Man Dies After Motorcycle Strikes Car North of Sullivan

August 28, 2014

Mattoon resident hits oncoming car head-on Wednesday evening

by Keith Stewart

A Mattoon man that collided head-on with a vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle, was later pronounced dead Wednesday evening.

The man was heading northbound on his 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle on county road 1100E (north of Worth Street in Sullivan) Wednesday evening and later struck an oncoming 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, according to a press release by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. Read More

Obituaries 8-27-2014: Roy Fultz

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Funeral Services for Roy A. Fultz, 67, of Arcola were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola with Pastor Dave Dolan officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by Arcola VFW was in Arcola Cemetery.

He passed away at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.   Read More

Obituaries 8-27-2014: Madonna Meredith

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Madonna “Donna” Lee Meredith at age 73 died peacefully at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Decatur Memorial in the loving presence of her entire family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the funeral home. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany. Donna was born August 6, 1941 in Decatur, a daughter of Kenneth E. and Frances C. McCready Dowd. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Drop Home Opener to Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

August 27, 2014

OV can’t muster front line attack in defeat

by Keith Stewart

Going into the regular season, OV head coach Jody McCormick wanted to take advantage of her team’s heightened, well, height, in the form of a formidable front line attack. Tuesday evening was the first test of such hope, but Tri-County had its own killer offense to beat back any impending OV attack, leading to a two set 25-14, 25-16 loss for the Lady Timberwolves.

“I didn’t get my wall like I was hoping,” said McCormick, who is in her second season as the head coach at Okaw Valley. “But we’re going to work on that, really hard.”

In the first set, the Lady Titans got out to a quick lead and ran away with the game. The only flicker of life from OV came via junior Megan Dash whose hard hitting serve accounted for  three aces and five points to pull her team within four points of the Titans at 13-9. Read More

Obituaries 8-27-2014: Audrey Riley

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Audrey H. Riley, 86, of Lovington passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.  Read More

It’s Just Golden: Some Clowns Cry in the Dark

Golden Column PhotoAugust 27, 2014

by John Golden
NP Columnist

Unless you have been salt mining in the middle of the Danakil Desert for the last month, you most likely already know that the accomplished comedian Robin Williams took his own life recently. For years, he had had great success, prodding us into laughter with his spontaneous, high-energy approach to comedy, but the gifted actor finally succumbed to his personal demons and build-up of mental scar tissue. To me, his self-induced demise was so abrupt and tragic that it seemed almost Shakespearian.

Obviously, I did not know the late Robin Williams personally, but oddly his sudden passing caused me a substantial level of emotional turmoil anyway. After I had heard the terrible news, I suddenly found myself stumbling through a mourning process that was much more powerful than I would have expected. The shock lasted for a few days, as I spent many moments pondering and sorting through the variety of feelings that had been abruptly conjured up inside my silly little brain. Read More

Buxton’s to Reveal Ribbon Corn Maze Thursday

August 27, 2014

Buxton’s Garden Farm and Flower Shop is encouraging the public to attend the unveiling of a corn maze Thursday with proceeds going to the Moultrie County Relay for Life and, by extension, the American Cancer Society.

Thursday’s unveiling will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a tour of the maze followed by an aerial photo of both the maze and participants.

Those wishing to participate are asked to be at the farm prior to 6:30 p.m. and to wear a purple t-shirt.

Tickets are available for $5 at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets ahead of Thursday’s preview, call Diane Waggoner at 217-855-9896. If during business hours, leave a message, and your call will be returned.

Obituaries 8-27-2014: Mary Jeffers

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Graveside services for Mary Eileen Jeffers, 90, of Sullivan were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany. Arrangements were by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.

She passed away at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur surrounded by her family. Read More

Bethany Village Council Grants Public Request for Planning Committee

August 27, 2014

Purpose is to get new business to the area

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

In a move to help bring new businesses to Bethany, village officials this month approved a public request to form a new planning committee made up of local residents. 

The committee, when formed, would be tasked with reaching out to new businesses, as well as determining potential locations and properties for commercial and industrial establishments wishing to open in Bethany. Similar to Bethany’s now well-established TIF committee, members of the group would be appointed rather than elected and would submit their consensus opinions as documented proposals for the village board to consider—the committee would be unable to pass any resolutions on its own.  Read More