Sullivan School Summer Food Service

The Sullivan School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old or younger beginning June 2 through July 25.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30-9 a.m. while lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., both in the Sullivan Elementary cafeteria.

All food must be eaten in the cafeteria and anyone 18 or younger is encouraged to participate.

The school district is also encoring participation in the Sullivan Park Recreation Program, a free program offered through the city of Sullivan. For more information on the park program, contact Sue Weaver at 728-4541.

AL Schools to Hold Special Meeting June 12

On Thursday June 12 at 1:30 p.m., a meeting conducted by the Community Unit School District #305 will take place at District Office, 301 E. Columbia, Arthur, IL in the Central Office.  The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you are the parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of the C.U.S.D. #305, you are urged to attend.  If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Travis Wilson at 543-2511.

Area Memorial Day Services

Oak Grove Baptist Church
10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 1
Located on Wilborn Creek Road

Moultrie County Memorial Park
10 a.m. Monday, May 26

Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan
8 a.m. Monday, May, 26

Tom Conn Park in Lovington
12 p.m. Sunday, May 25

Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany
9 a.m. Monday, May 26

Cookout Benefit for Wagner

A cookout benefit will be held on May 31 at the Sullivan IGA parking lot to raise money for Presley Wagner, the infant daughter of Shelby and Andy Wagner who has the rare syndrome Trisomy 14 Mosaic.

Only around 200 known cases of the syndrome have been known world-wide since 1970 and tends to cause cleft hand, conductive hearing loss, and other conditions, some of which Wagner is displaying. The syndrome is lifelong.

Wagner is currently seeing doctors in Decatur, Springfield, Champaign and making weekly trips to St. Louis, resulting in tremendous financial costs.

The cookout will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers brats, pork chop sandwiches, rib eye sandwiches, soda and water. Donations should be made payable to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 109, Sullivan, IL 61951. Donors should also add “Wagner” to the memo line of check donations.

Area Graduations/Baccalaureates

Okaw Valley

Baccalaureate: Sun., May 18, Findlay Christian Church
Graduation: Sunday, May 25, 2 p.m. (OVHS)


Baccalaureate: Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m. (H.S. gym)
Graduation: Sunday May 25, 3:30 p.m. (football field)


Baccalaureate: May 18, 5 p.m. (east gym)
Graduation: Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. (west gym)


Baccalaureate: May 25, 7 p.m.
Graduation: Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Mo-Do Pageant Requesting Participants

Anyone who wishes to participate in the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Pageants to be held in July should contact Sandy Hoke, Pageant Director at 493-3583 by Friday, June 6 for Miss and Junior Miss.

Little Miss contestants deadline is Saturday, June 14.

All applications can be found at

Upcoming Blood Drives

There will be three opportunities in Moultrie County to donate blood in the next two weeks.

The Sullivan American Legion Post 68 and American Red Cross will host a blood drive 11:45 a.m-6 p.m. May 13 at the American Legion in Sullivan.

For an appointment, call Jeri Davis at 273-9456. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments ensure proper staff is available.

A blood drive sponsored by the Okaw Valley High School student council will also be held 10 a.m-2 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Okaw Valley High School gym in Bethany.

Any healthy individual, age 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds may donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing a signature. Donors do not need a social security number with Community Blood Services. All blood types are needed, especially Types 0- and 0+.

For more information regarding the Okaw Valley blood drive, contact the high school at 665-3631.

Lastly, a blood drive will be held at the IGA in Sullivan 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

Donors with appointments will have priority. To schedule an appointment, call the blood center at 367-2202 or visit

Participants are asked to eat before donating, to drink extra water, and to bring his or her ID. Eligble donors will have last donated blood on or before March 20 of this year. The group sponsor code for this blood drive is 70870.

In addition to the blood drive, the Moultrie County Health Department will do blood pressure checks and have information on car seats, poison control, and other services they offer.

Postal Carriers to Collect Food Items May 10

Nationwide, postal carriers will be collecting nonperishable food items on May 10 as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Members of the public are encouraged to collect and bag any non-perishable food items such as canned meats, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, and rice and set them out by his or her mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up and deliver to a local food bank or pantry.

Sullivan VFW Auxiliary Hosting Food Drive May 2

The Sullivan VFW Auxiliary is hosting a food drive to benefit the Moultrie County Food Pantry in Sullivan. Residents are asked to bring non-perishable items to the first Friday night supper on May 2, or drop items off any time after 2 p.m. in the banquet room or lounge at the VFW from now until May 2. The Auxiliary will also be collecting non-perishable food and toiletry items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the parking lot of Kirk Real Estate/Vander Burgh Financial Services, which is located just south of the four-way stoplight in Sullivan. Monetary donations will be accepted to purchase items for the food pantry, and pickup of donated items will also be available upon request. For more information or to arrange a pickup of donations, call Sharon Emel at 217-797-6905 or any auxiliary member.

Senator Rose to host ‘Lake Shelbyville Update

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is hosting an April 25 legislative update about the state government’s efforts relating to Lake Shelbyville and its component natural wildlife areas. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), State Rep. Adam Brown (R-Champaign) and local leaders will also be in attendance.

The event will be held from 1-3 p.m., Friday, April 25 in the Findlay Community Center auditorium, located at 103 E. South 2nd Street in Findlay. This 2014 Lake Shelbyville Update will have a special emphasis on the Department of Natural Resource’s Eagle Creek Resort and the efforts to reopen the shuttered facility.

For more information, call Senator Rose’s office at 217-607-1853.