Talent Management Pipeline Program Fills Skill Gap

Photo furnished Culvert Replacement Sullivan Township Road Commissioner Elmo Weaver explained Moultrie County Road 1100N, south and east of Kirksville will need to be closed a couple days when weather permits. Then this drainage improving 50 foot long, six foot tall culvert can be installed. Above Township operator Rich Rutledge puts pressure on end loader tires as he unloads the five ton culvert, which was trucked from Kirksville, Missouri to Kirksville, IL.

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Culvert Replacement
Sullivan Township Road Commissioner Elmo Weaver explained Moultrie County Road 1100N, south and east of Kirksville will need to be closed a couple days when weather permits. Then this drainage improving 50 foot long, six foot tall culvert can be installed. Above Township operator Rich Rutledge puts pressure on end loader tires as he unloads the five ton culvert, which was trucked from Kirksville, Missouri to Kirksville, IL.

•May 11, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Those attending the No Job Left Behind May 3 session at Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur learned the value of the Talent Management Pipeline.

Guest speakers Vicky Haugen, Executive Director and Kim Kuchenbrod, Workforce Development of Vermillion Advantage presented the Talent Management Pipeline Program.

Several businesses were in attendance: Hydro-Gear, Agri-Fab, GSI, IHI Turbo, Moultrie County Counseling Center, MasterBrand Cabinets, U of I Extension, several school officials and business teachers, Arthur Tourism and the City of Arcola.

The Talent Management Pipeline Program was put into movement in 2014 to help an American economy  facing threats with a skill gap that is hindering growth and competitiveness of companies. A growing number of students are finding trouble managing their transition to employment and business. In a troubling economy, there are businesses who are in need of new workers with fresh talent. Read More

Street Closings Accompany Square Improvements

Photo by Mike Brothers New curbs, gutters and ADA approved sidewalks in Sullivan are nearing completion by Walker Construction of Mattoon. Work has begun milling pavement around the square with motorists dealing with street closings and detours for awhile.

Photo by Mike Brothers
New curbs, gutters and ADA approved sidewalks in Sullivan are nearing completion by Walker Construction of Mattoon. Work has begun milling pavement around the square with motorists dealing with street closings and detours for awhile.

Time and Patience Required

•May 4, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

The good news is the streets and sidewalks around the Sullivan square will look great when finished.

And the bad news has already hit some of the businesses around the square.

Starting Wednesday, May 4 the north and west sides of the square are closed.

On Thursday, May 5 the east and south sides of the square are being closed for more extensive construction.

As the city’s complete resurfacing project continues, side street closings started May 3 and extend through Thursday, May 5.  Read More

Okay Valley Prom 2016

Photo courtesy Jeni Yantis Okaw Valley Prom Race Underwood and Samantha Degenhardt were crowned as the 2016 Okaw Valley High School Prom King and Queen Saturday, April 30 at the Mt. Zion Park Foundation Community Center. Front from left - Crown bearer  Maggie Patient, 2016 queen Samantha Degenhardt, 2016 king Race Underwood and crown bearer Thiago Coney.  Back row- Junior class president Brianna Creviston, candidates Hannah Dicken, Brandon Poper, Charli Uhlrich, Nic Brown, Nicole Miller and Justin Johnson.

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Okaw Valley Prom
Race Underwood and Samantha Degenhardt were crowned as the 2016 Okaw Valley High School Prom King and Queen Saturday, April 30 at the Mt. Zion Park Foundation Community Center. Front from left - Crown bearer  Maggie Patient, 2016 queen Samantha Degenhardt, 2016 king Race Underwood and crown bearer Thiago Coney.  Back row- Junior class president Brianna Creviston, candidates Hannah Dicken, Brandon Poper, Charli Uhlrich, Nic Brown, Nicole Miller and Justin Johnson.

ALAH Funds Technology with Outside Resources

•May 4, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

No state funds force the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School District, teachers and other staff to look for other ways to pay for the tools they need to continue to educate students as well as cope with the rising costs of technological needs.

With the advancements in technology and learning, schools’ funding needs are more pressing. While ALAH is in good shape from a network point of view in the technology department, there are still several items the district needs to continue to grow.

“Over the last two school years Quality Network Solutions of Sullivan has done a great job of renovating the wired and wireless infrastructure in all four of our district’s buildings,” technology coordinator Jeremy Rodebaugh told the board. “This work has been done in large part due to a $119,698.34 federal grant we received this school year. This hard work has left our district in very good shape from a network standpoint for the foreseeable future,”  he added. He did state that the wiring in the high school and a server at Atwood-Hammond are in need of updating, which could cost approximately $15,000 for both projects.

Rodebaugh said, while it isn’t urgent, the district will need to look to grants and other outside funding in order to make those projects happen. Without funding from the state though, providing adequate bandwidth will be an issue for all of the schools within the district. Read More

Sullivan City Council Explores Recycle Options

Civic Center Gets New Lockers

•May 4, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

At the most recent Sullivan City Council meeting, a few projects that had been set aside in the TIF budget were discussed. A bid of $20,775.95 was received from Salisbury Industries for new lockers at the Civic Center. Many of the older lockers have started to show their age and have started to rot out after long time usage. The bid will replace 116 lockers for the men and women’s locker rooms.

The old chiller at the Civic Center has also been removed to make room for a new one. Commissioner Mike Mossman also noted that the south side of the roof center has came loose. He will be in contact with an attorney and is moving forward with the suit and hopes to get the company back to repair it. Other TIF projects include the street pavement project (which is underway) and new canopies for the baseball park to help block out the sun.

Other news that was discussed or acted upon: Read More

Coroner Visits Statehouse

Photo furnished Coroner Visits Statehouse State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with several coroners from across the state at the Statehouse in Springfield recently. That included Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed. From left to right: Sen. Chapin Rose, Richard Jorgensen (DuPage County Coroner), Lynn Reed (Moultrie County Coroner), Eric Jameson (McDonough County Coroner).

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Coroner Visits Statehouse
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with several coroners from across the state at the Statehouse in Springfield recently. That included Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed. From left to right: Sen. Chapin Rose, Richard Jorgensen (DuPage County Coroner), Lynn Reed (Moultrie County Coroner), Eric Jameson (McDonough County Coroner).

Live United Award for Cole

Photo Submitted Live United Award for Cole David Cole was the recipient of the United Way’s “Live United” Award at their annual meeting recently. The event was hosted at Decatur’s Beach House April 19. The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond for their community. Cole is the executive director of Moultrie County Counseling Center. The counseling center provides a wide array of mental health services to area citizens ages 4-94. The newest program helps find employment for clients who want to get back into the workforce. United Way representative for Moultrie County Stan Parks presented the award. He commented that, “Mr. Cole had been of great assistance in establishing contacts in the Moultrie County area. Mr. Cole assisted in getting the United Way message out to area agencies and employers.”

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Live United Award for Cole
David Cole was the recipient of the United Way’s “Live United” Award at their annual meeting recently. The event was hosted at Decatur’s Beach House April 19. The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond for their community. Cole is the executive director of Moultrie County Counseling Center. The counseling center provides a wide array of mental health services to area citizens ages 4-94. The newest program helps find employment for clients who want to get back into the workforce.
United Way representative for Moultrie County Stan Parks presented the award. He commented that, “Mr. Cole had been of great assistance in establishing contacts in the Moultrie County area. Mr. Cole assisted in getting the United Way message out to area agencies and employers.”

SHS Cross-curricular Program Offers Adirondacks

Photo Submitted SHS Cross-curricular Program Offers Adirondacks The Sullivan High School industrial arts and entrepreneurship classes joined forces offering custom Adirondack chairs and ottoman sets to the public. Industrial arts students designed and crafted four sets of chairs.  The entrepreneurship class is marketing the sets of chairs in a limited ticket sale, one time only raffle. The Adirondack/ ottoman sets will be raffled at the SEA track meet scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12.  Only 100 tickets are being offered with the proceeds used toward financing future cross-curricular projects. The sets are valued at $150 each. For more information or to purchase a ticket prior to the track meet contact: brittons@sullivan.k12.il.us

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SHS Cross-curricular Program Offers Adirondacks
The Sullivan High School industrial arts and entrepreneurship classes joined forces offering custom Adirondack chairs and ottoman sets to the public.
Industrial arts students designed and crafted four sets of chairs.
The entrepreneurship class is marketing the sets of chairs in a limited ticket sale, one time only raffle.
The Adirondack/ ottoman sets will be raffled at the SEA track meet scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Only 100 tickets are being offered with the proceeds used toward financing future cross-curricular projects.
The sets are valued at $150 each. For more information or to purchase a ticket prior to the track meet contact: brittons@sullivan.k12.il.us

WHS National Honor Society

Photo furnished WHS National Honor Society Windsor High School National Honor Society inducted six new members at the Honor’s Banquet April 27. Pictured are new and previous members. Back row L to R: Kristen Morlen, Caitlin Welsh, Autumn Bennett, Tristan Warner, Mitchell Haddock, Sterling Howard, Mercedez Austin, and Adam Hendershot. Front row L to R: Katherine Greuel, Bailey Fleshner, Kaitlin Armes, James Hortenstine, Mikayla Haddock, and Mehria Khan.

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WHS National Honor Society
Windsor High School National Honor Society inducted six new members at the Honor’s Banquet April 27. Pictured are new and previous members.
Back row L to R: Kristen Morlen, Caitlin Welsh, Autumn Bennett, Tristan Warner, Mitchell Haddock, Sterling Howard, Mercedez Austin, and Adam Hendershot.
Front row L to R: Katherine Greuel, Bailey Fleshner, Kaitlin Armes, James Hortenstine, Mikayla Haddock, and Mehria Khan.

Sullivan High School Prom Court 2016

Photo courtesy Wurtsbaugh Photography Sullivan High School Prom Court From left front:  Whitney Elder, Lily Bales, King Ross Metzger, Queen Kelsey Clark, Alyssa Marshall, Jocelyn Nashland and Charlie Emel. From left back:  Andrew Frost, Alec Ballinger, Josh Davis, Kaleb Shumard and Kyler Houser. Prom was held Saturday,  April 23 with coronation ceremony at 9:00 p.m.

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Sullivan High School Prom Court
From left front:  Whitney Elder, Lily Bales, King Ross Metzger, Queen Kelsey Clark, Alyssa Marshall, Jocelyn Nashland and Charlie Emel. From left back:  Andrew Frost, Alec Ballinger, Josh Davis, Kaleb Shumard and Kyler Houser. Prom was held Saturday, April 23 with coronation ceremony at 9:00 p.m.