Monday Night Scramble Results at Timberlake

•June 29, 2016•

The Monday night scramble at Timberlake Golf Course June 27 results are  first place with four under par winning play off hole include Mason Ohm, Sean Still, Vic Arendell and Austin Hunter

Second place with four under par are Shane Russell, Clint Marshall, Kevin Elder and Gage Elder

The Monday night scramble July 4 will be at 5:30 p.m. as usual.

Sullivan Council Reviews Liquor Changes

•June 29, 2016•

A couple of requests for changes in liquor licenses led to a review of sale hours and license availability at the Sullivan City Council meeting June 27.

Mayor Ann Short opened discussion with a request from Sullivan IGA to add package liquor to the beer and wine license they already have.

IGA manager Pat Stinson made the request based on increased sales the store has experienced during the tourist season.

“If we can offer a full service liquor department, we will have a better chance drawing those tax dollars to Sullivan,” Stinson began.

He pointed out that existing beer and wine sales increase from 2.5 percent to 4 percent of store sales during the tourist season.

“By being a one stop shop, customers going to the lake on weekends will be more likely to stop here on their way,” he concluded, thanking the council for their consideration.

Mayor Short also pointed out the recently adopted changes in liquor sale hours by the county board could be a point of review for the city.

“I don’t drink, and I don’t buy liquor, but I believe we have to be open to helping our businesses,” Mayor Short said, explaining earlier Sunday liquor sales could also improve the flow of tourism dollars.

In April the Moultrie County Board approved liquor sales hours to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday mornings in locations outside municipalities. Those new hours took affect upon license renewals at the June meeting.

At that point Stinson was asked whether a 9 a.m. selling time on Sunday, rather than noon might also improve sales to those traveling to the lake.

“We don’t get many alcohol sales requests before then, but that would help,” he replied.

Commissioners Mike Kirk questioned whether sale times would include taverns, and Mike Mossman noted that if IGA was allowed the change, others may follow.

Mayor Short agreed to have the liquor ordinance reviewed to reflect the changes discussed with a more specific proposal ready by the July meeting.

Fireworks Returns to Lovington

•June 29, 2016•

Lovington is bringing back the fireworks to the old football field this year at dusk Sunday, July 3.

Lovington has not had fireworks since approximately 2008 when the late Gene Clark and his minutemen put on the show for many years.

Central States Fireworks of Athens handle the display.

An old set piece will be lit in memory of Clark who had a love for fireworks. Many of his family members and friends used to help him  weeks before the fourth preparing for the show.

Walking tacos, hotdogs, kettle corn and lemonade shake-ups will be for sale starting at 6 p.m.


•June 29, 2016•

In the June 22 edition of the News Progress report on the Sullivan City Council meeting we incorrectly stated the Jefferson Street sidewalk project was approved for removal and construction.

Actually the Council approved authorizing to have the engineering prepared for the project. This will allow it to be bid at a future date.

Fourth of July Sullivan Celebration

•June 22, 2016•

Fourth of July at Wyman Park in Sullivan starts Wednesday, June 29 and runs through Monday July 4. A 9:30 p.m. fireworks display finale is set.

The American Legion Post 68 requests all parade entries be prepared for the noon July 4th parade start.

Following the parade the Legion Hall hosts a meal prepared by Terry Warren for all parade participants.

Fourth of July activities at Wyman Park include turtle races at 2 p.m. followed by a watermelon eating contest and sack races at 3 p.m.

The Midway by Trinity Amusements opens the celebration with carnival rides 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The carnival opens following the parade Monday, July 4.

Everyone is encouraged to join the celebration of American independence at Wyman Park sponsored annually by Sullivan Area Merchants and Sullivan American Legion Post 68.

Voter Mass Mailing Not from County

•June 22, 2016•

On June 10 there was a mass mailing for voter registration which did not come from the County Clerk’s office but from “The Voter Participation Center” out of Chicago. Enclosed with the center’s mailing was a pre-addressed envelope to the Moultrie County Clerk.

The Moultrie County Clerk’s office has received several of these forms from individuals that state they have moved many years ago, that the relative to whom the form was mailed is deceased, and even to a person who has property in a trust in which the pre-printed name on their form has their last name as Trust. “It appears that the county clerk’s office was involved with these mailings; however, that is not the case,” England states. “We have no control or say in what The Voter Participation Center does and suggest that if a person receives the mailing from The Voter Participation Center in error that they look at the bottom of the letter for their code to unsubscribe to future mailings from the center.”

According to the letter from The Voter Participation Center, the center will be monitoring the Illinois voter file records in eight weeks to see whether the individual has mailed their form to the county clerk’s office for registration.

As suggested by England, if you want to unsubscribe to future mailings from the center, you must contact the center with your code. The county clerk’s office cannot unsubscribe for individuals. England stated that if a person receives this letter and they are not registered to vote and wish to register, by all means complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office. Also, if a form is addressed to someone who has moved or is deceased, England asks that the form be sent to the clerk’s office with a brief note telling of the circumstance.

Lovington America Legion Member Drive

•June 22, 2016•

The Lovington American Legion will hold its annual Early Bird membership drive Saturday, July 9.

The drive is for membership year 2017 for the American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Free food and draft beers will be available to any member renewing or signing up to join.

Moultrie Co. Real Estate Taxes Mailed

•June 15, 2016•

Moultrie County real estate taxes were mailed June 14. The first installment is due July 15, 2016 and the second installment is due September 2, 2016.

Taxpayers should look over their tax bills including reading the back of the bill to make sure all of the information is correct. It is the responsibility of the property owner to report all address changes to the assessor’s office by calling 728-4951. Assessment and exemption questions should be directed to the Supervisor of Assessments office.

Taxes may now be paid at any bank in Moultrie County including Scott State Bank and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Mt. Zion and online at The postmarked date of payment is accepted so payments may be mailed to Moultrie County Collector, 10 S. Main Suite 10, Sullivan, IL. 61951. If a payment is mailed on the due date, the sender may want to have the post office hand cancel the stamp. Post-dated checks are not accepted. If a receipt  is desired when mailing payments, include a self-addressed stamped envelope and the entire tax bill. Payments may be paid in the county collector’s office on the second floor of the courthouse. When remitting without the original tax bill, a $1 duplicate bill fee will be charged. When the tax bill is available and being paid by check, it may be left in the planning office on the first floor. Their hours are subject to changes but normally are 8:30-noon and 1-4:30 Monday-Friday. Credit card payments are accepted online only.

After the due dates, a penalty charge of 1-1/2 percent per month or any part of a month in which the installment remains delinquent is added.

Those receiving a tax bill when the taxes are to be paid by a mortgage/escrow company should forward a copy of the bill to the company for a timely payment.

Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve taxpayers from their tax liability. Property owners who do not receive a tax bill or have questions may call the treasurer’s office at 728-4032.

How to Succeed Opens at Theatre

•June 15, 2016•

The Little Theatre production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starts Wednesday, June 15 and runs through June 26.

Shows at the Sullivan theatre are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays.

The production is based on the award winning 1960s Broadway musical hit about a man who climbs the corporate ladder to success with little skill and a lot of smooze.