J-Creek Breakfast Sept. 20

September 17, 2014

Jonathan Creek Christian Church will host a breakfast this 7-10 a.m. this Saturday. As with breakfasts in the past, the church will serve biscuits & gravy, fruit, bacon, sausage, egg casserole and coffee cake.  Donations will be accepted which will go towards the Caring Christians Ministry at JCreek. Jonathan Creek is located 1 and 1/2 miles off 121 on the Cadwell Rd.

ALAH FFA Alumni to Serve Pork Chop Supper Friday

September 17, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA Alumni Chapter will serve a pork chop supper prior to the homecoming football game between the ALAH Knights and Sangamon Valley Friday, September 19 in Arthur.
Serving will be from 5 p.m. through halftime at the Merchant’s Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds adjacent to the football field. The menu will consist of a smoked pork chop dinner with baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and drink or a pork chop sandwich for a fee.
Indoor seating and carryout are available.
Proceeds raised from the pork chop supper help fund FFA activities for the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA Chapter.

Bethany Alumni Celebrate Oldest Living Graduate

Photo by Keith Stewart Dora Dean Hudson (center) was surprised last Thursday with a visit by (from left to right) fellow Bethany high school alumni, including alumni association secretary Sandra McReynolds, class of ‘57; vice-president John McLaughlin, class of ‘62; Linda Korte, class of ‘64; and president Jim McLaughlin, class of ‘63.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Dora Dean Hudson (center) was surprised last Thursday with a visit by (from left to right) fellow Bethany high school alumni, including alumni association secretary Sandra McReynolds, class of ‘57; vice-president John McLaughlin, class of ‘62; Linda Korte, class of ‘64; and president Jim McLaughlin, class of ‘63.

September 17, 2014

Hudson, class of ‘29 receives surprise visit
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As the Bethany High School Alumni Association glanced down their list of graduates recently, one in particular stood out.
Dora Dean Hudson, class of 1929.
“One of the things we’re trying to do with the alumni association is to get all the records of everybody that graduated from high school, which we were able to get,” said John McLaughlin, vice-president of the alumni association. “We noticed that she was still on the list, the 1929 graduating list, as still alive. That started the look. Of course, when we heard the name Dora Dean, my brother and I knew who that was. We couldn’t believe it. So we made some calls and got hold of her grandson in Decatur and got permission to come down and have this get-together.”
John and his brother Jim, who was also in attendance and is the alumni association president, grew up across from Hudson up until 1949 when they moved to their family farm. Read More

Understanding Illinois: University of Illinois Attracts Chinese

NowlanSeptember 17, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is one of the world’s great graduate research centers. The 2013 world rankings compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China’s most prestigious, placed UIUC at 25th best in the world, ahead of elite U.S. institutions such as Duke, Northwestern and the Ivy League’s Brown.
The challenge is to stay near the top of the rankings in a context of fierce competition to develop and attract star faculty and the research grants they bring to campus.
I am amazed that UIUC has done as well as it has. It is sometimes tough to attract faculty to a small city (actually cities) on the prairie where it can be difficult to find a rewarding job for one’s spouse.
A huge challenge is money. UIUC lacks a large, multi-billion dollar endowment like those at some major private institutions. The university entered the fund-raising game late, relying instead on generous state funding. Read More

Hungry SOV Squad Makes Statement in Win Over Tuscola

Photo by RR Best Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

Photo by RR Best
Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

September 17, 2014

Victory keeps SOV atop CIC with Shelbyville

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First place in the newly formed Central Illinois Conference was on the line Friday night at Victory Field. The Redskins rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Tuscola Warriors 28-22 improving to 3-0 on the season. Homecoming fans battling the elements looked on as two of the area’s top quarterbacks squared off in an instant classic.
Coming down to five minutes to go in the four quarter and the score tied 22-22, Ty “white shoes” Molzen calmly set himself at the line of scrimmage. Facing 3-and-9 Molzen was hit in stride on a slant pass from Nick Frerichs and then it happened. Molzen, per Bill Cosby, transformed into “an amoeba splitting himself in half leaving the half without the football with the tackler.” After applying the brakes causing one Tuscola defender to fly by, Molzen hit the gas and accelerated past a second, before finally carrying a man on his back and falling forward for the biggest first down of the night. Frerichs scored three plays later on a quarterback sprint putting the Redskins on top for good. Molzen finished the night with two catches for 40 yards. Read More

LLC Mod II Classes Begin Oct. 20

September 17, 2014

With Mod II classes beginning October 20, it’s not too late to register for a GED course. The Lake Land College Adult Education Center offers local GED courses in your community and a variety of workforce training including health sciences, manufacturing skills and college preparation.
Adult Education courses are offered in two, eight-week modules in Arthur. Mod I classes are already underway, but Mod II classes run from Oct. 20 – Dec. 11. Read More

Knights Take First Loss of the Year to Newton

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

September 17, 2014

ALAH falls to 5-1 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into Thursday evening’s matchup against Newton, the ALAH soccer team was attempting to stay perfect on the year and improve to 6-0. Such a feat seemed possible when Javi Briseno’s corner kick near the end of the first half went in the goal to put ALAH up 2-1, but the goal would be called back after officials cited that time had actually expired 14 seconds earlier.
“I’m kind of upset with they went ahead and let us kick the corner kick and then after it’s in, they say, ‘No, time quit 14 seconds ago.’,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “Don’t ask me. I have no explanation. That’s not right.” Read More