Lake Shelbyville Master Plan Update Public Workshop

•November 11, 2015•

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is currently in the process of updating its Master Plan. Lake Shelbyville, along with Carlyle Lake and Kaskaskia River Project, are updating their plans simultaneously. The Master Plan addresses outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship activities at each project.

The updated Master Plan will provide a current inventory and assessment of land and water resources and physical improvements, any changes to resource use objectives and an evaluation of current and future needs required to protect the natural and cultural features of the lake.

Emphasis will be placed on increasing efficiency of operations through consolidation, repair and rehabilitation. The Corps of Engineers will hold two public workshops around Lake Shelbyville. They will be held at the following times and locations: Read More

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Begin Opening

•November 11, 2015•

The sale of medical cannabis to qualifying patients and caregivers began Monday, November 9 at eight dispensaries located throughout the state. A list of the dispensaries that will be able to begin selling the product is available at this link:   Read More

Remember When? 11-4-2015

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

American Quarter Horse enthusiast Wayne Robinson of Bethany has qualified his American Quarter Horse, Brandy Mac Bee, for the 17th Annual AQHA World Championship Show Nov. 7-17 in Oklahoma City.

Pleasant weather, both warm and clear, contributed to one of the largest crowds ever to attend the 56th annual Kiwanis Club Halloween parade Wednesday night on the Sullivan square. More than 500 people received treats, and prizes were awarded to winners in 10 divisions. The Chris Ray family took first place in the family groups division followed by the Dan Flannell family in second.

Wayne Saddoris was the master of ceremonies, and Peggy and Phil Bryant were the judges for the annual American Legion Post 507 and American Legion Auxiliary pumpkin contest in Bethany. Jennifer Matheson won first place in the carved pumpkin division, with Scott Seeley second, and Linda Miller, third. The grand prize winners for the most unusual costume in the Halloween parade were Diane and Kenny Sanders.

Millikin University sophomore Lois Hagerman of Sullivan has been selected to play violin with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Hagerman is the daughter of Dennis and Sandy Hagerman of rural Sullivan and is a 1989 graduate of Bethany High School.

Five students were elected to membership in the Junior Honor Society during installation Oct. 24 in the Bethany High School gym. Elected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character and community service, the new members are Andi Marshall, Wendy Munch, Erin Parsons, Jamie Rutherford and Bliss Schwartz. Read More

LLC Giving Distinguished Service Award

•November 4, 2015•

Lake Land College is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Lake Land College Distinguished Service Award. This is the 36th year for the Distinguished Service Award, which is designed for individuals whose exemplary service and contributions have benefited Lake Land College or its affiliated organizations such as the Lake Land College Foundation, college divisions or student organizations.

Nominations may be submitted online at or by requesting and submitting the nomination form to the Senior Executive to the President Jean Anne Grunloh at or 217-234-5329. Read More

Affordable Health Screenings Coming to Lovington

•November 4, 2015•

Residents living in and around the Lovington may learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. First Church of God will host this community event

Dec. 7. The site is located at 232 W State Street in Lovington.

Screenings can check for: Read More

First Christian Church-Sullivan Celebrates 175 Years

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•November 4, 2015•

Twenty-one years before the outbreak of the War Between the States 14 residents of the Asa Creek area organized the Christian Church of Asa Creek in what is now Sullivan. Later with the changes in population the name changed to First Christian Church.

In 1840 the first church meeting was held at the log cabin home of evangelist Levi Patterson. The organizer Levi Fleming served as first minister. Asa Creek area was part of Shelby County.

For the next 12 years the church remained very much the same until in 1853 a revival meeting in the Methodist Church with ministers Bushrod Henry, John Wilson and Manning T. Smith which added 50 new members to the congregation. They outgrew the cabin, and in 1853 a 40’ x 80’ house of worship was built on the corner of Harrison and Worth streets. It is interesting to note that there were two entrances, one for the men and another for the women.

At the end of the century the church membership had grown to the where the ‘house of worship’ building became too small. The building was torn down to make way for a larger church building. This building is now home to the First Baptist Church.  Read More

Funding Clarity

•November 4, 2015•

Mid Illinois Senior Services in Sullivan receives only 59 percent of its funding from state and federal sources. According to Deb Groendal, Executive Director, the remainder of the funding is locally generated from a $62,000 property tax levy and income from the Thrift Store. Read More

Tribute To Our Armed Forces

•November 4, 2015•

Each holiday season thousands and thousands of military service men and women serve our country while stationed far from home and their families. The Little Theatre On The Square will honor these brave men and women during their Christmas show, Jingle Bell Jive by featuring their picture during our show.  Read More