First Day at SES

Photo by Mike Brothers First Day at SES While most area schools started last week Sullivan schools’ summer construction delayed opening until Monday. Now schools have new HVAC units, communications and security systems along with a roof to keep students dry. Above Luke Waelde (left) and James Rose are paying ahead for lunch as students at Sullivan Elementary School are dropped off by parents and gather in the gymnasium prior to attending classroom.

Photo by Mike Brothers
First Day at SES
While most area schools started last week Sullivan schools’ summer construction delayed opening until Monday. Now schools have new HVAC units, communications and security systems along with a roof to keep students dry. Above Luke Waelde (left) and James Rose are paying ahead for lunch as students at Sullivan Elementary School are dropped off by parents and gather in the gymnasium prior to attending classroom.

Red Apple Donates

Photo by Mike Brothers Red Apple Donates With the Moultrie County Food Pantry needing food donations, the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is collecting canned and other non-perishable food items Thursday and Friday, Aug 25-26. Customers who donate items to the Food Pantry collection box in the restaurant will receive a free (nonalcoholic) beverage with their meal. Red Apple coordinator for food pantry donations Stephanie Hays explained the Moultrie County Food Pantry helps a lot of people in the community, and the restaurant is happy to support such a worthy service.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Red Apple Donates
With the Moultrie County Food Pantry needing food donations, the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is collecting canned and other non-perishable food items Thursday and Friday, Aug 25-26. Customers who donate items to the Food Pantry collection box in the restaurant will receive a free (nonalcoholic) beverage with their meal. Red Apple coordinator for food pantry donations Stephanie Hays explained the Moultrie County Food Pantry helps a lot of people in the community, and the restaurant is happy to support such a worthy service.

Hole in One at Eagle Creek

Photo furnished Hole in One at Eagle Creek Bob Montgomery of Sullivan became the latest Hole in One club member at Eagle Creek Golf Course. On August 9, Montgomery hit a Nike golf ball with his nine iron for a 125 yard drive to the cup.

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Hole in One at Eagle Creek
Bob Montgomery of Sullivan became the latest Hole in One club member at Eagle Creek Golf Course. On August 9, Montgomery hit a Nike golf ball with his nine iron for a 125 yard drive to the cup.

Flowering Corn?

Stu D. Baker photo Flowering Corn? Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Stu D. Baker photo
Flowering Corn?
Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Early Pay Off

Photo furnished Early Pay Off The Moultrie County Board was able to make the final $64,583.33 payment on the county jail last week. Budget chairman Ron White noted the county was able to retire the $1 million loan 11 years early due to extra income generated through housing federal prisoners early on. Five county banks participated in the local debt certificate, accounting for the local share of financing for the jail. A $4 million grant helped finance the majority of the jail. Above Moultrie County budget chair Ron White (left) and Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe (right) present First Mid Illinois Bank president Larry Stenger with the final payoff for the local loan.

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Early Pay Off
The Moultrie County Board was able to make the final $64,583.33 payment on the county jail last week. Budget chairman Ron White noted the county was able to retire the $1 million loan 11 years early due to extra income generated through housing federal prisoners early on. Five county banks participated in the local debt certificate, accounting for the local share of financing for the jail. A $4 million grant helped finance the majority of the jail. Above Moultrie County budget chair Ron White (left) and Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe (right) present First Mid Illinois Bank president Larry Stenger with the final payoff for the local loan.

Fun Time at Library

Photo by Mike Brothers Fun Time at Library Elizabeth Titus Library’s summer reading program added a little physical fun to the weekly story time and craft adventures last week. Above Asher Hendry, 5, races through rings on the library lawn August 3.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Fun Time at Library
Elizabeth Titus Library’s summer reading program added a little physical fun to the weekly story time and craft adventures last week. Above Asher Hendry, 5, races through rings on the library lawn August 3.

Slick Ramp Claims Vehicles

Photo by Mike Brothers Slick Ramp Claims Vehicles Campers John and Sara Wilson of Hillsboro were preparing to take friends on a pontoon boat tour of Lake Shelbyville at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. The afternoon of lake fun was spoiled when the Jeep Liberty pulling the pontoon got pulled into the lake at the Bo Wood ramp. Sheriff Chris Sims arrived as the top of the Jeep was still visible and its windshield wipers continued to work. Wilson explained he had lowered the trailer with pontoon down the ramp. He stopped, put on the brake and got out of the Jeep to unhook the pontoon from the boat trailer. Sara alerted John that the Jeep was sliding toward the water. He was able to get inside, but attempts to pull the Jeep away from the algae coated boat ramp were in vain. Shelby County dive team members pictured above: Austin Prichard, Scott Jefson, Mark Shanks and Matt Menis with Moultrie dive team member Amanda Farley in background, prepare to go into the lake to hook up the Jeep for Walker’s Towing Service to pull it out. Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois Department of Conservation closed the ramp for about two hours during the Jeep rescue. Later that night the sheriff’s department returned to the Bo Wood ramp where yet another vehicle fell victim to the algae covering on the concrete ramp. On Saturday night another vehicle incident was reported at the Wilborn Creek boat ramp, and rescue workers returned to the lake. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers noted that stagnant conditions in water levels teamed with warm temperatures increase algae growth. Ramps are inspected daily and treated with algaecides and power washed when needed.

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Slick Ramp Claims Vehicles
Campers John and Sara Wilson of Hillsboro were preparing to take friends on a pontoon boat tour of Lake Shelbyville at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. The afternoon of lake fun was spoiled when the Jeep Liberty pulling the pontoon got pulled into the lake at the Bo Wood ramp. Sheriff Chris Sims arrived as the top of the Jeep was still visible and its windshield wipers continued to work. Wilson explained he had lowered the trailer with pontoon down the ramp. He stopped, put on the brake and got out of the Jeep to unhook the pontoon from the boat trailer. Sara alerted John that the Jeep was sliding toward the water. He was able to get inside, but attempts to pull the Jeep away from the algae coated boat ramp were in vain. Shelby County dive team members pictured above: Austin Prichard, Scott Jefson, Mark Shanks and Matt Menis with Moultrie dive team member Amanda Farley in background, prepare to go into the lake to hook up the Jeep for Walker’s Towing Service to pull it out. Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois Department of Conservation closed the ramp for about two hours during the Jeep rescue. Later that night the sheriff’s department returned to the Bo Wood ramp where yet another vehicle fell victim to the algae covering on the concrete ramp. On Saturday night another vehicle incident was reported at the Wilborn Creek boat ramp, and rescue workers returned to the lake. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers noted that stagnant conditions in water levels teamed with warm temperatures increase algae growth. Ramps are inspected daily and treated with algaecides and power washed when needed.

Hole in One at Eagle Creek

Photo furnished Hole in One at Eagle Creek Ben Gordon of Shelbyville got a hole in one on Eagle Creek Golf Course at hole No. 17. The play date was 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21.His Hole in One Club was a 52 deg. wedge hitting a Noodle+ ball 107 yards.

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Hole in One at Eagle Creek
Ben Gordon of Shelbyville got a hole in one on Eagle Creek Golf Course at hole No. 17. The play date was 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21.His Hole in One Club was a 52 deg. wedge hitting a Noodle+ ball 107 yards.

Lemonade for a Cause

Lemonade for a Cause Five enterprising Sullivan elementary students served lemonade with a purpose on the square last Wednesday.  Darby Harden, owner of Gypsy Soul, where the Lemonade for School Supplies stand was set up on her front sidewalk, explained the students decided to accept school supply donations by selling lemonade. In addition to accepting supplies they were raising funds through donations to help students who need supplies when school begins August 22.  Harden said she would continue to accept school supply donations after the stand closes, turning the supplies and donations over to Sullivan schools. Those hawking lemonade and water for a dollar on the square were: Photo at left (from left) Callie Standerfer, Ruby Haegen, Bella Harden, Tessa Seeley, and Ava Shriver.

Lemonade for a Cause
Five enterprising Sullivan elementary students served lemonade with a purpose on the square last Wednesday.
Darby Harden, owner of Gypsy Soul, where the Lemonade for School Supplies stand was set up on her front sidewalk, explained the students decided to accept school supply donations by selling lemonade.
In addition to accepting supplies they were raising funds through donations to help students who need supplies when school begins August 22.
Harden said she would continue to accept school supply donations after the stand closes, turning the supplies and donations over to Sullivan schools.
Those hawking lemonade and water for a dollar on the square were: Photo at left (from left) Callie Standerfer, Ruby Haegen, Bella Harden, Tessa Seeley, and Ava Shriver.

Findlay Walleye Festival

Drone Photo by RR Best Findlay Walleye Festival The Findlay Walleye Festival was held July 29-31. The walleye tent in the firehouse opened at 4 p.m. Friday. Battle Creek Band, Kidd Kaddilack, and Whiskey Bend performed Friday evening. The walleye parade followed a community pancake breakfast. A classic car show, kiddie tractor pull and 3 on 3 basketball were Saturday. Eddie Webb and Southern Cross, played as well as Forest Parker performing. Sounds of Swing Big Band, Feudin’ Hillybilly and Big Spike Hammer Blue Grass all played Saturday evening. A Jimmy Buffet style party closed the event Sunday.

Drone Photo by RR Best
Findlay Walleye Festival
The Findlay Walleye Festival was held July 29-31. The walleye tent in the firehouse opened at 4 p.m. Friday. Battle Creek Band, Kidd Kaddilack, and Whiskey Bend performed Friday evening. The walleye parade followed a community pancake breakfast. A classic car show, kiddie tractor pull and 3 on 3 basketball were Saturday. Eddie Webb and Southern Cross, played as well as Forest Parker performing. Sounds of Swing Big Band, Feudin’ Hillybilly and Big Spike Hammer Blue Grass all played Saturday evening. A Jimmy Buffet style party closed the event Sunday.