•October 7, 2015•
Shawn Mowry of Windsor is the watermelon man.
When he showed the folks at church the 127 pound watermelon he grew in his garden this year, Marlene Brotherton had to take a picture.
”We were all really impressed that Shawn had grown a larger watermelon than before ,” she said.
Two years ago Mowry harvested a 109 pound watermelon. “It started out as a personal goal to grow a bigger one,” he said of the effort which came up short last year when his vines died.
“I had two seeds from the 109 pounder come up this year,” he continued, pointing out that the vine containing the monster melon produced two at first, but one was damaged by mice and died.
By the end of July the fruit of the prize winner was as big as Mowry’s thumb, then he started seriously watering.
I placed a flag at the end of the plant and watered every day. “I’d go out, turn the sprinkler on, go inside and set the oven timer for an hour and let it soak,” he said, noting the water from his well made the watermelon grow noticeably every day.
“I set the flag a quarter inch from the watermelon, and it grew to meet it each day,” he continued. “It was fun to watch it grow.” Read More
Area Churches Feed Care-A-Vanners
•October 7, 2015•
By Mike Brothers
There is more to Habitat for Humanity in Sullivan than building homes, even though they are nearing completion of the 26th house in Moultrie County.
While Habitat Care-A-Vanners from all over the country spend two week stints volunteering labor on the latest home, Sullivan has gone above and beyond most communities by providing a place for volunteers to park their campers and daily meals coordinated by the Sullivan area Ministerial Alliance.
“This doesn’t just happen,” Care-A-Vanner team leader Bob Gillespie said of the treatment his group has received since it arrived here. “We’re talking about full meals. We had pork, mashed potatoes and gravy for lunch yesterday.”
Local Habitat board chairman Gary Smith explained the noon meals are provided through the generosity of area churches.
“We will take them out for an evening meal on Friday,” Smith said, commending the local churches and organizations for pitching in to make the volunteers feel welcome.
Pastor Paul McGhghy came up with the idea and presented it to members of the Ministerial Alliance. “We talked about it at our meeting, and I sent emails to schedule the churches,” Pastor McGhghy said, noting the Alliance is very close and has worked together on other projects. Read More
•October 7, 2015•
By Nick Fiala
Reporting in Sullivan
The Sullivan Rotary Club, located at TNT’s, was recently visited by Eastern Illinois University’s sophomore athletic director Tom Michael.
Michael explained how he has approached his new responsibilities based on his roots and personal values.
“I grew up in southern Illinois, 12 miles east of Carlyle.” Michael said. “Those small town values I think are important.The work ethic and the dedication, the respect, the trust, the integrity, and loyalty were certainly formed back then. It’s been an extremely rewarding first year.”
As a former student athlete and now a father of them, Michael’s relatively new position has not only challenged him but allowed him to work at an occupation that fuels his own personal passions and concerns.
“Being able to lead a group of individuals with energy and enthusiasm and passion: that’s what I really enjoy coming to work everyday and doing. I love what I’m doing because I know I’m making an impact on those student athletes.”
At the center of Michael’s leadership style is consistent integrity. Read More
Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens
25 Years Ago This Week
All four Redskin harriers turned in personal bests during the St. Joseph-Ogden Invitational Cross Country meet last Saturday. Sophomore Katie Tice led Sullivan with a 13th place finish and a time of 12:30. Kristy Jesse completed the course with a time of 13:05. Her run was good enough for 33rd place. Also competing were freshmen Emily Patrick and Brandie Riley who finished 106th and 114th respectively.
This year’s recipient of the Who’s Who award at Sullivan High School has retired in his hometown after a career with the American Fly Ash Corp. which saw him rise from field engineer to chief operating officer of the company. Joseph H. “Joe” Pound is a 1955 graduate of SHS.
Donald L. Elzy of Greenwood, Ind. became the 22nd inductee into the Sullivan High School Hall of Fame Saturday night during the annual alumni banquet. Elzy, currently staff assistant purchasing engineer for the lison Gas Turbines Division of the General Motors Corp. (GMC) in Indianapolis, Ind., is a 1949 graduate of SHS.
After 25 years of owning Kaskia True Value Hardware on the square in Sullivan, Dick Isaacs has decided to close the business and has accepted a job with the State Bank of Sullivan. Isaacs said he tried unsuccessfully for several months to find a buyer, and there was some interest, but, apparently, economic conditions worried potential owners.
Denise Hortenstine of Sullivan recently passed Part A of the official court reporters proficiency examination which was given July 21 in East Peoria. She is a 1990 graduate of the court reporting course at Sparks College in Shelbyville. Read More
•October 7, 2015•
By Ariana Cherry
Reporting from Sullivan
The recycling program was the topic of discussion at the past Sullivan City Council meeting.
With increasing costs, it was making it harder for the council to decide whether or not to keep the program.The council is paying $16,848 per year for two containers that are getting delivered twice a month. Also, once those containers are full, there are times items are left on the ground, creating extra clean-up.
Another question arose whether it is worth the cost to invest in a third container, which would be a total of $25,920 per year. Commissioner Bill Hagen commented, saying that it was necessary for a third container since trash is getting thrown on the ground.
There was speculation that not just Sullivan residents are adding items to the recycling bins. Since other communities have discontinued their recycling program, residents are bringing their items to Sullivan. With increasing costs and the possibility of more tax dollars having to pay more for the program, the council voted to discontinue the recycling program.
“It is something that we can’t really afford anymore,” Hagen noted. The last days for the program will be November 13-15.
In other matters, the council heard or acted further: Read More
•October 7, 2015•
Sullivan’s Adult Scavenger Hunt is Oct. 10 with headquarters set up in Wyman Park.
Jeri Davis explained that the adult hunt is held on homecoming weekend, and the group will be part of the parade.
Because some of the prizes contain alcohol, adults only may participate, she explained. Some 40 prizes valued at more than $50 each will be awarded. First clue will be posted at 9 a.m.; second clue at noon, and the third and final clue is 1:30 p.m. Read More