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Bethany Applies TIF Funds to Park Trail Project

•July 27, 2016•

By Derek Pope
For the News Progress

Bethany’s village board gave a nod to nature enthusiasts this month by approving TIF funds to expand and improve Crowder Park’s walking trail. According to the Township Investment Fund chairman Greg McLain, the park district had envisioned alterations to the existing trail that would expand its “most visible, top portion” westward “down by the batting cages or skate park”.

While modest in scope, the cost of the project was the motivating factor for Marrowbone Park District to seek outside funding for the renovations.

The park district is itself a taxing body, levying a portion of village residents’ yearly property taxes for funding, but McLain said that the park board reported only around $16,000 in on hand money when they submitted their proposal to the TIF committee.

Although the TIF committee has been somewhat deterred from funding major projects for other taxing bodies in the past, McLain said that the relatively small cost of the proposal influenced the TIF’s final decision.

“We have helped private businesses with a lot more money than what they were asking for so the committee recommended to grant them the entire $6,840.” McLain also mentioned the village’s 2013 decision to provide a much more sizable TIF grant to Marrowbone Public Library, another taxing body in the village, as precedent for the committee’s recommendation.  Read More

Explosive Scare in Sullivan Neighborhood

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan Chief of Police John Love (right) shows Moultrie County Sheriff Chris Sims the bundle of flares that looked like dynamite to the person who reported its location to authorities last week.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan Chief of Police John Love (right) shows Moultrie County Sheriff Chris Sims the bundle of flares that looked like dynamite to the person who reported its location to authorities last week.

•July 27, 2016•

A call to Sullivan police early Wednesday, July 20 led to a few tense hours in the neighbor surrounding 216 W. Harrison Street when a possible explosive was discovered.

Chief of Police John Love explained the department received a report that what was believed to be dynamite was located in a shed at the residence.

Chief Love reported the incident to the Secretary of State’s office with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency bomb squad dispatched to Sullivan immediately.

“We were instructed to establish a 300 foot perimeter and wait for the bomb squad to arrive,” Love said, thanking all the agencies who got involved in the incident. Read More

Group Makes An Appeal to Heaven at Moultrie Courthouse

Photo by Mike Brothers A group touring the state with An Appeal to Heaven stopped in Sullivan last week. Pictured following prayer at the Moultrie County Courthouse flagpole from left to right Christiane Sheets, Roy Lyerla, Moultrie County Courthouse officer Mike Brewer, Jim Skaggs, Pat Sheets, Ron Turnbow, Lee Clawson.

Photo by Mike Brothers
A group touring the state with An Appeal to Heaven stopped in Sullivan last week. Pictured following prayer at the Moultrie County Courthouse flagpole from left to right Christiane Sheets, Roy Lyerla, Moultrie County Courthouse officer Mike Brewer, Jim Skaggs, Pat Sheets, Ron Turnbow, Lee Clawson.

•July 27, 2016•

It was high noon Thursday on the Moultrie County Courthouse lawn, and in spite of the 90 degree heat people of faith from around the state gathered around the flag pole for “An Appeal to Heaven”.

Pastor Patrick Sheets of Peoria began his trek visiting all 102 counties in Illinois April 8, 2016.

The Moultrie County courthouse July 21 was the 58th visit.

“The state of this state and this nation has reached crisis stage,” Sheets said, explaining he had presented county clerk Georgia Clerk with  “An Appeal to Heaven” flag for the county.

The group then gathered around the courthouse flag pole and prayed for the condition of the country to improve. Read More

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Central Illinois Airmen Deployed to Mid-East

Photo furnished Deploying Airmen of the 183rd Air Operations Group based in Springfield, Illinois, board a C-130 aircraft on the first leg of their journey to duty in the Middle East. Approximately 80 members of the unit will provide command and control of airpower to Air Forces Central Command and are expected to return home in January 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shaun Kerr)

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Deploying Airmen of the 183rd Air Operations Group based in Springfield, Illinois, board a C-130 aircraft on the first leg of their journey to duty in the Middle East. Approximately 80 members of the unit will provide command and control of airpower to Air Forces Central Command and are expected to return home in January 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shaun Kerr)

•July 27, 2016•

Approximately 80 airmen with the 183rd Air Operations Group in Springfield recently deployed to the Middle East.

The airmen will be providing command and control of airpower throughout the Middle East region. Trained to synchronize the efforts of air component operations, the deploying members are specialists in a number of aircraft and systems. They will be responsible for day-to-day execution of combined air and space operations supporting Air Forces Central Command.

Col. John Patterson of Springfield, commander of the 183rd Fighter Wing, referred to the group as, “great Americans,” praising their extensive preparation for this mission. He encouraged them to stay connected with family and friends while deployed and was sure he would be hearing good things about their performance. Read More


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Former Sullivan Dynamic Duo Seeing Success on Second Level

Photo furnished Pictured above is LLC basketball guard Emily Neuhauser.

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Pictured above is LLC basketball guard Emily Neuhauser.

•July 13, 2016•

by Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

The 2015 Sullivan girls’ basketball team featured two All-Staters in forward Brittin Boyer (first team) and guard Emily Neuhauser (honorable mention).

And after the heartbreaking Regional final loss to T-town that ended their high school careers, both continued collegiately—Boyer at Eastern Illinois University, and Neuhauser at Lake Land College.

Brittin Boyer, EIU basketball, Sullivan class of 2015.

Boyer was eased along in her first season, averaging 10 minutes, scoring 1.5 points, and pulling down 2.0 rebounds per contest, but she showed just how good she could be in her first collegiate game against IUPUI with a season high 10 points and six rebounds.

“We had a huge fan base, and a lot of my family and friends came to the game,” Boyer reminisced. “On top of that we won the game.”

It was one of the few high moments of this past Panther basketball season, as EIU went only 3-25, but there is hope on the horizon. Read More

Griffey Jr. and Piazza Officially Hall of Famers

Cubs Snag Chapman from the Bronx

•July 27, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Columnist

This week in sports was highlighted by the induction of longtime outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first overall pick in the 1987 MLB draft at the ripe young age of 18, led the American League in home runs from 1993 to ’99 maxing out at 56 bombs in ‘97 and ‘98 consecutively, part of 630 dingers over a 21 year career. “Junior” compiled a .284 batting average to boot, proving himself not just a power threat.

Griffey, said by some sports writers to have the sweetest swing in MLB history, was a part of the controversial home run renaissance after the strike that cost baseball its only World Series but was never connected to performance enhancement use as several others of his era.

Also of note, Junior received the highest vote total to enter Cooperstown to date, receiving 99.32% of votes in his first year on the ballot. Read More

Mo-Co Rush Team Tryouts August

•July 27, 2016•

Baseball/softball tryouts for the 2017 Mo-Co Rush will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 in Jurgens Park in Arthur.

Sign ups and warm ups begin 30 minutes prior to tryouts. Read More

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Obituaries 7-27-2016: Mary Davis

Mary Davis

Mary E. Davis, 99, of Sullivan, formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Services to celebrate her life were at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial was in Boiling Springs Cemetery. Read More

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