Sullivan Schools Construction Moves Forward

Handbook Revisions Approved

•July 20, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

As a variety of improvements continue, the Sullivan School District 300 board met in the elementary school library with one less member.

Board member Scott Atchison resigned, creating a vacancy on the board. The board is accepting applications for the vacancy with the appointment effective until the April 2017 election.

Supt. Brad Tuttle noted the need for asbestos removal from locker rooms was an unexpected glitch in the district construction, but students should be able to attend classes as scheduled on August 22.

Director of maintenance Kevin Landrus continued, explaining ceiling grids are being installed with a test of all systems planned before installing ceiling tile.

Landrus noted additional tuckpointing on the inner roof wall of the high school was needed before the new roof membrane was installed.

“As we are getting closer to completion, the trick is keeping contractors from getting in each other’s way,” he said, noting all the trades were working well together. Read More

Water Fun at Wyman

•July 20, 2016•

Photos by RR Best
Sullivan Summer Park program director Melissa Haegen records video of water play day at Wyman Park last week. Sullivan Fire Department personnel brought the ladder truck and treated the 100 kids participating in the summer program to a day filled with water based fun. Fire fighters finished the afternoon off serving the group hot dog lunches.

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Sullivan Plans Citywide Cleanup

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

The Sullivan City Council voted to use services from Advanced Disposal for city clean-up day.

According to a letter from the Charleston’s Municipal Waste manager Ed Woker Advanced’s house-to-house service is at a rate of $1,550 per load for two Saturdays a month.

Mayor Ann Short noted it would be best to do one half of the city on one Saturday and then complete the other half the following Saturday.

Commissioner Bill Hagen contacted Advanced Disposal’s regional office after the city received a quote from a Peoria disposal company presented at the June 27 meeting.

Advanced pricing was $745 per truck load less for curbside service, and Hagen is scheduling the service days as soon as possible. Read More

Little Theatre Bridges Generations With “All Shook Up”

All Shook Up pic•July 20, 2016•

By Cheryl Murphy
NP Columnist

If you’re a true Elvis fan, you’ll have fun. Even if you’re not, as several patrons expressed, you’ll still have fun as this is NOT a showcase for an Elvis impersonator.

True, “All Shook up” is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley; it’s a jukebox musical full of 50’s and 60’s hit songs from ballads to blues to rockabilly. Some of Presley’s biggest hits are performed such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and the title’s song. But you’ll find quite a diverse group, too; these come from Presley’s soundtracks and LPs that would be unfamiliar to non-Elvis fans.

Amongst all this vintage singing and dancing there is a story that has a host of characters all searching for love. It is set in the 1950’s, somewhere in the Midwest where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a leather-jacketed, guitar-playing, motorcyclist helps a small town discover the magic of romance and the power of Rock N Roll.

One critic commented the dialogue seems to just set up the next song, 24 in all, and it’s too much music to make it on Broadway or with the general theatre audience. I disagree; I saw a complex plot to completion with lots of amazing singing and dancing in the normal time frame. Read More

ALAH Budget Looking Up, but Still Room for Improvement

•July 20, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry,
For the News Progress

“All funds are in the black,” noted Superintendent Kenny Schwengel at the last Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board meeting. “There is $1,669, 501.91 in the education fund balance. We are still short $240,000 from the incentive money that we did not receive.”

Schwengel also stated that the district was expecting around $670,000 in incentive funding for the 2016-2017 school year. “Things are still looking up from a budget standpoint, but there is still room to improve,” he said.

Other matters that were discussed or voted upon:

• The athletic department wanted to know the board’s opinion on including the local bar and gun shop as part of their ad sales for their fundraisers. Members of the board didn’t have any issues with it. Read More

Noise Concerns Bring Visitors to County Board

Dog Kennel Questioned

•July 20, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Concerns over the noise level of a dog kennel brought an audience to the Moultrie County Board meeting July 14.

When planning and land use committee chair Todd Maxedon presented the motion for a special use permit allowing Duane Schrock to operate a dog kennel in rural Arthur, neighbors voiced concerns.

Bill Crane spoke for a number of neighbors explaining the prior owner had a puppy mill in the location, and the noise was unbearable.

“There are a lot of people living within 400 feet of the area,” Crane pointed out, “and putting up with 60 or 70 yelping dogs is not what we want.”

Gary Cornwell lives next door to the proposed kennel. “When those dogs are howling at night, it’s like a freight train,” he said, pointing out coyote traffic in the area added to the dogs’ agitation.

Planning and zoning director Jan Haegen pointed out four P&Z directors met at the property, returning a split vote to the planning and zoning committee, which approved the permit with recommendations. Read More

Garden Tractor Pull

Photo by RR Best Garden Tractor Pull The Christian County Tractor Pulling Association held a competition Sunday July 17 in Tabor Park in Sullivan. Kaitlin Morgan from Marshall wheel lifts her Disney puller above during the second annual event at Tabor Park.

Photo by RR Best
Garden Tractor Pull
The Christian County Tractor Pulling Association held a competition Sunday July 17 in Tabor Park in Sullivan. Kaitlin Morgan from Marshall wheel lifts her Disney puller above during the second annual event at Tabor Park.

Sullivan Summer Recreation Program Keeps Growing

Photo by Brynna Sentel Sullivan Summer Park and Recreation program is filled will all kinds of activities to exercise the young bodies and minds who are participating this year. Above Kailen Scribner engages in one of the mind exercising games. Click the photo to see the photo page.

Photo by Brynna Sentel
Sullivan Summer Park and Recreation program is filled will all kinds of activities to exercise the young bodies and minds who are participating this year. Above Kailen Scribner engages in one of the mind exercising games. Click the photo to see the photo page.

•July 20, 2016•

By Brynna Sentel
For the News Progress

One hundred fifteen kids, numerous donations, and a little heart have let the summer park program flourish in Sullivan.

Jake and Melissa Haegen have worked hard to improve Sullivan’s park rec program. An over 50-year-old program has evolved from 30-40 kids to 115, from two supervisors to multiple teenage volunteers who have been through the program and from a quick lunch break to a provided food program.

The program grew so rapidly in the past few years that the Haegens had to specify the requirements to participate. This free program is available to kids who have attended kindergarten in Sullivan schools. Kids may come until they are up to 12 years of age. Read More

Lovington Selects Animal Control Officer, Purchases Police Vehicle

Community Garden Grows

•July 20, 2016•

By Stu D. Baker
For the News Progress

During the June meeting of the Lovington village board a new animal control officer was appointed and a new police car purchased.

Lisa Clark was selected as animal control officer for the village at a $20 per hour rate. Clark was approved for a 30 day trial period.

A motion to purchase a 2017 Ford Explorer police vehicle from Wright Automotive for $26,310 was approved. Trustee Anklam noted the village received $11,000 from the Timm Foundation to add to the $15,000 budgeted for a new vehicle. The price includes the trade-in of the 2010 patrol car. An additional $2000 will convert the vehicle for police use. Read More