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Yost Waives Jury Trial

•June 22, 2016•

Michael S. Yost, 43, waived his right to a jury trial in Moultrie County Circuit Court  June 21.

Public Defender Brad Rau presented the waiver to Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell with State’s Attorney Jeremy Richey explaining the trial could take up to four days without juror selection.

Before setting the 9 a.m. September 12 court date, Judge Flannell read the four counts of murder with which Yost has been charged. The most serious of the first degree murder charges could carry a 20 years to natural life sentence and up to a $25,000 fine.

Flannell explained that the trial by the court would mean the decision on Yost’s innocence or guilt would rest exclusively with the judge.

Once agreed on the new court date Judge Flannell then addressed Yost’s correspondence concerning jail accommodations. Read More

American Legion Fireworks Filled Fourth Weekend Ahead

Better View From Wyman

•June 22, 2016•

Stu D. Baker
for the news progress

Sullivan’s Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th in Wyman Park offers an active, entertaining program with better views.

American Legion Post 68 announced Central States Fireworks, Inc. of Athens, Ill. is the new fireworks vendor this year. Shooting from the east side of the lake, bordering Worth Street should allow crowds a better view of the new show.

Mike Keown, Post 68 fireworks fund raising chair, explained the new fireworks can be set closer to the lake in Wyman Park allowing the Fourth of July crowd better exposure to what is expected to be a fast paced, spectacular event.

Keown noted the Sullivan Rotary Club recently donated $1000 toward the fireworks event and that Post members are in the middle of the annual walk around asking for donations.

“All monies collected as part of this fund-raiser will go into a special savings account set up for funding the fireworks and July 4th activities,” Keown emphasized. Read More

New Sidewalks for Lovington Park

•June 22, 2016•

Lovington Village Board met Monday, June 13 taking action on new sidewalks for the park.

Paul Heppe provided the low bid of $4000, over a $4500 Quick and Easy Concrete bid.

The bid for labor includes 250 feet of five foot wide sidewalk for the park. The motion was approved unanimously.

During the April meeting Sue Gordon asked to step down as animal control officer and recommended discontinuing the village spay and neuter program upon her departure. Trustee Doug Smith noted that during Gordon’s time as animal control officer she accomplished getting the village feral cat population under control. Read More

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Reflecting on Sullivan Singers’ Progress

Photo furnished Show Choir and Chorus Director Jeff Thomas balances district responsibilities.

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Show Choir and Chorus Director Jeff Thomas balances district responsibilities.

•June 22, 2016•

Brynna Sentel
For the News Progress

Last year the Sullivan High School Administration brought in a new director for the Chorus/ Singers program, Jeff Thomas.

Thomas, took a different approach to the Singers show this year. “The Sullivan Singers put together a mini, story based musical that contained elements of Jekyll/Hyde and Frankenstein’s monster.”

Thomas, incorporated many props and flashy backdrops as well as lead characters to help the story line along.

However, with every new teacher comes new challenges to overcome. “Balancing all my responsibilities across the district.” was one of the biggest challenges Thomas faced as a new teacher at Sullivan.

As a group the Sullivan Singers struggled the most with getting to know each other. “We had a really big group, and many of the older students didn’t know the new ones coming up. Obviously no one knew me!” The singers had to learn Thomas’s teaching habits. Thomas himself had to learn the best way to teach the kids as well. Read More


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Area Athletes Representing at the Collegiate Level

•June 22, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It’s about that time of year again. Summer practices, lifting weights, and running galore are the main activities for school sports programs starting their preparation for this coming sports season. Now we take a look at how some area athletes who are now at the collegiate level are doing:

Karly Goodman, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond class of 2014, track and field Illinois Wesleyan.

After finishing fifth in the shot put her senior year, the Arthur native continued her career at Illinois Wesleyan and to this point in her career owns the school record in the outdoor shot school record: 42’ 6.75” and has been named All-Conference her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Goodman has also taken up the hammer and javelin throws and holds personal records at 141’8” and 115’ respectively.

Goodman credits her success to this point to coaching, training and a changed mindset.

“Training is a lot different. Because I’m not in any other sports and things are more geared toward strength and explosiveness, I’m in a different kind of “in shape”. My mindset in competition has changed from high school into college. There is always going to be someone better than you so rather than me competing against other athletes, I compete against myself. The coaching is a bit different as well. You are on a first name basis, but there is still an athlete coach barrier. There is definitely a lot more one-on-one time. You have to work harder than you’ve ever worked before. It’s not going to be easy, but if you love it, it’s worth it.”  Read More

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.  The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten; 3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier Photo furnished

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well
Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation
Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten;
3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier
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Two Sullivan Football Players Make All Star Circuit

•June 22, 2016•

Alec Ballinger from the Sullivan Redskins football team played in the Shriners All Star game held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington Saturday, June 18.

Ballinger and Ty Molzen combine forces in Decatur in the Eastern Star game June 25.

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Obituaries 6-22-2016: Tammy Smith

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Tammy L. Smith, 51, of Dalton City passed away at 9:02 p.m., June 18, 2016 in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

A service to celebrate Tammy’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 24, in Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Decatur. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Read More

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