Lovington Fireworks Returns

•February 3, 2016•

Energized with a $6000 commitment from the village of Lovington, plans are underway for a community fireworks display July 3.

A major part of the fundraising effort falls on the Lovington Community Fireworks Reverse Raffle.

The $1000 grand prize drawing is set for Saturday, May 21 at the Lovington American Legion. Read More

Blood Drive in Honor of Two Past Volunteers

•February 3, 2016•

The American Red Cross and the Sullivan American Legion will sponsor a blood drive at the Legion noon- 6 p.m. March 8. Blood supplies are critically low at this time, and every eligible donor is needed.

This drive will be dedicated and hosted in honor of two wonderful Red Cross volunteers who have recently passed. Nancy Park had been a greeter for the drives at the Legion for many years.

She spent countless hours getting donors signed in and ready to donate.  Read More

Mission Trip Auction Held at Windsor High

•February 3, 2016•

Smyser Christian Church will host an auction at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Windsor High School with proceeds raised going toward an upcoming mission trip. Items have been donated by more than 100 contributors including Agri Fab, Chicago White Socks, Magic House in St. Louis, Thirty-One, Shedd Aquarium, Big Splash Adventure and Ace Hardware.

Included are free tickets, signed photographs, metal signs, yard cart, jogging stroller, artwork, outdoor storage cabinet, and more. There will also be a coffee/snack bar, and students will provide live music for entertainment. Read More

Farm Bureau Scholarship Available

•February 3, 2016•

The Moultrie County Farm Bureau has announced that applications are available for the Charles B. Shuman Memorial Scholarship.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Moultrie County who is a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in a University or Community College.

The successful applicant should be of good moral character and exhibit potential for successful completion of a course of study in agriculture or related fields. In addition to academic performance, extra curricular and community involvement will also be considered in the selection process. Read More

Obituaries 2-3-2016: Don Marshall

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Donald “Carrol” Marshall, 84, of Sullivan, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016, in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) February 3 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial with military rites by Sullivan American Legion Post #68 will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Dueling Visions for Illinois’ Future

Nowlan•February 3, 2016•

By Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist

I decided “to get outta Dodge” for a couple of weeks and set down in Austin.

Texas has been booming. The state’s population has grown by more than 20 percent a decade since it became a state in the 1840s and is on course to do so this decade as well.

State capital Austin is really hot. On average, 100 new people settle in the city—every day!

Apple is building a new campus here that will employ 4,000, I am told. Google, Oracle, Samsung, they are all here in this high-tech boom town.

Texas would be characterized as a low tax/low service state, ranking 46th among the states in state and local tax burden, according to the Tax Foundation, a business-oriented group in D.C.

Although its business taxes are relatively high, according to the Tax Foundation, Texas has no income tax. And any lawmaker who ever whispered the words would be tarred, feathered and run out of the state, or assassinated.

On the other hand, Texas spent almost $4,000 less per pupil in 2013 on its school kids than did Illinois: Texas, $8,299; national average, $10,700; Illinois, $12,288. (Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Education Division.)

Back to Illinois.

Two think tanks in our state are highly visible to state policymakers. Both are Chicago-based groups, each about 15 years old, and have almost diametrically opposed visions of how Illinois should be operated and funded. Read More

Okaw Valley Takes Knights in Close Game

Photo by Darian Hays No stopping Hannah Wallen against Okaw Valley as she contributed 11 game points.

Photo by Darian Hays
No stopping Hannah Wallen against Okaw Valley as she contributed 11 game points.

•February 3, 2016•

The Okaw Valley girls traveled to Arthur winning 55-52 over the Knights, January 28.

The Timberwolves were able to keep the Knights’ Hannah Wallen and Megan Fifer in check, which put Mycaela Miller in the lead scoring position for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.

Paige Robinson, Jesse Robinson and Natalie Jeffers boosted Okaw Valley’s effort with double digit scoring.

During the first quarter Okaw Valley led 14-9. ALAH came up with a 12-6 second quarter to lead the Timberwolves 21-20 at the half.

A 14-13 third quarter sent the Knights into the fourth quarter with a 35-33 edge.

A 22-17 fourth quarter was fueled by Paige and Jesse Robinson for Okaw Valley pushing past the Knights by two points, 55-53.

Paige Robinson led the Timberwolves making five field goals and 9-11 free throws for 19 points.
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Obituaries 2-3-2016: Edward Lane

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Edward ‘Frankie’ Lane, 57, of Sullivan, passed away Wednesday January 27, 2016 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Celebration of Life services were at 11 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Paul McGhghy officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Sullivan American Legion Post # 68.  Read More

Bailey Benefit at American Legion

•February 3, 2016•

A benefit for Joe Bailey begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at the Sullivan American Legion.

Joe at 56 years old, has incurable pancreatic cancer and is unable to work with no income at the present time.

He does have insurance, but out of pocket expenses are becoming astronomical. Read More

Obituaries 2-3-2016: Loren Jenne

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Loren E. “Colonel” Jenne, 98, of Springfield, passed away at 8:15 am Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Regency in Springfield.

Loren was born Sept. 5, 1917 near Cadwell to Charles and Ella Collins Jenne. He moved with his family to Sullivan where he graduated from high school in 1935. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Education in 1940 and began his teaching profession in Alvin, Ill. This was interrupted by W.W. II when he was drafted in June 1941. He became an airplane mechanic and then went to OCS for pilot training in the Army Air Forces. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and was assigned as a First Lieutenant to fly B-25 Mitchell bombers in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. After completing 50 bombing missions, he returned to Sullivan in 1943 where he married Hazel J. Carnes Dec. 29, 1943 in the Sullivan United Methodist Church. Loren then resumed his teaching career at Jonathan Creek, Ill. country school and later in Sullivan. He was junior high school principal in Sullivan at Powers, Lowe and the Jr. High School in Sullivan and also served as the Moultrie County Treasurer.  Read More