Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan IGA manager Pat Stinson (right) presents $500 check to Moultrie County Secret Santa representatives Police Chief Jim Waggoner and Greg Foster.
•December 7, 2016•
Through the generosity of Moultrie County Secret Santa some 200 kids will have a better Christmas this year. Last weekend secret shoppers went to work and gift wrapping is Dec. 17.
IGA manager Pat Stinson presented police chief Jim Waggoner and Secret Santa council chair Greg Foster with a donation last week as the number of applications for Secret Santa’s help reached 200.
Stinson explained the $500 donation was raised partially from the IGA annual golf outing with additional donations from the Sullivan IGA store.
“IGA is always there for the community,” Foster said, explaining they are also a big help during the annual Jeepin’ for Jessi Secret Santa fund-raiser held at the Toy Bar in July.
This is December and the time for children to reap the benefits of Secret Santa’s annual efforts. Read More
•December 23, 2015•
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Lady Knights traveled to Strasburg winning 70-51 Dec. 17.
In the first quarter the Stew-Stras Lady Comets kept pace with the Lady Knights 13-14. By the second quarter the ALAH team started hitting, as they scored 26 points to Stew-Sras 16. Opening the third quarter with a 40-29 lead the Lady Knights added a 15-12 third quarter and 15-10 fourth quarter scores for the win.
Hannah Wallen caught fire for the ALAH team in the second quarter hitting four field goals and two three pointers. She added another field goal and one free throw to lead the team with 19 points. Read More
Photo by Mike Brothers
Setting the graveyard nook are (from left) Quinton Cunningham, Chris Crabtree and Cody Board. After two nights of ghoulish fun, the whole thing is removed.
A 12 year tradition
•November 4, 2015•
By Mike Brothers
It’s been 12 years since Chris Crabtree’s kids thought they were too old to trick or treat.
That’s when they started converting the front yard of the family home on Harrison Street into the haunted graveyard.
It was open 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31 in conjunction with Sullivan trick or treating times.
Open to any and everyone who is willing to test their terror capacity, the Crabtree project gets bigger every year.
“We started out with the ticket booth and four sections that came out to the street,” Crabtree said of the first year, emphasizing the dogwood tree has always been at the center.
Chris and his band of family and friendly volunteers spend weeks building the giant black plastic enclosure.
“This is the sixth year we have totally enclosed the rooms,” he explained, pointing out his mom Connie Bordher would be at the entrance handing out candy as she has every year.
Crabtree said they handed out about 300 treat bags which brings the two night total of visitors to about 500.
There are up to 14 volunteers needed to man the various fright stations within the black plastic shrouded lawn. Read More
•October 14, 2015•
By Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist
Shortly before this week’s deadline my column fell apart, so in its stead (out of mild desperation; can desperation be mild?) I offer below snapshots of important topics with which I am grappling, thus far without success.
Am I on the right path with these topics and very preliminary thoughts? What suggestions might you have for both substance and policy suggestions?
I can be reached at email@example.com.
The unraveling of the American family. According to Washington policy wonk Isabel Sawhill, 72 percent of black children live in single-parent families, up from 22 percent half a century ago. Half the children in my white rural county were born to unmarried women last year.
Surprising to me in this day of easy availability of birth control options, Sawhill reports that as many as 60 percent of those births were unplanned, and children resulting from unplanned births are less likely later to graduate from college and earn a middle-class income.
As for young males, 20 percent of those with low skills (high school only) are unemployed, and many more are simply dropping out of the workforce, apparently for good.
I could wax on with these kinds of statistics, and they would confirm my point that there is unproductive turmoil among many if not most young, unskilled adults. Read More
April 15, 2015
The students represented in the 2014-2015 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition will be recognized for their achievement at an awards reception. The event will be held at the Tarble Arts Center on Eastern Illinois University’s campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Read More