Lady Red Earn Tournament Championship Berth

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain speaks to her players during a timeout Tuesday evening. McCain's halftime talk helped inspire the Lady Redskins' 26-point third quarter, which proved pivotal in their semi-final victory over Tuscola.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain speaks to her players during a timeout Tuesday evening. McCain’s halftime talk helped inspire the Lady Redskins’ 26-point third quarter, which proved pivotal in their semi-final victory over Tuscola.

January 28, 2015

Will now face state ranked A&M squad Thursday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After a sluggish first half, Sullivan poured it on in the third quarter Tuesday evening, scoring 26 points, while holding Tuscola to just six en route to their 52-36 victory in the Central Illinois Conference tournament semifinal in Warrensburg.
“I challenged the seniors at halftime. I told them as long as I’ve been here we’ve never been to the conference tournament championship,” said Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain. “They’ve had three shots at it, and this is their fourth one. They needed to step up and lead, and they had 16 minutes to get it done.”
It took Sullivan no time at all to take McCain’s message to heart.
The Lady Red opened the second half with an 8-0 run, and for some spectators, they no doubt missed it as Sullivan stormed ahead in less than a minute and a half to a 30-16 lead.
Tuscola’s Halle McCrory would get the Warriors first basket following three offensive rebounds, but on the trip back down court, Brittin Boyer found Emily Neuhauser down low for the reply. Read More

Sullivan, Okaw Valley School Roundups

January 28, 2015

If your child is between the ages of birth to five years old the Okaw Valley and Sullivan School Districts and Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Educate Little People) will offer free preschool screenings.
Sullivan will offer screenings February 11 and 12 at the First United Methodist Church, 210 West Jefferson in Sullivan. For more information and appointments, call the Sullivan Elementary School at 728-2321.
Okaw Valley will offer screenings March 5  and 6 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 219 South Lincoln in Bethany. For more information and appointments call Stacie Hill at 665-3541.
The free preschool screening is to see how your child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language.  The free developmental screening lasts about one hour.

Winter Safety at Lake Shelbyville

January 28, 2015

When is ice safe? There really is no sure answer. You can’t judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors — plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions. There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice. Lake Shelbyville is a flood control project with fluctuating water levels, therefore the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages you to stay off the ice on Lake Shelbyville. Read More

Growing up in Sullivan: A Saturday Morning Adventure

GintherJanuary 28, 2015

by Jerry Ginther
NP Columnist

On one of my bicycling tours of the town when I was 12 or 13 years old, I came upon a man plowing a garden near the intersection of Seymour and Strain streets. That, in and of itself, was not unusual, but the fact that he was plowing the garden with a horse caught my attention right away. Even in the late 50’s this was somewhat of a novelty to see someone plowing in town with a horse. Truthfully, there was something else about this scene that made it even more appealing to a curious boy looking for something interesting to do. That something else, to which I’m alluding, was the sight of several kids riding on the plow horse. I wasted no time abandoning my two-wheeled transportation for a closer look. Kids were lined up on the horse’s back from the hames to his rump, and others were waiting their turn. If you think I got in line, you are thinking correctly. What more could an adventurous, young lad hope to find on a Saturday morning than a chance for a horseback ride. Even if it was a plow horse, it was a horse, and a big horse at that. At that age, it didn’t matter; it made the day, and I would join in the fun! Read More

Obituaries 1-28-2015: Tom Marlow

Marlow, Tom 001Tom Marlow

A funeral service for Thomas E. Marlow, 88, of Arcola was held at noon today (Wednesday) in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola with the Rev. Vince Rohn officiating. Burial with military rites was in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon.

He passed away at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

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New Crop Insurance Option for Specialty Crop Growers

January 28, 2015

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced the release of the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection crop insurance program for the 2015 crop year. The policy allows producers to insure between 50 to 85 percent of their whole farm revenue and makes crop insurance more affordable for producers, including fruit and vegetable growers and organic farmers and ranchers.
Whole-farm revenue protection combines and enhances two popular and well known plans of insurance, Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite). Policy enhancements include an expanded range of coverage levels, coverage for replanting, provisions that increase coverage for expanding operations, a higher maximum amount of coverage and the inclusion of market readiness costs in the coverage. Read More

Standerfer’s “Scroll” an Ambitious Endeavor

Photo by RR Best Pictured is the Sullivan Elementary School newspaper staff, from left to right: Connor Golden, Devon Winings, Clayton Schmohe, Wes Standefer, and Ben Bushue.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is the Sullivan Elementary School newspaper staff, from left to right: Connor Golden, Devon Winings, Clayton Schmohe, Wes Standerfer, and Ben Bushue.

January 28, 2015

Fifth grader starts elementary school newspaper

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

Fifth grader Wesley Standerfer isn’t your typical kid.
Just a little over a year ago, he started his very own neighborhood newspaper, the “Shumanville Times.” Living on Shuman farmland inspired him to share the family news to those nearby. He delivered print editions locally, while others requested it by email from as far away as Texas and Washington D.C. At such a young age, he already began to see the potential of the printed word so Standerfer expanded his horizons and took to reporting in the halls of Sullivan Elementary School.
“I had the idea to start the newspaper because I thought that it would be a good idea to educate the students in the school about what was going on in the grades above and below them,” said Standerfer.
Although, the first time around, it didn’t quite come out as expected. Read More

Obituaries 1-28-2015: Dr. Earl Walker

Earl WalkerDr. Earl Walker

Dr. Earl Edwin Walker, loving husband of 57 years of Ruth (nee Whittenberg) Walker, passed away after an acute illness January 21, 2015 with Ruth by his side.  He was born to Carl and Thelma Walker in Princeton, Indiana, January 18, 1934. At one point, his family lived in Harrisburg, Illinois where he attended school in the one room schoolhouse in Cain Community.  He graduated from high school in Catlin, Illinois where he earned recognition in both sports and academics. At Southern Illinois University, he pursued his undergraduate degree in pre-med before moving to Chicago where he achieved his medical degree from the University of Illinois.  He met his wife Ruth in Chicago where she was attending nursing school, and on December 22, 1957, he and Ruth were married.  His general surgery residency was completed at the University of Nebraska under his mentor Dr. Musselman.  After completion of his residency, he voluntarily joined the Army to serve as a medical officer at the 3rd Field Hospital in the Vietnam War.  For his service as a trauma surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States Army for his dedicated patient care to wounded soldiers. Dr. Walker moved to southern Illinois to establish his surgical practice in 1968, providing general medical and surgical care to the community.  He was privileged to work at both Harrisburg Medical Center as well as Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.   His love for the community was demonstrated by his determination to never leave the community unprotected for surgical care. When the tornado struck Marion in 1982, he immediately went to that community hospital to provide medical services to the injured.

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