Photo by Mike Brothers Life is a Carnival Sullivan children gathered at the Civic Center parking lot beginning at 6:00p.m. Friday enjoying rides from Conner Family Amusements of Beardstown. The new carnival sponsored by the Sullivan American Legion drew enthusiastic crowds during the city’s Fourth of July celebration that ended with a big bang.
Photo furnished Sunken Garden Work Garden club members along with OVHS students helped spread mulch and worked in the sunken garden June 12. OV students who volunteered their time were Garrett Tippit, Dalton McGill, Ethan Macklin and Jacob Brewer. Wes Wise, OV agriculture teacher assisted the students. Pictured - OVHS agriculture teacher - Wes Wise, Dalton McGill, Ethan Macklin, Garrett Tippit, and Jacob Brewer.
Photo furnished Agricultural Advocacy Award Okaw Valley High School’s agriculture department was recognized with the presentation of the Agricultural Education Advocacy Award in Bloomington last week at the Illinois Association for Vocational Agriculture Teachers meeting. Pictured are award recipient OVHS Principal Matt Shoaff and Agriculture teacher Wes Wise.
Photo furnished Making Honey in Okaw Valley Okaw Valley High School graduate JT Bland poses with one of three OV bee colonies set up around the area. OV students will monitor the colonies during the summer months and into the fall.
Photo furnished Sullivan Summer Park Kids Create Several members of the Sullivan Area Arts (SAarts) group arrived with 221 wooden blocks for the Sullivan Park Recreation Summer program kids to paint June 22. This was a goal for past several years and things worked out with SAarts this year to get everything together and make it happen. The blocks were marked with the different colors, and the children painted the blocks without knowing what the final picture would be. While they were away to lunch SAarts members assembled and nailed the blocks together to form a finished mosaic. The finished piece of public art will be displayed in Wyman Park.
Photo by Ellen Ferrera Healthcom 5K Run Benefits Senior Center Mayra Grijalva(r) from Healthcom in Sullivan presents a check for $2,000 to Kathi Shackels, executive director of Mid-Illinois Senior Services. All proceeds from the recent Healthcom 5K run were donated to Senior Services.
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.