Donor Matches 3 Degree Donation

Photo courtesy WANDTV Donor Matches 3 Degree Donation Moultrie County Food Pantry received WAND/IBEW 3 Degree Challenge donation on the air February 3. Director Kristy Dawson and Nancy Kenton from the Food Pantry  are pictured along with Ron Cummings from IBEW Local 146 and Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz.  “I am so excited that we were able to give back to an area that I grew up in!” the Bethany native said during the presentation. He announced the $1000 3 Degree donation had been matched by an anonymous donor to give the Food Pantry an additional $2000 to help those in Moultrie County.

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Donor Matches 3 Degree Donation
Moultrie County Food Pantry received WAND/IBEW 3 Degree Challenge donation on the air February 3. Director Kristy Dawson and Nancy Kenton from the Food Pantry are pictured along with Ron Cummings from IBEW Local 146 and Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz. “I am so excited that we were able to give back to an area that I grew up in!” the Bethany native said during the presentation. He announced the $1000 3 Degree donation had been matched by an anonymous donor to give the Food Pantry an additional $2000 to help those in Moultrie County.

Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan A meet and greet for Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter from the 54th District was held at TnT Pizzeria Tuesday, January 26. The current state senator from Lebanon is a primary candidate seeking nomination for the 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican John Shimkus. Pictured above: Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe, Senator McCarter and sheriff Chris Sims.

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Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan
A meet and greet for Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter from the 54th District was held at TnT Pizzeria Tuesday, January 26. The current state senator from Lebanon is a primary candidate seeking nomination for the 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican John Shimkus. Pictured above: Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe, Senator McCarter and sheriff Chris Sims.

Sunday Crash

Photo by RR Best Sunday Crash A Sunday morning traffic accident at the intersection of Jonathan Creek Road and Highway 121 sent a Sullivan man to the hospital. According to Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Deputy Gary Carroll, the department was called to the scene at 7:58 a.m. where they discovered a Subaru station wagon driven by Tyler Booker of Sullivan was attempting a left turn from 121 and struck a westbound Dodge pickup driven by Leroy Schrock of Sullivan. Booker was transported to Carle Hospital. Carroll noted that witnesses indicated the sun could have been a factor in the crash.

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Sunday Crash
A Sunday morning traffic accident at the intersection of Jonathan Creek Road and Highway 121 sent a Sullivan man to the hospital. According to Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Deputy Gary Carroll, the department was called to the scene at 7:58 a.m. where they discovered a Subaru station wagon driven by Tyler Booker of Sullivan was attempting a left turn from 121 and struck a westbound Dodge pickup driven by Leroy Schrock of Sullivan. Booker was transported to Carle Hospital. Carroll noted that witnesses indicated the sun could have been a factor in the crash.

Final Touches

Photo by RR Best Final touches Final touches are being put on the Moultrie County Courthouse restoration project this week. Masons Masonry Restoration of Brownstown was awarded the $203,755 bid to repair stone and tuckpointing on the 112 year old structure in August 2015. Above a Mason employee is placing the final sealer on repairs to complete the project.

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Final touches
Final touches are being put on the Moultrie County Courthouse restoration project this week. Masons Masonry Restoration of Brownstown was awarded the $203,755 bid to repair stone and tuckpointing on the 112 year old structure in August 2015. Above a Mason employee is placing the final sealer on repairs to complete the project.

OVHS Awarded Check

Photo provided OVHS Awarded Check Okaw Valley High School was awarded a $2500 dollar check from the Monsanto Fund which donates money to high school ag departments in 40 states. The grant must be initiated by a local farmer. Mark and Andrew Bennett of rural Moultrie County nominated Okaw Valley. The money will be used for curriculum and the mission of making Okaw Valley the best ag program in the area. Pictured (center) are Mark Bennett (local farmer) and Wes Wise (ag instructor) flanked by Monsanto representatives.

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OVHS Awarded Check
Okaw Valley High School was awarded a $2500 dollar check from the Monsanto Fund which donates money to high school ag departments in 40 states. The grant must be initiated by a local farmer. Mark and Andrew Bennett of rural Moultrie County nominated Okaw Valley. The money will be used for curriculum and the mission of making Okaw Valley the best ag program in the area. Pictured (center) are Mark Bennett (local farmer) and Wes Wise (ag instructor) flanked by Monsanto representatives.

Windsor FFA Competes in Section Public Speaking CDE

Photo Provided Windsor FFA Competes in Section Public Speaking CDE The Windsor FFA chapter competed in the Section 16 Public Speaking Career Development Event Jan. 27. Areas of the event included FFA Creed Speaking, JV and Varsity Prepared Public Speaking, and JV and Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking.   Participating in FFA Creed Speaking, Faith Higgs was required to memorize and recite the FFA Creed as well as answer related questions. Whitney Pepperdine participated in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking. In this event students draw a topic and are allowed 30 minutes to research and prepare a speech before giving it to a panel of judges. Bradley Farmer competed in JV Extemporaneous Speaking and placed first in his division. He will compete at the District IV Public Speaking event in April.

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Windsor FFA Competes in Section Public Speaking CDE
The Windsor FFA chapter competed in the Section 16 Public Speaking Career Development Event Jan. 27. Areas of the event included FFA Creed Speaking, JV and Varsity Prepared Public Speaking, and JV and Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking.
Participating in FFA Creed Speaking, Faith Higgs was required to memorize and recite the FFA Creed as well as answer related questions. Whitney Pepperdine participated in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking. In this event students draw a topic and are allowed 30 minutes to research and prepare a speech before giving it to a panel of judges. Bradley Farmer competed in JV Extemporaneous Speaking and placed first in his division. He will compete at the District IV Public Speaking event in April.

Brad Farmer

Brad Farmer

Fire Destroys Rural Sullivan Home

Binion House Fire1

Photo by RR Best Fire Destroys Rural Sullivan Home Findlay fire chief Ed Voltenburg presents burned strong box to Jim Binion following a blaze that totally destroyed his home on 850 E County Road outside Sullivan. Windsor, Bethany and Sullivan fire departments joined to fight the 12:16 p.m. January 20 fire. Sullivan Fire Department reports indicated the Binions saw flames in the center of the house and were able to escape to their daughter’s home next door. They watched the family home destroyed by fire while sitting at son-in-law and Findlay fire chief Voltenburg’s home. Red Cross also lent assistance at the fire scene. Firefighters remained at the Binion home using a backhoe to help expose hot spots until 4 p.m.

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Fire Destroys Rural Sullivan Home
Findlay fire chief Ed Voltenburg presents burned strong box to Jim Binion following a blaze that totally destroyed his home on 850 E County Road outside Sullivan. Windsor, Bethany and Sullivan fire departments joined to fight the 12:16 p.m. January 20 fire. Sullivan Fire Department reports indicated the Binions saw flames in the center of the house and were able to escape to their daughter’s home next door. They watched the family home destroyed by fire while sitting at son-in-law and Findlay fire chief Voltenburg’s home. Red Cross also lent assistance at the fire scene. Firefighters remained at the Binion home using a backhoe to help expose hot spots until 4 p.m.

Sullivan Singers at Crete-Monee

Photo Provided Sullivan Singers at Crete-Monee Both Singers and Singers Jr competed in Crete-Monee Saturday, January 23. Claire Appleby was selected as Best Female in Show soloist (Jr competition), and  Grant King received both Best Male in Show soloist and the Grand Champion Male Soloist in the solo competition.

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Sullivan Singers at Crete-Monee
Both Singers and Singers Jr competed in Crete-Monee Saturday, January 23. Claire Appleby was selected as Best Female in Show soloist (Jr competition), and Grant King received both Best Male in Show soloist and the Grand Champion Male Soloist in the solo competition.

Roads Turn Slick Causing Several Crashes

Photo by RR Best Roads Turn Slick Causing Several Crashes The roads around Sullivan turned treacherous early Thursday, January 14  with a rollover at Bethany and several cars left spinning due to the suddenly very slick surfaces. Moultrie Chief Deputy Gary Carroll was on traffic patrol at 7 a.m. when he noticed the wet roadway surface had become glazed with frost, limiting traction. For the next hour cars were turning over and flying from the roadway as drivers found that driving highway speed was a good way to skate from the pavement. Carroll noted that within an hour the sheriff’s department received a dozen accident calls related to the suddenly slick roadway. In Allenville a car careened off highway 121, ending up on Zach Helton’s front porch. The driver was uninjured but Helton’s porch lost a corner post.  At least two vehicles slid far enough from the roadway to land on the Illinois Central Railroad tracks, prompting the county to call railroad officials to delay train traffic until the vehicles could be removed. The Bethany curve was the site where a Chevrolet Trailblazer encountered the frosty surface, resulting in the vehicle overturning. Driver Marquita Thomas, 32, of Decatur and a passenger were transported to a Decatur hospital for observation. “It was nuts for awhile,” Carroll said, noting he had to call in an officer to help with the accidents.  Illinois Department of Transportation spread salt immediately with the hopes that salt residue will reduce the frost issue risk during future mornings of unpredictable road surfaces.

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Roads Turn Slick Causing Several Crashes
The roads around Sullivan turned treacherous early Thursday, January 14 with a rollover at Bethany and several cars left spinning due to the suddenly very slick surfaces.
Moultrie Chief Deputy Gary Carroll was on traffic patrol at 7 a.m. when he noticed the wet roadway surface had become glazed with frost, limiting traction.
For the next hour cars were turning over and flying from the roadway as drivers found that driving highway speed was a good way to skate from the pavement.
Carroll noted that within an hour the sheriff’s department received a dozen accident calls related to the suddenly slick roadway.
In Allenville a car careened off highway 121, ending up on Zach Helton’s front porch. The driver was uninjured but Helton’s porch lost a corner post.
At least two vehicles slid far enough from the roadway to land on the Illinois Central Railroad tracks, prompting the county to call railroad officials to delay train traffic until the vehicles could be removed.
The Bethany curve was the site where a Chevrolet Trailblazer encountered the frosty surface, resulting in the vehicle overturning.
Driver Marquita Thomas, 32, of Decatur and a passenger were transported to a Decatur hospital for observation.
“It was nuts for awhile,” Carroll said, noting he had to call in an officer to help with the accidents.
Illinois Department of Transportation spread salt immediately with the hopes that salt residue will reduce the frost issue risk during future mornings of unpredictable road surfaces.

Head On Crash Near Arthur

Photo by RR Best Head On Crash Near Arthur Kevin A. Smith, 23, of Lovington was seriously injured in a head on crash Thursday, January 14 on Route 133 west of Arthur. An Illinois State Police District 10 trooper was called to the scene of the collision at 7:52 a.m. January 14 near the County Road 1600 intersection with Route 133. According to Trooper Tracy Lillard’s report, Smith was traveling east on Route 133 in his 1986 GMC pickup when he lost control on the frost covered roadway. Smith’s pickup crossed the center line during a 282 feet slide, into the path of a westbound 2002 Alero driven by Dustin M. Stutzman of Arthur. Smith was transported by AirLife helicopter from the crash scene to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the traffic crash. Stutzman refused medical treatment. Smith was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Head On Crash Near Arthur
Kevin A. Smith, 23, of Lovington was seriously injured in a head on crash Thursday, January 14 on Route 133 west of Arthur. An Illinois State Police District 10 trooper was called to the scene of the collision at 7:52 a.m. January 14 near the County Road 1600 intersection with Route 133.
According to Trooper Tracy Lillard’s report, Smith was traveling east on Route 133 in his 1986 GMC pickup when he lost control on the frost covered roadway. Smith’s pickup crossed the center line during a 282 feet slide, into the path of a westbound 2002 Alero driven by Dustin M. Stutzman of Arthur.
Smith was transported by AirLife helicopter from the crash scene to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the traffic crash. Stutzman refused medical treatment.
Smith was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.