Another Hole In One

Photo furnished Another Hole In One Steve Caissie got a hole in one at Eagle Creek Golf Course Nov. 2. He made in on hole number eight. He hit an eight iron 123 yards with a Taylormade Rocketballz golf ball.

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Another Hole In One
Steve Caissie got a hole in one at Eagle Creek Golf Course Nov. 2. He made in on hole number eight. He hit an eight iron 123 yards with a Taylormade Rocketballz golf ball.

Election Day

Photo by Mike Brothers Election Day Sullivan Precinct #6 voters were in the polling place at First United Methodist Church Nov. 8. Above Kurt Thompson prepares to place his ballot in the voting tabulator with some instruction from election judge Angie Coy.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Election Day
Sullivan Precinct #6 voters were in the polling place at First United Methodist Church Nov. 8. Above Kurt Thompson prepares to place his ballot in the voting tabulator with some instruction from election judge Angie Coy.

A Candy Lover’s Dream Visits Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Flesor Candy Kitchen owners (from left) Devon and Ann place Paul’s Pecan Favorites before packaging. The “turtle style treat” has been a Candy Kitchen favorite since Grandfather Gus created it back in 1901.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Flesor Candy Kitchen owners (from left) Devon and Ann place Paul’s Pecan Favorites before packaging. The “turtle style treat” has been a Candy Kitchen favorite since Grandfather Gus created it back in 1901.

Food Pantry Benefits

•November 9, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Once a year Sullivan visitors to Cathrine’s Galley are treated to the creations of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen while helping the Moultrie County Food Pantry in a big way.

For one day only on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. dozens of candy treats are ready for the tasting wit an opportunity to take care of holiday gift giving for the whole family.

Candy lovers may select from a variety of handcrafted holiday baskets with orders delivered in December. Moultrie County Food Pantry benefits at the time its help is needed most by families.

Donating 20 percent of their total proceeds to the Food Pantry also gives patrons a chance to give to the community while getting some of the best handmade candies on the planet. Read More

Lending Library at Mason Point

Photo By Ellen Ferrera Lending Library at Mason Point Judith Brown (l) and Jean Dulik visit the little lending library at Mason Point. Ellen Dick-Ferrera, former librarian, with some help from friends at the Senior Center established the free lending library at Mason Point earlier this year. Visitors can rest on the bench and read books from the box or borrow them to bring back later. Located along a popular walking route, people living in the duplexes can take a book or leave a book, with eveyone sharing from the little library.  Ferrera hopes to eventually include books from the main library and share magazines as well.

Photo By Ellen Ferrera
Lending Library at Mason Point
Judith Brown (l) and Jean Dulik visit the little lending library at Mason Point. Ellen Dick-Ferrera, former librarian, with some help from friends at the Senior Center established the free lending library at Mason Point earlier this year. Visitors can rest on the bench and read books from the box or borrow them to bring back later. Located along a popular walking route, people living in the duplexes can take a book or leave a book, with eveyone sharing from the little library. Ferrera hopes to eventually include books from the main library and share magazines as well.

Sullivan TIF Districts are Ready for Expansion to the South

•November 9, 2016•

Annual review of Sullivan’s three Tax Increment Financing ended with discussion of a possible expansion south along Route 32.

Mayor Ann Short noted that infrastructure is already in place in the Vineyard Church area where Dr. Faisal Bukhari and a group of investors hope to build an Alzheimer treatment facility.

“The city is willing to work with developers on feasible projects,” Short said, noting with enough interest, surrounding property owners could benefit from improved values following both commercial and residential expansion.

Gwen Crawford of The Economic Development Group of Bloomington oversees the Sullivan TIFs and presented the report in public hearing held Oct. 24 in Sullivan City Council chambers. Read More

Local Veterans Share Military Experiences at Senior Center

Photo furnished veterans were honored at the senior citizen luncheon in Sullivan, Nov. 1

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veterans were honored at the senior citizen luncheon in Sullivan, Nov. 1

More than 50 Attend 

•November 9, 2016•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Nearly 50 veterans and their spouses attended a special luncheon in their honor at the senior center on Monday. The event was generously underwritten by the First Mid Illinois Bank and the First National Bank of Sullivan with door prizes and dessert provided by Sarah Bush Lincoln peace meal program.

Mike Gross, Charlie Bragg and Mike Keown of the American Legion Post presented a short program telling of their military experiences. Keown then gave a brief history of Veterans Day. He said, “The Sullivan Post was established on July 4, 1919, making it one of the first to organize at the end of WWI.”  Read More

Salary Improvements Recommended for County Workers

Longevity Increases Proposed

•November 9, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

A plan to improve the salary structure for Moultrie County office employees was approved by the county board personnel committee Nov. 1.

Committee chair Roger Glazebrook presented a plan to increase new employee starting salary from $18,000 to $19,000 per year.

An opening in the supervisor of assessments office prompted the county to increase the advertised starting salary to $19,000 earlier and had not addressed the issue for other county offices.

A delegation from the courthouse office employees presented an alternative pay schedule proposal to the county board earlier that included across the board adjustments, equalizing pay levels as well as taking consideration for veteran employees

An alternative proposed by county board chairman Dave McCabe would have compensated those with the most experience with a $500 adjustment. Read More

Sparrow’s Annual Auction

•November 9, 2016•

Sparrow’s Unlimited 22nd annual auction for families in need is Saturday, Dec.3 at Jerry’s East End in Lovington.

Auction items will be available for viewing all day at the East End auction location.

Some items include cedar outdoor swing set, propane four-burner grill, large charcoal grill, large Cubs pallet sign, seven foot pre-lit Christmas tree, lots of holiday items, Cubs blanket, Cardinals blanket, Amish snowplow, Tin Man and much more. Read More

Housing Grant Offers Free Home Rehabilitation Funds

•November 9, 2016•

Homeowners in Arthur, Bethany and Lovington could receive free repairs if a state housing rehabilitation grant is approved.

Kevin McReynolds told members of the Moultrie County Public Health and Safety meeting about the Single Family Owner Occupied Rehabilitation grant application through Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission.

“We need qualified home owners to apply as quickly as possible to get on the waiting list,” McReynolds said, explaining that three homes in each community are included in the application.

The more low income residents in the communities who apply demonstrate need and increase the chances for receiving the state grant.

Grant application deadline to the Illinois Housing Development Authority is Nov. 14 with McReynolds encouraging those interested to call 217-348-0521 for a pre-application form. Read More

Photo furnished First harvest of soybeans for the OVHS Corp of Engineers cooperative agricultural and environmental studies program is sold with the proceeds helping the school’s FFA and other community projects.

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First harvest of soybeans for the OVHS Corp of Engineers cooperative agricultural and environmental studies program is sold with the proceeds helping the school’s FFA and other community projects.

OVHS Students Reap Benefits of Corp Coop

By Derek Pope
for the News Progress

Okaw Valley School District drew a lot of attention earlier this year when it announced a first-of-its-kind agricultural program built on a partnership with the local division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

It allowed OVHS students to participate firsthand in the cultivation of crops and conservation efforts around Lake Shelbyville.

By the time of that announcement students had already contributed nearly 900 volunteer hours aiding the USACE and since then have dedicated many more. But last week the fruits of their labor paid off—Okaw Valley students harvested a 40-acre soybean plot to which they had tended since it was planted in June.

The cultivation project was overseen by Okaw Valley’s agriculture teacher Wes Wise and was accomplished through the efforts of five high school students and numerous businesses throughout the area.  Read More