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Moultrie Sees Lowest Unemployment in Central Illinois Once Again

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July still sees slight uptick from last two months

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite a slight uptick from the last two months, Moultrie County’s unemployment rate in July was still lower than any other central Illinois county, marking an ongoing trend throughout the current year.

At 5.8, the July rate, which tied for the 10th lowest in the state, was an uptick from 5.5 the two previous months, and so far the county enjoyed its lowest rate of the year in April at 5.4, which was the lowest in Moultrie since November of 2011 when it was 5.3.

Moultrie began 2014 with an unemployment rate of 7.3, which was also the lowest out of its neighboring counties. Read More


Man Dies After Motorcycle Strikes Car North of Sullivan

August 28, 2014

Mattoon resident hits oncoming car head-on Wednesday evening

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Mattoon man that collided head-on with a vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle, was later pronounced dead Wednesday evening.

The man was heading northbound on his 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle on county road 1100E (north of Worth Street in Sullivan) Wednesday evening and later struck an oncoming 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, according to a press release by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. Read More

Bethany Village Council Grants Public Request for Planning Committee

August 27, 2014

Purpose is to get new business to the area

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

In a move to help bring new businesses to Bethany, village officials this month approved a public request to form a new planning committee made up of local residents. 

The committee, when formed, would be tasked with reaching out to new businesses, as well as determining potential locations and properties for commercial and industrial establishments wishing to open in Bethany. Similar to Bethany’s now well-established TIF committee, members of the group would be appointed rather than elected and would submit their consensus opinions as documented proposals for the village board to consider—the committee would be unable to pass any resolutions on its own.  Read More

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Lady T-Wolves Drop Home Opener to Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

August 27, 2014

OV can’t muster front line attack in defeat

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into the regular season, OV head coach Jody McCormick wanted to take advantage of her team’s heightened, well, height, in the form of a formidable front line attack. Tuesday evening was the first test of such hope, but Tri-County had its own killer offense to beat back any impending OV attack, leading to a two set 25-14, 25-16 loss for the Lady Timberwolves.

“I didn’t get my wall like I was hoping,” said McCormick, who is in her second season as the head coach at Okaw Valley. “But we’re going to work on that, really hard.”

In the first set, the Lady Titans got out to a quick lead and ran away with the game. The only flicker of life from OV came via junior Megan Dash whose hard hitting serve accounted for  three aces and five points to pull her team within four points of the Titans at 13-9. Read More

Knights Win Season Opener Tuesday

August 20, 2014

Martinez scores hat trick in victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite an hour-and-a-half-delay to Tuesday’s season opener at Georgetown-Ridge Farm due to thunderstorms, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team came out on top 4-2. Read More

Smith to Provide Consistency as New Coach

August 20, 2014

Lady Red starting with clean slate

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After having three different coaches in three years, Sullivan volleyball looks poised for some consistency.

Earlier this year Krista Smith was hired as a guidance counselor for the high school and was also asked about the possibility of coaching volleyball, a prospect the 2007 Edwards County graduate thought too good to be true.

“When they talked about the coaching position during the interview I was elated because it’s volleyball, it’s the sport that I love,” said Smith. “I am geared up for this year, and I can tell especially when we start doing some six-on-six play, I get that feeling again, almost like I’m a player. I want to jump in there almost more than coaching, so the spirit of the game flows through me. I’ll contain myself, but I’m excited.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Tiffany Wallis, Sara Griffin, Abby Elzy, and Alyssa Marshall. Second row: Elaina Crawford, Jazmyn Jayne, Lily Bales, Seleste Smith, and Becca Pratt. Back row: Assistant coach Jennifer Young, Taylor Booker, Brittin Boyer, Kailyn Boyer, Emily Neuhauser, and head coach Krista Smith.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Tiffany Wallis, Sara Griffin, Abby Elzy, and Alyssa Marshall. Second row: Elaina Crawford, Jazmyn Jayne, Lily Bales, Seleste Smith, and Becca Pratt. Back row: Assistant coach Jennifer Young, Taylor Booker, Brittin Boyer, Kailyn Boyer, Emily Neuhauser, and head coach Krista Smith.

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Obituaries 8-27-2014: Roy Fultz

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Funeral Services for Roy A. Fultz, 67, of Arcola were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola with Pastor Dave Dolan officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by Arcola VFW was in Arcola Cemetery.

He passed away at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.   Read More

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