Spring Equinox

Photo by RR Best Spring Equinox Last Thursday may have marked the official start to spring according to our calendars, but  temperatures, so far, would suggest otherwise. Nonetheless, the cold temps didn’t stop our  publisher and chief photographer Robert Best from grabbing this Vernal (spring) Equinox sunrise, which  coincidentally enough lines up with Jackson Avenue in Sullivan.

Photo by RR Best
Spring Equinox
Last Thursday may have marked the official start to spring according to our calendars, but temperatures, so far, would suggest otherwise. Nonetheless, the cold temps didn’t stop our publisher and chief photographer Robert Best from grabbing this Vernal (spring) Equinox sunrise, which coincidentally enough lines up with Jackson Avenue in Sullivan.

Second Quarter Honor Rolls for Moultrie County Schools

Second quarter honor rolls for Moultrie County schools have been announced. 

Lovington Grade School

Five eighth graders, one seventh grader, two six graders and one fifth grader received “A” honors for the first quarter at Lovington Grade School. They include Brayden Coble, Janette Comstock, Samuel Renfro, Kolby Rickman and Kobe Wells, eighth grade; Hunter Day, seventh grade; Natalie Lambdin and Kenli Nettles, sixth grade and Tatjana Mehmen, fifth grade.

Earning high honors are Madison Brown and Kaylee Conder, eighth grade; Paul Brodnansky, Kyle Carnahan, Adam Day, Ciara Emrick, Sean Evans, Katelynn Gingerich, Taylor Powell and Alexia Stanley, seventh grade; Clayton Stanley and Colin Stanley, sixth grade and Ashley Brodnansky, Jesse Hopkins, and Colton Middleton, fifth grade. Read More

Computer Networks Combined for Tracking, Security Measures

Council also hears update on Sullivan fireworks

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

The city council Monday moved forward with combining computer networks across the city of Sullivan’s departments.

As a follow up on the discussion and recommendation made by the council at the Feb. 24 meeting, the city is moving forward to have QNS combine the computer networks of the different departments into one that can be monitored, tracked, and protected as a unit.

Previously each department had a network unto themselves, with each computer having access as soon as it was turned on. This not only exposed the city’s digital resources to potential unauthorized access but also made it impossible for the city to keep track of its resources and to monitor unauthorized activity. Moving forward, each employee will have their own personal access passcode, both for their own safety and to track web activity. Network administrators will then be able to solve problems quickly and specifically, as well as impose a web filter and block access to any unnecessary websites by department. Read More

Resignations Received at Regular Meeting

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

At their regular meeting earlier this month, the Sullivan school board approved four staff resignations and also approved the dismissal of a third year teacher.

Certified preschool teacher Brittney Phebus was dismissed after the board discussed the potential action in closed session. Because she had less than four years of continuous service to the district, the board does not, nor did it, disclose the reason for her dismissal. As Brad Tuttle, superintendent, explained, a faculty member with less than four years and excellent ratings could still be dismissed. Read More

Sullivan Schools Proceed with Reductions in Force

Includes cutting one full-time P.E. teacher

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Sullivan school board approved three types of measures Monday evening in a special meeting concerning reduction in force.

Faced with potentially steeper cuts in state aid payments for the next school year, the board approved nine resolutions totaling approximately $65,000 in cuts, including the honorable dismissal of Brent Weakly, a physical education teacher at Sullivan Middle School.  Read More

An Eyesore No More

Photo by RR Best An Eyesore No More What was the former Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce Building at 112 S. Hamilton was demolished last week. The building had sat empty for several years after serving as the home of several businesses and organizations including Habitat for Humanity. Dustin Lane of Sullivan bought the lot approximately six months ago with the intention of demolishing the building. Now with it gone, Lane says he is looking for businesses or individuals interested in moving to that location. Once serious interest has been expressed, Lane says he plans to install a new building. In the meantime, Lane has agreed to allow the Sullivan Fire Department to store building materials on the lot while they undergo an addition to their fire house, which is expected to be completed mid to late summer.

Photo by RR Best
An Eyesore No More
What was the former Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce Building at 112 S. Hamilton was demolished last week. The building had sat empty for several years after serving as the home of several businesses and organizations including Habitat for Humanity. Dustin Lane of Sullivan bought the lot approximately six months ago with the intention of demolishing the building. Now with it gone, Lane says he is looking for businesses or individuals interested in moving to that location. Once serious interest has been expressed, Lane says he plans to install a new building. In the meantime, Lane has agreed to allow the Sullivan Fire Department to store building materials on the lot while they undergo an addition to their fire house, which is expected to be completed mid to late summer.

Arthur-Lovington Mulls Over Concealed Carry’s Effects on Policy

Decision to ban firearms on all school property up in the air

by Ariana Cherry
& Keith Stewart
Reporting in Arthur

Thoughtful silence filled the room for a few moments during a discussion regarding Policy 8:30 during last Wednesday’s Arthur-Lovington school board meeting.

According to the present handbook, Policy 8:30 states “Arthur-Lovington District 305 has established a policy that prohibits guns, ammunition, knives and any other weapons from school property.” Although, with the Concealed Carry Law, that could change.

The Concealed Carry Law reads, “The new law generally allows license holders to carry concealed firearms in areas of the state not designated as prohibited areas. Those prohibited areas include buildings or portions of buildings under the control of local governments such as schools, public libraries, court buildings, parks, playgrounds, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation, etc…” Read More

Education Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Grants at Annual Dinner

More than 230 years commitment to district also honored

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In the 20 years that the Sullivan Community Education Foundation has been awarding grant money to local organizations and groups, this year saw close to, if not the largest, payout.

A total of $56,226.85 was awarded at last Thursday’s teacher appreciation dinner to various groups for education related projects. Of that amount, more than $10,000 were donated.

“The approximate $10,000 of donations were toward specific grant areas per the donors,” explained SCEF treasurer and former Sullivan superintendent Terry Pearcy. “The SCEF does receive other donations and memorials in order to give grants annually.  In addition, the SCEF has fundraising projects such as an annual ‘Technology Raffle’ that raises funds through sponsorship and ticket sales prior to the prize drawing which occurs at the SHS homecoming football game.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are this year’s Sullivan school district employees who were honored at last Thursday’s teacher appreciation dinner for their longstanding careers in Sullivan. Pictured from left to right are Becky Lawson, Anne McGhghy, Janet McFarland, Clarice Singer, Leslie Auten, Sara Boyer, Christine Grohler, Karen Harpster, and Don Typer. Not pictured are Chris Sides and Elaine Daniels.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are this year’s Sullivan school district employees who were honored at last Thursday’s teacher appreciation dinner for their longstanding careers in Sullivan. Pictured from left to right are Becky Lawson, Anne McGhghy, Janet McFarland, Clarice Singer, Leslie Auten, Sara Boyer, Christine Grohler, Karen Harpster, and Don Typer. Not pictured are Chris Sides and Elaine Daniels.

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Betsy England

Photo by Keith Stewart Betsy England Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England (right) stands dressed in patriotic wear as Betsy Ross at Faith Lutheran Church in Sullivan during Tuesday’s elections. To her right (left), stands election judge Sharon White, who made the dress in a week using 10 yards of material.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Betsy England
Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England (right) stands dressed in patriotic wear as Betsy Ross at Faith Lutheran Church in Sullivan during Tuesday’s elections. To her right (left), stands election judge Sharon White, who made the dress in a week using 10 yards of material.

Garbage Collection Contract Issue a Wrap for Council

Advanced Disposal cancels attendance at city council meeting

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

After passing an ordinance last month limiting garbage contracts to no more than one year, the Sullivan city council was told that a representative from Advanced Disposal–an area garbage collection service provider–would attend last week’s meeting.

But a local residential representative with Advanced Disposal, instead, called the city prior to last week’s meeting inquiring about the ordinance.

According to the council, Ed Worker, the representative, was read the ordinance over the phone by city clerk Monte Johnson, after which Worker explained that there would no longer be a need for someone to attend on behalf of AD. Worker assured Johnson that the call meant nothing more than their desire “to be legal.” Read More