Neighborhood Clean Up Begins Mission

Photo furnished Picking Up Litter Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan.

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Picking Up Litter Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan.

•May 25, 2016•

Megan and Jerrod Harden’s three children, Eiley Poe, 8, Bella Harden, 9 and Drake Poe, 11, all of Sullivan, felt it was up to them to clean their neighborhood after taking a walk one day.

They noticed a great amount of litter lining the rolling greens and road to South Shores subdivision.

The neighborhood clean up crew collected 10 bags of litter wading through the ticks and mud to get the job done.

“We are beyond proud of their efforts and found this to be something other kids in the community should be aware of...see... and do as well!”  Megan said of her children’s efforts. Read More

Obituaries 5-25-2016: Shelby Tate

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Shelby Ann Tate, 32, of Sullivan passed away at 2:03 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 in her home in Sullivan.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with Father Angel Sierra officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the services in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Inurnment will be at a later date in Arthur Cemetery in Arthur.     Read More

Remember When? 5-25-2016

Compiled by Bekki Ferguson-Stevens

25 Years Ago This Week

Pressure—Four years of it. That’s what Lady Redskin senior Keena Baumgartner has put on herself, breaking her own school record twice and earning a second place finish in the state…twice.

A two-run homer in the seventh inning by Brandon Yoder lifted the Bethany Mustangs to a 6-5 regional victory over the Findlay Falcons in Crowder Park Wednesday.

Sullivan High School students John Flannell and Vanessa Vandeventer will portray Arvide and Sarah Brown, respectively, in SHS’s presentation of Guys and Dolls at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Little Theatre—On The Square. A cast of 65 will present the musical, which includes the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser.

Corey R. Weddle and Leslie Gale Phelps are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for Bethany High School’s class of 1991. Wedge, who is the son of Linda Weddle, transferred to Bethany his sophomore year. Phelps is the daughter of Gilbert and Deborah Phelps.

Visitors to Lake Shelbyville who pass through Moultrie County may see a detailed map of the lake’s access areas and its channel at D&M on Route 32 in Sullivan. Co-owner Greg Ketchmark carved the wooden map out of redwood recently, painted it and designed a key for it to make it easier for lake visitors to visualize the lake’s boundaries. Read More

Moultrie Moment of the Week

James 0. Beavers of Taylorville submitted this photo of Fern Woodruff’s seventh grade class, taken in the fall of 1946. Class members in the photo are (boys from left) Phil Had, Harold King, Leon Cochran, Bosco Steven, Jim Sharp, Billy Blackwell, Kenneth Pedigo, John Robert Ray, Jim Beavers and Robert Shaw. The girls (right to left) are Jodean Isaacs, Carmen Jackson, Bet-ty Hood, Beverly Neal, Peggy Lou Gregory, Ethel May Schuster, Peggy Butler Auten, Judy Moore, Nancy Fleming, Sarah Yates and Betty West. Beavers was born June 1, 1934 in Sullivan at the corner of Market and Jackson Street where the Farm Bureau building is now located. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

James 0. Beavers of Taylorville submitted this photo of Fern Woodruff’s seventh grade class, taken in the fall of 1946. Class members in the photo are (boys from left) Phil Had, Harold King, Leon Cochran, Bosco Steven, Jim Sharp, Billy Blackwell, Kenneth Pedigo, John Robert Ray, Jim Beavers and Robert Shaw. The girls (right to left) are Jodean Isaacs, Carmen Jackson, Bet-ty Hood, Beverly Neal, Peggy Lou Gregory, Ethel May Schuster, Peggy Butler Auten, Judy Moore, Nancy Fleming, Sarah Yates and Betty West. Beavers was born June 1, 1934 in Sullivan at the corner of Market and Jackson Street where the Farm Bureau building is now located. Please submit photos to the News Progress for future consideration. Originals will be saved for return or forwarded to Moultrie County Historical Society. If you have any other information, please contact the Moultrie County Historical Society at 217-728- 4085.

Yost Trial Date Set

•May 25, 2016•

The Michael Yost jury trial begins at 9 a.m. August 1 in the Moultrie County Courthouse.

Yost, 42, is charged with the March 5, 2015 death of Sheri Randall, 34, of Sullivan and was not present for the status hearing May 24.

Public defender Brad Rau, State’s Attorney Jeremy Richey and special prosecutor Ed Parkinson appeared before Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell set August 1 as the first day for jury selection and discussed a letter from Yost, complaining of jail conditions.

Directing state’s attorney Richey and Yost’s attorney Rau to discuss the complaint with sheriff Chris Sims, Judge Flannell pointed out this was the second complaint made by the Moultrie County inmate. Read More

Lady Redskins Advance Past Villa Grove, but Fall to Tuscola in Regional Play

•May 25, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Sullivan softball hosted a regional play-in game last Monday. The lady Redskins defeated Villa Grove 14-0 in five innings on the north diamond.  Heidi Clements tossed a shutout behind a dominant fastball.

Coach Andy Wagner noted it was the perfect final home game for his seniors. “The girls understood that now it is a one game season. They went out and played like it was their last game. If there was a way to align their last home game, it aligned pretty well for them.”

Brooke Tuttle jump-started the offense against Villa Grove with a two RBI triple to left field in the bottom of the second inning. With a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third the Lady Redskins batted around the order.  Mackenzie Ruppert started it off with a leadoff single. Bailey Pratt followed with a single of her own, and a walk to Seleste Smith loaded the bases with no outs.   Read More

Obituaries 5-25-2016: Barbara Minor

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Barbara June Minor, 78, of Sullivan passed away at 2:15 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in French Cemetery in Allenville. Read More

WHS Student Receives Award

•May 25, 2016•

Bradley Kidwell of Windsor High School has received the 2016 DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

Sponsored by Monsanto Company the award is for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Read More

SBL Sleep Disorders Center Hosts Support Group

•May 25, 2016•

A.W.A.K.E., a health awareness support group for people affected with sleep apnea, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education.

Area residents with sleeping disorders are encouraged to join A.W.A.K.E., which stands for Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic of Central Illinois. People who suffer from sleep apnea and family members and friends of those who suffer from sleep apnea are encouraged to attend the meeting. It is free and open to the public. The support group is sponsored and coordinated by SBL Sleep Disorders Center and Lincolnland Home Medical Equipment. Read More