11, 2017•

There is an error in  the Bethany library story in the January 4  issue of the News Progress.  It is the collection of yearbooks that have been digitalized - not the class pictures.  Any Bethany high school graduate may now go to the website and view their yearbook. We regret the error.

Sullivan Schools Approve Sales Tax Question

•January 11, 2017•

Sullivan Community Unit District 300 school board is hoping that collecting a 1% sales tax could ease the property tax funding burden in Moultrie County.

David Pistorius of First Midstate, Inc. explained the request would be placed on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Sales tax revenue generated could be used toward facility use and or construction. Not eligible are operational costs, salaries, moveable equipment, or computers.

Pistorius noted the Regional Supt. of Schools office must certify the ballot question by January 26, 2017 to the Moultrie County Clerk’s office. The revenue up to 1% could be collected by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and distributed through the regional supt. office monthly.

The 1% maximum level could produce as much as one million dollars revenue for the school district.

Supt. Brad Tuttle emphasized the board could cut property taxes for items such as health, life safety bonds, allowing the sales tax to take some pressure away from property owners.

Pistorius noted that half the counties in the state are utilizing the sales tax revenue source to relieve property tax burdens.

The board voted unanimously to have the regional superintendent’s office place the county school facility occupation tax question on the April 4, 2017 ballot.