Student Readers Urged to Enter “Letters About Literature”

•September 21, 2016•

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades four through 12 to enter the 2017 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Library of Congress through the Secretary of State’s Illinois Center for the Book program.

“Letters About Literature” invites students to read a book, poem or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their lives or view of the world. Students may enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.  Read More

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770

Monday, Sept. 26 - Beef tips in gravy, mashed potatoes, buttered baby carrots, pears, bran muffin.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Ham loaf w/glaze, German potato salad, green beans, applesauce, roll.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Goulash w/beans, spinach salad w/Mandarin oranges and dressing packet, whole grain biscuit, warm fruit cobbler. Read More

Stockholders Approval for Merger of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares and First Clover Leaf Financial Corp.

•September 14, 2016•

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FMBH) (“First Mid” or the “Company”) and First Clover Leaf Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: FCLF) (“First Clover Leaf”) announced that on August 31 each company’s stockholders voted in favor of the merger between the two companies. Approximately 99.2% of the votes cast by each of the First Mid stockholders and the First Clover Leaf stockholders voted in favor of their respective merger proposal. Read More

Oktoberfest 2016 Back Bigger & Better Than Ever

•September 14, 2016•

The 13th Annual Oktoberfest is back bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will be held 6-11 p.m. Friday October 14 and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, October 15. Bring the entire family out for some fall festival fun.

Friday night festivities include arts, crafts and food vendors.

The Sullivan Area Arts Council (SAARTS) will host Artoberfest at Cathrine’s Gallery Gifts & More. A highlight to the festival this year, the Oktoberfest wine tasting at 5 West is open 6-9 p.m. The Oktoberfest beer tent will be open Friday night from 6-11 p.m. Ryan Ideus & the Feudin Hillbillies will rock the beer tent 8-11 p.m. Read More

Remember When? 9-14-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Lloyd Maurer of Sullivan shot his third hole-in-one Monday afternoon at Sullivan Country Club. Maurer was using an eight-iron on the 150-yard fourth hole when he and fellow golfers, Bill Roley, Dutch Horton and Gil Crawford, watched it drop in the hole.

C. Alan Horn shot a hole-in-one Sept. 12 at Spring Creek Golf Course in Ladd. Horn was participating in a golf outing sponsored by the Great American Insurance Co. and playing with Dutch Ericsson, the CEO of the company when he sank the ball on the 132-yard seven hole with a pitching iron.

The Bethany Mustangs victory over the Atwood-Hammond Rajahs can be described in many different ways—sweet, satisfying, necessary, finally and most of all well-earned. Steve VanLoon, whose game was vastly improved in all areas, started the game with a kick to the Rajahs who found themselves on their own 38-yard line. Four plays later first year coach Scott Bales opted to go for the first down, and again the Rajahs were introduced to the new Steve VanLoon. The third period ended with Bethany leading 20-8, and no-one scored in the fourth quarter. Read More

OV School District Board Candidate Packets Available

•September 14, 2016•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England has announced that Okaw Valley CUSD #302 Board candidate packets for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup September 19 in the Moultrie County Clerk’s office located in the Courthouse, 10 S. Main, Ste. 6 in Sullivan.

Candidate petitions for Okaw Valley School Board cannot be circulated for signatures until Tuesday September 20, 2016. Filing of petitions will be in the county clerk’s office beginning Monday December 12, 2016 to Monday December 19. Hours of filing are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on the last day of filing when the office will remain open until 5 p.m. If two or more candidates file their petitions simultaneously as of the opening hour of the filing period (December 12) or within the last hour of the filing period (December 19), a lottery will be held December 21 at 9 a.m. in the county clerk’s office to determine candidate placement on the April 4, 2017 Consolidated ballot. Read More

One Traffic Fatality in August for ISP District

•September 14, 2016•

Illinois State Police District 10 announced that during the month of August troopers handled 1966 incidents. Three hundred forty-eight of those incidents were calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 135 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Troopers stopped for a total of 333 motorist assist incidents and handled 83 crash reports, one of which was a fatal crash resulting in one death.

Criminal activities during the month included 34 arrests for criminal offenses. Troopers arrested 16 for drug charges and issued 13 citations for weapon violations. Read More