Obituaries 4-29-2015: Ellen Rhoads

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Celebration of Life services for Ellen C. Rhoads, 79, of Olney, formerly of Findlay, were held at 11 a.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Felix Hagerman and Vanessa Patient officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery in Findlay.

She died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday April 21, 2015 in Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

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Timberwolves Baseball Sharp in 9-1 Victory over LSA

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley sophomore Taylor Coleman reaches for first on a throw-out attempt Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley sophomore Taylor Coleman reaches for first on a throw-out attempt Monday.

Still, still undefeated from the mound

April 29, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley starter Devon Still (7-0) won his seventh game in as many starts while improving the Timberwolves overall record to 18-1, after defeating Decatur LSA. Still had an all-conference day fanning 10 of the opposition over seven innings of one-run ball, and helping his own cause at the plate going 4-4 with three RBIs.
Coach Andrew Hagerman expected nothing less from his senior lefty.
“Devon pitched well which is no surprise. He located all his pitches, and he played like a senior, and he has been doing it all year.”
Still pitched out of a first inning jam thanks to a web gem by his third baseman and then struck out the side in the second, twisting right handed batters into the ground with nasty movement down and in. Still flashed some leather of his own in the third inning coming off the mound to make an excellent play on a would be bunt single. Still whirled and delivered a missile across the diamond beating the runner to first. Capping off the performance Still struck out the side again in the fifth overmatching the LSA hitters with a mix of velocity and movement. Coach Hagerman thought the defensive effort was a big factor in the win. Read More

Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride June 13

April 29, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lake Volunteers Association are hosting the second Annual Loop Lake Shelbyville bike ride on Saturday, June 13. All rides will start from the Lake Shelbyville Visitor and will include options for a 22 mile, 52 mile or a 65 mile ride. Proceeds for the ride will benefit the Lake Volunteers Association (LVA). The LVA provides education, historical interpretation, recreational and environmental improvements at Lake Shelbyville. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Why Can’t They Be Like Me?

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By Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

I travel the state a lot. On Amtrak, from western Illinois into Chicago’s Loop, I pass from left-behind rural towns and through new middle-class housing tracts on the suburban fringe.
Next come older, wealthy suburbs like Hinsdale and farther on the mostly Hispanic towns like Cicero and Berwyn. After that it is the mean streets of poor, black and Hispanic Chicago before reaching the golden, gleaming city center on the lake.
These varied worlds don’t communicate much with one another. Few in tony Hinsdale have in their world view the poor, often violent black neighborhoods not far to the east.
When I was a child after World War II, there were more vibrant farm market towns and small cities and fewer suburbs than today. Read More

Obituaries 4-29-2015: Mary Nolan

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Celebration of Life services for Mary F. Nolen, 78, of Sullivan were at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Jonathan Creek Cemetery in Sullivan.

She passed away at 6:55 p.m. Friday April 24, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

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Lovington Community Club Donation

Photo by Sally Foley Lovington Community Club Donation The Lovington Community Club donated a total of $2100 to seven area organizations ($300 each), which were represented by the following individuals: seated left to right are Gary Smith (Lovington Ambulance Corporation and the Lovington Fire Department), Rodney Houser(Churches of the Lovington Area), and Leroy Fair (Lovington Alumni Association). Standing left to right are Norma Brust, Linda Alumbaugh(Christ’s Food Pantry), Darlene Barlow (Lovington Library), Jessica Mercer(Sparrows), Pam Nottingham, and Carol Smith. Brust, Nottingham, and Smith represented the community club.

Photo by Sally Foley
Lovington Community Club Donation
The Lovington Community Club donated a total of $2100 to seven area organizations ($300 each), which were represented by the following individuals: seated left to right are Gary Smith (Lovington Ambulance Corporation and the Lovington Fire Department), Rodney Houser(Churches of the Lovington Area), and Leroy Fair (Lovington Alumni Association). Standing left to right are Norma Brust, Linda Alumbaugh(Christ’s Food Pantry), Darlene Barlow (Lovington Library), Jessica Mercer(Sparrows), Pam Nottingham, and Carol Smith. Brust, Nottingham, and Smith represented the community club.

Sullivan Students Receive Sobering Message

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan high school students walk by the casket of a crash victim as the mother, played by SHS social studies teacher Marsha Kirby and pastor Bil Reedy look on solemnly. Though pretend, the casket and actors were part of last Thursday’s very serious presentation on the perils of both drunk driving and texting and driving.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan high school students walk by the casket of a crash victim as the mother, played by SHS social studies teacher Marsha Kirby and pastor Bil Reedy look on solemnly. Though pretend, the casket and actors were part of last Thursday’s very serious presentation on the perils of both drunk driving and texting and driving.

Prom-wreck simulation adds tragic story to presentation

April 29, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Last Thursday morning wasn’t your typical prom-wreck simulation at Sullivan High School. Though still present were the moving portrayals of a drunk teenager stumbling out of her car, “blood” smeared on her face, local police and emergency responders rushing onto the scene–also known as the north high school parking lot–and a motionless body in the back seat of another badly damaged car, this year’s simulation was also accompanied by a presentation by Samantha Kater, a former Charleston resident who in 2011 was directly involved in a fatal DUI that killed her best friend. Read More

Obituaries 4-29-2015: Lucille Closson

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Private family graveside services for Lucille Closson, 95, of Bethany were Sunday in Janesville Cemetery with Pastor Marge Overlot officiating. Arrangements were by Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.

She passed away at 7:15 a.m. Thursday April 23, 2015 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

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Knights Rebound Against Broncos Friday with 11-5 Victory

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Craig Moffett encourages his team during last Friday’s contest against Cerro Gordo-Bement. The Knights were able to pick themselves up after a poor first two innings to come back and win 11-5.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Craig Moffett encourages his team during last Friday’s contest against Cerro Gordo-Bement. The Knights were able to pick themselves up after a poor first two innings to come back and win 11-5.

ALAH reverses tide, takes advantage of Cerro Gordo-Bement mistakes

April 29, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After just two innings in Arthur Friday evening, things looked as if they were going Cerro Gordo-Bement’s way.
The Broncos led 3-0 going into the third after a two-error second saw the Knights begin to unravel.
But head coach Craig Moffett remained calm in the dugout, telling his boys to keep their heads up and regain their composure.
They listened.
“We just tried to stay positive,” said Moffett. “Baseball can be a really frustrating game. I just tried to keep them confident, positive, and focused on the next play. They did a good job of coming back.”
Despite a three up, three down second, the Knights came back in the third and forced a quick three batter inning themselves. In the bottom, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond took advantage of a few Bronco mistakes to score two runs. Read More

Obituaries 4-29-2015: Lee Hopper

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Celebration of Life services for Lee Hopper, 87, of Allenville were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Eddie Miller officiating, assisted by Pastor Al Rennert. Burial was in French Cemetery in Allenville.

He passed away at 10:47 p.m. Thursday April 23, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

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