Courtyard Estates of Sullivan Recognized for Achievements

December 17, 2014

Courtyard Estates of Sullivan was recently recognized for outstanding achievement in several areas at the 18th annual Petersen Health Care awards banquet. Courtyard’s staff attended the annual event as well as key staff members of all skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living and supportive living facilities Petersen Health Care owns and operates in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. The theme of the event was “Everyday Heroes”. Read More

Reeder and Redskins Welcome Former Coach Back with Defeat

Photo by RR Best Jacob Piper eyes a potential pass inside Saturday against Neoga.

Photo by RR Best
Jacob Piper eyes a potential pass inside Saturday against Neoga.

December 17, 2014

Neoga foul trouble aids Redskin victory

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

Layne McMahon’s skill on the opening jump ball of Friday’s varsity boys’ basketball game against Neoga showed a preview of Chester Reeder, yet again, conquering his old mentor. Some believed Neoga’s head coach, Bob Lockart, would improve from last year’s loss to Sullivan but alas Lockart taught Reeder too well for his own good.

Sullivan started off strong in the first quarter scoring six points within the opening three minutes before Neoga had to call a timeout.

When the boys came out from their huddles, the game heated up as Neoga shot down Sullivan’s lead with a 2-pointer and two 3-pointers allowing Sullivan to score only two more points before the quarter ended with an 8-8 stalemate.

“[We] didn’t play very hard, and it showed, especially on defense” Reeder explained, referring to the four 3-pointers Neoga managed between the first and second quarters.

Even with similar moments in the second quarter, the Redskins still displayed their power via Ty Molzen, Nick Frerichs, and Zach Hrvol all draining 2-pointers, and if missed, bringing in the rebound.

While Neoga had racked up the fouls, Sullivan sat in the bonus without a single foul called on them by the end of the half. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Justice to the Highest Bidder?

NowlanDecember 10, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

Serious political money has begun to infect judicial elections in Illinois (and across the nation). What should be done about it, if anything? Will we do it?
I am still rankled by the election for the Illinois Supreme Court more than a decade ago. At the last minute Democratic Speaker of the House Mike Madigan poured about a million dollars into a campaign for unknown Thomas Kilbride of Rock Island to defeat a highly qualified candidate in Carl Hawkinson of Galesburg (Harvard Law; distinguished service as chair of the state senate judiciary committee).
(By the way, Mr. Kilbride may have developed into a fine justice; I just don’t know. And that is the problem: you and I just don’t know.)
I think that election was the start of it. Then in 2004, business, health care and trial lawyer interests spent almost $10 million in a state Supreme Court race in southern Illinois won by Republican Lloyd Karmeier. Read More

Truth in Taxation Hearing Rescheduled

The Sullivan school district has rescheduled the truth in taxation hearing for 7:30 a.m. Thursday December 18.
The recent change in date marks the second rescheduling of the hearing as the original was slated for this past Monday’s school board meeting. The district had to reschedule the hearing twice due to errors in the legal notice notifying the public of the hearing. Next Thursday’s hearing will be held at the high school in the media center.
For more information, contact the Sullivan school district at 728-7211.

Reederbowl I Goes to Older Brother Stote

Photo by Keith Stewart Brothers Stote (left) and Chester Reeder (right) shake hands at the end of Saturday’s game that pit each of their high school basketball teams against one another. Older brother Stote, a 1993 Sullivan alum, won the first encounter by two, 49-47.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brothers Stote (left) and Chester Reeder (right) shake hands at the end of Saturday’s game that pit each of their high school basketball teams against one another. Older brother Stote, a 1993 Sullivan alum, won the first encounter by two, 49-47.

December 10, 2014

Sullivan falls by two in near upset

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Big brother, big school vs. little brother, little school.
Saturday night was not just Sullivan’s boys’ basketball competing against Jerseyville but also a matchup of brothers Stote and Chester Reeder, both Sullivan alums who now coach high school teams. And try as he might, little brother Chester fell short of upending big brother Stote by two points as the Redskins fell 49-47 to the Panthers.
“The game itself was just another game,” said Stote. “But before the game it was emotional. The hardest part of this whole night was shaking his hand at the end. I never want to see him lose, then again, I don’t want to lose a whole lot worse than not seeing him lose.”
Stote Reeder, a 1993 SHS graduate and seven years older than the Redskins’ coach, is in his 10th season at Jerseyville, which boasts an enrollment of 942 compared to Sullivan’s 337. Read More

Leaving a Legacy of Our Lives

December 10, 2014

by Sarah Hudson Pierce
Guest Columnist

One of the best gifts we can give to our children is to write our stories down so that so that future generations will know where they came from.
Storytelling has become mostly a lost art. Before the days of television the family sat around and told stories while the children prepared to go to sleep.
I find few things more fascinating than researching my family history because I knew so little having grown up in an orphanage. I’ve located more living, long-lost relatives than anyone I know.
And within those family groups, I’ve received a few copies of stories written by my second cousin Mildred Pettis-Leighton who mentioned with fondness my mother’s visit with them one Christmas, shortly after my 25-year-old grandmother died in an underground sod house, in Woods County, Oklahoma, when my mother was only two. Read More

Windsor High School 2014 Homecoming Court

Submitted Windsor High School 2014 Homecoming Court Windsor High School will host their homecoming dance on December 20 at the high school. Coronation will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the dance starting at 8 p.m. Pictured (back row left to right): freshman attendant Dalton Armes, sophomore attendant Anthony Curry, junior attendant Tristan Warner, king candidates Ken Chan and Uriah Jones. Front row: freshman attendant Amber Newell, sophomore attendant Jodie Harris, junior attendant Mercedez Austin, queen candidates Taylor Higgins, Claire Pfeiffer, and Lindzie Douglas. Not Pictured is king candidate Dalton Turner.

Submitted
Windsor High School 2014 Homecoming Court
Windsor High School will host their homecoming dance on December 20 at the high school. Coronation will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the dance starting at 8 p.m. Pictured (back row left to right): freshman attendant Dalton Armes, sophomore attendant Anthony Curry, junior attendant Tristan Warner, king candidates Ken Chan and Uriah Jones. Front row: freshman attendant Amber Newell, sophomore attendant Jodie Harris, junior attendant Mercedez Austin, queen candidates Taylor Higgins, Claire Pfeiffer, and Lindzie Douglas. Not Pictured is king candidate Dalton Turner.

Obituaries 12-10-2014: Melba Strong

Melba Strong

After a short illness, Melba Cochran Strong passed away Dec. 1, 2014 in Plano, Tex. She was born Dec. 25, 1936 in Sullivan to Grant and Ethyl Collins Cochran, the youngest of 13 children. She was the granddaughter of 6th Circuit Judge Oscar Cochran and great-granddaughter of 6th Circuit Judge/Illinois Speaker of the House William Granville Cochran. She was always very proud of her family heritage and of growing up in Sullivan.

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