Moultrie Happenings

Celebrating the New Year

Early New Year’s Celebrations The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox— the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year. They marked the occasion with a massive religious festival called Akitu (derived from the Sumerian word for barley, which was cut in the spring) that involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days. In addition to the new year, Atiku celebrated the mythical victory of the Babylonian sky god Marduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat and served an important political purpose: It was during this time that a new king was crowned or that the current ruler’s divine mandate was symbolically renewed. Throughout antiquity, civilizations around the world developed increasingly sophisticated calendars, typically pinning the first day of the year to an agricultural or astronomical event. In Egypt, for instance, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile, which coincided with the rising of the star Sirius. The first day of the Chinese new year, meanwhile, occurred with the second new moon … Continue reading


Living Nativity


The 7th Annual Christ’s Living Nativity will be held on Friday – Sunday evenings, December 5, 6, & 7th, with two showings nightly at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Sunday evening there will be one show at 6:30. This free outdoor event may be watched from the comfort of your vehicle … Continue reading


Events – January 2015

Low Vision Support Group SAIL Moultrie County Low Vision Support Group meeting, January 6 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan. The presentation will be about the Newsline for the Blind, an 800 number using a standard touch tone phone for people who are visually impaired. This is the largest audio and news source in the world. There are over 300 publications, newspapers, magazines, and a TV Guide for our area. Annual Township Assessors Meeting As required by Section 200/9-15 of the Property Tax Code, Moultrie County Chief County Assessment Officer Cindy Kidwell … Continue reading


Meetings – January 2015

First Monday 6 p.m., Lovington Township meets, township shed 7 p.m., Dalton City Village Board meets, village hall (unless the Monday falls on a holiday which then moves the meeting to Tuesday following the first Monday) Second Monday 6:0 p.m., Sullivan Women’s Civic Club meets, Senior Center 7 p.m., Sullivan, City Council meets, city building 7 p.m., Lovington school board (call superintendent’s office for location) 7 p.m., Marrowbone Township, township shed 7 p.m., Sullivan school board meets, high school media center Second Thursday 7 p.m., Moultrie County Board meets, county board room in the courthouse 7 p.m., Bethany Village Board meets, village hall Third Thursday 7 p.m., Okaw Valley school board meets, OVHS computer lab Fourth Monday 7 p.m., Sullivan City Council meets, city building Lions Club Second and Fourth Tuesday 6 p.m., Sullivan Dove Thursdays 5 p.m., Dove Support Group, 5 p.m., Dove Children’s Group, children are provided with … Continue reading

Mid Illinois Senior Services

Mid-Illinois Senior Services – January 2015

Thursday Jan. 1 – CLOSED Friday Jan. 2 – CLOSED / Peace Meals Home Delivery ONLY Tues. Jan. 6 – 8:30 Coffee & Donuts, 12:30 Bridge / Quilters Wed. Jan. 7 – 11:30 Peace Meal Soup & Salad Bar, 1:00 Wii Bowling Thurs. Jan. 8 – 12:00 Peace Meal B-Day Party, 12:00 BINGO w/ Angie from Mason Point, 12:30 Hand & Foot Cards Fri. Jan. 9 – 1:00 Pool Tournament Tues. Jan. 13 – 8:30 Coffee & Donuts, 12:30 Bridge / Quilters Wed. Jan. 14 – 8:30 Free Breakfast – Thanks to Eastview Terrace, 10:00 Caregiver Support Group, 1:00 Wii … Continue reading

Home and Garden

Clear The Deck

By Sam Erickson The site of so many good times in the summer, your deck won’t see a lot of action through the winter, but to make sure it is in good shape for the coming summer, it’s good to prepare your outdoor area in the fall. While you’re adding … Continue reading

Local Author Spotlight

Local Author: Timothy E. Wilkerson

Local Author Tim Wilkerson

Tim retired from the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot.  He is a veteran of the Vietnam Police Action (War).  After active duty, he joined the Ohio Army National Guard and continued to serve in the reserves until his retirement, twenty-three years later, from the … Continue reading

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Entertainment - Events

Entertainment – Events – January 2015

Bingo at Post 68 The Sullivan American Legion hosts Bingo every Thursday night, at the Sullivan American Legion Post #68 (8 East Strain, Sullivan). Open Mic Allenville Community Building will host an open mic the last Friday of each month for country music from 7 to 9:30p.m. Divorce Care Southern Baptist Church of Sullivan will host “Divorce Care” for Women Only every Thursday from 7-9 pm. Any woman interested in attending can call 728-8471. Free Play Group Bright Start is a free play group program that is funded through the Illinois State Board of Education for children birth thru age three who reside in Moultrie County. Play groups meet on Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:30 at the Early Intervention building at 203 S. Graham, Sullivan. For more information call Amy Eller 728-7396. BINGO at the MC Beacon Every Tuesday – Doors open at 4:30 and Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. Moultrie County Beacon is located at 401 W. Water St., Sullivan. Shooters Entertainment Sat, Jan 3: Jukebox Karaoke 9-1 Sat, Jan 17: Jukebox Karaoke 9-1 Sat, Jan 31: Jukebox Karaoke 9-1 IL Gaming machines- eat, drink, play, win, 50 cent draft Mondays, Free pool Wed- adults only, … Continue reading

Recipe Corner

Recipe Corner – Grand Old Flag Cake


Grand Old Flag Cake Ingredients Chocolate cake: • Cooking spray • 1 3/4 cups flour • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter, softened … Continue reading



Elizabeth Titus Memorial

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library – January 2015

Wee Time: Every Wednesday from 9:35 to 9:50 a.m. Story Time:Every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. MMQ’s:Every Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Book Club: Wednesday,January 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. “Unstoppable” by Tim Green. DMV: Thursday, January 22 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Library Closed:January 1st … Continue reading

Lovington Public Library

Lovington Public Library – January 2015

New Books: To Everything A Season by Lauraine Snelling, The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor, Hope To Die by James Patterson, Burn by James Patterson, Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig, Full Force & /Effect by Tom Clancy, Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, Gray Mountain by John Grisham Large … Continue reading

Marrowbone Public Library

Marrowbone Public Library – January 2015

Time is running out to get your 2015 Calendar! They can be picked up or ordered for $5.00 through January 31st. Photos were taken locally by patrons and staff as a library fundraiser to help pay for the new Community room. Join us for Coffee Hour Thursdays at 1pm. New … Continue reading

American Legion - VFW

American Legion – VFW – January 2015

Sullivan American Legion The Sullivan American Legion Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The regular Legion meeting is the following Saturday at 9a.m. The Auxiliary meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and the Sons of the American Legion meets at … Continue reading

Church Events

Church Events – January 2015

First Christian Church, Sullivan 1357 CR 1200 E, Sullivan, 217/728-7351 Thursday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day – Office Closed Sunday, Jan. 4: 9 am & 11:15 am Worship “Rise & Shine” (Isaiah 60:1-9), 10:15 am Sunday School, 5 pm Youth Group (6-12) Tuesday, Jan 6: 10 am Bible Study at … Continue reading

DMH Community Calendar

DMH Community Calendar – January 2015

Geriatric Assessment Clinic, 241 W. Weaver Road, Suite 240, Forsyth. Call 876-6350 for more information regarding assessment services for the Geriatric population. Safe Sitter Class, January 3, 9am-3pm, Decatur Memorial Hospital, OB Classroom. This one session class teaches 11-13 year old girls and boys how to handle emergencies and provide … Continue reading

Moultrie Historical

Abraham Lincoln History


2002 The Moultrie-Douglas Experience Abraham Lincoln history Sullivan is located on the Lincoln Heritage Trail which was dedicated in August 1963.  Abraham Lincoln traveled through the county with his family as a young man, returned here to practice law when he was riding the circuit and later during his unsuccessful … Continue reading

Web Site Reviews

Web Site Review

by Tim Wilkerson (Editor’s note: As part of the new Moultrie Happenings, one local Web site, in Moultrie County, will be reviewed each month. If you would like your site to be considered for review, please send us an email with the name and address of the site at events@newsprogress.com) … Continue reading