Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington Included Sullivan Veteran

Vet Johns Ruscin

John D. Ruscin

•May 18, 2016•

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield flew with 80 veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam War eras on their Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC Tuesday, May 17. They departed Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport shortly after 6 a.m. on board a chartered 737 jetliner, then were met by three coach buses in DC.

John D. Ruscin of Sullivan was on board the jetliner. Ruscin joined the Navy and spent the end of World War II in the Pacific in preparation for the invasion of Japan, which was averted by dropping the atomic bomb.

Ruscin went on an Landing Ship Tank (LST) sweeping the waters around Japan for underwater mines.

After the war, Ruscin came to Sullivan to teach and coach at Sullivan Junior High School. That is where he met his wife Anna who was an art teacher.

Included during the day were stops at the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War National Memorials, the Air Force and Marine (Iwo Jima) Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. They visited the cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and witnessed the changing of the guard. During the day the veterans had the opportunity to tour the National Air & Space Museum that houses aircraft from WWI to the Superfortress bomber Enola Gay of WWII all the way up through the retired Space Shuttle Discovery. They also had the chance to view the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, the Pentagon and much more prior to departing back to the Springfield airport.

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SIUE Commencement

•May 18, 2016•

Three Sullivan residents received diplomas during the 2016 Spring Commencement exercises held May 6 and 7 in Edwardsville.

They include Zachary Coon in construction management and John O’Brien and Chad Frerichs, both in accountancy.

County Board Approves Tech Upgrades

•May 18, 2016•

The Moultrie County Board approved a $13,874.34 bid from Quality Network Solutions of Sullivan to replace three older servers with one bigger unit.

Building and grounds chair Gary Smith made the motion with members approving the purchase unanimously.

Board chairman Dave McCabe explained the county’s computer systems have experienced capacity and speed issues for some time. He noted QNS agreed to defer payment until the county is satisfied the problems are fixed with the new server.

Planning and zoning committee chair Todd Maxedon moved that a special use permit be approved for Vickie Kinnaman allowing a mobile home in Gays. The motion passed unanimously.

Mike Brewer and Arlene Aschermann were reappointed to the Board of Review. Board chair McCabe was approved as chairman pro temp of the personnel committee in the absence of Roger Glazebrook. McCabe explained  the retirement of Supervisor of Assessments Cindy Kidwell will require meetings as her replacement is sought. Read More

ALAH FFA Holds the Annual FFA Banquet

Photos furnished The ALAH FFA members who attended the annual banquet.

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The ALAH FFA members who attended the annual banquet.

•May 18, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA held its annual banquet April 28 at the Arthur Community Building with more than 80 in attendance.

opening ceremonies were performed by the 2015-16 FFA officer team, and the FFA Creed was presented by FFA Greenhand Makenna Green.

Janette Comstock, Katie Gingerich, Josiah Kinert, Taylor Powell, Adam Hingson, Emma Harris, Adam Day and Daniel Reedy reported on various aspects of the organization.
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Redskin Baseball Seniors 2016

Photo By Darian Hays Redskin Baseball Seniors Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

Photo By Darian Hays
Redskin Baseball Seniors
Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

Understanding Illinois: Boy, Do We Ever Need “Dealmakers” Now

Nowlan•May 18, 2016•

By Jim Nowlan
NP Guest Columnist

Veteran newsman Bob Hartley has drawn generally affectionate portraits of three large-in-life, colorful southern Illinois politicians from the mid-20th Century in “The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois” (SIU Press, 2016).

There may be some lessons for pols today.

Until one man-one vote districting in the 1960s, deep southern Illinois often dominated Illinois politics. Today the great swath of the Prairie State south of I-70, the only identifiable region of our state outside Chicago, doesn’t even claim its own congressman, the population-starved region carved up to serve interests farther north.

Yet in chronicling the lives of John Stelle (McLeansboro, pop. 2,000), Paul Powell (Vienna, 1,700) and Clyde Choate (Anna, 5,000), Hartley brings to the fore an era in which it was quite okay for ambitious men to do well for themselves in politics while doing good for their voters back home.

Southern Illinois has always been hard scrabble, many folks without two nickels to rub together. The soil is generally thin, and the copious amounts of coal (and maybe oil and gas from future fracking) poured forth bittersweet dividends of dangerous but decent jobs, murderous labor conflict and environmental degradation.

So political jobs and government largesse have always been more important in that region than elsewhere in Illinois. Read More

Central A&M Over ALAH by One

•May 18, 2016•

Central A&M softball traveled to Arthur May 13 edging the Arthur-Lovington/Atwiood-Hammond team 6-5.

Shelby Frederick pitched seven innings for ALAH allowing 13 hits and six runs with four strikeouts.

Dunn pitched for Central A& M allowing 11 hits including three doubles and five runs, while striking out 10 batters. Read More

Things Parents can do to Help Teens be Safe on the Road

•May 18, 2016•

It may have been red dye on the heads and faces of kids pretending to be hurt or dead, but students at Hoopeston Area High School saw up close what could happen if they drive drunk.

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and Vermilion County first responders drilled to test their response to a drunken driving crash with multiple casualties. Hoopeston Area High School students played the parts injured patients. Charlotte Strawser, RN, coordinator of the Emergency Department at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, said the drill provides a reminder for parents to talk to their children about safe driving. Read More

Sullivan Softball Shrugs off Rain to Beat ALAH

Photo by Darian Hays Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

Photo by Darian Hays
Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

•May 18, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

The rain gods favored the Lady Redskins with a 10-0 victory over the Lady Knights from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond on Monday.  Sullivan’s north diamond held up well in poor conditions, and Heidi Clements handled the rest.

Clements pitched five shutout innings behind some of the best velocity she has featured all year. The Lady Redskin senior scattered two hits in a performance that bodes well for the postseason.

Sullivan head coach Andy Wagner noted the team’s focus was where it needed to be, “I thought our girls today came out ready to play; we did not let the weather affect us. We have been preaching about expecting to play perfect even though it is not possible. And today I thought we did. That is the best I have seen us defensively all year.”

Sullivan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a double by Clements.

After a long battle including several foul balls down the left field line, Clements smoked a line drive into the gap in left center to bring home two runs. Coach Wagner said the team’s approach at the plate has improved. “I thought today we had better approaches; we stayed back.  The big thing that we talked about was letting the ball travel. When you are doing that, you can work counts and not be so gunny to hit that first pitch.” Read More