Council Approves Working Budget Monday Night

July 16, 2014

Revenue down slightly, while expenses climb similarly

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Monday night the Sullivan City Council approved a working budget that saw a small increase in bills paid out, while revenues fell by a similar margin.

The working budget, or operating budget, includes both disbursements and revenues through April 30, 2015. Read More

12 Abandoned Properties Up For Sale in Moultrie

July 9, 2014

As trustee, Moultrie County has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2010 and prior real estate taxes. The county, as trustee, will now offer for sale the real estate obtained to the public. It will offer approximately 12 items through a sealed bid auction sale. All sealed bids must be in the Moultrie County treasurer’s office no later than the close of business on July 18, 2014. Read More

Legion, Community Pull Together to Fund Fireworks Show

Photo by Brian Andrews/1st Sense Photography! After several months of uncertainty surrounded the American Legion Fourth of July Fireworks display, the Legion, with the help of the community’s outpouring of donations, was able to purchase the display for Friday’s celebration.

Photo by Brian Andrews/1st Sense Photography!
After several months of uncertainty surrounded the American Legion Fourth of July Fireworks display, the Legion, with the help of the community’s outpouring of donations, was able to purchase the display for Friday’s celebration.

July 9, 2014

Improvements still needed and to come

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In February, American Legion Post 68 board member Mike Keown thought Sullivan would go without its annual Fourth of July fireworks display. With the majority of its board members replaced with new, including Keown, it wasn’t discovered until January that not only had the Legion missed its first $6,000 installment towards the display but that the Legion didn’t have the money.

“In my opinion, we weren’t going to have fireworks,” said Keown. “The Legion couldn’t pay for it upfront.” Read More

Miss Moultrie-Douglas 2014

Submitted Miss Mo-Do Miss Moultrie-Douglas was crowned Tuesday evening in Arthur. Pictured, left to right, are: 2014 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Summer Robbins; Lauren Moss, People’s Choice, Tuscola; Olivia Christy, 2nd runner-up, Tuscola; Brittany Rader, 1st runner-up, Lovington; Maria Meyer, 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas, Tuscola; Kiela Martin, 3rd runner-up, Villa Grove; Michelle VanCleave, 4th runner-up, Tuscola; Alexandra Minott, Miss Congeniality, Newman; outgoing 2013 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Christine Fortney. See page 4 for this year’s entire newly elected royalty.

Submitted
Miss Mo-Do 2014
Miss Moultrie-Douglas was crowned Tuesday evening in Arthur. Pictured, left to right, are: 2014 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Summer Robbins; Lauren Moss, People’s Choice, Tuscola; Olivia Christy, 2nd runner-up, Tuscola; Brittany Rader, 1st runner-up, Lovington; Maria Meyer, 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas, Tuscola; Kiela Martin, 3rd runner-up, Villa Grove; Michelle VanCleave, 4th runner-up, Tuscola; Alexandra Minott, Miss Congeniality, Newman; outgoing 2013 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Christine Fortney. See page 4 for this year’s entire newly elected royalty.

Elderly Couple Involved in Wreck North of Bethany Thursday

Photo by Keith Stewart Emergency personnel work to remove an elderly man from his vehicle Thursday afternoon east of St. Isidore church.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Emergency personnel work to remove an elderly man from his vehicle Thursday afternoon east of St. Isidore church.

Updated July 9, 2014

Macomb natives taken away on stretcher

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An elderly couple from Macomb, Ill. was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital Thursday afternoon after being involved in a two-car wreck north of Bethany. Read More

Knee-high by the Fourth of July

Photo by RR Best Knee-high by the Fourth of July Alisha Warren and her grandfather Terry stand outside the family farm in rural Sullivan. Mild weather and fair amounts of precipitation have helped spawn tall robust fields of corn in Moultrie County.

Photo by RR Best
Knee-high by the Fourth of July
Alisha Warren and her grandfather Terry stand outside the family farm in rural Sullivan. Mild weather and fair amounts of precipitation have helped spawn tall robust fields of corn in Moultrie County.

Important Fundraiser July 12 for Secret Santa Program

July 2, 2014

Outreach heavily depends on money raised at annual event

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Secret Santa program concluded its 15th year last December having spent around $13,000 on both area children and adults in need of clothing, food, and other resources throughout 2013. And though the program has a large outreach in Moultrie, most are unaware that approximately 80 percent of these funds are raised in one single day. Read More

A-Frame Signs Get Approval in Sullivan

July 2, 2014

More requests for downtown changes to come

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

The ordinance to allow Sullivan business owners to display A-frame signs on the sidewalk in front of their business passed unanimously last month.

The process of changing the ordinance started back on April 15 with a presentation from Cathrine Craig, owner of Cathrine’s Custom Framing on the importance of A-frame signs for local businesses. Just over two months later, Craig, in an interview after the June 23 council meeting, noted “This is a big step forward and has been a long and difficult process to get this approved.”  Read More

Sullivan Teacher of the Year 2014

Photo by Keith Stewart Teacher of the Year Sullivan Spanish teacher Patricia King is seen above with president of the Sullivan Education Association Troy Rogers. King was presented with teacher of the year at a banquet Friday May 30 held at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Teacher of the Year
Sullivan Spanish teacher Patricia King is seen above with president of the Sullivan Education Association Troy Rogers. King was presented with teacher of the year at a banquet Friday May 30 held at the Sullivan Country Club.