Sullivan District #300 Board Approves Security, Communication Upgrades

Health Life Safety Approved

•June 22, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Upgraded security cameras and phone systems were approved by the Sullivan District #300 school board at the June 13 meeting.

Supt. Brad Tuttle explained the enhanced phone service allowed 911 calling capability from every classroom.

District IT director Mark Waelde checked into vendors for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) systems. Frontier Communications $63,724.10 proposal for a complete VOIP system was recommended by the administration and approved unanimously.

Additional security camera locations and upgraded units also were approved under Health Life Safety, with existing provider Dynamic Controls projecting $78,944 to complete.

Travis Bushue of Bushue Human Resources presented bids for the district’s insurance coverage, excluding worker compensation and health. He recommended the Mattoon based First Mid Insurance Group/Arthur Gallagher Agency bid of $50,348.65. Read More

New Visitors Center

Photo by Mike Brothers New Visitors Center Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development and The Little Theatre are cooperating to move the Sullivan visitor and welcome center to the Little Theatre where office hours will be more accommodating.

Photo by Mike Brothers
New Visitors Center
Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development and The Little Theatre are cooperating to move the Sullivan visitor and welcome center to the Little Theatre where office hours will be more accommodating.

Horse Chestnut Blossoms

Photo by Mike Brothers Horse Chestnut Blossoms This was the season for the Warren’s Horse Chestnut tree in Sullivan to have a bountiful year. Timely rains and warm weather covered the tree with blooms and yielded bushels of the lucky but poisonous horse chestnuts.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Horse Chestnut Blossoms
This was the season for the Warren’s Horse Chestnut tree in Sullivan to have a bountiful year. Timely rains and warm weather covered the tree with blooms and yielded bushels of the lucky but poisonous horse chestnuts.

Coles-Moultrie 911 Grant Progresses to Final Stage

•June 15, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Moultrie County Board members learned the $196,000 grant to complete enhanced 911 for Coles-Moultrie County has reached the final stage.

Arlene Aschermann, chair of the public health and safety committee, reported the good news to the whole board, stating she learned of the award earlier June 9.

Kevin McReynolds, committee member and Coles County Regional Planning representative, explained the finalist stage of the grant is usually an assurance of approval.

In the June 8 News Progress it was incorrectly reported the grant was for $196,000,000. This figure was far more generous than the state could ever afford. We apologize for the additional zeroes and the error.

An agreement with Computer Information Concepts to upgrade hardware, software and peopleware for Moultrie County was approved unanimously. Read More

Sons of American Legion District Officers

Photo furnished Sons of American Legion District Officers The Sons of the American Legion is an organization of the American Legion and consists of the male descendants of veterans of the US military. They proudly boast of more than 15,000 members in Illinois and more than 350,000 members nationally.The 4th Division of the Detachment of Illinois is comprised of 75 individual squadrons across 22 counties in central Illinois with a combined membership in excess of 3,500 members. The newly elected 4th Division officers for the membership year 2016-2017 are pictured left to right Commander Paul Garrett Squadron 27 of Tuscola, Sr. Vice Commander James Peters Squadron 32 of Springfield and Jr. Vice Commander Dennis Fedie squadron 429 of Lovington.

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Sons of American Legion District Officers
The Sons of the American Legion is an organization of the American Legion and consists of the male descendants of veterans of the US military. They proudly boast of more than 15,000 members in Illinois and more than 350,000 members nationally.The 4th Division of the Detachment of Illinois is comprised of 75 individual squadrons across 22 counties in central Illinois with a combined membership in excess of 3,500 members. The newly elected 4th Division officers for the membership year 2016-2017 are pictured left to right Commander Paul Garrett Squadron 27 of Tuscola, Sr. Vice Commander James Peters Squadron 32 of Springfield and Jr. Vice Commander Dennis Fedie squadron 429 of Lovington.

Fountain Honored with Memorial

Photo by Mike Brothers Fountain Honored with Memorial The East Central Illinois Woman’s Christian Temperance Union placed a wreath on the WCTU fountain located on the Moultrie County Courthouse lawn Tuesday, June 7. The wreath commemorated Frances Willard who founded WCTU in the late 1880s. Local members participating in the noon ceremony, which included prayer and a song, were Marjorie Miller, Mary Blue and Laura Ayers of Sidney; Jim and Shirley Rideout of Kansas; Debbie Mitchell of Pesotum, Ann Roley of Charleston and Norma Taylor of Mattoon. The fountain in Sullivan was constructed after WCTU members were urged to erect drinking fountains to prevent men from going to saloons. The fountains became popular for watering horses and pets. There are 88 fountains remaining in the United States. The next WCTU meeting is 10 a.m. July 5 at the Dutch Kitchen in Arcola.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Fountain Honored with Memorial
The East Central Illinois Woman’s Christian Temperance Union placed a wreath on the WCTU fountain located on the Moultrie County Courthouse lawn Tuesday, June 7. The wreath commemorated Frances Willard who founded WCTU in the late 1880s. Local members participating in the noon ceremony, which included prayer and a song, were Marjorie Miller, Mary Blue and Laura Ayers of Sidney; Jim and Shirley Rideout of Kansas; Debbie Mitchell of Pesotum, Ann Roley of Charleston and Norma Taylor of Mattoon. The fountain in Sullivan was constructed after WCTU members were urged to erect drinking fountains to prevent men from going to saloons. The fountains became popular for watering horses and pets. There are 88 fountains remaining in the United States. The next WCTU meeting is 10 a.m. July 5 at the Dutch Kitchen in Arcola.

Sullivan Board Removes Head Baseball Coach

•June 15, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan Unit #300 school board’s decision to remove Troy Rogers as head baseball coach was witnessed by a crowd of supporters June 13.

Held in the Sullivan Elementary School gymnasium due to ongoing construction, the meeting opened with board president Steve Poland allowing visitors to speak.

Austin Raboin, who played baseball when the Sullivan Redskins earned a Regional title under Rogers, recalled the hard work he put into baseball that paid off later.

Raboin, a law student who graduated in 2011, pointed out the coach required conditioning and following the rules.

“Even when our time was over, Coach Rogers found us places where we could continue playing after school.” Read More

Das Clubhaus Offers A Taste of Germany in Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Das Clubhaus owner Don Frevert welcomes visitors to the Sullivan Country Club with display cases filled with his nutcracker collection and show bills from the Little Theatre. Once inside the dining room, golf course views are featured from every table.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Das Clubhaus owner Don Frevert welcomes visitors to the Sullivan Country Club with display cases filled with his nutcracker collection and show bills from the Little Theatre. Once inside the dining room, golf course views are featured from every table.

•June 15, 2016•

Das Clubhaus offers a taste of Germany in the scenic new dining room at Sullivan Country Club.

From the canopied entry way, into the foyer displaying Don Frevert’s nutcracker collection and photos of his wife Rose’s, grandparents’ restaurant in Germany, the focus is relaxed dining in an inviting atmosphere.

Frevert is approaching the grand opening of Das Clubhaus and pointed out one of his favorite features in the dining room view.

“There is a beautiful view from every seat in the room,” Frevert said, explaining that helped his decision to undertake the project.

“My wife came from Germany when she was 18, bringing her grandmother’s recipes from their family restaurant along,” he continued, noting that German menu features rouladen, schnitzel and bratwurst.

This is all in addition to traditional lunch and dinner menus plus Sunday brunch.

Frevert was faced with extensively remodeling and upgrading the existing country club facility that had been worn from years of use. Read More

Twenty Years Honored

Photo furnished Twenty Years Honored  Lovington village president Jim Minor presented a plaque and a card recently to Jeremy Doggett for completing 20 years of employment with the village of Lovington. Doggett began working for the village of Lovington May 1, 1996.

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Twenty Years Honored
Lovington village president Jim Minor presented a plaque and a card recently to Jeremy Doggett for completing 20 years of employment with the village of Lovington. Doggett began working for the village of Lovington May 1, 1996.

Dancing Is An Outlet To Changing Lives

Photo furnished Dance Class: Top row (l to r) Khyli Kelly, Alivia Melvin, Ava Corley, Miss Melissa; miiddle row (l to r); Emily Tilton, Lillian Hood, Adalee Foster; front row Chloe Jensen, Avery Florey, Layla Corley.

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Dance Class: Top row (l to r) Khyli Kelly, Alivia Melvin, Ava Corley, Miss Melissa; miiddle row (l to r); Emily Tilton, Lillian Hood, Adalee Foster; front row Chloe Jensen, Avery Florey, Layla Corley.

•June 15, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Melissa Weaver Krieger caught the “dancing bug” at the very young age of two when she took a tap class. After that, she couldn’t get enough, and neither could her mother who opened up a dance studio in Sullivan when Krieger was seven.

Krieger began spending all her time at her mother’s studio where she would take classes, watch and admire the more advanced dancers and help the instructors with the beginners.

It seemed to be that the art of dancing had danced right into her heart.

Krieger also found herself dancing through high school. She participated in national champion show choir groups such as the Sullivan Singers and New Generation.

Throughout her college career, at Millikin University, Krieger took 15 dance classes and was a four-year member on their dance team. Two of those years, she served as the dance captain. The dance team performed at home games and competed in UDA dance team nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World.  Read More