Windsor High School Class of 2016

Photo courtesy Inter-State Studio Windsor High School Class of 2016 Twenty-six seniors graduated from Windsor High School at 7 p.m. Friday. WHS graduating class: Top row L to R Zach Caywood, Simon Carr, Chase Linn, Brad Kidwell, Tristan Warner, Mitchell Haddock, Autumn Bennett, Dalton McCormick, and Mercedez Austin. Middle row L to R: Shelby Lawrence, Hannah Miller, Devin Jones, Kristen Morlen, James Hortenstine, Taylor Reynolds, Dakota Beal, and Taylor Wiback. Front Row L to R: Harley Rogers, Raquel Jackson, Zach Salsiccia, Todd Elliott, Tyler Kemper, Breana Wiltermood, Christian Williams, Kesha Arthur, and Ethan Neal.

Photo courtesy Inter-State Studio
Windsor High School Class of 2016
Twenty-six seniors graduated from Windsor High School at 7 p.m. Friday. WHS graduating class: Top row L to R Zach Caywood, Simon Carr, Chase Linn, Brad Kidwell, Tristan Warner, Mitchell Haddock, Autumn Bennett, Dalton McCormick, and Mercedez Austin. Middle row L to R: Shelby Lawrence, Hannah Miller, Devin Jones, Kristen Morlen, James Hortenstine, Taylor Reynolds, Dakota Beal, and Taylor Wiback. Front Row L to R: Harley Rogers, Raquel Jackson, Zach Salsiccia, Todd Elliott, Tyler Kemper, Breana Wiltermood, Christian Williams, Kesha Arthur, and Ethan Neal.

Challenged Runner on Inspirational Trip

Photo by Mike Brothers Jeff Hobbs’ journey to the Chicago Marathon inspires Sullivan students during recent assembly.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Jeff Hobbs’ journey to the Chicago Marathon inspires Sullivan students during recent assembly.

•May 25, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan High School principal Erik Young saw Jeff Hobbs running in a high school cross country meet 18 years ago and was inspired.

Hobbs has Spastic Cerebral Palsy (Quadriplegia) and is a runner who has already overcome more obstacles than you can imagine. Now he  is training to run the Chicago Marathon.

Hobbs told Sullivan High School students his story of determination during an assembly May 9.

His attempt to run the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon in 2014 ended short with severe damage to tendons and stress fractures to his feet.

With the help of special shoes and training on an ultra gravity treadmill his hope to run is rekindled.

Hobbs’ big hope is to be the first person with Quadriplegia to ever finish the Chicago Marathon which celebrates its 39th anniversary this October. Read More

Memorial Day Weekend Scheduled at Lake Shelbyville

•May 25, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend. A variety of programs are planned including tours of the dam, campground programs, and many other activities.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, tours of the dam will be offered free of charge every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tours are approximately 50 minutes long and begin in the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center lobby. Small groups may sign in upon arrival at the Visitor Center. Large groups must call ahead. Tours run through Labor Day weekend. Read More

Area Memorial Day Services Scheduled

•May 25, 2016•

The Lovington American Legion family will host a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28 in Tom Conn Park.

Sullivan American Legion Post #68 Honor Guard begins Memorial weekend observations following church service at Jonathan Creek Christian Church Sunday, May 29. The Honor guard will march the congregation across the road to the cemetery where prayer, a 21 gun salute and taps will be played.

Groups wishing to march in the Memorial Day parade are encouraged to gather at the Moultrie County Courthouse by 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 30. Read More

A Day at the Wax Museum

Photo by Mike Brothers Babe Ruth is ready to hit as Jake Stewart.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Babe Ruth is ready to hit as Jake Stewart. Click the photo for the photo page.

•May 25, 2016•

The fourth grade wax museum at Sullivan Elementary School displayed a mix of pop culture and history Wednesday, May 11.

Students in the three fourth grade classes of Kurt Friese, Drew Campbell and Kay Lehman spent the past two months learning about characters from history and pop culture.

Inside the elementary school gymnasium on Wednesday those students became the characters they were studying.

“Students were given a month to select their character,” said Kay Lehman, noting they had to make the case for their character having an influence on history before approval was given.

Social studies help provide many of the characters. “Those choosing pop culture characters had to show how they impacted America,” Lehman explained.

This is the third year for the wax museum, and students added an iPod dimension to their character displays. Read More

Moultrie County Final Multiplier Announced

•May 25, 2016•

Moultrie County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

Under a law passed in 1975, property in Illinois should be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures but with farmland assessed at one-third of its agriculture economic value. Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor. Read More

Neighborhood Clean Up Begins Mission

Photo furnished Picking Up Litter Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan.

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Picking Up Litter Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan.

•May 25, 2016•

Megan and Jerrod Harden’s three children, Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan, felt it was up to them to clean their neighborhood after taking a walk one day.

They noticed a great amount of litter lining the rolling greens and road to South Shores subdivision.

The neighborhood clean up crew collected 10 bags of litter wading through the ticks and mud to get the job done.

“We are beyond proud of their efforts and found this to be something other kids in the community should be aware of...see... and do as well!”  Megan said of her children’s efforts. Read More

Yost Trial Date Set

•May 25, 2016•

The Michael Yost jury trial begins at 9 a.m. August 1 in the Moultrie County Courthouse.

Yost, 42, is charged with the March 5, 2015 death of Sheri Randall, 34, of Sullivan and was not present for the status hearing May 24.

Public defender Brad Rau, State’s Attorney Jeremy Richey and special prosecutor Ed Parkinson appeared before Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell set August 1 as the first day for jury selection and discussed a letter from Yost, complaining of jail conditions.

Directing state’s attorney Richey and Yost’s attorney Rau to discuss the complaint with sheriff Chris Sims, Judge Flannell pointed out this was the second complaint made by the Moultrie County inmate. Read More

New Water and Sewer Rates Ahead for Lovington Residents

•May 25, 2016•

Lovington water and sewer rates are increasing in an effort to cover production and provide improvements to the system.

Village board members unanimously approved the ordinance with new rates during the April meeting.

The water rate increases by 50 cents for the first 1000 gallons with no cost change for additional 1000 gallons. Sewer rates increase to $4.50 first 1000 gallons with a 50 cent charge for each additional 1000 gallons. A $5 reserve fund for both water and sewer was added with no SSM change.

Lovington Park and Recreation week is Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 and received $700 from the village. Jennifer Peck appeared before the board explaining the program was starting from scratch so everything from supplies to totes for storage are needed. The room next to the clerk /treasurer’s office at the village hall is being cleared for park recreation storage space. Peck related that approximately 40 Lovington children are planning to participate in the weeklong event. Lunches will be provided by Fun in the Sun every day but Friday which is a Little Caesar’s Pizza party. Read More