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The Bee Raising Buzz: It’s The Honey

Photo by Emily Stutzman Beekeepers Tom Vance and John Durbin smoke bees to lure them into hives where the workers make some of the sweetest local honey in the country.

Photo by Emily Stutzman
Beekeepers Tom Vance and John Durbin smoke bees to lure them into hives where the workers make some of the sweetest local honey in the country.

•September 28, 2016•

By Emily Stutzman
for the News Progress

Honey at the grocery store is identified by the classic bear-shaped containers. Some may even buy locally grown honey at farmer’s markets or orchards. However, there are an increasing number of people who have started raising their own bees. Local farmer, John Durbin is one of those. Durbin has lived in the Sullivan area for many years and is one of the founders of the Arthur Beekeepers Club, which meets on the first Monday of every month at the Arthur United Methodist Church at 6:30 P.M.

“The intention,” he explained, “is to give people information that’ll help them keep their bees healthy.”

The Arthur Beekeepers Club has been meeting informally over the summer, with their first formal gathering on September 5. Durbin, who has lived in Sullivan for many years but only started keeping bees in 2013 is one of the officers. He invited me to attend the meeting and offered to let me try some actual beekeeping as well.

The first step of the beekeeping process was to fire up the smoker, which was fueled by cedar chips, and don some white beekeeping suits and gloves. We then headed out to the row of white bee hives a safe distance from the Durbins’ house.  Read More

Hearing Waived In Abuse Case

•September 28, 2016•

Jacob T. Pool, 23, of Sullivan waived preliminary hearing on two felony counts in circuit court Sept. 26.

Judge Dan L Flannell set a date for jury trial to begin at 9 a.m. February 6, 2017.

Pool has been in Moultrie County Jail since August 25 charged with unlawful possession of weapons, a Class 3 felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Read More

SHS Celebrating a Week of Homecoming

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

SHS Senior queen candidates are Savana Brewer, Maddie Keller, Grace Mauck and Allyson Will. King candidates are Maxwell Todd, Charlie Goss, Tommy Schibur and Devin Warren (not pictured).

•September 28, 2016•

by Amy Cravatta
for Sullivan High School

Sullivan High School’s Homecoming events begin Monday, October 3 with float building 6-9 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 6 for all high school students.

Pep rally activities will begin at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 with the parade Friday. Parade line-up  begins at 3 p.m. in the high school’s back parking lot and steps off at 4 p.m. Kick off for the football game against Central A & M is 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 8 is the homecoming dance in the high school gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the coronation 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dance then continues from until 10 p.m.

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Executive Director Keeps Economic Development Moving

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan Chamber and Economic Executive Director Laurrie Minor welcomes Sullivan High School interns Jazmyn Jayne and Parker Whitaker. In the recently expanded SHS intern program Jayne and Whitaker are helping organize the annual Octoberfest celebration.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan Chamber and Economic Executive Director Laurrie Minor welcomes Sullivan High School interns Jazmyn Jayne and Parker Whitaker. In the recently expanded SHS intern program Jayne and Whitaker are helping organize the annual Octoberfest celebration.

•September 21, 2016•

Laurrie Minor has been appointed Executive Director of the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development.

In her position, Minor will work with the city, county and the community to enhance and grow the area via community development, economic development and chamber of commerce activities.

“With Laurrie’s vast knowledge of local and Moultrie County business relationships and her involvement in the community she has always called home, she is a natural fit for this role,” said Dave McCabe, Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development board president.

As part of the Chamber’s ever expanding role of bridging education with business Minor has enlisted the help of two Sullivan High School interns to learn about the economic development on the city level. Read More


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OV Middle School Regional Softball Champs

Photo furnished Okaw Valley Middle School Regional Champions front row l to r: Miaya Lehman, Grace Bunfill, Kalynn Teague, Bailey Bennett; second row l to r:  Stacey Orris, Avery Bruns, Mia Harris, Karson Park, Reiss Frye; third row l to r:  Reagan Reedy, Savannah Hagerman, Chloe Harris, Kayla Fleshner, Kailyn Walker, Evelyn Ashley; fourth row l to r:  Asst. coach Dave Benning, head coach Kurtis Bunfill, asst. coach Samantha Inman.

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Okaw Valley Middle School Regional Champions front row l to r: Miaya Lehman, Grace Bunfill, Kalynn Teague, Bailey Bennett; second row l to r:  Stacey Orris, Avery Bruns, Mia Harris, Karson Park, Reiss Frye; third row l to r:  Reagan Reedy, Savannah Hagerman, Chloe Harris, Kayla Fleshner, Kailyn Walker, Evelyn Ashley; fourth row l to r:  Asst. coach Dave Benning, head coach Kurtis Bunfill, asst. coach Samantha Inman.

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley’s Middle School softball team finished the postseason on a great run and brought home a Regional Championship.

“They had their ups and downs all season and things clicked during the postseason,” Brooks Inman, OV AD said of the middle school softball team. “It was an impressive run for sure, and we are beyond proud of the team’s accomplishments this fall.”

One of the big boosts to the Okaw Valley team was from pitcher Grace Bunfill. During the regional championship game against Beecher City Sept. 12 Bunfill threw a no-hitter in the 4-2 win.

She struck out 35 batters in two regional games.

“That 35 outs of 42 included a no-hitter in the regional championship vs. Beecher City...which is ridiculously impressive!” Inman emphasized.      Read More

OV Golf Takes Windsor

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley varsity golf prevailed at Eagle Creek Sept. 20 winning 171 over Windsor’s 213 team score.

Match medalist was Austin Harshman, Okaw Valley 41 followed by Cameron Nickerson, Okaw Valley 42, Tanner Coleman, Okaw Valley 42, Zach Van Hyfte, Windsor 45 and Case Crawford, Okaw Valley 46.  Read More

Knights Struggle with A-O Bombers Speed

•September 28, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond football dropped their third straight contest Friday against conference foe Argenta-Oreana 46-8.  Head coach Dale Schuring credited the Bombers for being a physically gifted team.

“They did a good job taking advantage of what their athletes can do in the open field with their speed. Our kids tried the best they could. But speed kills, and you saw that tonight.”

ALAH received the opening kickoff and after three plays were set to kick the ball back to the Bombers. Unfortunately, the Knights’ talented punter Marcus Vanausdoll boomed that first punt too far.

Bomber return man Pierce Bradford took it 70 yards to the house doing his best Deion Sanders imitation from about 12 yards out. Despite multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Argenta the score counted. The Bombers added a two conversion and led 8-0 with 10:18 remaining in the first quarter.

ALAH again went three and out on their next possession. Argenta scored on the second play of that drive when a Bomber slot receiver got free for a 58 yard touchdown. After the two point conversion, the Bombers led 16-0 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.   Read More

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Obituaries 9-28-2016: Janet Craig

janetcraigJanet Craig

Celebration of Life services for Janet Kay Craig, 64, of Sullivan were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

She passed away at 10:48 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Janet was born October 9, 1951 in Decatur, the daughter of Warren G. and Luzetta Gaston Ferguson. She had worked at the Gaddis Home in Lovington, GE in Decatur, McDonald’s in Sullivan, Hardee’s in Mt. Zion and Casey’s in Bethany. She was a member of Grant Street Church of Christ in Sullivan. Janet Married Dean Craig in Sullivan December 10, 1977. Read More

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