For those of you who don’t know me, let me give you a little background. My name is Rich Rutledge, and I am running for Sullivan Township Road Commissioner.
I live in the township with my wife Kristen, our dog Trip, and three chickens. I was raised in Sullivan with my sister Rhonda by our mother, Johanna Rutledge.
It was my mother who taught me if you had faith, the love of your family, and a strong work ethic, there was nothing that you couldn’t achieve. I am privileged to have such an amazing role model. Read More
•March 15, 2017•
Consolidated elections occur during odd numbered years. Though most races are pretty straight forward, a common confusion lies with school districts that have congressional townships, referred to as Townships and Range. School districts with congressional townships may have only a maximum of three board members per Township/Range.
Sullivan CUSD #300 is a school district with congressional townships comprised of seven members serving four year terms. School board members are elected in a 4-3-4-3 pattern. In the 2015 consolidated election, four members were elected to the school board. This means that the 2017 consolidated election will have three full-time members elected.
A distinction with the 2017 consolidated election is that in addition to the three full time spots, there is also one unexpired term that must be filled. This unexpired term was created by the resignation of Scott Atchison in 2016. Atchison’s original term was set to expire in 2019. His spot was temporarily filled by Ann Wheeler until a permanent board member can be elected during this upcoming election.
Sullivan School District is comprised of eight townships/ranges. A map of the school district’s townships and ranges, along with a boundary line, may be found on the city of Sullivan’s website. One of the townships and range is actually located in Coles County, but only one house from that township and range was annexed into the Sullivan School District several years ago. Read More
My name is Eric Crouse. I am a 1991 graduate of Sullivan High School and have lived in the community since 1987. My wife Jennifer (Dolan) and I have three sons currently attending all three of the schools.
After high school, I pursued a degree in law enforcement at Lake Land College but pursued an alternate career after one year. I am currently operating a septic and contracting business, Crouse Concepts, Inc., that we started in 2012, after 20 years in various corporate positions. Read More
I have held the position of Lovington Township road commissioner for 16 years.
In 2007, Lovington Township cemeteries operations and maintenance was included in the Road Commissioner’s responsibilities.
The road commissioner of Lovington Township cares for a township and a half. There are 80 miles of township roads to upkeep and repair, along with plowing snow. Read More
•March 15, 2017•
By Mike Brothers
Central Illinois Public Transit (CIPT) expanded to offer shopping trips to Mattoon for Moultrie County senior citizens.
In director Susan Love’s report to the Moultrie County Board March 9, she explained the additional trip offerings were at the request of the Mid Illinois Senior Center in Sullivan.
“We are initially aiming at monthly trips to WalMart and Aldi in Mattoon to let local seniors get in some shopping,” Love said of the additional offering.
She pointed out the regular CIPT service continues to offer pick up and delivery service to those who book rides in advance.
When asked about operating an Uber like operation, utilizing mobile telephone apps for booking by board chair Dave McCabe, Love explained CIPT was looking into mobile and internet booking, but the cost to implement the program is the determining factor. Read More
•March 15, 2017•
By Erin Valentine
for the News Progress
It’s been many years since I held an 8-track tape.
The best I remember is that my nephew may have inherited the few I had, and maybe he still has them. They were the portable way we listened to music in the early 70’s, preceding cassette tapes. If you added an 8-track tape deck to your car, you could listen to Deep Purple or Wings, or even Johnny Rivers when AM radio failed you.
So when my friend asked if I wanted to join her at The Little Theatre performance of “8 Track - The Sounds of the 70’s”, I was in. And her 30-ish daughter joined us.
My friend and I (we’re the same age) knew we would probably know all the songs and the lyrics to many. But her daughter, who really wasn’t the youngest person in attendance, knew all but two of the 45 songs delivered by the six-member cast. That may be in part because she was in high school show choir and performed, or heard other choirs, perform many of them. Read More