Sullivan High School Class to Host Veterans Day Program November 11

November 5, 2014

A Veterans Day program is scheduled for November 11 at 1 p.m. in the Sullivan high school gym.

“We are doing this to give back,” said Sullivan High School senior Issac Shields about his Career English Class who is hosting the Veterans’ Day program.

The class, guided by high school English teacher Becky Lawson, has been working on the event for several weeks.

“We are giving honor to the ones who deserve honor,” added senior class member Brooke Leavitt. Read More

Third Annual IGA Round Up to Benefit Food Pantry

November 5, 2014

IGA staff to try and set record fundraising total

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For Moultrie County Food Pantry outreach coordinator Kristy Dawson, her typical week includes purchasing ground beef once a week and then traveling to both the Sullivan IGA and the Windsor Food Center for two grocery pickups a week.

But more recently, the purchases have been happening more often and in larger quantities due to a severe lack in donations.

“We’ve had several small food drives here and there in recent months, but it’s been three months since our last large food drive,” said Dawson, “so purchasing food has been happening more often than normal.” Read More

Clerk Warns of Absentee Ballot Confusion

October 29, 2014

Voters say they’re not receiving ballot after several weeks

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England is urging those who have submitted for an absentee ballot through the mail and have not yet received one to call her office before the end of the day Thursday, October 30.

According to England, last week her office was contacted by four members of the public, a wife and husband and a father and his son, all asking why they had not received their absentee ballots in the mail after sending in a form they received in the mail several weeks ago. Read More

Sullivan American Legion to Rededicate Veterans’ Memorial Nov. 1

October 29, 2014

Time capsule from 1989 also to be opened

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

On November 11, 1989 the Sullivan American Legion dedicated the Veterans Memorial located at the southwest entrance of Wyman Park.

The memorial was a dream of Legion Commander Al Golden Sr. and the committee of legion members which included Al “Sonny” Golden Jr, Richard Shellabarger, and Mike Keown. The legion started planning the memorial in 1987 with legion members traveling around to other communities to see what their memorials were like. Read More

Windsor FFA Attend Greenhand Quiz Bowl

Submitted Windsor FFA Attend Greenhand Quiz Bowl On October 15, five Windsor FFA freshman members competed against other Section 16 teams in the Greenhand Quiz Bowl contest. This contest tests the members’ knowledge of FFA history, important figures, and terminology in agriculture. The team placed 6th overall. Team members consisted of, from left to right: Tristan Boehm, Gage Sattler, Whitney Pepperdine, Brad Farmer, and Gavin Bennett.

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Windsor FFA Attend Greenhand Quiz Bowl
On October 15, five Windsor FFA freshman members competed against other Section 16 teams in the Greenhand Quiz Bowl contest. This contest tests the members’ knowledge of FFA history, important figures, and terminology in agriculture. The team placed 6th overall. Team members consisted of, from left to right: Tristan Boehm, Gage Sattler, Whitney Pepperdine, Brad Farmer, and Gavin Bennett.

Red Apple Owners Enter into TIF Agreement with City

October 22, 2014

Part of reconstruction costs eligible for TIF funds

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Steve Sadikoska and Tim Halili of the Red Apple Restaurant were in attendance at the October 13 city council to hear discussion regarding possible Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to help with the reconstruction of the restaurant that burned down July 29.

Mayor Ann Short opened the discussion expressing the feelings of the city: “All of us feel so badly because of your unfortunate situation. That was just horrible.”

Short then went on to explain that the TIF program is when construction is completed and taxes are assessed by the county, the difference between what taxes were before the fire and what they are after construction is completed. In talking with the city’s TIF attorney it has been determined that the construction would be eligible for TIF funding for the reconstruction of the restaurant. Read More

Robinson Street Deemed Unfit for Farm Traffic

Photo by Keith Stewart A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

Photo by Keith Stewart
A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

October 22, 2014

Engineer cites nearly $1 million estimate for roadwork

by Joash Tiarks
& Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

The Village of Bethany is once again dealing with the wear and tear of farm equipment.

As the main access route to the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator, the resurfacing of Robinson Street has cropped up again this year. Matt Foster, of the engineering firm Bainbridge, Gee, Milanski & Associates(BGM) out of Decatur, presented his findings to the board earlier this month on the possibility of a grant from the Truck Access Route Program(TARP) to more permanently deal with this perennial challenge. Read More

County Board Approves FY15 Tentative Budget

October 15, 2014

Opts to levy less than max amount for now

Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the October county board meeting finance chairman Ron White presented a 2015 tentative budget for Moultrie County.

White noted that “The state allows each county to set 0.37 percent of total assessed property value. This would have created a maximum tax levy of $880,000. The finance committee after gathering figures from department heads has set a levy of $810,000. We have a good balance to carry forward into 2015”.

With no discussion White made a motion to accept the tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. Votes were all in favor with one board member absent while the vote was taken (Tim Rose arrived after the vote). Read More

Record Crop on the Back Burner as Farmers Wait

Photo by Keith Stewart Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

October 15, 2014

Corn and soy harvests at standstill with recent rains

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

John Doty and his son J.C. were two of few farmers out in the fields Monday afternoon.

“I’ve ordered three weeks of nice weather, but I’m not in charge of that,” said John. “But I guarantee you, we’ll finish.”

The father/son duo who were harvesting corn just east of Allenville couldn’t beat the rain that eventually moved in later that afternoon. So now they join the rest of their colleagues in checking weather forecasts, waiting, and looking out the window. And what most farmers see out that window are potential record yields barred from being harvested due to the recent wet weather. Read More

Beef Roundup 2014

Photo by RR Best Beef-Roundup! Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches. 

Photo by RR Best
Beef-Roundup!
Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches.