SOV Boys’ Track Team Takes Top Spots

•April 26, 2017•

The SOV boys’ track team and field team competed in two meets this past week.

The Redskins finished in sixth place out of 17 teams at the Tuscola Invitational Friday.

Six athletes finished in the top six spots.

Jadon Nuzzo took first in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, and Logan Pedigo followed with a third place finish with a vault of the same height.

J.T. Bland placed third in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:06.24, and Isaiah Plank placed fifth at 5:09.71.

Luke Bowman took fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.12, and Leighton Burcham placed sixth in with a long jump of 18 feet 6 inches.

The 4x200 relay team (Burcham, Bowman, Hopper, Nuzzo) placed fourth with a time of 1:42.50, and the 4x100 relay team (Burcham, Boomer, Cullen Dyer, Bowman) placed sixth at 48.49. Read More

Obituaries 4-26-2017: Joe Cochran

Joe Cochran 

Joseph M. Cochran M. Sgt. USAF (Ret) passed away March 17, 2017.

He will be buried will full military honors at 11 a.m. May 3 in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. He will be interred with his wife Joni Cochran.

He was born March 3, 1933, a son of Esther and Walter “Babe” Cochran.  Read More

OV Boosters Trivia Night

•April 26, 2017•

The Okaw Valley Athletic Boosters will host a Music Trivia Night at Tailwinds Steakhouse in Findlay 8:30 p.m. to 11:30.p.m. Saturday, May 6. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Entry to the competition is $200 per table with up to five players per team, ages 18 and up. Prizes include $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

This event includes not only the trivia competition but also a 50/50 raffle, lottery tree, silent auction, cash bar, and complimentary taco bar for all players.

To participate contact Shari Bruyn at 217-820-1629 or Though there are a limited number of tables and payment is required to reserve a spot, walk-ins are welcome if the space permits.

Lake Shelbyville Boat Rafting Policy

•April 26, 2017•

As the weather warms up and the boating season starts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to remind boaters of the Boat Rafting Policy in place at Lake Shelbyville. The policy is as follows:

. Up to five boats are allowed in a raft without requiring a special use permit. For the purposes of this policy a raft is defined as two or more boats tied together.

. No more than 50 people will be allowed on any raft of boats that consists of five boats or less.

. No more than four persons per boat will be allowed for each additional boat over five. For example eight boats in a raft would be limited to a total of 62 persons in a raft. Read More

Main Street Gets a Makeover in Findlay

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Ty Phillips and Lathen Hoyer pitch in to clean up Main Street in Findlay.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Spring is in the air and that usually means spring cleaning, but the Shelby County Economic Development Agency has upped the ante and taken to the streets with its ambitious new program “Main Street Makeover”.

In partnership with Shelby County Partners, the program coordinates volunteers and businesses to work together in giving towns, cities and villages in Shelby County the tender, loving care of a good sprucing up - beginning with main streets.

Jody McCormick, the Findlay coordinator, organized more than 40 middle and high school volunteers into teams with supervisors at the Community Center April 21. She held up pictures of the buildings selected for a makeover and described the tasks to be done - sanding and scraping old paint, scrubbing concrete, washing windows, painting, and cleaning up the community gardens. In the corner of the room were the tools of the day: paint brushes, rollers, sanders, scrapers, paint pans and liners, buckets, drop cloths, ladders and buckets of paint - all donated by local residents and businesses.

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Sullivan Baseball Improves with Two Wins

Photo by Jason Brown
Zach Sowers pitches home.

Sullivan Baseball Improves with Two Wins

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

The Sullivan baseball team finished the week 3-1 with wins over Meridian and Warrensburg-Latham and a loss to Tuscola.

Monday the Redskins defeated Meridian 9-4.

Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but Sullivan added two more runs in the second to take the lead.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, but Sullivan tacked on another run in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.

Brett Tuttle was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Zach Sowers drove in three runs with two hits.

Bryce Farris and Dalton Rogers each scored two runs, and Jon Gavin had a hit and a run scored.

Rogers pitched four innings for the win. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Sowers pitched three innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and no walks. He struck out two. Read More

Sunset Planting

Photo by RR Best
Sunset Planting
Moultrie County farmers have taken advantage of warm soil and good weather to continue planting well past sunset allowing the growing season to begin.

Lovington Grade School Honor Rolls Announced

•April 26, 2017•

Lovington Grade School’s third quarter honor rolls include the following students who earned straight As: Max Allen, Quentin Day, Reggie Edmonds, Brady Foster, Delaney Gillis, Gavin Mechling, Michaela Powell, Trey Wardrip and Kaitlyn Zander, seventh grade; Kaci Beachy, Chloe Franklin and Josie Hale, sixth grade and Marilyn-Jean Hill fifth grade. Read More

Easter Bonnets on Parade at Mason Point

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Mason Point Choir seated from left: Norma Standerfer, Jackie Grace; back row: Leanna Stickles, Jean Dulik, Marc Hall, Weldon and Judy Brown, Eva Ethington and Evelyn Lane.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

In their Easter bonnets with all the frills upon them, the nine-member Mason Point choir strolled through the audience in the Knights building singing “Easter Parade”, and for the next hour entertained with a program of oldies but goodies for the Mason Point Easter party April 21.

The 13 vocal selections included Over the Rainbow, Sunny Side of the Street, a duet of 16 Tons by Marc Hall and Weldon Brown, It Had to Be You, Side By Side and ending with Take Me Out to the Ballgame with the audience rooting for the Cardinals or Cubbies. Cookies, snacks and fruit punch were served.

Jean Dulik organized the choir and made all the Easter hats for the group. Other members are Eva Ethington, Norma Standerfer, Evelyn Lane, Judy and Weldon Brown, Marc Hall, Jackie Grace and Leanna Stickles. Read More

Theta Psi Sorority Donates to Community

•April 26, 2017•

Bethany Fire Department received a check for $1,000 from Theta Psi Sorority to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera. The check was presented by president Rita Seelow.

The chapter is a group of women who takes time out of their busy schedules to give back to the community.  Read More