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•September 2, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

“I love my trees so I understand why people get upset,” Mayor Ann Short said of recent tree trimming in the city. “But when there is a bad storm and trees take down power lines, everyone suffers.”

In order to gain some control over the branches hanging over power lines the city is trying to be proactive and Short explained the existing crew in the electric dept. can’t keep up.

That led the city to contract with Nelson Tree Service, arborists that trim for Ameren, for the project.

Shannon Risley is in charge of the electric plant and making sure Sullivan residents can depend on their electric service.

On July 19, 2010 one of the worst storms to ever hit Sullivan brought that home with 21 poles downed as the result of falling limbs and wind, putting pressure on power lines.

“That week from Monday until most service was restored by Wednesday we worked 40 hours overtime in the sweltering heat,” Risley recalled. He explained the damage was beyond the ability of Sullivan’s six man crew to handle. Read More

Remember When? 9-2-2015

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Seven Moultrie County 4-H’ers received superior awards for their entries Monday at the 1990 Illinois State Fair. Superior award winners from Sullivan were Amy R. Bishop, Ross A. Haverstock and Krystal L. Horsman, Sarah E. Shasteen and Carrie L. Wildman. Lovington superior award winners were Wesley J. Bolsen and Ryan D. Nettles.

The Illinois State Fair open show Grand Champion Barrow became a family project for the DeOrnellases of Sullivan, who brought home the winning ribbon, silver bowl and a prize check for approximately $800. Ron Deornellas of Sullivan showed his sister’s Grand Champion Barrow, Nicki, in the Illinois State Fair open show. The 241-pound crossbred is owned by Pam Deornellas.

With her brown and shiny 29-inch pony tail, Lacosta Meadows of Sullivan, daughter of Kenneth and Deborah Meadows, won first place last week in the Illinois State Fair’s pony tail contest for five and six year olds. Lacosta won over approximately 25 other contestants in her age group for having the longest hair.

Ruby Christy of Sullivan and Gloria Foley of Lovington represented the Moultrie County Homemakers Extension Assn. at the Illinois Homemakers Extension Federation District 4 and 5 meeting held recently in Decatur.

Approximately 2,000 submarine sandwiches were prepared for customers during Sullivan Subway’s grand opening Friday and Saturday. Cathy Janes and Hillary Barnes were among the many employees who prepared the made-to-order sandwiches. Read More

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Ice Cream Social Celebrates DOVE Anniversary

Photo by Nick Fiala

Photo by Nick Fiala

•September 2, 2015•

By Nick Fiala
Reporting in Sullivan

Just before 11 a.m. last Saturday, August 29, a small gathering of community volunteers, family, and friends stood under the protective branches of a large tree in Wyman Park.

It was all part of a public ceremony and free ice cream social to rally the local community together against domestic violence and celebrate the 45th anniversary of Dove, Inc., a domestic violence shelter and advocate center in Sullivan.

Though the event would include fun, games, and good-tasting food, it began with a period of quiet reflection. Pastor Ron Thomas of Sullivan’s Highway Church of Christ led the group in a prayer to dedicate a new garden on the park grounds in tribute to Sheri Randall, a repeat victim of domestic violence who lost her life at the hands of an abusive ex-boyfriend last March.

“There is a way to live,” Pastor Thomas said. “And it is with respect and love.”

In addition to the prayer, a speech was given by Mary Hughes, the director of the Moultrie County Agency of Dove, Inc.

“We vow to make a stand against domestic violence in our community, and we shall make a difference.” said Hughes. Read More

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Opportunistic Redskins Defeat Hoopeston 56-3

Photo by RR Best

Photo by RR Best

•September 2, 2015•

By Matt Kracht
NP sports reporter

In their season opener Sullivan Okaw-Valley rushed out to a 42-0 halftime lead thanks in part to a strong defensive effort.

Ty Molzen was sharp in limited action hitting on four of seven passing for three touchdowns and 110 yards in the first half. Head coach Gerald Temples thought overall it was a good start to the season. “We got some details we need to work on, but our defense played hard. We did not tackle exceptionally well so we got to get that corrected, but for the first ball game they did a nice job.”

After forcing a quick three and out on Hoopeston’s opening possession, the Redskins offense took over on the Cornjerker 34 yard line. On the first play Molzen plowed around the right end for an 18 yard gain. The Redskins then flipped it outside to Alec Ballinger who found space taking it 18 yards for the score with 10:16 remaining in the first quarter. Ballinger, who has game changing speed, received a pancake block from Blake Stewart to open his alley. The score was the first of three touchdown catches by Ballinger who finished with 105 yards receiving on the night. Coach Temples was pleased with the quick strike aspect of the offense. “Alex Ballinger is a pretty talented young man. When he gets in some space, he can make things happen. He did a nice job; our kids did a nice job getting it there.” Read More

OV Volleyball Defeats CHBC

•September 2, 2015•

Okaw Valley varsity volleyball team defeated Cowden Herrick Beecher City at home August 31 25-14, 25-23.

This left the Okay Valley team with a record of 1-1 when they faced Sullivan Tuesday. Read More

Volleyball Knights Start Strong, Then Falter

Photo by Darian Hays Taylor Powell of ALAH volleyball goes for dig during last week’s game.

Photo by Darian Hays
Taylor Powell of ALAH volleyball goes for dig during last week’s game.

•September 2, 2015•

Arthur/Lovington-Atwood/Hammond Knights volleyball started their match with Tuscola at Arthur High School August 27 strong, scoring 20 in the first match.

“I was extremely impressed with how the girls came out of the gates last night,” Knights coach Emily Crossman said.” They had more energy, communication, and execution than they have had all of pre-season. I was thrilled with how they worked together and got the job done.”

Tuscola was able to rebound to overcome the Knights 25-20 in the first game and 25-11 in the second, leaving the varsity team with a 0-1 early season record.

“However, once we started making a couple of errors our whole mindset changed,” she continued. “We went from a team wanting to win to a team that was scared to lose.”

Makayla Brown was strong with three kills for the night. Madison Brown and Janette Comstock each responded with three kills as well.

Brown and Comstock also contributed with four digs each, with Kim Davis leading the way on digs with five.

Madison Brown had five assists and an ace to round off a solid performance for the Knights. Erin Wildman also stepped up with four assists and one kill. Read More

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Obituaries 9-2-2015: Jeff Hale

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Jeff Lynn Hale, 56, of Charleston began his new life and departed from this one Sunday Aug. 30, 2015 in his home.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service beginning at 5 p.m.

Jeff was born Feb. 26, 1959 in Tuscola to Roger and Loretta Mulvaney Hale. He was a graduate of Oakland High School and worked as a warehouse supervisor with Littlefuse for many years. He enjoyed watching sports, auto racing and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Read More

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