Ties contract term to license term
by Keith Stewart
At their second meeting last month, the Sullivan city council approved an ordinance, amending a section on garbage regulations meant to curb the length of contracts with which collectors could provide customers.
Ordinance 14-4, which passed unanimously at the February 24 meeting, simply ties the length of any contract garbage collectors issue customers with the term of their license they receive from the city. Since garbage collection licenses enjoy a one year shelf-life before expiring each May, contracts with customers are now stipulated to the same one year time-frame. Read More
The average statewide temperature for the three core winter months of December, January, and February was 20.8 degrees. It was 8.2 degrees below avg. and the fourth coldest December-February period on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. Read More
Special meeting sees both support and opposition to longer hours
by Joash Tiarks
The Bethany village board formally approved the wording to one of last month’s proposed amendments to the liquor ordinance Monday in a special board meeting.
Last month a motion was passed, in the absence of trustee Steve Ozee, to amend the village liquor ordinance to allow for longer serving hours and to remove the prohibition of gambling devices within the village. At that time there were several members of the community present to voice their support of any actions the board could take to benefit local businesses, in particular Hired Hand Winery and Saloon. That motion, however, was to go before the village’s attorney to be proofread and refined for language before being formally accepted. Read More
Get St. Thomas More Tues. in Danville sectional
by Kirk Whitaker
The final scoreboard read 44-26 in favor of the Knights Friday, as they downed Arcola for their third straight regional crown, but early on, the game was much closer than the final score showed.
It took till 4:09 to go in the second for the Knights to hit their first triple of the night, courtesy of Clayton Honn, but the bomb gave Arthur an 11-10 advantage.
Yes, only 11-10 midway through two quarters, no typo.
The first score of the game came from a single free throw from Riders sophomore Austin Shaffer with just over five to go in the first, and the score was tied at six after a quarter. Read More
AL unable to stop Sabers’ drive
by Kirk Whitaker
With 1:02 to go in the fourth quarter, Tyler Schuring drained a triple to tie the game at 48 against St. Thomas More.
After a rare stop by the Knights, Arthur ran the clock down for one final shot and took a timeout with 15.5 seconds to go. It was only fitting Schuring took the shot—the junior led the Knights scoring 26 of his team’s 52 points—but the trey from the left wing went long and everyone in the stands got an extra session of Sectional basketball.
“We were trying to get Tyler a look on a set play of ours,” Knights head coach Dale Schuring explained. “We didn’t execute it great, I’m sure they knew Tyler would take the shot considering how he had shot to that point in the game. He got a decent look, and it was just a little long. We weren’t going to let them get another shot to score.” Read More
Not enough offense in fourth for comeback
by Keith Stewart
As in so many of their games this year, Sullivan’s boys’ basketball team believed they were going to win last Friday’s regional crown against Paris. Even as the clock wildly ran down the last remaining seconds, Redskin players continued to scramble for the ball. But a poor second quarter and too little offense in the fourth spelled the 54-45 demise to what has otherwise been somewhat of a Cinderella year for the team that many expected to quietly finish under .500 and produce little in the way of news. Read More
Reta R. LeCrone, 67, of Kirksville passed away at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 in her home in Kirksville.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 8 in Camfield Cemetery in rural Sullivan.
Reta was born July 20, 1946 in Sullivan, a daughter of Clyde and Laura Yarnell Ray. She married Larry M. LeCrone Dec. 29, 1970 in Jacksonville, N.C., and he preceded her in death June 24, 2000.
Reta is survived by her sons Frank (Christine) LeCrone of Plainsfield, Ind., Rob (Julie) LeCrone of Windsor and Charley (Amanda) LeCrone of Parker, Colo.; brother Tony Ray of Sullivan and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com
Angela RuthAnne England Schmidt, 48, of Sullivan passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday March 3, 2014 in her home in Sullivan.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan will be at a later date. Angela was born July 3, 1965 in Mattoon, the daughter of Harold L. England and Donna F. Crowe Kingery.
Angela is survived by her mother Donna (stepfather Weldon) Kingery of Sullivan; sons Derrick A. Ledbetter of Findlay and Darin T. Ledbetter of West York; daughter Jessica K. Schmidt of Robinson; brother Jeff H. (Belinda) England of Bethany; nephews Zak England of Bethany and Cole England of Bethany and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father Harold England, maternal grandparents Hue T. and Ruth Crowe and paternal grandparents Harold and Edith England.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com
Gwendolyn Ora “Gwen” Younger, 96, of Bethany passed away at 1:35 a.m. Sunday March 2, 2014 in Moweaqua Nursing Home.
Celebration of Life services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Marge Overlot officiating assisted by Pastor Tracy Steiman. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.
Gwen was born Oct. 15, 1917 in Moweaqua, a daughter of Clyde and Bertha Keilman Taylor. She graduated from Bethany High School and attended Illinois State University one year. She was a member of Bethany First Christian Church where she also served as church organist for many years. She had been a 4-H leader, CYF sponsor, had served as Worthy Matron for the Eastern Star, past president of Marrowbone Township Library Board, helped establish the Rolling Prairie Library System in Bethany and was a member of Moultrie County Republican Women. She married Lloyd “Junior” Younger Feb. 20, 1937 in the home of her parents in Moweaqua, and he preceded her in death Dec. 26, 2011.
Gwen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a talented seamstress and made quilts for her children and grandchildren plus crocheting and knitting sweaters and caps. She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, ready novels and having fun with the “Golden Girls”, but most of all, attending to the activities of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She showed us daily the meaning of unselfishness, caring, love and laughter with her kind and loving heart, and she will forever live in our memory.
Surviving are her daughters Cleo Emmajean (Lloyd) Rucker of Bethany, Rita Ann Singleton of Fairway, Kan. and Margery Cherie (Danny) Coleman of Bethany; grandchildren Tom (Angie) Rucker and Lisa Bone of Bethany, Martha (Christian) Mann and Lori (Brian) Hawn of Kansas, Rita Florey of Sullivan, Matt (Lori) Coleman of Minnesota, Barry (Lynn) Coleman of Iowa and Brian (Barb) Coleman of Cary; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin brother, sister and great-granddaughter Haley.
Memorials are suggested to Bethany First Christian Church, Marrowbone Library Township Building Fund or Alzheimer’s Research.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Moweaqua Nursing Home for all of their care and concern.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.
A service to celebrate the life of Clarence “Bill” W. Harvey, 84, of Decatur was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial with full military honors was in Barnett Cemetery.
He died at 8:50 p.m. Monday Feb. 24, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Harvey was born April 29, 1929 in Valley City, N.D., a son of Jennings and Mabel White Harvey. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division and was a retired operator with A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company. He married Gena G. Nihiser Nov. 1, 1962, and she survives.
Also surviving are his children Tammy Beck and Virginia Reynolds, both of Decatur, Tracy Lofland of Indianapolis, Ind., Donna Reed of Lovington, Joanna Fletcher of Oakley, Patricia Perry of Cottoner, Ark., and Carl Harvey of Rochelle; brother Floyd Harvey of Detroit, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, seven brothers, eight sisters, one grandson and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Barbara Jean Qualls, 77, of Decatur died at 10:35 p.m. Saturday March 1, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.
She was born July 11, 1936 in Decatur, a daughter of Clarence Phillip and Margaret Louise Walley Albert. She and her husband owned Art’s Dairylane for 10 years, and she was employed with Taylor-Acorn Pharmacy, retiring after 27 years. She was a member of Cornerstone Life. She married Arthur Qualls July 25, 1954, and he preceded her in death Nov. 21, 2004.
Surviving are her children Toni Ellison, Kathryn Lin and Vicky Nelson, all of Decatur, Patti McKinney of Forsyth and Bart Qualls of Sullivan; brother Phillip Albert of Decatur; sisters Beverly Spitzer of Decatur and Carol Durbin of Cerro Gordo; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandson and one granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Life.