Memorial Day Weekend Scheduled at Lake Shelbyville

•May 25, 2016•

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend. A variety of programs are planned including tours of the dam, campground programs, and many other activities.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, tours of the dam will be offered free of charge every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tours are approximately 50 minutes long and begin in the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center lobby. Small groups may sign in upon arrival at the Visitor Center. Large groups must call ahead. Tours run through Labor Day weekend. Read More

Hydrant Flushing

•May 25, 2016•

The city of Sullivan water department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning June 1.

There may be some discoloration in the water, and laundry should be avoided during those times.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to 217-728-4383.

Area Memorial Day Services Scheduled

•May 25, 2016•

The Lovington American Legion family will host a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28 in Tom Conn Park.

Sullivan American Legion Post #68 Honor Guard begins Memorial weekend observations following church service at Jonathan Creek Christian Church Sunday, May 29. The Honor guard will march the congregation across the road to the cemetery where prayer, a 21 gun salute and taps will be played.

Groups wishing to march in the Memorial Day parade are encouraged to gather at the Moultrie County Courthouse by 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 30. Read More

Okaw Valley Timberwolves Softball Wins Regional Title

Photo furnished Okaw Valley high school softball team celebrates back-to-back Regional titles.

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Okaw Valley high school softball team celebrates back-to-back Regional titles.

•May 25, 2016•

Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball team won the Regional championship in a 12-2 win over Edinburg in Bethany May 21.

Head coach Dave Benning has led the Timberwolves to two straight Regional titles.

This set up the Tuesday, May 24 Sectional match with Casey-Westfield in Altamont.

Edinburg scored two in the first inning. The Timberwolves responded with two in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth innings for the win.

Maddie Perrine was on the mound five innings for the win, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out five. Read More

Wax Museum 2016

Photo furnished   Princess Diana is portrayed by Elsa Helmuth.

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Princess Diana is portrayed by Elsa Helmuth.

Photo furnished  President Ronald Reagan played by Hayden Nohren.

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President Ronald Reagan played by Hayden Nohren.

Photo furnished  Annie Oakley (Anna Burdel) twirls her lasso.

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Annie Oakley (Anna Burdel) twirls her lasso.

Photo furnished  Elvis (Hannah Righter) and Miranda Cosgrove (Kylie Swaim).

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Elvis (Hannah Righter) and Miranda Cosgrove (Kylie Swaim).

Photo furnished  Davy Crockett is Maverick Palmer.

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Davy Crockett is Maverick Palmer.

Photo furnished  Sacagawea (Elora Mast) led Lewis and Clark.

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Sacagawea (Elora Mast) led Lewis and Clark.

Photo furnished Shirley Temple (Ruby Haegen) tap dances.

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Shirley Temple (Ruby Haegen) tap dances.

 

SBL Providing Physicals to Sullivan Students

•May 25, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln will provide school and sports physicals to students and athletes from Sullivan schools.

Sports and school physical clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 2, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, at the SBL Sullivan Clinic, 7 Hawthorne Lane. The cost is $20 per physical with all fees being donated to the Sullivan Athletic Booster Club.  Read More

ALAH Knights Softball Takes Tri-County

•May 25, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights softball scored a 14-6 win over Tri-County at Catlin May 18.

Macy Hollingsworth pitched five innings for the Knights, striking out three, while allowing six hits.

In the ALAH batter’s box Mycaela Miller went 2-3, hitting a home run, two doubles, scored two runs and got two RBIs.

Logan Kauffman was 2-3 at the plate, scoring three runs on two hits and a base on balls, with one RBI.

Shelby Frederick was 4-4 with two RBIs. She had four hits and scored three times.  Read More

Obituaries 5-25-2016: Warren Lane

WLane photoWarren Lane

Warren Lane, 87, of Sullivan, died at 10:56 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Celebration of Life services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ in rural Sullivan with Felix Hagerman and Vanessa Patient officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of arrangements.  Read More

Training Days Helped Sullivan Veteran Make Honor Flight

Vet Johns Ruscin•May 25, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

John Ruscin of Sullivan thought his training days were over after joining the Navy in May 1945 during World War II.

Ruscin just returned from the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight of Springfield, where 80 veterans toured various historic and veterans’ sites in Washington, D.C.

A retired junior high school teacher and coach from Sullivan, Ruscin knew the Flight would require some walking around Washington so he went into training weeks before.

“I had surgery and some heart problems, but I didn’t want to use a wheelchair,” he said. “So I started walking up and down the street to hopefully be in good enough shape to walk to the sites.”

Ruscin explained that 14 of the 80 veterans of the free Honor Flight were wheelchair bound. “It put a big burden on the guardians who were responsible for getting the veterans off and on the bus at every stop.”

Impressed by the changing of the guard in Arlington Cemetery and the tours of the memorials, Ruscin explained one thing that got to him were the letters of appreciation sent to veterans on the flight.

Ruscin received 113 letters thanking him for his service during World War II. Read More