Good News! Coming to First Christian Church in Sullivan July 17

Good News quartet•July 13, 2016•

The men’s quartet Good News! will lead the worship service at Sullivan’s First Christian Church on Sunday, July 17. From Sycamore, Illinois, the group will combine a rich musical heritage with their personal testimony as they present the message that day.

The gathering will be a homecoming for three members of the quartet who call Sullivan their hometown: Ann Elder, keyboardist; Joel Maurer, baritone; and Doug Elder, lead tenor. Born and raised in Sullivan, the three are proud graduates of Sullivan High School. Read More

Critical Response, Safety Programs, Move Forward With Funds

•July 13, 2016•

Illinois Emergency Management Agency continues its mission to protect the residents of Illinois from a variety of hazards and respond to disasters throughout the state following the state’s funding approval.

“This spending plan is good news for IEMA and our many local public safety partners,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the governor and the General Assembly in ensuring that these critical public safety programs can continue, and we look forward to passage of a balanced budget with structural reforms in the near future.”

SB 2047 will allow IEMA to allocate a variety of federal grant funds and other non-GRF state funds to local emergency management agencies and mutual aid partners from local law enforcement, fire services and other public safety organizations.

This includes the release of FY 16 funding totaling $650,000 to local emergency management agencies in counties surrounding the six operating nuclear power plants in Illinois. The grants, which are funded by fees paid by Exelon, support local preparedness and training efforts for a potential accident at the nuclear power plants. The stopgap funding plan also allows IEMA to provide the grants in FY 17. Read More

Heat, Humidity Can Be Deadly Combination

Emergency management offers heat safety tips

•July 13, 2016•

On average, heat kills more people each year than other weather-related hazards, such as tornadoes, floods and lightning. To increase awareness about the dangers of extreme heat, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering heat safety tips throughout July to help people stay safe when temperatures rise.

According to the National Weather Service, heat accounted for an average of 113 fatalities each year from 2006–2015. During that same period, tornadoes caused an average of 110 deaths each year, while floods resulted in an annual average of 84 fatalities.

“People often don’t realize how dangerous hot weather can be,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We want everyone to be aware of the dangers of extreme heat and what they can do to stay safe and healthy.”

Joseph said heat-related fatalities can be prevented by taking precautions when temperatures rise. One of the most important heat safety tips is to never leave children, elderly people, adults with disabilities, or pets in parked cars even for a short time. Temperatures in vehicles rise much faster than many people realize.  Read More

4-H Fair General Show Grand Champions

•July 13, 2016•

Grand champions from the Moultrie Douglas County Fair include Citizenship Christian Hopper Moultrie County Longhorns ; Clothing and Textiles Hannah Carter Awesome Arthur Clovers; Clothing and Textiles - Fashion Review Hannah Carter Awesome Arthur Clovers.

Communications – Public Speaking Benjamin Bushue Moultrie County Longhorns.

Consumer Ed Makayla Graston-Garland Moultrie County Longhorns; Crops John Volyes Moultrie County Shining Stars ; Electricity Benjamin Bushue Moultrie County Longhorns; Entomology Christian Hopper Moultrie County Longhorns; Food and Nutrition – County Projects Riley Childers Camargo Champs; Geology Brett Bushue Moultrie County Longhorns.  Read More

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Joins Russell 3000® Index

•July 6, 2016•

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMBH) today announced that, effective after the US market opened on June 27, it joined the Russell 3000® Index following the Russell US Indexes annual reconstitution.

Annual reconstitution of the Russell US indexes captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the US all-cap Russell 3000® Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index, as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes. Read More

Celebrating the 4th

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Rob Young

Rob Young

Tony Feeler

Tony Feeler curring watermelon.

Laurrie Minor

Laurrie Minor

Kyle Nikki Wickline

Nikki and Kyle Wickline

Tyler Wright and Vanessa

Tyler Wright and Vanessa

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Josh Qualls and James, who is watching his first 4th of July parade.

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Becky Lawson

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Sheri Decker Szachnitowski

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Sullivan American Legion commander Bob Sims (left) and Mark Conlin (right)

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Drone shot by RR Best Pictured here is an aerial view of Wyman Park’s 4th of July fireworks shot 399 feet in the air in Sullivan. Watch a video of the fireworks on our home page of this site.

Drone shot by RR Best
Pictured here is an aerial view of Wyman Park’s 4th of July fireworks shot 399 feet in the air in Sullivan. Watch a video of the fireworks on our home page of this site.

Bub Farris

Bub Farris

Bekky Lawson

Drone shot by RR Best Pictured here is an aerial view of Wyman Park’s 4th of July fireworks shot 399 feet in the air in Sullivan. Watch a video of the fireworks on our home page of this site.

Drone shot by RR Best
Pictured here is an aerial view of Wyman Park’s 4th of July fireworks shot 399 feet in the air in Sullivan. Watch a video of the fireworks on our home page of this site.

Critical Response, Safety Programs at IEMA , Move Forward With Funds

•July 6, 2016•

Illinois Emergency Management Agency continue its mission to protect the residents of Illinois from a variety of hazards and respond to disasters throughout the state following the state’s funding approval.

“This spending plan is good news for IEMA and our many local public safety partners,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the governor and the General Assembly in ensuring that these critical public safety programs can continue, and we look forward to passage of a balanced budget with structural reforms in the near future.”

SB 2047 will allow IEMA to allocate a variety of federal grant funds and other non-GRF state funds to local emergency management agencies and mutual aid partners from local law enforcement, fire services and other public safety organizations. Read More

Remember When? 7-6-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Five Illinois State University students from Moultrie County have joined a total of 1,514 students who have been included on the dean’s list of their respective colleges for the spring semester. They are John Leo Vander Burgh of Bethany and Sullivan residents, Richard P. Barker, Rodger DeGarmo, Carol E. Elzy and Tonya Moody.

Lake Land College students from Bethany and Sullivan were recognized for their achievements and activities this past school year at a recent student recognition banquet. Teresa Sweeney of Bethany was recognized for earning a 4. grade point average. Sullivan students recognized were Shari Shackles who served as Student Senate secretary and was also named to Who’s Who Among Junior College Students; Sandra Chaney for Who’s Who and her membership on the Student Activity Board; and Jamie Buttry, who was also a member of the Student Activity Board.

Local organizers of a 3-on-3 basketball league at Wyman Park have the experience to know what they are doing. Brothers Jim, Jeff and Jason Dycus are heading up the Sullivan league in between competition at Gus Macker tournaments in Illinois and Indiana. The trio along with teammate Brian Sparrow, earned a third place trophy in Indianapolis last weekend along with a good sportsmanship trophy.

Former Lovington High School standout volleyball player Jennifer Cochran has recently signed a letter of intent to attend the College of St. Francis in Joliet and play volleyball for the Lady Saints. Read More

First Anniversary

Photo furnished First Anniversary Sullivan Bakery on Harrison Street just celebrated their first anniversary. Owners JoBeth and Jerry Risley drew for winners in the first anniversary cash giveaway. The winners were Melissa Lynch, Becky Freese, Terry Ramsey, Bob Vail, Sue Auten, Jim Palmer, Rena Herschberger, Sandra Buttrick and Drew Campbell.

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First Anniversary
Sullivan Bakery on Harrison Street just celebrated their first anniversary. Owners JoBeth and Jerry Risley drew for winners in the first anniversary cash giveaway. The winners were Melissa Lynch, Becky Freese, Terry Ramsey, Bob Vail, Sue Auten, Jim Palmer, Rena Herschberger, Sandra Buttrick and Drew Campbell.