Remember When? 5-10-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

Fire destroyed the James and Jane Rentfrow home of rural Sullivan with firefighters from Bethany and Arthur assisting. When firefighters arrived the north end of the home was engulfed in flames.

The curtain goes up on the annual Festival of Stars with everything from a sneak peek at The Little Theatre on the Square’s new season to countless activities for children and adults alike.

Toby Twist, the clown, and special guest “Toodle, the Poodle” were official greeters for the Festival.

Bethany’s Jamie Scott won the high jump, the long jump and helped the team to a third at the Redskin Relays.

Danny Gott and Lawson Livingston helped pace Sullivan to a second place finish in the 3200 relay at Redskin Relays. Read More

Menus 5-10-2017

Sullivan Pre-School Breakfast
Monday, May 15- Nutri-grain bar, orange juice, milk.
Tuesday, May 16 - Biscuits & gravy, orange juice, milk.
Wednesday, May 17 - Toast, orange juice, milk.
Thursday, May 18 - Cereal, orange juice, milk.
Friday, May 19 - French toast sticks, orange juice, milk.

Sullivan Pre-School Lunch
Monday, May 15 - Goulash, lettuce salad, peaches, garlic bread, milk.
Tuesday, May 16 - Chicken salad sandwiches, vegetable sticks, banana, milk.
Wednesday, May 17 - Tater tot casserole, green beans, Mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk.
Thursday, May 18 - Fish on bun, carrots, pineapple, milk.
Friday, May 19 - Chicken nuggets, tater tots, mixed fruit, bread & butter, milk.

Senior Peace Meal
For additional information or for reservations, please call 1-800-543-1770
Monday, May 15 - Ham & beans, copper carrots, corn bread, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday, May 16 - Mostaccioli w/meaty sauce, Mexi-corn, seasoned greens, whole grain wheat, cottage cheese fruit salad.
Wednesday, May 17 - Stuffed chicken breast, twice baked potato casserole, seasoned Italian green beans, dinner roll, cranberry oatmeal cookie.
Thursday, May 18 - Pot roast w/potatoes, carrots, & onions w/gravy, creamy cole slaw, Texas toast, warm fruit crisp.
Friday, May 19 - Chili, lettuce/spinach salad w/dressing pkt., Mandarin oranges, crackers, graham cracker (1), pudding.

Letters to the Editor 5-3-2017

The Crime in Tabor Park

Letter to the Editor,

It was a “holocaust”, thousands died, their beautiful bodies lay where fallen curled in horrible disfigurement, young and vibrant, now ugly and decaying.

It was a crime “against nature”, a vicious chemical attack on the innocent.

If this was Syria, we would have to order a punishing missile attack.

There is nothing to be solved in this case, the evidence is obvious, Sherlock Holmes are Dr. Watson are not needed, chemicals were used. Read More

Organ/Tissue Donor Registry Could Expand in Future

•May 3, 2017•

Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card passed the Illinois Senate today.

SB Bill 868, sponsored by state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) passed the Senate 56 to zero. It now goes to the House for consideration.

“Our goal is always to save lives,” White said. “Thousands of Illinoisans are waiting for an organ. Many of those who wait are someone’s mother, father, daughter or son. This legislation, which the vast majority of other states have implemented, is an important step in reducing the number of those on the waiting list.” Read More

Make A Difference–Volunteer for Natural Resources Conservation Service

•May 3, 2017•

What have you done lately to make a difference in your town? Your county? Here’s your chance. Consider setting aside a block of time to join the work of others and have a positive, local impact you can feel good about.

How? Become a volunteer! Join USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017. This week NRCS is saying “Thank you!” by honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. “I’d also challenge everyone to make a difference right where you are. Look for opportunities—places and organizations near you—where you can direct your time and skills, and truly have an impact,” says State Conservationist Ivan Dozier. Read More

OVHS Student Awarded Shuman Memorial Scholarship

•May 3, 2017•

Kristina Burford of Bethany has been named recipient of the 2017 Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Moultrie County Farm Bureau.

Ms. Burford is the daughter of Paul Burford and Elizabeth Burford. Kristina is currently a senior at Okaw Valley High School. Kristina plans to attend Lake Land College and then transfer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She plans to study Ag Education.  Read More

What You Can Teach Your Grandchild About Social Security

•May 3, 2017•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager

One of the greatest gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of financial literacy. Helping them save money early in life and showing them how to make wise spending decisions goes a long way toward a bright financial future. As they get older, they may want to save for special purchases or their college education. You can encourage them when they get their first job to begin saving for the future, including their retirement.

Planning for the Future with my Social Security Read More

Farley Honored for Student Research at EIU

Submitted Photo
Pictured is award winner Christina Farley with Dr. Kristin Brown, chairwoman of the Library Advisory Board, and Dr. Allen Lanham, dean of library services.

•May 3, 2017•

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University recently honored a Sullivan student as a winner of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

Christina Farley, a senior majoring in music education, was honored for her research project, “Body Consciousness: The Effects of Posture on Musicians’ Performance Anxiety.” Farley is a 2012 graduate of Sullivan High School and the daughter of Roger and Amanda Farley.

She was honored at a reception April 12.

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues. Read More

Life Insurance Companies Compelled To Pay Death Benefits Back to 1996

•May 3, 2017•

Legislation requiring life insurance companies to look back to 1996 to identify policy holders who have died and the benefits have not been claimed or paid to their loved ones passed the Illinois House today, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said.

The Illinois House passed the proposal (HB 302) by a vote of 68-47. The proposal now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“We must continue to stand up for Illinois consumers and make sure they are getting what they are owed from insurance companies,” Frerichs said. “For decades, we know some life insurance companies manipulated the rules to avoid paying death benefits, and that dishonest practice to help pad their bottom line at the expense of the deceased needs to stop.” Read More