American Legion Fireworks Filled Fourth Weekend Ahead

Better View From Wyman

•June 22, 2016•

Stu D. Baker
for the news progress

Sullivan’s Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th in Wyman Park offers an active, entertaining program with better views.

American Legion Post 68 announced Central States Fireworks, Inc. of Athens, Ill. is the new fireworks vendor this year. Shooting from the east side of the lake, bordering Worth Street should allow crowds a better view of the new show.

Mike Keown, Post 68 fireworks fund raising chair, explained the new fireworks can be set closer to the lake in Wyman Park allowing the Fourth of July crowd better exposure to what is expected to be a fast paced, spectacular event.

Keown noted the Sullivan Rotary Club recently donated $1000 toward the fireworks event and that Post members are in the middle of the annual walk around asking for donations.

“All monies collected as part of this fund-raiser will go into a special savings account set up for funding the fireworks and July 4th activities,” Keown emphasized. Read More

New Sidewalks for Lovington Park

•June 22, 2016•

Lovington Village Board met Monday, June 13 taking action on new sidewalks for the park.

Paul Heppe provided the low bid of $4000, over a $4500 Quick and Easy Concrete bid.

The bid for labor includes 250 feet of five foot wide sidewalk for the park. The motion was approved unanimously.

During the April meeting Sue Gordon asked to step down as animal control officer and recommended discontinuing the village spay and neuter program upon her departure. Trustee Doug Smith noted that during Gordon’s time as animal control officer she accomplished getting the village feral cat population under control. Read More

Clearing Needed at Sullivan Utility Distribution Locations

Sul garden overOvergrowth Creates Hazard

•June 22, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

An issue with the Sullivan utility department electrical sectionalizers were brought to attention at the last city council meeting.

Many of them are close to 40 years old which has left time for trees, plants and weeds to grow around them.

When these sectionalizes, which distribute 7200 volts of electricity, have overgrowth around them, they overheat and do not perform at their highest quality.

Recently, there was a power outage which lasted an hour and a half because utility workers were having problems getting to a sectionalizer. Commissioner Mike Kirk presented several photos which showed a number of them which were blocked with shrubbery, trees and various other items.  Read More

Secretary of State Mobile at Titus Library July 21

•June 22, 2016•

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card.

White’s mobile unit will be available at the Sullivan Library, located at 2 West Water 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. Read More

Sullivan District #300 Board Approves Security, Communication Upgrades

Health Life Safety Approved

•June 22, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Upgraded security cameras and phone systems were approved by the Sullivan District #300 school board at the June 13 meeting.

Supt. Brad Tuttle explained the enhanced phone service allowed 911 calling capability from every classroom.

District IT director Mark Waelde checked into vendors for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) systems. Frontier Communications $63,724.10 proposal for a complete VOIP system was recommended by the administration and approved unanimously.

Additional security camera locations and upgraded units also were approved under Health Life Safety, with existing provider Dynamic Controls projecting $78,944 to complete.

Travis Bushue of Bushue Human Resources presented bids for the district’s insurance coverage, excluding worker compensation and health. He recommended the Mattoon based First Mid Insurance Group/Arthur Gallagher Agency bid of $50,348.65. Read More

Coles-Moultrie 911 Grant Progresses to Final Stage

•June 15, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Moultrie County Board members learned the $196,000 grant to complete enhanced 911 for Coles-Moultrie County has reached the final stage.

Arlene Aschermann, chair of the public health and safety committee, reported the good news to the whole board, stating she learned of the award earlier June 9.

Kevin McReynolds, committee member and Coles County Regional Planning representative, explained the finalist stage of the grant is usually an assurance of approval.

In the June 8 News Progress it was incorrectly reported the grant was for $196,000,000. This figure was far more generous than the state could ever afford. We apologize for the additional zeroes and the error.

An agreement with Computer Information Concepts to upgrade hardware, software and peopleware for Moultrie County was approved unanimously. Read More

Dancing Is An Outlet To Changing Lives

Photo furnished Dance Class: Top row (l to r) Khyli Kelly, Alivia Melvin, Ava Corley, Miss Melissa; miiddle row (l to r); Emily Tilton, Lillian Hood, Adalee Foster; front row Chloe Jensen, Avery Florey, Layla Corley.

Photo furnished
Dance Class: Top row (l to r) Khyli Kelly, Alivia Melvin, Ava Corley, Miss Melissa; miiddle row (l to r); Emily Tilton, Lillian Hood, Adalee Foster; front row Chloe Jensen, Avery Florey, Layla Corley.

•June 15, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Melissa Weaver Krieger caught the “dancing bug” at the very young age of two when she took a tap class. After that, she couldn’t get enough, and neither could her mother who opened up a dance studio in Sullivan when Krieger was seven.

Krieger began spending all her time at her mother’s studio where she would take classes, watch and admire the more advanced dancers and help the instructors with the beginners.

It seemed to be that the art of dancing had danced right into her heart.

Krieger also found herself dancing through high school. She participated in national champion show choir groups such as the Sullivan Singers and New Generation.

Throughout her college career, at Millikin University, Krieger took 15 dance classes and was a four-year member on their dance team. Two of those years, she served as the dance captain. The dance team performed at home games and competed in UDA dance team nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World.  Read More

County Looks into Health Coverage Changes

Office Input Encouraged

•June 8, 2016•

By Stu D. Baker
for the News Progress

Moultrie County employees could be facing increased health coverage costs if a plan presented by the county board insurance committee is approved.

Dave McCabe, committee chair, pointed out a spike in 2015 claims that reached $900,000, teamed with the changing health care industry, prompted the committee to look into ways to save on health coverage for the 55-60 county employees.

“The county can not sustain spending 25 percent  of the total general fund budget for coverage, and we are concerned about keeping employee premiums unchanged,” McCabe began.

“As a general rule five percent of the employees account for 50 percent of claims, and we are pretty close to that average,” he continued. Read More

Summer Homecoming for Lovington Alumni

•June 8, 2016•

At the request of several alumni, the Lovington High School Alumni Association will host two homecomings this year.

The summer homecoming kicks off at Tom Conn Park Friday, June17 during the Community Club Junefest fish fry from 4:30-7 p.m. Entertainment including Steve Fleming, Dennis Garmon, and others will start at 5.

Anyone wishing to help with the fish fry may contact Pam Workman at 217-358-3936 or

Saturday morning starts with the firemen’s pancake breakfast and a bake sale at the firehouse. The bank, telephone company and library will be open so alumni may see LHS memorabilia. Read More

Relay For Life Celebrates Twenty Years in Moultrie County

•June 1, 2016•

We just want to invite everyone out to Wyman Park on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Relay for Life. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary of Relay in  Moultrie County.

Opening ceremony will began at 10. We have entertainment planned, survivors laps, caregiver laps, bounce houses, Dunk Tank, Frozen T-Shirt Contest and many more activities including a Lip Sync Contest and Karate Demos. Luminarias will begin at dusk.  Read More