Join the Pink Pumpkin Decorating Contest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

•October 12, 2016•

Prairie State Women’s Health would like to invite everyone to join their pink pumpkin decorating contest during the month of October. It’s a fun way to celebrate fall and breast cancer awareness at the same time.

Post a picture of your pink pumpkin on PSWH’s Facebook page at or e-mail it to  Read More

Detention Center Kitchen Makes Progress

•October 12, 2016•

Progress toward installation of kitchen services at the Moultrie County Detention Center are underway.

Rick Matthews, buildings and maintenance superintendent, reported that Eichenaer Services of Decatur is preparing for installation of convection ovens and the walk in cooler, which will make the jail kitchen functional.

Sheriff Chris Sims explained he could save up to $30,000 in feeding expenses for Moultrie County Jail prisoners by providing meals in-house. By utilizing a statewide commissary company, the sheriff estimated a $2.00 a meal cost. Read More

Lovington Ready for Harvest Celebration

•October 12, 2016•

Lovington ’s community garden has had a bountiful year with the village board giving approval for a Fall Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 15.

Paul Chambers said the family oriented event will be at the park from 3-10 p.m. where a wiener roast is planned.

Other events include pumpkin carving and rides for the kids. The board approved the LRC request for the Fall Harvest Celebration provided precautions were taken with the fire pit.

During Dennis Garmon’s park and special projects report, he announced that the village Halloween party is 6-8 p.m. October 21 in the park, weather permitting. The village approved spending up to $500 on the event.  Read More

ALAH FFA Competes in Section 17 Land Use Career Development Event

Photo furnished  ALAH FFA members took to the pits at the Section 17 Land Use CDE. Pictured are: (front) Griffin Rose, Makenna Green, Katie Gingerich, and Veronica Chambers; (middle) Taylor Powell, and (back) Adam Hingson, Adam Day, and Koby Stutzman.

Photo furnished 
ALAH FFA members took to the pits at the Section 17 Land Use CDE. Pictured are: (front) Griffin Rose, Makenna Green, Katie Gingerich, and Veronica Chambers; (middle) Taylor Powell, and (back) Adam Hingson, Adam Day, and Koby Stutzman.

•October 12, 2016•

By Katie Gingerich
ALAH FFA Reporter

The section 17 FFA Land Use Career Development Event was held  September 20 at Allerton Park near Monticello.

Eight Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA members participated in the CDE including Veronica Chambers, Adam Day, Katie Gingerich, Makenna Green, Adam Hingson, Taylor Powell, Griffin Rose, and Koby Stutzman.

The members were split up into groups with other section 17 FFA members and were taken to four different soil pits where they judged the soil and calculated slope.

The ALAH FFA team placed third out of nine teams. Adam Day placed as the fourth highest individual in the section.

“It was a good and fun competition,” said FFA member Veronica Chambers.

Menus 10-12-2016

•October 12, 2016•

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast

Mon., Oct. 17 - Bagels, orange juice, milk.
Tues., Oct. 18 - French toast sticks, orange juice, milk.
Wed., Oct. 19 - Sausage & cheese biscuit, orange juice, milk. Read More

Letter to the Editor 10-12-2016

First Airplane Ride with Hump Moody Recalled

Dear Sir:

Thank you so much for Emily Stutzman’s story on the Moody brothers. It brought back memories of my very first airplane ride when I was about four or five.

My dad, H.O. Dick, was a good friend of “Hump” Moody, and the entire family went to the airfield in Mt. Zion one day for an incredible adventure.  Read More

It’s that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™!

•October 12, 2016•

For 29 years, Energizer® brand has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries™ program.

Every fall, Energizer and the IAFC work to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Read More

IDNR Campsite Reservations Open for Solar Eclipse Zone

•October 5, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that campsite reservations are now available at southern Illinois State Parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for visitors making plans to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Reservations can be made for dates within the window of Aug. 14 – 27, 2017.

IDNR sites normally can be reserved no more than six months in advance. The new reservation window has been created for portions of southern Illinois. To reserve a campsite, visit

More than 1,600 campsites are available to be reserved in advance. Some sites also allow group campgrounds and picnic shelters to be reserved. Additional campsites are available for walk-up campers on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More

Remember When? 10-5-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Senior Bethany king and queen candidates are Greg Dickens, Erin Roach, Doug Fultz, Amy Haile, Kari Smith, Mark Bland, Ja’Net Osborn and Steven Van Loon. Coronation of the king and queen will be held in the high school gym Friday night following the football game against Illiopolis.
Dr. Glen Dust of Sullivan recently hired Sullivan resident Sue Dunphy, a nurse practitioner, to join his staff. Dunphy recently graduated from the nurse practitioner program offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nurse practitioners have advance training in different areas of nursing care.
Computer consultant Tim Wilkerson recently started his own business, About Computers Co. in the Corley office complex in Sullivan. Wilkerson assists businesses and individuals in purchasing computer equipment.
The Sullivan Kiwanis Club recently presented Sullivan resident Lawrence Loy its citizen of the year award. Loy, 75, was recognized for his volunteer work at St. Mary’s Hospital where he has logged more than 3,432 hours of service over a four-year period. Read More