Feature Stories

Moultrie County Counseling Earns 3-year Accreditation

November 26, 2014

CARF International announced that Moultrie County Counseling Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Outpatient Mental Health Programs for adults, adolescents and children.
Accreditation demonstrates to customers that this organization is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care. Read More

Martins to Host LTOTS Fundraiser

November 26, 2014

Christmas concert to be held Dec. 13

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

Every year the Little Theatre on the Square provides a vast variety of entertainment for both the young and the young at heart. It takes a quality amount of time, effort, and money for the magic that the Little Theatre brings each season to come alive. Without the help and dedication of individuals, organizations and businesses, it wouldn’t be possible. One couple, Philip and Nina Martin, especially, hold the Little Theatre dear to their hearts.
“This is a fundraiser at the home of Philip and Nina Martin for the general operating expenses at the Little Theatre On the Square. They open their home to the general public to see a wonderful performance and see the house fully decorated for Christmas,” explained John Stephens, the LTOTS executive director and fundraiser organizer. The Martins are actually quite familiar with putting on such fundraisers, as they had hosted similar events in their home with the Madrigal Singers from Uni High School in Urbana. Read More

Candy Sale to Premier the “Sullie” Saturday

Photo by Keith Stewart Devon Flesor Story, part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, stands with an abundance of treats in her arms, all of which and more will be featured at this Saturday’s candy sale in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Devon Flesor Story, part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, stands with an abundance of treats in her arms, all of which and more will be featured at this Saturday’s candy sale in Sullivan.

November 19, 2014

Another custom-made candy for Sullivan featured at annual fundraiser

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Devon Flesor Story is beginning to spoil Sullivan rotten–almost literally.

The candy maker and part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola will be debuting yet another custom-made candy in honor of the lakeside community at the third annual candy sale this coming Saturday at Cathrine’s Gallery, Gifts, and More, with 20 percent of the proceeds once again going to the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

“Every year we’re getting to know the Sullivan customer better,” said Flesor Story, “so we’re responding to our client base by trying to fashion our sale with the taste of Sullivan people in mind.”

Last year the Tuscola candy maker debuted Sullivan toffee which included, rather than just walnuts as standard English toffee, a wide variety of nuts including hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds. It was then covered in chocolate and sprinkled with yet more nuts. Read More

Taking Some Room to Honor Those Who Served

Photo by Keith Stewart US Army veteran Norman Shoemaker, originally of Findlay, looks at the various military garments on display last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
US Army veteran Norman Shoemaker, originally of Findlay, looks at the various military garments on display last Thursday.

November 19, 2014

Mason Point exhibit brings deep, local connections

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The small side room off the Knights’ Banquet Hall at Mason Point sat quiet Thursday morning.

Decked out in veterans’ memorabilia and with the colors red, white, and blue pervasive, the temporary “Honor Room”, as it is known, was a large part of Mason Point’s ceremony on Tuesday to recognize those who served their country. Dozens of people, some of whom were residents, attended and filtered into the room to take in what spanned nearly a century of US armed service.

“We were honored to be in the presence of 30 of our heroes at Mason Point on Tuesday,” said assistant administrator Johna McFadden. “Our program, scripted by one of our employee veterans Dan Moschenrose,  was created to celebrate a day to honor those who guaranteed our freedom. We were blessed to have several family members who came to enjoy our program as well having our local American Legion provide the 21 gun salute and the always moving Taps. One of our residents Donna Doty was so excited to share the day with her twin brothers- both veterans from Decatur- that she called them the morning of the program to have them attend.” Read More

Renovated New Life Ministry  Still Offering Services to Those in Need

Photo by RR Best New Life members Lester Todd (right) and Sherry Smith (left) restocks shelves Friday morning at the ministry center.

Photo by RR Best
New Life members Lester Todd (right) and Sherry Smith (left) restocks shelves Friday morning at the ministry center.

Thrift store now selling items 50 cents or less

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

At one point or another, an individual or family may find themselves down on their luck. But it is places such as the New Life Ministry Center in Sullivan whose goal is to be “a place where the needy and broken come to find security, faith, and hope in a life giving atmosphere,” that can help lift one’s spirit.

“For 27 years, my mom and dad ran the ministry. They gave about 1.7 million pounds of food and a million and a half of clothing items. My parents were the ones who have overseen it this far,” explained Dave Dolan, pastor of New Life Church of Sullivan. “Today, we have about 25 volunteers and they do incredible. We try to fulfill the needs of everyone who walks through the door,” he added. Read More

Harley Steps in as Sullivan’s Newest Chiropractor

November 12, 2014

Submitted by the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development

There is a new doc in town. Dr. Katie Harley is a chiropractor whose main focus is to find the body’s nerve interferences and remove them with a chiropractic adjustment. This allows the body to function at its optimal level.

She was born and raised in Windsor and attended Eastern Illinois University for three years before transferring to Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo. At Logan, she completed her Bachelors of Science degree and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2005. Read More

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library Purchases New 3-D Printer

Photo by Keith Stewart Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library children’s librarian Michelle Nolen balances the hot plate of the 3D printer before printing a bookmark Friday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library children’s librarian Michelle Nolen balances the hot plate of the 3D printer before printing a bookmark Friday.

November 12, 2014

Hope adults as well as children will use new technology

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Keeping up with technology is integral to any business, community organization or school. It is what builds futures by providing education, new ideas, and opportunities. When the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library purchased a 3-D printer, they had these ideas all in mind.

“It will put us on the same level with larger libraries as far as technology goes, “ said director, Clem Uptmor. Read More

The Challenge of Creating Interest in a School Assignment

Photo by Keith Stewart Zane Dudley tries to keep his focus during the push-up hold.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Zane Dudley tries to keep his focus during the push-up hold.

November 12, 2014

World-record lesson a hit with sixth graders

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

What was destined to become tomorrow’s trash was in fact yesterday’s school lesson for Megan Holt’s sixth grade language arts students.

The Sullivan Middle School teacher recently had her students complete one of the last segments of a multi-project lesson involving the organization and tracking of world record breaking attempts.

Well, Sullivan Middle School record attempts that is. Such feats as how long to hula hoop, how many stairs climbed, and how far one could throw a medicine ball. Read More

Getting Hairy for Cancer

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are members of the Sullivan police department, from left to right: Josh Qualls, Adam Collins, Brandon Beckwith & son Bryson ,  Janet Dirks, Andrew Pistorius, John Love,  and Jim Waggoner.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are members of the Sullivan police department, from left to right: Josh Qualls, Adam Collins, Brandon Beckwith & son Bryson , Janet Dirks, Andrew Pistorius, John Love, and Jim Waggoner.

November 12, 2014

Sullivan PD takes on ‘No Shave’ fundraiser

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Things are a little hairy at the Sullivan Police Department- but it’s all for a good cause.

Through the month of November, the Sullivan Police Department is holding a “No-Shave Fundraiser” to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“November 1-30, police who participate will be allowed to grow a beard, but it must be neat and trimmed-It won’t be like Duck Dynasty!” said Sullivan Police Chief Johnny Love. “Each officer who participates will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society.” Read More

Local Farm Brings Professional Equestrianism to Moultrie County

Photo by Keith Stewart M&M owner Marsha Harshman stands with 17-year old Danish warmblood Latino.

Photo by Keith Stewart
M&M owner Marsha Harshman stands with 17-year old Danish warmblood Latino.

November 5, 2014

One of just a few in central Illinois

by Derek Pope
Reporting Near Dunn

Tucked away between Bethany and Sullivan in a pristine slice of rural Illinois, one can find a farm not quite like the many others that surround it.

That farm, M&M Farm, is home to more than just agriculture. It houses one of the few dressage training establishments in all of central Illinois, aptly named Freedom of Movement.

Dressage, which is one of only three equestrian sports that horseback riders may compete in at the international Olympics, is more precisely a choreographed routine of movements meant to demonstrate the athleticism and discipline of both horse and rider in an artistic and visually pleasing way. It takes a lifetime of dedication for dressage trainers to compete at the highest levels and to prepare horses capable of such feats, but look no further than M&M farm to find a group of individuals who have done just that. Read More