Bethany Post Office Struck by Vehicle

Submitted The Bethany Post Office suffered damage two weeks ago after a car struck it, shifting an entire wall.

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The Bethany Post Office suffered damage two weeks ago after a car struck it, shifting an entire wall.

July 30, 2014

PO Box pickup interrupted as a result

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

After a car crashed into the Bethany Post Office earlier this month, service interruptions are expected.

Due to a July 14 motor vehicle collision with the building, post office box mail pickup has been limited to normal postal business hours for local residents.

Following the wreck, building inspectors deemed the front part of the building, which houses Bethany’s post office boxes, unsafe for use.  As a result, area residents that opt to collect their mail in person, rather than have it delivered to their home, must enter through the building’s rear and speak with a postal worker directly to get their mail.

The service restrictions are likely to continue for a long while as well, according to Bethany’s postmaster Shelly Freeman.  Currently there is no timeline for repairs to the building, and there has yet to be any estimates as to how much the repairs will cost.  According to Freeman, legal red tape is slowing down the repair process considerably.   Read More

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Growing Epidemic

July 23, 2014

Elderly face struggles with second raising

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan Reporter

When grandparents reach the age of retirement, most of their goals consist of relaxation, travel, getting involved with new hobbies or catching up with family and grandchildren, but for some grandparents, this won’t be the story. Many grandparents here in Moultrie and neighboring counties are now finding themselves heading households and caring for their grandchildren.

According to the Illinois Department on Aging, grandparents raising grandchildren is considered an epidemic by the federal government. Common factors that result in grandparents raising their grandchildren are alcohol and drug abuse, death of a parent, divorce, neglect, abuse or abandonment, unemployment or poverty, parental incarceration, and teen pregnancy.  Read More

New ALAH School District Holds First Meeting

July 23, 2014

With merger, financial updates given including Atwood-Hammond money

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

The former Arthur-Lovington District School Board opened their July 16 meeting as the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH) District with new superintendent Kenny Schwengel and administrative assistant, Audrey Fleener, who served as an administrative assistant at  Atwood-Hammond High School for 23 years, and will be serving her 24th year at the ALAH district.

“I’ve been a superintendent for nine years, but there’s always a learning curve when you switch districts,” said Schwengel, in a separate interview. “As far as goals, first and foremost, I intend to work toward the district goals that were established/updated over the course of last year. I hope to build relationships, get to know everyone, and determine other areas to work on or possibly improve.” Read More

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