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Robinson Street Deemed Unfit for Farm Traffic

Photo by Keith Stewart A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

Photo by Keith Stewart
A grain semi-truck enters the queue line at the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator in Bethany Tuesday morning. Earlier this month an engineer explained to the Bethany village board that Robinson Street was not meant to handle such traffic.

October 22, 2014

Engineer cites nearly $1 million estimate for roadwork

by Joash Tiarks
& Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

The Village of Bethany is once again dealing with the wear and tear of farm equipment.

As the main access route to the Heritage Grain Co-op elevator, the resurfacing of Robinson Street has cropped up again this year. Matt Foster, of the engineering firm Bainbridge, Gee, Milanski & Associates(BGM) out of Decatur, presented his findings to the board earlier this month on the possibility of a grant from the Truck Access Route Program(TARP) to more permanently deal with this perennial challenge. Read More


Red Apple Owners Enter into TIF Agreement with City

October 22, 2014

Part of reconstruction costs eligible for TIF funds

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Steve Sadikoska and Tim Halili of the Red Apple Restaurant were in attendance at the October 13 city council to hear discussion regarding possible Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to help with the reconstruction of the restaurant that burned down July 29.

Mayor Ann Short opened the discussion expressing the feelings of the city: “All of us feel so badly because of your unfortunate situation. That was just horrible.”

Short then went on to explain that the TIF program is when construction is completed and taxes are assessed by the county, the difference between what taxes were before the fire and what they are after construction is completed. In talking with the city’s TIF attorney it has been determined that the construction would be eligible for TIF funding for the reconstruction of the restaurant. Read More

County Board Approves FY15 Tentative Budget

October 15, 2014

Opts to levy less than max amount for now

Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the October county board meeting finance chairman Ron White presented a 2015 tentative budget for Moultrie County.

White noted that “The state allows each county to set 0.37 percent of total assessed property value. This would have created a maximum tax levy of $880,000. The finance committee after gathering figures from department heads has set a levy of $810,000. We have a good balance to carry forward into 2015”.

With no discussion White made a motion to accept the tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. Votes were all in favor with one board member absent while the vote was taken (Tim Rose arrived after the vote). Read More

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Lady Timberwolves Overcome Adversity on Sr. Night

Photo by Joe Wheeler Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

October 22, 2014

Teamwork key in 3-set victory over Bement

By Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

Bement was in town Thursday evening and looking to spoil Okaw Valley’s senior night for the ladies in black.

The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the first set, scoring three in a row before OV would get on the board. Some Bement errors and two OV kills would even things up at four early in the set, and later the home team would string together six points in a row. Bement would battle back, one point at a time, to eventually tie it up at 15 all mid-set. Unfortunate errors then set the Lady Timberwolves back late in the set, and they would eventually fall 20-25. Read More

Lady Redskins Force Three Sets, but Fall to Cerro Cordo

Photo by RR Best Pictured are the Sullivan volleyball seniors who were celebrated Monday night at home against Cerro Gordo (from left to right): Becca Pratt (manager), Brittin Boyer, and Emily Neuhauser.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are the Sullivan volleyball seniors who were celebrated Monday night at home against Cerro Gordo (from left to right): Becca Pratt (manager), Brittin Boyer, and Emily Neuhauser.

October 22, 2014

Unable to overcome Broncos on senior night

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Redskins put forth quite an effort on Monday night against the Cerro Gordo Broncos, but came away empty handed 25-19,21-25,25-17.

On senior night after losing the first set, Sullivan rallied in the second jumping out to a 7-2 lead and forcing the decisive third set. A game that featured two evenly matched squads went the distance in a performance of which the Sullivan seniors could be proud. Read More

Knights Shut Out Bombers to Win Third Straight

Photo by Darian Hays ALAH’s Teddy Poe tries to escape an Argenta-Oreana lineman  Friday night.

Photo by Darian Hays
ALAH’s Teddy Poe tries to escape an Argenta-Oreana lineman
Friday night.

At 6-2, ALAH stamps playoff ticket

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

For the second week in a row the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights raced out to a 21 point first quarter lead and never looked back. In a blowout win over the Argenta-Oreana Bombers Tyler Schuring put on an all-conference performance collecting 250 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The victory over the Bombers put the Knights back in postseason play and with a week left in the regular season the Knights record stands at 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Little Okaw Valley conference. Read More

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Obituaries 10-22-2014: Gwen Wilson

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Gwen J. Wilson, 91, of Decatur passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Memorial services to celebrate Gwen’s life will be held at a later date.

Gwen was born July 24, 1923 in a farmhouse in rural Dalton City, the daughter of Earl and Genevieve Smith Cruit. She graduated from Bethany Township High School. She is a retired farmer and member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and PEO.

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