Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan A meet and greet for Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter from the 54th District was held at TnT Pizzeria Tuesday, January 26. The current state senator from Lebanon is a primary candidate seeking nomination for the 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican John Shimkus. Pictured above: Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe, Senator McCarter and sheriff Chris Sims.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Candidate McCarter Visits Sullivan
A meet and greet for Republican State Senator Kyle McCarter from the 54th District was held at TnT Pizzeria Tuesday, January 26. The current state senator from Lebanon is a primary candidate seeking nomination for the 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican John Shimkus. Pictured above: Moultrie County Board chairman Dave McCabe, Senator McCarter and sheriff Chris Sims.

Sunday Crash

Photo by RR Best Sunday Crash A Sunday morning traffic accident at the intersection of Jonathan Creek Road and Highway 121 sent a Sullivan man to the hospital. According to Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Deputy Gary Carroll, the department was called to the scene at 7:58 a.m. where they discovered a Subaru station wagon driven by Tyler Booker of Sullivan was attempting a left turn from 121 and struck a westbound Dodge pickup driven by Leroy Schrock of Sullivan. Booker was transported to Carle Hospital. Carroll noted that witnesses indicated the sun could have been a factor in the crash.

Photo by RR Best
Sunday Crash
A Sunday morning traffic accident at the intersection of Jonathan Creek Road and Highway 121 sent a Sullivan man to the hospital. According to Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. Chief Deputy Gary Carroll, the department was called to the scene at 7:58 a.m. where they discovered a Subaru station wagon driven by Tyler Booker of Sullivan was attempting a left turn from 121 and struck a westbound Dodge pickup driven by Leroy Schrock of Sullivan. Booker was transported to Carle Hospital. Carroll noted that witnesses indicated the sun could have been a factor in the crash.

Bombers Beat Knights

•February 3, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights met Argenta-Oreana in tournament play at Decatur LSA on January 26.

The Bombers came out on top 45-23

ALAH and Argenta-Oreana scored 7-8 first quarter. The second quarter found the Knights outscored 12-3, heading into the half time 20-10, Argenta-Oreana’s lead.

The Bombers had a strong 17-4 third quarter. ALAH scored 9-8 in the final quarter, leaving Argenta Oreana with the 45-23 win. Read More

Trial Fitness Review for Yost

•February 3, 2016•

A status hearing determining whether Michael S. Yost is fit to be tried for the March 4, 2015 murder of Sheri Randall is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 8 .

In December Chief Circuit Judge Dan Flannell agreed to allow Yost, 41, be evaluated by Champaign psychiatrist Dr. Lawrence Jeckel.

That report was completed, presented to Moultrie County Circuit Court January 20 and impounded from outside review.

Judge Flannell will make a determination on Yost’s fitness, based on the results of that report, during the February 8 hearing.

Yost appeared in court with public defender Brad Rau representing him on December 7. Rau argued that he felt medical issues surrounding Yost’s diabetes could have rendered him unfit for trial.

A previous motion to change the location of the trial based on an inability to find fair jurors in Moultrie County was denied by Judge Flannell.

Yost has remained in Moultrie County Jail on $1,000,000 bond following his arrest in March.

Obituaries 2-3-2016: Dana Price

Dana Price

Danille “Dana” Lacinda Price, 33, of Mattoon passed away at 12:10 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in Carle Hospital in Urbana.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola.

Dana was born April 11, 1982 in Mattoon, a daughter of Timothy A. and Penny D. Navel Price.   Read More

Rural Housing Loans for Low-Moderate Income Families

•February 3, 2016•

Tax return and home-buying seasons are just around the corner, but saving enough money to qualify for a mortgage is one of, if not the, biggest barriers to buying a home.

Through the 502 Direct Single Family Housing Loan program, USDA Rural Development helps low income individuals and families purchase a home with 100% financing. As homeownership grows, rural communities across Illinois are strengthened.

Nancy had no idea where she would get the money for a down payment on a home. She and 256 other families around Illinois in FY2015, qualified for and purchased a home with 100% financing – a reality that would not have been possible for them without the Direct Single Family Loan program.

Rural housing loan funds are also available for qualifying families and individuals to build or rehabilitate a modest home in rural areas. Read More

January Had Swinging Temps

•February 3, 2016•

Illinois temperatures in January showed some very large swings in which the highs and lows tended to cancel each other out, with a monthly temperature of 26.7 degrees, or just 0.3 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

The first nine days of the month were above average, followed by four days below average, then three days above average. The second half of January started out much below average, but steadily warmed, and by the month’s end the temperature was 20 degrees above average. Read More

Young Artists, Guest Conductor to Lead MDSO Performance

Photo Submitted Dr. Martha Placeres

Photo Submitted
Dr. Martha Placeres

•February 3, 2016•

The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2015-16 performance season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

The performance on Feb. 6 is the first of two guest-conducted concerts featuring one of the finalists for the position of music director and conductor of the MDSO. The guest conductor on Feb. 6 is Dr. Martha Placeres.

The concert will also feature performances from Millikin student soloists Kyle Johnson (piano), a junior vocal music education major from Hanover Park; John Robinson (trombone), a sophomore music performance major from Bloomington; and Abigail Karnes (soprano), a senior vocal performance major from Kearney, Mo. The students were named winners of Millikin’s annual Concerto/Aria Competition in Oct. 2015.

The concert will open with Sibelius’ “Finlandia.” Kyle Johnson will be the featured soloist on Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” while John Robinson will perform on Ferdinand David’s “Concertino for Trombone.” Abigail Karnes will be the featured soloist on Weber’s “Kommt ein schlanker Bursch,” Duparc’s “L’Invitation au voyage,” and Gounod’s “Ah! Je veux vivre.” Following an intermission, the MDSO will conclude the concert with a performance of Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8.”

Dr. Martha Placeres is currently the orchestra director at Washburn University and performs as a violinist in chamber music in Mexico and the United States. Read More

Central A&M Takes Redskins in Senior Night Win

Photo by Lisa Dickens Senior Night in Sullivan honored senior Alyssa Marshall, whose parents Mike and Venessa were present for the celebration.

Photo by Lisa Dickens
Senior Night in Sullivan honored senior Alyssa Marshall, whose parents Mike and Venessa were present for the celebration.

•February 3, 2016•

It was senior night for the Sullivan Redskins with Alyssa Marshall playing her final home game.

A game that ended with a 65-41 Central A&M Raider win.

“She has grown up over the past four years,” coach Sheri McCain said during the observance, which was attended by her parents Mike and Venessa. “It has been fun watching her be a part of this team. She plays with so much heart and determination, and that is something hard to teach.”

The first quarter ended with a 13-10 Central A&M advantage.

“We played a solid first quarter and were only down by three,” Coach McCain recalled. “A&M made their run in the second and shot our lights out.”

It was a tough second quarter as the Raiders turned the game their way with a 24-11 run that put them ahead 37-21 at the half. They came back with a 24-13 third quarter followed by a game calming 7-4 Sullivan advantage in the fourth quarter. Final score was 65-41 Central A&M. Read More