File photo Junefest Fireworks for Lovington The village of Lovington combined the annual Fish Fry at Tom Conn Park with the annual fireworks display from Central States Fireworks of Athens Friday, June 16 and the crowds came out. The annual Lovington Junefest started at 4:30 p.m. selling out of fish before the fireworks went on display at the old football field.
Photo by Alex Menke Performers greeted visitors to Sullivan Friday: (From L to R) Boone Collins, Barrett Thatcher, and Kaycee Thatcher pose with Belle and and the Prince from The Little Theatre on the Square’s Beauty and the Beast.
Photo furnished OVHS FFA Enters Fun Zone Members of the Okaw Valley High School FFA chapter attended the 89th annual state convention in Springfield. During a break from the action members enjoyed some down time at Sky Zone. Front row - April Decesaro, Sadie Zimmerman - Back Row - Sidney Zimmerman, Ethan Macklin, Sophie Zimmerman, Kailynn Bobbett, and Connor Sheehan.
Photo by Mike Brothers Cool Beverage on a Warm Day These enterprising young people served lemonade to thirsty shoppers traveling from location to location during Sullivan’s Townwide Rummage Sale June 9-10. Above from left: Dillon Richards, Nevaeh Wilson, Gracelyn DoVel and Myah Richards served ice cold lemonade to visitors to their parents’ Water St. sale.
Photo furnished Music Teacher Conducts Crappie Catch While casually fishing Saturday, Sullivan schools’ music teacher Jeff Thomas caught a monster sized crappie in Wyman Lake. It was only a pound under the Illinois state record. The crappie was 17.5 inches long and weighed 3.5 lbs. Not a lot of people think of the local show choir director as an avid fisherman, but Thomas actually grew up in a lake community very similar to Sullivan and has fished his whole life. “It’s a great way to relax between the crazy schedule of show choir,” Thomas explained. “Who knew such big fish were here in Wyman Lake?”
Photo furnished Agri-Fab and Hydro Gear Mentor Students Students from Okaw Valley High School working at Agri-Fab and Hydro Gear spent time learning about manufacturing recently. Okaw Valley has five students working for Agri-Fab and Hydro-Gear this summer in a student learner program that gives students knowledge in the manufacturing field. Students participating are Jared Bunfill, Austin Hll, Anthony Jones, James Burns, and Cameron Nickerson. Chris Crowley, Agri-Fab’s Continuous Improvement Manager, led the group through a lean simulation based on a fictitious company that produces paper airplanes. The simulation introduced the students to learn manufacturing and continuous improvement of any and all processes. Students learn why it’s important to reduce inventory and other wastes while always trying to improve processes and create more value for the customers.
Photo furnished MCRT Learn of Teacher Shortage Kyle Thompson, Regional Office of Education Assistant Superintendent, was speaker at a June 7 meeting of Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association. Thompson spoke on school funding and the shortage of teachers in Illinois. He is pictured with president Linda McCabe.
Photo by Ellen Ferrera New Awnings The Mid-Illinois Senior Services and its subsidiary Thrifty Boutique are both sporting new awnings to help spruce up the square. A bright navy blue one with white trim replaces the tattered and torn awning at the Boutique. The Senior Center rocks its first ever awning in a classy brown stripe.