OVHS Spring Semester Honor Rolls Announced

•June 8, 2016•

The Okaw Valley High School spring semester honor roll has been announced.

Earning straight As are Gretchen Macklin, Nicole Miller and Charli Uhlrich, seniors; Jasmine Baumbarger, Tyus Brooks, Elaina Crawford, Brianna Creviston, Connor Dotson, Sydney Hagerman, Moranda Matheson and Seth Yeakel, juniors; Evan Baumbarger, Quinn Brooks, Tyson Brown, Garrett Fritz, Grace Harlin, Kaytlyn Hinton, Kyra Jackson, Natalie Jeffers, Hannah Landreth, Danielle Lochbaum, Ethan Macklin, Kelly McGill, Paige Robinson and Trey Yarnell, sophomores and Bella Benning, Kailynn Bobbett, Shelby Hagerman, Elizabeth Herbord, Jalynn Johnson, Molly Phillips and Sadie Zimmerman, freshmen. Read More

Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise Offers Rides

•June 8, 2016•

The 7th Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise will be held Saturday, June 18 in Arthur. A 40 mile cruise will take riders on a picturesque cruise through the Heart of Illinois Amish Country that will feature the communities of Arthur and Cooks Mills.

Registration for the cruise will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Arthur’s Yoder’s Kitchen, located on IL 133 and then departs at 8:30 a.m. A rest stop will be at the Aikman Wildlife Adventure and lunch will be served at Daily Farms before returning to Arthur at approximately 3 p.m.  Read More

Lincolnland Hospice Gears Memorial Service for Kids

•June 8, 2016•

Lincolnland Hospice is hosting its 17th annual Memory Day, a program geared toward children who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Memory Day is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, outside Entrance A of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Participants should meet in the lobby of Entrance A. Memory Day will give children a way to pay tribute to special people or pets who have died. Children will plant flowers in a garden near the Main Entrance of the Health Center and the group will release a dove. Light refreshments will be served. Read More

Host Foreign Exchange Families Sought

•June 8, 2016•

Foreign exchange student host families are being sought for area foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year.

Area coordinator for the foreign exchange student program in this area is Cindy Yoder who explained that 100 English speaking students from various foreign countries are available for host families in the area. Read More

Remember When? 6-8-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

One of Sullivan and Moultrie County’s claims to fame—only one stoplight—ended Tuesday when a second stoplight was turned on at Hamilton and Water streets.

The top two students in Lovington’s High School class of 1991 are valedictorian Lori Ann Byers and salutatorian Greg Edward McCoy.

Doug West, a student at Sullivan High School, took second place in Keyboarding II competition during the annual high school business contest sponsored by the Dept. of Business Education and Administrative Information Systems at Eastern Illinois University.

Two Bethany students who attend the Decatur Area Vocational Center were recognized recently during the school’s annual Student Recognition Ceremony in the Decatur Civic Center. Brenda Butt, who is enrolled in the DAVC food service program, and Chad Yantis, who is enrolled in the welding program, each received a $50 U.S. savings bond, a plaque and a certificate for being named students of the year in their programs. Read More

Coles-Moultrie Enhanced 911 Moves Forward

•June 8, 2016•

With only land line information left to include, the Coles-Moultrie enhanced 911 system is poised to be among the first systems approved in Illinois,

Coles County 911 Director Bernie Buttram told members of the Moultrie County Public Health and Safety committee June 1. The Coles-Moultrie application was the first approved by the Illinois State Police administered program with further approval expected following a state 911 board meeting this week. Read More

Richard Pryor Foundation Gives to Carver Center

•June 8, 2016•

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs today visited the Carver Community Center to highlight the nearly $19,000 the center received through the unclaimed property division.

Frerichs occasionally visits unclaimed property recipients to show the public that the program is legitimate and is not a scam. The treasurer’s office never charges money to reclaim cash or property.

“The Carver Center serves a niche in the Peoria community, and I am happy that we are able to assist its mission to help youths and families,” Frerichs said. “Money in our unclaimed property division belongs to the residents of Illinois. It should be in their bank accounts rather than the state’s safe.”

Ken Hinton is the executive director at the Carver Center. “This unexpected surprise will help us serve our community and further our mission,” Hinton said. “The unclaimed property program is real and claiming the money was a simple, straight-forward process. Ours is a perfect example of not knowing there was a gift simply waiting for our claim which will result in us being able to serve and help our community in multiple ways.” Read More

Lovington Grade School Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

•June 8, 2016•

Lovington Grade School’s fourth quarter honor rolls include the following students who earned straight As: Tori Morgan, Kenli Nettles and Colin Stanley, eighth grade; Max Allen, Quentin Day, Reggie Edmonds, Delaney Gillis, Gavin Mechling, Michaela Powell, Trey Wardrip and Kaitlyn Zander, sixth grade and Chloe Franklin and Josie Hale, fifth grade.

On the Honor Roll are Ronda Hettinger, Shalonda Hettinger, Natalie Lambdin, Makayla Mitchell, Aaron Schmitt, Karyzma Smith and Clayton Stanley, eighth grade; Keegan Ashenfelter, Makenzie Brown, Madisyn Crafton, Allysa Hilton, Rachel Kinney, Robby LeCates, Tatjana Mehmen, Colton Middleton, Devon Miller and Quentin Morgan, seventh grade; Brady Foster Joshua Gingerich, Elyssa Hall, Layna Kapp, Jordan Pratt and Elizabeth Tighe, sixth grade; Mason Allen, Ashlynn Baker, Devon Barron, Connor Edmonds, Emma Edwards, Wyatt Hilligoss, Chilton Ingram, Brady Moore and Thomas Powell and Marilyn Hill, Connor Nettles, Peyton Newberry, Gracelynn Query and Nathan Tighe, fourth grade. Read More

Chamber Holds Golf Outing

Photo furnished Chamber Holds Golf Outing The 2016 Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Golf Outing Fundraiser was was held Friday, June 3 with 15 teams teeing off. Lunch from Das Clubhaus followed 18 holes of golf at the Sullivan Country Club. The winner of the outing was Transport Services Team made up of Jon England, Amanda Glazebrook, Jennifer Yoder and Gordie Wood. The winning team received $200 in Chamber Bucks and will have the honor of displaying the traveling trophy until the 2017 outing. 

Photo furnished
Chamber Holds Golf Outing
The 2016 Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Golf Outing Fundraiser was was held Friday, June 3 with 15 teams teeing off. Lunch from Das Clubhaus followed 18 holes of golf at the Sullivan Country Club. The winner of the outing was Transport Services Team made up of Jon England, Amanda Glazebrook, Jennifer Yoder and Gordie Wood. The winning team received $200 in Chamber Bucks and will have the honor of displaying the traveling trophy until the 2017 outing.

Illinois State Museum Will Re-launch July 2

•June 8, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.

The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting to be held June 14. With approval, the museum will be able to open about two weeks later. Initially, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially open July 2. The IDNR continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would allow those branches to open. Read More