SES Gold Slip Winners

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan  Elementary School gold slip winners are students who go above and beyond to follow expectations to be safe, be responsible, and be respectful and be here and be ready.

First grader Emerson Risley who asked to be a special friend to a student who needs help getting around the building.

Kindergartner Karson McCoy who noticed another student hadn’t had the chance to participate in his favorite free center, so he let that student take his place. Fifth grader Noel Kruse gave up her place in the breakfast line and had to go to the back of the line so another student could get the breakfast she wanted. Third grader Cameron Crowe (far right) took time (rather than hurrying to leave) to help a student pick up candy that had fallen out of a treat bag while getting on the bus after school.

Open House at Preschool

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan preschool is holding Open House 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Those interested are invited to tour the facility at 10 Hawthorne Lane in Sullivan while enjoying free pizza and refreshments.

First National CEO, President

•April 27, 2016•

Ray Duncan, Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Sullivan, announced that at the annual stockholder’s meeting March 22 Paul Hrvol was named CEO and Reid Molzen was named president of the bank.

Hrvol, who has been with the bank since 1989, received his B.S. in finance from Eastern Illinois University in 1988 and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He resides in Sullivan with his wife Mickey and their two sons.

Molzen received his B. S. in finance from Millikin University in 1992 and has been with the bank since 1992. He attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Sullivan with his wife Christy and their two sons.

Home Birth Path to Get SS Number

•April 20, 2016•

When a baby is born at home, the midwife (if utilized) or parent(s) must contact the local registrar to document the birth.

The local registrar is often a county clerk or recorder. The registrar will ask for information for the baby’s birth certificate including whether the parent wants to apply for a Social Security number for the baby.

If a parent says “yes,” they need to provide both parents’ Social Security numbers, and the registrar will share the request with the Social Security Administration.

A card for the child will be mailed to the address provided by the parents. If a parent says “no,” information will not be shared with the Social Security Administration, and the parent will have to apply for a Social Security number at a Social Security office in the future.

Red Cross Blood Drive in Bethany

•April 20, 2016•

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Okaw Valley High School Student Council will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the Okaw Valley High School gym in Bethany.

Any healthy individual, age 16 through 75, who meets weight requirements may donate blood. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before donating, and they must bring identification showing a picture and a signature.

All blood types are needed, especially Types 0- and 0+. You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass. Visit for more information.

For more information regarding the drive or to make an appointment, contact Okaw Valley High School at 665-3631.

Townwide Rummage

•April 20, 2016•

Sullivan’s annual townwide Rummage sale is coming soon. Get your stuff ready for Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.

To make the day even better, stop by the Sullivan IGA parking lot where the Boy Scouts will be offering some delicious food right off the grill.

Local Financing for School Bonds

•April 13, 2016•

Sullivan schools moved to finance health life safety approved projects, issuing $2,140,400 in bonds from school funds and another $2,140,400 sold as general obligation bonds.

Keeping it all in the district First Mid-Illinois Bank of Sullivan purchased the general obligation bonds at a 2.84 percent tax exempt rate.

District financial advisor Tim King told board members at the April 11 meeting that rates were better than expected, enabling the school district a 14 year payback plan.

By financing part of the HVAC and roofing projects for the elementary, middle school and high school with district funds, the school will generate $300,000 in interest income over the bond term, at 2.5 percent, King explained.

The total amount financed including the $123,000 previously issued comes to $4,263,800.

Board members approved both motions unanimously.

Findlay ALA Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

•April 13, 2016•

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Findlay American Legion Auxiliary was held in Findlay at the Findlay American Legion Monday, April 11.  The theme of the drive was ‘Celebrating Spring”.

Twenty-three people answered the call to donate blood with 21 pints actually collected surpassing the goal of 19.

Milestones were reached by Bob Hubbartt who received his pin for donating a total of six gallons, and Michael Bear who received a pin for donating a total of 12 gallons.

Paige Tippit and April Brown were first time donors. The next blood drive will be 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Findlay American Legion.

Mobile Unit At Library

•April 13, 2016•

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Sullivan Library, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. White’s mobile unit will be available at the Sullivan Library, located at 2 W. Water in Sullivan, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 21.

An applicant renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or identification card need only present a current valid driver’s license or identification card. To find out what documents are considered acceptable identification, call 217-782-7044 or visit the Illinois Secretary of States website at: