Obituaries 10-7-2015: Ted Boyer

Ted Boyer

Ted W. Boyer, 57, of Mt. Zion, formerly of Bethany, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Monday October 5, 2015 in his residence.

Celebration of Life services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan, with the Rev. Marge Overlot and Tim Dudley officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Prairie Home Cemetery in Moweaqua will be at a later date.  Read More

Fourth for Sullivan’s Eco-Meet Team

•October 7, 2015•

Sullivan’s Eco-Meet team earned fourth place at the eco-meet at Camp Camfield October 4.

Students took tests on pond ecology, edible and medicinal botany, and fungi against 15 other area schools.

Sullivan team members were Ross Metzger, Trevor Elder, Katie Webb and Luke DeLong.

SOV Cross Country Hosts Tabor Park Run

•October 7, 2015•

Sullivan Okaw Valley’s cross country teams hosted Taylorville, Central A&M, Bement and Pana in Tabor Park Tuesday, Sept 29 with the Lady Redskin runners finishing first with a 43 over Taylorville -44 and Central A&M - 57.

The Redskin boys’ team finished second behind Taylorville with a 49.

SOV’s Ashlynd Risley was fourth with a 21:42 time; Laine Cameron ran sixth at 22:19; Alyssa Marshall eighth finishing in  22:50; Cadisen Nuzzo finished 11th in 23:19; Josie Orris 14th running 24:01; Anne Hogan completed in 25:20; Madison Atchison -29:00 and Abby Elzy - 29:11 to complete to SOV girls participating runners.

Claudia Magnussen of Pana completed the run first in 18:48; Anna Lowry of Taylorville was second with a 19:23 run; Salena Sloan of Central A& M was third in 20:33.

Carly Aldridge of Taylorville was fifth with a 22:10 run; Erin Forelines of Central A&M came in seventh with a 22:26 time; Natalie Kirkbride of Pana was ninth in 23:05; Emma Cortin of Taylorville finished 10th in 23:10. Read More

Sullivan Discontinues Recycling Program

•October 7, 2015•

By Ariana Cherry
Reporting from Sullivan

The recycling program was the topic of discussion at the past Sullivan City Council meeting.

With increasing costs, it was making it harder for the council to decide whether or not to keep the program.The council is paying $16,848 per year for two containers that are getting delivered twice a month. Also, once those containers are full, there are times items are left on the ground, creating extra clean-up.

Another question arose whether it is worth the cost to invest in a third container, which would be a total of $25,920 per year. Commissioner Bill Hagen commented, saying that it was necessary for a third container since trash is getting thrown on the ground.

There was speculation that not just Sullivan residents are adding items to the recycling bins. Since other communities have discontinued their recycling program, residents are bringing their items to Sullivan. With increasing costs and the possibility of more tax dollars having to pay more for the program, the council voted to discontinue the recycling program.

“It is something that we can’t really afford anymore,” Hagen noted. The last days for the program will be November 13-15.

In other matters, the council heard or acted further: Read More

Tunnel of Traditions

•October 7, 2015•

The Tunnel of Traditions is continuing its five year tradition at the Sullivan Redskins homecoming football game Friday, October 9.

“We would really like lettermen from Sullivan and Bethany’s 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s teams to participate,” coordinator Richard Glazebrook explained.

Past football players should gather at the goal post on the south end of the football field between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday where they will form the tunnel for current Redskins to pass through onto the field.

“This won’t take very long, but it will mean a lot to the team as well as those who have played in the past,” he concluded. Anyone with questions may call Glazebrook at 217-728-4928.

Knights Rally to Beat Storm

•October 7, 2015•

Lovington-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond volleyball Knights traveled to Sangamon Valley Sept 30 returning with a win. The Knights topped the Storm in three games winning 25-21 in the first, dropping the second 13-25 and coming back in the third 28-26.

This brings the Knight varsity record to 11-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

In individual play Makayla Brown contributed three kills; Chelsey Chupp two digs; Kim Davis had eight digs. Read More

Bombers Over Knights Volleyball at Home

•October 7, 2015•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights volleyball team fell to the Argenta-Oreana Bombers in a home match held Sept. 29.

The varsity Knights record is 10-8 overall and 1-1 conference.

The game scores were 25-22, 19-25 and 20-25.

Chelsey Chupp had one kill and one dig; Kalli Martin-one kill and one dig; Kim Davis had seven digs. Read More

Month of September was Warmest on Record

•October 7, 2015•

September 2015 was the ninth warmest September on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 70.2 degrees, four degrees above average.

The warmest September on record was 1933 with 72.2 degrees. Read More

State Fire Marshal Ushers in Fire Prevention Week

“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!”

•October 7, 2015•

National Fire Prevention Week takes place October 4-10. During this week, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez urges everyone to take a moment to review their safety protocols in the event of a fire.

This year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” points to the role of smoke detectors in dramatically reducing the tragic consequences of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of home fire deaths—about 1,400 fatalities a year—result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are sound asleep. Three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The combination of these two facts – late night fires without sufficient warning to escape - has deadly consequences.

“I cannot overstate the importance of having properly placed and working smoke detectors in your home,” said Perez. “Smoke detectors are incredibly affordable and easy to install. Take a moment this month to make sure you have one in every bedroom and on every level of your home and that they are all working properly. They could be the difference between life and death.”

The Office of the State Fire Marshal provides the following recommendations for installing and maintaining smoke alarms: Read More

Obituaries 10-7-2015: Wayne Cripe

cripeWayne Cripe 

Wayne E. ‘Gene’ Cripe, 63, of Windsor died at 1:57 p.m. Saturday October 3, 2015 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Dave Dolan officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Visitation is one hour before the funeral.  Read More