Area Graduations/Baccalaureates

Okaw Valley

Baccalaureate: Sun., May 18, Findlay Christian Church
Graduation: Sunday, May 25, 2 p.m. (OVHS)


Baccalaureate: Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m. (H.S. gym)
Graduation: Sunday May 25, 3:30 p.m. (football field)


Baccalaureate: May 18, 5 p.m. (east gym)
Graduation: Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. (west gym)


Baccalaureate: May 25, 7 p.m.
Graduation: Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Mo-Do Pageant Requesting Participants

Anyone who wishes to participate in the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Pageants to be held in July should contact Sandy Hoke, Pageant Director at 493-3583 by Friday, June 6 for Miss and Junior Miss.

Little Miss contestants deadline is Saturday, June 14.

All applications can be found at

Upcoming Blood Drives

There will be three opportunities in Moultrie County to donate blood in the next two weeks.

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and American Red Cross will host a blood drive 11:45 a.m-6 p.m. May 13 at the American Legion in Sullivan.

For an appointment, call Jeri Davis at 273-9456. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments ensure proper staff is available.

A blood drive sponsored by the Okaw Valley High School student council will also be held 10 a.m-2 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Okaw Valley High School gym in Bethany.

Any healthy individual, age 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds may donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing a signature. Donors do not need a social security number with Community Blood Services. All blood types are needed, especially Types 0- and 0+.

For more information regarding the Okaw Valley blood drive, contact the high school at 665-3631.

Lastly, a blood drive will be held at the IGA in Sullivan 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

Donors with appointments will have priority. To schedule an appointment, call the blood center at 367-2202 or visit

Participants are asked to eat before donating, to drink extra water, and to bring his or her ID. Eligble donors will have last donated blood on or before March 20 of this year. The group sponsor code for this blood drive is 70870.

In addition to the blood drive, the Moultrie County Health Department will do blood pressure checks and have information on car seats, poison control, and other services they offer.

Postal Carriers to Collect Food Items May 10

Nationwide, postal carriers will be collecting nonperishable food items on May 10 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Members of the public are encouraged to collect and bag any non-perishable food items such as canned meats, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice and set them out by his or her mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up and deliver to a local food bank or pantry.

Sullivan VFW Auxiliary Hosting Food Drive May 2

The Sullivan VFW Auxiliary is hosting a food drive to benefit the Moultrie County Food Pantry in Sullivan. Residents are asked to bring non-perishable items to the first Friday night supper on May 2, or drop items off any time after 2 p.m. in the banquet room or lounge at the VFW from now until May 2. The Auxiliary will also be collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the parking lot of Kirk Real Estate/Vander Burgh Financial Services, which is located just south of the four-way stoplight in Sullivan. Monetary donations will be accepted to purchase items for the food pantry, and pickup of donated items will also be available upon request. For more information or to arrange a pickup of donations, call Sharon Emel at 217-797-6905 or any auxiliary member.

Senator Rose to host ‘Lake Shelbyville Update

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is hosting an April 25 legislative update about the state government’s efforts relating to Lake Shelbyville and its component natural wildlife areas. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), State Rep. Adam Brown (R-Champaign) and local leaders will also be in attendance.

The event will be held from 1-3 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the Findlay Community Center auditorium, located at 103 E. South 2nd Street in Findlay. This 2014 Lake Shelbyville Update will have a special emphasis on the Department of Natural Resource’s Eagle Creek Resort and the efforts to reopen the shuttered facility.

For more information, call Senator Rose’s office at 217-607-1853.

Findlay Blood Drive Brings in 12 Pints

The Findlay American Legion Auxiliary with the help of the Okaw Valley Middle School hosted an American Red Cross Blood drive a week ago Monday. Students at the Okaw Valley Middle School were encouraged to recruit others to donate blood. Three OVMS students who recruited a donor will receive a Red Cross back pack. They were Kyra Jackson, Devin Park, and Cam Roley. Although the goal was not met, 16 people reported and 12 productive pints were collected. Steve Wildman met a milestone of six gallons.

 The next drive will be Tuesday, June 10 from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Findlay American Legion Hall.

Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Legion

Boy Scout Troop 39 will hold its annual pancake breakfast 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Sullivan American Legion. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, and gravy, orange juice, milk & coffee.  Money raised will help pay for summer camp and other troop activities.

Auxiliary Hosting Garage Sale April 26

The Lovington women’s auxiliary is having a garage sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26 at Lucky Bidders Auction House in Lovington. All proceeds to go the Danville VA. 

Anyone wishing to donate any clean item to the sale may bring it to the auction house at 5 p.m.  April 25.

For more information contact the Lovington American Legion at 873-4465.

Lovington Pageant June 7; Deadline April 18

The Miss Lovington Pageant is looking for contestants for four categories. Miss – ages 16-21; Jr. Miss – ages 12-15; Little Miss & Little Mr. – ages 4-7. The Miss Lovington Pageant will be held on June 7 at the Lovington Methodist Church at 7 p.m.

Applications may be picked up at Majestic Cuts Salon, Lovington Grade School office, and Arthur-Lovington High School office. Deadline to submit applications is April 18. For questions, please call pageant director, Julie Kinert at 519-0224.