Recent Obituaries: Ralph H. Stuart

Ralph H. Stuart

Ralph H. Stuart, 93, of Sullivan, passed away at 8:44 p.m. Monday (October 27, 2014) in St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel, Sullivan with Pastor Charliam Renner officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by the George A. Sentel Masonic Lodge #764. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel. Burial with military rites will be in the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials are suggested to the Mason Point Chapel Fund or the Sullivan First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family atreedfuneralhome.net.

Hall the Lone Knight to Qualify for Sectionals

October 29, 2014

Freshman to run Saturday in Decatur

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team will boast one runner at the Decatur St. Teresa sectional this coming Saturday.

And he’s a freshman.

Logan Hall grabbed the last individual qualifying spot by taking 18th place with a time of 17:11. Read More

Obituaries 10-29-2014: Edwin Owens

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Funeral services for Edwin Perry “Easy Ed or Grumpy” Owens, 80, of Lovington were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial with military rites by Lovington American Legion Post #429 was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bethany.

He passed away at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in his home in Lovington.

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OV Dodgeball Tourney Nov. 9

October 29, 2014

The second annual Okaw Valley dodgeball tournament will benefit Crowder Park Overlot Memorial Scoreboard and will be held Sunday, November 9 at Okaw Valley High School.

To reserve a spot in the tournament, a registration form with the fee must be submitted to Shari Bruyn at Okaw Valley High School or to OV’s middle or grade school offices by Friday, November 7. Read More

Clerk Warns of Absentee Ballot Confusion

October 29, 2014

Voters say they’re not receiving ballot after several weeks

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England is urging those who have submitted for an absentee ballot through the mail and have not yet received one to call her office before the end of the day Thursday, October 30.

According to England, last week her office was contacted by four members of the public, a wife and husband and a father and his son, all asking why they had not received their absentee ballots in the mail after sending in a form they received in the mail several weeks ago. Read More

Obituaries 10-29-2014: Jim Butt

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James W. ‘Jim’ Butt, 87, of Sullivan, died at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday October 21, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Jim Maroon officiating. Public Masonic services will be conducted by the George A. Sentel #764 Masonic Lodge. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

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Temples Awarded State-wide Coaching Award

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV head coach Gerald Temples was presented with the Chicago Bears coach of the week award last Friday by. SFC. Dave Keefer, who is Sullivan high school’s Ill. National Guard recruitment officer.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV head coach Gerald Temples was presented with the Chicago Bears coach of the week award last Friday by. SFC. Dave Keefer, who is Sullivan high school’s Ill. National Guard recruitment officer.

October 29, 2014

Chicago Bears chooses SOV coach in week 4

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Gerald Temples can add one more recognition to his list following Friday’s game.

The first year SOV head coach was officially presented his Chicago Bears Coach of the Week award from week four by Sullivan High School National Guard recruiter SFC. Dave Keefer

Temples was chosen by the NFL organization after the Redskins’ 42-0 thumping of Warrensburg in week four.

The award is sponsored by Fox 32 and the Illinois National Guard. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Political Polls Have Consequences

NowlanOctober 29, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

Ever since the Literary Digest poll of 1936 infamously predicted that Alf Landon would smother Franklin D. Roosevelt in that year’s presidential election, pollsters have been working to refine their art.

This column looks at why polls have become more difficult to do well and of the consequences the polls can have for election outcomes.

When I commissioned polls in the 1970s and ’80s for U.S. Senate and other candidates I was working for, we had the gold standard of random digit dialing of the universe of nearly 100 percent of households that had telephones. The pollster was confident he could achieve a sample of voters that was representative of the whole population. Read More