Recent Obituaries: Oliver McDevitt

Oliver McDevitt

Oliver E. “Bud” McDevitt, 84, of Sullivan passed away 2:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 in his home, Sullivan.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan with Military Rites by the Sullivan American Legion Post # 68 at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Bud was born March 3, 1932 in Hysham, MT the son of William and Helen (Palmer) McDevitt. He married Ellen Rose White on April 6, 1951 in Piggott, AR. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2013. Bud was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired shoe maker and was a member of the Church of Christ, Sullivan.

Bud is survived by his sons, Tony (Dianne) McDevitt of Taylors, SC, John (Jill) McDevitt of Sullivan; daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Trigg of Mt. Zion, Sandra (Jeff) Meadows of Sullivan; brothers, Larry (Liz) McDevitt of Spanaway, WA, Jerry (Marylin) McDevitt of Highland; brother-in-law, Alan (Allison) White of Petoskey, MI; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ellen, two sisters and his brother.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Fairy Garden

Photo by Bernie Sanders Fairy Garden Sullivan gardener Tia Punches spent the week creating a Fairy Garden, sprinkled with shells collected from various beaches over the country. Above Tia’s great-granddaughter Harlequinn inspects shells from the garden while grandson Sebastian looks on.

Photo by Bernie Sanders
Fairy Garden
Sullivan gardener Tia Punches spent the week creating a Fairy Garden, sprinkled with shells collected from various beaches over the country. Above, Tia’s great-granddaughter Harlequinn inspects shells from the garden while grandson Sebastian looks on.

Reflecting on Sullivan Singers’ Progress

Photo furnished Show Choir and Chorus Director Jeff Thomas balances district responsibilities.

Photo furnished
Show Choir and Chorus Director Jeff Thomas balances district responsibilities.

•June 22, 2016•

Brynna Sentel
For the News Progress

Last year the Sullivan High School Administration brought in a new director for the Chorus/ Singers program, Jeff Thomas.

Thomas, took a different approach to the Singers show this year. “The Sullivan Singers put together a mini, story based musical that contained elements of Jekyll/Hyde and Frankenstein’s monster.”

Thomas, incorporated many props and flashy backdrops as well as lead characters to help the story line along.

However, with every new teacher comes new challenges to overcome. “Balancing all my responsibilities across the district.” was one of the biggest challenges Thomas faced as a new teacher at Sullivan.

As a group the Sullivan Singers struggled the most with getting to know each other. “We had a really big group, and many of the older students didn’t know the new ones coming up. Obviously no one knew me!” The singers had to learn Thomas’s teaching habits. Thomas himself had to learn the best way to teach the kids as well. Read More

Host Foreign Exchange Families Sought

•June 22, 2016•

Foreign exchange student host families are being sought for area foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year.

Area coordinator for the foreign exchange student program in this area is Cindy Yoder who explained that 100 English speaking students from various foreign countries are available for host families in the area. Read More

Obituaries 6-22-2016: Tammy Smith

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Tammy L. Smith, 51, of Dalton City passed away at 9:02 p.m., June 18, 2016 in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

A service to celebrate Tammy’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 24, in Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Decatur. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Read More

American Legion Fireworks Filled Fourth Weekend Ahead

Better View From Wyman

•June 22, 2016•

Stu D. Baker
for the news progress

Sullivan’s Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th in Wyman Park offers an active, entertaining program with better views.

American Legion Post 68 announced Central States Fireworks, Inc. of Athens, Ill. is the new fireworks vendor this year. Shooting from the east side of the lake, bordering Worth Street should allow crowds a better view of the new show.

Mike Keown, Post 68 fireworks fund raising chair, explained the new fireworks can be set closer to the lake in Wyman Park allowing the Fourth of July crowd better exposure to what is expected to be a fast paced, spectacular event.

Keown noted the Sullivan Rotary Club recently donated $1000 toward the fireworks event and that Post members are in the middle of the annual walk around asking for donations.

“All monies collected as part of this fund-raiser will go into a special savings account set up for funding the fireworks and July 4th activities,” Keown emphasized. Read More

Obituaries 6-22-2016: Delores Marshall

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Delores Marshall, 90, of Neoga, formerly of Bethany, passed away at 7:42 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.

Celebration of Life services will be at 12 noon Thursday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Lloyd Simpson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.  Read More

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.  The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten; 3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier Photo furnished

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well
Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation
Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten;
3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier
Photo furnished

Fourth of July Sullivan Celebration

•June 22, 2016•

Fourth of July at Wyman Park in Sullivan starts Wednesday, June 29 and runs through Monday July 4. A 9:30 p.m. fireworks display finale is set.

The American Legion Post 68 requests all parade entries be prepared for the noon July 4th parade start.

Following the parade the Legion Hall hosts a meal prepared by Terry Warren for all parade participants.

Fourth of July activities at Wyman Park include turtle races at 2 p.m. followed by a watermelon eating contest and sack races at 3 p.m.

The Midway by Trinity Amusements opens the celebration with carnival rides 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The carnival opens following the parade Monday, July 4.

Everyone is encouraged to join the celebration of American independence at Wyman Park sponsored annually by Sullivan Area Merchants and Sullivan American Legion Post 68.

Monthly Brain Training Classes Offered in Sullivan

•June 22, 2016•

There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health.  However, most people think more about keeping their bodies fit or their hearts healthy than working at maintaining a healthy brain.

Cheri Burcham, Family Life Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, will offer “Wits Fitness: Brain Exercise Classes” at Mid-Illinois Senior Services (Senior Center) in Sullivan 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27. There is no cost to attend.  Read More