Sullivan Historic Facade Program Winding Down

•May 18, 2016•

Sullivan has seen a lot of changes over the past 10 years, and many of those changes are due to the success of the Historic Façade Grant program that the city developed and adopted in 2006.

The program which at its inception offered businesses a $3000 grant for façade improvements had zero applicants, and so the city amended the plan to grant up to $20,000 in matching funds for any business located in the historic downtown willing to invest in updating the appearance of their property.

By 2013 the program was so successful that when businesses outside of the downtown asked whether they could also participate, the program was revised further to include any business located within a TIF district. Read More

Millikin University Spring Commencement This Weekend

•May 18, 2016•

Millikin University will celebrate its Spring Commencement with two ceremonies the weekend of May 21-22.

Millikin’s traditional ceremony for students will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in the Decatur Civic Center. Millikin will host a ceremony for graduates of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on Millikin’s campus. Tickets are required for admission to both ceremonies.

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Remember When? 5-18-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Several ribbons were awarded during the Festival of Stars sand sculpture contest Saturday in Sullivan. In the preschool category Emilee Sanders won first place for her volcano sculpture, and Andrew Crawford, with the help of his brother Chris won second place. Alex Knobloch and Matt Mossman won first place for their castle in the K-2 category. Second place went to Dane White. In the 3-5 category, Lori Halford won first place for her castle, and Casey Matthews and Norah Hanford won second for their turtle.

Seventy-eight runners participated in the Festival of Stars 5K on Saturday. Participating from Sullivan were Brett Cordell, Don Cruit, Kevin Moran, Jake Haegen, Kim Miller, Brian McDowell, Mark Dickens, Steve Corzine, Michael Craig, Justin Wheeler, Dick Issacs, Patty Marlow, Carole Moore and Ann Dickens. Participating from Bethany were Ronald A. White and Anthony Baxter. Cordell, Haegen, Marlow and Moore all finished first place in their categories.

Two Sullivan High School Scholastic Bowl members have been named to the All-State team. Sullivan’s Matthew Stone and Keena Baumgartner have been named to the first time all-state team in scholastic bowl. Coach Ken Johnson is extremely pleased that two of his team members were named.

Lake Land College agriculture instructor Tom Reedy has been awarded the 1991 Faculty of the Year award sponsored by the Lake Land Faculty Assn.

Joyce Cocksure was elected 1992 president of Sullivan American Legion Post 68 during a meeting May 6. Serving with her will be Darcel Vitzhum, first vice-president; Barbara Stinson, second vice-president; Ann Shaw, secretary; Genevieve Sutton, treasurer; Charlotte Stone, chaplain; Joan Taylor, historian; and Marie Mossman, sergeant at arms. The group also decided the theme for the Fourth of July parade will be “We Are Proud….” Read More

Amish Country Tractor Cruise Set

•May 18, 2016•

Plans underway for seventh Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise set for June 18.

The 7th Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise will be held on Saturday, June 18 in Arthur.

A 40 mile cruise will take riders on a picturesque cruise through the heart of Illinois Amish country and along the Kaskaskia River that will feature the communities of Arthur, Bagdad, Skyline Springs, Cooks Mills, Jackson Park, and Fuller’s Point.

Registration for the cruise will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Arthur’s Yoder’s Kitchen, located on IL 133, and then departs at 8:30 a.m.

A rest stop will be at Aikman’s Wildlife Adventure, and lunch will be served at Daily Farms before returning to Arthur at approximately 3 p.m.  Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Planting Season Moving Forward Early

•May 18, 2016•

By Tyler Harvey,
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

Spring is once again upon us, and planting is well underway for area farmers. As of May 9, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that Illinois farmers had 88% corn planted compared to a five-year average of 64% planted.

Soybeans came in at 33% planted compared to the five-year average of 19%. Even with the wet and cool weather, both corn and soybeans are above the five-year average for crop emergence with corn at 42 % emerged and soybeans at 11%. With the dreary weather pattern, though, those percentages will most likely not increase as fast as in previous years; soybean planting is especially behind in the surrounding areas.

Driving between Tuscola and Sullivan and looking at various crops, this crop year looks to be off to a great start. NASS has an updated crop report come out every Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. One thing Illinois farmers do have an advantage in is that they are ahead in the percentage of crops planted compared to both Iowa and Indiana. However, while farmers around Moultrie County may be facing some challenges, our thoughts are with those who have suffered damage from the recent tornadoes and other dangerous weather.  Read More

SIUE Commencement

•May 18, 2016•

Three Sullivan residents received diplomas during the 2016 Spring Commencement exercises held May 6 and 7 in Edwardsville.

They include Zachary Coon in construction management and John O’Brien and Chad Frerichs, both in accountancy.

ALAH FFA Holds the Annual FFA Banquet

Photos furnished The ALAH FFA members who attended the annual banquet.

Photos furnished
The ALAH FFA members who attended the annual banquet.

•May 18, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA held its annual banquet April 28 at the Arthur Community Building with more than 80 in attendance.

opening ceremonies were performed by the 2015-16 FFA officer team, and the FFA Creed was presented by FFA Greenhand Makenna Green.

Janette Comstock, Katie Gingerich, Josiah Kinert, Taylor Powell, Adam Hingson, Emma Harris, Adam Day and Daniel Reedy reported on various aspects of the organization.
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Things Parents can do to Help Teens be Safe on the Road

•May 18, 2016•

It may have been red dye on the heads and faces of kids pretending to be hurt or dead, but students at Hoopeston Area High School saw up close what could happen if they drive drunk.

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and Vermilion County first responders drilled to test their response to a drunken driving crash with multiple casualties. Hoopeston Area High School students played the parts injured patients. Charlotte Strawser, RN, coordinator of the Emergency Department at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, said the drill provides a reminder for parents to talk to their children about safe driving. Read More