Sullivan Teacher Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle

Christina Sanders, 30, pronounced dead Thurs.

•July 8, 2015•

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan elementary school teacher was pronounced dead last Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle the Tuesday prior.
According to the Moultrie County sheriff’s department, Christina Sanders, 30, of Sullivan was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital at 5:33 p.m. Thursday.
Shortly before 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 Sanders was struck by an automobile while jogging along county road 850E just north of the Bruce-Findlay road according to the sheriff’s department.
The release further adds that the automobile was being driven by Kali Forsyth, 18, of Sullivan.
Sanders, who was a first grade teacher for the Sullivan school district, was taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Carle Hospital Tuesday evening where as of Wednesday morning she was in critical condition prior to her passing Thursday.
According to a report by WCIA-3, Sanders’ was an organ donor. Read More

Talking Education

Submitted Talking Education A group of local educators recently met with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) to discuss education issues in the state. Pictured, inside Sen. Rose’s Capitol office are (back row, left to right): John Harwood, Dan Allen (Sullivan H.S. teacher), and Ted Walk (Sullivan H.S. assistant principal). Front row: Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Steve Poland, Brad Tuttle (Sullivan superintendent), and Erik Young (Sullivan H.S. principal).

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Talking Education
A group of local educators recently met with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) to discuss education issues in the state. Pictured, inside Sen. Rose’s Capitol office are (back row, left to right): John Harwood, Dan Allen (Sullivan H.S. teacher), and Ted Walk (Sullivan H.S. assistant principal). Front row: Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Steve Poland, Brad Tuttle (Sullivan superintendent), and Erik Young (Sullivan H.S. principal).

Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State

Submitted Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State The 2014 season saw the Mo-Co Rush enjoy one of their most successful trips to the NSA State Tournament with four of five teams placing in the top five.  The three 2015 teams bested that by all finishing in the top four at this year’s tournament in East Peoria.  Both the 18U and 12U finished in third place, while the 10U finished in fourth place.  The 10U had a shot to make it three for three in the top three, but let a 4-1 lead slip away in the final inning.  Regardless all three teams played at an extremely high level and it was a momentum builder heading into the final three tournaments of the season.  The 12U has a record of 46-20-1 on the season, while the 10U has a spring/summer record of 29-20 and 31-27 overall.  Tryouts for the 2016 season are scheduled for August 1 and 2.  For more information on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com. Pictured above are the 10U: L-R: Ryli Kauffman, Mia Harris, Mikaela Moore, Kinley Hill, Keira Hohlbauch, Bailey Bennett, Katie Honchell, Kayla Schippel, Mackenzie Condill, Alaina Moore, Alisha Frederick, and Charley Condill.

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Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State
The 2014 season saw the Mo-Co Rush enjoy one of their most successful trips to the NSA State Tournament with four of five teams placing in the top five. The three 2015 teams bested that by all finishing in the top four at this year’s tournament in East Peoria. Both the 18U and 12U finished in third place, while the 10U finished in fourth place. The 10U had a shot to make it three for three in the top three, but let a 4-1 lead slip away in the final inning. Regardless all three teams played at an extremely high level and it was a momentum builder heading into the final three tournaments of the season. The 12U has a record of 46-20-1 on the season, while the 10U has a spring/summer record of 29-20 and 31-27 overall. Tryouts for the 2016 season are scheduled for August 1 and 2. For more information on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com. Pictured above are the 10U: L-R: Ryli Kauffman, Mia Harris, Mikaela Moore, Kinley Hill, Keira Hohlbauch, Bailey Bennett, Katie Honchell, Kayla Schippel, Mackenzie Condill, Alaina Moore, Alisha Frederick, and Charley Condill.

Frying Fish

Photo by Darian Hays Frying Fish Pictured are Steve Fleming(left) and Ralph Zancha (right) frying pollock during the annual Lovington fish fry held June 26 in Tom Conn Park.  According to Carol Smith of the Community Club, which sponsored the fish fry, approximately 140 pounds of fish were cooked, 200 people served, and $800 raised.

Photo by Darian Hays
Frying Fish
Pictured are Steve Fleming(left) and Ralph Zancha (right) frying pollock during the annual Lovington fish fry held June 26 in Tom Conn Park. According to Carol Smith of the Community Club, which sponsored the fish fry, approximately 140 pounds of fish were cooked, 200 people served, and $800 raised.

Sullivan Woman Hit While Riding Bicycle

No life threatening injuries sustained

•July 8, 2015•

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan woman was struck while riding her bicycle in town the evening of Tuesday, June 30.
According to Sullivan police, Addie Comanse, 55, was riding her bicycle at approximately 5:45 p.m. southbound on Hamilton Street June 30 when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Victoria Clark, 20, of Assumption. Read More

Salute to Farmer Veterans

Submitted Salute to Farmer Veterans More than 100 farmers and ranchers who previously served in the U.S. military and their respective homegrown products were celebrated at a Salute to Farmer Veterans reception at the Cannon House building in Washington D.C. June 2 hosted by the House Agriculture Committee and sponsored by the Farm Credit Council. The Illinois delegation at the Salute to Farmer Veterans reception featured (from left to right): Gene and Sandy Garver, Macon County farmers; Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Sina Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; Dale Crawford, Farm Credit Illinois Director and Moultrie County farmer; Alan Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer, Congressman Mike Bost; Joe Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; and Beth Bolger, Farm Credit Illinois.

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Salute to Farmer Veterans
More than 100 farmers and ranchers who previously served in the U.S. military and their respective homegrown products were celebrated at a Salute to Farmer Veterans reception at the Cannon House building in Washington D.C. June 2 hosted by the House Agriculture Committee and sponsored by the Farm Credit Council. The Illinois delegation at the Salute to Farmer Veterans reception featured (from left to right): Gene and Sandy Garver, Macon County farmers; Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Sina Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; Dale Crawford, Farm Credit Illinois Director and Moultrie County farmer; Alan Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer, Congressman Mike Bost; Joe Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; and Beth Bolger, Farm Credit Illinois.

UPDATE: Sullivan Teacher Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle

Christina Sanders, 30, pronounced dead Thursday

July 3, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
A Sullivan elementary school teacher was pronounced dead Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday.

According to the Moultrie County sheriff's department, Christina Sanders, 30, of Sullivan was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital at 5:33 p.m. Thursday.

Shortly before 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, Sanders was struck by an automobile while jogging along county road 850E just north of the Bruce-Findlay road according to the sheriff’s department.
The release further adds that the automobile was being driven by Kali Forsyth, 18, of Sullivan. Read More

Aikman Wildlife Pulls Special Use Permit

Organizers now looking for another site

July 1, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A special use permit filed in May for a zoo near Arthur has been withdrawn.
According to the Moultrie County planning and zoning officer Jan Haegan, James Aikman’s application for a special use permit for his wildlife park was withdrawn Monday afternoon.
Shortly thereafter, a post on the Facebook page Aikman Wildlife Adventure, which James Aikman confirmed as the project’s official page, explained the decision to withdrawal the application, citing the last zoning board of appeals meeting, which concluded with its members not recommending a permit for the zoo.
“The last meeting made it very apparent by the objectors that no matter what we do, nothing will ever be good enough,” read the post. Read More

Miss Moultrie-Douglas 2015 Contestants

Photo by RR Best Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the 53rd annual Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Becca Greathouse, Arthur; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Lauren Cody, Sullivan; Taylor Reifsteck, Tuscola; 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Lexi Sluder, Tuscola; Gabrielle Uphoff, Sullivan; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; and Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured – Morgan Miller, Sullivan; Karla Madden, Newman;  Hannah Leal, Arthur

Photo by RR Best
Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the 53rd annual Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Becca Greathouse, Arthur; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Lauren Cody, Sullivan; Taylor Reifsteck, Tuscola; 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Lexi Sluder, Tuscola; Gabrielle Uphoff, Sullivan; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; and Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured – Morgan Miller, Sullivan; Karla Madden, Newman; Hannah Leal, Arthur

Photo by RR Best Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kali Pierce, Tuscola;Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola; Calista Clark, Lovington; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Janette Comstock, Lovington; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sidney Edwards, Oakland; 2014 Jr Miss Moultrie-Douglas Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Kenli Nettles, Lovington; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Emma Lee, Arthur; Faith Hardwick, Tuscola; Madysen Melton, Arcola; Meyha Evans, Arthur; and Logan Streible, Atwood. Not pictured is Kyla Carson, Arthur.

Photo by RR Best
Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kali Pierce, Tuscola;Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola; Calista Clark, Lovington; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Janette Comstock, Lovington; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sidney Edwards, Oakland; 2014 Jr Miss Moultrie-Douglas Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Kenli Nettles, Lovington; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Emma Lee, Arthur; Faith Hardwick, Tuscola; Madysen Melton, Arcola; Meyha Evans, Arthur; and Logan Streible, Atwood. Not pictured is Kyla Carson, Arthur.

Photo by RR Best Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Top Row-Salina Kimberlin, Sullivan; Lilly Evans, Atwood; Chloe Smith, Hammond; Alyssa Adkins, Tuscola; Morgan Casteel, Lovington; Addison Dixon, Atwood; Sawyer Cleland, Tuscola; and Brooklynn Colter, Arthur; Bottom Row-Aymara Leal, Arcola; Gracelyn Johnson, Sullivan; Anna Rawlins, Pierson Station; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; 2014 Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Alyssa Ryherd, Sullivan; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur; Aaliyah Osborn, Sullivan; and Emmersyn Jainnoni, Sullivan. Not pictured is Kate Foltz, Tuscola.

Photo by RR Best
Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Top Row-Salina Kimberlin, Sullivan; Lilly Evans, Atwood; Chloe Smith, Hammond; Alyssa Adkins, Tuscola; Morgan Casteel, Lovington; Addison Dixon, Atwood; Sawyer Cleland, Tuscola; and Brooklynn Colter, Arthur; Bottom Row-Aymara Leal, Arcola; Gracelyn Johnson, Sullivan; Anna Rawlins, Pierson Station; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; 2014 Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Alyssa Ryherd, Sullivan; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur; Aaliyah Osborn, Sullivan; and Emmersyn Jainnoni, Sullivan. Not pictured is Kate Foltz, Tuscola.

Sullivan Council Signs Agreement with Hughes and Tenney Law Firm

Council plans to pursue legal action concerning the Sullivan Civic Center roof

July 1, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

At their June 8 regular meeting, the Sullivan City Council decided they would move forward with litigation concerning the roof of the Sullivan Civic Center.
Problems with the Civic Center roof began back in 2006 when it was decided that a new roofing system would be constructed.
After receiving bids, Advanced Wayne Cain of Champaign, was chosen to start work on the roof in 2007 which would be completed during that spring and summer. Then, in 2013, when it was noticed that the top covering of the roof was loose, Advanced Wayne Cain was called back to help fix it. The roof was secured in order to stop it from blowing and being damaged any further. According to Sullivan commissioner Mike Mossman, it was never completely repaired as it was only secured until it could be permanently fixed. Read More