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In 3-2 Vote, Council Agrees to Purchase Patterson Property for $40,000

September 17, 2014

Dissenting votes cite lack of appraisal, believe price is too high
by Barry Featheringill
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After meeting in closed session last Monday to discuss the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, the Sullivan city council then emerged and voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward on the purchase of property located at 402 S. Patterson for $40,000.
Commissioners Mike Kirk and Monte LeCrone both dissented, each citing that the price was, in their opinions, too high.
“Would it be logical for the city to own it?  Sure,” said LeCrone, in an email. “My no vote was the result of price and timing. We don’t know what it’s worth, but at the price given in the motion, [it] seems twice what I believe it’s worth.” Read More


ALAH School Board Sets District Goals and Objectives for School Year

September 17, 2014

Community service program planned for next year

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Lovington Reporter

As a school district grows, there comes a need to set new goals and insights for its students and the community. The ALAH School Board saw to this by creating a list of goals and objectives for the 2014-2015 school year which included areas of community relations and communications, district facilities and safety, and personnel and academic achievement.
To strive for more communication with the community, the board set a goal of enhancing the district’s website by unifying all the school sites and giving it a cohesive look and use, which was recently completed. The information on the website includes important school event dates, early dismissals, school lunch menu, faculty and staff directories and a current district calendar. Other forms of communication involve putting articles in area newspapers, making use of social media, conducting parent meetings and holding open houses There is also a future plan to create a goals and objectives brochure that will be distributed to the community. Read More

New Sidewalks to be Poured on Church Street

September 10, 2014

Board delays decision on new roof for maintenance building

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

Sidewalks and the village maintenance building were high on the agenda at this month’s Lovington village board meeting as the season is turning to fall, leaving little time to complete work that is time sensitive.
During last month’s meeting, it was determined that new sidewalks would be put in on Church Street where there exists a path already taken by many Lovington children heading to school. The budget allowed for two sections of sidewalk to be completed, and work is expected to begin within the next two months. Read More

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Hungry SOV Squad Makes Statement in Win Over Tuscola

Photo by RR Best Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

Photo by RR Best
Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

September 17, 2014

Victory keeps SOV atop CIC with Shelbyville

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First place in the newly formed Central Illinois Conference was on the line Friday night at Victory Field. The Redskins rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Tuscola Warriors 28-22 improving to 3-0 on the season. Homecoming fans battling the elements looked on as two of the area’s top quarterbacks squared off in an instant classic.
Coming down to five minutes to go in the four quarter and the score tied 22-22, Ty “white shoes” Molzen calmly set himself at the line of scrimmage. Facing 3-and-9 Molzen was hit in stride on a slant pass from Nick Frerichs and then it happened. Molzen, per Bill Cosby, transformed into “an amoeba splitting himself in half leaving the half without the football with the tackler.” After applying the brakes causing one Tuscola defender to fly by, Molzen hit the gas and accelerated past a second, before finally carrying a man on his back and falling forward for the biggest first down of the night. Frerichs scored three plays later on a quarterback sprint putting the Redskins on top for good. Molzen finished the night with two catches for 40 yards. Read More

Sullivan Edges Past OV in Home Quadrangular Golf Match

September 17, 2014
Photo by RR Best Sullivan's Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday's triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday’s triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Three Redskins shoot 40s to earn second

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Hosting Okaw Valley, Shelbyville, and Meridian last Thursday, the Sullivan boys’ golf team earned second place, but only after squeaking by Okaw Valley.

Sullivan’s top three golfers shot in the 40s, while OV had two in seniors Devon Still, who shot a 46, and Jay Orris, who shot a 48. The Redskins’ Sam Mulligan and Kent Taber each shot a 46, while Joey Davison was three strokes behind at 49. Rounding out the team score was Eric Keller (56), Tommy Schibur (60), and Adam White (59) for a total of 197.

Okaw Valley meanwhile finished four strokes out from Sullivan for a team total of 201. Drew Fructl shot a 52, followed by Tanner Coleman and Austin Read More

Knights Take First Loss of the Year to Newton

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

September 17, 2014

ALAH falls to 5-1 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into Thursday evening’s matchup against Newton, the ALAH soccer team was attempting to stay perfect on the year and improve to 6-0. Such a feat seemed possible when Javi Briseno’s corner kick near the end of the first half went in the goal to put ALAH up 2-1, but the goal would be called back after officials cited that time had actually expired 14 seconds earlier.
“I’m kind of upset with they went ahead and let us kick the corner kick and then after it’s in, they say, ‘No, time quit 14 seconds ago.’,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “Don’t ask me. I have no explanation. That’s not right.” Read More

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