Sunshine Savings for First Solar Home in Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Owner Mike Fowler, foreground, checks solar panel for connection while Sullivan utility lineman Kim Miller makes sure the connection to the city power grid is safe.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Owner Mike Fowler, foreground, checks solar panel for connection while Sullivan utility lineman Kim Miller makes sure the connection to the city power grid is safe.

Dual System Pays Back

•October 5, 2016•

By Redi Kilowatt
for the News Progress

Mike and Donna Fowler live in the first home in Sullivan operated on dual solar power and conventional electrical service.

The city of Sullivan installed the dual operation service meter Sept. 30, and the solar panels were activated moments later for a system that Mike can monitor from his smart phone.

It was a journey with an unlikely beginning.

“My wife and I needed to remodel our kitchen, so we went to a home show in Springfield for ideas,” Mike began.

A retired member of the IBEW, Fowler admitted he was always interested in solar farms and solar electricity.

While shopping for kitchens with Donna, Mike met a guy with a solar systems booth set up at the home show. Read More

Grace Period Registration and Voting Offered

•October 5, 2016•

The last day to register to vote has passed; however, it’s not too late to vote in this election by taking advantage of Grace Period Registration and Voting in the county clerk’s office.

This method of registration is available only in the county clerk’s office, 10 S. Main in Sullivan, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and runs from October 12 through election day. If a person registers to vote or changes an address during grace period and wants to vote in the upcoming election, he/she must vote at the time of registration. Read More

City Sets Clean-Up Days with Advanced Disposal

Patterson Drainage Approved

•October 5, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
for the News Progress

Ed Woker from Advanced Disposal was present at last week’s city council meeting, and city clean-up days were scheduled and discussed.

The collection dates will be split between two Saturdays in order to cover the entire city.

Advanced Disposal will be in town the mornings of October 22 and 29. Residents who live on the north side of Harrison Street will have their items collected on Saturday, October 22.

Those who reside on the south side of Harrison Street will be collected Saturday, October 29. Items must be on the curb by 7 a.m. on the designated day. Read More

Hearing Waived In Abuse Case

•September 28, 2016•

Jacob T. Pool, 23, of Sullivan waived preliminary hearing on two felony counts in circuit court Sept. 26.

Judge Dan L Flannell set a date for jury trial to begin at 9 a.m. February 6, 2017.

Pool has been in Moultrie County Jail since August 25 charged with unlawful possession of weapons, a Class 3 felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Read More

SHS Celebrating a Week of Homecoming

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

•September 28, 2016•

by Amy Cravatta
for Sullivan High School

Sullivan High School’s Homecoming events begin Monday, October 3 with float building 6-9 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 6 for all high school students.

Pep rally activities will begin at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 with the parade Friday. Parade line-up  begins at 3 p.m. in the high school’s back parking lot and steps off at 4 p.m. Kick off for the football game against Central A & M is 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 8 is the homecoming dance in the high school gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the coronation 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dance then continues from until 10 p.m.

Historical Amish Homes Moved to New Location

Photo furnished Illinois District 10 Trooper explains safety issues to Mennonite school children observing the move of the first Amish home in the state to the future Amish Heritage Center location last week.

Photo furnished
Illinois District 10 Trooper explains safety issues to Mennonite school children observing the move of the first Amish home in the state to the future Amish Heritage Center location last week.

Heritage Center & Amish Museum

•September 28, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
for the News Progress

A piece of Amish culture literally made history last week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Arthur, two original Amish homes built in 1865-1866, were moved from storage to their new location.

They represent the beginning of a new Heritage Center and Amish Museum located less than a mile west of Chesterville and three miles east of Arthur.

The oldest home (Yoder House) was built by Moses Yoder, great-great-grandfather of Ervin Yoder. He was part of three families who were the first Amish to arrive in Arthur.

Daniel Schrock, great-great-grandfather of Wilmer Otto, was the architect of the second Amish home and came to the Arthur area around 1882.

This significant point in time not only caught local attention (a small group of Mennonite school children were let out early to be spectators)– but social media and other news outlets across the country.  Read More

Vote Now In Moultrie County

•September 28, 2016•

First day of Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8 General Election begins Thursday, September 29 in the county clerk’s office.

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England would like to remind voters that Illinois no longer requires an excuse to vote early or by mail.

If a person has already decided how they wish to vote, now would be a good time to avoid the possible long lines on election day. Read More

Moultrie County Praised for Local Habitat Projects

•September 21, 2016•

Habitat for Humanity in Moultrie County is an operation that is respected all over the country.

That’s what the Moultrie County Board discovered when National Habitat Care-A-Vanner Robert Gillespie and his wife Betty,visited their regular meeting September 15.

Gillespie and Habitat volunteers living in campers and motor homes travel the country building some 300 homes all over the United States each year.

“This is our seventh house in Moultrie County, and as soon as the date for this build was posted volunteers filled the sign up list,” Gillespie said.

He pointed out a few things that make Moultrie County desirable for the retired habitat volunteers who have come to town to build a house in six weeks.

One big factor is Pastor Paul McGhghy, Gillespie said, explaining the Faith Lutheran Church offers the Care-A-Vanners a premium campground experience during the six week build.  Read More

ALAH School District Approves Budget, Course Changes

•September 21, 2016•

by Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

In August, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board reviewed a tentative budget for 2017 in August. The estimated beginning balance for July 1, 2016 was $1,675,641 and the end balance for June 2017 is estimated at $1,995, 394. After being on display to the public for 30 days, the board had a budget hearing September 14 at their regular scheduled meeting. The budget for the 2017 school year was unanimously passed.

Other matters that were discussed or voted upon:

- Changes were made in the history courses regarding the new state civics requirement that will effect this year’s sophomores. The constitution has been removed from the US I curriculum and added to the civics curriculum which this year’s sophomores will take their senior year.

Also, the “Rights and Responsibilities of an 18 year old in the state of Illinois” will be removed from the US II curriculum and added to civics.

Homecoming king and queen candidates and attendants were recognized.  Read More

Sullivan Schools Approve Budget, Welcome New Member

•September 21, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan District 300 school board welcomed new member Ann Wheeler and approved the 2016-2017 budget at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Supt. Brad Tuttle noted during the budget hearing that the educational fund is in better shape than previous years.

The budget indicates education starts the fiscal year with a $3,340,592 balance. Anticipated revenue from local, state and federal sources totals $7,477,292 with an estimated $7,346,258 in expenses for a $131,034 balance.

On the negative item balances Tuttle explained the transition to new HVAC systems in the schools should significantly decrease operations and maintenance expenses over time.

Operations and maintenance beginning balance is $891,722. Local funding sources generate $805,899 with expenses including $30,000 contingency, are $929,005, leaving $123,106 in the red. Read More