Hummingbird Festival at Okaw Valley Orchard Sunday

•July 23, 2015•

The Okaw Valley Orchard will be the site for a Hummingbird Festival scheduled for Sunday, July 26 from 1-4 p.m. In years past dozens of hummingbirds have been present to “wow” Festival visitors. Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander and volunteer from Springfield associated with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will begin the festival at 1 p.m. with a short discussion about hummingbirds and explain why they are banded. After the discussion, hummingbirds will be captured and banded. Read More

Remember When? 7.22.15

25 Years Ago This Week

Tim Williamson and Jeremy Phelps, both of Sullivan, Toby Bolsen of Lovington and Dave Peadro of Sullivan recently competed at state as members of the Moultrie County 4-H livestock judging team.
Lindsay Patrick demonstrated an Orange Julius and Paige Clark talked about taking pictures with various types of cameras during a recent meeting of the Marrowbone Merry Makers 4-H Club at the Christian Church in Bethany.
Kenneth Armstrong was selected as Mr. AmBuC for the past year by the Sullivan AmBuC Club, and Tom Elder was named the top project chairman for his effort in the Come Share Program.
Rick Matthews of Sullivan won the first place prize, a half of beef, July 4 in the Sullivan AmDoes raffle. Second prize of a whole ham went to Forrest Ferguson of Sullivan, and third prize, $25 worth of beef steaks, was won by Janet Schultz of Sullivan.
Bethany’s Steve VanLoon worked to get past two St. Teresa defenders Tuesday during the Prairie State Games-Decatur Festival Tournament at MacArthur High School in Decatur. The Mustangs, who have attended team camps at the University of Evansville and Millikin University this summer, lost to the Bulldogs 78-71. Read More

Historical Society Meeting Thurs.

•July 15, 2015•

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold their monthly general meeting on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center located in Sullivan. The program is entitled Tombstone Impressions and the speaker will be Ron Nolte of Bloomington, Ill. Read More

Brunch Kickoff Fundraiser for Redskin Achievement Award Saturday

Jividen

Jividen

SHS alum and executive chef Jon Jividen to prepare meal

•July 15, 2015•

A fundraiser kickoff for the inaugural Redskin Achievement Award will be held this Saturday at the Sullivan American Legion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The fundraiser will help raise money that in turn will be awarded to one male and one female
each year who meet the criteria for the award in an effort to help offset costs accompanied by any school related activity.
Preparing the brunch will be SHS alum and executive chef Jon Jividen, who has cooked for three previous US presidents among other high-profile individuals. The brunch will offer dishes including honey baked ham, spinach, mushroom, and roasted red pepper quiche, biscuits and gravy, roasted potatoes, garden salad, and lemon pound cake. As for beverages, in addition to coffee, champagne and a special signature cocktail will be available as will ice tea and strawberry lemonade. Read More

Christian Youth Celebration July 27-31

•July 15, 2015•

The Bethany Ministerial Alliance invites all young people aged 3 through Grade 6 to a week long celebration featuring dvd presentations by the Christian Rock group, “Go Fish Guys”. The programs will be from 6:00 to 8:30 pm July 27-31 at the Free Methodist Church (across from Bethany Foods). Read More

ALAH FFA Attends Illinois FFA Convention

•July 15, 2015•

Submitted by Kayley LaGrou, Chapter Reporter

Submitted Pictured are ALAH FFA members (L to R): Katie Kerns, Christy Allen, Josiah Kinert, Janette Comstock, and Kayley LaGrou.

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Pictured are ALAH FFA members (L to R): Katie Kerns, Christy Allen, Josiah Kinert, Janette Comstock, and Kayley LaGrou.

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA members Christy Allen, Janette Combstock, Katie Kerns, Josiah Kinert, and Kayley LaGrou traveled to the Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield on June 9 through June 11.
The Illinois State FFA Convention is held every year during the second week of June at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. This year over 3,000 FFA members from across the state came to Springfield to go to workshops, attend sessions, visit the career fair, go to the FFA dance, attend a minor league baseball game, and elect the 2015-16 Illinois State FFA officer team. The ALAH FFA chapter was among those FFA members. Read More

Ill. Dept On Aging Seeks Nominations for Senior Hall of Fame

Nomination deadline is August 25; winners announced later this year

•July 15, 2015•

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame awards. The annual award, established in 1994 by the General Assembly, recognizes residents of the state, ages 65 and older who excel in the categories of community service, education, performance and/or graphic arts, and labor force. Since its start, 95 people have been inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame. Read More

Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Livestock Show Results

•July 15, 2015•

The Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Livestock show was held last week. The following local individuals received honors:
Maddy Paddock, Awesome Arthur Clovers, Arthur: Pygmy Goats Grand Champion Wether, Reserve Sr. Champion Doe; Jr. Champion Buck; Grand Champion Buck.
Mathew Paddock, Awesome Arthur Clovers, Arthur: Pygmy Goats Sr. Champion Doe and Reserve Grand Champion Doe. Read More

Treasurer Frerichs Partners with Credit Unions to Help People During Budget Impasse

•July 15, 2015•

Interest-free loans will be available to state workers if the budget impasse means payroll checks will not be issued beginning July 15, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.
The loans will be issued through participating credit unions with money made available through the Treasurer’s Office linked-deposit program. Linked deposits provide financial institutions money for specific loan programs.
“The Treasurer’s Office uses tools to help our residents achieve more, such as saving for college, investing in a business, or planning for retirement,” Frerichs said. “This linked-deposit program is a tool that provides short-term loans for workers while the Governor and General Assembly resolve their differences.”
The state’s fiscal year ended June 30. The absence of a budget agreement means the state does not have the authority to pay certain bills, such as wages to some state employees. Read More

Get Covered Illinois Moves to the Department of Insurance

•July 15, 2015•

Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Anne Melissa Dowling, today announced the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace (IHIM), also known as Get Covered Illinois (GCI), will be administered by the department beginning August 1.
“The Department of Insurance welcomes the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace as its new home. This move will streamline program processes, improve efficiency, and align services leading to increased access to health coverage for Illinoisans,” said Director Dowling. “Consolidating Marketplace activities under a Division at the Department will promote a potential path to long term operational sustainability for Illinois to continue as a Partnership Marketplace.” Read More