Remember When? 12-21-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Ronnie Elder of Bethany won the cellular phone, the grand prize given during P.E.C.’s grand opening in Sullivan. A barbecue grill was won by Jeannie Belton of Bement, and a smoker grill was won by Bernice Obrecht of Sullivan. Numerous other gifts were awarded during the hourly drawings including clock radios, jackets, coolers, mugs, hats and key chains.

Melvin Newlin of Lovington will retire December 31 from A.B. Seals, Inc. in Sullivan. Since 1968, Newlin has worked primarily as supervisor of the shipping and receiving department for the manufacturer of sealants for porous metal castings and vacuum/pressure impregnation equipment. He joined the company after having worked at Brown Shoe factory, which had previously been located in the building for 21 years. Only briefly, he said, did he ever work outside the brick building on S. Hamilton Street, and that was when the shoe company was moved to the site of the now-defunct Tubular plant. Read More

Jesse White Announces Winners for Emerging Writers Competition

•December 21, 2016•

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that poets from St. Joseph, Harrisburg and Des Plaines are this year’s winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the twelfth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

Jeanne Genis of St. Joseph was awarded first place for her poem “Finch (For Brigit in Illinois).” Whittney Jones of Harrisburg received second place for her poem “The Price of Coal.” Rochelle Zappia of Des Plaines is the third place winner for her poem “Don’t Ever Let Them Sing.”

The winners read their poems and received their awards during a ceremony at the Illinois State Library.  Read More

American Red Cross to Offer Zero to Hero Training

•December 21, 2016•

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will offer a special Zero to Hero disaster volunteer training in Charleston, IL on January 13-15, 2017. Zero to Hero is a unique opportunity for people to fast track the required training to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer. In just one weekend, Zero to Hero participants will go through a concentrated training session to complete all the initial training to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer. The Red Cross encourages anyone who has considered becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer to attend the Zero to Hero event. In addition to the training, participants will learn more about Red Cross disaster response and volunteer opportunities. Read More

Lovington Public Library Has Bingo Tuesdays

Youth Bingo and other games are at the library 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, January 3

•December 21, 2016•

Reading Redbirds Youth Book Club for fourth-eighth graders will meet at 3:45-4:45 p.m. Jan. 3 and 17. Children in this club enjoy planning and assisting with library events and talking about their favorite books.

“Wee Readers Story Time” is held on Thursday mornings from 10:45-11:15 a.m. Preschoolers 2 yrs & older enjoy a story, song & dance, learning games and more! Themes are: Jan: 5: “Gingerbread”; Jan. 12: “Mittens” ; Jan. 19: “Snowmen”; Jan. 26: “Bird Feeders”.

Learn to program with Disney’s newest characters, Moana and Maui 3:45-4:45 Friday, Jan. 6. This program is for second grade through adult code learners.

In the film, Moana sets out to discover a new world across the sea while facing many challenges including a tribe of seemingly cute coconut clad pirates called the Kakamora. While the Kakamora may be cute, they can be quite menacing as a team. Join the Village of Coders in discovering and navigating the new world of coding to help defeat the Kakamora on the latest journey. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Christmas Tree Recycling Program

•December 21, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place discarded Christmas trees into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Donated Christmas trees are bundled together in small groups and submerged in the lake at select locations. These structures provide fish with breeding areas and escape cover, proving invaluable to not only the fisheries but to anglers as well. New trees are added to sites each year to maintain suitable cover. Read More

Sullivan Civic Women Help Area Agencies

•December 21, 2016•

The Sullivan Civic Women’s club met December 12, and rather than a gift exchange, each member made a monetary donation to the Food Pantry and Moultrie County Interagency to be divided equally. Funds donated to the Moultrie County Interagency will be used to assist with hotel stays, prescriptions, car repairs, utility bills, rent and groceries.  Read More

Let “Getting Around Illinois” Help in Winter

•December 14, 2016•

With more snow in the forecast this weekend and the official start of winter coming soon, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds you to visit for updated Illinois road conditions before heading out.

Available on your computer and mobile device by clicking the “Winter Road Conditions” tab, this handy map provides an overview of how the roads are looking throughout the state. The map receives more than two million visitors and nearly five million page views each winter. Read More

Supreme Court Justice Garman Announces Vacancy In Sixth Judicial Circuit

•December 14, 2016•

Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Resident Circuit Court vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell January 13, 2017. Judge Flannell has been a Resident Circuit Judge since 1988.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to the final Court approval. Applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process. Read More

Remember When? 12-14-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years AgoThis Week

I want a Boxcar Children #7, the Woodshed Mystery and some other books and some Baseball cards and the NFL Football train and maybe a Ninja Turtle.
Adam Crowe, 7 1/2

Hi Santa,
I want the Singing Little Miss Mermaid and the Michelle doll. I want Bathtime Fun Barbie. I want “Michelle” tennis shoes. And new ballerina pajamas. I want Mr. Potato Head. And a new Christmas dress.
Love, Erin Crowe, 4 1/2

Dear Santa,
I want a remote control car and a fish tank and some close.
From Eddie Rubush
P.S. Please send me a letter.

Dear Santa,
I have been good. I will leave milk and cookies. I would like tv roles strife and surprises.
Love, Kali Read More

Sullivan High School Announces Illinois State Scholars


Photo furnished SHS Illinois Scholars are (left to right): Charles Goss, Maxwell Todd, Shelby Freeman, Austin Schmohe, Grace Mauck, Luke Delong, and Anne Hogan.

•December 14, 2016•

Principal Erik Young has announced that seven Sullivan High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition annually to top Illinois high school students. This year, approximately 19,300 exceptional honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.  Read More