Hearing Waived In Abuse Case

•September 28, 2016•

Jacob T. Pool, 23, of Sullivan waived preliminary hearing on two felony counts in circuit court Sept. 26.

Judge Dan L Flannell set a date for jury trial to begin at 9 a.m. February 6, 2017.

Pool has been in Moultrie County Jail since August 25 charged with unlawful possession of weapons, a Class 3 felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Read More

WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser

Photo furnished WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser The Windsor class of 2017 will host a Longaberger Binga Fundraiser October 22 at the high school. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the games start at 6 p.m.   Tickets are available from any senior class member or by calling Lesley Baker at 459-2636.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.   A variety of baskets filled with goodies will be available as well as refreshments, 50/50, and raffle items. Pictured top left to right:  Bailey Fleshner and Anthony Curry.  Bottom feft to right:  Jodie Harris and Gillian Sanders.

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WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser
The Windsor class of 2017 will host a Longaberger Binga Fundraiser October 22 at the high school. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the games start at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available from any senior class member or by calling Lesley Baker at 459-2636. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
A variety of baskets filled with goodies will be available as well as refreshments, 50/50, and raffle items.
Pictured top left to right: Bailey Fleshner and Anthony Curry. Bottom feft to right: Jodie Harris and Gillian Sanders.

SHS Celebrating a Week of Homecoming

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

•September 28, 2016•

by Amy Cravatta
for Sullivan High School

Sullivan High School’s Homecoming events begin Monday, October 3 with float building 6-9 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 6 for all high school students.

Pep rally activities will begin at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 with the parade Friday. Parade line-up  begins at 3 p.m. in the high school’s back parking lot and steps off at 4 p.m. Kick off for the football game against Central A & M is 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 8 is the homecoming dance in the high school gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the coronation 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dance then continues from until 10 p.m.

Historical Amish Homes Moved to New Location

Photo furnished Illinois District 10 Trooper explains safety issues to Mennonite school children observing the move of the first Amish home in the state to the future Amish Heritage Center location last week.

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Illinois District 10 Trooper explains safety issues to Mennonite school children observing the move of the first Amish home in the state to the future Amish Heritage Center location last week.

Heritage Center & Amish Museum

•September 28, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
for the News Progress

A piece of Amish culture literally made history last week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Arthur, two original Amish homes built in 1865-1866, were moved from storage to their new location.

They represent the beginning of a new Heritage Center and Amish Museum located less than a mile west of Chesterville and three miles east of Arthur.

The oldest home (Yoder House) was built by Moses Yoder, great-great-grandfather of Ervin Yoder. He was part of three families who were the first Amish to arrive in Arthur.

Daniel Schrock, great-great-grandfather of Wilmer Otto, was the architect of the second Amish home and came to the Arthur area around 1882.

This significant point in time not only caught local attention (a small group of Mennonite school children were let out early to be spectators)– but social media and other news outlets across the country.  Read More

Vote Now In Moultrie County

•September 28, 2016•

First day of Early Voting and Vote by Mail for the November 8 General Election begins Thursday, September 29 in the county clerk’s office.

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England would like to remind voters that Illinois no longer requires an excuse to vote early or by mail.

If a person has already decided how they wish to vote, now would be a good time to avoid the possible long lines on election day. Read More

SHS Homecoming Attendants

Photo furnished SHS Homecoming Attendents Sullivan homecoming will take place the week of October 3-7. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 with the homecoming game against Central A&M kicking off at 7 p.m. The 2016 queen and king will be announced at the dance Saturday with coronation starting at 8 p.m.  Homecoming attendants for Sullivan High School are freshmen Meena Corkill and Myles Gregory, sophomores Madison Atchison and Cullen Dyer and juniors Katie McClure and Jacob White.

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SHS Homecoming Attendants
Sullivan homecoming will take place the week of October 3-7. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 with the homecoming game against Central A&M kicking off at 7 p.m. The 2016 queen and king will be announced at the dance Saturday with coronation starting at 8 p.m.
Homecoming attendants for Sullivan High School are freshmen Meena Corkill and Myles Gregory, sophomores Madison Atchison and Cullen Dyer and juniors Katie McClure and Jacob White.

The Bee Raising Buzz: It’s The Honey

Photo by Emily Stutzman Beekeepers Tom Vance and John Durbin smoke bees to lure them into hives where the workers make some of the sweetest local honey in the country.

Photo by Emily Stutzman
Beekeepers Tom Vance and John Durbin smoke bees to lure them into hives where the workers make some of the sweetest local honey in the country.

•September 28, 2016•

By Emily Stutzman
for the News Progress

Honey at the grocery store is identified by the classic bear-shaped containers. Some may even buy locally grown honey at farmer’s markets or orchards. However, there are an increasing number of people who have started raising their own bees. Local farmer, John Durbin is one of those. Durbin has lived in the Sullivan area for many years and is one of the founders of the Arthur Beekeepers Club, which meets on the first Monday of every month at the Arthur United Methodist Church at 6:30 P.M.

“The intention,” he explained, “is to give people information that’ll help them keep their bees healthy.”

The Arthur Beekeepers Club has been meeting informally over the summer, with their first formal gathering on September 5. Durbin, who has lived in Sullivan for many years but only started keeping bees in 2013 is one of the officers. He invited me to attend the meeting and offered to let me try some actual beekeeping as well.

The first step of the beekeeping process was to fire up the smoker, which was fueled by cedar chips, and don some white beekeeping suits and gloves. We then headed out to the row of white bee hives a safe distance from the Durbins’ house.  Read More

Miss US International Has Sullivan Connection

Photo furnished Miss US International Has Sullivan Connection Editors note: Leinbach is the daughter of Carla Stokes who grew up in Sullivan and “honorary granddaughter” of Ron and Sharon White of Sullivan. Kaitryanna Leinbach of Charlotte, N.C. has been crowned Miss US International a title she won at the national competition in Orlando, Fla. June 23.  Leinbach will live in Tokyo, Japan for a month representing the United States during a national press tour and then will compete in the international pageant in Toyko October 27. She is a freshman at Louisiana State University and member of the LSU cheer team. Her parents are Laurence and Carla Stokes Leinbach of Charlotte.

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Miss US International Has Sullivan Connection
Editors note: Leinbach is the daughter of Carla Stokes who grew up in Sullivan and “honorary granddaughter” of Ron and Sharon White of Sullivan.
Kaitryanna Leinbach of Charlotte, N.C. has been crowned Miss US International a title she won at the national competition in Orlando, Fla. June 23.
Leinbach will live in Tokyo, Japan for a month representing the United States during a national press tour and then will compete in the international pageant in Toyko October 27.
She is a freshman at Louisiana State University and member of the LSU cheer team. Her parents are Laurence and Carla Stokes Leinbach of Charlotte.

Hullabaloo on the Square

Photo by RR Best Hullabaloo on the Square The sixth annual New Life Church sponsored event on the Sullivan square Sept. 18 provided family entertainment for hundreds of visitors. Many even braved the climbing wall (pictured) as well as inflatables, laser tag, street art, cotton candy and much more.

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Hullabaloo on the Square
The sixth annual New Life Church sponsored event on the Sullivan square Sept. 18 provided family entertainment for hundreds of visitors. Many even braved the climbing wall (pictured) as well as inflatables, laser tag, street art, cotton candy and much more.

Moultrie County Praised for Local Habitat Projects

•September 21, 2016•

Habitat for Humanity in Moultrie County is an operation that is respected all over the country.

That’s what the Moultrie County Board discovered when National Habitat Care-A-Vanner Robert Gillespie and his wife Betty,visited their regular meeting September 15.

Gillespie and Habitat volunteers living in campers and motor homes travel the country building some 300 homes all over the United States each year.

“This is our seventh house in Moultrie County, and as soon as the date for this build was posted volunteers filled the sign up list,” Gillespie said.

He pointed out a few things that make Moultrie County desirable for the retired habitat volunteers who have come to town to build a house in six weeks.

One big factor is Pastor Paul McGhghy, Gillespie said, explaining the Faith Lutheran Church offers the Care-A-Vanners a premium campground experience during the six week build.  Read More