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Enhanced 911 Ready for Test

•January 18, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

Coles-Moultrie 911 coordinator Bernie Buttram reported at the January 4 Moultrie County Public Health and Safety Committee meeting that a few landline connections are holding up the initial test for the new Emergency 911 system.

Designed to pinpoint emergency call locations for all Coles and Moultrie counties, Buttram explained the enhanced system was prepared for testing February 1, 2017.

He explained INdigital Telecom, which coordinates E911 in Indiana, is coordinating the effort for Coles and Moultrie to get emergency 911 in operation. Some delay occurred when Consolidated Communications, the original coordinator for landline service, backed off the project. INdigital took over with  the initial test moved from December 2016 to February 2017.

Moultrie County board member Kevin McReynolds and Sullivan firefighter Larry Edwards, who have been involved in the 911 program since it began, are the Moultrie County representatives on the nine person bi-county board. Read More

Board Approves Proclamation Honoring Judge Flannell

Honored for Courthouse Restoration

•January 18, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

Moultrie County board proclaimed Judge Dan L. Flannell day Friday, January 13, his last day as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial circuit.

County board chairman Dave McCabe added the proclamation at the end of the regular Jan. 12 business meeting.

McCabe’s proclamation emphasized the county’s appreciation for Judge Flannell’s efforts to help restore the historic Moultrie County Courthouse. He continued to note his service to Moultrie County as a sitting judge from 1988 through 2012 when he was appointed chief administrator of the Sixth Judicial Circuit has been exemplary. Read More

What Keeps Readers Reading After They Move Away?

•January 18, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

There is something almost ethereal about Thursday mornings when I bring in the paper, grab my pot full of tea, snuggle into the couch and settle down for a good read.

At my age, it is news of a deceased classmate or friend, an 80th birthday party, what poor soul got caught speeding on Route 121, and good stories that either bring tears or make the heart go pitty-pat.

What interests former residents who live thousands of miles away and keeps them subscribing year after year? I caught up with two sisters who grew up in Bethany and have subscribed to the News Progress for many years.

Audrey Oathout Gasdorf was a classmate who went to college, married and for many years has lived in Michigan.  Read More

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New Veterinarian Joins Kaskaskia Valley Animal Hospital

Photo by Madison Uhlrich
Pictured is Heather Green.

•January 18, 2017•

by Kennedy Nolen
for the News Progress

Kaskaskia Valley Animal Hospital welcomed new associate veterinarian Heather Green in 2016.

The Mattoon native said she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian by the time she was five or six years old.

Green said she has always loved animals and had an interest in science and zoology. She said she did well in science classes in school and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.

Green attended Millikin University in Decatur for four years and received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.

She attended the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine in Champaign-Urbana.  Read More


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Timberwolves Outside Shooters Turn the Tale on Cumberland

•January 11, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team has won its last 7-of-10 games to even its record to 8-8 for the season.

“We have been trending upward as the season has moved along,” said OV coach Brooks Inman. “Hopefully we can continue this trend into conference play.”

This week the Timberwolves split a pair of games, defeating Cumberland Friday and losing to Central A&M in a rescheduled game Saturday.

Against Cumberland, OV played from behind most of the game, trailing by four at the half, 21-17.

Down 23-20, the Timberwolves put together one of the best quarters the team has had all season.

“Against Cumberland, we executed pretty well in the first half,” said Inman. “We just didn’t knock down our shots. We came out in the third quarter and started connecting.”

While turning the ball over in the entire third quarter, OV made 4-of-5 3-pointers in the quarter, and in a span of less than three minutes, the Timberwolves scored 10 unanswered points.

With 5:50 left in the third, Taylor Coleman hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

“Taylor Coleman picked us up big-time with nine points in the quarter as well,” said Inman. Read More

Knights Overcome in Fourth by A & M

•January 18, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team dropped a nonconference-road game against Central A&M last Tuesday.

The game was close for three quarters, ending in a 7-7 tie in the first quarter and a 28-28 tie at half.

ALAH took the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 9-8, but the fourth decided the game.

CAM went on a 19-6 run in the fourth quarter for the 55-43 victory. Read More

T-Wolves Face Knights At LOVC Tournament

•January 18, 2017•

Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team is scheduled to play Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in the first round of the Little Okaw Valley Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Timberwolves are ranked No. 3.

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Obituaries 1-18-2017: Loretta Suding

Loretta Suding

Loretta Suding, 85, of Arcola died at 8:06 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2016 in her residence.

Funeral services were held Jan. 13 in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. Burial, after cremation, was in Arcola Cemetery. Read More

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