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Grandfather’s Memory Inspires Boston Marathoner

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Kyle Wickline stands next to a Boston Marathon sign last week.

•April 26, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

Kyle Wickline, a city carrier for the United States Postal Service in Sullivan, decided to pick up the pace last week.

Not during his deliveries through the streets of Sullivan but rather in the oldest annual marathon in the world.

On Patriots’ Day, Wickline ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time.

He ran the marathon in memory of his late grandpa, Dean Fulk, who referred to Wickline as “his marathoner.”

Wickline finished the race with a time of 3:28:18 and a 7:56 pace per mile. Read More

Main Street Gets a Makeover in Findlay

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Ty Phillips and Lathen Hoyer pitch in to clean up Main Street in Findlay.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Spring is in the air and that usually means spring cleaning, but the Shelby County Economic Development Agency has upped the ante and taken to the streets with its ambitious new program “Main Street Makeover”.

In partnership with Shelby County Partners, the program coordinates volunteers and businesses to work together in giving towns, cities and villages in Shelby County the tender, loving care of a good sprucing up - beginning with main streets.

Jody McCormick, the Findlay coordinator, organized more than 40 middle and high school volunteers into teams with supervisors at the Community Center April 21. She held up pictures of the buildings selected for a makeover and described the tasks to be done - sanding and scraping old paint, scrubbing concrete, washing windows, painting, and cleaning up the community gardens. In the corner of the room were the tools of the day: paint brushes, rollers, sanders, scrapers, paint pans and liners, buckets, drop cloths, ladders and buckets of paint - all donated by local residents and businesses.

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Easter Bonnets on Parade at Mason Point

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Mason Point Choir seated from left: Norma Standerfer, Jackie Grace; back row: Leanna Stickles, Jean Dulik, Marc Hall, Weldon and Judy Brown, Eva Ethington and Evelyn Lane.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

In their Easter bonnets with all the frills upon them, the nine-member Mason Point choir strolled through the audience in the Knights building singing “Easter Parade”, and for the next hour entertained with a program of oldies but goodies for the Mason Point Easter party April 21.

The 13 vocal selections included Over the Rainbow, Sunny Side of the Street, a duet of 16 Tons by Marc Hall and Weldon Brown, It Had to Be You, Side By Side and ending with Take Me Out to the Ballgame with the audience rooting for the Cardinals or Cubbies. Cookies, snacks and fruit punch were served.

Jean Dulik organized the choir and made all the Easter hats for the group. Other members are Eva Ethington, Norma Standerfer, Evelyn Lane, Judy and Weldon Brown, Marc Hall, Jackie Grace and Leanna Stickles. Read More

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Kiki’s Boutique is for the Fashion Lover

Photo by Ellen Fererra
Kiki’s Boutique owner Nikki Jacobazzi is pictured.

•April 19, 2017•

By Ellen Fererra

The exquisite Venetian chandelier catches your eye as you enter the very stylish new Kiki’s Boutique and the owner, Nikki Jacobazzi says, “ Yes, I had to have it, and it was the first item installed - everything was built around it. We had to wrap it in plastic for over a month while we remodeled.”

And what a charming space it is with racks of really beautiful and colorful blouses, dresses, jeans, t-shirts, shoes and must-have jewelry. So much temptation in such a small space but all artfully arranged. The sizes here run from small to 3x, and I was surprised to find almost all of the gorgeous blouses priced at $26 as they look much more expensive.

“We wanted a place to shop in Sullivan with high fashion and reasonable prices as so many shops like Penney’s and Kohl’s are closing.  Plus, you don’t have to drive to shop - we are right here,” she said.

Jacobazzi, who has the gamin looks of an Audrey Hepburn, grew up in Sullivan, went off to the big city and returned about five years ago. That’s when she began going to vendor fairs and selling online where she has shipped her line all over the U.S. and to a growing market in Europe.  Read More

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Sullivan Baseball Improves with Two Wins

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Zach Sowers pitches home.

Sullivan Baseball Improves with Two Wins

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

The Sullivan baseball team finished the week 3-1 with wins over Meridian and Warrensburg-Latham and a loss to Tuscola.

Monday the Redskins defeated Meridian 9-4.

Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but Sullivan added two more runs in the second to take the lead.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, but Sullivan tacked on another run in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.

Brett Tuttle was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Zach Sowers drove in three runs with two hits.

Bryce Farris and Dalton Rogers each scored two runs, and Jon Gavin had a hit and a run scored.

Rogers pitched four innings for the win. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Sowers pitched three innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and no walks. He struck out two. Read More

SOV Boys’ Track Team Takes Top Spots

•April 26, 2017•

The SOV boys’ track team and field team competed in two meets this past week.

The Redskins finished in sixth place out of 17 teams at the Tuscola Invitational Friday.

Six athletes finished in the top six spots.

Jadon Nuzzo took first in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, and Logan Pedigo followed with a third place finish with a vault of the same height.

J.T. Bland placed third in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:06.24, and Isaiah Plank placed fifth at 5:09.71.

Luke Bowman took fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.12, and Leighton Burcham placed sixth in with a long jump of 18 feet 6 inches.

The 4x200 relay team (Burcham, Bowman, Hopper, Nuzzo) placed fourth with a time of 1:42.50, and the 4x100 relay team (Burcham, Boomer, Cullen Dyer, Bowman) placed sixth at 48.49. Read More

Okaw Valley Baseball Extends Winning Streak

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Knights’ Eric Herschberger gets first score of the night stealing home against the defense of OV pitcher Tanner Coleman.

•April 26, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

The Okaw Valley baseball team extended its winning streak to 13 with two more wins this past week.

The Timberwolves defeated Decatur Lutheran last Wednesday and walked-off a win against Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Monday.

Against ALAH in Bethany, OV jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the firs inning, but ALAH answered with four runs in the third to take the lead.

OV scored a run in the sixth and walked off in the seventh when Austin Harshman singled to end the game 5-4.

For OV, Taylor Coleman was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Harshman had two hits.

Coleman earned the win for Okaw Valley. He went four and two-thirds innings and gave up no runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out nine. Read More

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Obituaries 4-26-2017: Joe Cochran

Joe Cochran 

Joseph M. Cochran M. Sgt. USAF (Ret) passed away March 17, 2017.

He will be buried will full military honors at 11 a.m. May 3 in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. He will be interred with his wife Joni Cochran.

He was born March 3, 1933, a son of Esther and Walter “Babe” Cochran.  Read More

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