OV Girls Drop Two Straight in Heyworth Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Amy Orris makes the tag-out attempt at second Saturday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Amy Orris makes the tag-out attempt at second Saturday.

Inconsistencies continue to plague Lady T-Wolves

by Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

Hosting the Heyworth tournament Saturday at Overlot Field in Bethany, the Okaw Valley softball team dropped both of their games, though battled in their second after being down by 10 runs.

First inheriting undefeated Meridian in the morning, OV trailed 5-0 going into the top of the fifth and let a dropped infield flyball with two outs spell utter disaster. Read More

Recent Obituaries: Donald Miller

Donald E. Miller, 81, of Sullivan died at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

Sullivan National Honor Society

Submitted Sullivan National Honor Society Pictured is the ‘13-’14 SHS National Honor Society which recently inducted new members. First row, left to right: Rachel Stutzman, Alex Davison, Liam Bechtold, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, Elissa Stewart, Maggie Plank, and April Shuman. Second row: Baylee Cohan, Christina Brown, Keaton Shumard, Dakota Clayton, Dylan Hart, and Drew Harris. Third row: Sponsor John Bertetto, Haylie Payton, Emmalee Hortenstine, Charlie Emel (new), Tori Floyd, Carlin Nuzzo (new), Liz Inman (new), Emily Stutzman (new), Alex Harvey,  and sponsor Jamie Woodcock. Fourth row: Zac Mayberry, Alyssa Klukis, Shawn Cody, Zane Uphoff (new), Ross Metzger (new), Ryan Baker (new), Adam White (new), Evan Barker (new), and Brent Mauck. Fifth row: Patrick Hogan, Ethan Lehman, Adam Davis, Travis Hanson, Layne McMahon, Dale Corbin, and Keegan Kruckeberg. Not Pictured: Mollie Bowman

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Sullivan National Honor Society
Pictured is the ‘13-’14 SHS National Honor Society which recently inducted new members. First row, left to right: Rachel Stutzman, Alex Davison, Liam Bechtold, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, Elissa Stewart, Maggie Plank, and April Shuman. Second row: Baylee Cohan, Christina Brown, Keaton Shumard, Dakota Clayton, Dylan Hart, and Drew Harris. Third row: Sponsor John Bertetto, Haylie Payton, Emmalee Hortenstine, Charlie Emel (new), Tori Floyd, Carlin Nuzzo (new), Liz Inman (new), Emily Stutzman (new), Alex Harvey, and sponsor Jamie Woodcock. Fourth row: Zac Mayberry, Alyssa Klukis, Shawn Cody, Zane Uphoff (new), Ross Metzger (new), Ryan Baker (new), Adam White (new), Evan Barker (new), and Brent Mauck. Fifth row: Patrick Hogan, Ethan Lehman, Adam Davis, Travis Hanson, Layne McMahon, Dale Corbin, and Keegan Kruckeberg. Not Pictured: Mollie Bowman

Byers On to Big Blue Football Next Year

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV middle linebacker Walker Byers (center) signs his letter of intent to play football at Millikin University as his mother Melanie (left) and father, Luke (right) in addition to former head football coach Charles Brown (standing) watch during the April 9 ceremony at Sullivan High School.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV middle linebacker Walker Byers (center) signs his letter of intent to play football at Millikin University as his mother Melanie (left) and father, Luke (right) in addition to former head football coach Charles Brown (standing) watch during the April 9 ceremony at Sullivan High School.

SOV linebacker heads to Decatur come fall

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sullivan senior and SOV middle linebacker Walker Byers thought he might want to continue football in college a year ago. So following the end of his senior season last October, he asked then head coach Charles Brown if he could see if any colleges might be interested in his talents.

Two came knocking but only one caught Byer’s attention–Millikin University in Decatur.

“I was hoping it would happen, but I didn’t know if it would or not,” said Byers, who also received a substantial academic scholarship from the university. “I’m happy it is though.” Read More

Gridiron Alumni Seeking Local Football Players

Do you have what it takes to strap on a helmet one more time? Well, if you’ve ever wished that you could play football one more time, your wish has been granted. Alumni football is coming to Sullivan. Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time. Read More

Historic Farms Still Being Accepted for Upcoming Book

The publisher of an upcoming book honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to their publicity campaign has been overwhelming, despite the fact that a large number of farm owners still haven’t heard about the project.

The coffee-table book, “Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the State’s Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms,” will feature histories of family-owned farms that have been certified by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as Centennial or Sesquicentennial Farms, as well as photos and stories documenting the history of agriculture in the state. Read More

Marrowbone Library Addition Nears Completion

Ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday

by Emily Scott
Bethany Reporter

After more than 20 years of saving, planning, and applying for grants, co-directors Sally Ascenzo and Lisa Spracklen of the Marrowbone Library in Bethany are finally seeing their dreams, and no doubt the public’s, come true.

“Finding out we were getting the addition after so many years of dreaming about it was very exciting,” Spracklen said. Read More

Shimkus Supports Right-To-Carry Reciprocity

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is cosponsoring legislation that would allow someone with a valid concealed carry permit in one state to legally carry in another state.

“The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (HR 2959) is pretty simple,” Shimkus explained. “If you can legally carry in Illinois – now that we have finally started issuing concealed carry permits – you should be allowed to carry in other states. Read More