by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan city council met for the first time this year Monday, January 13 and approved, what was first discussed at great length in their December 23 meeting, a rezoning application.
Property owner Rick Dunscomb and Brian Vahling, who is in the midst of purchasing his property, went before the planning commission December 12 to request the property behind the Sullivan preschool be rezoned from I-1 (light industrial district) to b-1 (low density business district) with Vahling’s intentions of eventually constructing apartments, duplexes, and/or the like. Read More
24 new high school names also received
by Ariana Cherry
A tour of Lovington grade school was conducted by principal Brandon Stone at the opening of the Arthur-Lovington School Board meeting last Wednesday.
Previous and planned asbestos projects that are scheduled for the building were shown and discussed. At an estimated cost of $82,000 to $124,000 the projects will eliminate all of the asbestos in elementary classrooms, the junior high area, and hallway and office. Completion is set for late June. Read More
Also vote to cut adoptive P.E. at $11,000 estimated savings
by Keith Stewart
While the Sullivan school district did make area news with hiring Gerald Temples as the new head football coach last week, the board also addressed other matters, including the initial stage of a reduction-in-force.
The Monday night action was only to give Superintendent Brad Tuttle the go-ahead to tell the Sullivan Education Association, (local teacher’s union), that the district plans to issue a reduction-in-force (RIF) at least 45 days prior to the end of the school year. Read More
Small Crowd Arrives to Show Support for Local Saloon
by Joash Tiarks
There are always at least two sides to every story and this month’s village board meeting proved no exception.
The normally adequate conference room at the village hall seemed almost overcrowded for this month’s board meeting as several members of the community were present to express to the trustees their support of Hired Hand Winery and Saloon.
Last month, proprietor Shane Weybright presented a request to the board that the liquor ordinance, and subsequently their liquor pouring license, be amended to allow for longer hours of business. He stated that he felt “his hands are tied” with the current hours of operation, with a relatively small number of customers being able to arrive and relax before alcohol could no longer be served. He said that if business hours were extended to 10 p.m. on weekdays, for example, he would be able to serve a much more diverse portion of the community, turn a much better profit, and so benefit the village by then paying more in taxes. Read More
Former Lov. district tax payers to see smaller levy
by Keith Stewart & Ariana Cherry
In their December meeting, the Arthur-Lovington school board approved the 2013 levy, which is payable this year.
But due to working cash bonds that were approved prior to the reorganization of Arthur and Lovington schools, the levy branches off into two figures depending on whether one lives in the former Arthur or Lovington district. Read More
Photo by Keith Stewart
The southwest corner of the Casey’s store front remains damaged after a hit and run incident occurred on December 28. The damage went beyond just the outside facade to include the kitchen and an office inside as well.
Incident leaves kitchen and exterior badly damaged
by Keith Stewart
The Casey’s General Store in Sullivan was the victim of a hit and run December 28, which in turn left the business badly damaged on both the interior and exterior.
Jermel D Barlow, 24, of Decatur was arrested by Sullivan police at 10:35 p.m. shortly after the incident.
According to the crash report, for reasons yet to be determined, Barlow allegedly accelerated, jumping the curb before then colliding with the south side storefront of Casey’s. Barlow then backed out and fled the scene but was stopped a few blocks away by police.
According to Casey’s general manager Samantha Drake, not only did the incident damage the exterior of the building, but it also damaged the kitchen, an office, and a freezer. As a result, the kitchen was closed both the day of the incident and another day for repairs to be made, each causing an inability to make food including pizza. Read More
by Florence Hallford
Streets and alleys department worker Chris Gillis submitted his resignation by letter at the Lovington Village Board meeting Monday night. The resignation was to take effect on January 10. Gillis has been with the village of Lovington for eight years. The position is now open, with applicants needing a class B CDL, ability to operate heavy equipment and mechanical knowledge of equipment. A committee was formed to select a new employee, and applications will be accepted until noon January 17. Read More
The Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development has announced the winners of the 2013 annual awards which will be distributed at the SCED Annual Dinner Saturday, January 25. Read More