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Bethany Continues Expansion and Modernization of Police Department

October 1, 2014

Body cameras proposed for village officers

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

During last month’s regularly scheduled village council meeting, Bethany officials voted to hire two new part-time police officers.

Officially hired on September 11, the two new part-time officers, Thomas Lehew of Bethany and Joshua Ekiss of Sullivan, are currently part of Decatur’s auxiliary police force. According to Bethany’s police chief Jessie Scribner, the dates of the two new officers’ first patrol are still to be determined as of the end of September. Read More

OV School Budget Approved

October 1, 2014

Projected budget shortfall of $70,000

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

One of the major items on the agenda for school boards this time of year is the annual budget proposal, Okaw Valley being no exception.

There was ample opportunity for public discussion on the proposed 2014-15 budget during the special session scheduled for the 15 minutes previous to the regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday evening. However, no one from the public attended to take advantage so the regular meeting commenced without incident, and the budget ended up passing with a unanimous vote. “Everything is going to be decided on the governor’s race,” said  superintendent Kent Stauder replying to board president Tim Rothrock after he asked about the direction state funding might take over the course of this next year. “We know where the Democratic governor is going, as far as funding, but the Republican candidate really does not have a plan yet.” The amount of General State Aid(GSA) is, in fact, lower than last year but that is in response to a rise in local Equalized Assessed Valuation of property, or EAV. Read More

Moultrie Circuit Clerk Takes on E-Filing 

September 24, 2014

New online tool to allow attorneys to file and retrieve case information remotely

by Keith Stewart

Cindy Braden’s office has undergone an upgrade, so to speak. But it hasn’t only made her office more efficient. It has also provided attorneys a more efficient way to file and retrieve case information without having to travel to Moultrie, which could eventually trickle down to clients in the form of some cost savings.

“Attorneys of record can now access documents electronically through Judici,” said Braden.

“It also means that an attorney in Chicago can file from his office and not make a trip here,” said sixth judicial circuit chief judge Dan Flannell. “The decision to go to e-filing is driven by the clerk in every county. It won’t matter in my view if the presiding judge each county is in favor. If the clerk isn’t, it won’t happen. And this has been Cindy’s project. Frankly, from a court’s perspective, it effects them more.” Read More

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SOV Remains Undefeated with 47-7 Win

Photo by Joe Wheller SOV’s Jake Eaton hits his gap for the touchdown Friday night against Meridian. Eaton ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Photo by Joe Wheller
SOV’s Jake Eaton hits his gap for the touchdown Friday night against Meridian. Eaton ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

October 1, 2014

Redskins roll in one-sided rout of Meridian

By Joe Wheeler
NP Reporter

It was all Redskins Friday night as the boys in red opened up the field on the Meridian Hawks in a 47-7 win.

SOV was 4-0 going into this past week’s matchup and was looking to keep things going versus a Meridian squad who has had trouble getting things going this season. The Hawks, 1-4 after Friday night, could not do anything to stop the high-powered offense of Sullivan-Okaw Valley.

“We were able to get some things going in not only the running game, but also the passing game,” head coach Gerald Temples said. “Our kids really did a great job of executing the game plan tonight.” Read More

Redskin Golf Hosts Final Match at Home

Photos by Keith Stewart Ariel Heppe putts during last Wednesday's golf match at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photos by Keith Stewart
Ariel Heppe putts during last Wednesday’s golf match at the Sullivan Country Club.October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

by Keith Stewart

With the post-season within a week, area golf teams hosted final home matches this week, including Sullivan, who welcomed Meridian and Effingham last Wednesday.

For the boys, Sullivan finished sandwiched between the competition at second place, shooting a combined 200 with Kent Taber leading the pack with a 46. Sam Mulligan and Kenneth Farley rounded out the 40s with a 47 and 49. Cody Johnson then followed with a 58, followed by Liam Bechtold’s 61 and Jacob Cameron’s 70.

On the girls’ side of things, they faced off against two Meridian golfers and a complete Effingham team, which would take the match with a 192. Sullivan finished with a 263 with Alexis Matlock at the front with a 58. Seniors Ariel Heppe, Beretta Phelps, and Jessica Yantis each shot a 67, 65, and 73 respectively.

Sullivan then travelled for their final two regular season matches, with the first at Tuscola last Thursday, where both boys and girls finished last behind St. Teresa, Monticello, and the host. Taber led the boys, shooting a 48, while Phelps was the female leader shooting a 55.

For the boys, Mulligan (50), Gavin Harlin (54), Joey Davison (52), Adam White (53), and Eric Keller (54), rounded out the group. Matlock (65), Dani Boyer (73), Jessica Yantis (71), and Grace Yantis (65) rounded out the scoring for the girls. Read More

Purple Rider-Knights Finish Regular Season with Win at Home

Photo by Keith Stewart Sophomore Clayton Miller tees off. Miller had a season best Monday, shooting three under par for a 32, easily earning the medal. Davis was second with a 41.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sophomore Clayton Miller tees off. Miller had a season best Monday, shooting three under par for a 32, easily earning the medal. Davis was second with a 41.

October 1, 2014

Miller medals with season best 3-under par

by Keith Stewart

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond/Arcola boys’ golf team ended the regular season at home Monday evening in a face-off with Cumberland and walked away with a 40-point margin of victory to end their schedule at 16-2.

To no surprise it was the sophomore Clayton Miller who medaled, shooting a season best 3-under par for 32. The lone and reliable senior Chris Davis followed with a 41. The rest of the group included Shandon Herschberger’s 42, Parker Ingram’s 49, and both Blake Lindenmeyer and Dylan Bugos’ 53 for a team score of 164.

Monday’s handsome victory came just days after ALAHA competed in the LOVC meet, which they won last year and hosted this year at the Arcola country club on Saturday. But at home, ALAHA succumbed once again to rival Decatur LSA, finishing second with a 332 compared to the Lions’ 314. Read More

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Obituaries 10-1-2014: Lucille Booker

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Lucille R. Booker, 92, of Bloomington, formerly of Lovington, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Friday September 19, 2014 in Heritage Manor in Bloomington.

Memorial services will be held at10:30 a.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington.  No visitation will be held. Graveside services will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

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