Charleston Woman Involved in Fatal Wreck Friday Morning Between Bethany and Sullivan

Photo by RR Best Emergency personnel are seen next to a 2015 Mazda passenger car  belonging to Amanda Kent of Charleston, who was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was struck while parked on the shoulder of Illinois Route 121 Friday morning. In the background is the 2006 Cadillac SUV that was driven by Ame Shelton of Decatur that collided with Kent.

Photo by RR Best
Emergency personnel are seen next to a 2015 Mazda passenger car belonging to Amanda Kent of Charleston, who was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was struck while parked on the shoulder of Illinois Route 121 Friday morning. In the background is the 2006 Cadillac SUV that was driven by Ame Shelton of Decatur that collided with Kent.

February 27, 2015

Vehicle struck after pulling over onto shoulder
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

 

According to the Moultrie County Sheriff and Coroner's Offices, a 26 year-old Charleston woman was killed after her vehicle was struck between Sullivan and Bethany Friday morning.
At 7 a.m. Friday the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office received a phone report of a two vehicle crash on Illinois Route 121 approximately two miles west of Sullivan. Read More

Okaw Valley Advances Past Windsor 73-53 in Regional

February 25, 2015

Will take on host A&M Wednesday evening

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

While the Timberwolves lost one of their best players for the rest of the season on Tuesday in Peyton Hagerman, fans found a star for the future that same night in Dylan Park.
Park, a junior, put 20 points on the Windsor Blue Devils making four spot-up 3s and setting the tone scoring the game’s first six points.
“Dylan shot the ball well,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “He has been our second best shooter all year. They came out and ran some box-and-1 stuff on Devon Still, which left Dylan wide open in the corner, and he took advantage.”
The Timberwolves led 8-0 when Joe Jeffers knocked down a base line jumper at the five minute mark. Windsor quickly battled back to within two at 10-8. Out of a timeout Park hit his third three in the first four minutes of the contest sparking a 10-2 run with Drew Fruchtl adding a key trey leaving the score at 20-10 with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. Windsor nailed its first of two buzzer-beaters from NBA range to close the period with the score 20-13. Read More

Collective Effort Ensures Win on OV Senior Night

Photo by Jeni Yantis The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

February 25, 2015

Despite Lovekamp’s 35 points, T-Wolves prevail

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Nathan Lovekamp and the rest of the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos may have tried containing OV’s Peyton Hagerman Friday evening, but they couldn’t control the nine other Timberwolves who put points on the board en route to Okaw Valley’s 76-70 senior night win.
“I thought everybody contributed,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “We were able to get to the rim and to the free throw line in the second half.”
The Broncos emerged from tip-off in a box-and-1 zone with Frankie Foran face-guarding Hagerman, which in turn helped in holding the typically fervent point guard to just four opening period points.
But in his place there was always someone else, whether it be Greg Walker fighting for a rebound and put-back, Dylan Park striking from the arc, or Justin Johnson coming off the bench scoring back-to-back baskets.
“Coach Bacon threw everything but the kitchen sink at us tonight,” said Sparks. “They definitely gave us a lot of different looks. Started out with a box and one on Peyton, which kind of neutralized him, but Dylan hit some shots in the first quarter. We did a good job of switching it up, and when you have good guards like we do in Dylan and Peyton, you should be able to recognize that stuff, and we did.”
The Broncos, meanwhile, relied heavily on their senior star guard Lovekamp, who still finished the evening with 35 points. Read More

Local Libraries Named Grant Awardees

February 25, 2015

More than $10,000 awarded in the county

By Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

A library’s greatest reward is knowing it has made a difference in its community by educating the youth, promoting reading, and being able to act as a reliable resource for the public to get useful information. Although, in order to achieve such, a library does need sufficient funding. A grant to purchase the items that it needs is another reward for which a library can only hope.
And recently, Secretary of State Jesse White, has awarded FY15 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants that total $15.2 million to 635 public libraries three of which reside here in Moultrie County.
“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said in a press release. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens, and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.” Read More

Longhorns Restore Purvis Cemetery

Submitted Pictured, from left to right, are a few of the Moultrie County Longhorn 4H club members along with their new sign for the Purvis Cemetery: Alexa Hauser, Sydney Mulligan, Tim Hauser, Coen Foster, Makayla Graston-Garland, Brett Bushue, Dawson Foster & Brad Foster

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Pictured, from left to right, are a few of the Moultrie County Longhorn 4H club members along with their new sign for the Purvis Cemetery: Alexa Hauser, Sydney Mulligan, Tim Hauser, Coen Foster, Makayla Graston-Garland, Brett Bushue, Dawson Foster & Brad Foster

February 25, 2015

As part of the values that 4-H routinely teaches, the Moultrie County Longhorns 4-H club is carrying on the tradition with their current service project, restoring the Purvis Cemetary near Allenville.
The club was recently awarded a grant from Farm Credit Illinois (FCI).  FCI awards grants to 4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois to implement valuable improvement projects in their communities. FCI awarded 38 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $250 grants this year to establish projects that will make their communities better places to live.
Purvis Cemetary, established in 1818, is located southwest of Allenville on corps ground next to Lake Shelbyville. Many who wonder upon it, may not even notice the overturned stones because of the weeds. After creating a new sign for the cemetary and cleaning up some of the trash and debris, the club’s goal is to research the graves and restore or replace some of the more damaged markers.  The club has divided into two workgroups, those working on the landscaping and others doing the research.
The group has also, so far, compared a list of graves at the site to an online database and discovered nine names listed are not online. The 1820’s were a big era for the start-up of organized burials in graveyards in America.  Many times the graves from that period are in the middle and radiate from the center outward as the years progress.  A reading is a listing of who is buried in a graveyard.  Many are now listed online.  The earliest markers are made of field stone or wood, a trend that lasted into the 1830’s. Before that, limestone was used, but in 1855, marble became fashionable with the advancement of the railroad across America. In turn, graveyards tend to be near water, a symbol of peacefulness and continued life.   Read More

Celebrating Guy

Photo by David Mobley/Courtesy of Booth Library Special Collections, Eastern Illinois University. Pictured is Guy Little, Jr. in costume as Scrooge’s nephew in “A Christmas Carol” from 1968.

Photo by David Mobley/Courtesy of Booth Library Special Collections, Eastern Illinois University.
Pictured is Guy Little, Jr. in costume as Scrooge’s nephew in “A Christmas Carol” from 1968.

Sullivan icon turns 80

 

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

 

“Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.”

- Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

 

A successful Broadway musical production and its poetic lyrics may not relate all that easily to the daily life of your average central Illinois resident, being far removed from the lights
and bustle of New York.
However, your average resident of Sullivan, Ill. could likely recall fun times with friends over food and drinks at Jibby’s restaurant, formerly just off the square from the county courthouse. At first glance a connection between Broadway productions in New York and Jibby’s in Sullivan might be hard to make. But that is before taking into account the life and work of Guy S. Little, who turned 80 this month, and his love for the theater.
Born in 1935 to a local farm manager and a former high school English teacher, Guy attended his first stage performance at age five when his mother Inis who herself directed high school plays out of a love for the theater, took him to the Lincoln Theatre in Decatur to see ‘The Merry Widow.’
“I was hooked, enthralled,” declared Little. “From that moment I knew what I wanted to do.”
This turned out to be no passing infatuation.
Guy would wholeheartedly pursue his passion for the stage from Sullivan to New York and New Jersey, to Miami, back across the midwest and out to Arizona, eventually owning a theater and a playhouse here in central Illinois. In addition he produced shows and managed theaters in Milwaukee and Phoenix and in numerous theatrical tours across the country, hosting hundreds of Broadway and Hollywood stars along the way.
Family legend tells of of how he produced his first play, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, at the age of nine with a set of marionette puppets in the backyard; of his wild night ride from New York to New Jersey with James Dean and the few days they roomed together while working in summer stock shows on the east coast as a teen on summer break from high school. Read More

Siegman Named to C.E.F.S. Board Of Directors

Siegman

Siegman

February 25, 2015

Tracy Siegman of Bethany was officially seated as a board member on the C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Board of Directors during a recent meeting in Effingham.
Siegman was designated to serve on the C.E.F.S. Board of Directors by the First Christian Church of Bethany and will represent the private sector for Moultrie County on the C.E.F.S. Board of Directors. Siegman was appointed to serve on the personnel committee, membership committee, and the economic development and employment committee.
Siegman, pastor of the First Christian Church in Bethany and member of the Bethany Ministerial Alliance, is an active member of her community and county. Siegman indicated her goal is to encourage others to reach out to those who are vulnerable and economically disadvantaged in society, helping them to realize a more stable and sustainable life. As a community leader, Siegman works to influence and encourage others to participate and engage in assisting their neighbors, and she feels that her service on the C.E.F.S. Board of Directors will compliment her ministry of outreach. Read More

Obituaries 2-25-2015: Frances Atteberry

Atteberry, Frances 001Frances Atteberry

Funeral services for Frances Evelyn Davis Atteberry, 96, of Arthur were held at 11a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church in Arthur with the Rev. John Stewart officiating. A committal service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola handled arrangements.
She passed away at 2:15 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015 in the Arthur Home.
Frances was born August 26, 1918 in Moultrie County, a daughter of Clifford F. and Nancy Maye Harris Davis.   She married Dale D. Atteberry December 11, 1937 in Brazil, Ind., and he passed away January 26, 1992. Read More