Propane Heater Found to be Source of Wednesday’s Fire

Photo by Keith Stewart A local firefighter douses flames in the front room of a house located at 115 W. Mattox in Sullivan Wednesday evening.

Photo by Keith Stewart
A local firefighter douses flames in the front room of a house located at 115 W. Mattox in Sullivan Wednesday evening.

November 21, 2014

Sullivan home suffers extensive heat and smoke damage

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A fire left a Sullivan home badly damaged Wednesday evening.

According to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper, the home located at 115 W. Mattox caught fire from a propane heater that was being used temporarily to heat the house since the furnace had previously gone out and was waiting to be replaced.

Piper said other than pinning the fire to the heater, which was located in the southwest room near the front of the house, his department is unsure what exactly caused the heater to cause the fire. The propane tank had been recently changed, however. Read More

Growing up in Sullivan: Over the River and Through the Woods

GintherNovember 19, 2014

by Jerry Ginther
NP Columnist

That is how one of the old Thanksgiving Day songs begins, followed by “To Grandmother’s house we go.” We all learned that song as kids, sang it before the holiday in grade school, and identified with the fun of going to Grandma’s house for the day or weekend. Usually, aunts, uncles and cousins we had not seen often throughout the year would be present for the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Most would arrive early, and the ladies would all get busy in the kitchen to help with last minute preparations. The spirit and conversations were cheerful as everyone exchanged pleasant greetings and started to catch up on family happenings since they were last together. Read More

Local Preps Star Nets EIU Basketball Scholarship

Photo by RR Best Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday afternoon. Pictured, front row, left to right are: sister Kailyn Boyer, mother Sara Boyer, Brittin Boyer, and father Dave Boyer. Back row, left to right: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, and Central Illinois Storm head coach Barry Wolfe.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday afternoon. Pictured, front row, left to right are: sister Kailyn Boyer, mother Sara Boyer, Brittin Boyer, and father Dave Boyer. Back row, left to right: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, and Central Illinois Storm head coach Barry Wolfe.

November 19, 2014

Sullivan’s Boyer to become a Panther next year

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Brittin Boyer’s mom Sara remembers reading the note as if it happened yesterday.

Four years ago Brittin was attending EIU’s basketball camp as an eighth grader. As a camp coach filled out an evaluation form, he wrote “I hope to recruit you one day.”

To this day Sara Boyer is, “not sure if they put that on every form, but it was great foreshadowing.” Flash forward four years and Brittin Boyer gets a call on a Sunday in July. She runs down the stairs excited to tell her parents that Eastern Illinois University just called to offer her a scholarship. According to Mom, “That was the best moment for us as parents because playing Division I basketball is a big goal, and you want your kids to chase their dreams.”

Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain, who was Boyer’s third grade teacher, complimented her after the signing. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Rauner’s Budget Dilemma

NowlanNovember 19, 2014

By Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

In less than three months, governor-elect Bruce Rauner has to present a budget that is balanced—and do so with $4 billion less available revenue than is in the present $35 billion general funds budget, because of the automatic January 1 rollback of much of the 2011 income tax increases.

It will be a difficult task. Indeed, I think it will be nigh impossible. I wish it were otherwise as a lower tax burden would make our state more competitive.

Some background: State government has already been trimming operating expenses. For example, state government employment fell from 87,000 in 2002 to about 64,000 this past year, more than a quarter of the workforce. Read More

Temporary Recreation Area Closings

November 19, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold the 25th Annual Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities during the first firearm deer season on November 21 – 23, .  The hunt will be conducted in portions of recreation areas at Lake Shelbyville that are closed for the season.  As a safety precaution, Lone Point and Lithia Springs Campgrounds and all of Bo Wood, Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas will be closed to all automobile and pedestrian traffic from 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20, to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 23, .

This temporary closing includes boat ramps located within Bo Wood, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation Areas.  Boat ramps remaining open to serve lake users during time period are Dam West, Lone Point, Lithia Springs, Whitley Creek, Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks.  All primitive ramps will remain open as well.     

For more information contact Lake Shelbyville Natural Resource Specialist Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7005.

Obituaries 11-19-2014: Paul Carnes

Carnes PhotoPaul Carnes

Celebration of Life services for Paul Carnes, 81, of Charleston, formerly of Kaneville, Ill., were at 2 p.m. Monday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Paul McGhghy officiating. Burial with military rites was in Camfield Cemetery in Sullivan.

He died at 11:51 a.m. Thursday November 13, 2014 in Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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Lady Red Upend T-Town To Start the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Emily Neuhauser tries to drive past Teutopolis’ Chelsey Hardiek Monday evening. Neuhauser led the Lady Red with 24 points and 7 rebounds in their 49-43 victory.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Emily Neuhauser tries to drive past Teutopolis’ Chelsey Hardiek Monday evening. Neuhauser led the Lady Red with 24 points and 7 rebounds in their 49-43 victory.

November 19, 2014

Neuhauser scores 24 to put Sullivan 1-0 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

No blowout this time.

For both returning players and fans, last year’s season opener at Teutopolis and subsequent 67-24 landslide was forgotten Monday night when the Sullivan girls’ basketball team handed the Wooden Shoes a 49-43 loss to begin the season 1-0.

“For us going to T-town last year and losing by 40 some points was very difficult for these girls,” said head coach Sheri McCain. “So I think getting this win tonight will help them to kind of get that monkey off the back as far as finally beating a T-Town caliber team.”

Sullivan trailed through two quarters and were down 20-19 heading into the half, and it wasn’t until the third quarter did Sullivan pull ahead, thanks in part to 50 percent shooting from the perimeter. Read More