In China, politics and government operate on two parallel tracks that merge when politics needs to trump government. In Illinois, we have the vestiges of a similar political-governmental system, which is slowly dying out.
When I taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, there was a president of the university (governmental). Across from his office, literally, was the office of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary Read More
Hochstetler's custom-made work featured in display roomsby Keith Stewart
Of the News Progress in Sullivan
For local woodworker and craftsman Kenny Hochstetler, who owns Yoder's in Sullivan, new opportunities are a lot like planting seeds.
"I'm like a farmer when he plants his corn; he hopes to get a crop," said Hochstetler. "And I'm not going to get anything if I don't plant seeds."
Why the craftsman is talking about seeds when he's working with wood has to do with Read More
The third annual Mattoon to Peoria St Jude Run will take off at 8 a.m. Friday from Riddle Elementary School in Mattoon following the kick-off party at 7:30 a.m. Over the past two years more than $135,000 has been raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Team Mattoon has runners from 13 counties including Read More
Dan Dawson, extension educator, 4-H Youth Development - Shooting Sports, will hold an informational meeting on what it takes to establish a shooting sports program at the county level at 6 p.m. August 29 at the Moultrie-Douglas Extension office located at 122 S Walnut Street in Arthur. The meeting will cover Read More
At the weekly Monday Night Scramble at Timberlake Golf Course, the team of Bryce Miller, Dustin Plummer, Andrew Pollock, and Heath Righter took Read More
The 2014 Moultrie County Rush fastpitch tryouts for 18U will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 1 on Arthur's Jurgens Park west diamond.
Registration and warm-ups begin 30 minutes prior to each session. To be eligible players must be Read More
Due to updates made to the News Progress's hosting server this coming weekend, any email sent to any News Progress email address beginning Friday evening will not go through but instead be bounced back to the sender.
Email services should resume after Sunday.
Located at the welcome center in downtown Arthur, ABC Shop has opened a farmer's market, which will hold Read More
For American Legion Post 429’s Senior Legion baseball team, it has been a sub-par summer. The Senior team finished the season 9-13, with the final two losses coming in the first two games of the division tournament.
According to head coach Duff Hoel the team played well and had opportunities to win both of those games.
“Going into the season we knew the senior team was not very deep. The senior team had some good hitters and scored runs pretty well but couldn’t hold leads. The team had only one true pitcher. We had a few arms, but pitching was certainly a weak spot on this team."
There were also chances for improvement left untapped.
“I was really disappointed that we weren’t able to get more games in due to weather and other teams canceling games due to lack of players," said Hoel. "The older guys had an opportunity to play some good teams when we did get games in."
According to the coach, there were some players on the junior team that could have contributed some depth to the senior team.
“We had several players on our junior team that have a skill set that would allow them to play senior legion, but we made the decision to keep them on the junior team and try to make a deep post season runwith the junior team.”
And the Juniors are doing just that, as they are enjoying an unprecedented amount of success for a Mo-Do team, a season on the opposite end of the spectrum of the senior team. Read More