Recent Obituaries: William W. Duncan

William W. Duncan

William W. “Bill” Duncan, 87, of Sullivan died at 7:08 p.m. Saturday April 12, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ near Sullivan. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

Finding Orianna

Photo by Keith Stewart Moultrie County Historical Society family researcher Kaye Webb sorts through files at the heritage center in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Moultrie County Historical Society family researcher Kaye Webb sorts through files at the heritage center in Sullivan.

One man’s genealogical search to find long-lost great-aunt brings surprise discovery

by Jake Dilley
Reporting in Sullivan

Peter Strandberg was in search of his great aunt, Orianna. He had never met her, but now he was in search of her. He had a birth certificate and knew that she had passed away in Sullivan. But that was about it.

Unable to locate an obituary for her, the Scottsdale, Ariz. resident reached out to the newspaper in Sullivan and contacted managing editor Keith Stewart, asking if they could locate Orianna’s record in their archives. To Strandberg’s misfortune, none could be found. But all was not lost yet. He was then directed to Kaye Webb, a local family researcher in Sullivan, who would end up helping Strandberg unearth the ultimate genealogical discovery. Read More

Understanding Illinois: School Aid Formula Should Return to Roots

NowlanBy Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

Over the past two decades, the state school aid formula for local schools in Illinois has moved away from its roots of trying to reduce the gap in total dollars between property poor and property rich school districts.

Downstate districts tend to have been the losers in this shift.

Downstate senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) has initiated efforts to refocus the distribution formula on “equalization” (in quotes because nobody expects the state to be able to make all districts actually equal in basic spending). Read More

Obituaries 4-9-2014: Dorothy Ruch

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Graveside services for Dorothy Ilene Ruch, 90, of Sullivan were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Arrangements were by McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.

She passed away at 8:15 p.m. Saturday April 5, 2014 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

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Obituaries 4-9-2014: Thomas Carter

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Thomas Harvey Carter, 95, of Decatur died at 7:58 p.m. April 3, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home on West Wood Street in Decatur. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday). Burial with military rites will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon.

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Plenty of Hits for Lancers as ALAH downs Champaign Central 7-4

Photo by Keith Stewart Logan Kauffman tries to evade the tag at first Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Logan Kauffman tries to evade the tag at first Tuesday afternoon.

Offense ignites after deadlocked third inning

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

That was fast.

Eight pitches to be exact.

Lancers senior Katie Wildman struck out two and snagged a liner for the first three outs of the visitor’s half of the first—on her way to an eight strikeout performance—and at first look of the Maroon’s pitching, it looked as if ALAH would clobber Champaign Central.

“Katie pitched really well today,” Lancers head coach Matt Darling commented. “She got some more speed than she has recently and got them to swing. Our defense wasn’t what we wanted, but it worked out for us.” Read More

An Introduction to the Moultrie County Farm Bureau

Kinney_Kara OP 08 (2)Submitted by Kara Kinney
MCFB Manager

The Moultrie County Farm Bureau was formed in 1919. As the largest and most effective organization representing Illinois farmers, their mission is clear – “To improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life.” The Moultrie County Farm Bureau is affiliated with the Illinois Farm Bureau. In fact, as a member of Moultrie, they are also a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

We are a membership organization. We have two classes of membership, voting and associate. Voting members are those that have interest in a farm or farm business. Associate members are members who take advantage of our great benefits. Farm Bureau members are involved in efforts to:

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Obituaries 4-9-2014: Pat Sanders

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Celebration of Life services for Patricia J. “Pat” Sanders, 86, of Sullivan were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Charliam Renner officiating. Burial was in Arcola Township Cemetery.

She passed away at 11:30 a.m. Thursday April 3, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

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