Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Growing Epidemic

July 23, 2014

Elderly face struggles with second raising

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan Reporter

When grandparents reach the age of retirement, most of their goals consist of relaxation, travel, getting involved with new hobbies or catching up with family and grandchildren, but for some grandparents, this won’t be the story. Many grandparents here in Moultrie and neighboring counties are now finding themselves heading households and caring for their grandchildren.

According to the Illinois Department on Aging, grandparents raising grandchildren is considered an epidemic by the federal government. Common factors that result in grandparents raising their grandchildren are alcohol and drug abuse, death of a parent, divorce, neglect, abuse or abandonment, unemployment or poverty, parental incarceration, and teen pregnancy.  Read More

New ALAH School District Holds First Meeting

July 23, 2014

With merger, financial updates given including Atwood-Hammond money

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

The former Arthur-Lovington District School Board opened their July 16 meeting as the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (ALAH) District with new superintendent Kenny Schwengel and administrative assistant, Audrey Fleener, who served as an administrative assistant at  Atwood-Hammond High School for 23 years, and will be serving her 24th year at the ALAH district.

“I’ve been a superintendent for nine years, but there’s always a learning curve when you switch districts,” said Schwengel, in a separate interview. “As far as goals, first and foremost, I intend to work toward the district goals that were established/updated over the course of last year. I hope to build relationships, get to know everyone, and determine other areas to work on or possibly improve.” Read More

Lovington Discusses Village Projects

July 23, 2014

Work on old village hall held up, but now underway

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

Talk of work to happen on the old village hall building had been ongoing for several months before a vote was taken to repair the falling wall on the structure in May.

A bid of around $20,000 was accepted, and included in the bid was completion in August. The funds have been paid, but board member Roger Walker noted earlier this month that the work had not begun. Questions from other board members about the ability to finish the project arose, and Walker assured the board that he would get in contact with the contractor about the project. Work has since begun and is underway. Read More

Sullivan Schools Consider Bus Leasing

July 23, 2014

Big aim is to avoid increasing maintenance costs

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With new regulations and increased costs for purchasing and maintaining bus fleets, Sullivan schools may opt to begin leasing their busses, rather than purchasing them outright.

The need for a lease was discussed both during and after Sullivan schools transportation supervisor Cary Suhl’s annual transportation report last month.

In his report, Suhl explained that the district has 25 vehicles in its fleet, including 16 school busses and that bus drivers drove an average of 709 miles each day to get students to and from school at an average cost of $2,210.33 per day. For the 13-14 school year, the district’s fleet underwent 154,143 miles of travel, down 2,812 miles from a year ago. The majority of the fleet also enjoyed slightly better gas mileage this past school year, and the average cost per gallon of diesel had also fallen just less than 12 cents. The 13-14 budget stipulated $80,000 for fuel, but the total came in $14,573.07 less at $65,426.92 as of June 12. Read More

Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive

Photo by RR Best Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive Dozens of antique tractors were downtown in Dalton City Sunday morning as part of the inaugural Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive, which began in Mt. Zion and traveled to Dalton City before returning to its starting location. Sefton was an active farmer dedicated to agriculture and a past Macon County Farm Bureau Board president, foundation trustee, and sat on several committees over the years. The drive was sponsored by the Macon County Farm Bureau Foundation and raised money for the Emmett Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nearly 40 individuals participated.

Photo by RR Best
Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive
Dozens of antique tractors were downtown in Dalton City Sunday morning as part of the inaugural Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive, which began in Mt. Zion and traveled to Dalton City before returning to its starting location. Sefton was an active farmer dedicated to agriculture and a past Macon County Farm Bureau Board president, foundation trustee, and sat on several committees over the years. The drive was sponsored by the Macon County Farm Bureau Foundation and raised money for the Emmett Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nearly 40 individuals participated.

Dallmier Returns to Sullivan Family Care

Submitted Dallmier Returns to Sullivan Family Care Dr. Glen Dust (left) and Dr. Faisal Bukhari (right) of Sullivan Family Care are welcoming Shirley Dallmier, P.A-C (center) to the active medical staff. Dallmier began practicing July 15 and is actively accepting new patients.  Dallmier graduated from St. Louis University and went on to obtain her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. After practicing for 12 years in Sullivan, she continued working in internal medicine and family practice in Mt. Vernon. Returning home, Dallmier is anxious to reestablish providing family care in Sullivan. Call Sullivan Family Care at 217-728-7353 to schedule an appointment or request a new patient screening if not an established patient.

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Dallmier Returns to Sullivan Family Care
Dr. Glen Dust (left) and Dr. Faisal Bukhari (right) of Sullivan Family Care are welcoming Shirley Dallmier, P.A-C (center) to the active medical staff. Dallmier began practicing July 15 and is actively accepting new patients.
Dallmier graduated from St. Louis University and went on to obtain her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. After practicing for 12 years in Sullivan, she continued working in internal medicine and family practice in Mt. Vernon. Returning home, Dallmier is anxious to reestablish providing family care in Sullivan. Call Sullivan Family Care at 217-728-7353 to schedule an appointment or request a new patient screening if not an established patient.

Village of Bethany Sets Plans for Expanding Roadwork

July 16, 2014

State grant could increase scope of project

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

Harsh conditions last winter left roads across central Illinois in disrepair, and communities in Moultrie County saw no respite from the wear and tear caused by the ice and snow. Fortunately, residents of Bethany may not have to contend with the worst of their road problems much longer. Bethany’s village council approved a plan this month that seeks to fix some of the most pressing issues with roads and sidewalks around town. The plan, initially modest in scope due to budgetary constraints, could potentially expand as well, pending the state’s announcement of infrastructure grants in September. Read More

Illinois Department on Aging Mired by State Budget, Problem Areas Persist

July 16, 2014

Shortfalls will need to be addressed

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

With the state of Illinois’s new fiscal year beginning on July 1, Governor Pat Quinn gave up his opposition to the state budget passed by lawmakers in May and approved the majority of the bill just one day before the deadline. The new state budget, which Quinn has repeatedly described as “incomplete” due to its exclusion of an extended income tax increase, may provide a fiscal framework under which the government can operate, but it does little to mitigate the daunting uncertainty felt by state agencies including the Illinois Department of Aging and its East Illinois Area Agency on Aging, which supports seniors services in Moultrie County. Read More

Sullivan Named Community of the Year by State Utilities Association

Submitted Illinois Municipal Utilities Association President & CEO Kevin Gaden (right) presents the IMUA Member Community of the Year Award to City Distribution Foreman Shannon Risley (left) and Sullivan Mayor Ann Short (center).

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Illinois Municipal Utilities Association President & CEO Kevin Gaden (right) presents the IMUA Member Community of the Year Award to City Distribution Foreman Shannon Risley (left) and Sullivan Mayor Ann Short (center).

July 16, 2014

Citing the city an example of a community that has taken the initiative to assure a continued quality of life for its citizens, Kevin Gaden, President & CEO of the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA), named Sullivan as the 2014 IMUA Member Community of the Year. Read More