Earn performance award for 12th year
by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan
Sullivan Schools have gone above and beyond to receive the SchoolSearch 2013 Bright Star Award for the 12th time in the last 13 years.
This year, Sullivan joined 90 other Illinois school districts (out of 866 districts) in receiving the Bright Star Award, which looks at districts whose students’ academic performance ranks in the upper one third of Illinois school districts but whose expenditure per pupil ranks in the lower one-fourth of Illinois school districts for the previous school year. Read More
As the Affordable Care Act enrollment period began Oct. 1, Sarah Bush Lincoln has several in-person counselors available to answer questions and enroll individuals into health insurance plans. Read More
Common Core Standards a big part of plans
by Derek Pope
On October 31 the state of Illinois will release its school report cards statewide—critical evaluations that reflect a district’s success or failure at bringing students to state standards of knowledge in a variety of areas. On the verge of this, Okaw Valley made the focus of its October school board meeting improving academics at each of its schools. The monthly-released “school improvement plans” were highlighted by principals at each level who were eager to put forth their strategies for better educating students in congruity with state expectations. Read More
Second annual food pantry fundraiser hopes for success
by Christina Whitford
Imagine having to make the agonizing decision each month of how to provide food, utilities or medication for your family. For some families this scenario is often times all too familiar. But beginning the first full week in November, the IGA Round-Up, now in its second year, hopes to once again counteract this dilemma.
According to a recent study by Feeding America, 13.18 percent of residents of Moultrie County are food insecure, which means more than 1,800 of your neighbors may have to miss a meal or may struggle to provide a meal. But to counter that, many area people, businesses and organizations have come together to give back and insure that those in our community can provide these basic needs of life for their families. Read More
by Barry Featheringill
The Sullivan City Council heard from Andy Kieser of Fehr-Graham Engineering regarding the water treatment plant bidding process during Monday night’s meeting.
With there being a 45 day time frame from first publishing notice of the project for bid to the bid opening date, the council agreed to have Fehr-Graham publish the project and set a bid opening date for 1:30 p.m. Friday December 20. Read More
New regulations approved to counter potential delinquency
by Derek Pope
This month, Bethany’s village board passed a liquor ordinance that had been in the works since early July. Pending review by the village’s legal counsel, the ordinance will go into effect, at which point businesses will be able to seek licensing for liquor sales. Since the major components of the ordinance were already drafted by the end of August—originally the date it was expected to be completed—most of the businesses that planned to seek licensing have already met the necessary prerequisites for application. The village board is required to approve or decline any application for licensing to sell alcohol within 30 days, though it is possible they may act sooner. Read More