Remember When? 9-28-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Steven W. Casteel of Fairfax, Va., a 1967 graduate of Sullivan High School, was named to Sullivan High School’s Hall of Fame during the SHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the high school gym. Casteel, a federal agent for the Federal Government’s Drug Enforcement Administration, has received numerous commendations during his tenure with the DEA and was recently featured on the CBS program 48 Hours.

This year’s recipient of the Who’s Who Award at Sullivan High School has distinguished herself through the concern of others. People who need help but cannot help themselves have become a focal point in her life. Sally Hood Clark of Mattoon, a 1954 graduate of Sullivan High School and the daughter of Christine Hood of Sullivan and the late Don Hood, spends many hours of her time assisting the blind and elderly and is particularly known for her support of the deaf and for special children.

Christie Edmonds was crowned homecoming queen during halftime activities Friday evening at Sullivan High School. The daughter of Mike and Joyce Edmonds, she rode off the football field after the ceremony with last year’s queen Stacey Anderson.  Read More

Hearing Waived In Abuse Case

•September 28, 2016•

Jacob T. Pool, 23, of Sullivan waived preliminary hearing on two felony counts in circuit court Sept. 26.

Judge Dan L Flannell set a date for jury trial to begin at 9 a.m. February 6, 2017.

Pool has been in Moultrie County Jail since August 25 charged with unlawful possession of weapons, a Class 3 felony, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Read More

Knights Struggle with A-O Bombers Speed

•September 28, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond football dropped their third straight contest Friday against conference foe Argenta-Oreana 46-8.  Head coach Dale Schuring credited the Bombers for being a physically gifted team.

“They did a good job taking advantage of what their athletes can do in the open field with their speed. Our kids tried the best they could. But speed kills, and you saw that tonight.”

ALAH received the opening kickoff and after three plays were set to kick the ball back to the Bombers. Unfortunately, the Knights’ talented punter Marcus Vanausdoll boomed that first punt too far.

Bomber return man Pierce Bradford took it 70 yards to the house doing his best Deion Sanders imitation from about 12 yards out. Despite multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Argenta the score counted. The Bombers added a two conversion and led 8-0 with 10:18 remaining in the first quarter.

ALAH again went three and out on their next possession. Argenta scored on the second play of that drive when a Bomber slot receiver got free for a 58 yard touchdown. After the two point conversion, the Bombers led 16-0 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.   Read More

Another Win for OV Golfers

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley varsity golfers beat Tri-County at Eagle Creek on Sept. 22. Okaw Valley’s 168 edged Tri County’s 170.

Match medalists were Austin Harshman, Okaw Valley 39 and Logan Richardson, Tri County 39. Read More

Food Drive for Lovington

•September 28, 2016•

A food and cash drive will be held for Christ’s Pantry (Lovington Food Pantry) Saturday, October 15.

The public is encouraged to bring items and donations to the middle of town in Lovington between 9 and 11:30 a.m. October 15.

SOV Redskins Cage Hawks for First CIC Win

•September 28, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

In recent memory when Sullivan Okaw Valley has played Meridian in football, it has been all SOV.

This year was a little different but with the same result: a Redskin victory.

Sullivan led on both sides of the ball by senior halfback/linebacker Drew Hubbard who had 14 carries for 76 yards and the game sealing touchdown. This was all accomplished with eight inactive Redskin starters.

“Hubbard is a hard nosed kid; he plays with some passion,” Redskins’ head coach Gerald Temples complimented. “He had a good ballgame for himself and us and doesn’t avoid contact, and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played.”

It was no cheap victory though.

For the first time all season, SOV was held scoreless in the first quarter. Luckily Meridian didn’t score either. But it was with 8:27 left in the half that Meridian sophomore running back Gage Holgarth took a carry in from the 1-yard line to give the Hawks the lead before missing the PAT. Read More

Moultrie-Douglas Rain Reporting Ends

•September 28, 2016•

The rainfall reporting season in Moultrie and Douglas counties, which ran from March 27 to September 4, has wrapped up for 2016.

Moultrie County rain reporters were Dean Creviston, Topflight Grain, Robert Riley, T. L. Sheehan Jr., Tom and Sara Gale, Duane and Kim Voegel, John and Jo Watkins, Julian Black, Rick and Lucille Crawford, Cliff Yoder at Yoder Drainage Systems, Lyla Riley, Nick and Linda Roussey, John Doty, and Todd Maxedon. Read More

Social Security Revises Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders

•September 28, 2016•

On Monday, the Social Security Administration will publish final rules, effective January 17, 2017, that revise medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders. This regulation is a comprehensive revision to the criteria for evaluating disability claims involving mental disorders.

“Updating our medical criteria for the disability program is a challenging task that has been complicated by deep budgetary cuts in recent years,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. “We are committed to updating our regulations to reflect up-to-date standards and practices used in the health care community.” Read More

Sullivan Council Recognition

•September 28, 2016•

The Sullivan City Council took a moment to remember past city employee Bill Rankin who recently passed away.

At the Monday, September 26 city council meeting health and safety commissioner Bill Hagen commemorated Rankin in a letter he read into the record.

“Last weekend Bill Rankin passed away. Bill grew up in Sullivan as his father worked for the city electrical department. Bill raised his two children here. He spent most of his employment serving the city of Sullivan. After high school, Bill Rankin started at the Sullivan sewer plant. He earned all the required licenses and retired as chief operator.

There are a few of us still around who worked with Bill. We enjoyed his easy to get along with attitude and have memories of some good laughs shared.”

Rankin worked for the city a total of 31 years. From 1967-1977 and again from 1983-2004.

WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser

Photo furnished WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser The Windsor class of 2017 will host a Longaberger Binga Fundraiser October 22 at the high school. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the games start at 6 p.m.   Tickets are available from any senior class member or by calling Lesley Baker at 459-2636.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.   A variety of baskets filled with goodies will be available as well as refreshments, 50/50, and raffle items. Pictured top left to right:  Bailey Fleshner and Anthony Curry.  Bottom feft to right:  Jodie Harris and Gillian Sanders.

Photo furnished
WHS Seniors Host Binga Fundraiser
The Windsor class of 2017 will host a Longaberger Binga Fundraiser October 22 at the high school. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the games start at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available from any senior class member or by calling Lesley Baker at 459-2636. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
A variety of baskets filled with goodies will be available as well as refreshments, 50/50, and raffle items.
Pictured top left to right: Bailey Fleshner and Anthony Curry. Bottom feft to right: Jodie Harris and Gillian Sanders.