Sullivan & Lovington Hold District Spelling Bees

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On to County

•February 3, 2016•

The 2016 Sullivan School District Spelling Bee was held Wednesday January 27 in the Sullivan High School Commons. Students in grades 4-8 earned the privilege of representing their grade level at this spelling bee.

The six winners and two alternates who are moving on to the Moultrie County bee are Lara Herschberger (5th), Zachary Kursell (5th), Aastha Patel (6th), Alyssa Thompson (6th), Reagan Crouse (7th) and Brett Johnson (7th)

The alternates are Maggie McLaughlin (8th) and Zoe Walton (7th). Read More

Invisible Completes Mirror Images 27th Season

Photo Submitted Curtin Call For Invisible cast: Addy Diener delivered a special message last Friday night thanking Rebecca Lawson, on the far right, for helping them with this year’s Mirror Images production of Invisible.

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Curtin Call For Invisible cast: Addy Diener delivered a special message last Friday night thanking Rebecca Lawson, on the far right, for helping them with this year’s Mirror Images production of Invisible.

•February 3, 2016•

By Kennedy D. Nolen
For the News Progress

Students who are part of ‘Mirror Images’ of Sullivan High School performed the much awaited show ‘Invisible’ at the Little Theatre January 29.

Vernon, played by Jona Workman, is the new kid in school. Frequently moving makes him feel more invisible with each new school.

Mitch has terrible anxiety and panic attacks so badly he cannot even talk to the girl on whom he has a crush.

Alex is the school bully. His home life is rough so he takes his anger out on others. Also, there is the athletic and pretty girl Nicole. She is dating a guy, Gavin, who is somewhat controlling. Sybil, the sweet, smart girl, is best friends with the school’s party girl Avery. Avery has a terrible habit of drinking, driving and using her phone in the process.

Cyrus has voices in his head, and Sapphire has an eating disorder.

He learns everyone in the school has invisible or not-so-invisible problems.

After a couple days go by, Vernon makes friends with Gavin, and they begin to hang out frequently. As Gavin is driving Vernon, Avery is also out driving drunk and talking on the phone with Sybil. She blows a stop sign and hits the car occupied by Gavin and Vernon.

A cameo appearance at the crash by Larry Edwards of the Sullivan Fire Department helped reality hit home for the audience. Vernon was pronounced dead, and Gavin and Avery both had injuries.  Read More

Final Touches

Photo by RR Best Final touches Final touches are being put on the Moultrie County Courthouse restoration project this week. Masons Masonry Restoration of Brownstown was awarded the $203,755 bid to repair stone and tuckpointing on the 112 year old structure in August 2015. Above a Mason employee is placing the final sealer on repairs to complete the project.

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Final touches
Final touches are being put on the Moultrie County Courthouse restoration project this week. Masons Masonry Restoration of Brownstown was awarded the $203,755 bid to repair stone and tuckpointing on the 112 year old structure in August 2015. Above a Mason employee is placing the final sealer on repairs to complete the project.

3 Degree Guarantee Donations

Help Food Pantry Feed People

•February 3, 2016•

WAND TV’s 3 Degree Guarantee is getting better and better for the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Kristy Dawson, Moultrie Food Pantry director, reported a total of $950 was reached by the end of the month from the challenge for the Food Pantry.

Presentation will be made during the WAND -TV 6 p.m. newscast Wednesday, February 3 by the station and co-sponsor IBEW Local 146.

A Moultrie County challenge has also been issued to match the WAND 3 Degree Guarantee in an effort to double up on the effort to help those who need food in Moultrie County. That challenge may be responded to by calling 728-7381. Read More

OVHS Awarded Check

Photo provided OVHS Awarded Check Okaw Valley High School was awarded a $2500 dollar check from the Monsanto Fund which donates money to high school ag departments in 40 states. The grant must be initiated by a local farmer. Mark and Andrew Bennett of rural Moultrie County nominated Okaw Valley. The money will be used for curriculum and the mission of making Okaw Valley the best ag program in the area. Pictured (center) are Mark Bennett (local farmer) and Wes Wise (ag instructor) flanked by Monsanto representatives.

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OVHS Awarded Check
Okaw Valley High School was awarded a $2500 dollar check from the Monsanto Fund which donates money to high school ag departments in 40 states. The grant must be initiated by a local farmer. Mark and Andrew Bennett of rural Moultrie County nominated Okaw Valley. The money will be used for curriculum and the mission of making Okaw Valley the best ag program in the area. Pictured (center) are Mark Bennett (local farmer) and Wes Wise (ag instructor) flanked by Monsanto representatives.

Obituaries 2-3-2016: Bob Shackles

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Robert F. “Bob” Shackles, 76, of Sullivan passed away Saturday Jan. 30, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Bob was born April 25, 1939 in Plainview to William Franklin and Nora Schwenke Shackles. He graduated from Southwestern High School in Piasa and went on to serve four years in the Marines. After his military service, he worked several years as a mechanic and then spent the rest of his working life at the light plant in Sullivan until he was disabled in 1992. Read More

ALAH Knights Bring Home a Win

•February 3, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights didn’t have a problem traveling to Decatur LSA and winning 51-40 February 1.

It was a 10-9 LSA Lion first quarter. By the second the Knights scored 13-10 for a 22-20 first half lead.

The third quarter was evenly paced with an eight point tie. The Knights came alive in the fourth quarter outscoring LSA 21-12 for the 51-40 win.

Hannah Wallen led the Knight effort, supplying three three’s, four field goals and three free shots for 20 points.  Read More

Moultrie Moment of the Week

Pictured above is State Street in Lovington circa 1900. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Pictured above is State Street in Lovington circa 1900. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Redskins Take Cardinals at CIC Tournament

•February 3, 2016•

Sullivan’s Redskins went into the CIC Tournament in Moweaqua as a seven seed and emerged as the number five team.

And it was accomplished with a 37-24 win over the Warrensburg Latham Cardinals, January 25.

“This was one of our best defensive games,” coach Sheri McCain said. “We held them to single digits in three quarters, including holding them to two points in the second quarter.”

Warrensburg had beaten the Redskins by three points earlier in the season.

“I’m glad the girls came out ready to play tonight,” she said of the effort.

The first quarter was the Cardinals best; scoring 13-8 over Sullivan. Redbird defense went in gear with a 12-2 second quarter advantage for Sullivan, as they headed into the half leading Warrensburg 20-15.  Read More