Sullivan FFA Named National Finalists

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Sullivan FFA pictured with awards from left to right: Jon Gavin, 2016-2017 FFA Secretary, Blake Read; 2016-17 FFA Treasurer and 2017-18 FFA President, and Devin Warren, 2016-17 FFA President.

•May 24, 2017•

The FFA’s National Chapter Award program recognizes the top FFA chapters with innovative activities in each of the three divisions: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

Recognition occurs at the local, state, and national levels. The FFA Chapter’s Program of Activities is evaluated and rated as Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Superior Chapters in each of three divisions and an overall rating is presented.

The Sullivan FFA was notified that the chapter had been designated a Gold Emblem Chapter in each of the three divisions and a Gold Emblem Chapter overall.

Furthermore, Sullivan FFA was named the Section Winner in all three divisions and was also named the winner of the Section Bankers Plaque for the Top Overall Program of Activities in the Section.  Read More

Timeline Set for Supt. Search

•May 24, 2017•

The Sullivan School District #300 board of education met in special session Thursday, May 19 to establish a timeline for the superintendent search.

Supt. Brad Tuttle accepted a position in Jerseyville, Ill. with his resignation effective June 30. Read More

Braden Chairs Illinois Court Clerk Education Committee

Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden

•May 24, 2017•

Moultrie County Circuit Clerk Cindy Braden was appointed chairperson of the Committee on Circuit Court Clerk Education by the Illinois Supreme Court last week in an announcement from Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier.

Braden’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017 when she presides over the 14 member Judicial College committee responsible for continuing eduction of the state’s circuit clerks. Circuit Judge Mark L. Levitt of Lake County is Braden’s vice-chair.

“I am thankful for the confidence and support from my colleagues in receiving the appointment,” Braden said, noting she had served with many on the committee during her past involvement in the Clerk’s Association.

“We have a good education infrastructure in place,” Braden said. “I look forward to working with everyone on the committee.” Read More

OVES Tours Ag Plots

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OVES Tours Ag Plots
Okaw Valley High School FFA gave tours of their agriculture plots Wednesday to OVES students and staff. The high school students planted corn in the afternoon with help from Monsanto and Sloans [John Deere]. OV students will spend the summer tending to their four bee hives and keeping the area mowed while monitoring the growth of their crops.

SHS Seniors Enjoy Outdoor Graduation

Valedictorian Maxwell Todd

•May 24, 2017•

Sullivan high school graduated 67 seniors during an outdoor ceremony held under cloudy skies at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

Principal Erik Young presented the class of 2017 to board president Jeff White. Senior class president Morgan Miller opening the program reflecting on her high school experiences.

Maxwell Todd is valedictorian and Grace Mauck class salutatorian.

Maxwell noted in his address that goals are something for which to strive, but graduates have to be realistic.

“It is important to be a realist,” Maxwell said. “Know what you are good at and go from there.”

He went on to reflect on the closeness of growing up in a small town, “Where you know when the sun goes down, there will be fishing in the dark. Read More

SHS Student Council

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SHS Student Council
The Sullivan High School Student Council recently held elections for the 2017-2018 school year. Officers for the next school year are President Trevor Elder, Vice President Cullen Dyer, Secretary Abby Cravatta, Treasurer Katie Webb, Sergeant of Arms Ally Elzy, and Reporter Josie Orris.

Township Service Honored

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Township Service Honored
Sullivan Township honored retired road commissioner Elmo Weaver and trustee Tony Sager for their years of service.  Weaver served as road commissioner for 32 years and Sager 28 years as trustee. Weaver has two children as well as grandchildren. Sager has three children and continues to operate Sager Farms in Sullivan.

Pollinators Planted

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Pollinators Planted
OV students planted pollinators that were donated by Brandon Beltz representing Pheasants Forever. The pollinator plots will help promote growth in the honey bee population and a variety of birds and insects. OV students will monitor growth and production of the plots by data collection and observation. Pictured above from left: Cory Donnell - Corps Engineer Employee, Connor Sheehan - OV Ag Student and Brandon Beltz - Pheasants Forever.

SCED Is Reaching Out

For Community Input

•May 17, 2017•

Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development is ready to help accelerate area growth by becoming an information hub for the community.

“We have always tried to gather information about what is going on, utilizing social media, the web page and print media to get the word out,” Executive Director Laurrie Minor explained.

In an effort to best utilize the resources of the Sullivan area and its potential for increasing tourism income, SCED is reaching out for ideas from the community including civic organizations, ministerial alliances and individuals who have information to share about themselves and ideas on how the community can grow. Read More

County Funds New Comprehensive Plan

•May 17, 2017•

Moultrie County board members approved $25,000 to have a new Comprehensive Plan prepared by Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission during the May 11 meeting.

County board chair Dave McCabe reported that he felt a new plan could be a useful tool to help promote economic growth for the county.

Planning commission executive director Kelly Lockhart explained that the Moultrie County plan would include an overview of the county and incorporated areas including economic factors, land use, housing and zoning information.

He went on to point out the planning commission had completed the Coles County Comprehensive Plan earlier which will be used as Moultrie County’s model. Lockhart explained the process would include information collected with advice and consent of a 12-18 member committee.  Read More