Jonathan Creek Christian Maker Fun Factory VBS

•May 24, 2017•

Jonathan Creek Christian Church is inviting children to Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School: Created by God, Built for a Purpose from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. June 5 - 9.

The Maker Fun Factory VBS will give kids a chance to discover that God made them for a purpose.

They participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games and make and devour yummy treats. Read More

Wild About Nature at Lake Shelbyville

•May 24, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is announcing that registration is underway for the 2017 Wild about Nature Series at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Sessions take place Thursday mornings in June and July. Any child between the ages of one and 12 is welcome to attend. Ages one-three and four-five meet from 9-10 a.m. Ages 6-12 meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A responsible adult is required to attend with children between the ages of one and three. However, adults are not required to attend for all other age groups. The following is a list of program dates and topics. Read More

Help By Donating Blood

•May 24, 2017•

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.  Read More

Lake Shelbyville Kids’ Fishing Tournament

•May 24, 2017•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is hosting a free fishing tournament for children under 13 on Saturday, June 3 at Opossum Pond located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area. Participants are encouraged to preregister by calling 217-774-3951 ext. 2, though it is not mandatory.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the age six and under category, and participants will fish from 9-9:45 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the age 7-9 and 10-12 category who will fish from 10-11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish in each age division. All children will receive a certificate for participating.  Read More

Handegan Acquires Rau Law Practice

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Nancy M. Handegan (center) is pictured with Doug Smothers (left) and Oliver Elder (right).

•May 24, 2017•

When Nancy M. Handegan took over Brad Rau’s law practice in Sullivan, her law practice expanded from a sole attorney operation to a three attorney operation overnight.

Rau’s appointment as resident judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Moultrie County in March put the future of the long-standing firm in flux.

Handegan, who was a law school classmate of Rau’s at the University of Illinois, is primarily involved in estate planning, real estate and farm transactions at her Decatur practice, making the fit into the established Rau practice good for everyone.

“Brad, Doug (Smothers) and I have worked together, and I knew the circumstances and the practice,” Handegan said, noting the addition of the title company was a natural addition. Read More

Sec. of State Offices Closed for Memorial Day

•May 24, 2017•

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all Monday through Friday offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, all Tuesday through Saturday Driver Services facilities will be closed on Saturday, May 27th.

All office and facilities will be open for business on Tuesday, May 30th. Read More

Lincoln and His Hohner Blew “Blue Tail Fly”; But His Love of Music was Deeper

•May 24, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln always carried a Hohner harmonica in his pocket? Lincoln couldn’t read music and could barely carry a tune, but he did play a tune or two on the harmonica - one of them being the nonsense song, “Blue Tail Fly”.

Lincoln was a music lover his entire life and especially enjoyed opera, nonsense songs, sentimental ballads, patriotic songs and military band music.

On the eighth circuit in Illinois musical entertainment was often provided by a Danville attorney and his lifelong friend Ward Hill Lamon who sang as the lawyers crossed the prairie or around the fire after dinner. Years later he invited Lamon to accompany him on his preinauguration trip to Washington, and Lamon provided musical diversion on the 14-day journey. Read More

Remember When? 5-24-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

The First National Bank in Sullivan and Hardware State Bank in Lovington have new presidents. Ray Duncan of Lovington was named president following the First National Bank board of directors and annual stockholders meeting. He will be leaving Hardware State Bank as president but retain ownership. Faye Daily, a 27 year employee, replaces Duncan as president.

Bethany school board approved purchase of new uniforms for the fifth-sixth grade basketball teams for $1380. New mathematics text books for elementary school first-sixth grades were purchased for $4816.

Bryan Johnson of Sullivan received a $500 scholarship from the AAA-Chicago Motor Club for his essay: “If I were governor, what would I do to improve teen driving?”

Sullivan travelers Joe and Joan Pound traveled through the streets of Dehli by rickshaw before leaving India and the Asian continent.

Sullivan IGA was having a Super Summer Sale featuring whole fryers for 43¢ a pound and Texas cantaloupe for 99¢ each. Read More

OVHS Academic Achievement and Scholarships Awarded

•May 24, 2017•

Okaw Valley High School recognized over 75 students for their academic achievement and awarded several scholarships May 12.

Lake Land College presented scholarships to Jessica Robinson, Kristy Burford, Makayle Rosanski, Tyus Brooks, Jonathan Gentry, Kyzer Lash, Brendon Lane, and Skyler Birch.

Other scholarships presented include the Toby J. Jump Memorial to Ty Nichols, George A. Sentel Lodge #764 to Kayla Wheeler, Eldon Banning Memorial Scholarship to Tyus Brooks and Connor Cloyd, American Red Cross Scholarship to Brianna Creviston, Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship to Moranda Matheson, Clarence Bixler American Legion Post #409/Findlay Sons of the American Legion/Findlay Ladies’ Auxiliary Scholarship to Tyus Brooks and Brianna Creviston.  Read More