Counterfeit $100 Bill Found in Sullivan

March 19, 2015

by Keith Stewart

Sullivan police chief John Love is asking businesses and the public alike to be on the watch for counterfeit money in Sullivan.
Love says that a local business recently received a $100 counterfeit bill, which was confirmed by a Sullivan bank.
The police chief says that should anyone be suspicious of receiving possible counterfeit monies, to take the bills to any local bank where staff can then inspect it for fraudulence. If such is found, the bank will then notify local authorities.

Lovington Revitalization Meeting March 26

March 18, 2015

A Lovington Revitalization meeting with Mike Crews of Illinois Coalition Community Service is set for March 26 at 6:30 the Lovington Public Library.
The public is invited. Discussions will center on a summer lunch program for the youth. Tony Schuering the V.P. of of Municipal Consulting Group will also be present to give information on TIF (Tax Increment Financing). Other topics of interest may be discussed.
The effort is looking for fresh, innovating ideas, or events that have been done in the past that may be rejuvenated. Volunteers are also needed and welcome.
For more information, contact Victoria Goacher at (217)728-1244. Mike Crews may be contacted at (217)414-2598 or  Tony Schuering may also be contacted at (217)679-3697.

Candidates’ Forum Next Tuesday

March 18, 2015

The News•Progress along with the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development office will be sponsoring a candidates’ forum next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan High School commons.
The majority of Sullivan school board candidates are expected to attend and answer a series of questions.
The public is invited to attend, but if you aren’t able to make it in person, the forum will be streamed live by visiting

2015 Mobile Home Privilege Tax Bills due May 15

March 11, 2015

Moultrie County 2015 Mobile Home Privilege Tax bills will be mailed March 13 and are due May 15. Taxes may be mailed to Moultrie County Collector, P.O. BOX 650, Sullivan, IL. 61951. They may also be paid at all Moultrie County Banks such as Hardware State Bank, Scott State Bank in Bethany, Dalton City and Sullivan, State Bank of Arthur, Arthur Community Bank, First National Bank of Arthur, First National Bank of Sullivan and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Sullivan. Applications for the exemption based on the age of 65 and older and the disabled must be filed in our office. Office hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday – Friday. If you no longer own a mobile home and received a tax bill or the information on the bill is incorrect, contact our office by calling 217-728-4032.  The delinquent penalty for mobile homes is $25 per month or any part thereof not to exceed $100.

OV Post Prom Fundraiser Saturday

March 11, 2015

Okaw Valley’s post prom committee is hosting a St. Paddy’s Day fundraiser event this Saturday, March 14 at the Hired Hand Winery & Saloon in Bethany. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by Fat Finger from 8-10 p.m. There will be a cover fee. Also featured will be a mega raffle drawing  as well as 50-50. Mega raffle tickets are still available. There will be one grand prize winner of $1000 and a second prize of $200. For more information call Karen Jeffers at 217-972-7167.

ALAH Post Prom Fundraiser

March 11, 2015

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond post-prom fundraiser will be held at the high school cafeteria March 26 from 5-7:30 p.m.

A homemade baked spaghetti dinner will be served along with LaGondola garlic bread, salad, homemade desserts, and drinks.

See any ALAH junior or senior student for tickets.

Easter Services and Egg Hunts Requested

March 11, 2015

The News•Progress is requesting that all churches in Moultrie County who have special services to mark the Easter holiday(including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday), submit the times and days of their services by emailing them to

In addition, the NP is asking for any information regarding area Easter Egg Hunts by sending info to the same above listed email.

The News•Progress will in turn print those in its March 25 issue.

Findlay American Legion Auxiliary Surpasses Blood Drive Goal

March 4, 2015

An American Red Cross Blood Drive with a Valentine theme was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in Findlay on Wednesday, February 4. The goal for the drive was 17 pints, which was reached and surpassed. A total of 19 pints were collected that day. Connie Dotson was recognized for donating two gallons. The next blood drive will be Monday, April 13 from 2 - 6 at the American Legion Hall in downtown Findlay.

SIUC Announces 2014 Deans List

March 4, 2015

The following local students have been named to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fall 2014 deans list: Megan Miller, Arthur; Will Craig and Megan Durbin, both of Bethany; Sarah Auvil and Sloane Lynch, both of Dalton City with 4.0 GPAs; Joel Herron, Findlay and Matthew Keown, Findlay, 4.0 GPA; Ciara Marquis, Lovington; Adam Hostetter, Windsor and Shelby Barker, Cody Carman, Cassidy Daily, Nicole Floyd and Meghan Frost, all of Sullivan. Barker, Daily and Frost earned 4.0 GPAs.