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Juvenile Falls from Third Floor of Courthouse Monday Afternoon

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan paramedics are seen transporting a juvenile to a medevac helicopter Monday afternoon in Arthur after the boy fell from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan paramedics are seen transporting a juvenile to a medevac helicopter Monday afternoon in Arthur after the boy fell from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan.

Boy then transported by
helicopter from Arthur

March 25, 2015
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A boy was being treated for injuries he received after he apparently jumped from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse onto the first-floor rotunda a week ago Monday.
The boy, shackled and clad in an orange jumpsuit, had just left a courtroom about 3:15 p.m. Monday when he went over the railing.
Because the incident involves a juvenile, authorities are not releasing his name.
The boy was treated at the scene by Sullivan paramedics, who then rushed him by ambulance to Arthur, where a makeshift helicopter pad was set up in Eberhardt Park across from the fire station Monday afternoon. There, a medevac helicopter landed and transported the child to Carle in Urbana.
State’s attorney Jeremy Richey, who is handling all media requests regarding the incident, declined to comment about the boy’s condition or provide any details about the incident. Read More


Retiree Health Benefits to Remain the Same

Dependents’ costs questioned

March 25, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Discussions got heated when the question of health insurance coverage for retired employees came up during the regular meeting of the Sullivan City Council March 9.
Currently, all present employees pay 10 percent of the premium costs for their dependents (if they have any).
But in the city handbook, there is a clause stating that any employee who was employed with the city on July, 25, 1988 would have “comparable” health insurance paid for after retirement.
In 2013, when the city agreed to a new police union contract, one of the stipulations was that employees would begin paying a percentage of their dependents’ costs. Read More

State Behind on Transportation and Special Education Payments

ALAH district still in the black, for now

March 18, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond superintendent Kenny Schwengel informed the board at its regular meeting last Wednesday that the state was behind on several payments to the transportation and special education funds. The transportation fund has been prorated at 71 percent and on top of that has received just one payment of $126,000. The amount includes one regular payment and a special education payment for Arthur-Lovington and Atwood-Hammond. Payments are still being made to Atwood-Hammond since the state was previously behind on them.
The district has received only one of the four payments that were expected. In the special education fund, only $85,800 of the $246,500 have been received. According to Schwengel, there has been some speculation that only two payments will be received in both the transportation and special education funds. Read More

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Strong Individual Performances for SOV and ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH junior Jakob Brewer rounds the final turn of the 4x200 relay, which finished 22nd. Brewer also competed in the 60m hurdles, in which he placed sixth with a time of 9.31 seconds.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH junior Jakob Brewer rounds the final turn of the 4x200 relay, which finished 22nd. Brewer also competed in the 60m hurdles, in which he placed sixth with a time of 9.31 seconds.

Yeakley takes fourth, Uphoff earns fifth

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Neither the SOV or Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ track and field teams placed in the top half of last weekend’s Charleston Indoor Invitational at Eastern Illinois University. Out of 33 class A schools, the Redskins finished 29th while the Knights took 23rd. But that didn’t mean each wouldn’t covet a few top performances.
Junior Colton Yeakley led the immediate area taking fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 11 inches.
“Colton had a personal best in shot put with that throw, and there was solid competition at that meet,” said head coach Ryan Whelan. “It’s good to see his development in shot put (he threw 42 something at the same meet last year). It gives credit to the time and effort he puts in throughout the year with his throwing. It will be good to see what he starts off with throwing discus on Tuesday, since that’s been his 'better' event the last two years.” Read More

Sages Steal Victory from Knights with Seventh Inning Rally

Back-to-back bunts overturn ALAH victory

March 26, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Coming off a big win over rival Tuscola the ALAH Knights were a half inning away from staying perfect on the season with a 1-0 victory over Monticello Tuesday. Unfortunately the baseball gods had other ideas.
Tyler Schuring who pitched six innings of shutout baseball deserved a better outcome as back-to-back sacrifice bunts by the Sages in the top of the seventh turned into hits bringing home Monticello’s first run of the contest. The Sages would add another tally in the inning on a sac fly to take a 2-1 lead and were able to hold on for the comeback win.
Nonetheless, Arthur head coach Craig Moffet thought the defense played well, and that Schuring was on top of his game.
“The defense was good today. I think the guys did a good job backing each other up,” he said. “They were really engaged and ready to play.” Read More

Sullivan Sends Signal to Start the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Redskins demo Mattoon in baseball opener

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday evening’s season opener at Mattoon certainly didn’t appear to be so for the Sullivan baseball club.
The Redskins put on a stellar showcase all evening long, whether it was catcher Matthew Sparrow diving to catch a foul ball, Brody Elder smacking one over the left field wall in the game’s second at-bat, or Nick Frerichs knocking all the pins down with his grand slam in the fourth inning.
Those were just a few of the dozen or more game-changing plays that concluded with a 15-2 thumping of the typically formidable Green Wave.
“I think when these guys were freshmen, they had a couple close games with them and just barely lost to them,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers, “so it was kind of nice to come out and get a win.”
It took no time at all for Sullivan to send a message.
After Alec Ballinger led-off with a strikeout, Elder stepped to the plate.
After a first-pitch ball, the senior smacked a foul to the left field wall.
If only it had stayed right.
The third pitch, Elder grabbed a hold of it again, this time driving it over the left field wall, tried and true, to put Sullivan up 1-0. Read More

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Obituaries 3-25-15: Anita Bowers

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Anita H. Bowers, 87, of Lovington passed away at 7:45 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

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