OV School District Board Candidate Packets Available

•September 14, 2016•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England has announced that Okaw Valley CUSD #302 Board candidate packets for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup September 19 in the Moultrie County Clerk’s office located in the Courthouse, 10 S. Main, Ste. 6 in Sullivan.

Candidate petitions for Okaw Valley School Board cannot be circulated for signatures until Tuesday September 20, 2016. Filing of petitions will be in the county clerk’s office beginning Monday December 12, 2016 to Monday December 19. Hours of filing are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on the last day of filing when the office will remain open until 5 p.m. If two or more candidates file their petitions simultaneously as of the opening hour of the filing period (December 12) or within the last hour of the filing period (December 19), a lottery will be held December 21 at 9 a.m. in the county clerk’s office to determine candidate placement on the April 4, 2017 Consolidated ballot. Read More

One Traffic Fatality in August for ISP District

•September 14, 2016•

Illinois State Police District 10 announced that during the month of August troopers handled 1966 incidents. Three hundred forty-eight of those incidents were calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 135 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Troopers stopped for a total of 333 motorist assist incidents and handled 83 crash reports, one of which was a fatal crash resulting in one death.

Criminal activities during the month included 34 arrests for criminal offenses. Troopers arrested 16 for drug charges and issued 13 citations for weapon violations. Read More

Menus 9-14-2016

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770

Monday, Sept. 19 - Pork burger sandwich w/condiments, creole black-eyed beans, seasoned greens, tropical fruit, bun.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Taco salad w/lettuce, tomatoes, beans, sour cream, taco sauce, pineapple tidbits, taco chips, cake.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Spaghetti w/meat sauce, Italian green beans, applesauce, bread stick, oatmeal cookie w/raisins. Read More

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Assists Veterans Impacted by ITT Technical Institute Closing

•September 14, 2016•

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)-Veterans Education and Training Section (State Approving Agency) took immediate action to assist Illinois Veterans impacted in their educational endeavors due to the closing of the ITT Technical Institute.

“Our number one priority is the welfare of our Illinois Heroes and their families. When we received word of the closing of ITT Technical Institute, we contacted all veterans enrolled in that school to assist them to continue their education,” said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Recreation Area Closing Dates

•September 14, 2016•

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined the season closing dates of campgrounds and beaches at Lake Shelbyville.

- Opossum Creek Campground closed for the season Tuesday, September 6.

- Lone Point Campground closed for the season Tuesday, September 6 except for campsites 86 through 95, which will close Thursday, December 1.

- Coon Creek Campground closes for the season Monday, October 10 and Lithia Springs Campground Sunday, October 30. Read More

Sullivan School District Board Candidate Packets Available

•September 14, 2016•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England has announced that Sullivan CUSD #300 Board candidate packets for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup September 19, 2016 in the Moultrie County Clerk’s office located in the Courthouse, 10 S. Main, Ste. 6 in Sullivan.

Candidate petitions for Sullivan School Board cannot be circulated for signatures until Tuesday September 20, 2016. Filing of petitions will be in the county clerk’s office beginning Monday December 12, 2016 to Monday December 19, 2016. Hours of filing are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on the last day of filing when the office will remain open until 5 p.m. If two or more candidates file their petitions simultaneously as of the opening hour of the filing period (December 12) or within the last hour of the filing period (December 19), a lottery will be held December 21 at 9 a.m. in the county clerk’s office to determine candidate placement on the April 4, 2017 Consolidated ballot. Read More

High School Coding Competition

•September 14, 2016•

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting submissions for this year’s Congressional App Challenge, a coding competition for high school students. The Challenge submission period will run through October 26, 2016.

“With demand expected to increase for workers with STEM and coding skills, I’m excited to offer this opportunity to high school students who may be interested in pursuing one of those good paying jobs in the future,” said Shimkus. “To meet the demands of a 21st Century economy, competitions like the Congressional App Challenge help to inspire students to develop these valuable skills.” Read More

Oldest Amish House In Illinois To Be Moved Sept. 20th

•September 14, 2016•

The oldest known Amish house in Illinois is about to be moved Tuesday, September 20 to a new home at the newly established Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center just west of Chesterville. The house was built by Moses Yoder shortly after his arrival in Illinois in 1865. Yoder, Daniel Miller and Daniel Otto and their families were the first Amish immigrants to settle near Arthur in that year.

Moses Yoder’s house along with a second house built in 1882 by later immigrant Daniel Schrock, were saved from demolition in 1999. They have been in storage behind Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur ever since waiting for a new home.

The houses originally were going to be located in Rockome Gardens to become part of the Illinois Amish Museum located there. With the conversion of Rockome to a wildlife park, however, both the houses and the Amish Museum were left without a home until land was recently acquired one half mile west of Chesterville on Illinois Route 133.  Read More

Busy Summer for WHS FFA

Photo furnished Windsor FFA. Front row left to right: Gillian Sanders, Beau Bennett, Tristan Boehm; back row left to right: Travis Fox, Ben Beck, Gage Sattler.

Photo furnished
Windsor FFA. Front row left to right: Gillian Sanders, Beau Bennett, Tristan Boehm; back row left to right: Travis Fox, Ben Beck, Gage Sattler.

•September 14, 2016•

By Tristan Boehm
FFA Reporter

Windsor High School Ag teacher Emily Perry and the FFA officer team spent time this summer learning how to work together in a challenge room at the Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space.

During the Windsor Harvest Picnic, members hosted the Saturday morning breakfast, worked the pedal tractor pull, participated in the parade and sold squares for Bessie Bingo. Winners of Bessie Bingo were Bob Peadro and Brent Curry.

Currently FFA members are preparing for the Moultrie County Soils Judging competition to be held September 21.

Remember When? 9-7-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Twenty- five players are on the Bethany Mustangs football team this year with the majority of the team being experienced seniors. Seven juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen are added to the roster. Returning senior starters include Greg Dickens, Rick Shutter, Gabe Miller, Ben Osman, Steve Van Loon, Eric Ashley and Ryan Martin. Other seniors include Shane Weybright, Terry Still and David Snyder.

Forming new friendships is the aim of a new singles group in Sullivan known as the Kindred Spirits which was formed in May. The group, spearheaded by Sullivan residents Wanda Hall, Olene Hunter, and Helen Standerfer, is for singles, widows, widowers and divorcees of all ages who are interested in meeting others and participating in social activities.

Ten members of the Sullivan cross country team started off together during a dual meet with Shelbyville and Argenta-Oreana, held last week in Wyman Park. Powered by performances of Katie Tice, Kari Kendall and Kristy Jesse, the Lady Redskins were victors in the meet.

Just two weeks away, huge quantities of traffic and many new elevator and coffee shop topics will descend on Dalton City during the 1991 Farm Progress Show planned for Sept. 24-26 on the Boggs, Harris and Orris farms. Read More