Apps Ready For Brown Scholarship

•January 18, 2017•

Application forms and information pertaining to the J. Leonard Brown Scholarship Fund have been distributed to area high school guidance counselors.

Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in Moultrie County and plan to further their education.

In 2016, the J. Leonard Brown Scholarship Fund provided $4483 to area students. It is anticipated that a similar amount will be available for distribution in 2017.

Eligible students may contact their local high school guidance counselor.

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Weight Watchers Changes Location

•January 18, 2017•

Weight Watchers of Sullivan is moving from the Moultrie County Senior Citizen facility to First Christian Church in Sullivan.

Beginning with the 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19 meeting, Weight Watchers will continue to meet at the First Christian Church.

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Foodbank Distribution at VFW Feb. 11

•January 18, 2017•

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to families in need. The distribution will be held at Sullivan VFW (1146 State Highway 32, Sullivan) February 11 from 10-11:30 AM. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.

All eligible residents of Moultrie County needing food are welcome to attend the Foodmobile distribution. To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,746 per month for a family of four.

Other area Foodmobile distributions may be found by visiting the Foodbank’s website at and clicking “find help.”

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District #305 Foundation Holds Raffle

•January 18, 2017•

District #305 Education Foundation is sponsoring an Inaugural Reverse Raffle at the Lovington American Legion Hall Saturday, March 18.

In this all tickets draw, last ticket drawn raffle a $1500 grand prize is awarded. All the proceeds will benefit the District #305 Education Foundation.

There are only 100 tickets sold at $50 each. Included in the ticket price is one pork chop dinner.

Tickets may be purchased from any foundation member or by contacting Shelley Martina at 855-4953.

After the first $50 winning ticket is drawn, $50 will be awarded every 10th ticket winner up to 80.

The last five out may split the first prize only if all remaining ticket holders agree to do so.

Ticket holders need not be present to win. For those planning not to attend it will be assumed the ticket holder will split unless otherwise noted.

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Correction 1-11-2017

•January 11, 2017•

There is an error in  the Bethany library story in the January 4  issue of the News Progress.  It is the collection of yearbooks that have been digitalized - not the class pictures.  Any Bethany high school graduate may now go to the website and view their yearbook. We regret the error.

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Sullivan Schools Approve Sales Tax Question

•January 11, 2017•

Sullivan Community Unit District 300 school board is hoping that collecting a 1% sales tax could ease the property tax funding burden in Moultrie County.

David Pistorius of First Midstate, Inc. explained the request would be placed on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Sales tax revenue generated could be used toward facility use and or construction. Not eligible are operational costs, salaries, moveable equipment, or computers.

Pistorius noted the Regional Supt. of Schools office must certify the ballot question by January 26, 2017 to the Moultrie County Clerk’s office. The revenue up to 1% could be collected by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and distributed through the regional supt. office monthly.

The 1% maximum level could produce as much as one million dollars revenue for the school district.

Supt. Brad Tuttle emphasized the board could cut property taxes for items such as health, life safety bonds, allowing the sales tax to take some pressure away from property owners.

Pistorius noted that half the counties in the state are utilizing the sales tax revenue source to relieve property tax burdens.

The board voted unanimously to have the regional superintendent’s office place the county school facility occupation tax question on the April 4, 2017 ballot.

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Jonathan Creek Precinct Place Changes

•January 11, 2017•

Jonathan Creek Precinct is being moved to a more spacious location – the Jonathan Creek Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England states that the Jonathan Creek Township Shed has been used for Elections for many years, and wishes to thank the Jonathan Creek Township for their past courtesies.

England also wishes to thank Pastor Tim Henderson and the Congregation for allowing the use of the Church Fellowship Hall as a polling place for future elections. The move to the new location will be effective with the upcoming Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017.

Voters in Jonathan Creek Precinct will receive new Voter Registration cards reflecting the location change the week of January 23, 2017.

The Jonathan Creek Christian Church Fellowship Hall is located on the Cadwell Road approximately 3 miles south of the former location.

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Menus 1-11-2017

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Jan. 16 - Sausage patty or links, egg, bacon & cheddar scramble, fruit juice, whole grain blueberry muffin, warm fruit strudel bites.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Country beef stew w/potatoes, carrots & onions, Mexi corn, roll, cherry pie.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Shepherd’s pie w/vegetables, broccoli, warm biscuits Mandarin oranges.
Thursday, Jan. 19  - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, seasoned peas, Texas toast, fresh fruit.
Friday, Jan. 20 - Tuna noodle casserole, Harvard beets, warm black-eyed pea salad, whole grain wheat, pineapple pistachio dessert.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 16 - Nutri-grain bars, grape juice, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 - French toast, grape juice, milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Warm apples, Ritz crackers, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 19  - Toast, grape juice, milk.
Friday, Jan. 20 - Blueberry bagels, grape juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Jan. 16 - Tacos, lettuce salad, pears, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, crackers, carrot sticks, banana, milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Corn dogs, french fries, pineapple, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 19  - Chicken strips, mixed vegetables, peaches, bread & butter, milk.
Friday, Jan. 20 - Chicken salad sandwiches, vegetable sticks, mixed fruit, milk.

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New Council Meeting Place

•January 4, 2017•

Starting 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017, Sullivan city council meetings will be held at the Elizabeth Titus Library on 2 West Water Street.

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OVHS Has Blood Drive

•January 4, 2017•

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, January 13 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 moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing a picture and a signature. All blood types are needed, especially Types 0- and 0+. Every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood.

This blood drive will be held 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Okaw Valley High School Student Council.

By donating at this blood drive, you are helping one or more graduating seniors earn a scholarship! For more information regarding the blood drive or to make an appointment, please contact the Okaw Valley High School at 665-3631.

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