Ministers speak out against proposition
by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Lovington
It could have been contentious, but in an anti-climactic, routine village board meeting last week Lovington trustees voted five to one against allowing the sale of package alcohol on Sundays within the village.
The topic originally came up for discussion at the May meeting but several trustees were uncomfortable putting it to a final vote because it was thought the matter had to be posted for public consideration. And given the extra time, the public did in fact weigh in on the matter. Read More
June 18, 2014
This year to see entertainment tent
The Village of Bethany will hold its annual town festival, The Bethany Celebration in Crowder Park June 20-21.
The theme is “Made in the USA” and will feature many of the same fun activities that the Celebration is known for, as well as some new additions. Read More
June 18, 2014
H.S. roof completion set back to November
by Ariana Cherry
A tour of the Arthur-Lovington High School building was conducted before the regular school board meeting last Wednesday as a number of classrooms were open for viewing leading to some discussion regarding future repairs and renovations.
Emerging from the tour and talks was that it is hoped that the high school band room has new carpet installed during winter break and some of its trophies donated to the alumni association to create additional storage space. Read More
Also approves debt service charge for sewage improvements
by Barry Featheringill
Electric utility and gas rates were discussed a week ago Tuesday in Sullivan.
City ordinances allow each department to have an automatic four percent increase unless directed otherwise. Commissioner Mike Kirk noted that “the last electrical utility increase was May 1, 2010; although increases are passed along from the energy cost adjustment cost of power minus basic power cost. Again this year the electrical department will not request a rate increase.” Read More
Board approves sales tax resolution for November ballot
by Joash Tiarks
With residents passing the one percent Facility Sales Tax initiative for Shelby County, Okaw Valley schools voted in June to finalize their receipt of their portion of the sales tax revenue, which could begin as early as November. Read More
Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the 2014 Little Theatre cast, which will begin the season June 4 with “42nd Street.”
Doors open June 4 with first production
By Mallory Murphy
Sullivan’s square gained more than 50 new faces this week as The Little Theatre brought in its cast and crew for their 57th summer season of shows. A total of 112 actors, designers, directors, technicians, and staff members from all over the United States will come to town during the 10 weeks of shows.
“To have so many great actors and technicians back again this year who have made The Little Theatre their second home makes putting these shows together so much fun,” said executive director and producer John Stephens. Read More
Each to vote on own resolution this month
by Derek Pope
& Keith Stewart
Sullivan Schools may have passed a resolution Monday evening to place a school facility sales tax on the November ballot, but they aren’t the only district to serve the county desiring the extra revenue.
Both Okaw Valley and Arthur-Lovington school districts are expected to pass their own resolutions this month, with OV meeting on the 22nd and AL meeting on the 14th, though even without them, the referendum would still go before Moultrie County voters in November. Read More
Board wishes to get public input before a vote
by Florence Hallford
Last week, the Lovington Village Board discussed amending the Sunday Liquor Ordinance to allow class B alcohol sales on Sundays. This would mean that businesses such as Casey’s would be able to sell packaged liquor from noon Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday, allowing extra revenue. Read More
New ordinance will allow for sidewalk signs, merchandise
by Keith Stewart
In last month’s first meeting, the Sullivan city council gave the go-ahead allowing for sandwich boards and the selling of merchandise on sidewalks.
Previously, the city code book barred the placement of signs and merchandise on sidewalks in Sullivan without specific approval by the council. Last August the issue was raised, briefly, whether or not to allow the signage, but when little support for overturning the ordinances appeared, the council dismissed it. Read More
Board in favor, but will have to wait for vote
by Florence Hallford
The last bastion of prohibited liquor sales on Sunday in Moultrie County may fall as indicated by the Lovington Village Board meeting Monday night.
The current ordinance on alcohol sales in Lovington restricts all sales of alcohol on Sundays, but at this week’s monthly meeting, Casey’s store manager Debbie Howell and regional district manager Colleen Leischner requested an amendment to the ordinance to allow sales from noon to close on Sundays, citing a loss of potential revenue due to boaters who filled their tanks and sought to buy alcohol. Read More