•January 20, 2016•
WAND TV’s 3 Degree Guarantee is proving to be a good thing for the Moultrie County Food Pantry.
During the month of January when chief meteorologist JC Fultz gets the weather forecast correct within three degrees, the television station and IBEW Local 146 contribute $50 to the charity of the month.
The Moultrie County Food Pantry was chosen for the month of January and the 3 Degree Guarantee has earned $450 in donations as of January 14.
A local challenge has also been issued from someone or group to come forward to match the 3 Degree Guarantee in an effort to double up on the effort to help those who need food in Moultrie County.
“To be able to help the Moultrie County Food Pantry that helps so many is near and dear to my heart,” Fultz said of WAND’s choice of the Sullivan based charity. Read More
•January 20, 2016•
When the Lovington village board met in December they voted to change meetings to the second Monday of the month and reduced the number of Class A liquor licenses from three to two.
The meeting change was to accommodate preparation of the village treasurer’s report with Jim McMahan moving to approve the change with April Daily seconding and all members voting in favor.
On the recommendation to reduce the number of Class A liquor licenses from three to two by Roger Walker with a second by Dennis Garmon: Garmon, Walker, Daily and Pam Anklam voted for the measure with Jim McMahan voting no.
Christmas bonuses of $200 full time and $100 part time village employees were approved unanimously.
A $450 donation to Breakfast for Santa sponsored by the Park District was approved. Read More
•January 20, 2016•
A donation to the Moultrie County Animal Shelter could make adopting a pet easier following Moultrie County Board action January 14.
Arlene Aschermann, chair of public health, safety and welfare presented terms to accept a $10,114 donation from the David A. Woodruff Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, to be used for animal control.
Aschermann’s moved to accept $10,114 from the David A Woodruff CRAT to expended only for the sole ad exclusive benefit of the Moutlrie County Animal Control Department for the purpose of increasing pet adoptions and decreasing rate of euthanasia including without limitation, costs of spaying, neutering, veterinary care, food and shelter.
In an additional motion the board unanimously approved creating a voucher program for animals adopted from the shelter. Once the pet is spayed or neutered the county will reimburse the owner up to $60 toward that expense. Read More
•January 20, 2016•
Sullivan schools faces funding challenges since the state has failed to meet obligations to local districts, but there is a glimmer of hope that may change.
District #300 superintendent Brad Tuttle told school board members during the regular January 11 meeting that there is a call for fully funding school districts for the first time in five years.
Tuttle explained that the Illinois State Board of Education passed a state budget that called for increased General State Aid (GSA).
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tony Smith pointed out since 2010, Illinois schools have lost $3.8 billion. The new state aid budget calls for full funding of GSA plus $2.548 billion for 2017.
Supt. Tuttle cautioned board members that full funding requests have been endorsed by the ISBE in the past and ignored by the legislature.
“Since Dr. Smith was appointed by Gov. Rauner, I have to believe there is hope for fully funding schools this time,” Tuttle said, noting the funding request could mean an additional $321,096 in state aid for Sullivan schools.
One factor improving the formula to $299 per student for Sullivan schools is the 42.7% low income level enrollment. Read More
Tickets printed in the patrol cars around Moultrie County make for easier reading and required some extra training. Sullivan officer Joshua Qualls is responsible for the smooth operaton of the eCitation system within the city.
Tickets You Can Read
•January 13, 2016•
By Mike Brothers
The days of trying to decipher a police officer’s handwriting on a traffic citation are over in Moultrie County.
The Moultrie County Circuit Clerk’s office became the first office in the sixth judicial circuit to implement eCitations.
Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden explained the eCitation program is up and running in Bethany, Lovington and Sullivan police departments as well as the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department.
She explained the eCitation is not only timesaving for the officer issuing the ticket but improves the process with more accurate and legible information for the courts to process.
“Not only does the eCitation save the officer time but will hopefully get them off the roadside quicker, making stops safer,” Braden said.
An officer with an onboard computer inputs the driver’s information from the state database onto the eCitation, identifies the violation and prints out a ticket inside the patrol car. One copy goes to the driver and another to the circuit clerk for filing.
Sullivan Police Department officer Joshua Qualls has been designated trainer and general IT consultant locally, as officers get acquainted with eCitations.
“One of the biggest advantages is legibility of the ticket,” Qualls began, noting once the information is inputed, three copies will be printed in the car clear enough for the courts and the violator to read. Read More
Celebrates Blue Dolphin Legacy
•January 6, 2016•
Sullivan Blue Dolphins kicked off the new year competing in the Seth Dunscomb New Year Opener in Decatur. Out of 14 teams the Dolphins brought home first place recognition with 1093 points earned.
The meet is held in honor of Seth Dunscomb, son of Richard and Connie Dunscomb.
Dunscomb died at the age of 21 in 1997 from a heart ailment while poolside during a practice for the University of Kansas swim team. Read More