Policy 8.30 to allow concealed firearms in school parking lot
by Ariana Cherry
In March, the Arthur-Lovington school board tabled further discussion regarding policy 8.30 and how it was effected regarding the Concealed Carry Law, but last Wednesday the board moved forward, passing an update.
In the current handbook, Policy 8.30 states, “Arthur-Lovington District 305 has established a policy that prohibits guns, ammunition, knives and any other weapons from school property.” Read More
Lovington averts closure with community input
by Ariana Cherry
Local post offices will soon be undergoing changes, a trend that is not just confined to this area, but happening all across the country.
“Nationwide, larger offices will now take care of smaller offices,” said Ann Stock, the current OIC (officer in charge) at Sullivan Post Office.
But contrary to what some may think, post offices aren’t making changes because of budget cuts. “Instead of closing, post offices are being re-evaluated for customer usage. This way they can still have a presence in rural America,” explained Valerie Welch, the spokesperson for Gateway District of Post Offices. Read More
The 11th annual Spores N’ More Mushroom Festival will be held at Lake Shelbyville Friday and Saturday April 18 and April 19.
The mushroom festival boasts a variety of activities sponsored by Heartland RC&D, Shelby County Office of Tourism, and area communities surrounding Lake Shelbyville including Findlay, Shelbyville, Sullivan, and Windsor. All activities are open to the public. Read More
Photo by RR Best
Sullivan firefighter David Welsh inspects the aftermath of a garage fire Sunday afternoon at 532. S. Sixth St. in Sullivan.
Severe smoke damage to residence, garage a total loss
by Keith Stewart
The garage and parts of a home belonging to Gerald and Mary Nolen of Sullivan were severely damaged Sunday afternoon after an ember from a nearby burn barrel ignited a fire, according to Sullivan Fire Chief Mike Piper.
A call was received at 12:34 p.m., and the department’s time of arrival was 12:36 p.m. Piper says the scene was cleared at 2:28 p.m. and that the fire was extinguished around 1:10 p.m.
“The garage is a total loss, and they had a car in there, too, that was a total loss,” explained Piper. The home was damaged on the east end, including parts of a kitchen and dining area. Read More
Moultrie County State’s Attorney initiatives pass Illinois Senate
Two initiatives of the Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office are halfway through the legislative process, thanks to the sponsorship of State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).
Senate Bills 3435 and 3547 will toughen penalties on those who assault children and also unsafe drivers. Read More
The students represented in the 2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition will be recognized for their achievement at an awards reception at the Tarble Arts Center on Eastern Illinois University’s campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Read More
Most still see overall increase from Dec.
by Keith Stewart
Moultrie County ranked the lowest among nine east central Illinois counties in unemployment for February.
Coming in at 7.5 percent, Moultrie is, in fact, tied for the fourth lowest rate of unemployment in the state with Washington county also at 7.5.
However, the county’s rate was an uptick from each of the two prior months, a trend nearly all other neighboring counties also saw. Read More
As much as $50,000 could go to OV
by Derek Pope
Earlier this month Shelby County residents passed a new one percent sales tax aimed at helping area schools maintain their often-aging buildings. The referendum, which passed on March 18 and goes into effect April of next year, could bring Okaw Valley schools as much as $50,000 in increased revenue according to district superintendent Kent Stauder. Read More
National Library Week will be observed from April 14-20, and the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library staff encourages everyone to stop by and see what the library has to offer. If a member of the public doesn’t already have a library card, stop by the desk and become a registered patron. (Individuals who live outside the city are required to pay a non-resident fee. Those who fall in that category should call 728-7221 for details. Read More
High school students will have an opportunity to learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop at Eastern Illinois University on June 15-27.
Applications for the 13-day workshop, which is funded by the IPF, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Robert R. McCormick Foundation and EIU, will be accepted through May 10. Eighteen students will be selected to participate in this free journalism experience. Go to IPFworkshop.wordpress.com or contact director Joe Gisondi at email@example.com for further information. Read More