Energy Assistance Program is Open

•September 23, 2015•

The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin the 2016 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Thursday October 1. This is the first day that appointments may be made for the program. October and November are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments may be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.

Starting November 2 applications will also be accepted from households, who at the time of application, have a child under age six. Proof of age will be required. Households who are disconnected from their utilities or are within seven days of being disconnected or have less than 25% in their propane tank and are unable to secure a delivery on credit may also apply during November. Read More

Retire Supt. Seeks Brown Seat

•September 23, 2015•

Retired St. Joseph-Ogden High School superintendent Jim Acklin  announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 102nd Illinois house district to replace Adam Brown. Brown recently announced his intentions to retire from the seat.

Acklin said; “I have considered running for some time, and I feel that this is my time to step forward and contribute in a meaningful way. Illinois is a tremendous state but needs strong leadership to help put it back on track. I grew up in Paris, which is a small town, like most of the 102nd district. I understand the challenges that our communities are facing as well as the challenges faced by our schools, small businesses and farmers.”  Read More

Squires Art Club Workshop

•September 23, 2015•

Watercolor artist Stan Squires of Springfield will return to Sullivan to conduct Sullivan Art Club’s third workshop of the season Saturday, September 26. The workshop will be held at the St. Columcille Church hall located on the east end of the church at the corners of W. Jackson and McClellan streets. There is a dedicated entrance to the hall adjacent to the parking lot.

Squires spent 29 years working as an illustrator in the advertising industry before retiring to paint full time. He has received several awards for his artwork, some of which may be viewed on his website

Squires will be instructing with watercolors. However, if preferred, participants may work in their medium of choice. Read More

Perkinson Art Gallery Features Iannelli Book and Exhibit

•September 16, 2015•

Perkinson Art Gallery in Kirkland Fine Arts Center will showcase an exhibition of groundbreaking industrial designs of the Iannelli Studios through Saturday, Oct. 24. The exhibition is part of a book collaboration between Millikin University’s Bronze Man Books and author David Jameson, owner of ArchiTech Gallery of Architectural Art in Chicago, Ill. The book is entitled “Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli.”

Alfonso Iannelli is most famous for his sculptural work commissioned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Midway Gardens project in Chicago in 1914. Iannelli Studios maintained a long and illustrious business in industrial design throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including contract design work for the Mueller Company in Decatur, Ill.

The exhibition will include original drawings, documents, blue prints, photographs and objects related to the industrial designs of the Iannelli Studios for companies such as Oster, Parker Pens and Wahl Eversharp. These unique artifacts are loaned from major Chicago collections.

Millikin Art Department and Bronze Man Books students were actively engaged in the editing, design and production process for both the book and the exhibit. Students have worked closely with Ed Walker, Millikin associate professor of art, and Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Millikin, as well as Millikin alumnus Eric O’Malley ‘97. O’Malley has been instrumental in securing the connection with David Jameson as well as other collectors of Iannelli’s work in the Chicago area. Read More

First Christian Celebrates Back to Church Sunday

•September 16, 2015•

“Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First Christian Church in Sullivan at 10 AM September 20. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National Back to Church Sunday ( is an initiative to “Invite America Back to Church.” It seeks to reach the “un-churched” and “de-churched” – people who have never attended church, or who once attended church but don’t any more – and invite them to return on a special Sunday. In 2013, a Gallup survey stated that 87% of people believe in God. Yet only 27% of those surveyed attended church in the last 7 days. Additional research reveals that although many people who don’t attend church say they would if invited by a friend, only 2% of Christians ever invite someone to church.

Pastor Grant Wade notes, “Back to Church Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for those in our community to connect or reconnect with a local church. There are many churches in Sullivan and I encourage folks to find one that fits who they are.  Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Farm Bureau Update

•September 16, 2015•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

As of Sunday, September 7, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has Illinois corn condition at 55% rated good to excellent and 43% of the corn crop in the state has matured. Soybeans condition is at 53% good to excellent rating with 22% of soybeans dropping leaves.

The Douglas County Farm Bureau has had many informational meetings this summer. On Friday, August 28, the DCFB hosted an “Over the Road” seminar in Tuscola. Kevin Rund, Senior Director of Local Government for the Illinois Farm Bureau, was the main speaker of the day. Rund covered various topics with trucking regulations, rules of the road, and many other transportation updates that have been changed or modified this year or since the last harvest. The annual “Stewardship Day” was held down at Walnut Point State Park on Thursday, September 10. Over 200 sixth graders around Douglas County participated in different stations on insects, recycling, soils, fisheries, plants, bees, forestry, and rainfall.

The young leaders participated in the annual Illinois Farm Bureau quiz bowl at the State Fair on Tuesday, August 18. The Illinois Farm Bureau quiz bowl is a competition where teams of three-four individuals compete against other county teams on all sorts of questions related to agriculture. The team did a fantastic job and look forward to watching them compete again next year. The District 11 and 12 IFB Young Leader Discussion Meet was held in Tuscola on Tuesday, August 4. Andy Brantner of Douglas County and Quint Shambaugh of Piatt County will be moving on to compete in the state discussion meet at the IAA annual meeting in December after both finishing first place in their districts.  Read More

Millikin Hosts International Events

•September 16, 2015•

Millikin University will host an assortment of events to observe International Month from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8, 2015.

Each year, Millikin’s Center for International Education hosts International Month, a celebration of international students, travel and issues. The campus community has the opportunity to discover world cultures, hear from people of other nations and learn about Millikin’s international travel options.

“International Month has been a tradition at Millikin University and every year we highlight countries by presenting activities and guest speakers,” said Carmen Aravena, director of the Center for International Education at Millikin University. “It’s important for the Millikin community to experience the cultural activities of International Month and it’s a great opportunity for our international students to be a part of these events.” Read More

Peterson of Paris Seeks Brown Seat

•September 16, 2015•

Randy A. Peterson of Paris has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Illinois state representative for the 102nd district.

Current Rep. Adam Brown announced this week he will not seek re-election to the General Assembly.

“I want to thank Adam Brown for all of his service in the 102nd district,” Peterson said.  “I have learned a lot from working with Adam in the last five years, and I have some big shoes to fill.”

In making the announcement, Peterson emphasized that not only does he feel he is qualified to serve “but ready to represent the 102nd district.” Read More

IHSA Football Teams Unite in Name of Safety With Play Smart. Play Hard. Helmet Decals

•September 9, 2015•

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that varsity high school football teams throughout the state will wear Play Smart. Play Hard. helmet decals (shown via link above) throughout the season in a show of solidarity amongst coaches and players.

“Communities throughout Illinois rally around their high schools every night of the week,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “This is a chance to unite statewide at a time when high school sports, and especially high school football, are under significant scrutiny.” Read More