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Bethany Patient Stages Toy Drive to Give Back

Photo by Bernie Sanders Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

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Seth Webner of Bethany isn’t letting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow him from collecting toys for other patients at Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is collecting more toys from the public at the Sullivan Church of God on Aug. 20.

To Shriners Hospital Kids Like Him

•August 17, 2016•

Seth Webner has suffered with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for the past three years, and the treatment he has received at Shriner’s Hospital has inspired him to give something back.

Children from all over the country are treated free of charge at Shriners hospitals, and the Bethany seventh grader wanted to show his appreciation for the care he continues to receive.

“When I went through my first surgery at the old hospital, there was this lady who entertained me and gave me a toy,” Webner said, explaining the gesture did a lot to make him feel better about the treatments he was having to go through.

After his last visit in July, he told his mother Brooke he wanted to have a toy drive for Shriners Hospital, and so it began. Read More

County Goes to the Air for Next E-911 Phase

Last Photos Taken 2003

•August 17, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Moutlrie County’s move toward an enhanced 911 system will require updated aerial photos of the county.

Public safety chair Arlene Aschermann requested the county proceed with a proposal for Orthophotography for E-911 and Assessment use.

The photos were used primarily for tax assessment purposes in the past. Kevin McReynolds of public safety explained the existing black and white photos of the county were taken in 2003, and more detailed photos are required to complete the E-911 property location section.

McReynolds explained the new larger oblique photos would give a more three dimensional quality for more accurate property location in addition to serving the county’s various GIS needs.

He noted the original aerial shoot for the county cost $119,000 with grant funding assistance. The board approved proceeding on the proposal. Read More

Local Korean War Vet Makes Honor Flight

•August 17, 2016•

By Emily Stutzman
For the News Progress

In 1950, tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were defining the era we know as the Cold War.

Although no direct fighting occurred between the two countries, the distrust and animosity began showing itself in the proxy wars, as they were called, that broke out in several small Asian countries.

The Korean War was the first of these. It led to the creation of North and South Korea as two separate countries, split at the 38th parallel. After an armistice on July 27, 1953, the unrest remained.

Local resident and veteran of the Korean War, Dane Henderson, had a first-hand experience with those events during his days in the United States Navy.

Henderson was drafted as a 21 year-old who had just graduated Eastern Illinois University.

He spent his time patrolling the coast of Korea in a destroyer whose mission was to intercept any messages that would provide any insight into “what they were talking about”, with “they” being the North Korean military.  Read More

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“Shear Madness,” Longest Running Play in U.S. History at The Little Theatre

shear-madness-slider-1-768x308•August 17, 2016•

By Cheryl Murphy
For the News Progress

How could murder be funny? Just imagine a Carol Burnett sketch in cahoots with Law and Order. “Shear Madness” is a present day, whodunit play that is interactive with the audience and where getting a haircut is murder. The play is loaded with improvisations (lines made up on the spot) that turn current events and local references into up-to-the-minute jokes. Some local references I enjoyed were about area towns, Amish buggies, Coroner Lynn Reed, Dollar General, and McDonald’s. A few of the current events I caught were about Gluten-free products, Prozac, Grey’s Anatomy, Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlin, rooming with Blagojevich, Harry Potter, and Delta flights to nowhere. All this local and current-event fare keeps each show unique, loony, and contagious.

“Shear Madness” is also the name of the wacky beauty shop set right here in Sullivan where all ages can be serviced and the 70’s and 80’s hit songs play. Sexual innuendos are made, but those should go over the younger patrons’ heads while they listen for the online references, Justin Bieber jokes, and watching all the silliness. It’s on the order of the old-time comedy club routines. “Shear Madness” is adapted from a 1963 German play and actually debuted in 1980 in Boston where audiences were so receptive to the silly fun it has played there for 36 years. Washington D.C. picked it up and hasn’t stopped laughing for 28 years, and it has played in Chicago for 18 years. Recently, NYC has decided to get in on the craziness, too; it will be coming there soon. That makes “Shear Madness” America’s all-time favorite comedy.
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Sentel Leads Sullivan Blue Dolphins to Championship Meet

Photo furnished Brynna Sentel at Senior Championship with her 5th place medal.

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Brynna Sentel at Senior Championship with her 5th place medal.

•August 17, 2016•

Brynna Sentel lead the Sullivan Blue Dolphins to the Senior Championship meet the weekend of August 4.

She qualified and competed in seven individual events and swam on two relays for SBD.  She is ranked fifth in the state in the 200 individual medley and 10th in the 100 backstroke.

Coach Jason Drury said, “for Sentel all the years of hard work and the experience at this level of competition is all coming together.“

Tyler Homann competed for the Dolphins in the 100 breaststroke.

The 400 medley relay team of Anna Wooters,   Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury and McKenna Kull placed 30th.

The 400 freestyle relay of McKenna Kull, Allison Oligschlaeger, Anna Wooters and Sentel placed 15th.    Read More

Cubs Reel off 11 Straight, USA Women’s Rowing Does the Same

•August 17, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Columnist

For the 2020 Games in Tokyo the two will be coupled together for the first time—along with softball and three other sports—but for this go-around they are separate, but still the source of high-quality entertainment for young and old.

To highlight the diamond happenings, the Cubs tore off 11 straight games before succumbing to the Saturday and Sunday to the Cards—in spite of Kyle Hendricks’ 12 strikeouts—and as of print date hold a 12 game lead in the NL Central.

Only a truly catastrophic Cub-like collapse could save the Cards now.

In those weekend losses, the Cubs bullpen blew substantial leads, so stay tuned, folks.

Now to Rio. Read More

Sullivan Golfers Place in Junior Open

Photo furnished Sullivan Golfers Place in Junior Open Two Sullivan Golfers Placed in the Decatur Junior Open.  Drew Rogers shot a two day total of 184 to win the 12-13 year old division and Logan Westjohn shot a 206 to finish fourth in that division. Both will be in eighth grade in Sullivan this year.  They played at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur July 25 and 26.

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Sullivan Golfers Place in Junior Open
Two Sullivan Golfers Placed in the Decatur Junior Open.
Drew Rogers shot a two day total of 184 to win the 12-13 year old division and Logan Westjohn shot a 206 to finish fourth in that division. Both will be in eighth grade in Sullivan this year.
They played at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur July 25 and 26.

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Obituaries 8-17-2016: Russell Wiley

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Russell Glenn Wiley, 91, formerly of Sullivan and Mattoon, passed away at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 15 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.  Read More

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