Enhanced 911 Ready for Test

•January 18, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

Coles-Moultrie 911 coordinator Bernie Buttram reported at the January 4 Moultrie County Public Health and Safety Committee meeting that a few landline connections are holding up the initial test for the new Emergency 911 system.

Designed to pinpoint emergency call locations for all Coles and Moultrie counties, Buttram explained the enhanced system was prepared for testing February 1, 2017.

He explained INdigital Telecom, which coordinates E911 in Indiana, is coordinating the effort for Coles and Moultrie to get emergency 911 in operation. Some delay occurred when Consolidated Communications, the original coordinator for landline service, backed off the project. INdigital took over with  the initial test moved from December 2016 to February 2017.

Moultrie County board member Kevin McReynolds and Sullivan firefighter Larry Edwards, who have been involved in the 911 program since it began, are the Moultrie County representatives on the nine person bi-county board. Read More

Remember When? 1-18-2017

25 Years Ago This Week

The Tower Hill Tigers took the tip from Bethany, but that was the only time they had the advantage over the Mustangs as the Bethany cagers won the uneven contest modestly with a score of 68-46. Bethany junior Phillip Dickens took the tip away from the Tigers for the first two points, and Mustang senior Chris Smith stole the ball again to answer with his own top points. Ben Osman added all eight of his points in the first period, and Dave Snyder put in six of his 16 for the evening in the first period. The second period resulted in fairly even scoring for the Mustangs as Ryan Martin and Steve VanLoon added their evenings points before going to the bench in favor of the substitutes. “I was pleased to get to play all of the players on the team,” said Mustang coach Brent Phillips.

Former Lovington prep volleyball standout Jennifer Cochran recently completed her first season as a member of the College of St. Francis Fighting Saints. A junior-transfer student from Parkland College, Cochran saw considerable playing time as an outside hitter and back row player. She was fifth on the team in digs per game with a 2.15 average and also scored 52 service aces and second best on the team with a serving percentage of 88.5 percent.  Read More

Obituaries 1-18-2017: Vickie Rice

Vickie Rice

Vicki Rice, 66, of Bartlett, Tenn. died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 in St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in Ellendale United Methodist Church, 7205 Centralia Rd in Memphis, Tenn. A committal service will follow at 2 p.m. in Memphis Funeral Home in Bartlett, Tenn. Arrangements are by Indiana Funeral Care. Read More

ISP District 10 Handles Fatal Crashes, Mutiple Motorist Assists

•January 18, 2017•

Illinois State Police District 10 announced that during the month of December 2016, Troopers handled 1,331 incidents. 365 of those incidents were calls for service and assistance.

Of these calls, 135 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Troopers stopped for a total of 299 motorist assist incidents. Troopers handled 127 crash reports, five of which were fatal crashes resulting in five deaths. Read More

Sullivan Student Among Nominees to Military Service Academies

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Students nominated from counties in the district, pictured left to right above: Charles Goss of Sullivan (USAFA), Grace Zeller of Effingham (USMA), Shimkus, Gabriel Oetting of Charleston (USNA), and Christopher Henson of Flora (USNA).

•January 18, 2017•

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced his 16 nominations to the military service academies.

Charles Goss of Sullivan High School was nominated as a candidate for the US Air Force Academy.

The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.

“The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the unique challenges of attending a military school,” Shimkus said. “As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.” Read More

Redskins Triumph Over Broncos

•January 18, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team picked up a nonconference win against Cerro-Gordo-Bement last Tuesday.

After a tied score at 8-8 late in the first quarter, Sullivan completed an 18-2 run to take a 26-10 lead with more than five minutes left in the third quarter.

The Redskins held on to that lead for the eventual 39-22 final. Read More

Free Throws Drive Redskin Win Against St. Teresa

•January 18, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan girls’ basketball team split a pair of games this past week.

The Lady Redskins defeated St. Teresa in a Central Illinois Conference matchup Thursday and lost to Charleston in a nonconference game Monday.

Against St. Teresa, it took a strong bench play from freshman Avery Still and good free throw shooting to win in overtime, 57-52.

Sullivan had the game under control until the fourth quarter.

The Lady Redskins led 26-19 at half, but a tough third quarter allowed St. Teresa to come back with a couple steals. Read More

Obituaries 1-18-2017: Dutch Dugan

Dutch Dugan

Ivan ‘Dutch’ Dugan, 91, of Sullivan died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21 in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Tim Henderson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.  Read More