Lady Red Advance, Send Five Back to EIU for Saturday’s Finals

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV's Amanda McClain is seen midair during her jump of 18-8 1/2 Thursday at the state track meet preliminaries in Charleston. The jump would not only mark McClain's personal best, but also set a school record.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV's Amanda McClain is seen midair during her jump of 18-8 1/2 Thursday at the state track meet preliminaries in Charleston. The jump would not only mark McClain's personal best, but also set a school record.

SOV track team to state finals in four events

May 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After finishing with a time in the 400m dash more familiar of her freshman year, senior Amanda McClain went and sat down in the grass near the south end of O’Brien Stadium Thursday in Charleston to regroup. There, she remained with her mother and her head coach Kali Taylor, mulling over her 1:00.08
in the 400m dash, an event in which she earned first at last year’s state meet.
“It’s aggravating to get a time like that, that I haven’t done since my freshman year, but I figured it wouldn’t be a very good time because I didn’t have much time to rest. I was pretty tired,” said McClain, who moments before the 400m had anchored the 4x200 relay. “I knew it would be a tight race and there would be a tiny window for our relay to get in depending on how other teams did. I wanted to try to give it all for the relay because it means more to me than the 400.” Read More

Lady Knights Make Good on 2-Seed with Semifinal Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Right fielder Jazmine Arnett prepares to throw to the cut-off after tracking down a triple by Bayleigh Tabor in the top of the fifth.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Right fielder Jazmine Arnett prepares to throw to the cut-off after tracking down a triple by Bayleigh Tabor in the top of the fifth.

Knock Lady Comets out at home Thursday

May 21, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It took just one inning Thursday for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s softball team to put enough runs on the board to advance past regional host Windsor/Stew-Stras in the semi-final.
After four innings of shut-out ball by both teams, the Lady Comets struck first in the top of the fifth thanks to back-to-back hits, the first, a double by senior Kendall Knop, followed by a triple by Bayleigh Tabor.
But the Knights, who had just one hit up until that point, strung together six hits following two immediate outs en route to a six-run fifth.
After two straight strikeouts by Knop, freshman Janette Comstock sent a single to shallow right field. Fellow freshman and pitcher Macy Hollingsworth then reached on a walk. Sophomore Logan Kauffman, bringing the top of the order back round, then reached first after beating the throw from third–a moment that Windsor/Stew-Stras’ coach Kyle Knop says was in some ways the beginning of the end.
“ I’m not going to say he missed the call, but I felt that Arthur got a huge break on the lead-off hitter, who slapped it to our third baseman,” he said. “That was huge, because otherwise that ends the inning.”
After a brief meeting at the mound, senior Samantha Landers stepped to the plate with bases loaded and singled to left field, scoring two. But an error on the fielding allowed Landers to second and a third run to score, putting the Knights up 3-1.
Sophomore Mycaela Miller then stepped up and took the first pitch over the center-field fence for the two-run homer. Read More

Check Presented to DMH

Submitted Check Presented to DMH The Okaw Valley Middle School Student Council raised $300 to help support the Decatur Memorial Hospital Mammography Initiative. Last year on October 11 the student council hosted a 5k and mile fun run. The 5k and mile fun run was held in Bethany at the Okaw Valley High School. To help the council with the 5k and mile fun run they had sponsors who supplied prizes for the participants which helped raise $200. Along with the 5k and mile fun run the student council hosted a movie night on March 21st of this year. The movie night helped raise an additional $100 towards the total. The DMH Mammography Initiative is a program the helps to subsidize the cost of mammography testing for underserved women in the community. This was the second year that the organization was able to donate money to the program. The student council would like to encourage anyone who can to come out next year to one of the events as they work to eclipse the amount from this year. Pictured, right, is DMH Foundation representative Heather Ludwig accepting a check from, left, OVMS Student Council President Anna Wooters.

Submitted
Check Presented to DMH
The Okaw Valley Middle School Student Council raised $300 to help support the Decatur Memorial Hospital Mammography Initiative. Last year on October 11 the student council hosted a 5k and mile fun run. The 5k and mile fun run was held in Bethany at the Okaw Valley High School. To help the council with the 5k and mile fun run they had sponsors who supplied prizes for the participants which helped raise $200. Along with the 5k and mile fun run the student council hosted a movie night on March 21st of this year. The movie night helped raise an additional $100 towards the total. The DMH Mammography Initiative is a program the helps to subsidize the cost of mammography testing for underserved women in the community. This was the second year that the organization was able to donate money to the program.
The student council would like to encourage anyone who can to come out next year to one of the events as they work to eclipse the amount from this year. Pictured, right, is DMH Foundation representative Heather Ludwig accepting a check from, left, OVMS Student Council President Anna Wooters.

Police Warn of New Mail Scam

Letter asks to cash check and return portion as processing fee

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sullivan police are warning citizens of Sullivan and the surrounding communities of what appears to be a new scam.
According to Sullivan police chief John Love, a citizen recently received a notice in the mail informing them that they were the second prize winner of a European, African, and US Consumers Sweepstake. The notice added that as a result, they had won $250,000.
The notice also goes out of its way to try and reassure the recipient that bank details are not needed and that they should not be given to anyone on behalf of the sweepstakes. However, the notice does instruct the recipient that in order to collect their quarter-million dollar prize, they only have to cash the enclosed $3600 check and then return the $3300 as the processing fee. Read More

Rt. 32 Bridge Repairs Expected to Last Through October

May 20, 2015

The bridge between Sullivan and Windsor on Illinois Route 32 that spans Lake Shelbyville is expected to remain under construction through October.
According to Illinois Department of Transportation District Seven construction engineer Bob Utz, the bridge is undergoing an “extensive” replacement of the deck, which he described as “everything above the steel beams.” Read More

Obituaries 5-20-2015: Carol Piper

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Celebration of Life services for Carol Piper, 72, of Sullivan were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Lyle Goss officiating. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

She passed away at 3:35 a.m. Sunday May17, 2015 in her residence.

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Boaters Reminded to Stay Safe National Safe Boating Week is May 16-22

May 20, 2015

Illinois Conservation Police officers – in observance of National Safe Boating Week – are reminding boat operators and passengers to wear life jackets and stay sober while on the water this boating season.
“As we head into our busy summer boating season in Illinois, we are reminding everyone who enjoys time on the water to make safety their first consideration,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “Our message is pretty simple and straightforward: Fastening a life jacket can save your life, and staying sober while operating a boat is not only common sense, it’s the law.” Read More

NP Closed Monday

May 20, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, the News•Progress will be closed Monday but will reopen Tuesday with normal business hours.
Next week’s edition will still be out on newsstands Wednesday afternoon. Classified, legal, and display advertising, however, that is to run in the May 27 issue, must be delivered to our office by noon Friday, May 22.
For more information, call the NP office at 728-7381.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Fri. and Sat.

May 20, 2015

The residents of Patterson House will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts next to CVS and outside of Chips Marine to raise money to provide funding for Special Olympics, glasses, and Christmas gifts due to otherwise limited funds.
The fundraiser will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Obituaries 5-20-2015: Melba Trainor

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Melba E. Trainor, 90, of Lovington passed away at 1:35 a.m. Sunday May 17, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

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