Lovington Discusses Village Projects

July 23, 2014

Work on old village hall held up, but now underway

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

Talk of work to happen on the old village hall building had been ongoing for several months before a vote was taken to repair the falling wall on the structure in May.

A bid of around $20,000 was accepted, and included in the bid was completion in August. The funds have been paid, but board member Roger Walker noted earlier this month that the work had not begun. Questions from other board members about the ability to finish the project arose, and Walker assured the board that he would get in contact with the contractor about the project. Work has since begun and is underway. Read More

Village of Bethany Sets Plans for Expanding Roadwork

July 16, 2014

State grant could increase scope of project

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

Harsh conditions last winter left roads across central Illinois in disrepair, and communities in Moultrie County saw no respite from the wear and tear caused by the ice and snow. Fortunately, residents of Bethany may not have to contend with the worst of their road problems much longer. Bethany’s village council approved a plan this month that seeks to fix some of the most pressing issues with roads and sidewalks around town. The plan, initially modest in scope due to budgetary constraints, could potentially expand as well, pending the state’s announcement of infrastructure grants in September. Read More

Sullivan Named Community of the Year by State Utilities Association

Submitted Illinois Municipal Utilities Association President & CEO Kevin Gaden (right) presents the IMUA Member Community of the Year Award to City Distribution Foreman Shannon Risley (left) and Sullivan Mayor Ann Short (center).

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Illinois Municipal Utilities Association President & CEO Kevin Gaden (right) presents the IMUA Member Community of the Year Award to City Distribution Foreman Shannon Risley (left) and Sullivan Mayor Ann Short (center).

July 16, 2014

Citing the city an example of a community that has taken the initiative to assure a continued quality of life for its citizens, Kevin Gaden, President & CEO of the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA), named Sullivan as the 2014 IMUA Member Community of the Year. Read More

Council Approves Working Budget Monday Night

July 16, 2014

Revenue down slightly, while expenses climb similarly

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Monday night the Sullivan City Council approved a working budget that saw a small increase in bills paid out, while revenues fell by a similar margin.

The working budget, or operating budget, includes both disbursements and revenues through April 30, 2015. Read More

12 Abandoned Properties Up For Sale in Moultrie

July 9, 2014

As trustee, Moultrie County has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real estate taxes. The county, as trustee, will now offer for sale the real estate obtained to the public. It will offer approximately 12 items through a sealed bid auction sale. All sealed bids must be in the Moultrie County treasurer’s office no later than the close of business on July 18, 2014. Read More

Elderly Couple Involved in Wreck North of Bethany Thursday

Photo by Keith Stewart Emergency personnel work to remove an elderly man from his vehicle Thursday afternoon east of St. Isidore church.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Emergency personnel work to remove an elderly man from his vehicle Thursday afternoon east of St. Isidore church.

Updated July 9, 2014

Macomb natives taken away on stretcher

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An elderly couple from Macomb, Ill. was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital Thursday afternoon after being involved in a two-car wreck north of Bethany. Read More

Important Fundraiser July 12 for Secret Santa Program

July 2, 2014

Outreach heavily depends on money raised at annual event

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Secret Santa program concluded its 15th year last December having spent around $13,000 on both area children and adults in need of clothing, food, and other resources throughout 2013. And though the program has a large outreach in Moultrie, most are unaware that approximately 80 percent of these funds are raised in one single day. Read More

Attempted Murder Suspect Leads Police on High Speed Chase

Franklin Lee Small Jr.

Franklin Lee Small Jr.

Updated June 25, 2014

Pursuit goes through Sullivan, Windsor, before ending in Effingham County

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A man wanted for attempted murder in Macon County led local authorities on a 30 minute car chase last Tuesday afternoon before being apprehended in Effingham County.

According to Lovington police chief Christian Swisher, at approximately 4:54 p.m. Tuesday a Lovington officer was dispatched to the Casey’s General Store for an irate male subject. Officer Jay Clark responded to the Lovington Casey’s and spoke with the complainant about the male subject, later identified as Franklin Lee Small Jr., 33, who is wanted for attempted murder in Macon County. Read More

Agri-Fab®, Inc. Launches New Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter With Industry First Features

Submitted Pictured is Agri-Fab®’s new Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter in action.

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Pictured is Agri-Fab®’s new Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter in action.

June 25, 2014

When it comes to splitting wood for home use or firewood sales, having the right equipment for the job can alleviate backbreaking work and a time consuming task. Yet, finding a log splitter that stands up to the tough logs and makes the job not only easy, but also comfortable was hard to find. Until now.

On June 25, Agri-Fab®, Incorporated launched the new Split Second Log Splitter to help “take the time and back bending pain out of splitting wood.” Engineered using kinetic technology, the Split Second log splitter uses rotating twin 90 pound fly wheels along with a high strength heat treated steel rack and pinion gear to generate the splitting force, which allows it to split a whole cord of wood in just one hour. Read More

Mediacom to Upgrade Cable Network in Eastern Illinois

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is the digital adapter Mediacom customers will need come mid-July when the company goes to eliminate analog reception for channels 23-78.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the digital adapter Mediacom customers will need come mid-July when the company goes to eliminate analog reception for channels 23-78.

June 25, 2014

Analog phase-out makes way for more HDTV 

Mediacom Communications announced recently it is upgrading network technology to provide area customers with a major expansion of its high-definition (HD) lineup, while also eliminating analog reception for Family Cable video channels.

Mediacom’s upgrade will affect the Family Cable channel series local subscribers find on their lineup between 23 and 78. Those channels will transition to a digital-only frequency in July and continued reception will require the use of either a digital converter or a digital adapter. Current customers may receive up to three digital adapters at no cost through July 31, 2015. Read More