Sullivan TIF Districts are Ready for Expansion to the South

•November 9, 2016•

Annual review of Sullivan’s three Tax Increment Financing ended with discussion of a possible expansion south along Route 32.

Mayor Ann Short noted that infrastructure is already in place in the Vineyard Church area where Dr. Faisal Bukhari and a group of investors hope to build an Alzheimer treatment facility.

“The city is willing to work with developers on feasible projects,” Short said, noting with enough interest, surrounding property owners could benefit from improved values following both commercial and residential expansion.

Gwen Crawford of The Economic Development Group of Bloomington oversees the Sullivan TIFs and presented the report in public hearing held Oct. 24 in Sullivan City Council chambers. Read More

Local Veterans Share Military Experiences at Senior Center

Photo furnished veterans were honored at the senior citizen luncheon in Sullivan, Nov. 1

Photo furnished
veterans were honored at the senior citizen luncheon in Sullivan, Nov. 1

More than 50 Attend 

•November 9, 2016•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Nearly 50 veterans and their spouses attended a special luncheon in their honor at the senior center on Monday. The event was generously underwritten by the First Mid Illinois Bank and the First National Bank of Sullivan with door prizes and dessert provided by Sarah Bush Lincoln peace meal program.

Mike Gross, Charlie Bragg and Mike Keown of the American Legion Post presented a short program telling of their military experiences. Keown then gave a brief history of Veterans Day. He said, “The Sullivan Post was established on July 4, 1919, making it one of the first to organize at the end of WWI.”  Read More

Salary Improvements Recommended for County Workers

Longevity Increases Proposed

•November 9, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

A plan to improve the salary structure for Moultrie County office employees was approved by the county board personnel committee Nov. 1.

Committee chair Roger Glazebrook presented a plan to increase new employee starting salary from $18,000 to $19,000 per year.

An opening in the supervisor of assessments office prompted the county to increase the advertised starting salary to $19,000 earlier and had not addressed the issue for other county offices.

A delegation from the courthouse office employees presented an alternative pay schedule proposal to the county board earlier that included across the board adjustments, equalizing pay levels as well as taking consideration for veteran employees

An alternative proposed by county board chairman Dave McCabe would have compensated those with the most experience with a $500 adjustment. Read More

Sparrow’s Annual Auction

•November 9, 2016•

Sparrow’s Unlimited 22nd annual auction for families in need is Saturday, Dec.3 at Jerry’s East End in Lovington.

Auction items will be available for viewing all day at the East End auction location.

Some items include cedar outdoor swing set, propane four-burner grill, large charcoal grill, large Cubs pallet sign, seven foot pre-lit Christmas tree, lots of holiday items, Cubs blanket, Cardinals blanket, Amish snowplow, Tin Man and much more. Read More

Housing Grant Offers Free Home Rehabilitation Funds

•November 9, 2016•

Homeowners in Arthur, Bethany and Lovington could receive free repairs if a state housing rehabilitation grant is approved.

Kevin McReynolds told members of the Moultrie County Public Health and Safety meeting about the Single Family Owner Occupied Rehabilitation grant application through Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission.

“We need qualified home owners to apply as quickly as possible to get on the waiting list,” McReynolds said, explaining that three homes in each community are included in the application.

The more low income residents in the communities who apply demonstrate need and increase the chances for receiving the state grant.

Grant application deadline to the Illinois Housing Development Authority is Nov. 14 with McReynolds encouraging those interested to call 217-348-0521 for a pre-application form. Read More

Whole Food Nutrition Can Make You Feel Good

Photo furnished Pictured is Karen Bretz

Photo furnished
Pictured is Karen Bretz

•November 9, 2016•

By Kennedy Nolen
for the News Progress

Sullivan’s recently certified clinician in Whole Food Nutrition said she just “wants to make people feel good again.”

Karen Bretz completed the necessary courses and is now a certified clinician in Whole Food Nutrition two weeks ago.

Bretz has been employed at Bretz Chiropractic Nutrition and Acupuncture Clinic, owned by Dr. Craig Bretz, for two and a half years. The office is located in Sullivan at 101 W. Jefferson St.

Bretz said she gives dietary advice, and it helps people to feel better without prescription medicine.

Instead, Bretz aims on improving the client’s diet and nutrition with the addition of whole food supplements.

“My aim is to have people feel good again,” Bretz said. Read More

New Speed Limit and Stop Sign for Roane Street

Police Chief John Love Announces Retirement

•November 2, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Complaints concerning drivers who were speeding around the Moultrie County Beacon prompted action for a lower speed limit and stop sign at the Oct. 24 Sullivan City Council meeting.

Concerns were brought to the council by street commissioner Ken Johnson and and discussed at previous meetings.

The council proposed a new speed limit for 20 miles per hour and that a stop sign be put at Roane Street which would stop the traffic coming from Lincoln Street, creating a four-way stop.  Read More

Domestic Violence Awareness

•October 26, 2016•

Moultrie County Dove candlelighting service is 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan.

Throughout the month of October candlelight services are being held. These special events are bringing people together to remember those who have suffered because of violence. It is also to honor those who have survived a life of oppression, fear, and physical danger and who work to build abuse free lives for themselves and their children. Those who work to end the abuse will also be honored. Read More

IGA Round Up – Five Years of Giving

Moultrie County Food Pantry Benefits

•October 26, 2016•

Round Five of the Sullivan IGA Round up to feed others runs from October 30 through November 5.

This is the fifth year Sullivan gets a chance to reach out and give local families a helping hand up at a time when it is needed most.

The CEFS food pantry is partnering with Sullivan IGA where rounding up the amount of your grocery bill to the next dollar makes helping a little help a lot.

IGA Store manager Pat Stinson noted the partnership with CEFS has helped do a lot for the community and families in need.  Read More

ALAH School District’s 2016 Financial Audit

“Things look good for now...”

•October 26, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
for the News Progress

The 2016 budget was presented and audited by McGuire, Yuhas and Buckley P.C. at the most recent Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board meeting. They noted that the budget is looking better than it did a year ago.

Revenues exceeded expenditures, and none of the fund balances had deficits. Some of the recommendations that were made included trying to increase internal controls. The activity fund needs more than one signature when people are counting cash. Invoices or receipts also need to be turned in when using debit/credit cards. If there are any budgets where the district could go over, then they should be amended accordingly. Superintendent Ken Schwengel noted that current funds stood at $7,796,238.37, and all funds are in the black; although there have been no state payments received for transportation or special education funds. “Things look good now, but we have to be concerned as we move forward,” said Schwengel.

Other matters that were discussed or voted upon: Read More