Growing up in Sullivan: The Accordion – A Once Popular Instrument

September 17, 2014

by Jerry Ginther

About 1960, the mothers of 25 or 30 of us local kids signed us up for accordion lessons with the Illinois Conservatory of Music. As a group we were filled with enthusiasm before the first lesson. Most of us had never held an accordion prior to that day, and we were ready to see what sort of racket they made. We figured out on our own that it would make some kind of noise if we would hold down just one of the piano keys while we pulled or squeezed the bellows. Beyond that we had no clue as to what else it might do. However, on that first day each of us received a small, 12-bass accordion complete with carrying case for home practice. Those small accordions would be sufficient to get us through the first book of instruction. After completing the first book a decision had to be made on whether to continue or “throw in the towel”. Continuing meant a rather healthy investment in a larger accordion. Read More

Waggoner Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Service

September 17, 2014

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently held their 2014 annual meeting and for giving the gift of valuable time to help others, C.E.F.S. recognized Ronald Waggoner of Bethany as a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer.
“The agency and program accomplishments would not have been attained without the shared commitment, dedication and involvement of our outstanding volunteers,” C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White commented. Read More

Gospel Folk Band Coming to Sullivan Next Month

September 17, 2014

Rain for Roots to headline rural church Oct. 4

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For pastor Vanessa Patient, the opportunity to share music she loves is a passion. So when she was given the chance to solicit one of her favorite musical groups, Rain for Roots, to come to Sullivan and play live, Patient was just the opposite: she was thrilled.
“I think with any music that you love or book that you love or movie, you’re so excited to get it in the hands of other people and see their reactions and hopefully they’re excited,” said the pastor. “When I first heard them I thought this is not just music for children but music for anyone. There is a complexity to the music yet a simplicity to the words that is so appealing. And their voices are beautiful. Their music is something that is very close to my heart.” Read More

ALAH School Board Sets District Goals and Objectives for School Year

September 17, 2014

Community service program planned for next year

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Lovington Reporter

As a school district grows, there comes a need to set new goals and insights for its students and the community. The ALAH School Board saw to this by creating a list of goals and objectives for the 2014-2015 school year which included areas of community relations and communications, district facilities and safety, and personnel and academic achievement.
To strive for more communication with the community, the board set a goal of enhancing the district’s website by unifying all the school sites and giving it a cohesive look and use, which was recently completed. The information on the website includes important school event dates, early dismissals, school lunch menu, faculty and staff directories and a current district calendar. Other forms of communication involve putting articles in area newspapers, making use of social media, conducting parent meetings and holding open houses There is also a future plan to create a goals and objectives brochure that will be distributed to the community. Read More

Kiwanis Organizational Meeting Next Thursday

September 17, 2014

Kiwanis International will be holding an organizational meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. next Thursday, September 25 at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan.
The public and those interested in joining a new local Kiwanis club are encouraged to attend. For more information on Kiwanis, visit www.kiwanis.org. or email David Butler at dbutler@tuscolakiwanis.org.

LLC Announces Local Financial Aid Nights Beginning this Fall

September 17, 2014

Lake Land College will soon hold Financial Aid Nights throughout the various communities in the Lake Land College district.
At the event, Lake Land’s financial aid staff will present information on the 2015-2016 application process, including information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs. Parents, high school seniors or anyone planning to attend Lake Land or any two- or four-year college during the 2015-2016 school year are encouraged to attend. Read More

Heritage Stops Okaw Valley from Winning Three Straight

September 17, 2014

Ball handling an issue as Lady T-Wolves fall in three sets

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

The Okaw Valley Lady T-Wolves dropped to 2-7 Monday, breaking a two game win streak that rounded out the varsity LSA Volleyball Invitational. OV couldn’t muster enough defense to ward off Heritage’s fast-paced attack Monday evening.
After dropping their first game in the LSA Tournament to Tolono Unity 8-25, 13-25 OV had trouble against Warrensburg Latham 12-25, 14-25. Head coach Jody McCormick said the girls just couldn’t get things going right away on Saturday. Read More

Lady Redskins Break ALAH Six-game Win Streak

September 17, 2014

Sullivan forces third set, wins big

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First year head coach Krista Smith had the Lady Redskins ready to play Monday night taking on cross county rivals Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. A matchup that saw records thrown out the window, the Lady Redskins came from one set down to pull off an impressive 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 upset.
Coming into action at just 1-8 on the season, the Lady Redskins gave a high flying Knight squad all they could handle and more.
With the match all square at one set a piece and the Lady Redskins leading 11-8 in the third, sophomore Kailyn Boyer went on a nine-point rally from the service line. Apparently, the Lady Redskins had grown tired of close games after the first two sets, deciding instead to finish strong winning by a 10-point margin 25-15.

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

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SHS 9/11 Ceremony

Photo by Keith Stewart SHS 9/11 Ceremony Students in SHS’s Career English class honored the victims of 9/11 and current emergency services personnel and members of the military in  a 9/11 ceremony given for middle and high school students last Thursday. Brock Read and Chanley Heykoop led the assembly which was also attended by family members of Capt. Jack Punches, who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11; local fire department, police, and sheriff personnel; and representatives from the Marine Corps and National Guard. Each organization and the family of Capt. Punches received a card designed and made by class members and signed by students and staff of the high school. Pictured is former Sullivan fire department chief Jeff Waite, who spoke during the ceremony, recalling his department’s reaction to the events that unfolded 13 years ago. The students also raised over $100 through donations to sponsor a cobblestone at the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Senior Brody Elder and junior Grant King also sang at the ceremony, and class member Cody Kay and senior Tristan Minard were honored as current members of the United States Army.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SHS 9/11 Ceremony
Students in SHS’s Career English class honored the victims of 9/11 and current emergency services personnel and members of the military in a 9/11 ceremony given for middle and high school students last Thursday.
Brock Read and Chanley Heykoop led the assembly which was also attended by family members of Capt. Jack Punches, who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11; local fire department, police, and sheriff personnel; and representatives from the Marine Corps and National Guard. Each organization and the family of Capt. Punches received a card designed and made by class members and signed by students and staff of the high school.
Pictured is former Sullivan fire department chief Jeff Waite, who spoke during the ceremony, recalling his department’s reaction to the events that unfolded 13 years ago.
The students also raised over $100 through donations to sponsor a cobblestone at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
Senior Brody Elder and junior Grant King also sang at the ceremony, and class member Cody Kay and senior Tristan Minard were honored as current members of the United States Army.