Running a Tight Ship

•August 19, 2015•

Running a tight ship is a challenge for the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department, and recent uncertainties in state funding are putting more pressure on a limited staff.

“With eight deputies covering the county 24-7 we are already running pretty close,” Sheriff Chris Sims said, noting that similar sized surrounding counties operate with up to 40 percent more staff.

“We also have lake traffic and marinas adding to coverage,” he explained.

“Now with the pitiful state economy everybody is trying to get by on less.”

In spite of recent cuts in state police coverage and 33 cuts from the conservation officers academy, Sims explained that Moultrie is still in pretty good shape.

“We already cover most of the state highway accidents, so the cut in state police won’t affect us, and it doesn’t look like the conservation cuts will affect existing lake coverage,” he continued. Read More

Blankets to Sleeping Bags

•August 19, 2015•

Blanket donations from December are paying off during the heat of the summer for the Bag Ladies of Findlay.

For the past 13 years a half dozen ladies gather Tuesdays and sew at the United Methodist Church in Findlay. And they use blankets donated in December to make sleeping bags for the homeless.

‘When everyone can show up we make three to four sleeping bags a day,” Lillian Beckett from Sullivan said, noting the group has made 1500 sleeping bags since they started. Read More

Circuit Clerk seeks reelection

•August 12, 2015•

Moultrie Country Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden will be seeking re-election in November 2016.

Braden has been circuit clerk since appointed to the post in 2005. The Democrat incumbent first ran for a two year term in 2006. This will be her fourth election.

She is currently president of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks in addition to her duties in Moultrie County with the sixth judicial circuit. Read More

Jeep Run for Jessi

•August 12, 2015•

Jessi Mode may have passed away four years ago, but her memory lives on.

Every year since then her mother Carol has a Jeep Run in her memory.

Jeeps and other four wheeler drivers and riders are putting on their cowboy hats and camo as they head to the Toy Bar in Sullivan Saturday, Aug. 15.

“Jessi loved cowboy hats and camo,“ Carol said of the dress theme for this third annual event. “Whenever I do it, I think of her. It’s a good way to remember.”

Carol explained that each year all the donations go to Secret Santa of Sullivan.

Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon at the Toy Bar in Sullivan. Departure is at noon.  Read More

Remember When? 8-12-2015

25 years ago this week

Allison Patrick of Bethany received a blue ribbon for her portrait of a ballerina, entered in the Moultrie Sullivan 4-H and Junior Fair.

Two years ago, Lovington resident Jerry Floyd finally got around to trying the one sport he had always dreamed about but never tried: skydiving. Since then he’s made 35 jumps at the Mid-America Sport Parachute Club in Taylorville, made several free falls and standup landings and is having the time of his life with his new hobby.

Increased entries in every department highlighted the Moultrie County 4-H and Junior Fair. In arts and crafts judging, first place winners included Andy Brewer, Scott Seeley, Teri Zimmer, Brandon Patrick, Erin Parsons, Allison Patrick, Tracy Phelps and Martne McCabe, all of Bethany; Joey Schaljo, Elizabeth Livingston, Keena Baumgartneer, Jamie Christy, DeEtta Beachy and Seth Shellabarger, all of Sullivan; Kama Webb of Dalton City; Wyatt Murphy, Meg Reedy, Chas Seelow, Sarah Jackson, Dane Jackson, Andy VanWinkle and Matt Jackson, all of Lovington; and Tara Traxler of Lake City.

Gaining the 4-H pony championship at the Moultrie-Sullivan fair was Mike Houser of Sullivan. Read More

Remember When? 8-5-2015

25 years ago this week

Ribbons, stickers and safety booklets were presented to the participants in the recent bike rodeo held recently in Wyman Park. The rodeo in which Mike Muzzy, Jennie Allen, Andrew Bathe, Lisa Lilly, Missy Gillon, Johnnie Gillon and Lee Gillon participated was preceded by a safety program given to 26 children at the Sullivan Pre School.

Toby Bolsen of Lovington showed the reserve intermediate champion female during the National Junior Angus Show July 9-13 at Ark-Sar-Ben in Omaha, Neb. Named Bolsens Charlies Angel, the heifer was one of 106 bred and owned heifers shown.

Participating in the recent 4-H fashion trip, which included a tour of the Limited at Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, were Susan Shellabarger, Carinna Elder, Sarah Shasteen and Elizabeth Livingston.

Derik Eaton won a gold medal recently in the Prairie State Games 10K race through Champaign. Eaton, a Sullivan High School graduate, earned the prize after defeating 200 other runners. Read More

Lovington Library Aug. Activities

•August 5, 2015•

Thursday, August 13: Deadline to register for the Bob Ross painting class on Saturday August 15. There is a fee which includes paints and canvas. Bring a roll of paper towels and a light lunch.

There will also be  Adult Book Club Meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.- Bob Ross Painting Class.

Tuesday, August 18, 4-5 p.m.: Youth Book Club Meeting for 4-8th grades. Read More

Department on Aging to Host Activities for Seniors and Families During State Fair

August 17 is “Senior Day” – Admission is free for guests age 60 years & older

•August 5, 2015•

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host activities for seniors and their families during the Illinois State Fair, August 13-23, in Springfield. IDoA will have a lineup of special events in the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building located near the fairground main gate. Monday, August 17 is Senior Day when attendees 60 years of age and older are admitted free to the fair.

“We look forward to another year of hosting fun activities during the state fair. Our staff and partner agencies do a great job of keeping everyone engaged while offering information about programs and services for older adults and their families,” said IDoA Acting Director, Jennifer Reif.

Some state fair Senior Day favorites include the “NOT SO Newlywed Game” where couples, age 50 years and older, test how much they really know about their spouse. Later, IDoA will host the Illinois Seniora Spelling Bee State Finals. Seniors who won regional competitions held across the state will correctly spell words until judges crown a spelling bee champion. And families are encouraged to pre-register for the “Grandparent Grandchild Contest”, when (on August 20) participants are judged on resemblance, costumes, talent, and interviews. To pre-register, call (217) 785-3390 Read More

Delta Dental Seeks Applications for Community Grants

Eligible Moultrie County organizations encouraged to apply by September 8

•August 5, 2015•

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, will begin accepting applications for its annual community grants program on Aug. 3. The community grants program provides funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of Illinois children.

The Foundation will award grants up to $10,000 to organizations that provide oral health education and/or access to oral health resources to children within the state. A total of $150,000 in grants will be distributed. Criteria and an online application are available at ddilfoundation.org/grantreq.aspx. Applications must be received by Sept. 8 to be eligible for consideration.

Illinois nonprofit organizations that are classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and public or governmental entities, such as a public schools or health departments, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Read More