Easter Services Requested

The NP is asking all Moultrie County churches to submit information regarding upcoming Easter services, including Easter Sunday, Good Friday, and Maundy Thursday.

Please keep submissions as brief as possible, be sure to include the time, date, and location as well as a brief description of the service.

Information should be emailed to Keith Stewart at keith@newsprogress.com. A listing of Easter services will appear in the April 16 issue. Information must be submitted by Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information call 728-7381.

Basket Binga Fundraiser April 12

The Sullivan High School FCCLA (Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America) and the SHS class of 2015 will host their annual Basket Binga Fundraiser Saturday, April 12.

Doors of the First United Methodist Church will open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are being sold in advance by SHS students. Binga prizes are Longaberger products, and a raffle and silent auction will also take place. Snack foods, and drinks will be available for purchase the night of the event.

For more information or to preorder tickets, contact Marsha Kirby at the high school (728-8311, ext. 287) or email Ginger Voegel at voegelg@sullivan.k12.il.us.

Guillory Presenting on Lincoln and Civil War Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, March 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, Dr. Dan Guillory, Professor Emeritus at Millikin University, will present a program entitled “Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.” The talk will focus on such topics as the famous battles and generals of the War, the technology employed by the North and South, the use of African-American soldiers, the medical practices of the day, the secret enlistment of women in the Northern ranks, popular songs of the era, and the “Imperial Presidency” adopted by Lincoln. The conclusion will draw parallels between the politics of 1861 and today. Although the program will begin at 6:30 p.m., audience members who arrive 15 minutes early will be treated to some recorded Civil War music.  A book-signing will follow the event.

England Family Benefit March 9

 A benefit has been organized to raise money for Zak England, Katie Weybright and family whose Bethany home was destroyed in a fire in early February.

The benefit will be held at Hired Hand Winery & Saloon Sunday, March 9 and begin at noon. A meal of either pulled pork or chicken and noodles will be available for donation as will live music. A silent auction will also be featured. Donations of any kind are still being collected.

For more information, contact Sonya Brewer at 329-8356.

Blood Drive March 11

The Arthur-Lovington student council is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on March 11 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the west gym at ALHS.

Appointments are open to community members. Vounteers must be age 16 with parent’s permission or 17 and older. Those who last donated on or before January 14 may be eligible to give. Volunteers should bring a driver’s license.

For an appointment, call 543-2146.

Funds Needed for Fourth of July Display

The American Legion in Sullivan has organized a fundraiser to receive donations for the Fourth of July fireworks display.

As a result of a shortfall in money this year, the Legion is asking area community members to send donations to the Legion, located on 8 East Strain St., Sullivan.

Sullivan Weathers Late Collapse to Earn Regional Title Shot Friday

Photo by Keith Stewart Nick Frerichs drives up and over a Monticello defender Wednesday night. The junior not only had 21 points on the night, but also proved crucial in keeping Monticello's Nick Stokowski to just eight points.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Nick Frerichs drives up and over a Monticello defender Wednesday night. The junior not only had 21 points on the night, but also proved crucial in keeping Monticello’s Nick Stokowski to just eight points.

First title game since 09 for Sullivan

by Keith Stewart

This year’s season has certainly been measured by the goals Sullivan’s boys’ basketball team has set for themselves. The team has already checked off a winning record, finishing in the top half of the OVC, winning the conference tournament, and competing in all, if not most games.

After Wednesday night’s 56-51 win over no. 4 Monticello, the No. 1 seeded Redskins are poised to mark yet another goal off their list with a trip to the regional championship Friday against host and no. 2 seed Paris.

“They set goals for themselves before the season started, and we’ve accomplished them,” said head coach Chester Reeder. “The seniors told me at the beginning of the year that they wanted to win a regional. After two weeks of practice, I said we couldn’t write that goal down, because we weren’t close to where we needed to be. Believe it or not, after the Warrensburg throttling, we were down on ourselves. It was only one loss, and we acted like the season was over. I told them to bring their notebooks in, get our their goal sheet. I asked them what goal was missing, and they said, ‘Win a regional.’ I said, ‘I believe you can win it.’”
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Students in Arthur-Lovington, Atwood-Hammond Select New School Name

by Keith Stewart

A new school name has been chosen for next year’s annexation of Arthur-Lovington and Atwood-Hammond school districts, and the victor isn’t much of a stretch.

According to Arthur-Lovington superintendent Travis Wilson, students voted last week on four possible school names, including Grand Prairie High School, Heartland High School, John A. Timm High School, and, the eventual winner, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond.


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Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces “Foodmobile” Food Giveaway in Gays

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families. The distribution will be held at Gays City Hall at  815 Front St. 10 a.m-noon March 22. All Moultrie County, Gays and surrounding community residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process. The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $2,500.

To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,631 per month for a family of four. Full eligibility criteria are listed below. Other area Foodmobile distributions may be found by visiting the Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org and clicking “find help.”

Maximum monthly income per eligible household:Table2.26.14