Holiday Deadlines

•December 21, 2016•

The offices of the News Progress will be observing holiday deadline schedules for Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

Advertising and news deadlines are December 23 for the December 28 edition of the News Progress.

Advertising and news deadlines are December 30 for the January 4, 2017 edition.

Elizabeth Titus Library Winter Operations

•December 21, 2016•

It’s starting to look as though winter has finally arrived. The Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library staff wants to remind patrons that certain circumstances may call for the library’s closure in order to ensure patron and staff safety.

Power failure, no heat, snowfall of six inches or more, hazardous icing conditions, or a police advisory that travel is hazardous are just a few of the circumstances that may require closing of the library.

When closure becomes necessary, the director or the person in charge will notify local radio (Decatur WEJT 105.1FM or WDZ 1050AM) and television stations (WAND in Decatur and WCIA in Champaign) so the public may be aware of the closing. Those uncertain whether the library is open or closed due to weather, should call the library (728-7221) prior to traveling there.

Menus 12-21-2016

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Swedish meatballs w/gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, whole grain wheat, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Cheese tortellini alfredo w/ham, buttered peas, tomatoes & zucchini, whole grain wheat, pears.
Thursday, Dec. 29  - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, Texas toast, peaches.
Friday, Dec. 30 - Beefy vegetable soup, creamy cole slaw, fruit salad, crackers, peanut butter pie.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Pop tarts, peach juice, milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Cereal, peach juice, milk.
Thursday, Dec. 29  - Coffee cake, peach juice, milk.
Friday, Dec. 30 - Toast, peach juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Chicken patty on bun, green beans, peaches, milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Tater tot casserole, corn, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, Dec. 29  - Hot dog on bun, french fries, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Friday, Dec. 30 - Pizza, lettuce salad, mixed fruit, milk.

Menus 12-14-2016

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Dec. 19 - Granola bars, grape juice, milk.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Bagels, grape juice, milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Oatmeal, grape juice, milk.
Thursday, Dec. 22  - Donuts, grape juice, milk.
Friday, Dec. 23 - Nutri-grain bar, grape juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Dec. 19 - Spaghetti, lettuce salad, peaches, garlic bread, milk.Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Pork fritters, green beans, pineapple, bread & butter, milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Hamburger bake, corn, Mandarin oranges, dinner rolls, milk.
Thursday, Dec. 22  - Corn dog, tater tots, pears, milk.
Friday, Dec. 23 - Popcorn chicken, mixed vegetables, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk.

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Dec. 19 - Turkey, mashed potatoes w/gravy, seasoned green beans, dressing, chunky applesauce.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, buttered Midori blend vegetables, whole grain roll, pie.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Chili w/beans, mixed lettuce salad w/dressing pkt., pears, crackers, cake.
Thursday, Dec. 22  - Meatloaf, creamed peas & potatoes, beets w/pineapple, Texas toast, Waldorf salad.

Grief Support

•December 14, 2016•

A weekly grief support group meets 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays from January 11 - March 29.

Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church at 216 W. Jefferson in Sullivan. Dinner and child care are provided at 5:15 p.m.

For more information contact Connie Dunscomb at 217/433-0581 or Karen Goss at 217/273-8903.

Area Churches Observe Season

•December 14, 2016•

St. Isidore Church Bethany Mass on Christmas Eve 10:00 pm. No Mass Christmas Day.

Smyser Christian Church, Gays Regular Worship Services 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Sundays

Holiday Service Times will be Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm and Dec. 25 at 9:00 am. These services will be identical so families may choose to attend the worship service that best fits their schedules. Jan. 1 will be at 9:00 am only.

The Vineyard Church is offering a free movie experience for the season. The family friendly movie is Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 1805 So. Hamilton, Sullivan.

Mattoon Arts Accepts Quilts for Show

•December 14, 2016•

The Mattoon Arts Council is now accepting entries for its 2017 quilt show with the theme of “Stitches of the Seasons.” Quilts, wall hangings, table runners, pillows and garments are eligible for exhibition.

This is not a juried quilt show, and all ages of quilters are accepted. The MAC wishes to showcase the talents of area artists and quilters alike.

Quilts must reflect the theme of “Stitches of the Seasons” by using motifs, images, colors and/or quilt blocks with seasonal themes. Whether the style is contemporary, modern or traditional, quilters should use their imagination and explore the endless possibilities of this theme with a new technique, color palette or design. There is no entry fee.

Intent-to-exhibit forms are due by Jan. 1. Quilts should be delivered to the Mattoon depot between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 22. Quilts will be on display in the Lone Elm Room of the depot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 and from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 29. Entry forms and official rules may be found on the arts council website,

The event is sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council and Lori’s Pins ‘n Needles in Paris.

For more information about the quilt show, email For more information on the Mattoon Arts Council, find MAC on Facebook or Twitter or visit the website,

Visit with Santa at Lake Shelbyville

•December 7, 2016•

Santa Claus is coming Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to noon to 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 will also be made available for download on the Lake Shelbyville U.S. Army Corps of Engineersfacebook page following the event.

New on display this year, is a spectacular poinsettia tree in the visitor center lobby, courtesy of Shelby County Community Services.

The 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 X 2.

Mo Co Illinois State Scholars

•December 7, 2016•

ISAC has recognized the following area high school students who have been named 2017-18 State Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement.

Brianna Creviston, Sydney Hagerman, and Madison Uhlrich of Okaw Valley High School.

Luke DeLong, Shelby Freeman, Charles Goss, Anne Hogan, Grace Mauck, Austin Schomhe and Maxwell Todd of Sullivan High School.

Live Nativity

•December 7, 2016•

Lovington First Church of God is having a live nativity event, “O Come Let Us Adore Him” 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

Held in the Family Life Center at 305 West State St. in Lovington visitors will have a chance to experience the true meaning of Christmas by taking a stroll through the live nativity scenes depicting the birth of the Savior.

The church welcomes everyone to come and share in the experience of the nativity story, featuring character portrayals and a stable full of animals.

Free hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be served, and children will get to make a Christmas keepsake.