New Class at ALAH Helps Students Transition into Careers

Photo by Keith Stewart Rachel Dettling researches potential careers online Monday morning during her cooperative education class.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Rachel Dettling researches potential careers online Monday morning during her cooperative education class.

October 8, 2014

First year class hopes to expand in coming years

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

With today’s unstable work economy, students need help with developing employment skills, making appropriate career choices and on-the-job training. It is more difficult than ever for students (both high school and college) to find work after graduation. As a guide to professional job experience for students at Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School, a new course, cooperative education, has been developed.

“The goal of this program is to provide the opportunity for students to develop occupational skills that smooth students’ pathways from high school to advanced education and/or the workforce,” said the instructor Amanda Romine, who began teaching the class this school year. “This class was created to link the high school, the student, the parent, and the teacher in a dynamic support partnership.”

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LOVC Volleyball Tournament Proves Challenging for OV, ALAH

Photo by Joe Wheeler Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

October 8, 2014

Timberwolves fall in two, Knights hangs on in three

By Joe Wheeler
Reporting in Arcola

Competition was fierce Saturday as two area teams faced stiff competition from conference tournament foes. Only one would find a way to win, however, as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond would barely edge out Bement.

Tournament play began for Okaw Valley at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, taking on the number one seeded team Sangamon Valley. Read More

Sullivan Runs Out of Steam in Three-Set Loss to Windsor

Photo by Keith Stewart Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Laine Crawford (no. 4) try to block Windsor’s Bayleigh Tabor Monday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Laine Crawford (no. 4) try to block Windsor’s Bayleigh Tabor Monday night.

October 8, 2014

Lady Red drop close second set, then third

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

One point could have made all the difference. And it did. For Windsor.

The Lady Blue Devils managed to steal back a victory from Sullivan Monday night after losing the first set 25-23 by going on to win the next two 25-27, 25-20.

“It was all about the mental game tonight,” said Sullivan head coach Krista Smith. “We came out strong and showed our skill set, and then they adjusted to our skill set, and then mentally we just broke.”

Sullivan emerged with Brittin Boyer’s strong middle hitting and blocking, which Windsor struggled with early, although managed to keep the lead until Boyer’s kill tied it at 9-9. Windsor then made adjustments by not only relying more on their outside hitter Autumn Bennett, but also tipping over the 5 foot, 11 inch Boyer. Read More

Knights Spoil Bronco Homecoming with Comeback Victory

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

October 8, 2014

ALAH climbs back from 14-point deficit to win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After a second quarter scoring draught and a Bronco kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third, Friday night’s conference contest wasn’t looking good for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. But somehow, the Knights dug in and climbed out of the hole to win narrowly 27-26.

While the Knights started the scoring off with a Steven Wright 10-yard rushing touchdown just 7:54 into the first quarter, ALAH was held scoreless the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Broncos immediately responded with an 8-play series that ended with a 40-yard touchdown reception. The Knights ensuing possession ended just four plays in when quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pass was intercepted. The Broncos would eventually capitalize, though first converting on a big 4-and-1 on the Knights’ 25-yard line. With the 2-point conversion, Cerro-Gordo/Bement took a 14-6 lead, and would then force back-to-back ALAH punts. Read More

Obituaries 10-8-2014: Ann Kuhns

Ann Kuhns

Funeral services for Lizzie “Ann” Kuhns, 90, of Arthur were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Sunnyside Mennonite Church in rural Arcola where she was a member. Burial was in Sunnyside Mennonite Church Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola assisted with arrangements.

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Knights Soccer Takes Second in Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Jovanny Martinez (no. 12) goes to volley the ball Saturday afternoon against Effingham St. Anthony. Martinez’ volley would score and earn the Knights a 1-0 victory.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Jovanny Martinez (no. 12) goes to volley the ball Saturday afternoon against Effingham St. Anthony. Martinez’ volley would score and earn the Knights a 1-0 victory.

October 8, 2014

Nearly upset host for crown

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Jeff Trower and his team had to wait around Saturday afternoon to see whether they would be coming home with a trophy after tying two games and winning one in the 14th annual Mattoon soccer tournament.

“First time ever,” said the head coach Trower. “It’s great.”

The  Knights would only need to stick around till the half of Mattoon’s game against St. Joseph Ogden, at which point the Green Wave were up 4-0 and would go on to win easily 7-0, putting the title out of reach for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, who would instead finish second. Read More

Secretary of State Offices to Close Oct. 13

October 8, 2014

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will be closed Monday, October 13, in observance of Columbus Day.

Driver Services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will be closed on Saturday, October 11.

All Driver Services facilities will be open for regular business on Tuesday, October 14.