Help Food Pantry Feed People
•February 3, 2016•
WAND TV’s 3 Degree Guarantee is getting better and better for the Moultrie County Food Pantry.
Kristy Dawson, Moultrie Food Pantry director, reported a total of $950 was reached by the end of the month from the challenge for the Food Pantry.
Presentation will be made during the WAND -TV 6 p.m. newscast Wednesday, February 3 by the station and co-sponsor IBEW Local 146.
A Moultrie County challenge has also been issued to match the WAND 3 Degree Guarantee in an effort to double up on the effort to help those who need food in Moultrie County. That challenge may be responded to by calling 728-7381. Read More
New Chamber Initiative
•February 3, 2016•
By Mike Brothers
One Town, One Million Dreams initiative for Sullivan was presented to 120 Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development luncheon guests, January 29.
Executive Director Stepheny McMahon addressed the crowd in the First United Methodist Church banquet hall, explaining SCED’s new initiative. “We hope to inspire each of you to brainstorm what dreams you have…”McMahon challenged the group. “By sharing our dreams, we hope to nurture many to fruition in 2016.”
Featured speaker Tiffany Macke, U of I Extension Education in Community and Economic Development, began to demonstrate the value of dreaming.
“When I attended my first Living the Dream conference, I was challenged to come up with 100 dreams,” Macke began, noting it took her three years to complete the list.
“I had forgotten how to dream,” she continued, showing that the ability to dream can eventually lead to attainable goals.
Macke presented the chamber audience with a simple question: “What is the happiest you have been?”
Happy is different for everyone, but the capacity for happiness is universal, she pointed out.
The Living Dream List has two distinct challenges for silly or fun ideas and for spectacular or serious ideas.
“The reason for both is that we need to be balanced in the dreams we hope to achieve,” Macke said. Read More
•February 3, 2016•
No One Fights Alone
We wear these ribbons to show our support for our two team mothers who are battling cancer.
Please show your support for them, and all cancer patients, by wearing one of these ribbons.
Sullivan Redskins Basketball Team.
On January 19 basketball fans in Sullivan were greeted with this message at the gymnasium entrance. Inside the Sullivan High School gymnasium the whole Redskin team came to the floor wearing one pink and one teal sock each for the first time.
Over Thanksgiving two players, Adam White and River Edwards, found out their mothers Lis White had breast cancer and Sarah Edwards cervical cancer.
“Adam first decided wearing the pink and River started wearing teal to honor their mothers’ battles with cancer,” Adam’s grandmother Sue Durbin explained.
Sue discussed the pink and teal sock idea with friends Doug and Sherry Farris while sitting in the stands during the first game of the year. Their grandson Bryce had indicated the team wanted to do something to show their support.
The Durbins and the Farrises put their energies together, deciding to provide the boys’ basketball team with pink and teal socks with appropriate ribbons to represent breast and cervical cancer.
“It took four trips to Decatur and three trips to Mattoon, but we finally found the right shades of pink and teal,” Doug said of the effort. Read More
•January 27, 2016•
By Nick Fiala
For the News Progress
Dicks Pharmacy, a well-known establishment on Vine Street in Arthur, recently came under the ownership of Cindi Reed, who owns the Oakwood Apothecary here in Sullivan. It’s part of an expansion of her business, Reed Pharmacies,LLC.
“We closed on it November 2.” Reed said. “In June of last year, I got wind that Dicks was on the market again. I hadn’t spent a lot of time in Arthur, but I knew of the pharmacy. We decided to expand Reed Pharmacies and Oakwood Apothecary and purchase Dicks Pharmacy under it.”
The decision requires a busy work schedule in order to make sure the transition is smooth for the pharmacy’s regular customers who come from all around the area.
“Dicks is really uniquely-situated, because we provide the pharmacy services in Arthur and a wide delivery radius of patients who need them,” Reed said. We’re able to provide those services to a lot of rural areas that are otherwise underserved.”
Reed’s decision was made largely out of a love for small towns and a desire to see local businesses remain free from the obstacles that come with large corporate chains.
“I was born and raised in Sullivan,” she said. “My family owns Reed Funeral Home. I went to pharmacy school in St. Louis at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, graduated in 2008 and did almost five years at Sarah Bush in Mattoon as a clinical pharmacist. And then I heard that Hagen’s Pharmacy was going to sell to CVS Pharmacy, and I decided that I didn’t really want to see that happen which is when I decided to open the Oakwood Apothecary in 2012 from scratch. Read More