Okaw Valley Weight Room Gets Pumped

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley sophomore Connor Dotson squats Tuesday morning while Jonathan Gentry spots from behind. The new squat rack is just one of several new pieces of equipment purchased thanks to a collaborative donation effort.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley sophomore Connor Dotson squats Tuesday morning while Jonathan Gentry spots from behind. The new squat rack is just one of several new pieces of equipment purchased thanks to a collaborative donation effort.

October 15, 2014

Donation helps purchase new equipment

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

The Okaw Valley High School student body’s need for updated and new weight training facilities and equipment was met at the beginning of this school year thanks to an endowment from the Gene Patient Memorial Scholarship fund and donations from Scott State Bank, Agri-Fab, and several anonymous contributors.

Most students today would not know of Gene Patient, apart from perhaps a few seniors applying for the memorial scholarship set up in his name. But as a significant portion of readers may already know, Gene Patient was an educator and football coach for 25 years with Okaw Valley. When he passed away in 2005, a memorial scholarship fund was established through contributions by members of the community to benefit at least one OVHS student with $1000 and one student from Sullivan High School with $500 each year. Read More

Obituaries 10-15-2014: Warren Hall

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Celebration of Life services for Warren G. Hall, 90, of Sullivan were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Sullivan First Christian Church with the Rev. Grant Wade officiating. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.

He passed away of natural causes at 6:10 a.m. Saturday October 11, 2014 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

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County Board Approves FY15 Tentative Budget

October 15, 2014

Opts to levy less than max amount for now

Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

At the October county board meeting finance chairman Ron White presented a 2015 tentative budget for Moultrie County.

White noted that “The state allows each county to set 0.37 percent of total assessed property value. This would have created a maximum tax levy of $880,000. The finance committee after gathering figures from department heads has set a levy of $810,000. We have a good balance to carry forward into 2015”.

With no discussion White made a motion to accept the tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. Votes were all in favor with one board member absent while the vote was taken (Tim Rose arrived after the vote). Read More

Sullivan Author to Host Series of Book Signings

October 15, 2014

The public is invited to attend any of the following book signings by author E.M. Burtcheard of Sullivan:

October 10, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library in Sullivan

November 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Moultrie County Senior Center in Sullivan

November 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Senior Center, located at 325 N. 9th St. in Shelbyville

The title of the featured book is “The Long Ride”, the story of two young girls who came west on the infamous Orphan Trains. The girls meet when they are each thrown into the jail of an unscrupulous sheriff on false charges. Their escape leads them on a trail across Texas where they meet other travelers they join with. One of the accumulated group will die at a river crossing.

“The Long Ride” is a western fiction, the fourth book written and first published by Burtcheard, who is a student of western lore, Native Americans, and the Civil War. Brutcheard has written two other unpublished western fiction books while studying history at Lake Land College, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, and EIU as well as several children’s works. Burtcheard lives near Sullivan, and books may be purchased on Amazon, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

ALAH Soccer Onto Regional Semifinal

October 15, 2014

Now to face no. 1 seed Wednesday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team was adamant about not losing again to Decatur LSA last Friday, and instead came away with a 4-1 regional quarterfinal win to advance to the Warrensburg-Latham regional semifinal against Monticello Wednesday, October 15.

The Knights previously fell to LSA 7-1 September 27 in the Decatur St. Teresa tournament. And according to head coach Jeff Trower, the Lions may have come into the rematch a bit too headstrong. Read More

Record Crop on the Back Burner as Farmers Wait

Photo by Keith Stewart Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Muddy tire tracks from a combine are seen Monday in a field east of Allenville that J.C. Doty began harvesting just prior to the rains that moved into the area later that afternoon.

October 15, 2014

Corn and soy harvests at standstill with recent rains

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

John Doty and his son J.C. were two of few farmers out in the fields Monday afternoon.

“I’ve ordered three weeks of nice weather, but I’m not in charge of that,” said John. “But I guarantee you, we’ll finish.”

The father/son duo who were harvesting corn just east of Allenville couldn’t beat the rain that eventually moved in later that afternoon. So now they join the rest of their colleagues in checking weather forecasts, waiting, and looking out the window. And what most farmers see out that window are potential record yields barred from being harvested due to the recent wet weather. Read More

C.E.F.S. Recognizes Fleshner for Personal Achievement

October 15, 2014

Submitted by Sue Sandschafer, C.E.F.S.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 49th year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives. During the 2014 annual meeting, some very special people were recognized that had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”

Trudy Fleshner first came into the C.E.F.S. Moultrie County Outreach Office in Sullivan in 1998 to get help with diapers, baby food and quilts for her children. Over the years Fleshner and her family have utilized the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, food pantry, prescription assistance and Christmas vouchers when needed. Fleshner’s son Brandon was in the Head Start Program when he was younger. Read More

Beef Roundup 2014

Photo by RR Best Beef-Roundup! Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches. 

Photo by RR Best
Beef-Roundup!
Fire chief Mike Piper digs in on a ribeye sandwich last Friday during the Sullivan IGA Beef Roundup, which pitted Sullivan Fire vs. Sullivan Police. The former won, devouring nine sandwiches.