Lady Knights Win Second Straight Overtime Thriller 64-61

Photo by Darian Hays ALAH's Kim Davis dribbles downcourt.

Photo by Darian Hays
ALAH’s Kim Davis dribbles downcourt.

November 26, 2014

Go on 22-5 run to complete comeback

by Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

Four quarters were simply not enough time to decide the winner of Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond versus the Casey Westfield Warriors last Thursday night. Trailing 27-15 at the half, the Lady Knights stormed back with a 22-5 run in the fourth quarter and overtime to defend their home court, ultimately prevailing 64-61.
After the game, ALAH head coach Craig Moffett talked about what was said to the team during half time.
“I challenged them. I thought the first half we played soft, did a lot of silly things, getting in foul trouble. We talked fundamentals, and I told them to raise our physicality and intensity mostly.”
The Lady Knights were dominated for most of the first half but looked like a completely different team in the second. Moffett insisted that the defense keyed the turn around.
“We handled the ball better, and we turned up our defense without fouling. That is what got us in trouble in the first quarter was a lot of reaching and fouling. We played as a team. It looked like some individuals in the first half, but we came together as a team in the second half.”
The Lady Knights were led to victory from the play of their guards. Logan Kauffman, Mycaela Miller and Kimberly Davis took control in the second half leading their team back from what looked to be an insurmountable deficit.
In the first half the Lady Knights seemed content to settle for jump shots, and Moffett blamed himself for the lack of scoring in the lane. Read More

Kiwanis Reforming in Sullivan

November 26, 2014

After a few years, international outreach organization makes a local comeback

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After dissolving a couple years ago, the Sullivan Kiwanis is reforming.
Starting at the end of September, meetings began being held in an effort to recruit a strong nucleus of local members and to begin molding the group’s focus based on local needs.
“Meetings are set up now, but that will likely change as the club reaches charter strength,” said Jim Dooley, the 2014-2015 Kiwanis Governor for the Illinois and Eastern Iowa district. “I have a strong belief that with Kiwanis local members need to determine what the rules are and what the needs are of the community.” Read More

Obituaries 11-26-2014: Mary Buckner

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Mary P. Buckner, 90, of Sullivan, passed away at 9:16 a.m. Sunday November 23, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Sullivan First United Methodist Church with Pastor Charliam Renner officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

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Sullivan Police Chief Warns of Scams

November 26, 2014

Some area residents have recently received phone calls that were later realized to be scams.
According to Sullivan police chief John Love, his department received three complaints Tuesday about alleged scams that area residents had received over the phone.
Of the three phone scams, two dealt with a caller alleging to be a relative that was in trouble and in need of money. The other scam involved a caller alleging to be an IRS investigator. Both scams were requesting money.
Love says area residents should be weary of such calls. For more information, contact the Sullivan police department at 728-4351.

Okaw Valley School Report Card Shows Gains and Declines

November 26, 2014

Test results still shaky as state moves towards common core

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

This month Okaw Valley School District’s annual school report card has been made available by the state’s board of education at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The school report card, which is released at roughly the same time every year, is a metric that gauges student academic growth from year to year based on state standardized testing. In addition to this, the school report card also provides useful data to the public such as graduation rates, attendance rates, and even data such as the school district’s racial makeup. The school report card is designed to be a valuable tool internally within school districts for making academic and instructional improvements to school environments, as well as for the public, which may include families considering moving to the area or parents concerned about their children’s education.
The results of this year’s school report card, much as last year’s, are mixed for Okaw Valley—containing examples of both improvements and declines in academic growth. Read More

Moultrie County Counseling Earns 3-year Accreditation

November 26, 2014

CARF International announced that Moultrie County Counseling Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Outpatient Mental Health Programs for adults, adolescents and children.
Accreditation demonstrates to customers that this organization is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care. Read More

Obituaries 11-26-2014: Chalyssa Yokley

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Funeral services for Chalyssa Marie Mae “Boo” Yokley, 14, of Kewanee, formerly of Sullivan, were held at 12 p.m. Tuesday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bethany.

She died at 11:55 p.m. November 20, 2014 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Boo was born July 11, 2000 in Centralia, a daughter of Troy Allen Yokley and Carla Fay Crain Yokley. She was a member of Brown Christian Church Meacham Township. Boo loved her family, friends and music.

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ALAH Schools Present 7.98 Percent Levy Increase

November 26, 2014

Truth in taxation meeting to be held next month

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

A proposed tentative tax levy increase was presented to the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond school board Wednesday, November 12.
With this year’s EAV estimated at $193, 490,228 and last year’s total $183,286,949, an increase of 7.98 percent was figured. A total of $6,517, 231,000 in taxes was received from both districts in 2013. Presently, the proposed amount to receive is $6,905,829. Because the increase represents more than a five percent increase over last year’s levy, a truth and taxation hearing is planned before the next school board meeting in December. Read More

NP Accepting Santa Letters

Photo by RR Best NP Accepting Santa Letters Cami and Conner Denton place their letters to Santa in his mailbox Monday outside of the News•Progress office. Letters may be dropped in the mailbox or emailed to santa2014@newsprogress.com up through Friday, December 12 by 5 p.m. For more information, call 728-7381. Santa letters will be printed in the December 17 edition of the News•Progress.

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NP Accepting Santa Letters
Cami and Conner Denton place their letters to Santa in his mailbox Monday outside of the News•Progress office. Letters may be dropped in the mailbox or emailed to santa2014@newsprogress.com up through Friday, December 12 by 5 p.m. For more information, call 728-7381. Santa letters will be printed in the December 17 edition of the News•Progress.