Santa Letter Deadline Friday

The News•Progress will be accepting letters to Santa up until this Friday at 5 p.m.
Letters may either be dropped of at the NP office located at 100 W. Monroe in Sullivan, or emailed to
Santa letters will appear in next week’s special greetings section.
For more information, call 728-7381.

OV Drama Club to Host Soup Supper Dec. 12

December 10, 2014

The Okaw Valley Drama Club will host a Soup Supper before the boys’ basketball game on Friday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Menu items will include chili or cheese soup, ham and cheese sandwich, various desserts and tea or lemonade. For more information about pricing, call the OVHS office at 665-3631.
The Timberwolves will take on the Tri-County Titans. Basketball play will start at 5 p.m. with a Fresh/Soph game and the JV and varsity games will immediately follow.
The OVHS Drama Club produces two plays a year, with their most recent comedy “Game of Tiaras” occurring this past November. The group is set to hold auditions in January and begin rehearsals for their April 24 and 25, 2015 performances of the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

A Busy Saturday in Moultrie

Several festive happenings are set for this Saturday:

• Hometown Holidays Parade in Sullivan, 12 p.m. start

• Santa’s Workshop at the Sullivan American Legion, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Christmas on Main Street in Bethany, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

• Santa at the Bethany Depot, 10 a.m.-noon

• Dance Station Performance in Bethany, 11:30 a.m.

• Christmas Tree Lighting at Bethany Depot, 5 p.m.

• Sparrow’s Annual Auction in Lovington at the East End, serving begins at 4:30 p.m., auction at 5:30 p.m.

ALAH FFA Canned Food Drive Begins Dec. 8

December 3, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA is sponsoring a canned food drive December 8-12. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food items by 8 am school days and after school until 3:45 p.m. The food drive is also being extended to the local communities as well. The goal this year is to collect at least 1000 cans to help all of the communities that make up the Arthur School District. In order to help achieve this goal, to gain admission to the girls’ basketball game December 8 and the boys’ basketball game December 9, the public is encouraged to bring at least two canned goods for children/students and three canned goods for adults.

Visit with Santa at Lake Shelbyville

December 3, 2014

Santa Claus is coming Saturday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.

Children of all ages and their families are welcome to stop in and see Santa. All who attend will receive a free photo print with Santa as well as some water safety items from Bobber the Water Safety Dog. Photos of the event will also be made available for download on the Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facebook page following the event.

Santa’s elves will be busy making crafts with the children and serving complimentary hot chocolate, milk and cookies. This visit with Santa is provided free of charge by the Lake Volunteers Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951, ext. 2.

Holiday Parade Dec. 6

December 3, 2014

The Home Town Holidays Parade sponsored by Petersen Health Care will be held Saturday at noon in Sullivan.

Parade lineup will be at 10:30 a.m. at Sullivan High School.

For more information, contact parade organizer Angela Clawson at 728-4394, ext. 1200.

Sullivan Police Chief Warns of Scams

November 26, 2014

Some area residents have recently received phone calls that were later realized to be scams.
According to Sullivan police chief John Love, his department received three complaints Tuesday about alleged scams that area residents had received over the phone.
Of the three phone scams, two dealt with a caller alleging to be a relative that was in trouble and in need of money. The other scam involved a caller alleging to be an IRS investigator. Both scams were requesting money.
Love says area residents should be weary of such calls. For more information, contact the Sullivan police department at 728-4351.

Moultrie Moments Updated

November 26, 2014

The NP photo gallery,, has been updated with photos from the fall sport seasons and other feature and news moments.
The website does feature a new interface. For assistance ordering photos online or other questions, call 728-7381 or email Keith Stewart at

Live Nativity in Sullivan Dec. 5-7

November 26, 2014

The seventh annual Christ’s Living Nativity will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday December 7.  This free outdoor event may be watched from the comfort of a vehicle and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
A cast of more than 30 costumed participants, Christmas carols, props, and special lighted scenes will be featured. The Sullivan Church of God is located at 321 North West Street at the west edge of Sullivan, behind Neal Tire. Admission is free; however, canned goods for the Moultrie County Food Pantry will be accepted.