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Celebrating Guy

Photo by David Mobley/Courtesy of Booth Library Special Collections, Eastern Illinois University. Pictured is Guy Little, Jr. in costume as Scrooge’s nephew in “A Christmas Carol” from 1968.

Photo by David Mobley/Courtesy of Booth Library Special Collections, Eastern Illinois University.
Pictured is Guy Little, Jr. in costume as Scrooge’s nephew in “A Christmas Carol” from 1968.

Sullivan icon turns 80

 

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

 

“Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.”

- Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

 

A successful Broadway musical production and its poetic lyrics may not relate all that easily to the daily life of your average central Illinois resident, being far removed from the lights
and bustle of New York.
However, your average resident of Sullivan, Ill. could likely recall fun times with friends over food and drinks at Jibby’s restaurant, formerly just off the square from the county courthouse. At first glance a connection between Broadway productions in New York and Jibby’s in Sullivan might be hard to make. But that is before taking into account the life and work of Guy S. Little, who turned 80 this month, and his love for the theater.
Born in 1935 to a local farm manager and a former high school English teacher, Guy attended his first stage performance at age five when his mother Inis who herself directed high school plays out of a love for the theater, took him to the Lincoln Theatre in Decatur to see ‘The Merry Widow.’
“I was hooked, enthralled,” declared Little. “From that moment I knew what I wanted to do.”
This turned out to be no passing infatuation.
Guy would wholeheartedly pursue his passion for the stage from Sullivan to New York and New Jersey, to Miami, back across the midwest and out to Arizona, eventually owning a theater and a playhouse here in central Illinois. In addition he produced shows and managed theaters in Milwaukee and Phoenix and in numerous theatrical tours across the country, hosting hundreds of Broadway and Hollywood stars along the way.
Family legend tells of of how he produced his first play, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, at the age of nine with a set of marionette puppets in the backyard; of his wild night ride from New York to New Jersey with James Dean and the few days they roomed together while working in summer stock shows on the east coast as a teen on summer break from high school. Read More


Charleston Woman Involved in Fatal Wreck Friday Morning Between Bethany and Sullivan

Photo by RR Best Emergency personnel are seen next to a 2015 Mazda passenger car  belonging to Amanda Kent of Charleston, who was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was struck while parked on the shoulder of Illinois Route 121 Friday morning. In the background is the 2006 Cadillac SUV that was driven by Ame Shelton of Decatur that collided with Kent.

Photo by RR Best
Emergency personnel are seen next to a 2015 Mazda passenger car belonging to Amanda Kent of Charleston, who was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was struck while parked on the shoulder of Illinois Route 121 Friday morning. In the background is the 2006 Cadillac SUV that was driven by Ame Shelton of Decatur that collided with Kent.

February 27, 2015

Vehicle struck after pulling over onto shoulder
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

 

According to the Moultrie County Sheriff and Coroner's Offices, a 26 year-old Charleston woman was killed after her vehicle was struck between Sullivan and Bethany Friday morning.
At 7 a.m. Friday the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office received a phone report of a two vehicle crash on Illinois Route 121 approximately two miles west of Sullivan. Read More

Local Libraries Named Grant Awardees

February 25, 2015

More than $10,000 awarded in the county

By Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

A library’s greatest reward is knowing it has made a difference in its community by educating the youth, promoting reading, and being able to act as a reliable resource for the public to get useful information. Although, in order to achieve such, a library does need sufficient funding. A grant to purchase the items that it needs is another reward for which a library can only hope.
And recently, Secretary of State Jesse White, has awarded FY15 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants that total $15.2 million to 635 public libraries three of which reside here in Moultrie County.
“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said in a press release. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens, and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.” Read More

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Sullivan Streaks Past CGB, But Falls Again to St. T

Photo by Keith Stewart St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

Photo by Keith Stewart
St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

February 25, 2015

Poor third quarter along with Williams’ 24 points hands Redskins season-ender

By Matt Kracht
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It was all Redskins Monday night in the first game of the ISHA class 2A regional at St Teresa, but the same performance could not be repeated Tuesday as Sullivan fell to no. 1 seed and host 51-32 in the regional semifinal.
The night before, Sullivan had their best shooting performance of the season with Zach Hrvol knocking down five three pointers tallying 24 points including three money balls in the first quarter. Nick Frerichs and Alec Ballinger added three deep treys apiece and both finished with 11 points. Head coach Chester Reeder has watched his team go from struggling to score early on in the season to filling up the bucket on a seven game win streak.
“It was by far our best shooting effort. We were 11-17 from three-point; the most we had in a game before this was five. The second quarter was where we won the game, especially defensively holding them to five points and really put it on them.” Read More

Okaw Valley Advances Past Windsor 73-53 in Regional

February 25, 2015

Will take on host A&M Wednesday evening

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

While the Timberwolves lost one of their best players for the rest of the season on Tuesday in Peyton Hagerman, fans found a star for the future that same night in Dylan Park.
Park, a junior, put 20 points on the Windsor Blue Devils making four spot-up 3s and setting the tone scoring the game’s first six points.
“Dylan shot the ball well,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “He has been our second best shooter all year. They came out and ran some box-and-1 stuff on Devon Still, which left Dylan wide open in the corner, and he took advantage.”
The Timberwolves led 8-0 when Joe Jeffers knocked down a base line jumper at the five minute mark. Windsor quickly battled back to within two at 10-8. Out of a timeout Park hit his third three in the first four minutes of the contest sparking a 10-2 run with Drew Fruchtl adding a key trey leaving the score at 20-10 with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. Windsor nailed its first of two buzzer-beaters from NBA range to close the period with the score 20-13. Read More

Collective Effort Ensures Win on OV Senior Night

Photo by Jeni Yantis The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

February 25, 2015

Despite Lovekamp’s 35 points, T-Wolves prevail

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Nathan Lovekamp and the rest of the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos may have tried containing OV’s Peyton Hagerman Friday evening, but they couldn’t control the nine other Timberwolves who put points on the board en route to Okaw Valley’s 76-70 senior night win.
“I thought everybody contributed,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “We were able to get to the rim and to the free throw line in the second half.”
The Broncos emerged from tip-off in a box-and-1 zone with Frankie Foran face-guarding Hagerman, which in turn helped in holding the typically fervent point guard to just four opening period points.
But in his place there was always someone else, whether it be Greg Walker fighting for a rebound and put-back, Dylan Park striking from the arc, or Justin Johnson coming off the bench scoring back-to-back baskets.
“Coach Bacon threw everything but the kitchen sink at us tonight,” said Sparks. “They definitely gave us a lot of different looks. Started out with a box and one on Peyton, which kind of neutralized him, but Dylan hit some shots in the first quarter. We did a good job of switching it up, and when you have good guards like we do in Dylan and Peyton, you should be able to recognize that stuff, and we did.”
The Broncos, meanwhile, relied heavily on their senior star guard Lovekamp, who still finished the evening with 35 points. Read More

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Obituaries 2-25-2015: Frances Atteberry

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Funeral services for Frances Evelyn Davis Atteberry, 96, of Arthur were held at 11a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church in Arthur with the Rev. John Stewart officiating. A committal service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola handled arrangements.
She passed away at 2:15 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015 in the Arthur Home.
Frances was born August 26, 1918 in Moultrie County, a daughter of Clifford F. and Nancy Maye Harris Davis.   She married Dale D. Atteberry December 11, 1937 in Brazil, Ind., and he passed away January 26, 1992. Read More

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