Rosati’s Offers Taste of Chicago A Few Miles Away

Photo by Mike Brothers Ready at Rosati’s — Under new management Rosati’s is ready to serve area customers hungry for deep dish Chicago styled pizza and a variety of other dishes. Above Lauren Lillico, manager Julie Fifer and Josh Pitts prepare for the day.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Ready at Rosati’s — Under new management Rosati’s is ready to serve area customers hungry for deep dish Chicago styled pizza and a variety of other dishes. Above Lauren Lillico, manager Julie Fifer and Josh Pitts prepare for the day.

•June 29, 2016•

Rosati’s Restaurant  is offering the taste of Chicago at the intersection of Route 32 and the Bruce Findlay Road, south of Sullivan.

Julie Fifer, the new manager of the full service family styled restaurant, located inside Howy’s at the Lake Shelbyville intersection emphasized the famous Rosati’s pizzas and Italian beef sandwiches are not only offered for the inside dining room but are available for delivery to Sullivan, Findlay, Windsor and the Lake Shelbyville campgrounds.

“I spent 18 years working in our family restaurant in Chicago so it’s great to be part of the Rosati family tradition that began in Chicago,” Julie said, noting the signature pizza is deep dish Chicago style. Read More

Moultrie Corn Is Sky High This July

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•June 29, 2016•

It is a tradition to take a look at the annual corn crop in the area and judge whether it is knee high in July.

Corn has grown especially well lately with the combination of rain and heat.

Some may say it is at the point where you can hear the stalks as they grow.

This year’s corn is far past knee high in July, as RR Best’s drone photograph of the Graven family illustrates. From the drone: Aubrey, Kennedy, Chelsea and Kenny stand in sky high corn.

“Driving between Tuscola and Sullivan and looking at various crops, the 2016 crop is off to a great start,” Moultrie Douglas Farm Bureau Manager Tyler Harvey said of the crop so far this June.

“It is amazing to see the growth and size of some of the cornfields for being in June,” he continued.

However, looking at the long range forecast, upper 80’s and 90’s is slated to stick around.

With this,some measurable rainfall is needed every few days to keep the crop growth at the level it is.

Harvey noted in a recent report that with the warm temperatures, wind, and sun, it does not take long for the moisture to be pulled out of the ground.

Photo by RR Best

A Scientific Adventure Engaging Aquatic Life

Photo furnished Giraffe feeding by Kiley Will with Dalton Rogers and Cullen Dyer looking on.

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Giraffe feeding by Kiley Will with Dalton Rogers and Cullen Dyer looking on.

Hands on Experience for Sullivan Students

•June 29, 2016•

By Lori Kirk and Troy Rogers
For the News Progress

If you ever think the world is in trouble, take a trip with 28 young people and it will change your perspective.

Recently 28 Sullivan students took part in a scientific adventure to the Tampa Bay area where they were immersed in aquatic habitats to understand the interconnections between ourselves and the environment.

Students participated in hands-on learning experiences involving ocean water, brackish water, and fresh water springs.

They were able to snorkel with sea manatees well over 2000 pounds, snorkel in a spring fed river alive with all sorts of organisms, and dip net in gulf water grass beds where they found 33 different species to participate in data collection. They also picked up more than five pounds of trash off the beach while talking about the amount of plastic currently in our oceans.

Students participated in two different dissections of spiny dogfish shark obtained from bi-catch and also a squid dissection.

Connections between concepts discussed in class with the adaptations of the organisms such as buoyancy, flight, and energy transfer through food webs were made.  Read More

Bethany Celebrates

Photo by RR Best Bethany Celebrates Bethany’s Celebration offered good times for everyone last weekend from crafts and war artifacts exhibits to games and fun for the whole family, including a little time for Cheyenne and Shelby Harding to enjoy cotton candy along the way.

Photo by RR Best
Bethany Celebrates
Bethany’s Celebration offered good times for everyone last weekend from crafts and war artifacts exhibits to games and fun for the whole family, including a little time for Cheyenne and Shelby Harding to enjoy cotton candy along the way.

AmBucs Hold Golf Outing

Photo by Denny Hutchings AmBucs Hold Golf Outing Several local golfers enjoyed the annual AmBucs outing at Sullivan Country Club Friday, June 24. Above AmBuc trike winners (from left) Kiley and Hunter Iffert and Katie Niemerg.

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AmBucs Hold Golf Outing
Several local golfers enjoyed the annual AmBucs outing at Sullivan Country Club Friday, June 24. Above AmBuc trike winners (from left) Kiley and Hunter Iffert and Katie Niemerg.

From Board to ALAH High School Principal

ALAH Principal Steffanie Seegmiller

ALAH Principal Steffanie Seegmiller

•June 29, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

After serving on the district school board for seven years, a strong dedication to education pushed Steffanie Seegmiller toward Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s new high school principal position.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity,” she said. “I’m invested in this district and community. I believe we are fortunate when students call our high school home, and it’s our job to provide them with the best education possible,” she said.

Her educational background began with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University, Master of Science in Educational Administration from the U of I in Springfield.

Six years of experience teaching undergraduate education courses in areas of instructional analysis and design and best practice in assessment,  seven years of teaching and supervising student teachers allowed her experiences from different fields.

Not only does Seegmiller excel in experience, but she has the drive and motivation to overcome the challenges in education while working with students and teachers. Read More

Fairy Garden

Photo by Bernie Sanders Fairy Garden Sullivan gardener Tia Punches spent the week creating a Fairy Garden, sprinkled with shells collected from various beaches over the country. Above Tia’s great-granddaughter Harlequinn inspects shells from the garden while grandson Sebastian looks on.

Photo by Bernie Sanders
Fairy Garden
Sullivan gardener Tia Punches spent the week creating a Fairy Garden, sprinkled with shells collected from various beaches over the country. Above, Tia’s great-granddaughter Harlequinn inspects shells from the garden while grandson Sebastian looks on.

American Legion Fireworks Filled Fourth Weekend Ahead

Better View From Wyman

•June 22, 2016•

Stu D. Baker
for the news progress

Sullivan’s Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th in Wyman Park offers an active, entertaining program with better views.

American Legion Post 68 announced Central States Fireworks, Inc. of Athens, Ill. is the new fireworks vendor this year. Shooting from the east side of the lake, bordering Worth Street should allow crowds a better view of the new show.

Mike Keown, Post 68 fireworks fund raising chair, explained the new fireworks can be set closer to the lake in Wyman Park allowing the Fourth of July crowd better exposure to what is expected to be a fast paced, spectacular event.

Keown noted the Sullivan Rotary Club recently donated $1000 toward the fireworks event and that Post members are in the middle of the annual walk around asking for donations.

“All monies collected as part of this fund-raiser will go into a special savings account set up for funding the fireworks and July 4th activities,” Keown emphasized. Read More

New Sidewalks for Lovington Park

•June 22, 2016•

Lovington Village Board met Monday, June 13 taking action on new sidewalks for the park.

Paul Heppe provided the low bid of $4000, over a $4500 Quick and Easy Concrete bid.

The bid for labor includes 250 feet of five foot wide sidewalk for the park. The motion was approved unanimously.

During the April meeting Sue Gordon asked to step down as animal control officer and recommended discontinuing the village spay and neuter program upon her departure. Trustee Doug Smith noted that during Gordon’s time as animal control officer she accomplished getting the village feral cat population under control. Read More

Yost Waives Jury Trial

•June 22, 2016•

Michael S. Yost, 43, waived his right to a jury trial in Moultrie County Circuit Court  June 21.

Public Defender Brad Rau presented the waiver to Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell with State’s Attorney Jeremy Richey explaining the trial could take up to four days without juror selection.

Before setting the 9 a.m. September 12 court date, Judge Flannell read the four counts of murder with which Yost has been charged. The most serious of the first degree murder charges could carry a 20 years to natural life sentence and up to a $25,000 fine.

Flannell explained that the trial by the court would mean the decision on Yost’s innocence or guilt would rest exclusively with the judge.

Once agreed on the new court date Judge Flannell then addressed Yost’s correspondence concerning jail accommodations. Read More