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Red Apple Goes Up in Flames

Photo by RR Best Sullivan firefighters Trevor Hughes and Larry Edwards stand atop the burning Red Apple restaurant Tuesday morning.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan firefighters Trevor Hughes and Larry Edwards stand atop the burning Red Apple restaurant Tuesday morning.

July 30, 2014

Box-alarm fire devastates local restaurant

by Keith Stewart

A blaze that lasted nearly two hours ravaged a restaurant in Sullivan Tuesday morning.

The Red Apple Family Restaurant caught fire shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday according to Sullivan fire captain Chris Wright.

  Emergency personnel were paged out at 8:23 a.m. with the first fire company arriving at 8:25 a.m. Initial observations by emergency personnel included heavy dark smoke and fire coming out the back of the restaurant.

The first company entered the building only to discover zero visibility and that the fire was actually located above them in the attic.  Read More

OV Schools Consider New Investment Strategy

July 30, 2014

Board also hears about swim co-op

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

It is that time again, no doubt too soon for the kids and none too soon for the parents.

At the last regularly scheduled school board meeting before the start of the new school year, there was not much business to work through as things moved along fairly rapidly.

After quickly approving the annual “consent agenda” to officially record the district designees of various fund managers, banking services, and legal representation, the board heard from Shelby County State Bank concerning its proposal to streamline the district’s security investments through SCSB.

Currently, the district has SCSB invest in a variety of federally backed securities. SCSB proposes simplifying the process and to try and get a better return for both SCSB and Okaw Valley school district by rolling the various securities into one.  Read More

Bethany Post Office Struck by Vehicle

Submitted The Bethany Post Office suffered damage two weeks ago after a car struck it, shifting an entire wall.

The Bethany Post Office suffered damage two weeks ago after a car struck it, shifting an entire wall.

July 30, 2014

PO Box pickup interrupted as a result

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

After a car crashed into the Bethany Post Office earlier this month, service interruptions are expected.

Due to a July 14 motor vehicle collision with the building, post office box mail pickup has been limited to normal postal business hours for local residents.

Following the wreck, building inspectors deemed the front part of the building, which houses Bethany’s post office boxes, unsafe for use.  As a result, area residents that opt to collect their mail in person, rather than have it delivered to their home, must enter through the building’s rear and speak with a postal worker directly to get their mail.

The service restrictions are likely to continue for a long while as well, according to Bethany’s postmaster Shelly Freeman.  Currently there is no timeline for repairs to the building, and there has yet to be any estimates as to how much the repairs will cost.  According to Freeman, legal red tape is slowing down the repair process considerably.   Read More

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Mo Do Jr. Legion fails to Advance to State with Back to Back Losses

July 30, 2014

Sullivan’s Hart makes big hits, but not enough

Submitted by Duff Hoel

As the no. 1 seed in the state of Illinois 4th Division Jr. Legion tournament, the boys from the Moultrie-Douglas Jr. American Legion Baseball team entered tournament play with very high expectations. But those expectations came up short as Mo Do was eliminated by two losses on Saturday to end their season with a 30-10 record.

Zach Hrvol of Sullivan took the mound in game one for Mo-Do. Facing a quality opponent from Eureka, Mo-Do fell 5-4.  Read More

New Swim Co-op Approved Between Sullivan, Shelbyville Schools

July 30, 2014

To take effect this school year

by Keith Stewart

Board members approved a formal swim co-op between Sullivan and Shelbyville schools a week ago Monday.

Citing the request from the current Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim club, the Sullivan school board approved the co-op, which will go through the 2015-2016 school year.

But approval for the co-op didn’t go without caution, as Superintendent Brad Tuttle, invoking the memory of the previously failed wrestling co-op with Shelbyville that brought increased transportation costs, clarified that such costs would not be incurred. Read More

Traveling Baseball Tryouts Aug. 2

July 30, 2014

The Mid State Curve 13 and under traveling boys’ baseball team will hold tryouts 1-3 p.m. Aug 2 at the middle diamond in Wyman Park in Sullivan.

Eligibility includes being at least 12 years of age and not turning 14 before May 1, 2015. Read More

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Obituaries 7-30-2014: Mary Miller

Mary Miller  

Funeral services for Mary M. Miller, 86, of Sullivan were held at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Omer Kuhns residence in Sullivan. Burial was in Yoder Cemetery in Arthur. Arrangements were by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Read More

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