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Letter to the Editor: 1-11-2017

January 4 Was One of the Best

Dear Editor,

January 4, 2017 was one of the best newspapers I have read.

I always enjoy Trudy Lieberman and Jim Nowlan’s columns, but this week the story on the Bethany library was very good.

I was glad to read that Bethany High School class yearbooks are digitally available. Read More

Eastern Illinois Foodbank Distributes at Sullivan VFW

•January 11, 2017•

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families. The distribution will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at Sullivan VFW. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome. Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process. The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $3,000. Read More

Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Announces Award Recipients

•January 11, 2017•

The Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development have announced the winners of the 2016 annual awards, which will be presented at the SCED annual luncheon Friday, January 27.

Each recipient is a stand-out in a community of exceptional business and community members.

Jon England will be recognized as the 2016 Citizen of the Year.  It would be hard pressed to find a cause that England has not contributed to in the community of Sullivan. A person may go to EK Petro any day of the week and see a new cause they are helping.  He is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of Sullivan which is shown through his business practices with EK Petro, EK Petroleum and Transport Services, which are all based in our community.   Read More

Employer Withholding Tax Changes Increase Accuracy

•January 11, 2017•

In an effort to reduce taxpayer filing and payment errors and increase the detection of false income reporting and insolvent employers, the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin requiring all withholding taxpayers to file quarterly withholding income tax returns and report detailed payroll data beginning in 2017. The change impacts employers, payroll service providers, software developers and individuals who pay gambling and lottery winnings. IDOR believes the detailed reporting of amounts and dates of any tax withheld under the new quarterly filing will make it easier and more accurate for withholding filers. Read More

Remember When? 1-11-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Nathan R. Hutchings of Sullivan has been awarded an honor scholarship to attend MacMurray College in Jacksonville as a result of scholarship competition held in November 1991. He is the son of Dennis and Mary Hutchings and plans to major in biology or chemistry for pre medicine at MacMurray.

Several area students are among the nearly 50 candidates for degrees or certificates upon completion of the fall term at Lake Land College. Two area students graduated summa cum laude with a 3.8 to 4. grade point average. They are Michael H. Hafer of Arthur and Tamara M. Cox of Findlay, who both earned associate in science degrees in business administration. Lisa M. Perry of Bethany earned cum laude status leading to her associate in applied science degree in management. Other graduates are Joyce M. Lowder, Arthur; Kelly R. Austin, Bethany; Martha J. Elliott, Windsor; and Sullivan residents Linda M. Dean, Sean W. Ruppert, Staci L. Shafer and Brenda S. Ray.

Rhonda Rutledge of Sullivan has been named to the Midstate College dean’s list for the fall 1991 quarter. Midstate College is in Peoria. Read More

Thinking About Health: Changing Obamacare Likely To Mean Higher Costs,Less Coverage – or Both

•January 4, 2017•

By Trudy Lieberman
Rural Health News Service

Lori Eng, a 62-year-old office manager who works in western Nebraska, sent an email not long ago telling me she was “terrified” she might lose her Obamacare health insurance. The many horror stories passed along in the media had frightened her, and she wanted me to hear from someone who had benefitted from the law.

No wonder Eng is scared. Ever since the Affordable Care Act passed almost seven years ago, opponents, mostly Republicans, have vowed to repeal the law and replace it with a different plan. The November election results now make that a possibility.

Eng didn’t have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act came along. Her four-day-a-week job did not provide it, and her salary - less than $20,000 a year - was too low for her to swing an insurance premium. She bought her first Obamacare policy from one of the insurance co-ops that operated in Iowa and Nebraska that was supposed to offer cheaper coverage. It did - until it collapsed. With her government subsidy, she was able to buy a plan for only $50. She also qualified for an extra subsidy to help pay her deductible and coinsurance.

When the co-op failed, as most eventually did, she got a similar plan the next year from another company. Because her subsidy had increased, she paid only $34 each month. That year Eng was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her treatment, which included chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, cost around $200,000. She paid just $1,450 out of pocket. Read More

Remember When? 1-4-2017

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Moultrie County’s involvement in the Persian Gulf War, the Sullivan High School girls’ state basketball championship, Sullivan’s first Festival of Stars and the prospect of a bedsheets ballot for next year’s state primary election head the News-Progress’ list of top stories for 1991.

Having to delay college graduation by a semester is glorious news to Scot Hollonbeck, the grandson of Lefty and Wilma Hollonbeck of rural Sullivan. The 21-year-old accomplished wheelchair racer from Rochelle is postponing his summer 1992 graduation from the University of Illinois because he is qualified for the 1992 Olympic trials next June in New York.

Jeffrey White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert White of Sullivan, was selected as a student marshal for the recent commencement ceremony at Eastern Illinois University. A 1989 graduate of Sullivan High School, he is a junior majoring in botany/zoology.

Blake Bartimus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bartimus of Bethany, has been initiated into Kappa Delta Pi at Eastern Illinois University. Bartimus, an 1989 graduate of Bethany High School, is a junior elementary education major. Read More

Menus 1-4-2017

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 9 - Cereal, berry juice, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Donuts, berry juice, milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Pop tarts, berry juice, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 12  - Biscuits & gravy, berry juice, milk.
Friday, Jan. 13 - Granola bars, berry juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, Jan. 9 - Baked ravioli, lettuce salad, Mandarin oranges, garlic bread, milk.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, peaches, dinner roll, milk.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Chili, carrots & celery sticks, crackers, cheese stick, banana, milk.
Thursday, Jan. 12  - Fish on bun, green beans, pears, milk.
Friday, Jan. 13 - Pork fritters, mixed vegetables, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk.

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, Jan. 9 - Cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, Italian green beans, whole grain wheat, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Chicken pot pie w/vegetables, mixed lettuce salad w/dressing, biscuits, warm cinnamon apples.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Chili Mac with beans, carrots, texas toast, warm peach crisp.
Thursday, Jan. 12  - Pork chop in gravy, mashed potatoes, winter mixed vegetables, texas toast, frosted pumpkin bar.
Friday, Jan. 13 - Ham or cheese salad, potato soup, creamy cole slaw, whole grain wheat, crackers, fruit salad.

ISP Encourages Safe Driving Habits During the Holidays

•December 28, 2016•

The upcoming holidays will bring family and friends together for the final major celebrations of the year. Unfortunately, some will choose to make life-threatening driving decisions while behind the wheel. Captain Louis Kink, District 10 Commander, encourages everyone to enjoy the holidays but to do so responsibly.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S., and traffic crashes are largely preventable. If you are traveling during the holidays, be accountable for your actions and do your part to prevent a traffic crash. Read More