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Good Weather for Graduation in Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Pomp and Circumstance-Sullivan High School seniors Evan Baker holding the flag and Ben Berner line up during the processional Sunday. It was the 138th high school commencement held at 5 p.m. May 15 on the high school football field.

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Pomp and Circumstance-Sullivan High School seniors Evan Baker holding the flag and Ben Berner line up during the processional Sunday. It was the 138th high school commencement held at 5 p.m. May 15 on the high school football field.

•May 18, 2016•

The weather blessed Sullivan High School with outdoor graduation ceremonies at 5 p.m. Sunday with 83 seniors receiving diplomas.

District 300 board president Steve Poland announced the salutatorian Zane Uphoff and valedictorian Emily Stutzman.

In her valedictory address Stutzman recalled arriving at Sullivan High School as a new student.

“When I arrived here three years ago, I was amazed how quickly news travels,” she began, “I wasn’t used to everyone knowing everyone.”

She explained the dread she felt in the beginning was relieved when unfamiliar classmates quickly became friends. “Now I’m not quite ready to leave.”

“How we see others is a reflection of how we see ourselves,” Stutzman said, pointing out the friends and memories of high school are priceless.

“Ours is a bright, untouched future, where the possibilities are endless,” she continued, encouraging her classmates to work for their dreams. Read More

Can a Solar Customer Operate Economically in Sullivan?

Sullivan City Council researching net-metering policies

•May 18, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

Recently, resident Mike Fowler approached the Sullivan City Council about installing solar power in his home. Fowler has never had solar energy anywhere else, but he does know it can save money.

“I have a niece and nephew-in-aw in the St. Louis area who installed a solar system two years ago, 2014, and I spoke with them, and they are very happy with their system and the amount of money they are saving on their electric bill,” he commented. “ During the summer months when the sun is shining bright on their solar panels and their air-conditioning is running full force, they get electric bills of three to six dollars per month,” he added.

Fowler is no stranger to how utilities work. He does, after all, have a background in the electrical industry. “I graduated from Lake Land Community College with an associates in electronics before becoming a journeyman electrician after serving a four-year IBEW apprenticeship. If you go back even further, I worked at the Sullivan electric plant my senior year in high school, mopping floors, and then I’d go for in for the maintenance crew on day shift and help the meter readers on second shift,” he said.

Fowler realizes that a few years have passed since he last spent time in the industry. Read More

Sullivan Board Changes Behavior Policy, Hears Dance Team Proposal

•May 18, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan School Board adopted new student behavior policies and learned a dance group may be forming.

Nathan Ogle, assistant principal, explained to board members the student behavior policy changes proposed were mandated by recent legislation addressing student behavior (formerly known as student discipline), suspension procedures and expulsion procedures.

Ogle commended the district teachers who put in extra time and effort to improve performance of struggling students over the past year.

High school principal Erik Young reported that interest had been expressed in starting a Sullivan dance team.

He explained that according to policy the formation of a new group must be self-sufficient for the first three years, and at that time the board would decide whether the new program becomes part of the regular extracurricular schedule.

Kassie Thomas, recently hired children’s choir director, is also a dance instructor and submitted the proposal for dance team.  Read More

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Sullivan Students Get Some Financial Help for Their Dreams

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan athletic director Ryan Aikman presents Blake Stewart with the L.J. Hollonbeck Memorial Track Scholarship.

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Sullivan athletic director Ryan Aikman presents Blake Stewart with the L.J. Hollonbeck Memorial Track Scholarship.

•May 18, 2016•

It takes more than money to chase your dreams, but it helps.

Sullivan High School counselor Krista Smith pointed out $300,000 in scholarships plus an additional $40,000 in local awards were given during the annual Awards Night held May 4 in the high school commons. Some 86 separate awards were presented during the evening.

As the awards were distributed, the locally funded scholarships demonstrated the community’s commitment to education in Sullivan schools.

The David Elzy Memorial Scholarship was presented by Scott Bales and Elzy’s daughters Ally and Abby to Grant King. Elzy was a 1986 Sullivan High School track record holder, who joined the Air Force serving in Desert Storm.

Greg Lane presented the Leon Lane Memorial to Alyssa Marshall. His father was born in 1926 and married their mother Evelyn in 1946. An auctioneer for 45 years, he served as Sullivan mayor until he passed away during his sixth term.

The Blake Lane scholarship was presented in memory of the 1998 SHS graduate who left SIU-C to become a lineman and was killed in a work accident in 1999. Kyler Houser was the recipient.  Read More


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Fruchtl Shuts Out Arcola for Timberwolves’ Seventh Win

•May 11, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Okaw Valley won their ninth straight contest Friday beating the Purple Riders 9-0.  Senior Drew Fruchtl tossed a complete game gem to stay a perfect 7-0—the best record in the area.

Now 18-2 overall the Timberwolves have a week of conference contests to decide who sits atop the Little Okaw Valley Northwest.  Head coach Andrew Hagerman commented the team was just happy to be playing again after a wet start to May, “It’s 75 and sunny; these kids wanted to come out and swing today. We haven’t played a lot of these days. We have been playing two game weeks instead of four. The conference games we will make up, so we have five or six games this week.”

Arcola threatened to take an early lead in the first after a two out infield single was followed by a double off the fence in right center. Faced with runners on second and third with two outs, Fruchtl bounced back with a clutch strikeout to end the threat.

Timberwolves’ leadoff man Taylor Coleman started a three run rally in the bottom of the first with a single to the gap in right center. Fruchtl then helped his own cause with a double to left, setting up second and third with no outs.   Read More

Fourth for SOV Track at CIC Shelbyville Meet

•May 18, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley boys’ track team finished in fourth place at the CIC track meet May 10 in Shelbyville.

Medal earners include Sebastian Smith and Jadon Nuzzo getting first and second place in pole vault and setting the new conference record at 12’6”.

Because Smith earned first place, he is recognized as a CIC All-Conference track athlete.

Zane Uphoff medaled in the triple jump with a second place finish.

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Redskin Baseball Seniors 2016

Photo By Darian Hays Redskin Baseball Seniors Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

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Redskin Baseball Seniors
Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

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Obituaries 5-18-2016: Patricia Parrish

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Patricia May Parrish, 77, of Lovington passed away at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. Burial will be held in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. Arrangements were made by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Read More

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