9.98 percent increase now, cuts to come later in school year
by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan school district will vote on a tax increase next week, but not before holding a truth-in-taxation hearing.
At last month’s board meeting, the district preliminarily approved a tax increase resulting in approximately $234,901 of new money. This would result in a 22 cent or less increase per $100 equalized assessed value, or EAV. According to Superintendent Brad Tuttle, this would mean for a home with an EAV of $50,000, there would be an increase of $23.47 on their tax bill for the district’s portion. Read More
The Lovington American Legion and Lovington Grade School are partnering to help raise money for the grade school’s purchase of Promethean Boards in the classrooms. These electronic boards help students become more active and engaged in the learning process. Read More
OV school district proposes 9.1 percent
increase in new money
by Derek Pope
Near the end of the fiscal year, towns and school districts across Illinois are tasked with deciding what amount they will increase property tax levies for the next calendar year. Sometimes these tax increases go largely unnoticed for residents, as city councils and school boards alike can pass up to a five percent increase without notifying the public. But when the financial climate necessitates larger tax increases or the introduction of new taxes, these institutions are required to provide an open opportunity for discussion with the communities they govern. Read More
Neuhauser adds 21, Boyer 16 in nail biter
by Keith Stewart
As Sullivan’s Maggie Plank described it, “Why not?”
Despite a less than stellar first half, the Sullivan senior took over beginning in the third, when she scored eight points, three rebounds, and a timely steal, helping to pull her team within two of Central A&M.
And who else would the game come down to other than the senior?
But Plank had to be relied upon earlier with just 12.2 seconds left in the game when a foul sent her to the line for two. Down 65-67, Plank hit both shots, of course.
But then a foul immediately after sent A&M’s Ryan Dooley to the line. There, she made one of her two shots, leaving 10 seconds left for the Lady Red to make something happen.
Elissa Stewart sprinted up court and dished the ball to Emily Neuhauser, who went for the throat with a 3-pointer that ultimately fell short. But out of nowhere, it was none other than the senior who grabbed the offensive board and then threw it right back up.
Plank’s determination paid off when her last ditch effort went in, earning Sullivan a tough 69-68 victory over the Lady Raiders Thursday night. She along with Neuhauser’s 21 point and Brittin Boyer’s 16 point performances go to show that so often it’s not what someone does, so much as when they do it.
“I can’t speak enough about her,” said head coach Sheri McCain of Plank. “She just came through with that senior leadership. It was her night. It was a magical moment for her. She deserved it.” Read More
Central A&M comes to town Thursday
by Kirk Whitaker
The Sullivan Lady Redskins have become accustomed to holding standout players and teams as a whole to low point totals. Last Tuesday the Redskins held all-area candidate Taylor Edwards to eight points. A week later, Sullivan held Tuscola to 46.
And in spite of junior scoring ace Emily Neuhauser knocking down only six of the Lady Redskins 65 points against the Warriors—tying their season high—the win gave them a 1-0 start in Okaw Valley Conference play. Read More
Harlin hits five 3-pointers for game high 29 points
by Emily Scott
In a physical and hard-fought game, the Lady T-Wolves were able to defeat the LSA Lady Lions 61-45 Monday.
The game began unsteady with OV having several turnovers. LSA’s defense started out tough for the T-Wolves to beat, including their full-court press. Read More
Timothy Robert Anderson, 46, of Sullivan passed away at 7:15 a.m. Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 at home with his family by his side.