Obituaries 5-4-2016: Ralph Dolan

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Ralph Ames Dolan, 81, of Sullivan, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Aspen Creek in Sullivan.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in French Cemetery in Allenville.         Ralph was born November 19, 1934 in Mattoon, a son of Carl Layton and Myrtle Ames Dolan. He graduated from Sullivan High School with the class of 1953, served in the Army and was a graduate of Eureka College. He served as the payroll master at the Palmer House in Chicago and also worked at Blaw-Knox in Mattoon as a security guard. In his retirement he worked at the Mattoon Walmart as a welcome greeter. Ralph was a lifetime member of First Christian Church of Sullivan. He was an avid reader and a dedicated sports fan who loved the St. Louis Cardinals; Ralph loved fishing, hunting and all of his animals he cared for on the farm. Read More

Gardening Changes are All Around

KimForColumn•May 4, 2016•

Kim Riedel
NP Guest Columnist

May is a wonderful time of year…continuing to see the changes in all the gardens around. I love getting home from work in the mornings and walking through my garden to observe all the changes that it has gone through over the past several weeks, and seeing the small fruit on the peach and almond trees and remembering the hopes that I had for the blossoms to make it through the freezing temperatures and the storms during April’s changing weather. I am anxiously watching the new buds on the berries and grapes appear and reach upward preparing to open, visually taking in all the new growth on the plants and hoping for an amazing and prosperous year for my garden. I have been keeping an eye on the swelling buds on my rose bushes and have a secret hope that I might have a rose blooming on Mother’s Day. The nurturing feelings are being pulled out of me, and the desires to create a beautiful and abundant garden are growing.

Vegetable gardens that have been planned are now in progress. I am creating a new garden by using the old and reliable varieties, yet adding in some new varieties to add some curiosity for unknown outcomes. I love testing different gardening ideas whether it be vertical gardening, square foot gardening, companion planting, lasagna gardening or theme gardens. Trying out different methods and ways to garden keeps my interest sharp all year while observing differences as they may occur. Testing a little here and a little there can get you to enjoy a different way of gardening that will be with you for years. Read More

ALAH and OV Split Double Header

•May 4, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team is 11-6 following a split double header with Okaw Valley, April 29.

ALAH lost 3-0, and won 17-5.

Macy Hollingsworth pitched six innings for ALAH with two strikeouts, allowing seven hits and five runs in the win.

Mycaela Miller used her three times at bat to get three hits, steal four bases, score four times and get two RBIs for the Knights. Shelby Frederick got three hits, three runs and three RBIs. Read More

Letter to the Editor: 5-4-2016

Dear citizens of Moultrie County,

Our Savior, while preparing to go to the cross to suffer and die, told his disciples in John 11:12 “ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” ESV This past Saturday, April 23, we witnessed such love from people in our Christian churches coming together giving their time, possessions and money (Acts 2:44 & 45 ESV) in love for the Leah Dolan benefit. Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is receiving treatment.

A listing of business donors and churches is listed. If we missed anyone, our apologies. Please call or text Pastor Paul G. McGhghy.(217-962-1123) If necessary, next week we will run a list of business donors that we missed. If anyone was unable to donate, donations are still being accepted. Please make your check payable to Faith Lutheran Church, PO 109, Sullivan, IL. 61951. Please indicate “Dolan benefit” on the memo.

Our sincere thanks to The Sullivan Churches,pastors,members, businesses and anyone from our community for their prayers and support. Last Saturday was a foretaste of heaven. To God alone be the glory.

Blessings to all,
Pastor Paul G. McGhghy

Chautauqua Spring Fair

•May 4, 2016•

The Chautauqua Spring Vendor Fair will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14 in Forest Park in Shelbyville.

All kinds of arts, crafts, direct sales merchandise, food and drink and musical entertainment provided all day by local musicians.

For more information, call 217-827-2806

ALAH Edged Out by Decatur LSA

•May 4, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond and the Decatur Lutheran Association baseball teams faced off in Arthur April 29 with LSA’s Lions getting a 4-3 edge.

Marcus Vanausdoll took the bulk of ALAH pressure on the mound for six innings. Vanausdoll had eight strikeouts and allowed five hits that netted four runs for LSA . He walked five. Turner Emberton came in for one inning of relief. Read More

SBL Golf Benefit set for June 10

Photo Submitted Meet our 2016 SBL Golf Benefit committee members: (left to right) Kim Lockart, Patty Hedges, Becky Taylor, Debbie Boldig, Cindy Foster, Sam Adair, Chris Kessler and Larry Tojo.  Not present are Tim Kastl and Linda Neeley.

Photo Submitted
Meet our 2016 SBL Golf Benefit committee members: (left to right) Kim Lockart, Patty Hedges, Becky Taylor, Debbie Boldig, Cindy Foster, Sam Adair, Chris Kessler and Larry Tojo.
Not present are Tim Kastl and Linda Neeley.

•May 4, 2016•

Sarah Bush Lincoln will host its 27th annual golf benefit Friday, June 10 at the Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center.

Through its Building Hope Campaign, the SBL Health Foundation is committed to raising $3.5 million to support construction of the $15.4 million project.

Golfers have a choice of either a morning or afternoon flight. A continental breakfast will be available during morning registration which begins at 6:30 a.m., prior to a 7:30 a.m. tee off. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and registration for the afternoon flight will begin at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon flight will tee off at 1 p.m.  Read More

ALAH Softball Hits Big for Win over Arcola

•May 4, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team combined hard hitting and good pitching for a 19-3 win over Arcola Thursday, April 28.

This win brings the ALAH 11-6 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

Knights pitcher Macy Hollingsworth shut out the Arcola team until the fifth inning. She allowed three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one base on balls.

For the ALAH team Logan Kauffman was 3-5 with two RBIs. Shelby Frederick went 4-5 on the day, hitting a triple and racking up six RBIs.

Mycaela Miller was 4-5, hitting a double and two triples, with three RBIs.  Read More

Sullivan City Council Explores Recycle Options

Civic Center Gets New Lockers

•May 4, 2016•

By Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

At the most recent Sullivan City Council meeting, a few projects that had been set aside in the TIF budget were discussed. A bid of $20,775.95 was received from Salisbury Industries for new lockers at the Civic Center. Many of the older lockers have started to show their age and have started to rot out after long time usage. The bid will replace 116 lockers for the men and women’s locker rooms.

The old chiller at the Civic Center has also been removed to make room for a new one. Commissioner Mike Mossman also noted that the south side of the roof center has came loose. He will be in contact with an attorney and is moving forward with the suit and hopes to get the company back to repair it. Other TIF projects include the street pavement project (which is underway) and new canopies for the baseball park to help block out the sun.

Other news that was discussed or acted upon: Read More