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Photo furnished Bowers getting “Roasted” at April 2 retirement party.

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Bowers getting “Roasted” at April 2 retirement party.

David Bowers Keeps Going

•April 27, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

David Bowers has spent the better part of his life in Lovington reaching out to touch someone.

Even though he retired from family owned Moultrie Independent Telephone Company at the end of March he isn’t going to stop being involved.

“When you live a full life, life is fulfilling,” Bowers said, noting his retirement as vice president and plant supervisor gives him time to concentrate on other community needs.

Shawnee Communications purchased the family phone company, which is going through a fifth plant rebuild as fiber optic cable delivery comes to Lovington customers, who started receiving telephone service from wires strung along fence posts 71 years ago.

‘I remember when I was five years old sitting on the operator’s lap while I plugged a call into the switchboard,” he recalled, noting he and his brothers worked at the phone company part time while growing up in Lovington.

“We had some wonderful and inspiring teachers in Lovington,” he said explaining his career path was guided by those educators but didn’t exactly go as he planned.

“What I really wanted to be was a teacher and football coach,” Bowers recalled attending North Central College in Naperville for his bachelor’s degree. Read More

ALAH Transportation Fund Dwindles, Schools’ Needs Grow

•April 27, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s transportation fund continues to dwindle as the state still continues to not pay the school districts. The current funds for transportation sit at $88,640; although a third payment has been dispersed but not processed. If the payment is processed, it will add another $255,000 to the balance. If that money is not received, more money from the general education fund will have to be transferred. The over-all checkbook balance of the district is around four million dollars with all funds still in the black.

ALAH district looks to federal and state grants to help make technology updates.

Jeremy Rodebaugh,technology coordinator, noted a few things that the district is in need of updating. Some of the things he mentioned include getting more bandwidth as it currently tops out at 75MB. Atwood-Hammond has maxed out on their bandwidth and fiber optics will be needed to increase it.

The cost of installing fiber optics is estimated at $20-25,000. Rodebaugh has been doing some research and stated that there are several state and federal grants for which the district could apply in order to help pay for the increase of bandwidth. Read More

Moultrie Counseling Center Cuts Keep Coming

•April 27, 2016•

The current state of Illinois budget impasse is being felt locally in many ways. Moultrie County Counseling has suffered significant reductions according to Executive Director David Cole. The National Alliance of Mental Health reported that from 2009-2012 Illinois cut funding for community mental health programs by 30% or $187,000,000. With the exception of three other states, Illinois had the highest cuts in the nation. To have the current budget impasse on top of these previous reductions creates significant difficulties. Read More

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Astoria shotThe Astoria Company Store—Handmade Products Right Before Your Eyes

•April 13, 2016•

By Kennedy D. Nolen
For the News Progress

This April you may finally see the Astoria Company Store create their products right as they make them.

The Astoria Company in Sullivan is a tiny company doing a big thing, said one of the owners Timmy Valentine. The store, which originally opened about 13 years ago as a fundraising company, sells an extensive variety of handmade products such as lotions, soaps, scrubs, and its well-known bamboo charcoal face mask. The company has now been located in an old inn since 2013 on 204 E. Jackson Street. Creators at Astoria take advantage of local ingredients such as honey and soy by using them to make products.  Read More


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Blue Dolphins Celebrate the Swim Season

Photo by Jason Smith Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

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Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan Blue Dolphins closed out another successful season by hosting their team banquet at Sullivan VFW.

The team’s season runs annually from the summer long course season starting in April and swimming through short course season ending in March. The Dolphins celebrated the 50th anniversary of the team this season. Head coach Jason Drury ended the season by continuing his 13 year stretch of championship meets by taking the most swimmers to the Regional meet, Age Group State and Senior State meets.

To show the accumulation of the swimmers’ hard work and dedication throughout the season the following swimmers were awarded individual recognition.

Brodie Goss took home the top prize of Blue Dolphin of the Year. Goss was selected by his teammates for this honor. Consideration for the award is based on hard wordk at practice, respect to coaches and team members, assistance to other swimmers and setting an example of what a Blue Dolphin should be.

The swimmers also vote per practice group for group representative for Blue Dolphin of the Year. Yellow Group selected Clair Welch, Bronze Group Tucker Kull, Silver Group Ethan Schmohe, Gold Group Jessica Renfro and Titanium Natalie Drury.  Read More

Redskins Run Down Hawks for Conference Win

Photo by Darian Hays Sullivan pitcher Brett Tuttle returned to the mound following an injury. He allowed one earned run in five innings with Sullivan winning their 12th game.

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Sullivan pitcher Brett Tuttle returned to the mound following an injury. He allowed one earned run in five innings with Sullivan winning their 12th game.

•April 27, 2016•

By Matt Kracht

Brett Tuttle returned to the mound for the first time since an injury and allowed just one earned run over five innings in a quality start. Sullivan secured their 12th win overall and fifth in the Central Illinois Conference.

Head coach Troy Rogers complemented Tuttle’s performance after the win. “That is a big arm to have back in our lineup, and it was a good game to get him going again. I thought he looked sharp down in the zone after the first inning he mixed things up.”

Meridian drew first blood to take an early lead 1-0 after the first. The Redskins threatened to score in the bottom half of the second inning but stranded the bases loaded with two outs.

Sullivan broke through in the third after a leadoff infield single by Zach Hrvol paid off on an RBI infield single by Zach Sowers.

Sowers then came home to score on a Tom Schibur double down the line just out of reach of Meridian’s third baseman. The RBI double put Sullivan in front 2-1, a lead they would hold onto thanks in part to heads up play at first base by Hrvol.   Read More

Lady Redskins Take St. Anthony

•April 27, 2016•

The Sullivan Lady Redskins improved their record to 10-7 April 19 with an exciting win over St. Anthony.

After a slow defensive start, the team managed to hang around while Abby Elzy worked through a couple of tough innings.  Read More

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Obituaries 4-27-2016: Maxine Barrett

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Maxine G. Barrett, 99, of Sullivan, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Celebration of Life Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Grant Wade officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.  Read More

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