Blend of Old and Young for St. Isidore

Father Steve Arisman

Father Steve Arisman

•August 24, 2016•

by Mike Brothers

St. Isidore Catholic Church, one of the oldest parishes in the area, has one of the youngest priests in the Springfield diocese.

The rural Bethany parish established in 1864 welcomed Father Steve Arisman to his first assignment as a priest from the bishop of the Springfield diocese recently.

Father Arisman at 35, serves St. Isidore, Holy Family in Mt. Zion, is chaplain at St. Teresa High School and for all scouting programs within the 28 counties of the Springfield diocese. Arisman is also one of four assistants assigned to travel with the bishop while visiting parishes within the diocese.

“I had only been here for two weeks when the McCabe family invited me to their family reunion,” Father Steve said, noting that early acceptance into the church family was a gift.

“When I had spoken with other visiting priests who have served St. Isidore, they said everyone sings there,” he recalled, noting each would have been honored to receive his assignment. Read More

Sullivan Kiwanis Movie Night

At Wyman Park Saturday

•August 24, 2016•

Sullivan Kiwanis Club’s annual movie night will be held at dusk in Wyman Park Saturday, August 27.

Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the popular Disney family feature film “Up”.

Concessions will be available throughout the show.

Sponsored by the Sullivan Kiwanis Club, “Up” is free of charge to the general public. This year’s free family movie is courtesy of Oakwood Apothecary, Rural King and Metro Communications.

Sullivan Kiwanis was originally chartered in 1960 and reorganized two years ago. The club is responsible for a variety of community activities throughout the year. Read More

Children’s Lives Matter

Photo by Mike Brothers Children’s Lives Matter School is in session throughout Moultrie County and drivers need watch for children going to and from school. Not only at crosswalks and in neighborhoods, but especially while loading and unloading buses. Motorist must obey the stop sign for the safety of the children boarding and unboarding. Drivers violating the stop arm are subject to high fines and loss of drivers privileges for three months. Make this a safe school transportation year.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Children’s Lives Matter
School is in session throughout Moultrie County and drivers need watch for children going to and from school. Not only at crosswalks and in neighborhoods, but especially while loading and unloading buses. Motorist must obey the stop sign for the safety of the children boarding and unboarding. Drivers violating the stop arm are subject to high fines and loss of drivers privileges for three months. Make this a safe school transportation year.

First Day at SES

Photo by Mike Brothers First Day at SES While most area schools started last week Sullivan schools’ summer construction delayed opening until Monday. Now schools have new HVAC units, communications and security systems along with a roof to keep students dry. Above Luke Waelde (left) and James Rose are paying ahead for lunch as students at Sullivan Elementary School are dropped off by parents and gather in the gymnasium prior to attending classroom.

Photo by Mike Brothers
First Day at SES
While most area schools started last week Sullivan schools’ summer construction delayed opening until Monday. Now schools have new HVAC units, communications and security systems along with a roof to keep students dry. Above Luke Waelde (left) and James Rose are paying ahead for lunch as students at Sullivan Elementary School are dropped off by parents and gather in the gymnasium prior to attending classroom.

Red Apple Donates

Photo by Mike Brothers Red Apple Donates With the Moultrie County Food Pantry needing food donations, the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is collecting canned and other non-perishable food items Thursday and Friday, Aug 25-26. Customers who donate items to the Food Pantry collection box in the restaurant will receive a free (nonalcoholic) beverage with their meal. Red Apple coordinator for food pantry donations Stephanie Hays explained the Moultrie County Food Pantry helps a lot of people in the community, and the restaurant is happy to support such a worthy service.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Red Apple Donates
With the Moultrie County Food Pantry needing food donations, the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is collecting canned and other non-perishable food items Thursday and Friday, Aug 25-26. Customers who donate items to the Food Pantry collection box in the restaurant will receive a free (nonalcoholic) beverage with their meal. Red Apple coordinator for food pantry donations Stephanie Hays explained the Moultrie County Food Pantry helps a lot of people in the community, and the restaurant is happy to support such a worthy service.

Hole in One at Eagle Creek

Photo furnished Hole in One at Eagle Creek Bob Montgomery of Sullivan became the latest Hole in One club member at Eagle Creek Golf Course. On August 9, Montgomery hit a Nike golf ball with his nine iron for a 125 yard drive to the cup.

Photo furnished
Hole in One at Eagle Creek
Bob Montgomery of Sullivan became the latest Hole in One club member at Eagle Creek Golf Course. On August 9, Montgomery hit a Nike golf ball with his nine iron for a 125 yard drive to the cup.

Bethany Patient Stages Toy Drive to Give Back

Photo by Bernie Sanders Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

Photo by Bernie Sanders
Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

To Shriners Hospital Kids Like Him

•August 17, 2016•

Seth Webner has suffered with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for the past three years, and the treatment he has received at Shriner’s Hospital has inspired him to give something back.

Children from all over the country are treated free of charge at Shriners hospitals, and the Bethany seventh grader wanted to show his appreciation for the care he continues to receive.

“When I went through my first surgery at the old hospital, there was this lady who entertained me and gave me a toy,” Webner said, explaining the gesture did a lot to make him feel better about the treatments he was having to go through.

After his last visit in July, he told his mother Brooke he wanted to have a toy drive for Shriners Hospital, and so it began. Read More

County Goes to the Air for Next E-911 Phase

Last Photos Taken 2003

•August 17, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Moutlrie County’s move toward an enhanced 911 system will require updated aerial photos of the county.

Public safety chair Arlene Aschermann requested the county proceed with a proposal for Orthophotography for E-911 and Assessment use.

The photos were used primarily for tax assessment purposes in the past. Kevin McReynolds of public safety explained the existing black and white photos of the county were taken in 2003, and more detailed photos are required to complete the E-911 property location section.

McReynolds explained the new larger oblique photos would give a more three dimensional quality for more accurate property location in addition to serving the county’s various GIS needs.

He noted the original aerial shoot for the county cost $119,000 with grant funding assistance. The board approved proceeding on the proposal. Read More

Flowering Corn?

Stu D. Baker photo Flowering Corn? Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Stu D. Baker photo
Flowering Corn?
Head north of Sullivan about 4.5 miles on Market St. to witness a rare horticultural phenomena or a hoax. Along the east side of the road there is a white post with a small American flag to mark the spot where three stalks of corn have strayed from the field. Those stalks each are adorned with different colored flowers. Carroll Weaver has farmed the ground with his brother for most of his life. He said he has seen of lot of history growing up on the family farm, and this particular version of flowering corn stalks growing stray in the roadside ditch is something passersby will have to view in order to make a reality judgement for themselves.

Local Korean War Vet Makes Honor Flight

•August 17, 2016•

By Emily Stutzman
For the News Progress

In 1950, tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were defining the era we know as the Cold War.

Although no direct fighting occurred between the two countries, the distrust and animosity began showing itself in the proxy wars, as they were called, that broke out in several small Asian countries.

The Korean War was the first of these. It led to the creation of North and South Korea as two separate countries, split at the 38th parallel. After an armistice on July 27, 1953, the unrest remained.

Local resident and veteran of the Korean War, Dane Henderson, had a first-hand experience with those events during his days in the United States Navy.

Henderson was drafted as a 21 year-old who had just graduated Eastern Illinois University.

He spent his time patrolling the coast of Korea in a destroyer whose mission was to intercept any messages that would provide any insight into “what they were talking about”, with “they” being the North Korean military.  Read More