Sullivan Sends Signal to Start the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Redskins demo Mattoon in baseball opener

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday evening’s season opener at Mattoon certainly didn’t appear to be so for the Sullivan baseball club.
The Redskins put on a stellar showcase all evening long, whether it was catcher Matthew Sparrow diving to catch a foul ball, Brody Elder smacking one over the left field wall in the game’s second at-bat, or Nick Frerichs knocking all the pins down with his grand slam in the fourth inning.
Those were just a few of the dozen or more game-changing plays that concluded with a 15-2 thumping of the typically formidable Green Wave.
“I think when these guys were freshmen, they had a couple close games with them and just barely lost to them,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers, “so it was kind of nice to come out and get a win.”
It took no time at all for Sullivan to send a message.
After Alec Ballinger led-off with a strikeout, Elder stepped to the plate.
After a first-pitch ball, the senior smacked a foul to the left field wall.
If only it had stayed right.
The third pitch, Elder grabbed a hold of it again, this time driving it over the left field wall, tried and true, to put Sullivan up 1-0. Read More

Obituaries 3-25-15: Anita Bowers

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Anita H. Bowers, 87, of Lovington passed away at 7:45 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

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Extended Hours For Absentee And Early Voting, Grace Period Registration, Voting This Saturday

March 25, 2015

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England will hold special Saturday hours Saturday, March 28 for absentee and early voting and for grace period registration and voting (grace period is for individuals who have moved or changed name and need to transfer/update their registration, or for individuals who are not registered to vote, to actually register with valid identification.  Grace period registrants must vote at the time of registration if they wish to vote in this election; they cannot vote at the polls this election.)
The county clerk’s office will be open for special Saturday hours for absentee/early/grace voting only 9 a.m-noon Saturday March 28.  The clerk’s office will also remain open for absentee voting until 5 p.m. Monday April 6.

Lady Red to Compete Friday

March 25, 2015

The SOV girls’ track team will compete at the Illinois Top Times indoor meet Friday in Bloomington. There, the team is top ranked in several events, including Amanda McClain in the 200m (1st), 400m (1st), and long jump (2nd). Emily Neuhauser will enter ranked third in both the 60m and 200m, and the 4x200 relay team is ranked fifth.
Be sure to look in next week’s News•Progress for results.

2015 Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations

March 25, 2015

Below are various upcoming area Easter egg hunts and celebrations:
• First Christian Church in Bethany will host an egg hunt  Saturday April 4 at 10 a.m.
• New Life Church in Sullivan will host an egg hunt  Sunday April 5 at 9 a.m. and will be open to those ages two through fifth grade. There will also be a real bunny give away and a springtime petting zoo.
• Petersen Health Care will have their annual Easter Carnival at Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care, Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The egg hunt will be at 1 p.m.. This free carnival will include a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house and big slide, face painting, and a cake walk. There will be hot dogs, sno cones, popcorn, and more for sale as well.
• The Sullivan fire district will hold its annual Easter egg hunt Sunday, April 5 at Wyman Park in Sullivan starting at 3 p.m. There will be five age groups including: 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11.
• The Sullivan Church of God will host its annual children’s ministry Easter party Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There will be games, activities, teachings, and food. There will also be a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.

Obituaries 3-25-15: Debbie Barker

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Debbie Kay Moore Barker, 59, of Sullivan passed away at 9 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

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Lady T-Wolves Open Home Season with Win Over Paris

Photo by Keith Stewart Amy Orris eyes a pitch last Wednesday evening in Bethany. Orris had two solid at-bats to bring in a couple of the Timberwolves’ runs.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Amy Orris eyes a pitch last Wednesday evening in Bethany. Orris had two solid at-bats to bring in a couple of the Timberwolves’ runs.

Solid defensive outing goes the duration

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s bats were hot to start, but their gloves were warm all evening long last Wednesday when the Lady Timberwolves opened the season at home with a 7-3 win over Paris.
The strong supporting cast was behind pitcher Amanda McClain for all seven innings, committing just one error that helped lead to one of the Tigers three runs. As for McClain, going the distance included two earned runs, six hits, five strikeouts, and four walks. Perhaps her most impressive stat was the 135 pitches she threw, all of which from the first to the last, made the glove of catcher Natalie Jeffers shed dust.
“I think she’s an experienced pitcher who will definitely battle, battle, battle,” said OV head coach Dave Benning. “What I saw late in the game is that she started to rely too much on her arm, kind of getting out of rhythm and losing her stride, but she definitely pitched well today considering not getting a whole lot of reps in preseason being a two-sport athlete. I was very pleased with her effort. We certainly don’t want Amanda throwing much more over a 100 pitches, and the same would go for Maddie Perrine or even Grace Harlin,” noted Benning. “We need to be more efficient. Not work deep into the counts.”
OV got the scoring started in their half of the first after McClain led off with a single to shallow center field. McClain would steal second  and then be brought home on Amy Orris’ double to the left field wall. Read More

Upcoming Easter Services 2015

March 25, 2015

Below are area church services that will mark the Easter holiday, including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Solid Rock Chapel in Sullivan
Community Good Friday Service  7 p.m.

First Christian Church in Sullivan
Maundy Thursday 6 p.m.
Good Friday prayer vigil 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday school 9 a.m., service 10 a.m.

Smyser Christian Church in Gays
Easter Sunday Services 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Sullivan Church of God
Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service at Mason Point Knight Building 6:30 a.m.
Easter Sunday school 9 a.m., service 10 a.m.

First Christian Church in Bethany
Good Friday, 6 p.m.
Easter service, 10 a.m.

Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ
Easter sunrise service, 6:30 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church in Sullivan
Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae service, 7 p.m.
Saturday service, April 4, 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday bible class 9 a.m., service 10 a.m.

New Life Church in Sullivan
Sunday service,  9 a.m.

Sullivan Southern Baptist Church
Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday bible study 9:30 a.m., service 10:30 a.m.

Allenville Christian Church
Easter Sunday service 10 a.m.

First United Methodist Church in Sullivan
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m. reenactment of the Last Supper
Easter Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

New Ownership for Muzzy’s Hometown

Submitted Pictured are former Muzzy’s Hometown owners Terry and Sharon Muzzy (left) handing the new owners C.J. Swinehart and his wife the first dollar that the business made in an informal sign of the official sale and transfer of the business.

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Pictured are former Muzzy’s Hometown owners Terry and Sharon Muzzy (left) handing the new owners C.J. Swinehart and his wife the first dollar that the business made in an informal sign of the official sale and transfer of the business.

Bethany native takes over

March 25, 2015

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

The building at 115 W. Main St. and the business it contains has long been a fixture in the rural community of Bethany.
Situated just west of Scott State Bank headquarters, it is a conspicuous storefront in the small downtown. Emblazoned with large blue lettering, the front window is easily recognizable to passing motorists.
Many readers are undoubtedly personally familiar with Muzzy’s Hometown Heating and Cooling of Bethany, a business that has a pedigree spanning six decades. In the early 1960s the location was known as Crowder’s Hardware Store, at which time Danny Coleman opened a plumbing/heating business from the back office. Shortly thereafter, he purchased the whole store from Crowder, running the two businesses out of the same building. Read More