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Scary Bus Ride

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Scary Bus Ride
Thirty-five passengers on a Teutopolis school bus took an unexpected detour on the way to a ball game Friday. At 3:19 p.m. the bus was struck on the driver’s side by a van driven by Scarlett McKenzie, 36, of Mattoon and turned over on its passenger side blocking Route 32 at the Bruce-Findlay road intersection. Moultrie County Sheriff Chris Sims reported the bus contained the Teutopolis basketball team, cheerleaders and coaches. Five students were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. McKenzie was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur and kept for observation. She was ticketed by MCSD for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield. After her hospital release on Monday she was transported to Moultrie County Jail pending further charges from the states attorney. Robert Bothwell of Teutopolis was the driver of the bus. In addition to MCSD, Sullivan police and fire departments, Illinois State Police, plus ambulances from Sullivan, Lovington, Mattoon, Bethany, Windsor, Findlay and Arthur responded to the scene. Walker Wrecker Service uprighted the bus and towed it away. Traffic was detoured through Sullivan 66, Inc. (Howy’s) parking lot. Students were treated by area EMTs west of the parking lot. Sullivan school district dispatched a bus to transport the Teutopolis students. Surrounding school district administrators were on hand to offer assistance as well.

Lovington Village Board

•February 15, 2017•

Jeremy Doggett, water and sewer superintendent, attended the meeting of the Lovington Village Board and distributed handouts from the engineering firm, Farnsworth Group, regarding the chlorine feed modification for the Chlorine Disinfection Exemption Revocation. The cover letter listed the requirements which need to be done by May 1, 2017. Doggett will try to have an estimation of the cost for the next meeting but believes it will be under $10,000. He is of the opinion that Roland Birt and Scott Connelly will be able to do the required work by April 1. Read More

FUMC Tuesday Pancake Supper

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FUMC Tuesday Pancake Supper
Shrove Tuesday 2016: Pastor Charliam Renner (back) mixed batter and Joyce Shellabarger fried sausage to serve guests at the FUMC Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Sullivan.

•February 15, 2017•

The third annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at the Sullivan First Methodist Church is 4:30-6 p.m. Feb 28 in the Fellowship Hall. This free event marks the end of Mardi Gras and the anticipation of Lent, which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. Everyone is invited to the celebration, which will include pancakes with toppings, sausage and drinks. Since it is a party, all who come eat free of charge. Fellowship Hall will be decorated in purple, green and gold with lots of beads on display.

Trivia questions and festive music will add to the party atmosphere.

Pancake suppers are popular events on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and not just in New Orleans.

Since rich foods are often given up for Lent, the practice is to empty the pantry of flour and sugar by making pancakes. People enjoy the butter and syrup, knowing that during Lent they will eat a much blander diet, some even choosing to fast.

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Valentine’s Day Changes Over Time

•February 8, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Ah, be still my heart, Valentine’s Day approacheth, and hope springs eternal for all aspiring lovers.

The world’s population will spend close to $20 billion on cards, candy, fragrances, flowers and other objets d’amour in this timeless ritual of love and courtship this year.

Its origins are ancient, but the concept of sending decorated cards spread from England to the United States about 1850. Hallmark Cards in Kansas began mass producing Valentine cards in 1913, and now 25% of all cards mailed each year are Valentines.

So, it is not surprising that 100 years ago in 1917 there is absolutely no mention in the local Sullivan papers of anything relating to Valentine’s Day - no ads, parties, etc. The country was preparing for WWI and Hallmark had only been producing Valentines for four years. It was not a time to celebrate love or anything else. Read More


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Local Sports stories in Moultrie County Illinois

Sullivan Senior Redskins Score Well in Raiders Game

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Senior Basketball: Queintan Britton, Bryce Farris, Trey Garriott, Ricky Yang, Kolton Rose and Jarod Merryman pose before the game on senior night Friday.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team suffered two Central Illinois Conference home losses this past week.

The Redskins lost to Central A&M Friday and to Shelbyville last Tuesday.

Against the Raiders on senior night, the Redskins fell behind six in the first quarter, and CAM pushed that lead to 35-20 at the half.

The Raiders extended that lead in the second half for the 63-43 loss.

Senior Queintan Britton scored a team-high 15 points, and senior Bryce Farris followed with 14 points.

Juniors Zach Sowers and Brett Tuttle scored five and four points, respectively. Read More

Local Players Advance in Three Point Competition

•February 15, 2017•

Okaw Valley junior guard Paige Robinson and Sullivan junior guard Lizzie Green advanced out of their respective regionals to the IHSA sectional Three Point Showdown competition next week.

Robinson enjoyed home court advantage and made 10-for-15 in her competition at the Class 1A regional at Bethany, Thursday.

Robinson is scheduled to shoot at 5:30 p.m. in Arcola Thursday, Feb 16. Read More

Seniors Recognized

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Dance Team: Greg, Grace and Kim Mauck.

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Band: Norm Miller, Colleen Miller, Tim Nolan, Will Nolan and Michelle Nolen (absent from photo: Paige Sieberns, Luke DeLong and Mary Farley).

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Cheer: Shawna Hatten, Paige Sieberns and Troy Sieberns.

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Obituaries 2-15-2017: Paul Stone

Paul Stone

Paul Stone, 101, passed away February 11, 2017 in his home in Sullivan.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 17 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home, 503 W. Jackson in Sullivan with Masonic Rites at 7 p.m. by the George A. Sentel Lodge #764 of Sullivan. Services to celebrate Paul’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18 in Sullivan First United Methodist Church, 216 W. Jefferson in Sullivan. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Read More

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