News Briefs

Hospice Patient Enjoys Day of Pampering

•September 28, 2016•

Savannah Gray never gave up hope despite turning to hospice care when her cancer continued to spread.

Sadly, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer after visiting the gynecologist with severe pain. Gray thought the pain might be caused by a tubal pregnancy, but the diagnosis was far worse. She was transferred to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis when a biopsy revealed that her body was filled with cancer.

Unfortunately, doctors were unable to remove all the cancer during a six-hour surgery, her mother Sharon Hammack said. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy treatment followed by a stem cell transplant, but it failed to keep her cancer at bay. While doctors told her there was nothing more they could do, she held out hope for more options. Read More

Lovington Public Library October 2016 News

Photo furnished Lovington Library Angry Bird participants left to right: Ross Young, Lucas Ayer, Connor Tipton, Jacob Collins, Hannah Collins, Willie Brohez, Rylan Young.

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Lovington Library Angry Bird participants left to right: Ross Young, Lucas Ayer, Connor Tipton, Jacob Collins, Hannah Collins, Willie Brohez, Rylan Young.

•September 28, 2016•

Registration for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is underway. Book bags, logs, storytimes and more are available for pre-K kids who register. Loom

Learn the art of loom knitting and make a hat or scarf with Too Cute Crafts’ Jordan Durbin. Attendees will need to bring their own yarn. Those wanting to do the candy corn design should bring three colors. An example is may be seen in the library. Class is 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, October 1. Only eight seats are available so pre-registration is required.

A book club for fourth-eighth graders meets 3:45-4:45 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The children in this club enjoy planning/assisting with library events and talking about their favorite books. This month the book club will get to help plan the November “Harry Potter Week.” Read More

Artist Workshop Set at St. Columcille Hall

•September 28, 2016•

Springfield artist Stan Squires will return to Sullivan to conduct Sullivan Art Club’s final workshop of the 2016 season 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, October 15. There will be an hour break for lunch. The workshop will be held at the St. Columcille Church hall located on the east end of the church at the corners of W. Jackson and McClellan streets. There is a dedicated entrance to the hall adjacent to the parking lot.  Read More

Sullivan Civic Women’s Club Meeting

•September 28, 2016•

Shane Murphy, owner of the Hole in the Wall BBQ restaurant in Sullivan, was the speaker for the September meeting of the Sullivan Civic Women’s Club. Murphy told of his reasons for opening a restaurant in Sullivan and related his background experience in smoking meats.

Plans were finalized for the annual homecoming chili supper October 7, a fund-raiser for scholarships for Sullivan High School seniors.   Read More

Trapping Permit Drawings for Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Area

•September 28, 2016•

The Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Management Office will hold trapping drawings for Kaskaskia and West Okaw Areas Oct. 1.

Drawings for 20 trapping areas in those area are for the 2016-17 trapping season.

Registration is noon-1 p.m. at the SFWM office 562 State Highway 121 in Bethany (located six miles west of Sullivan on Route 121 or approximately one mile east of Bethany on Route 121). Drawings will be held at 1 p.m. Read More

Remember When? 9-28-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Steven W. Casteel of Fairfax, Va., a 1967 graduate of Sullivan High School, was named to Sullivan High School’s Hall of Fame during the SHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the high school gym. Casteel, a federal agent for the Federal Government’s Drug Enforcement Administration, has received numerous commendations during his tenure with the DEA and was recently featured on the CBS program 48 Hours.

This year’s recipient of the Who’s Who Award at Sullivan High School has distinguished herself through the concern of others. People who need help but cannot help themselves have become a focal point in her life. Sally Hood Clark of Mattoon, a 1954 graduate of Sullivan High School and the daughter of Christine Hood of Sullivan and the late Don Hood, spends many hours of her time assisting the blind and elderly and is particularly known for her support of the deaf and for special children.

Christie Edmonds was crowned homecoming queen during halftime activities Friday evening at Sullivan High School. The daughter of Mike and Joyce Edmonds, she rode off the football field after the ceremony with last year’s queen Stacey Anderson.  Read More

Social Security Revises Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders

•September 28, 2016•

On Monday, the Social Security Administration will publish final rules, effective January 17, 2017, that revise medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders. This regulation is a comprehensive revision to the criteria for evaluating disability claims involving mental disorders.

“Updating our medical criteria for the disability program is a challenging task that has been complicated by deep budgetary cuts in recent years,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. “We are committed to updating our regulations to reflect up-to-date standards and practices used in the health care community.” Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Rain Reporting Ends

•September 28, 2016•

The rainfall reporting season in Moultrie and Douglas counties, which ran from March 27 to September 4, has wrapped up for 2016.

Moultrie County rain reporters were Dean Creviston, Topflight Grain, Robert Riley, T. L. Sheehan Jr., Tom and Sara Gale, Duane and Kim Voegel, John and Jo Watkins, Julian Black, Rick and Lucille Crawford, Cliff Yoder at Yoder Drainage Systems, Lyla Riley, Nick and Linda Roussey, John Doty, and Todd Maxedon. Read More

OVHS Teacher Featured

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley High School has a spotlight a couple of times a month with science  teacher Sarah McDowell featured this month.

In her interview by Kyra Jackson McDowell explained she joined OVHS this year to teach physics, biology, anatomy and physiology.

She is also science club sponsor and in charge of the Eco-team.

The interview reveals that McDowell grew up in Decatur and participated in softball, volleyball, basketball, National Honor Society and the science club in high school. Read More

ProBono Work Brings Honor To Former Sullivan Resident

leslie•September 28, 2016•

Leslie Wood, a former Sullivan resident, will be honored as the 2016 Pro Bono

Attorney of the Year for her work in Madison County.

Wood is an SHS alumna of the class of 1985. She attended the University of Illinois in Urbana and SIU Carbondale School of Law. She is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Wood of Sullivan.

“She’s a good girl,” father and Sullivan attorney Steve Wood said. “We are extremely proud of her.”

Leslie has provided many of her legal services such as pro bono bankruptcies and divorces for Land of Lincoln clients, handled pro bono cases as part of the Veterans Pro Bono Project, as well as providing legal consultations to low income clients at the Legal Advice Clinic.
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