Shimkus Sending Staff Member to Bethany

•March 1, 2017•

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has a tradition of having his staff hold office hours in addition to those he holds himself. This is an opportunity to meet with someone from Shimkus’ office in Bethany.

“These office hours allow you to meet face to face with my staff instead of over the telephone or having to drive to Effingham,” Shimkus explained. “The staff person will be able to handle any issue you may have regarding my office or the federal government.” Read More

Remember When? 3-1-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Sullivan motorists were enjoying 89.9 cent per gallon gasoline as the new Sullivan 7-Eleven held its grand opening on S. Hamilton St.

A Lovington woman was ticketed at the intersection of Jackson and Hamilton streets after her vehicle “T-boned” a Chevrolet van driven by Robert E. Best, 60, of Sullivan.

Carol Pratt, 34, of Arthur was unable to avoid striking a horse that had wandered onto Route 133 near CR1700E . Horse owner Enos N. Schrock was attempting to retrieve the horse when the accident occurred.

Rev. J.T. Burns of San Diego, Calif., pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Sullivan in the 1930s and early 40s, visited friends and family. His wife Margaret (Chapin) was daughter of former Moultrie County News publishers Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Chapin. Read More

Caregiving Services are Available at Senior Center

•February 22, 2017•

Providing care for a parent, disabled child or spouse can often be a lonely and thankless job.  For many it can be an overwhelming responsibility. But, it doesn’t have to be a burden thanks to services provided by the Caregiver Advisory Services Program (CASP) available at the Senior Center in Sullivan.

Those providing care for anyone over the age of 60 or for an adult disabled child over 18 are eligible for these services. The caregiver advisor is available to schedule home visits, help identify specific needs, advise of service options available, follow up with emotional and technical support and plan educational training sessions and support groups. Read More

Beat the Winter Blues, That is Inside Recess ALAH Kindergarten Project

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Crossman’s kindergarten class has plenty of energy and they are ready to learn.

•February 22, 2017•

Emily Crossman, Arthur Elementary School kindergarten teacher is raising funds through to help students beat the winter blues.

The Beat the Winter Blues, That Is Inside Recess has a $1210 goal and needs some $920 more to purchase unit blocks, Playstix, and Magna-tiles for inside recess.

“Kindergartners are energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic learners. They come into the room ready to learn, move, and interact,” Crossman said.

“The students are eager to try new skills, learn new concepts, and participate in silly activities. Kindergartners soak up anything and everything you throw at them,” she continued. “Watching them grow, mature, and succeed has been one of the greatest joys of my career.” Read More

Remember When? 2-22-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Bethany school district joined Lovington in rejecting an offer to combine with the Sullivan School District. Declining enrollment prompted Bethany schools to cut staff by four and look into ending the high school Mustang football program.

Sullivan residents Lewis and Ruth Holt were married Feb. 29, 1924 (Leap Year Day). They celebrated 68 years of marriage at the Masonic Home.

Bethany basketball Mustangs honored seniors Ben Osman, Greg Dickens, Sean Harshman, Wes Russell, Chris Smith and Dave Snyder prior to the final regular season game with Windsor.

Sullivan Lady Redskins win Regional title in a 66-23 game with Arcola. Tiffinie French, Stephanie Monroe, Angie Sphar, Allyson Glazebrook and Carinna Elder were among contributing teammates. Read More

Tarble Exhibition Opening at Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan

•February 15, 2017•

Cultivating Creativity 2016-2017: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition will be at Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan Feb. 21-March 9. The exhibit will be on view during normal business hours: 8:30 a.m-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.  Read More

Illinois Sport Fish Consumption Advisory is Updated

•February 15, 2017•

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.

“The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  Read More

WHS Students of January 2017

•February 15, 2017•

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WHS Students of January

Windsor Jr./Sr. High School would like to announce the January Students  of the Month. Haley Beck is the daughter of Trent and Angela Beck.  Beck is currently an 8th grade student and is involved in Volleyball, Scholastic bowl, Eco team, Band, Drumline, and Softball. Dalton Armes is the son of Tony and Kelli Armes.  Armes is currently a junior and is involved in Baseball, Assistant Coach for the 5th/6th Grade Basketball team, IHSA SAC, Physics Club, and Student Council.  He plans to attend Lake Land for Pre-Physical Therapy and then transfer to Indiana State University. Pictured left to right: Haley Beck and Dalton Armes.

Renewable Products Get Boost with Proposed Senate Bill

•February 15, 2017•

Legislation designed to grow Illinois’ bio-based economy has been introduced by Senator Chapin Rose and Senator Andy Manar. Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources.

The legislation builds upon Illinois’ strong agricultural base and seeks to provide new products and markets derived from grain commodities and their by-products. Universities and private companies are investing in a race with other states in research and development to introduce these products to the marketplace. Read More

Remember When? 2-15-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

A livestock, machine shed, upholstery shop located northeast of Cadwell received extensive fire damage during a Friday afternoon fire. Arthur, Lovington and Sullivan fire departments responded to the building owned by Harvey Chupp. Firefighters were on the scene four hours battling the blaze during intermittent rain.

Icy roads contributed to multiple accidents in Moultrie County. Two people were treated at local hospitals following a three car accident on Hwy 121 one mile west of Route 32.

Three vehicles overturned in separate crashes. The driver of a truck left the road and overturned after striking an embankment on Bruce-Findlay Road at 3:50 p.m.

By 4:30 p.m. a van driven by a Windsor resident left Rte 32 north of Sullivan and overturned. Another driver slid through an intersection on Findlay road and overturned. No serious injuries were reported in the three single vehicle accidents. Read More