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.

District 10 Road Construction Underway

•April 6, 2016•

Since road construction season is in full swing, many roads are already marked with orange construction zone signs and equipment. Illinois State Police District 10 troopers will be working diligently to patrol construction zones in order to ensure the safety of not only the workers but also the motorists traveling through the zones. Speed and inattentiveness are major contributors to work zone crashes.

Motorists are more likely to be a victim in a work zone crash than a worker. Statistics show that approximately 90 percent of all work zone fatalities are motorists. Provisional data shows that 29 people, including three workers, were killed in Illinois work zone crashes in 2014.

Electronic Recycling in Sullivan

•April 6, 2016•

Sullivan is holding an electronic recycling event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9.

The collection truck will be located at the south end of the Wyman Park lake.

Citizens of Sullivan with qualifying electronics may bring those items until the truck is filled or until noon.

For those unable to take advantage of the this event, Bryant Industries in Tuscola is an alternative.

National my Social Security Week

•April 6, 2016•

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, welcomes everyone to celebrate the third National my Social Security Week from April 4 through 13. Social Security will host numerous events and activities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of establishing a my Social Security account. This secure, personalized account can be created at

“For more than 80 years, Social Security has been there through life’s journey. We are helping to secure today and tomorrow with information, tools and resources to meet our customers’ changing needs,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin. “Join the more than 23 million people who have already created a my Social Security account, a secure, convenient option for people to do business with Social Security anywhere and anytime.”

With a my Social Security account, people may:

· Keep track of their earnings and verify them every year with their Social Security Statement;
· Get an estimate of their future benefits, if they are still working;
· Get a verification letter with proof of their benefits, if they currently receive them;
· Manage their benefits;
· Change their address;
· Start or change direct deposit;
· Get a replacement Medicare card; and
· Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

During my Social Security Week, the agency will hold “Check Your Statement Day” on April 7. It is important that people check their Social Security Statement every year to learn about future Social Security benefits and to verify annual earnings. Personalized Statements help people plan for their financial future. People may access their information when it’s convenient for them by creating a my Social Security account.

Social Security is also helping the U.S. Department of Treasury educate people about the value of saving for retirement. Millions of people do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work or find it difficult to start saving. The myRA® is a retirement savings account developed by Treasury that removes common savings barriers and can help people start to save. Learn more at

SBL Mobile Mammography Available

•March 30, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be at the Sullivan clinic April 14.

The Mobile Mammography van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who qualify will receive their mammogram free.

The mobile mammography van is available to all women regardless of their financial status. Women with insurance that covers their yearly mammogram are also welcome.

Staffed by technologists from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Mammography Department, the mobile mammography van provides digital mammography technology, the same quality services found at the Health Center. All staff members are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology..

To make an appointment for a mammogram on the mobile van call 1-800-639-5929.


•March 30, 2016•


Please be advised that item #2 in Column one of page 1 of 27 of the News Progress insert of the March 23, 2016 newspaper entitled, “Legal Notice To Moultrie County Taxpayers Tax Year 2015/Payable 2016 Real Estate Assessed Values By Chief County Assessment Officer”, hereinafter “CCAO”, contained an appeal deadline layout error after the proofed copy with the correct appeal deadline had been approved by the CCAO. This error was not the fault of Moultrie County.

Specifically, the correction to Column one in the relevant part of item #2 on the first page of the legal notice insert is shown below with the incorrect appeal deadline date noted with a double strikethrough and the corrected appeal deadline date underlined.

2. If not satisfied with the assessor review, you may file an appeal with the Moultrie County Board of Review. There is a deadline for filing appeals; appeals must be filed with the Moultrie County Board of Review no later than 30 days after the date of this publication; that is no later than Friday, April 15, 2016 April 22, 2016. Appeals filed late will not be heard.

R.R. Best, Publisher, News Progress


•March 30, 2016•

In the Wednesday, March 23 edition of the News Progress an error was made in the page 12 story entitled: Double Shut Out for Sullivan.

The first paragraph reported a loss to Mattoon. In fact the Redskins varsity baseball team won the Mattoon game 9-6 on March 18.

We regret the error.

Wyman Park Easter Egg Hunt

•March 23, 2016•

The Sullivan Fire District is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Wyman Park.

Starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27 children will be separated into six different age groups.

With lots of great hidden prizes the Easter Egg hunters in each age group will have an equal chance to grab goodies.

Age groups include 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11.

Holy Week Services

•March 23, 2016•

Faith Lutheran Church in Sullivan is celebrating Holy Week services beginning with Maundy Thursday.

On March 24 Maundy Thursday supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. with a service at 5:45 p.m.

March 25 marks Good Friday with the 7 p.m. Sullivan Ministerial Association community hosted by Faith Lutheran Church.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26  Easter service is offered.

Easter Sunday service is 10 a.m. March 27 in Faith Lutheran Church.

General Tax Assessment Year

•March 23, 2016•

Tax year 2015/ payable in 2016 is the general assessment year meaning all 10 thousand plus parcels in Moultrie County are published.

This was formerly know as the Quadrennial Assessment year for Moultrie County Property Tax.

In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, every four years, the Township Assessors, Multi-Township Assessors, and the Chief County Assessment Officer (the “CCAO”, also known as the Supervisor of Assessments) must review and reassess all property in the county and revalue each of the properties if and as needed.

After that work is done, the CCAO is required to publish a complete list of the assessments by township. The CCAO also mails individual assessment notices to all the county’s property owners.

Moultrie County CCAO Cindy Kidwell  explained that the publication of the assessments is in this week’s News Progress, and the assessment notices were mailed Tuesday, March 22.

The beginning of the publication of the assessments outlines the information regarding the procedure and whom to contact should there be questions or concerns about assessments.