Longaberger Binga Time at WHS

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Longaberger Binga Time at WHS
The Windsor class of 2018 will host a Longaberger Binga Fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 1 at Windsor High School. Doors will open at 5:00 pm.
Tickets are on sale now; see a senior class member for tickets, or call Elizabeth Robison at 459-2636.
Tickets will be available at the door. All of the baskets will be filled with goodies. Refreshments, 50/50, and raffle items will also be for sale.
WHS Class of 2018 students pictured: Top left to right: Mikayla Haddock, Morgan Lesko, Caitlin Welsh, and Kasey Bean.

Windsor FFA Hosts Ag Fair

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Windsor FFA Hosts Ag Fair
As part of FFA Week, the Windsor FFA Chapter hosted their first annual Ag Fair February 24. Attractions at the fair were informational booths on farm safety, FFA, wildlife/camping, and other agricultural activities which were open to the elementary school and the community. The chapter also hosted a petting zoo and face painting booth for the children.

Fire Destroys Rural Home

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Fire Destroys Rural Home
Fire destroyed the Matt Knight home in rural Bethany Sunday, Feb. 26 with Findlay firefighters the first to respond to a blaze which required assistance from six additional departments. Findlay Fire Chief Ed Voltenburg said the call came into the department at 5:30 p.m. from the Knight’s daughter Baylee who was home.“The daughter was upstairs and said she heard what she thought was hail,” Voltenburg explained. “When she got downstairs, the front entry was on fire.” The chief explained Baylee gathered the family pets and escaped the burning house and made the 911 call. Her parents were at a movie in Decatur when the fire occurred and returned to the scene as firefighters battled the blaze. Voltenburg extended thanks to responding departments from Bethany, Sullivan, Assumption, Moweaqua, Shelbyville and Strasburg. The chief noted the investigation into the cause of the fire is incomplete with the house a total loss. Firefighters were on scene for five hours. The fire damage was primarily to the second floor and roof with the first floor damaged mostly by water and smoke. Red Cross was called to assist the family who lost most of their clothing and personal belongings in the blaze. Red Cross offered temporary assistance. A clothing collection effort is underway.
He noted that while the department was fighting the Knight blaze, a brush fire was reported in the Johnson bottoms area which required diverting some firefighters.

Family Donates Cheerful Pillowcases

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Family Donates Cheerful Pillowcases
Sarah Bush Lincoln Volunteer Services recently received a donation of hand-sewn pillowcases to help bring a smile and a little cheer to children having surgery. Young patients are given a fun, brightly colored pillowcase to use during recovery from a surgical procedure and then get to take the pillowcase home. The pillowcases were made by Anieta Trame and her grandchildren, who each made their own pillowcase to donate to the cause. Pictured with their donation are (l-r) are Ryan, Ellie, Lucy, Anieta, and Gracie Trame. Anyone who sews may learn more about this project by contacting Colleen Stoner, SBL Volunteer Services at cstoner@sblhs.org or (217) 258-2500.

$1000 Grant from VFW

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$1000 Grant from VFW 
The Sullivan V.F.W. recently presented $1000 to the Wyman Park Community Park Grant, Youth Program 2017. Presenting the check: (left to right) VFW #6410 Commander Russell Craig, Park Commissioner Mike Mossman, Melissa and Jake Haegen Youth Program Coordinators, Harry Woolen.

New Sign for Oldest Bank

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New Sign for Oldest Bank
First Community Bank signs went up at all former First National Bank and Hardware State Bank facilities last week as the oldest bank in the county got a new name. Seth and Sean from Monitor Sign Service owned by Bryan Cornell of Mattoon made Sullivan changes.

Harlem Wizards at SHS

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Harlem Wizards at SHS
When the Sullivan High School boys’ basketball team hosted the Harlem Wizards for an exhibition fundraising event putting Sullivan teachers and coaches against the nationally known “Clowns of the Court” Wednesday, Feb. 15 Cassie Becker had no idea she would get a chance to dunk the ball in front of hundreds of fans.

Sullivan Pre School IGA Label Savers

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Sullivan Pre School IGA Label Savers
Store manager Pat Stinson conducted a front to back store tour for Sullivan pre school students Feb 7. At the end the kids received treats and set up a collection site at the customer service desk to collect IGA brand bar codes. Sullivan Preschool is now participating in the IGA Label Savers program. The preschool will receive $50 for every 500 labels collected. Cut out the barcode (starts with 41270) from an IGA brand product excluding aluminum products, store made products and fresh meat products. The money raised through this program can aid in purchasing new playground equipment, technology or even fund a field trip. There will be collection boxes available at IGA and the preschool. Back row (left to right): Stephanie Spellman, Pat Stinson, Casey Pruemer. Middle row: Harper Standerfer, Kennedy Graven, Connor Dagg, Hunter Walton, Ryleigh Force, Owen Moomaw, Briella Castle, Oliver Dean, Bentley Davis, Ainsley Winkels, Easton Spellman, Jackson Williamson, Miriam Parri, Cade Thompson. Front row: Landen Butler, RaeLynne Matherly, Auggie Foust, Carson Black, Channing Jensen, Michael Hawkins, Havyn Meador, Piper Fleener.

New Interceptor for Lovington

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New Interceptor for Lovington
The village of Lovington recently placed its new 2017 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor in operation with help from the John E. Timm Charitable Trust of Arthur. The Trust donated $11,000 toward the vehicle purchase with the village paying the balance to Wright Automotive of Hillsboro after trading the 2010 Chevrolet squad car. Pictured are Chief of Police Christian Swisher, Pam Anklam Police Trustee, Arthur Mayor Matt Bernius Director of the Timm Trust and Lovington Village President Jim Minor. Rodney Stanfill of Central Service Center switched equipment from the old squad car, and past president Barry Morgan designed graphics installed by Dynagraphics of Decatur. Lovington has two full time and five part time patrolmen.

New AT&T Antenna

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New AT&T Antenna
The second largest crane in the state with a 400 foot reach hoisted the workers in the cage to the top of the AT&T Cellular tower in Sullivan earlier this week. The company was replacing the antenna at the top with a new and improved version.