Back to School at LGS

Photo by Keith Stewart Back to School at LGS Kindergartener Kade Ballinger stands next to his mother Melissa Nichols, who is seen holding her son Jace while school librarian Karen Smith-Cox gives directions last Wednesday, which marked the first day of school for ALAH CUSD 305.

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Back to School at LGS
Kindergartener Kade Ballinger stands next to his mother Melissa Nichols, who is seen holding her son Jace while school librarian Karen Smith-Cox gives directions last Wednesday, which marked the first day of school for ALAH CUSD 305.

Cruise Night on the Square

Photo by Mike Brothers Cruise night on the Square A 35 year tradition comes to the square in Sullivan at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Cruisers from the Sullivan Street Machine Association such as Joe Scribner’s 1969 Plymouth GTX (right) and Rick Montague’s 1970 AMX will be leading the way. Far left is Joann Pratt’s 1966 Mustang, a potential cruiser. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique rides are welcome with a cash prize awarded most active cruiser. Shovelhead will provide live music. The AmBucs of Sullivan sponsored the event which first came to the square 10 years ago. Free popcorn from the Sullivan Boy Scouts and entertainment for the kids as well as more than $600 in door prizes will be given away. A trophy for spectator’s choice is awarded and a chance for everyone to see some cool rides cruising the streets of Sullivan.

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Cruise night on the Square
A 35 year tradition comes to the square in Sullivan at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Cruisers from the Sullivan Street Machine Association such as Joe Scribner’s 1969 Plymouth GTX (right) and Rick Montague’s 1970 AMX will be leading the way. Far left is Joann Pratt’s 1966 Mustang, a potential cruiser. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique rides are welcome with a cash prize awarded most active cruiser. Shovelhead will provide live music. The AmBucs of Sullivan sponsored the event which first came to the square 10 years ago. Free popcorn from the Sullivan Boy Scouts and entertainment for the kids as well as more than $600 in door prizes will be given away. A trophy for spectator’s choice is awarded and a chance for everyone to see some cool rides cruising the streets of Sullivan.

Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association Holds Meeting

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The Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association held their third meeting of the year today, Aug. 5, 2015.

At the meeting, Stepheny McMahon, Director of Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development, spoke about the “No Job Left Behind” program which is creating ties between local high school students and area businesses in an attempt to prepare students for the workplace and develop prospective employees for those businesses. Pictured are Denny Hutchings, President of MCRTA; Stepheny McMahon; and Linda McCabe, Vice-President of MCRTA.

The Moultrie County Retired Teachers Association also presented Teacher Grants to nine Okaw Valley teachers/administrators to use in purchasing items for use in the classroom in the 2015/2016 school year. Pictured are four of the grant recipients: Doug McCausland, Okaw Valley Elementary Principal; Jena Atchison, Okaw Valley Counselor; Beth Sawyer, 2nd Grade Teacher; and Gayla Jackson, 1st Grade Teacher

First Day

RR by Best photo First Day  Sienna Casteel grabs her bag and races to class to join Sullivan elementary school students on the first day. Sullivan went a full day on Aug 18. Elementary schedule is 8am to 3:05pm, Middle school is 8:14am to 3:15pm and High School is 8:14am to 3:15 daily.

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First Day
Sienna Casteel grabs her bag and races to class to join Sullivan elementary school students on the first day. Sullivan went a full day on Aug 18. Elementary schedule is 8am to 3:05pm, Middle school is 8:14am to 3:15pm and High School is 8:14am to 3:15 daily.

Begin “Building” for the School Year

Photo Submitted Begin “Building” for the School Year Six local FFA members have taken on the responsibility of leading 13 FFA chapters in the planning and organizing of their Section FFA career development events, leadership conferences, and community service projects for the upcoming school year. These Section 16 FFA officers include President Brodie Scribner, of the Sullivan FFA, Vice President Jack Curtin, Taylorville FFA, Reporter Alyssa Garner, representing the Maroa Forsyth FFA, Secretary Mary Kate Curtin, of the Taylorville FFA, Treasurer Lauren Burgener, of the Central A & M FFA, and Sentinel Kristy Burford, representing Okaw Valley FFA. These officers have selected “Building a Future…one brick at a time” as their theme for the upcoming year. They will start the year by welcoming three of the major state FFA officers into the local section for a week of chapter visits and a leadership training workshop during the week of September 14 -18. Section 16 FFA has more than 600 FFA members representing the FFA chapters of Blue Ridge, Central A & M, Cerro Gordo, Clinton, Edinburg, Heartland Technical Academy, Maroa Forsyth, Mt. Zion, Okaw Valley, Sangamon Valley, Sullivan, Taylorville, and Windsor.

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Begin “Building” for the School Year
Six local FFA members have taken on the responsibility of leading 13 FFA chapters in the planning and organizing of their Section FFA career development events, leadership conferences, and community service projects for the upcoming school year. These Section 16 FFA officers include President Brodie Scribner, of the Sullivan FFA, Vice President Jack Curtin, Taylorville FFA, Reporter Alyssa Garner, representing the Maroa Forsyth FFA, Secretary Mary Kate Curtin, of the Taylorville FFA, Treasurer Lauren Burgener, of the Central A & M FFA, and Sentinel Kristy Burford, representing Okaw Valley FFA. These officers have selected “Building a Future…one brick at a time” as their theme for the upcoming year. They will start the year by welcoming three of the major state FFA officers into the local section for a week of chapter visits and a leadership training workshop during the week of September 14 -18. Section 16 FFA has more than 600 FFA members representing the FFA chapters of Blue Ridge, Central A & M, Cerro Gordo, Clinton, Edinburg, Heartland Technical Academy, Maroa Forsyth, Mt. Zion, Okaw Valley, Sangamon Valley, Sullivan, Taylorville, and Windsor.

Tall Pepper

Tall Pepper Arletta Dolan of Gays planted a Patio Pepper in an old iron kettle outside her back door in May and thought nothing of it until it started growing about three inches a week. Now that back door is hidden by the six foot tall plant nestled among the petunias, and Arletta is reaping the benefits. Above grandchildren Gareth, 8 1/2, and Anyssa, 7, Coffer of Sullivan examine the abundance of peppers, determining they are not quite ripe enough for consumption.

Tall Pepper
Arletta Dolan of Gays planted a Patio Pepper in an old iron kettle outside her back door in May and thought nothing of it until it started growing about three inches a week. Now that back door is hidden by the six foot tall plant nestled among the petunias, and Arletta is reaping the benefits. Above grandchildren Gareth, 8 1/2, and Anyssa, 7, Coffer of Sullivan examine the abundance of peppers, determining they are not quite ripe enough for consumption.

Teeing-Off

Photo by RR Best Teeing-Off Sullivan Joey Davison tees off during Monday’s golf season opener at Angus Links in Windsor. Davison finished 46th overall with a 99. Other Sullivan scores include Caden Ellis’ 83 (tied for 13th), Eric Keller’s 88 (tied for 25th), Adam White’s 100 (tied for 47th), Tom Schibur’s 101 (tied for 49th), and Kaleb Shumard’s 107 (61st). As a team, the Redskins finished with a score of 370, more than 65 strokes better than this time last year. As a result, Sullivan finished ninth out of the 12-team invite, which was hosted by Effingham St. Anthony, who would win with a team score of 328. Neoga’s lone golfer Luke Baker finished atop individually with a 71.

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Teeing-Off
Sullivan Joey Davison tees off during Monday’s golf season opener at Angus Links in Windsor. Davison finished 46th overall with a 99. Other Sullivan scores include Caden Ellis’ 83 (tied for 13th), Eric Keller’s 88 (tied for 25th), Adam White’s 100 (tied for 47th), Tom Schibur’s 101 (tied for 49th), and Kaleb Shumard’s 107 (61st). As a team, the Redskins finished with a score of 370, more than 65 strokes better than this time last year. As a result, Sullivan finished ninth out of the 12-team invite, which was hosted by Effingham St. Anthony, who would win with a team score of 328. Neoga’s lone golfer Luke Baker finished atop individually with a 71.

Sweet Reward

Photo by RR Best Sweet Reward Cookies for Guard-Ladies from Sullivan took  generosity to the next level Saturday. As some 700 National Guard from all over the state gathered in Sullivan for all day training, Teresa Metzger, Jennifer Voegel, Rhonda West, Amanda Titus Bennett, Tara Rice, Shirley Rogers and Becky Lawson made hundreds of cookies.

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Sweet Reward
Cookies for Guard-Ladies from Sullivan took generosity to the next level Saturday. As some 700 National Guard from all over the state gathered in Sullivan for all day training, Teresa Metzger, Jennifer Voegel, Rhonda West, Amanda Titus Bennett, Tara Rice, Shirley Rogers and Becky Lawson made hundreds of cookies.

First Day at Okaw Valley

Photo by Mike Brothers First Day at Okaw Valley Carter McConkey of Bethany is looking forward to his first day at school at Okaw Valley Elementary School. Carter joins his 4th grade class along with the 170 students attending the k-4  school.

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First Day at Okaw Valley
Carter McConkey of Bethany is looking forward to his first day at school at Okaw Valley Elementary School. Carter joins his 4th grade class along with the 170 students attending the k-4 school.

Queen Pageant Participants

Cutline Macon Co pageant Queen Pageant Participants - The Macon County Queen Pageant was expanded in 2015 to include contestants from outside the county. Pictured with Macon County Queen 2014 Sophie Schwalbach from Decatur/Sullivan are (from left): Ashton Doty of Bethany, Queen Schwalbach, Brittany Rader of Lovington, second runner up 2015 Macon County Queen Pageant, and Carli Plank of Arthur. The pageant was held at the Decatur Civic Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Kristen Batte of Paxton was crowned Macon County Queen for 2015. Retiring Queen Sophie is attending Richland Community College focusing on performing arts. (News Progress photo- Mike Brothers)

Queen Pageant Participants - The Macon County Queen Pageant was expanded in 2015 to include contestants from outside the county. Pictured with Macon County Queen 2014 Sophie Schwalbach from Decatur/Sullivan are (from left): Ashton Doty of Bethany, Queen Schwalbach, Brittany Rader of Lovington, second runner up 2015 Macon County Queen Pageant, and Carli Plank of Arthur. The pageant was held at the Decatur Civic Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Kristen Batte of Paxton was crowned Macon County Queen for 2015. Retiring Queen Sophie is attending Richland Community College focusing on performing arts. (News Progress photo- Mike Brothers)