Sr. Legion Team’s Season Ends with Two Losses in Division Tourney

Jr. Team wins Division Tournament, advances to State Saturday
by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

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.

Submitted by Duff Hoel Pictured, front row, left to right are Griffin Day, Dylan Hart, Nick Bates, Avery Schrock, Cole Evans, Kaleb Williams, Dalton Hoel, Luke Armstrong, and Zach Hrvol. Back Row, left to right: Coach Dillon Hoel, Coach Adam Carver, Jeremy Plank, Clayton Turner, Blake Woodard, Devin Rose, Jackson McCrory, Devin Still, Zach Bates, and Coach Duff Hoel. Not pictured:Tommy Watson and Brody Elder
Submitted by Duff Hoel
Pictured, front row, left to right are Griffin Day, Dylan Hart, Nick Bates, Avery Schrock, Cole Evans, Kaleb Williams, Dalton Hoel, Luke Armstrong, and Zach Hrvol.
Back Row, left to right: Coach Dillon Hoel, Coach Adam Carver, Jeremy Plank, Clayton Turner, Blake Woodard, Devin Rose, Jackson McCrory, Devin Still, Zach Bates, and Coach Duff Hoel. Not pictured:Tommy Watson and Brody Elder

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

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.