It’s Just Golden: Farewell to the Colored Balls of Summer

Golden Column PhotoSeptember 24, 2014

by John Golden
NP Columnist

Just in case you have not noticed, all signs are currently pointing to another summer gone. The children are firmly back in school, and the temperatures in the classrooms remain cool enough that the student body can stay and learn all day long. Sweatshirts are out of the rear of everyone’s closets, and they are being worn prominently. Football is back and being played every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And all the while, inside most of our homes, the air conditioners have been turned off, and all of the windows have been opened in order to invite in the fresh air. Also, if one felt so inclined, for a limited time they could purchase a pumpkin spice frappuccino blended beverage at a near-by Starbucks. Read More

Knights Drop One, Win Two

September 24, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team traveled to play Warrensburg Saturday and fell 0-6.

“As always they are a very tough team to beat,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “We had hoped to score early in the first couple minutes  and try to  shake them up a little bit.” Read More

Letters to the Editor: 9-24-2014

Sullivan Needs to Support Restaurants

It never ceases to amaze me how odd people act sometimes. What I hear most is that there isn’t anywhere to have a good sit down dinner that isn’t fast food or pizza. Pauly’s On the Green at the County Club has one of the finest Sunday brunches I have eaten at in a very long time. Unfortunately , due to the lack of customers, they are cutting down their hours of operation and even contemplating closing forever this coming December. It’s a shame that even with ads in the papers, this restaurant hasn’t been given a chance, because it’s a bit of a drive. Read More

Moultrie Circuit Clerk Takes on E-Filing 

September 24, 2014

New online tool to allow attorneys to file and retrieve case information remotely

by Keith Stewart

Cindy Braden’s office has undergone an upgrade, so to speak. But it hasn’t only made her office more efficient. It has also provided attorneys a more efficient way to file and retrieve case information without having to travel to Moultrie, which could eventually trickle down to clients in the form of some cost savings.

“Attorneys of record can now access documents electronically through Judici,” said Braden.

“It also means that an attorney in Chicago can file from his office and not make a trip here,” said sixth judicial circuit chief judge Dan Flannell. “The decision to go to e-filing is driven by the clerk in every county. It won’t matter in my view if the presiding judge each county is in favor. If the clerk isn’t, it won’t happen. And this has been Cindy’s project. Frankly, from a court’s perspective, it effects them more.” Read More

Obituaries 9-24-2014: Larry Craig

Larry Craig

FlagForWebsiteLarry E. Craig, 69, of Sullivan died at 4:50 a.m. Friday Sept. 19, 2014 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with visitation 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Burial with military rites by Sullivan American Legion Post #68 will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

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Obituaries 9-24-2014: Mark Jones

Mark Jones

FlagForWebsiteMark H. Jones, 46, of Tremont, Ill. died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Tremont.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Paul McGhghy officiating. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Mt. Zion General Baptist Church Cemetery in Mattoon.

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En-Schuring a Win, Knight’s QB Leads ALAH to Homecoming Victory

Photo by Darian Hays The ALAH Knights' offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights' 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

Photo by Darian Hays
The ALAH Knights’ offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights’ 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

September 24, 2014

ALAH now to host powerhouse Arcola

By Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

In their Little Okaw Valley Conference opener, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond  dominated the line of scrimmage defeating a spirited Sangamon Valley squad 36-25 Friday night. A Knights offensive line healthy for the first time since week one cleared the way for Tyler Schuring’s four touchdowns moving ALAH to 3-1 on the season. Knights head coach Dale Schuring praised the offensive unit’s effort in the victory.

“It’s a good group,” he said. “We ran the ball pretty much anytime we wanted to today, so I was really pleased with their play.” Read More

Understanding Illinois: Readers Skeptical of Redistribution, Favor Education

NowlanSeptember 24, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

This column summarizes the 26 reader responses to a recent column I wrote on income inequality. I laid out a list of generally redistributive ideas to address the problem.

I note that many respondents conflated low-wage workers with welfare recipients and in turn focused on the latter. I meant to focus on those who were indeed working yet struggling to make ends meet.

Slightly more than half the respondents were clearly against redistribution by government. Read More