Moultrie Happenings

The Fall Home Care Checklist

By Sam Erickson Maybe it’s going back to school, maybe it’s the shorter days or maybe it’s the blinding lights signaling the holiday season ahead, but fall home improvement projects often get tossed aside or neglected in favor of more exciting, interesting or pressing activities. This short checklist will help guide you to the most important elements to monitor and maintain in your home, keeping you and your family safe and maximizing the life of your home. When the time changes, it’s time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Making sure they are still operational is quick and easy and will bring peace of mind for another six months. Similarly, every year, you should check your fire extinguishers to ensure that they have the proper pressure. Look for dents and dings, and make sure the pin is in the correct position. Fall is a great time to do this, as you’ll be spending more time indoors. If the pressure has fallen too low, find a professional to recharge them for you. Most people don’t use their chimney in the summer, and soot can build up over the course of a year. Other debris like birds’ nests or even … 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 – December 2014

Foodbank Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families. The distribution will be held at Sullivan VFW Post 6410 (1146 State Hwy 32, Sullivan) on December 6, 2014 from 10am to 12pm. All Moultrie County residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome (see below). Those attending are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport food. The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to … Continue reading


Meetings – December 2014

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 – December 2014

Monday, December 1: 11:30 Peace Meal Lunch Served Daily Tuesday, December 2: 8:30 Coffee & Donuts, 12:30 Bridge/Quilters Wednesday, December 3: 11:30 Peace Meal Soup & Salad Bar, 1:00 Wii Bowling Thursday, December 4: 12:00 Peace Meal Birthday Party, 12:30 Hand & Foot card game Friday, December 5: 1:00 Pool Tourney Monday, December 8: 11:30 Peace Meal Lunch Served Daily Tuesday, December 9: 8:30 Coffee & Donuts, 12:30 Bridge/Quilters Wednesday, December 10: 8:30 FREE BREAKFAST provided by Eastview Terrace of Sullivan, 1:00 Wii Bowling Thursday, December 11: 12:00 BINGO w/Angie Clawson from Mason Point, 12:30 Hand & Foot card game … Continue reading

Home and Garden

Spotlight on Home, Lawn & Garden

by Tresa Erickson   When you bought your home some years ago, you gave little thought to the roof. It was in good condition, which the inspector confirmed, and that was the last time you gave it any thought until now. Time has taken its toll on your roof, and … 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 – December 2014

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. Opportunity Fair Eastern Illinois University President William Perry along with the Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services invites business owners and citizens surrounding counties to the Eastern Illinois University Opportunity Fair. The event will take … 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 – December 2014

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, December 17 from 1 to 2p.m. “Rhett Butler’s People” by Donald McCaig. DMV: Wednesday, December 17 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Christmas and Gingerbread … Continue reading

Lovington Public Library

Lovington Public Library – December 2014

New Books At Our Library:The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley, Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer, Inferno by Dan Brown, The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier, Leaving Tomorrow by Jodi Picoult, Gray Mountain by John Grisham, Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell, Flesh and Blood by Patricia … Continue reading

Marrowbone Public Library

Marrowbone Public Library – December 2014

Stop in and get Your 2015 Calendars while they last! Photos were submitted by staff members and the following patrons: Anita O’Brien, Janet Webner and Kyle Kroll. Cost is $5.00 per calendar with the proceeds to help pay for the mortgage on the new library addition. Coffee Hour: Thursdays at … Continue reading

American Legion – VFW

American Legion – VFW – December 2014

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 December 2014

Sullivan Church of God 321 N. West, Sullivan Each Sunday of Advent a special candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath: Candle of HOPE, candle of PEACE, candle of Joy and candle of LOVE. Advent Devotion times: Monday through Saturday 8a.m. and Sunday 5p.m. Saturday, December 6 at noon … Continue reading

DMH Community Calendar

DMH Community Calendar – December 2014

Geriatric Assessment Clinic, 241 W. Weaver Road, Suite 240, Forsyth. Call 876-6350 for more information regarding assessment services for the Geriatric population. Natural Nutrition Weight Management Orientation, December 1 and 29, 5:30-6:15pm, and December 19, noon-12:45pm, FREE, DMH Specific Performance Enhancement Center, 2122 N. 27th Street, Decatur. Learn more about … Continue reading

Moultrie Historical

When Lincoln Left


When Lincoln left Lincoln’s final visit to Moultrie County precipitated a memorable riot on the Sullivan square during his unsuccessful Senatorial campaign against Stephen Douglas. On Monday morning Sept. 20, 1858, Ben D. Hamlin got on his horse and started to school near what is now Coles Station. He was … Continue reading

Web Site Reviews

Web Site Review May 2010

(Editor’s note: As part of the new Moultrie Happenings, one local Website, 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) The Internet is a … Continue reading