Serving Up Smiles and Warm Greetings


Photo by Keith Stewart
Trudy Fleshner (right) completes a transaction Monday after Coty Drake of Sullivan (left) placed a coffee order.

Sullivan McDonald’s employee chosen for regional award    

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

If you’ve gone to McDonald’s in Sullivan, especially the drive-thru in the morning, you’ve probably been greeted by Trudy Fleshner. Having worked at the Sullivan location for over 10 years, Fleshner has greeted quite a few faces. And now, it would seem, she’s greeted so many, that now it is her turn for a warm gesture. Read More

Staying Fit as a Family

Photo by Keith Stewart SHS student volunteer Cadisen Nuzzo helps Avery Florey balance on an exercise ball last Thursday during the third annual Family Fit Night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SHS student volunteer Cadisen Nuzzo helps Avery Florey balance on an exercise ball last Thursday during the third annual Family Fit Night.

PTO organized event enjoys third year in promoting healthy living

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

The obesity rate in children is an issue that is on the minds of many. In response, Sullivan Elementary School PTO found a way to promote both healthy living and families spending time together with a family event aimed at healthy activities.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to get out and burn off some cabin fever from the weather,” volunteer Jennifer Voegel said.

This was the third year for the Family Fit Night event at the school. A variety of organizations were on hand to teach students and their families about healthy activities they can enjoy.  Read More

Not Your Average Consignment Store


Photo by Keith Stewart
Jeff Feldkamp is seen on a fourwheeler, one of dozens of items geared towards men and for sale at the newly opened Caveman Consignments located in the former VFW in Sullivan.

New business offers items geared toward men 

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

Sullivan welcomes its newest business this week, Caveman Consignments, owned and operated by Jeff Feldkamp.

And perhaps as the name hints at, Feldcamp’s consignment store is not your typical breed, but instead is centered towards men and the items or projects that one might find in your prototypical ‘man cave.’  Read More

Rosati’s Officially Up and Running in Sullivan

New Italian restaurant to offer dishes unique to area

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

November 11 marked the opening of Sullivan’s newest restaurant, Rosati’s Pizza,  a family-run business whose first store was opened in downtown Chicago and featured “Italian Style Pizza” as well as pastas, sandwiches, and a whole menu full of other items from which to choose.  Read More

Despite Several Snow Days, Students Collect for Souper Bowl

Photo by Micah Heddins Sullivan fifth grader Brett Johnson organizes canned goods at the Moultrie County food pantry Friday.

Photo by Micah Heddins
Sullivan fifth grader Brett Johnson organizes canned goods at the Moultrie County food pantry Friday.

Final push on last day collects over 800 items for food pantry

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

For most people the Super bowl is a time to dawn your football jersey and root for your favorite team. For the students in Ms. Heddins’ fifth grade class it’s also an opportunity to give back to the community.

After attending Sullivan schools, Micah Heddins returned to the town she grew up in to join the staff of Sullivan elementary school. With her she brought a passion for teaching and giving back to the community. However, it was during her student teaching experience in Palmero that she and her cooperating teacher developed the idea to use the Super Bowl as an opportunity for the children in their class to give back to the community by collecting for the local pantry in what they dubbed the Souper Bowl. Read More

Remembering George



Former students still recall Casleton’s intrigue as teacher

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

For many people, the late and former area teacher George Casleton is remembered for his dynamic teaching style, but few people are aware of the chance encounter that actually brought him to our community.

George Casleton was born in 1925 in the southern Illinois town of West Frankfort. He, along with his parents and two siblings, remained a part of this town throughout his adolescent years. While growing up, Casleton enjoyed banging on the drums and continued this passion for nine years as a member of the Ted Paschedag Band and Orchestra. After graduating from West Frankfort High School in 1943, Casleton went on to serve his country by joining the armed forces. Casleton was stationed in Italy during World War II and earned a Bronze Star.  Read More

Singers Make Finals at Mt. Zion for First Time in Three Years

King wins men’s solo competition

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

18 points.

15 points last year, and three points two years ago were the slimmest of margins by which the Sullivan Singers didn’t make finals at Mt. Zion’s Midwest Classic show choir competition.

That all changed Saturday night as the Singers were awarded the fifth of six randomly selected spots—performing at 8:30—in finals along with Wheaton Warrenville South, Twinsburg (Ohio), Davenport West (Iowa), Chatham Glenwood, and Decatur Eisenhower.

On top of the excitement of earning a finals spot, it was also announced during awards that sophomore Grant King had won the men’s division of the solo competition and would perform at 6:50 p.m. before finals opened at 7.

Going into finals, the Singers were ranked third behind Wheaton and Chatham, but after the final performances, the Singers were placed fifth of the six groups.

The Singers missed holding onto third—which was taken by Twinsburg—by 1.5 points.

On top of the tight finish, Chatham pulled a large upset, dethroning Wheaton as grand champions of the competition. The Classics were looking to make a three-peat at Mt. Zion, but the goal didn’t come to fruition.

For Sullivan, there is a week off before traveling to Danville for their next chance to perform.

Small but Quality Turnout Saturday for Book Presentation

Guillory connects with local reader, homeowner, and subject

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

“Houses are museums…they are archives of our life.”

Or so Dan Guillory explained Saturday during a presentation of his book “House Poems: Structures and Their Inhabitants.”

The presentation, Historic Homes and Their Untold Stories, was held in the Lovington Public Library  with a purpose to awaken society on the importance of maintaining homes through restoration and preservation.

In the poem “Deconstructing an Old House”, Guillory’s thoughts on tearing down broken homes are clear.  Read More

Christmas Fun and Generosity Combine for Inaugural Event

Moultrie, Douglas businesses, individuals partner up for donations

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Arcola

The Christmas spirit was in full steam at the Green Mill Village Holiday Walk in Arcola Saturday, December 14.

Businesses from Moultrie and Douglas counties participated by decorating and donating a Christmas tree or wreath to a silent auction with the proceeds going towards a non-profit charity of their choice in central Illinois.  Read More