Mustangs Return

Photo courtesy Patrick Tueth Mustangs Return Featured in Bethany’s homecoming parade and other festivities this past weekend was the graduating class of 1976. According to those in attendance, no one has changed a bit in the 40 years since they roamed the halls of Bethany High School.The sports teams were known as the Mustangs in those days. Pictured are Kim Abbott, Bill Reeter, Patrick Tueth, John Hill, Sheila (Standerfer) Smith, Doug Moore, Cheryl Robinson, Susan (Iler) Schwartz, Donna (Martin) Fowler, Jane (Harshman) Inman, Tammy (Miller) Stinson and Pam (Richardson) Stetler.

Photo courtesy Patrick Tueth
Mustangs Return
Featured in Bethany’s homecoming parade and other festivities this past weekend was the graduating class of 1976. According to those in attendance, no one has changed a bit in the 40 years since they roamed the halls of Bethany High School.The sports teams were known as the Mustangs in those days. Pictured are Kim Abbott, Bill Reeter, Patrick Tueth, John Hill, Sheila (Standerfer) Smith, Doug Moore, Cheryl Robinson, Susan (Iler) Schwartz, Donna (Martin) Fowler, Jane (Harshman) Inman, Tammy (Miller) Stinson and Pam (Richardson) Stetler.

Lovington Village Board Looks into Sidewalk Damage

•September 21, 2016•

Village of Lovington met Sept. 12 discussing the addition of part-time police and reviewing of the animal control contract.

During the August 8 meeting the board approved burning ordinance changes as well as amending the golf cart URVS ordinance permit duration. Changes in the water and sewer rate structures were also approved.

Trustee April Daily reported that treasurer Katie Stanley has been working toward completion of the village accounting software.

President Jim Minor was approached by Sue Gordon about having a haunted house at village hall on trick or treat night. Further details will be worked out for decorations and insurance protection. Read More

Sullivan Golfers Edge Okaw Valley at Eagle Creek

•September 21, 2016•

Eagle Creek Golf Course was the scene of a tight match between Sullivan and Okaw Valley Sept 13.

Sullivan edged out the host team shooting a 186. Okaw Valley finished with a 188 score.

Medalist for the day was Caden Ellis of Sullivan shooting a 40, followed by Tanner Coleman, Okaw Valley 42; Cameron Nickerson, Okaw Valley 47; Leighton Burcham, Sullivan 47; Ethan Macklin, Okaw Valley 48; Okaw Valley now 9-5. Read More

ALAH School District Approves Budget, Course Changes

•September 21, 2016•

by Ariana Cherry
For the News Progress

In August, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board reviewed a tentative budget for 2017 in August. The estimated beginning balance for July 1, 2016 was $1,675,641 and the end balance for June 2017 is estimated at $1,995, 394. After being on display to the public for 30 days, the board had a budget hearing September 14 at their regular scheduled meeting. The budget for the 2017 school year was unanimously passed.

Other matters that were discussed or voted upon:

- Changes were made in the history courses regarding the new state civics requirement that will effect this year’s sophomores. The constitution has been removed from the US I curriculum and added to the civics curriculum which this year’s sophomores will take their senior year.

Also, the “Rights and Responsibilities of an 18 year old in the state of Illinois” will be removed from the US II curriculum and added to civics.

Homecoming king and queen candidates and attendants were recognized.  Read More

Executive Director Keeps Economic Development Moving

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan Chamber and Economic Executive Director Laurrie Minor welcomes Sullivan High School interns Jazmyn Jayne and Parker Whitaker. In the recently expanded SHS intern program Jayne and Whitaker are helping organize the annual Octoberfest celebration.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan Chamber and Economic Executive Director Laurrie Minor welcomes Sullivan High School interns Jazmyn Jayne and Parker Whitaker. In the recently expanded SHS intern program Jayne and Whitaker are helping organize the annual Octoberfest celebration.

•September 21, 2016•

Laurrie Minor has been appointed Executive Director of the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development.

In her position, Minor will work with the city, county and the community to enhance and grow the area via community development, economic development and chamber of commerce activities.

“With Laurrie’s vast knowledge of local and Moultrie County business relationships and her involvement in the community she has always called home, she is a natural fit for this role,” said Dave McCabe, Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development board president.

As part of the Chamber’s ever expanding role of bridging education with business Minor has enlisted the help of two Sullivan High School interns to learn about the economic development on the city level. Read More

Student Readers Urged to Enter “Letters About Literature”

•September 21, 2016•

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades four through 12 to enter the 2017 “Letters About Literature” contest — a national reading and writing competition funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Library of Congress through the Secretary of State’s Illinois Center for the Book program.

“Letters About Literature” invites students to read a book, poem or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their lives or view of the world. Students may enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.  Read More

Sullivan Schools Approve Budget, Welcome New Member

•September 21, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan District 300 school board welcomed new member Ann Wheeler and approved the 2016-2017 budget at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Supt. Brad Tuttle noted during the budget hearing that the educational fund is in better shape than previous years.

The budget indicates education starts the fiscal year with a $3,340,592 balance. Anticipated revenue from local, state and federal sources totals $7,477,292 with an estimated $7,346,258 in expenses for a $131,034 balance.

On the negative item balances Tuttle explained the transition to new HVAC systems in the schools should significantly decrease operations and maintenance expenses over time.

Operations and maintenance beginning balance is $891,722. Local funding sources generate $805,899 with expenses including $30,000 contingency, are $929,005, leaving $123,106 in the red. Read More

Warrensburg Latham Prevails Over SOV Football

•September 21, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Sept. 16 was Okaw Valley homecoming football, and 110 points were scored between the two teams.

The only problem? SOV came out on bottom for the second straight week, 75-35 against Warrensburg-Latham.

With homecoming adrenaline pumping through its veins, Sullivan started out of the gate with touchdown passes of five and 25-yards from Brett Tuttle to Bryce Farris, and Tuttle added touchdown runs of 28 and 15- yards of his own, but every time the Redskins had success, they were matched by Warrensburg’s dynamic duo: twins Deonte and Deandre Lewis. Read More