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Touch Screen Voting Comes to Moultrie

Photo Submitted New Voting Equipment: Liberty Systems LLC partner Ken Gibson, County Clerk Georgia England and Election Deputy Jamie Helton prepared the system for operation last week.

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New Voting Equipment: Liberty Systems LLC partner Ken Gibson, County Clerk Georgia England and Election Deputy Jamie Helton prepared the system for operation last week.

Storage Capacity Increased

•February 10, 2016•

Touch screen voting is coming to Moultrie County elections this spring, giving electronic or traditional as a voting option , all with updatedcentralized tabulation equipment.

County Clerk Georgia England explained election judges will learn the new system’s operations during a March 8 training session.

Ken Gibson, of Liberty Systems LLC, the vendor for the new voter tabulation system, explained the county’s equipment was 25 years old and was reaching maximum memory capacity.

The new tabulation system can hold the entire county’s tabulations on one piece of equipment.

“Plus there is the capacity for future growth,” Gibson said. Read More

Individual Placement & Support Program Faces Funding Challenge

Photo by Kennedy D Nolen Hollie Atchison, Employment Specialist; Penny Arthur, IPS Supervisor; Jeremy Nolen, Employment Specialist, are a part of the IPS program offered through the Moultrie County Counseling Center.

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Hollie Atchison, Employment Specialist; Penny Arthur, IPS Supervisor; Jeremy Nolen, Employment Specialist, are a part of the IPS program offered through the Moultrie County Counseling Center.

•February 10, 2016•

By Kennedy D. Nolen
For the News Progress

Individual Placement & Support (IPS) is a  program offered at the Moultrie Country Counseling Center (MCCC) since December 2013.

This non-profit program, IPS, offers services in conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

Adults who receive counseling from the Moultrie County Counseling Center are presented with the following options through the Individual Placement & Support program: a career profile, application completions, peer support, benefits counseling, supportive counseling, interviewing skills, job search skills, job development, job retention, and schooling. These needs are adjusted to fit each of the client’s needs and personal goals. Read More

Moultrie County Inter-Agency Gives in Many Ways

•February 10, 2016•

By Kennedy D. Nolen
For the News Progress

The Moultrie County Inter-Agency is lacking almost a third of their annual budget to assist those who need it most.

Established in 1981 to help those in need, the Sullivan based agency helps in various ways.

Needs the agency meets include utility assistance for elderly and disabled, rent assistance, emergency shelter such as a hotel room if need be, food, car repair, prescriptions, pest control, and other situations deemed suitable for assistance.

Originally, the agency supplied Christmas gifts to children whose parents met the guidelines. Gift certificates in the amount of $25 to Dollar General and Pamida, prior to its closing, were given to the parents per each child.

Once the Moultrie County Inter-Agency had noticed similar Christmas spending had been covered by other organizations in the community, they began to focus on meeting other unfulfilled needs for families and individuals.

Also, the Inter-Agency is able to give those who qualify something called ‘Chamber Bucks’. This special form of currency may be used at only specific places in town, such as the city to pay bills and gas stations.  Read More

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Invisible Completes Mirror Images 27th Season

Photo Submitted Curtin Call For Invisible cast: Addy Diener delivered a special message last Friday night thanking Rebecca Lawson, on the far right, for helping them with this year’s Mirror Images production of Invisible.

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Curtin Call For Invisible cast: Addy Diener delivered a special message last Friday night thanking Rebecca Lawson, on the far right, for helping them with this year’s Mirror Images production of Invisible.

•February 3, 2016•

By Kennedy D. Nolen
For the News Progress

Students who are part of ‘Mirror Images’ of Sullivan High School performed the much awaited show ‘Invisible’ at the Little Theatre January 29.

Vernon, played by Jona Workman, is the new kid in school. Frequently moving makes him feel more invisible with each new school.

Mitch has terrible anxiety and panic attacks so badly he cannot even talk to the girl on whom he has a crush.

Alex is the school bully. His home life is rough so he takes his anger out on others. Also, there is the athletic and pretty girl Nicole. She is dating a guy, Gavin, who is somewhat controlling. Sybil, the sweet, smart girl, is best friends with the school’s party girl Avery. Avery has a terrible habit of drinking, driving and using her phone in the process.

Cyrus has voices in his head, and Sapphire has an eating disorder.

He learns everyone in the school has invisible or not-so-invisible problems.

After a couple days go by, Vernon makes friends with Gavin, and they begin to hang out frequently. As Gavin is driving Vernon, Avery is also out driving drunk and talking on the phone with Sybil. She blows a stop sign and hits the car occupied by Gavin and Vernon.

A cameo appearance at the crash by Larry Edwards of the Sullivan Fire Department helped reality hit home for the audience. Vernon was pronounced dead, and Gavin and Avery both had injuries.  Read More


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Lady Knights Celebrate Seniors with Big Win

Photo by Darian Hays Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

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Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Physical Bomber Game 

•February 10, 2016•

By Mattt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Hannah Wallen scored 16 points in a 58-39 win over Argenta-Oreana on senior night Feb. 4.

The Lady Knights were able to hold the Bombers to just five points in the fourth quarter of a dominate performance.  ALAH head coach Craig Moffett was happy for his seniors Alyssa Hershberger, Jazmine Arnett, and Essi Kennunen.

“Our seniors played hard, and they have been working all year,” he said.  “They have been good senior leaders for us.”

Argenta took an early lead 3-1 at the six minute mark in the first quarter.  Liz Shipman changed the momentum with a steal and got the ball to Wallen for her first three pointer of the game. The trey resulted in a 4-3 lead for the Knights and with five minutes remaining in the first quarter the team started to roll.

Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Bombers would add a layup with 10 seconds remaining to make it a 17-9 game heading into the second quarter. Senior Alyssa Hershberger scored at the 6:45 mark in the second period to make it a 21-9 lead for the Knights.   Read More

Tough Redskin Loss to Broncos at Regionals

Photo by Doug Cottle Sullivan Lady Redskins Madi Wall and Alyssa Marshall take rebound from Bronco in the 43-40 regional loss in Tuscola Monday.

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Sullivan Lady Redskins Madi Wall and Alyssa Marshall take rebound from Bronco in the 43-40 regional loss in Tuscola Monday.

•February 10, 2016•

The Sullivan Lady Redskins ended the basketball season with a tough 43-40 loss to Cerro Gordo Bement February 8.

It was the first game of Regional play at Tuscola, and the Broncos were hungry.

“No one wants to end their season on a loss,” coach Sheri McCain began, “but tonight Cerro Gordo simply outplayed us and wanted it more.”

“They hustled after every loose ball and contested our shots,” she continued, noting the Redskins were hindered by missed free throws and 22 turnovers.

“I think Brooke Tuttle played a great game for us, and Ester Miller also played hard,” she said. “The plus side is we are young and can only get better if we work hard in the off season.” Read More

Fourth Quarter Blasts Knights Past Lions

Knight Jakob Brewer leaves three Decatur LSA Lions behind going up for two of his 17 points in the ALAH win February 5.

Knight Jakob Brewer leaves three Decatur LSA Lions behind going up for two of his 17 points in the ALAH win February 5.

Big Comeback for ALAH

•February 10, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

From floor wrestling to leads flipping, the final few minutes of the Knights 55-49 win over Decatur LSA was a crowd pleaser.

The midcourt wrestling match for the ball between Knight Shandon Herschberger and Decatur LSA’s Austin with 5:43 left during the Friday, February 5 game started a Knights fire.

“I was really pleased with the effort and the ability to overcome adversity we displayed.” Knight coach Dale Schuring said of the comeback victory.

“The players did a great job of taking the last two days of practice to the game floor.”

After the floor encounter, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond Knights went ahead 45-43 on a three point shot by Brad R. Miller at 4:49.

The LSA Lions had dominated the game and responded with a field goal and free shot. Then Cade Day tied the scored at 47-47 with 3: 25 left.

LSA returned to the lead while Jakob Brewer responded for the Knights resulting in a 49-49 tie. Read More

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Obituaries 2-10-2016: Aileen Stinson

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Theresa Aileen Stinson, 93, of Sullivan passed away at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 12 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

Aileen was born August 25, 1922, a daughter of David B. and Clem Stinson Phillips. She married Lawrence Kenneth Stinson December 16, 1939 in Allen County, Ky., and he preceded her in death February 28, 2008. Aileen was a seamstress, and she enjoyed doing alterations for many people in the community. She also enjoyed gardening, and she loved her family. Read More

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