Moultrie Moments Updated

November 26, 2014

The NP photo gallery,, has been updated with photos from the fall sport seasons and other feature and news moments.
The website does feature a new interface. For assistance ordering photos online or other questions, call 728-7381 or email Keith Stewart at

Live Nativity in Sullivan Dec. 5-7

November 26, 2014

The seventh annual Christ’s Living Nativity will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday December 7.  This free outdoor event may be watched from the comfort of a vehicle and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
A cast of more than 30 costumed participants, Christmas carols, props, and special lighted scenes will be featured. The Sullivan Church of God is located at 321 North West Street at the west edge of Sullivan, behind Neal Tire. Admission is free; however, canned goods for the Moultrie County Food Pantry will be accepted.

Temporary Recreation Area Closings

November 19, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold the 25th Annual Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities during the first firearm deer season on November 21 – 23, .  The hunt will be conducted in portions of recreation areas at Lake Shelbyville that are closed for the season.  As a safety precaution, Lone Point and Lithia Springs Campgrounds and all of Bo Wood, Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas will be closed to all automobile and pedestrian traffic from 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20, to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 23, .

This temporary closing includes boat ramps located within Bo Wood, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas.  Boat ramps remaining open to serve lake users during time period are Dam West, Lone Point, Lithia Springs, Whitley Creek, Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks.  All primitive ramps will remain open as well.     

For more information contact Lake Shelbyville Natural Resource Specialist Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7005.

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library Winter Operation Hours

November 19, 2014

As winter approaches, the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library staff reminds patrons that certain circumstances may call for the library’s closure in order to ensure the safety of patrons as well as staff.  Power failure, heating system failure, snowfall of six inches or more, blizzard conditions, hazardous icing conditions, a snow storm so severe that road crews cannot clear the streets, 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) as well as the News•Progress, so the public may be made aware of the closing.  If uncertain whether the library is open or closed due to weather, call the library (728-7221) prior to traveling there.

Local Boy Scout Troop to Collect Food Saturday

November 12, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Pack 39 will hold their annual “Scouting for Food” food drive on Saturday, November 15, to benefit the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Sullivan residents are asked to place nonperishable food items or paper products in grocery bags in a visible location at their front door or porch by 9 a.m. November 15 for pick up.

Third Annual Santa’s Workshop December 6

November 12, 2014

Dove will host their third annual Santa’s Workshop Saturday December 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion in Sullivan.

Santa will be available before and after the city parade. Free crafting tables for children as well as face painting and other activities will be featured.

There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and a bake sale as well as novelty items.

Plow Day set for November 1

October 29, 2014

Antique tractor enthusiasts will be moldboard plowing on Saturday, November 1 at The Great Pumpkin Patch south of Arthur. Everyone is invited to come and watch the art of fall plowing and turning under pumpkins and corn stalks. Plowing will begin at 9 a.m. and will run throughout the day. Any size tractor and plow are welcome as long as they are in good working order. Golf carts are welcome. Rain or wet field conditions may cancel the event. For more information, call Jim Fleming at 217-791-1026.

Annual Holiday Market Saturday

October 29, 2014

Handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind works of art will be featured at the First Christian Church Annual Holiday Market in Sullivan on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year tickets will be sold for a chance to win a cross-stitch floral quilt made by member Ann Hamilton (recently deceased). The Market will feature a bountiful bakery shop with homemade candies, cookies, cakes, pies and bread; and an inspirational Christmas shop. There will be a quilt shop, a crafts shop, a youth group shop offering unique items for sale, and a children’s shop with gently used clothing and toys.

An almost new shop in the church sanctuary will also be selling many treasures that look like new and are functional.

The coffee bar will be open from 9-10:30 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall and feature homemade treats and drinks. Lunch will then be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry-outs will be available.

Pick-a-prize drawing tickets will be sold at the door. Prizes may include original artwork, his and her golf getaway for a day, Illini basketball tickets, Little Theatre Christmas show tickets, gift certificates, gift cards and much more.  The winners will be drawn at 2 p.m.  Proceeds from the drawing will go to Secret Santa and DOVE.

Family Harvest Night At Lovington Library Friday

On Friday October 24, the Lovington Public Library District will be having a Family Harvest Party from 6-7:30 p.m.  The library will be hosting a “Family Fun Night” with snacks, games, stories to be read, art projects and some prizes. Costumes are not required in order to attend but the public is encouraged to come and have a fun night as a family. For more information, call the Lovington Public Library at 873-4468.

Lovington Trivia Game on for Another Week

October 22, 2014

During the Lovington Homecoming Weekend, the Lovington Public Library District provided a Lovington Trivia game that was enjoyed by Alumni  This game is still available to participate in for another week.

The public is encouraged to stop by the library and take the trivia quiz to see how much they really know about Lovington. Patrons can then visit the back meeting room to check his or her answers.