One man’s genealogical search to find long-lost great-aunt brings surprise discovery
by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan
Peter Strandberg was in search of his great aunt, Orianna. He had never met her, but now he was in search of her. He had a birth certificate and knew that she had passed away in Sullivan. But that was about it.
Unable to locate an obituary for her, the Scottsdale, Ariz. resident reached out to the newspaper in Sullivan and contacted managing editor Keith Stewart, asking if they could locate Orianna’s record in their archives. To Strandberg’s misfortune, none could be found. But all was not lost yet. He was then directed to Kaye Webb, a local family researcher in Sullivan, who would end up helping Strandberg unearth the ultimate genealogical discovery. Read More
Lovington averts closure with community input
by Ariana Cherry
Local post offices will soon be undergoing changes, a trend that is not just confined to this area, but happening all across the country.
“Nationwide, larger offices will now take care of smaller offices,” said Ann Stock, the current OIC (officer in charge) at Sullivan Post Office.
But contrary to what some may think, post offices aren’t making changes because of budget cuts. “Instead of closing, post offices are being re-evaluated for customer usage. This way they can still have a presence in rural America,” explained Valerie Welch, the spokesperson for Gateway District of Post Offices. Read More
The 11th annual Spores N’ More Mushroom Festival will be held at Lake Shelbyville Friday and Saturday April 18 and April 19.
The mushroom festival boasts a variety of activities sponsored by Heartland RC&D, Shelby County Office of Tourism, and area communities surrounding Lake Shelbyville including Findlay, Shelbyville, Sullivan, and Windsor. All activities are open to the public. Read More
Severe smoke damage to residence, garage a total loss
by Keith Stewart
The garage and parts of a home belonging to Gerald and Mary Nolen of Sullivan were severely damaged Sunday afternoon after an ember from a nearby burn barrel ignited a fire, according to Sullivan Fire Chief Mike Piper.
A call was received at 12:34 p.m., and the department’s time of arrival was 12:36 p.m. Piper says the scene was cleared at 2:28 p.m. and that the fire was extinguished around 1:10 p.m.
“The garage is a total loss, and they had a car in there, too, that was a total loss,” explained Piper. The home was damaged on the east end, including parts of a kitchen and dining area. Read More
Moultrie County State’s Attorney initiatives pass Illinois Senate
Two initiatives of the Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office are halfway through the legislative process, thanks to the sponsorship of State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).
Senate Bills 3435 and 3547 will toughen penalties on those who assault children and also unsafe drivers. Read More
The students represented in the 2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibition will be recognized for their achievement at an awards reception at the Tarble Arts Center on Eastern Illinois University’s campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Read More
Most still see overall increase from Dec.
by Keith Stewart
Moultrie County ranked the lowest among nine east central Illinois counties in unemployment for February.
Coming in at 7.5 percent, Moultrie is, in fact, tied for the fourth lowest rate of unemployment in the state with Washington county also at 7.5.
However, the county’s rate was an uptick from each of the two prior months, a trend nearly all other neighboring counties also saw. Read More
20 inch, 5lb large-mouth caught out of Wyman
by Keith Stewart
Nathan Riley is 12 years old. He’s been fishing for only a couple years. He is mostly self-trained too, having watched dozens of YouTube videos on the sport. And it was he who was by himself at little ol’ Wyman Lake when he supposedly caught a 20-inch, 5-pound., 7-ounce large mouth bass on a cold March morning.
Sounds a little fishy.
Perhaps some doubt could, in fact, be cast if there wasn’t a photo or two of the Sullivan middle schooler showing off his fresh catch. His friends at school can’t deny it–Riley has shown them photos on his cellphone. It’s the reel-deal.
Bad fishing puns aside, Riley’s catch is the biggest of his life so far and a young life at that.
He first got into fishing after seeing the line and reel for the first time. Read More