Obituaries 7-23-2014: Joseph Florini

joe1 Joseph Florini 

Celebration of Life services for Joseph Vincent Florini, 72, of Sullivan were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Grant Wade and the Rev. Dr. David Leslie officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by Sullivan American Legion Post #68 was in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

He died at 4:10 a.m. Monday July 14, 2014 in Golden Living Center, ‘The Woodlands’ in Newburgh, Indiana. Read More

Sullivan Schools Consider Bus Leasing

July 23, 2014

Big aim is to avoid increasing maintenance costs

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With new regulations and increased costs for purchasing and maintaining bus fleets, Sullivan schools may opt to begin leasing their busses, rather than purchasing them outright.

The need for a lease was discussed both during and after Sullivan schools transportation supervisor Cary Suhl’s annual transportation report last month.

In his report, Suhl explained that the district has 25 vehicles in its fleet, including 16 school busses and that bus drivers drove an average of 709 miles each day to get students to and from school at an average cost of $2,210.33 per day. For the 13-14 school year, the district’s fleet underwent 154,143 miles of travel, down 2,812 miles from a year ago. The majority of the fleet also enjoyed slightly better gas mileage this past school year, and the average cost per gallon of diesel had also fallen just less than 12 cents. The 13-14 budget stipulated $80,000 for fuel, but the total came in $14,573.07 less at $65,426.92 as of June 12. Read More

A Legend Restored

Photo by Florence Hallford The Burcham Sisters, (from left to right) Julie Yantis, Carole Jacoby, and Sara Gale recently visited the newly completed and relocated horse shoe pits in Tom Conn Park, which they helped fund. Not pictured is Laura Stinson. Their father, the late Emmett Burcham was a reknown horseshoe thrower. The pits were officially reopened last Thursday.

Photo by Florence Hallford
The Burcham Sisters, (from left to right) Julie Yantis, Carole Jacoby, and Sara Gale recently visited the newly completed and relocated horse shoe pits in Tom Conn Park, which they helped fund. Not pictured is Laura Stinson. Their father, the late Emmett Burcham was a reknown horseshoe thrower. The pits were officially reopened last Thursday.

July 23, 2014

Lovington’s horseshoe pits reinstalled at Tom Conn Park

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

The old horseshoe pits in Lovington’s Tom Conn Park held the memories of many residents as they watched or played horseshoes with friends and family. But last year the pits were removed to accommodate the new skate park. Yet, towards the end of the planning for the skate park project, Sara Gale approached the board to reinstall the horseshoe pits in a different location to keep alive the memory of her father Emmett Burcham, who was a champion thrower.

“During the discussion of the skate park, they talked about relocating the pits,” said Gale. “But they lacked the funds. Then I thought my sisters and I could help.” 

The sisters, known as the ‘Burcham Girls’, were not against the skate park being put in but were concerned with moving the original horseshoe pits. 

“It was the idea that Dad had used them, not necessarily where they were located,” added Gale. Nonetheless, the sisters are now more than satisfied since the pits were relocated last Thursday, though still in Tom Conn Park.

The horseshoe pits were built to regulation and include the pins from the original pits. The only thing missing is the clay, which board member Dennis Garmon is working to locate. 

Jeremy Doggett executed the project while Garmon designed the pits. 

“They turned out exactly like it was on paper,” explained Garmon, who was supportive of the project and was interim mayor during the final talks on the skate park project.  Read More

IGA Cookout Benefit for McFadden Family

July 23, 2014

A fundraiser cookout will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26 at the IGA in Sullivan to raise money for the McFadden family of Warrensburg, whose son Gabriel Thomas Buchanan, a 2014 Warrensburg-Latham graduate, recently died.

Mother Johna McFadden is the current community relations coordinator at Mason Point in Sullivan.

The cookout will feature ribeye or pork chop sandwich, chips, and a drink. Donations may be sent to Mason Point.

For more information, contact Mason Point at 728-4394.

Obituaries 7-23-2014: Edna Powell

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Edna Merle Powell, 93, of Decatur, formerly of Lovington, died at 5 p.m. Monday July 21, 2014 in McKinley Court in Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in First Christian Church of Lovington. Visitation will be one hour before the services Thursday in First Christian Church of Lovington. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. McMullin-Young Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Read More

Obituaries 7-23-2014: Bill Harminson

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 William L. ‘Bill’ Harminson, 66, of Sullivan, died at 8:50 p.m. Saturday July 19, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with his son Pastor Jeremy Harminson officiating. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday.   Read More

Retirement, A Big Decision

July 23, 2014

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security Dist. Manager Decatur

If you believe in going all the way or not going at all, there’s a day to celebrate your extreme ways. July 26 is All or Nothing Day. Not a day for the undecided, All or Nothing Day is dedicated to the idea of making decisions and plunging in. Whether it’s overcoming an agonizing fear, trying something you’ve always wanted to try, or making a big decision and seeing it through, All or Nothing Day is your chance to make it happen.

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Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive

Photo by RR Best Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive Dozens of antique tractors were downtown in Dalton City Sunday morning as part of the inaugural Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive, which began in Mt. Zion and traveled to Dalton City before returning to its starting location. Sefton was an active farmer dedicated to agriculture and a past Macon County Farm Bureau Board president, foundation trustee, and sat on several committees over the years. The drive was sponsored by the Macon County Farm Bureau Foundation and raised money for the Emmett Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nearly 40 individuals participated.

Photo by RR Best
Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive
Dozens of antique tractors were downtown in Dalton City Sunday morning as part of the inaugural Emmett Sefton Memorial Drive, which began in Mt. Zion and traveled to Dalton City before returning to its starting location. Sefton was an active farmer dedicated to agriculture and a past Macon County Farm Bureau Board president, foundation trustee, and sat on several committees over the years. The drive was sponsored by the Macon County Farm Bureau Foundation and raised money for the Emmett Sefton Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nearly 40 individuals participated.