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


Entertainment – Arthur Cheese Festival


Arthur Cheese Festival Sunday (Subject to change) * 10 am Community Wide Church service – Gazebo Parking Lot * 11am- Festival opens with merchants sidewalk sales, pony rides, wagons rides, Klink’s Inflatable’s for the kids, Petting zoo, in Artie’s Party Zone, strolling clowns, flea, craft, and food vendors downtown. * … Continue reading


Events – September 2014

Sullivan Senior Center Groups Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Last Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group: Second Wednesday on each month from 10 to 11 a.m. Sports Boosters Meetings Second Wednesday of each month in the Sullivan high school media center at 7p.m. … Continue reading


Meetings – September 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 September 2014

Tuesday Sept. 2 : 8:30 Donuts & Coffee, 12:30 Bridge / Quilters Wednesday Sept. 3: 1:00 Wii Bowling Thursday Sept. 4: 12:00 Peace Meal Birthday Party, 12:30 Hand & Foot cards Friday Sept. 5: 1:00 Pool Tourney Tuesday Sept. 9: 8:30-11:30 Senior Expo at American Legion, 8:30 Donuts & Coffee, 9:30 BINGO, 12:30 Bridge / Quilters Wednesday Sept. 10: 8:30 Free Breakfast from Eastview, 10:00 Caregiver Support Group, 1:00 Wii Bowling Thursday Sept. 11: 12:00 BINGO with Angie from Mason Point, 12:30 Hand & Foot cards Friday Sept. 12: 1:00 Pool Tourney Monday Sept. 15: 12:00 Interagency Meeting Tuesday Sept. … Continue reading

Home and Garden

A Safer Alternative

By Tresa Erickson Every fall homeowners across the country pull out their ladders, buckets and scoops and prepare for the arduous chore of cleaning out their gutters. Gutters are essential for directing water away from the home and must be free of debris in order to do their job effectively. … 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 September 2014

204 Senior Expo Mid-Illinois Senior Services Inc. will hold the annual senior expo on Tuesday, September 9 at the Sullivan American Legion (8 E. Strain) from 8:30 to 11:30am. A free breakfast, sponsored by TnT Pizzeria, State Rep. Adam Brown and Senator Chapin Rose, will be served at 8:30 with BINGO to follow at 9:30. Over 20 businesses will be on hand to showcase what they provide to our community. For reservations call 217-728-8521. SAIL Moultrie Low Vision Support Group September 2 from 10:30 am to noon at the Sullivan Library (Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library). Jennifer Moore of CIPT-transportationwill be … Continue reading

Entertainment – Events – August 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 … 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

Lovington Public Library

Lovington Public Library

Mon. Sept. 1: Library Closed Thurs. Sept. 11: Adult Book Club Mtg. 11- 12:00. Bring a book to talk about. Tues. Sept. 16: RDG Redbirds Book Club for 6th-8th Grade. Bring a book to talk about. Thurs. Sept. 18: Pre-School Story time 10:30- 11:00AM for ages 2 yrs. and older … Continue reading

Marrowbone Public Library

Marrowbone Public Library – September 2014

Storyhour will begin Thursday September 12 at 11:00 am for preschoolers age 3-5. Come join us for stories, snacks and a craft! Mark your calendars for Family Reading night November 30th at 6:30pm. The theme this year is “Reading Rocks!” New to the library: Fiction: Act of War : a … Continue reading

American Legion – VFW

American Legion – VFW – September 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 – September 2014

First Christian Church 1357 CR 1200 E, Sullivan, IL 61951 217/728-7351 Monday, Sept. 1: LABOR DAY – Office closed Tuesday, Sept. 2: 10 am Bible Study at Courtyard Estates, 11:30 am First Tuesday Lunch Sunday, Sept. 7: 9 am & 11:15 am Worship (Matthew 18:15-20), 10:15 am Sunday School, 5:00 … Continue reading

DMH Community Calendar

DMH Community Calendar – August 2014

Geriatric Assessment Clinic, 241 W. Weaver Road, Suite 240, Forsyth. Call 876-6350 for more information regarding assessment services for the Geriatric population. Cardiac Rehab Orientation, August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3pm, FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur … 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 July 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) Our focus this month … Continue reading