Red Apple Owners Enter into TIF Agreement with City

October 22, 2014

Part of reconstruction costs eligible for TIF funds

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Steve Sadikoska and Tim Halili of the Red Apple Restaurant were in attendance at the October 13 city council to hear discussion regarding possible Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to help with the reconstruction of the restaurant that burned down July 29.

Mayor Ann Short opened the discussion expressing the feelings of the city: “All of us feel so badly because of your unfortunate situation. That was just horrible.”

Short then went on to explain that the TIF program is when construction is completed and taxes are assessed by the county, the difference between what taxes were before the fire and what they are after construction is completed. In talking with the city’s TIF attorney it has been determined that the construction would be eligible for TIF funding for the reconstruction of the restaurant. Read More

Robinson Street Deemed Unfit for Farm Traffic

Photo by Keith Stewart A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

Photo by Keith Stewart
A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

October 22, 2014

Engineer cites nearly $1 million estimate for roadwork

by Joash Tiarks
& Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

The Village of Bethany is once again dealing with the wear and tear of farm equipment.

As the main access route to the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator, the resurfacing of Robinson Street has cropped up again this year. Matt Foster, of the engineering firm Bainbridge, Gee, Milanski & Associates(BGM) out of Decatur, presented his findings to the board earlier this month on the possibility of a grant from the Truck Access Route Program(TARP) to more permanently deal with this perennial challenge. Read More

County Board Approves FY15 Tentative Budget

October 15, 2014

Opts to levy less than max amount for now

Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the October county board meeting finance chairman Ron White presented a 2015 tentative budget for Moultrie County.

White noted that “The state allows each county to set 0.37 percent of total assessed property value. This would have created a maximum tax levy of $880,000. The finance committee after gathering figures from department heads has set a levy of $810,000. We have a good balance to carry forward into 2015”.

With no discussion White made a motion to accept the tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. Votes were all in favor with one board member absent while the vote was taken (Tim Rose arrived after the vote). Read More

Record Crop on the Back Burner as Farmers Wait

Photo by Keith Stewart Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

October 15, 2014

Corn and soy harvests at standstill with recent rains

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

John Doty and his son J.C. were two of few farmers out in the fields Monday afternoon.

“I’ve ordered three weeks of nice weather, but I’m not in charge of that,” said John. “But I guarantee you, we’ll finish.”

The father/son duo who were harvesting corn just east of Allenville couldn’t beat the rain that eventually moved in later that afternoon. So now they join the rest of their colleagues in checking weather forecasts, waiting, and looking out the window. And what most farmers see out that window are potential record yields barred from being harvested due to the recent wet weather. Read More

Beef Roundup 2014

Photo by RR Best Beef-Roundup! Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches. 

Photo by RR Best
Beef-Roundup!
Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches. 

ALAH Schools Implement Google App Tools as Key to Learning

October 15, 2014

Jr. high moves towards 1:1 learning to prepare for high school

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

Junior high mathematics teachers Sarah Smith and Jami Budd opened the ALAH School Board meeting with discussion about the new Google Chrome notebooks and Google accounts that have recently been set up with the junior high classes. Seventh and eighth graders are learning about using Google email, documents, slide, groups, and sharing documents.

“It will be good for group projects so that kids can work together from home and be live via Google. It is unbelievably exciting to watch. We are trying to prepare them for high school because we know that is the direction we are going towards,” said Smith. Read More

SOV Varsity Football Game Postponed After Fatal Accident at Shelbyville Bus Garage

Coroner identifies transportation director as victim

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The varsity football game between SOV and Shelbyville scheduled for Friday, October 10 has been postponed due to what area sources are claiming a serious injury occurring to one of Shelbyville schools’ staff members.

Both the Shelbyville Daily Union and Shelby County News are reporting that a staff member was injured after being trapped under a vehicle late this morning. The Daily Union elaborated by saying the injury resulted in a fatality, while the County News is reporting the individual was injured after a jack slipped while working on a school bus in the bus garage.

According to the Daily Union, Superintendent Denise Bence released the following statement:

“The district lost a beloved employee today. We are all deeply saddened. Our hearts are aching for his family. They are in our prayers.”

Tonight’s football game has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Both the Daily Union and the Shelbyville County News are reporting that Shelby County Coroner Brian Green has identified Tim Powers, 45,  as the individual killed in today’s accident. Powers was the Shelbyville school district’s transportation director and was injured while working on a bus in the district’s bus garage.

Sullivan Schools Plan to See Further Reduction in State Aid

October 8, 2014

Expenditures also rise in latest budget

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Last month the Sullivan school board approved an updated tentative budget that saw more than $200,000 less in revenue over the previous tentative budget.

After holding a public hearing on the budget (which went unattended by the public), the board unanimously passed the latest budget, which increases the overall deficit by $393,226. Of that, $212,726 was a loss in revenue, while $180,500 can be attributed to expenses.

With revenue, the kicker is despite the school district receiving 89 percent of its full state aid payment as in the previous fiscal year, this year’s amount is $198,147 less because of two primary factors. Read More

SHS Homecoming Court 2014

Photo by Kevin Sesko SHS Homecoming Court 2014 Sullivan’s homecoming coronation will take place during half time at Friday night’s football game. The student council hosted dance, themed Neon Lights, will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Pictured is this year’s Sullivan High School’s homecoming court. Back row, from left to right, are: senior attendants Emily Neuhauser, Shawn Cody, Nicholas Cravatta, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Drew Harris. Front row: Bailey Root (freshman), Hannah Moody (senior), Heather Cody (senior), Heidi Clements (junior), Jadeyn Land (senior), Tori Murphy (senior), and Abby Williams (sophomore).

Photo by Kevin Sesko
SHS Homecoming Court 2014
Sullivan’s homecoming coronation will take place during half time at Friday night’s football game. The student council hosted dance, themed Neon Lights, will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
Pictured is this year’s Sullivan High School’s homecoming court. Back row, from left to right, are: senior attendants Emily Neuhauser, Shawn Cody, Nicholas Cravatta, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Drew Harris. Front row: Bailey Root (freshman), Hannah Moody (senior), Heather Cody (senior), Heidi Clements (junior), Jadeyn Land (senior), Tori Murphy (senior), and Abby Williams (sophomore).