Photo by R.R. Best SES Celebrates Grandparents Sullivan Community Unit #300 schools celebrated grandparents’ night last week with students getting a chance to show off the progress they have made in class so far this school year. The evening schedule allowed more grandparents to attend while putting students in a more relaxed environment. In addition to classroom visits grandparents and students enjoyed the book fair set up in the gym.
Photo by Debbie Morin Campground Celebrates On Sept. 19 the Sullivan Marina and Campground held the annual campground celebration to end the season. More than 400 campers, boaters and friends gathered to enjoy an afternoon filled with family entertainment and games which ended at dark with the Sullivan Fire District supervising a grand fireworks display. Above Drew Gornink of Oak Forest plays Kerplunk, a game created by Sue Mackey (wearing Cubs shirt). Money raised during the event was donated to the Moultrie Food Pantry and Secret Santa.
Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan Legion Free Dinner With members of the Sons of the American Legion stepping up to the grills, Post 68 hosted a free chicken dinner Sept. 16. Event coordinator Josh Harner explained the free dinner courtesy Sullivan American Legion was to honor two longtime members Al Golden and Dick Wiback and their years of devotion to the post. Above Wiback’s daughter and Al’s daughter-in-law Karen Golden and SAL member Seth Cobb brave the smoke as the group prepared 200 lbs. of chicken and sides for the free community dinner. Dinner was served until 7 p.m. and was followed by DJ and karaoke from 7-11 in the American Legion lounge.
Photo by R.R. Best Fatal Crash A Sullivan man died as a result of injuries received in a near head on collision on Hwy 121, near Mason Point Thursday, Sept. 7. Michael D. Eikenberry, 21, was traveling west on Hwy 121, a quarter mile east of 1300N when his 2000 Pontiac Sunbird went into the eastbound lane. Dalton C. Long, 22, of Decatur was driving a 2000 Cadillac east on Hwy 121, and the two vehicles collided. Moultrie Co. Sheriff Chris Sims said both men had to be extricated from their vehicles. Eikenberry was transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital by Sullivan Ambulance Service where he passed away. Long was taken to Carle Hospital by Sullivan Ambulance Service with serious injuries.
Photo furnished Scholarships Awarded Nine $1,000 scholarships were earned by 4-H members enrolled in beef, swine, and sheep projects in the Superior Young Livestock Producer competition held during the Illinois State Fair. The winners included (left to right) Jordynn Marcum of Ford County, Evan Link of Knox County, Tanner Mickey of Christian County, Blake Hennenfent of Knox County, Makenna Green of Christian County, Ethan Macklin (OVHS) of Shelby County, Wyatt Claire of Iroquois County, Kacie Haag of Kankakee County, and Mclayn Musick of Adams County.
Photo by Marsha Kirby Sullivan Homecoming Attendants Freshman, sophomore and junior attendants starting on right. Front row: Chanel Inboden, Claire Appleby, Addison Darush. Back row: Ian Plank, Dillon Wallace, Gabe McGregor
Photo by Mike Brothers Moving House A house moving down Monroe Street drew some attention in Sullivan a couple of weeks ago. Peters Movers of Farmer City moved the three bedroom house from its former home on Monroe Street to Mattoon, making room for construction of a new Casey’s store here. Above Matt Frederick and his son Kaeden prepare to lead the home to its new location in Mattoon along with escorts from Sullivan Police, Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept, Illinois State Police and Dept. of Transportation. To accommodate state height limit of 20 feet, Frederick had to remove the top four feet of the roof. A property manager in Mattoon, he noted it was a lot less expensive to move the home since he already had a lot prepared for the home’s new location in Mattoon.
Photo by Mike Brothers Street Machines on the Square The annual Sullivan Street Machine Association car show and cruise filled the Sullivan square with show cars from around the state Saturday. Above Radar Watkins and Brian Marshall of Paxton check out Dale Abbott’s 1966 Mustang Pony from Mt. Zion. Marshall was also showing a 1968 440 ci Plymouth GTX.
Photo by Mike Brothers Farm Progress Tribute When the Farm Progress Show comes to town, Tom Gregory of Bethany lines up a few reminders of how much progress farms have made. Farm Progress is over, and now Tom’s antique tractor display returns to storage for another two years.