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Dirks Presented Award for Heroism

Photo by RR Best Sullivan police office manager Janet Dirks (left) holds a merit award presented to her at last week’s city council meeting by Mayor Ann Short (right) for her heroic handling of an emergency phone call in March that was pertaining to what was shortly after found to be a homicide.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan police office manager Janet Dirks (left) holds a merit award presented to her at last week’s city council meeting by Mayor Ann Short (right) for her heroic handling of an emergency phone call in March that was pertaining to what was shortly after found to be a homicide.

Council also discusses creating possible fourth TIF district

April 22, 2015
by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Sullivan mayor Ann Short and the city council presented Sullivan police office manager Janet Dirks an award at their regular meeting earlier this month for her heroic handling of a homicide call on Wednesday, March 11.
Many members of the Sullivan police force and chief John Love were present as Dirks accepted her award.
“Our entire police department did a great job that day,” said police chief John Love. “Janet was a lifeline. We are fortunate to have her.”
Two guests, TIF consultants Steve Kline and Gwen Crawford, presented reports about the current TIF districts and information about the possibility of forming another TIF district, the area of which includes the former Jackson Chevrolet building. Read More

Sullivan Police Receiving Reports of Fraudulent Tax Income Returns

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A few local federal tax income filers have discovered their identities stolen after they tried to file but were told they already had.
According to Sullivan police chief John Love, his department recently received just over a handful of calls from local citizens who discovered that someone else had fraudulently filed their federal return.
John Vander Burgh, CPA and owner of Vander Burgh Financial Service LLC in Bethany says such rejections from the IRS for filings are for one of two reasons–the preparer has incorrectly input the social security number by accident or, more seriously, someone else has fraudulently filed their form as a result of identity theft. Read More

Yost’s Trial Moved Up to June

State’s attorney requests speedy trial

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan man accused of murdering a woman in March was back in court Monday for a brief hearing regarding a request for a speedy trial.
Michael S. Yost of Sullivan appeared before the Hon. Judge Dan Flannell Monday afternoon after state’s attorney Jeremy Richey filed a motion for a special jury term or, in other words, a speedy trial. The motion was largely a formality since both state and federal law entitles individuals to a speedy trial.
Richey’s motion was granted, and as a result, Yost’s original trial setting commencement date of August 3 was essentially thrown out in exchange for 9 a.m. June 15. Read More

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Lady Redskins Cruise Past St. Anthony 14-3

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Pratt’s walk-off in the fifth brings early ending

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

With the wind howling out to left field, Sullivan softball muscled up to defeat St. Anthony by 10 runs in just five innings on Tuesday night.
Crooked numbers were key as the Lady Redskins scored four runs in the first, three in the second, and three more in the fourth all topped by a Bailee Pratt walk-off winner in the fifth. Heidi Clements got the start and the win for the now 10-6 squad, holding St. Anthony’s talented offense in check by trusting her defense.
Head coach Ben Richter thinks his team’s patient approach at the plate is paying dividends.
“I have been having them take pitches and try to work counts,” he said. “We have been swinging on the first pitch and that had been getting us in trouble. They did a great job seeing pitches and finding the pitches they want to hit. We jumped on a couple and they landed where we wanted them to land. So it was a good day offensively.” Read More

Tri-County Meet Sees SOV, ALAH Finish within Proximity

Photo by Keith Stewart Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

SOV boys finish highest in fourth

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
Hosting their second meet of the year, the SOV boys’ track team placed fourth, while the girls settled for fifth. Neighboring Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys took fifth, while their girls were also a spot back in sixth.
The boys team finished with 72 points, and leading the Redskins was Zane Uphoff, who finished first in the triple jump going 40 feet, 3 inches. Uphoff also earned third in the long jump with a distance of 18-8. Teammate Cody Drake took second in the event with a jump of 19-0. The 4x200 relay of Uphoff, Charlie Goss, Luke Bowman, and Calen Landrus finished in second with a time of 1 minute, 38.26 seconds.
Other top four finishes included Zach Devore (fourth, 300m hurdles, 46.03), Bowman (third, long jump, 5-10), Drew Harris (fourth, long jump, 5-10), JT Bland (fourth, 800m, 2:13.94), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 10-6), and the 4x4 relay of Uphoff, Goss, Landrus, and Devore (fourth, 3:46.42). Read More

Nadler’s Walkoff RBI Completes Redskins 6-5 Comeback

Photo by RR Best Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Photo by RR Best
Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Last ditch heroics push Sullivan past Altamont Sat.

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan rallied from behind to win in dramatic fashion against the Altamont Indians Saturday at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
Nick Frerichs came up with a clutch two-out two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Levi Nadler followed with an RBI single down the right field line for the game winner. The Redskins called on Tom Schibur to close out the final two innings, earning his first win supported by Dakota Clayton who pitched five strong innings of three run ball tallying five strikeouts.
Playing their fifth game in five days, Redskins head coach Troy Rogers saw what he called a gutsy performance.
“Our pitching staff is running on fumes,” he said. “This is only Tommy’s second time pitching varsity. He has pitched really well so far, and if we were not as deep as we are, he would be pitching for us a lot. He has been able to get a lot of innings in JV, but that was the first time I had seen him in a prolonged outing, and I was impressed.” Read More

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Obituaries 4-22-2015: Melba Cochran Strong

Melba Cochran Strong

Melba Cochran Strong died Dec. 1, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Her life will be celebrated with a memorial service and internment of her cremains at noon May 2 in Greenhill Cemetery, Section D in Sullivan. Pastor Charliam Renner of First United Methodist Church in Sullivan will conduct the service.

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