With New Ownership Millrich Outdoors Offers Essential Supplies for Hunters

October 29, 2014

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

To some, hunting is not just a sport—it’s a way of life. There’s the thrill of seeking game and then, the bonding experience between close friends and family. Beginning in October, hunters started to escape into the woods, waiting for the perfect deer or turkey. Later in November, smaller game animals such as pheasants or rabbits will become the next quest to conquer. And as all hunters know, it is essential to have the perfect tools for a successful hunt. Read More

I Agree with Doan on Sales Tax Issue

October 29, 2014

This letter is in response to Mr. Doan’s letter to the editor (the October 15th issue) regarding the proposed 1% sales tax hike in Moultrie County that would go to help maintain our school facilities.  Mr. Doan brought up many good points about the proposal. Though I’m not sure I would call it a “no brainer,” I would say that I agree with him that this tax is a good thing for our school and ultimately our community.  I believe Mr. Doan did a nice job of explaining why the tax would not hurt local businesses, but I would like to expound on why it is needed and how it will help our communities.   Read More

Scott Recognized as Outstanding CBAI Member

October 29, 2014

CBAI recognizes one or more community bankers as an “Outstanding Member” at its annual convention. The recipient must be a community banker who has performed above and beyond the call of duty to benefit the cause of community banking through Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), either during the past year or over a period of years. Read More

Former Harrison Street Inn Named to Top 50 Ill. Haunts

Photo by Keith Stewart John Stephens (front left), Timmy Valentine (middle) and Tyler Mosier (back) stand on the staircase of the former Harrison Street Inn, which was recently named to Reboot Illinois’ top 50 Most Haunted in Illinois list.

Photo by Keith Stewart
John Stephens (front left), Timmy Valentine (middle) and Tyler Mosier (back) stand on the staircase of the former Harrison Street Inn, which was recently named to Reboot Illinois’ top 50 Most Haunted in Illinois list.

October 29, 2014

What is now the Astoria Company, takes 30th most haunted

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Most people like to conjure up scary stories and paranormal experiences around this time every year. But for Sullivan residents John Stephens and Timmy Valentine, it’s sort of a year-round thing.

It all started a few years ago when the Sullivan couple purchased the building at 204 E. Harrison and moved in.

First, Valentine experienced lights that would flash on and off, toilets flushing upstairs, and TVs turning on and off. But then one night, both Valentine and Stephens experienced what is today one of their most startling occurrences. Read More

OV Can’t Sustain Neoga’s 6-0 Runs, Falls in Regionals

Photo by Keith Stewart OV senior Amy Orris watches the ball after her hit during the second set of Tuesday’s match against Neoga.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV senior Amy Orris watches the ball after her hit during the second set of Monday’s match against Neoga.

October 29, 2014

Lady T-wolves attempt last set comeback, but fall short

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley may have been announced as the home team during Monday’s regional quarterfinal, but it sure didn’t feel that way.

The Lady Timberwolves were seeded one spot higher than host Neoga at number four, therefore labeling the Lady Indians as the visitor.

But the very much home crowd sounded out the regional distinction, which Neoga fed off of all night on their way to a 25-21, 25-22 win. Read More

Obituaries 10-29-2014: Robert Butt

R Butt obit photoRobert Butt

Celebration of Life services for Robert E. Butt, 69, of Sullivan were at 2 p.m. Monday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Charliam Renner officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bethany.

He passed away at 2:37 a.m. Tuesday October 21, 2014 in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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SOV Cross Country Teams Qualify for Sectionals

October 29, 2014

Will run at St. Teresa Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing at the Carlinville regional last Saturday, both SOV’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams posted times good enough to qualify for this coming weekend’s Decatur St. Teresa sectional.

“It is great to have both teams advance,” said head coach Ted Walk. “This is the third consecutive year for the girls and the fifth time in the last six years for boys.”

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Knights Survive Scare From Pirates 28-26

October 29, 2014

ALAH rides four game win streak into playoffs at LeRoy Saturday

By Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

A playoff dress rehearsal for Knights went down to the wire versus the Cumberland Pirates on Friday night. The Pirates who needed a win to qualify for the playoffs jumped out to an early lead forcing the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond  Knights to rally from behind for the victory.

On the first big play of the game Cumberland took advantage of a tipped pass by Tyler Schuring just as the Knights were threatening to score. With under a minute left in the first quarter the Pirates came up with the first turnover of the contest, flipping the field by returning an interception all the way down inside the Knights’ 10-yard line. On the next play the Pirates’ quarterback Monte Wolke surged in for a touchdown on a QB sneak. However, the Pirates failed on the two point conversion attempt leading 6-0 with 11 minutes to go in the first half. Read More

ALAH Sees Unfamiliar Early Exit from Regionals

Photo by RR Best Emily Seegmiller attempts a hit over the net but is met with  Tuscola’s front line blocking, which kept no. 22 at bay all night.

Photo by RR Best
Emily Seegmiller attempts a hit over the net but is met with Tuscola’s front line blocking, which kept no. 22 at bay all night.

October 29, 2014

Tuscola defeats Lady Knights once again

by Aaron Dyer
Reporting in Sullivan

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond volleyball team stepped-up to take on their original opponent from game one of the regular season in what was an unfortunately fitting regional quarterfinal Monday night. And much like that season opener loss to Tuscola, Monday night saw ALAH take an early exit from regionals, an unprecedented act given their previous three straight regional titles.

After ALAH began the scoring Monday night, Tuscola took a point for themselves after a kill following Madison Brown’s serve.

Both teams then continued to score, staying in close range of one another until Tuscola began to pull away at 12-9. Read More

Regional Host Sullivan Falls in Straight Sets to St. T

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer attempts a block Monday evening.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer attempts a block Monday evening.

October 29, 2014

Bulldogs win 25-17 25-15

by Matt Kracht
Sullivan Reporter

The Sullivan Lady Redskins had their season come to an end against the St Teresa Bulldogs on Monday night. Sullivan fell behind early in both sets and had difficulty gaining any sort of offensive rhythm.

“We’re still learning this year, still learning about the head game, fundamentals and my expectations,” said Sullivan first year head coach Krista Smith. “There has been so much change here the last few years. That is just part of the mental game.” Read More