Knights Net 20th Win, Finish Conference Perfect 6-0

February 25, 2015

Earn LOVC Regular Season Title

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Not even the polar vortex could stop the red hot Knights from rolling to a 57-33 victory over Sangamon Valley Friday night in Niantic.
The Knights’ defense held the Storm to just two points in the first quarter and six points in the second cruising to a 34-8 halftime lead. With the win the Knights salted away the conference championship, and head coach Dale Schuring was quick to give all the credit to his players.
“We have won the conference before–I don’t know that we had done it undefeated, but this is the first time since I have been coaching the boys that we have won the tournament and the conference itself. So it was a great accomplishment by this group, and it has been a long time since we had done that.” Read More

Obituaries 2-25-2015: Michael Harl

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Michael Lewis Harl, 54, of Windsor passed away at 11:15 a.m. Sunday Feb. 22, 2015 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.  Visitation will be from noon until the time of service on Friday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Windsor Cemetery.
Michael was born May 22, 1960 in Shelbyville, a son of Lewis Franklin, Jr. and Phyllis June Cole Harl.
He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Read More

2015 Arthur Home & Garden Expo

February 25, 2015

With almost 50 vendors representing more than 1,000 products, the Arthur Home & Garden Expo is bigger and better than ever. Vendors will be offering the very latest products, services, how-to clinics and innovative solutions at this year’s event.
“Our focus this year is on custom kitchens, cabinetry and furniture,” noted Joe Kauffman, owner of Kauffman’s Custom Wood Interiors and spokesperson for the Woodwright’s Guild of central Illinois. “This year we have even more vendors representing almost every sector of the home improvement sector. If you are looking for it, you’re sure to find it at this year’s show.” Read More

The Romance of Railroading: Folklore of the Steam Engine Era

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by Jerry Ginther
NP Columnist

Volumes have been written on this topic not to mention hundreds of ballads. To appreciate the latter, one only needs to remember a few of the old songs praising the brave engineers of steam engine days. Who hasn’t heard the words to “Casey Jones”, “The Wreck of Old 97” and “The Wabash Cannonball” just to mention a few. The engine man was the hero of the rails, and train wrecks were the subjects of much folklore.
The sentiments of crackling caldrons and hobos around a fire in a trainyard tugs at our hearts. Some nights the sound of a lonesome train whistle in the distance brings on such heartbreaking loneliness to a fellow pining for a lost love that he wonders if he will survive until the dawn. Oh, if railroad engineers only knew the role they have played in the lives of lonely, heartbroken lovers. The fireman shoveled the coal, the engineer kept his hand on the throttle, his eye on the rail and America moved forward to the age of diesel locomotives. Read More

Biking About Bullying

Photo by Keith Stewart Biking About Bullying Pro-BMX biker Matt Wilhelm visited Arthur Grade School and Atwood-Hammond Grade School on Thursday, February 12.  Wilhelm, known as the world’s fastest spinner on a bike, spoke to the assemblies about his career, hard work and first-hand experience with bullying. Wilhelm has appeared in the semifinals of America’s Got Talent, won 30 Seconds to Fame, and was featured with President Obama in “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” on Cartoon Network. Wilhelm is a Chicago native and Millikin graduate.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Biking About Bullying
Pro-BMX biker Matt Wilhelm visited Arthur Grade School and Atwood-Hammond Grade School on Thursday, February 12. Wilhelm, known as the world’s fastest spinner on a bike, spoke to the assemblies about his career, hard work and first-hand experience with bullying. Wilhelm has appeared in the semifinals of America’s Got Talent, won 30 Seconds to Fame, and was featured with President Obama in “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” on Cartoon Network. Wilhelm is a Chicago native and Millikin graduate.

Sullivan High School Earns First in WYSE Competition at Lake Land College

February 25, 2015

Now advance to EIU March 12

The regional WYSE Academic Challenge was recently held at Lake Land College and 25 schools, registering 385 students, came together to battle in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.
Neoga, Sullivan and Charleston high schools were victorious in their divisions and took home the regional championship titles. Winners in team and individual competition are advancing to sectionals at Eastern Illinois University March 12. Read More

Moultrie Farmer Directs Funds to Christ’s Pantry

Photo by Barry Morgan Pictured left to right: Ken Ruff (Winning farmer’s husband), Al Rennert (Christ’s Pantry), Jane Franklin (Christ’s Pantry), Greg Watters (Monsanto representative), Larry Adams (Monsanto representative)

Photo by Barry Morgan
Pictured left to right: Ken Ruff (Winning farmer’s husband), Al Rennert (Christ’s Pantry), Jane Franklin (Christ’s Pantry), Greg Watters (Monsanto representative), Larry Adams (Monsanto representative)

February 25, 2015

Christ’s Pantry recently received a $2,500 donation from Moultrie County farmer Kathy Ruff and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization purchase a new freezer, ground beef and groceries.
“The pantry recently lost use of a freezer full of meat,” said Pastor Al Rennert. “With this money, we hope to purchase a new, more reliable freezer and to also buy ground beef and other food items that are given out on a weekly basis.”
In addition to the new freezer, the donation will help cover about six months of food. Pantry director Jane Franklin started the pantry in 2011 when she noticed people in her community were going hungry.
“The best part about receiving this donation is that we won’t have to worry for a while knowing that we have the funds to take care of people for a long time,” said Franklin. “I think it’s so wonderful that the Ruff family chose us to receive the donation. They are really good people.” Read More

White Elephant Bingo Friday at Lovington Library

February 25, 2015

The Lovington Public Library is hosting a “White Elephant Bingo” 1-3 p.m. Friday February 27.
Adult patrons are asked to bring a “White Elephant” prize that will be given away during this time. Call the library to preregister; in the case of inclement weather the event could be cancelled. For more information call the library at 873-4468.

Knights Hang Tough Against Arcola Friday

February 18, 2015

2-pt third quarter nearly upends ALAH senior night

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

While the Knights may have had a dismal two-point third quarter, at least they chose to score at the buzzer to help swing a bit of the momentum back to their bench heading into the final period where they would hold off the Purple Riders to win 46-40.
“I think the bucket at the end of the third was a huge one,” said Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Dale Schuring. “It toned them down just a little bit. I think big picture we just didn’t shoot the ball all that well tonight. Tyler [Schuring} was reasonable I think, but everyone seemed to struggle quite a bit.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team seniors who were celebrated Friday night before their game against Arcola. From left to right: Cole Garmon, Chris Davis, Jeremy Plank, Avery Schrock, Tanner Brewer, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin, Ross Ryan, Dylan Black, Hunter Kamm, and Jon Bialeschki.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team seniors who were celebrated Friday night before their game against Arcola. From left to right: Cole Garmon, Chris Davis, Jeremy Plank, Avery Schrock, Tanner Brewer, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin, Ross Ryan, Dylan Black, Hunter Kamm, and Jon Bialeschki.

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