LTE: 4.22.15

Concern About Proposed Zoo

I no longer live in Moultrie County, however I do own farm land and am concerned about the proposed zoo in Moultrie County. I came to Sullivan on April 9 to attend the county board meeting as they were voting to change the zoning to allow a zoo in Moultrie County. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Take First Loss of the Season

Heyworth takes advantage of OV errors

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart

Before starting play at the Heyworth Round Robin Saturday, Okaw Valley first took on conference foe Cerro Gordo-Bement Friday, winning 7-2.
In what was a close game at 4-3 was broken open in the top of the seventh, starting with a two-out two-run home run by Jessica Robinson. Maddie Perrine then followed with a solo home run. Perrine also went the distance in the game from the mound with just one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. With the win, OV improved to 12-0 and 5-0 in the LOVC northwest division. Read More

Lady Knights Win Ramsey Tourney Saturday

Miller’s bat helps propel ALAH to title

April 22, 2015
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team won the Ramsey tournament on Saturday after a head-to-head tie breaker went in their favor.
The Lady Knights actually went 2-1 on the day and were tied with Windsor/Stew-Stras for the title in terms of allowing the fewest runs, but with ALAH defeating the Lady Comets, they came home with the title.
Taking on the Comets in the first game, ALAH won 8-5 on nine hits. Read More

Lady Red Take Second at Moweaqua

April 22, 2015

The Sullivan/Okaw Valley girls’ track & field team took second at the Central A&M meet April 14, behind not their usual rivals and host Raiders, but rather Warrensburg-Latham by just three points.
First place finishes went to Emily Neuhauser  in the 100m dash (12.77 seconds) and 200m dash (26.31), Alyssa Marshall in the 800m run (2.44), Megan Dash in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Carlin Nuzzo in both the pole vault (7-6) and 400m dash (1:07.6) and the 4x4 relay team of Ashlynd Risley, Marshall, Laine Cameron, and Neuhauser. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Continue Romp Through LOVC

Another early outing for OV with win over Arcola

April 23, 2015

by Keith Stewart
Another early go of it and another conference win.
Okaw Valley tallied their sixth conference win Wednesday over Arcola, defeating the Lady Purple Riders 13-1 in just four and a half innings. Hinging on two big offensive-producing frames, Okaw Valley improved to 6-0 in the LOVC northwest standings and 14-1 overall.
The Timberwolves’ ace Amanda McClain claimed yet another win on the year, going all five innings allowing one earned run and one hit along with one walk and six strikeouts. Read More

Park and Timberwolves Shutout Indians

Photo by Keith Stewart Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throwouts at first in their game against Neoga.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throw outs at first in their game against Neoga.

OV ends Neoga’s unbeaten streak

April 15, 2015

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley baseball notched their 12th victory on the season Tuesday over undefeated Neoga 3-0. Dylan Park blanked the Indians across seven innings with five strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Drew Fructhl drove home the game winner in the third inning, and Garrett Fritz sewed it up with a two RBI double in the fifth.
Both pitchers tossed a pair of scoreless frames to start the contest before the bottom of the third when a leadoff walk and steal by Joe Jeffers set up an RBI chance for Drew Fruchtl, who drove home the game’s first run on a sharp single and advance to third on the throw home. The lone run would turn out to be all Park needed. Playing the role of insurance man Fritz hit a two-out two-run double to the gap in right center which let Timberwolves fans breathe easier heading into the final two innings.
Head coach Andrew Hagerman credited Neoga’s pitcher for making it an uncomfortable day for Okaw Valley at the dish, but in clutch times the team came up big. Read More

County Historical Society to Meet Thursday

April 15, 2015

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold their monthly general meeting Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center in Sullivan. The speaker for the evening will be  Jeff Waite of Sullivan. Waite served on the Sullivan Fire Department for 30 years, many of those years as the Fire Chief. In October of 2013 Waite was awarded Fire Chief Emeritus Award at the Illinois Fire Chief’s Conference, an honor well deserved.
Waite will speak about the history of the Sullivan Fire Department and the building the fire department occupied before it became the home of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Moultrie County. Currently Waite is now working as special assistant to the chief circuit judge here in Moultrie County.
The public is encouraged to attend. A social hour will follow with refreshments being served.

Sullivan Townwide Rummages June 5, 6

April 15, 2015

Sullivan’s town wide rummage sales, hosted by the News•Progress and Sullivan Boy Scouts, will be held June 5 and 6. Entry forms will begin to appear in the News•Progress next month and will ask for address, hours and days of sale, and a short description.
The Sullivan Boy Scouts will hold a lunch cookout both days in the IGA parking lot. Rummage sale listings will not only appear in the News•Progress but will also be searchable through our online directory, which in turn can map out the locations. That directory may be accessed by visiting and then clicking on “Rummage Sales” under the logo. Both the hard copy and online listing will come out Wednesday, June 3.
For more information, call the News•Progress office at 217-728-7381.