One Big Catch

Submitted Nathan Riley is seen with his 20 inch long 5-pound, 7-ounce large-mouth bass, which he caught in Wyman Lake in March.

Submitted
Nathan Riley is seen with his 20 inch long 5-pound, 7-ounce large-mouth bass, which he caught in Wyman Lake in March.

20 inch, 5lb large-mouth caught out of Wyman

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Nathan Riley is 12 years old. He’s been fishing for only a couple years. He is mostly self-trained too, having watched dozens of YouTube videos on the sport. And it was he who was by himself at little ol’ Wyman Lake when he supposedly caught a 20-inch, 5-pound., 7-ounce large mouth bass on a cold March morning.

Sounds a little fishy.

Perhaps some doubt could, in fact, be cast if there wasn’t a photo or two of the Sullivan middle schooler showing off his fresh catch. His friends at school can’t deny it–Riley has shown them photos on his cellphone. It’s the reel-deal.

Bad fishing puns aside, Riley’s catch is the biggest of his life so far and a young life at that.

He first got into fishing after seeing the line and reel for the first time. Read More

Easter Services Requested

The NP is asking all Moultrie County churches to submit information regarding upcoming Easter services, including Easter Sunday, Good Friday, and Maundy Thursday.

Please keep submissions as brief as possible, be sure to include the time, date, and location as well as a brief description of the service.

Information should be emailed to Keith Stewart at keith@newsprogress.com. A listing of Easter services will appear in the April 16 issue. Information must be submitted by Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information call 728-7381.

Warmer Weather Brings Reminder of CodeRED Service in Moultrie

by Angela Hogan, RN MSPH
Administrator, Mo. Co. Health Dept.

As I sit here on this cold day in late March with snow on the ground (again), it is hard to imagine that in four months our current temperature will be tripled to 90 degrees Fahrenheit! What is not so hard to imagine is the storms that will ensue between now and then. That is why I would like for everyone to sign up for CodeRED. Read More

Basket Binga Fundraiser April 12

The Sullivan High School FCCLA (Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America) and the SHS class of 2015 will host their annual Basket Binga Fundraiser Saturday, April 12.

Doors of the First United Methodist Church will open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are being sold in advance by SHS students. Binga prizes are Longaberger products, and a raffle and silent auction will also take place. Snack foods, and drinks will be available for purchase the night of the event.

For more information or to preorder tickets, contact Marsha Kirby at the high school (728-8311, ext. 287) or email Ginger Voegel at voegelg@sullivan.k12.il.us.

Tax on Millionaires Bad Idea

NowlanBy Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

On first blush, the proposal by Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan to impose a three percent tax surcharge on income greater than $1 million sounds like a relatively painless (for most of us, certainly) way to raise about $1 billion for education.

On second blush, it’s a bad idea for at least these reasons:

First, The proposal reinforces the widely held perception by business that Illinois has an unpredictable and unstable fiscal system. Read More

Okaw Valley to See Big Benefit from New Shelby County Tax

As much as $50,000 could go to OV

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

Earlier this month Shelby County residents passed a new one percent sales tax aimed at helping area schools maintain their often-aging buildings. The referendum, which passed on March 18 and goes into effect April of next year, could bring Okaw Valley schools as much as $50,000 in increased revenue according to district superintendent Kent Stauder. Read More

Obituaries 4-2-2014: Bob Hermann

HermannBobChiefBob Hermann

Services for Robert Allen “Bob” Hermann, 47, of St. Leonard, Md. were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby, Md.

He passed away peacefully at his residence March 23, 2014 with his loving family at his side. He was born May 31, 1966 in Decatur to Lynnette and Ronald Hermann. He married his soulmate Melinda Kristie “Mindy” Parks Aug. 29, 2009 in Westminster, Md.

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Lancers Earn First Win of the Season vs LSA 9-3

Photo by Keith Stewart Mycaela Miller makes contact during last Friday’s 9-3 win over Decatur LSA. Miller went 3-4 on the day including two doubles, a triple, and three RBIs.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Mycaela Miller makes contact during last Friday’s 9-3 win over Decatur LSA. Miller went 3-4 on the day including two doubles, a triple, and three RBIs.

Miller goes 3-4, batting in three 

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

After a 5-4 loss to Tuscola and a surprising 7-2 loss at Argenta, Arthur head softball coach Matt Darling knew there needed to be a switch in the lineup. So before Friday’s game against LSA, Arthur brought freshman Mycaela Miller up to lead off from fifth, junior Brooke Tabb went from leadoff to second, and freshman Logan Kauffman dropped from second to eighth in the order.

The change worked. Read More

SOV Boys, Girls Each Earn First in Triangular Meet Tuesday

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Annie Hogan hands off to Amy Monroe during the 4x8 relay.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Annie Hogan hands off to Amy Monroe during the 4×8 relay.

Both now set sights on Arthur Invite Friday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing for the first time outdoors this track season, both the SOV boys’ and girls’ teams took first overall in a triangular meet at home.

For the boys, they compiled 91 points, besting second place Tuscola by 27 points and third place Cerro Gordo by 67 points.

Those taking first place for the boys included Zach Devore  in the 400m dash (58.46 seconds), Dalace Ray in the 110m hurdles (21.87), Gage Duran in the long jump (5 feet, 6 inches), Adam Davis in the pole vault (10-00), Ethan Lehman in the triple jump (36-10), Trey Schlieker in the discus (122-06), and the  4×200 relay of Calen Landrus, Jacob Cameron, Zane Uphoff, and Davis (1:42.50). Read More