Gardening Changes are All Around

KimForColumn•May 4, 2016•

Kim Riedel
NP Guest Columnist

May is a wonderful time of year…continuing to see the changes in all the gardens around. I love getting home from work in the mornings and walking through my garden to observe all the changes that it has gone through over the past several weeks, and seeing the small fruit on the peach and almond trees and remembering the hopes that I had for the blossoms to make it through the freezing temperatures and the storms during April’s changing weather. I am anxiously watching the new buds on the berries and grapes appear and reach upward preparing to open, visually taking in all the new growth on the plants and hoping for an amazing and prosperous year for my garden. I have been keeping an eye on the swelling buds on my rose bushes and have a secret hope that I might have a rose blooming on Mother’s Day. The nurturing feelings are being pulled out of me, and the desires to create a beautiful and abundant garden are growing.

Vegetable gardens that have been planned are now in progress. I am creating a new garden by using the old and reliable varieties, yet adding in some new varieties to add some curiosity for unknown outcomes. I love testing different gardening ideas whether it be vertical gardening, square foot gardening, companion planting, lasagna gardening or theme gardens. Trying out different methods and ways to garden keeps my interest sharp all year while observing differences as they may occur. Testing a little here and a little there can get you to enjoy a different way of gardening that will be with you for years. Read More

Letter to the Editor: 5-4-2016

Dear citizens of Moultrie County,

Our Savior, while preparing to go to the cross to suffer and die, told his disciples in John 11:12 “ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” ESV This past Saturday, April 23, we witnessed such love from people in our Christian churches coming together giving their time, possessions and money (Acts 2:44 & 45 ESV) in love for the Leah Dolan benefit. Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is receiving treatment.

A listing of business donors and churches is listed. If we missed anyone, our apologies. Please call or text Pastor Paul G. McGhghy.(217-962-1123) If necessary, next week we will run a list of business donors that we missed. If anyone was unable to donate, donations are still being accepted. Please make your check payable to Faith Lutheran Church, PO 109, Sullivan, IL. 61951. Please indicate “Dolan benefit” on the memo.

Our sincere thanks to The Sullivan Churches,pastors,members, businesses and anyone from our community for their prayers and support. Last Saturday was a foretaste of heaven. To God alone be the glory.

Blessings to all,
Pastor Paul G. McGhghy

SBL Golf Benefit set for June 10

Photo Submitted Meet our 2016 SBL Golf Benefit committee members: (left to right) Kim Lockart, Patty Hedges, Becky Taylor, Debbie Boldig, Cindy Foster, Sam Adair, Chris Kessler and Larry Tojo.  Not present are Tim Kastl and Linda Neeley.

Photo Submitted
Meet our 2016 SBL Golf Benefit committee members: (left to right) Kim Lockart, Patty Hedges, Becky Taylor, Debbie Boldig, Cindy Foster, Sam Adair, Chris Kessler and Larry Tojo.
Not present are Tim Kastl and Linda Neeley.

•May 4, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln will host its 27th annual golf benefit Friday, June 10 at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center.

Through its Building Hope Campaign, the SBL Health Foundation is committed to raising $3.5 million to support construction of the $15.4 million project.

Golfers have a choice of either a morning or afternoon flight. A continental breakfast will be available during morning registration which begins at 6:30 a.m., prior to a 7:30 a.m. tee off. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and registration for the afternoon flight will begin at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon flight will tee off at 1 p.m.  Read More

Remember When? 5-4-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Moultrie County coroner Lynn Reed was the official fish weigher during the Moultrie County Sheriff Dept.’s eighth annual crappie tournament last weekend. At least one member of the 160 participating teams was required to be a part of a law enforcement agency to participate in the tourney. Top local fishers were retired state trooper Jim Davis of Sullivan and Elliott Yeakel who earned sixth place.

Matt Powell was a member of one of the two student teams playing donkey basketball against teams made up of firemen and EMTs recently at Lovington High School. Members of the winning student team who played the EMT team for the championship were Travis Moser, April Markham, Chastity Smith, Darren Powell, Steve Phillips and Amber Workman.

Bethany home run hitters Brandon Yoder and Andrew Hagerman helped pace the Mustangs to back to back baseball victories over Teutopolis and Lovington this week. Yoder homered in both Mustang victories while Hagerman smashed two in an 11-0 win over Lovington Tuesday.

Three Sullivan students have been invited to attend the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s 1991 Summer ‘AD’ Ventures in Mathematics, Science and Technology programs. Sullivan middle school students Adam Uhlarik and Anthony Armstrong and Sullivan High School student David Elder are among the 420 students selected to participate in the program. Read More

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program Launches Drive To Help 530 Veterans by Memorial Day

•April 27, 2016•

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program has launched a campaign to help veterans and their families across the state of Illinois, who need help with the emotional, medical or legal challenges resulting from their service.

With the “530 by 5/30” campaign, IWAP’s goal is to assist 530 veterans between now and Memorial Day, which this year falls on May 30. Qualifying Illinois veterans and their family members and caregivers may call 1-866-554-IWAP (4927) 24 hours a day for confidential assistance from a healthcare professional.

“We offer IWAP because there are veterans right now who are still fighting battles long after their military service but don’t know where to turn,” said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “As a veteran, I know many of the challenges that military service members face as they transition from the military to their next chapter in life. Our goal is to reach at least 530 of them before Memorial Day.” Read More

Remember When? 4-27-2016

25 Years Ago This Week

Taking office today after being sworn in yesterday are the city of Sullivan’s new mayor and commissioners. Leon Lane is the new mayor; commissioner of streets and public improvements is Bob Patient; commissioner of public health and safety is Bob Hess; Richard Dunscomb is the commissioner of public property and Ron White is the commissioner of accounts and finance.

Katie McMahon was crowned queen, and John Renfro was chosen king of the April 26 Lovington junior-senior prom held at Lovington High School. Members of their court were Travis Moser, Lori Byers, Michael Thompson and Christy Mueller.

Four Lovington Junior High students have been selected to participate in an Honor Festival at Lake Land College. Eighth grader Kara Bolsen and seventh grader Chad Seelow will be performing with a 60 piece honor band. Eighth graders Jennifer Elliott and Kelly Smith will be singing in a 60-voice chorus. These students were nominated for the festival by their director Kathy Doty.

The undefeated state of Illinois and national champion runner-up senior members of the Sullivan Singers will be honored Tuesday night during the spring concert at Sullivan High School. Senior members are Jason Cobb, Neil Elder, Billy Harris, Aaron Jesse, Kevin Moran, Michael Parks, Laura Pound, Troy Rogers and Schascle Yochim.  Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Farm Bureau Update

Above Average Rainfall and Cool Temps Slow Planting

•April 27, 2016•

By Tyler Harvey
Douglas-Moultrie Farm Bureau Manager

It is amazing how the weather changes in our state of Illinois. During my last article, I really thought that planting season would be going by now, but Mother Nature has made above average rainfall and below average temperatures stick around for the time being.

Look at the fields as you drive by. They look dry but would be what many would consider “flash dried”. This is what happens when we get a good rain and then a sunny and windy day right after. The top of the field can be dried out very quickly while underneath, the soil is still very sticky and cold. The USDA came out with their annual crop report the week of March 28, and to the surprise of many, pegged the U.S. corn plantings at 93.6 million acres for the year. This impacted the corn markets immediately, making the price of corn plunge. The USDA numbers for soybeans came in at 82.2 million acres for the year just slightly below what many thought it would be. With the cold and rainy conditions we are having around the state, time will tell if the corn acreage holds or if farmers may switch which will change the corn acreage numbers for the year and also the price of the commodity.  Read More

FEMA Denies State’s Appeal for Flood Assistance

Denial ends process for seeking federal assistance

•April 27, 2016•

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today denied the state’s appeal for federal assistance to help local governments in several counties recover from severe flooding and storms in late December and early January.

“The process is supposed to take into account a multitude of factors, but this denial demonstrates that only the numbers really matter,” said James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). “States with high populations concentrated in urban areas, such as we have in northeastern Illinois, often struggle to reach their thresholds, particularly when the impacts are in rural, sparsely populated areas of the state. Once again our poorest communities continue to suffer because of this unfair process.” Read More

Local Financial Representative Honored By COUNTRY Financial

Houser for 4.27 Co•April 27, 2016•

Country Financial Representative Elizabeth Houser of Sullivan has earned a position on the insurance group’s distinguished All American team.

Houser is among a select group of top Country Financial agency managers and financial representatives who qualified for the award. Country Financial has more than 2,000 agency managers and financial representatives in 17 states; Houser was ranked number 58 in her category.  Read More