Durbin honored with Illinoisan of the Day

August 16 to be named John W. Durbin Day by Gov. Quinn

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

“I never realized I did that much.”sz-Durbin
Those humble words belong to Lovington resident John Durbin, who says he was surprised when he received a phone call informing him that he had been named Illinoisan of the Day, an honor created in 2009 by the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation that seeks to applaud 10 outstanding Illinois residents each year; the decision is largely based on volunteer service.
“It is the key ingredient,” says Doug Kamholz, a member of the foundation.
And Durbin has a whole pantry full of just those ingredients.
When he lived in Sullivan, Durbin performed Read More

New Progress in Your News Progress, both print and web

Redesign aimed at creating fresh look, while integrating web and print

by Kevin Strongafur
NP Contributor

If you’re reading this, you might have noticed something, well, different. That is the News Progress’s hope anyway, as this week they rolled out a completely new look to both their print and web editions.
“We’re really excited for our readers,” said Managing Editor Keith Stewart.
Nearly six months in the making, the redesign was first considered by Stewart when he first arrived back in August of 2011.
sz-NP CreativeTeam“At the time I was just the sport’s editor, so I had other things to consider, but in the back of my mind, I wanted to change the look of the paper. I’m a big serif fan, especially for headlines and mastheads. Having a sans serif font just never appealed to me, and I didn’t feel like it commanded the reader’s attention.”
Not in the position to make those changes, however, Stewart put the idea aside until he was made managing editor in February 2012.
“It was an overwhelming period stepping into those shoes,” he admitted. “But I’d be lying if I said the redesign didn’t immediately pop back into my mind. I knew then that I wanted to, in time, make it happen.”
But Stewart would need more than Read More

Bethany’s New Liquor Ordinance Nears Completion

Just three licenses available with exceptions to include bar-like establishments

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

Members of Bethany’s village council drafted a preliminary version of a liquor ordinance following two special board meetings called to tackle the issue last week. The ordinance, which is on course for an August vote, was largely devised in less than a month’s time. Because it drew heavily upon ordinances from other local municipalities such as Sullivan, a framework was already in place for Bethany’s village board to build upon. Though passage of the new regulations will finally bring an end to the alcohol prohibition struck Read More

four alarm fire

Four Alarm Fire Photo by R. R. Best Sullivan firefighters Josh Qualls and David Welsh create vent holes in the home of Charlie and Betty Bolen. A kitchen grease fire was called in around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters from Windsor, Findlay, Sullivan, Bethany, and Arthur responded to the fire located approximately three miles north on Jonathan Creek Road. Extensive smoke and water damage occurred, but there were no injuries reported.

Four Alarm Fire
Photo by R. R. Best
Sullivan firefighters Josh Qualls and David Welsh create vent holes in the home of Charlie and Betty Bolen. A kitchen grease fire was called in around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters from Windsor, Findlay, Sullivan, Bethany, and Arthur responded to the fire located approximately three miles north on Jonathan Creek Road. Extensive smoke and water damage occurred, but there were no injuries reported.