Oblong Shots Fall in for Win over Knights

•January 11, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team dropped a Little Okaw Valley Conference home game to Oblong Friday night.

Oblong doubled the Knights’ first quarter scoring, 12-6, but ALAH hung in the game, keeping the deficit to less than double digits heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter though, Oblong outscored the Knights 24-11 to put the game out of reach for the eventual 60-38 win.

A major difference in the game was shooting percentage.  Read More

Blue Dolphins Compete in Xtreme Meet

•January 11, 2017•

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins Swim Club made a big splash competing in the COHO IMX Winter Invitation held in Deerfield Dec 3 and 4. USA Swimming has established the Individual Medley Xtreme (IMX) Challenge as a method of motivating swimmers to develop their full potential by increased participation in distance events.

The IMX series features five or six events that are at longer distances than most meets. Once a swimmer has completed the IMX program they earn “powerpoints”, which may be compared to other swimmers from around the country.

Highlights for our nine-and-unders include Johnathan Iacobazzi, fifth of 23 (1140.29 pts) and Kaiden Smith, 22nd out of 23 with (38.50 pts).  Read More

Obituaries 1-11-2017: Donnabelle Frazier

Donnabelle Frazier

Donnabelle Frazier, 85, of Sullivan, died 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in French Cemetery in Allenville with Bob Vail officiating. Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan handled arrangements. Read More

Redskins’ Varsity Start Strong Against Warriors

•January 11, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan boys’ varsity basketball team dropped its Central Illinois Conference opener 50-46 when it traveled to Tuscola Friday night.

“(We) played three really good quarters,” said Sullivan coach Chester Reeder. “Unfortunately, we play basketball and not hockey.”

Sullivan jumped out to a 19-10 first-quarter lead, but Tuscola battled back in the second quarter to take the lead 26-23 at half.

The Warriors extended that lead to six heading into the fourth quarter. Read More

Obituaries 1-11-2017: Alson Kelly

Alson Kelly

Alson J. Kelly, 76, of Effingham, formerly of Bethany and Dalton City, died at 5 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 in Effingham.

Celebration of Life services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Rick Catt officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bethany.  Read More

Correction 1-11-2017

•January 11, 2017•

There is an error in  the Bethany library story in the January 4  issue of the News Progress.  It is the collection of yearbooks that have been digitalized - not the class pictures.  Any Bethany high school graduate may now go to the website and view their yearbook. We regret the error.

Okaw Valley Girls Score Double Wins

•January 11, 2017•

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team took care of two more non-conference teams Thursday and Monday.

Thursday, the Timberwolves knocked off Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 63-52 with a balanced offensive attack.

OV took an early 10-point lead in the first quarter and kept that lead through the rest of the game.

Windsor cut the lead to 48-40 in the third quarter but couldn’t come any closer. Read More

Letter to the Editor: 1-11-2017

January 4 Was One of the Best

Dear Editor,

January 4, 2017 was one of the best newspapers I have read.

I always enjoy Trudy Lieberman and Jim Nowlan’s columns, but this week the story on the Bethany library was very good.

I was glad to read that Bethany High School class yearbooks are digitally available. Read More

Sullivan Schools Approve Sales Tax Question

•January 11, 2017•

Sullivan Community Unit District 300 school board is hoping that collecting a 1% sales tax could ease the property tax funding burden in Moultrie County.

David Pistorius of First Midstate, Inc. explained the request would be placed on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Sales tax revenue generated could be used toward facility use and or construction. Not eligible are operational costs, salaries, moveable equipment, or computers.

Pistorius noted the Regional Supt. of Schools office must certify the ballot question by January 26, 2017 to the Moultrie County Clerk’s office. The revenue up to 1% could be collected by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and distributed through the regional supt. office monthly.

The 1% maximum level could produce as much as one million dollars revenue for the school district.

Supt. Brad Tuttle emphasized the board could cut property taxes for items such as health, life safety bonds, allowing the sales tax to take some pressure away from property owners.

Pistorius noted that half the counties in the state are utilizing the sales tax revenue source to relieve property tax burdens.

The board voted unanimously to have the regional superintendent’s office place the county school facility occupation tax question on the April 4, 2017 ballot.