Lovington Easter Egg Hunt

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Lovington Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Lovington Easter Egg hunt was held Saturday, April 8 in the village park. Children from five age groups gathered at the park, hunting for Easter eggs and prizes. Grand prizes included a new bicycle giveaway sponsored by Sparrows of Lovington. Boys’ and girls’ bike winners include Tyler Wulff and Landry Wiley (1-3 yrs); Gavin Wylie and Isabella Black (kindergarten); Owen Hilton and Karah Helmuth (first and second); Zachary Barrett and Kikyo Brent (third and fourth); Colton Taylor and Morgan Walters (fifth and sixth).

OVHS Drama Club Presents “The Addams Family”

OVHS presents “The Addams Family” April 20 -22 at the gym in Bethany.

•April 19, 2017•

Okaw Valley High School Drama Club will present the musical “The Addams Family” from at 7 p.m. April 20-22 in the OVHS gym.

“The Addams Family” (A New Musical) opened on Broadway in April 2010 and was created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa. It tells an original story of the familiar family that is known for all things macabre. Read More

Schools Await Payments While Fighting Deficit

•April 19, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

A budget that is $179,565 in the red and a state $380,420 behind in categorical payments faces the new Sullivan Community District #300 school board when it organizes April 25.

Supt. Brad Tuttle explained the situation to the outgoing school board as well as new members Zak Horn, Tyson Grooms and Erik Stollard who attended the regular April 17 board meeting.

During the full funding agreement reached by the state legislature last year the four categorical payments were guaranteed school districts this year.

“We have only received one categorical payment, which was the fourth one due last year,” Tuttle began. Read More

Cole-Moultrie e911 System Tests Land Line Services

•April 19, 2017•

Coles-Moultrie e911 is calling land lines to verify data the week of April 17, Arlene Aschermann, announced at the April 13 county board meeting.

The Moultrie Co Public Safety chair, explained telephone customers randomly called in Moultrie County will be given a code to dial back. This will the verify the individual’s information in the 911 database.

In Moultrie County 776 land lines are unpublished and 1936 published. Only the published numbers will receive calls.

People with unpublished land line numbers should call 217/345-2939 to be included in 911 data base. Read More

Eagle Creek Resort Gets IDNR’s Attention

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State Sen. Chapin Rose, Dave McCabe (Moultrie County Board Chairman), Dan Flannell (Sullivan City Administrator), and Dave Cruitt (Shelby County Board Chairman), State. Rep. Brad Halbook (R-Shelbyville) met at the statehouse April 6 and discussed the future of Eagle Creek Resort.

•April 19, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

Hope is not lost for Eagle Creek Resort. Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe told the board it could be until September before prospective developers will get a chance to submit proposals on the Lake Shelbyville resort.

Shuttered since 2009, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is preparing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Eagle Creek Resort which, according to McCabe, should allow developers enough flexibility to submit plans to rebuild the resort which may not require total demolition. Read More

Hunt Goes On

Photo by RR Best
Hunt Goes On
Easter Sunday’s rain didn’t stop the annual egg hunt at Wyman Park. Hundreds of local children gathered in six age groups to get more than their fair share of prize filled Easter Eggs thanks to the Sullivan Fire District.

Board Approves County and Township Road Projects

•April 19, 2017•

By Mike Brothers
mbrothers@newsprogress.com

The Moultrie County Board approved bids for county and township roads and bridges at the April 13 meeting.

Road and Bridge Committee Chairman Kevin McReynolds moved that the County Motor Fuel Tax materials program for 2017 be awarded to low bidder Earl Walker Company for $229,765. He also made a motion concurring with township road commissioners to accept Earl Walker Company and Emulsicoat for township roads: Walker-$859,818.84 and Emulsicoat Inc- $36,960.

Both motions were approved unanimously.

McReynolds offered a resolution authorizing $43,395 state bridge funds and $12,350 local bridge funds for the Whitley Township  bridge project. Resolution passed unanimously. Read More

Bunny Trail Leads to Easter Egg Carnival

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The pony ride was a popular event at the Easter Egg Carnival at Courtyard Estates Saturday. The annual event is sponsored by Petersen Health Care facilities in Sullivan.

•April 19, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

The bunny trail led to the 10th annual Easter Egg Carnival on the grounds of the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Saturday, April 15.

There, en masse, were approximately 800 children and parents gathered to ride ponies and pet camels, goats, rabbits, and sheep. They bounced around in three colorful bouncy houses, ate hot dogs, chips and sodas and found over 8,000 Easter eggs. There was more: 18 prizes drawn from the three children’s age groups, a $100 KMart gift certificate drawing and the famous cake walk. All this, except the food, was free to the public.

This was no small undertaking and accomplished only by the dedicated work of many volunteers. It began Monday before April 15 when Ken “Catfish” Morrison started mowing the large field, putting up the flags and tables. A small army of residents at Courtyard Estates spent four days filling all the 8,000 eggs with candy. Petersen Health Care provided the pony rides and the petting zoo, Courtyard Estates, Eastview Terrace and Mason Point provided the bouncy houses and all the volunteers who helped run the stands, take tickets, and run the cake walk. It was, indeed, a community effort. The pony rides and petting zoo handlers managed their attractions, but everything else was run by the volunteers. Read More

City Council Discuss Sullivan Civic Center’s Roof Issues

•April 19, 2017•

By Ariana Cherry
for the News Progress

“The Sullivan Civic Center has been an important part of Sullivan for years,” city council members agreed at their most recent meeting. The building itself is 50 years old.

For some time now, commissioner Mike Mossman has been dealing with legal issues concerning its roof. Both Mossman and city administrator, Dan Flannell met with architects to discuss the roof.

One option they were given was to redo the entire building design which would separate the pool area from the building which would keep its humidity issue confined to only one building.  Read More

Windsor Students of March

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Windsor Students of March
High School Student of the Month at Windsor Jr/Sr High school is sophomore Lauren Hendershot (right), daughter of Jason and Shawn Hendershot. She is involved in band, Spanish club, and art club. Junior High Student of the Month is Alexandra Domzalski, daughter of Robert and Rebecca Domzalski. She is an eighth grader and participates in volleyball and track.