August is School Preparedness Month

•August 3, 2016•

In the next few weeks, students from pre-kindergarten through college will be headed back to school. As parents prepare their students for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies across the state are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

“Emergencies can occur any time of the day or night, including when children are in school,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “The start of a new school year is the perfect time to make sure you know your school’s plans for keeping students safe during an emergency and then talking to your child about those plans.”

Joseph offered several back-to-school planning tips for parents of school-aged children, including:

• Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.

• Ensure your current emergency contact information is on file at your child’s school.

• Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency, and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.

• Teach children with cell phones about ‘Text First, Talk Later.’ Short, simple text messages, such as “R U OK?” and “I’m OK,” are more likely to get through than a phone call if phone service is disrupted following an emergency. As phone congestion eases, you can follow up with a phone call to relay more information.

Students headed off to college also need to be prepared for emergencies. Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers on campus. In addition, make sure your student knows the emergency plans for their dorm or apartment building.

Emergency Services Change for Bethany

•July 27, 2016•

Bethany Fire and Ambulance Protection District, emergency medical services (EMS) was recently downgraded to the Basic Level, due to staffing issues.

The state Emergency Medical Services Systems Alternate Rural Staffing and Response issued the downgrade, which now requires one first responder and one Basic EMT.

Ambulance calls that are treatable and transportable at the a basic level may now be accomplished without an intermediate on board.

The benefit of alternate staffing is that the ambulance is still equipped at an Intermediate level and can run as an advanced care ambulance when an Intermediate is available.

The Basic response includes stabilizing the patient and begin transport with the option of requesting an advanced care intercept either from Sullivan or en route to Decatur.

This should result in fewer dropped calls and continue the tradition of excellent care for the patient,

Bethany has four EMT Basic staff starting intermediate/paramedic training. Currently five licensed first responders, 12 Basics, four Intermediates and two paramedics are on BFPD staff.

Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact the department at 665-3726.

Previously the BFPD ambulance was licensed at the Intermediate level which requires an EMT/I available 24/7 and response to every ambulance call.

Bethany, as with other volunteer departments,has a shortage of volunteers for both fire and emergency services.

When an Intermediate was not available, Bethany relied on mutual aid from surrounding departments, often with themselves short on staffing. Intermediates provide an advanced level of care including IV therapy and cardiac monitor interpretation.

Vehicles Entered Items Taken

•July 27, 2016•

The Sullivan Police Department received reports of several vehicle entries during the past week.

In most cases unlocked vehicles were entered with at least three vehicles reporting items missing.

Police urge residents to lock unattended vehicles and be on the alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Sullivan Annual Cleanup

•July 27, 2016•

In the July 20 News Progress front page story “Sullivan Plans Citywide Cleanup” a mistake on the number of days for cleanup was made.

According to a letter from the Advanced Disposal’s Municipal Waste manager Ed Woker, the Charleston based company would pick up house to house at $1550 per load.

The city would be divided in half with one Saturday set for one part of town and another Saturday scheduled for the remainder.

The article incorrectly indicated this would be done once a month. The citywide cleanup is one time only.

Menus 7-27-2016

Senior Peace Meal
Monday, Aug. 1 - Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, buttered baby carrots, pears, bran muffin.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Ham loaf w/glaze, German potato salad, green beans, applesauce, roll.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 - Goulash with beans, spinach salad w/Mandarin oranges and dressing packet, whole grain biscuit, warm fruit cobbler. Thursday, Aug. 4  - Turkey or cheese salad sandwich, vegetable soups w/legumes, cole slaw, diced peaches, bun and crackers.
Friday, Aug. 5 - Fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, peas, roll, fruit cream parfait.

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Aug. 1 - Cereal, peach juice, milk.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Sausage & cheese biscuits, peach juice, milk.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 - Toast, peach juice, milk.
Thursday, Aug. 4  - Muffins, peach juice, milk.
Friday, Aug. 5 - Nutri-Grain bars, peach juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Aug. 1 - Chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, pears, dinner rolls, milk.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - BBQ Pork on bun, green beans, pineapple, milk. Wednesday, Aug. 3 - Macaroni & cheese, carrots, peaches, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, Aug. 4  - Fish square on bun, mixed vegetables, Mandarin oranges, milk.
Friday, Aug. 5 - Taco, lettuce, mixed fruit, milk.

Car Show and Drive-in Movie

•July 20, 2016•

The First United Methodist Church in Sullivan, located across from the fire station, is hosting a 50s, 60s, 70s event Saturday, July 23.

Included in the free evening of entertainment is a car show held from 4-7 p.m. in the church parking lot.

Following the car show everyone is invited to stay until dark, approximately 9 p.m. when 50s, 60s, 70s, atmosphere is completed with a drive-in movie.

Sullivan Schools Registration Process Begins

•July 20, 2016•

Registration for Sullivan School District will be noon- 7 p.m. August 4 in Sullivan Elementary School cafeteria.

Registration will once again be online, and the computer lab will be available for anyone who needs access. School supply lists, physical forms and free/reduced lunch applications will also be available online. Letters regarding registration will be mailed in late July.

Students who are new to Sullivan School District and kindergarten students who are not pre-registered must come to the districtwide registration. Any physicals, birth certificates, free/reduced lunch forms or other necessary paperwork may be turned in on that day.

The online registration process accepts credit card payments through the Illinois e-Pay program. Any fees that are not paid online must be paid at the districtwide registration August 4. Registration fees for high school students are $80, and fees for students in grades K-8 are $50. The technology fee for all fifth grade through 11th grade students receiving iPads has been reduced to $20. In addition, high school students will be required to purchase a P.E. uniform. Uniforms will cost $15.50-$20.50 depending on size. There will also be a $50 fee for any student enrolled in driver’s education.

A participation fee will be charged to high school students who wish to participate in athletics. Students participating in football will be charged a $40 fee. All other high school sports will be charged a $25 participation fee. There is a family cap of $100 for athletic participation fees. The athletic participation fee will be waived for those students qualifying for free or reduced priced meals.

Families who automatically qualify for free/reduced price meals based on information provided by the Department of Human Services will be notified by mail.  All other families may submit an application during the online registration process.   Those students who qualify for free meals will receive an automatic fee waiver.  Those who qualify for reduced-price meals will pay a reduced registration fee ($24 for high school students; $15 for middle and elementary school students).

The first day of school for Sullivan students will be August 22. Due to a state mandate, this will be a full day of school. Elementary school will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m. Middle and high schools will begin at 8:14 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m.

All students entering kindergarten, grades six and nine must have a complete physical and immunizations updated by the first day of school. Those students who do not have physicals completed will be excluded from school until those forms are completed and returned to their respective building offices.

Children entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade who have not yet started or completed necessary vaccinations are noncompliant and will be excluded from school on the first day. Contact the Moultrie County Health Department at 728-4114 for information regarding upcoming Immunization clinics.

Mobile Mammography

•July 20, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be at the SBL Sullivan Clinic August 23. To make an appointment for a mammogram on the mobile van call 1-800-639-5929.

Caring Women Form Group

•July 20, 2016•

A new group called “100 Women Who Care” is starting in Sullivan, and all women are invited to participate.

The group is neither a for-profit nor a non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with any other entity in town. It does not have a board of directors, a staff or even a budget but has the possibility of making a substantial impact in the Sullivan area.

Sullivan has more than 50 organizations that are consistently fundraising to create programs for almost every demographic of the town. A combined contribution from 100 Women Who Care could allow a group to do a larger, perhaps normally unattainable project that could otherwise take years to attain.

In a nutshell, women will commit to two meetings this year, one on July 28 and one on October 27. Upon arrival, each attendee may nominate a charity she deems worthy.

All nominations will be put into a fishbowl, and three will be drawn blindly. Those who nominated the selected charities are invited to speak about the organization for no more than five minutes each.

After that, everyone votes by private ballot for the charity she would most like to fund. The votes are counted and the winner announced. Then participants each write a $100 check directly to that charity.

Teams may also be created of up to four people who contribute $100 combined. If the group consists of 100 women, the group will be making a $10,000 contribution twice in 2016.

Consider joining at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at 5 West Coffee Lounge in Sullivan.

County Farm Up For Cash Rent

•July 13, 2016•

The Moultrie County farm is up for cash rent. Members of the building and grounds committee agreed to advertise for bids on the 217.58 acre county farm, continuing the two year lease.

Committee chair Gary Smith noted the farm had earned the county $85,000 in net income, and the two year lease program has worked well for those farming the land and the county. In order to submit a cash rent proposal the bidder must own 40 acres or live in Moultrie County. Provisions to maintain soil quality will be included with the committee moving toward an August 3 bid opening for the November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2018 contract.

The existing contract is $417A plus a portion of the lime cost.

In an additional committee report Rick Matthews noted a $1795 circulating pump replacement is necessary at the Moultrie County jail. Matthews said he would rebuild the existing pumps to allow for a future back up.