A Memorable Scouting Trip Visiting National Monuments

Photo by Mike Brothers
Mike Rollins remembers his scouting days and a trip that made him a seasoned traveler. He is seated on the left in his Scout photo from the 1960s.

•April 26, 2017•

By Woody Hills
for the News Progress

When Sullivan Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Mike Rollins presented Boy Scout Troop 39 a donation from the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage fundraiser, it brought back one great scouting memory.

Rollins spent years on the road as a truck driver before retiring to Sullivan, but one road trip while he was a Boy Scout in the mid-sixties made him appreciate traveling as he still keeps a camper and truck at ready in his drive.

“During the sixties our Boy Scout troop was fortunate enough to have some parents connected to the Air National Guard in Springfield,” Rollins said of the beginning of the great Boy Scout Road Trip.

He explained that through those connections the scouts learned that prior arrangements would let them stay at military facilities free of charge on a planned trip west. Read More

Okaw Valley Softball Wins Four for the Week

Photo by Mike Brothers
OV’s Grace Harlin tries to distract ALAH shortstop Reagan Miller’s throw to first with a high-five.

•April 26, 2017•

The Okaw Valley softball team finished the week 4-1.

OV split a double header Saturday, shut out Mt. Pulaski Friday and Ramsey Thursday and knocked off Shiloh Wednesday.

OV defeated Tri-County/Shiloh 11-1 at Crowder Park.

Tri-County jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a long home run

which was the only run of the day for Tri-County.

Okaw Valley tied the game in the bottom of the first on Paige Coleman’s 1-out single to left.

Paige Robinson walked to put runners at first and second.

Jess Robinson and Kayla Wheeler had back-to-back walks to force in Coleman to tie the game.

OV erupted for four runs in the second to take command of the game.  Read More

ALAH Girls’ Track Team Competes for Top Spots

•April 26, 2017•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ track competed in two meets this past week.

ALAH participated in the Tri-County Invitational in Sullivan last Tuesday and the T Tuscola Open Invitational Friday.

At the Tuscola Open, ALAH several athletes in the top five spots.

Kenli Nettles took first places in 110-meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles and the long jump.

She ran the 100 hurdles in 16.98, the 300 hurdles in 50.77 and jumped 5 feet 7 inches.

Makenna Green took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:10.35, and she ran the 1,600-meter run in 6:07.69 for fourth place. Read More

Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvements Proposed

•April 26, 2017•

A public meeting was held April 25 in the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center auditorium to discuss a proposed fish habitat project through the Friends of Reservoirs. The US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Chip’s Marine, and the Lake Volunteer Association are soliciting the help of anglers and angling groups dedicated to protecting and restoring fisheries habitat at Lake Shelbyville. Recently, a new fish attractor called the “Lake Shelbyville Cube” was built and placed into the lake to increase fish habitat as well as catch rates for anglers. With the success of the first two builds and drops (approximately 50 structures placed) and the interest received from the cube structures it is planned to expand the program significantly.  Read More

Obituaries 4-26-2017: Billy Woolsey

Billy Woolsey

Billy Woolsey, 56, of Sullivan passed away at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29 in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graham Chapel Cemetery in Allenville with military honors conducted by Sullivan American Legion Post #68.  Read More

OV Students Attend NJLB Event

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OV Students Attend NJLB Event
Students from Okaw Valley attended the No Job Left Behind business luncheon April 20 at the Sullivan VFW. Students were able to meet with local business personnel and listen to testimonials highlighting  a variety of local businesses. Pictured are those who attended along with Sullivan Chamber intern Kristy Burford, who is currently a senior at OVHS, participating in the job shadow program.


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Okaw Valley students helped out with the Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville on Monday. The students spread 30 cubic yards of mulch, cleaned up the flower beds at the visitor center and Coon Creek, and trimmed back and cleaned the trials at Coon Creek. It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity for students to give back to the community.

County Clerk Seeks Reelection

Cautions Politicians About Rumors

•April 19, 2017•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England announced her run for reelection, while dispelling “coffee shop talk”, at the April 13 county board meeting.

England, who has been the Democrat County Clerk in Moultrie County since 2001, made the announcement while clearing the air of some political rumors circulating the local circuit.

“I am going to run in 2018,” England proclaimed. “I need to clear the air about some coffee shop talk that has been going around for the past couple of weeks,” she said, addressing the eight Republican/one Democrat board. Read More

SOV Girls’ Track Team Places in Two Meets

•April 19, 2017•

The Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track and field team competed in two meets this week.

In the Tolono Girls’ Invite Thursday, the Redskins placed three athletes in the top 10.

Laine Cameron placed seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.40.

Zoe Ray and Natalie Drury placed ninth in the long jump and high jump, respectively.

Ray jumped 14 feet and 8 inches, and Drury jumped four feet and six inches. Read More

Lovington Easter Egg Hunt

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Lovington Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Lovington Easter Egg hunt was held Saturday, April 8 in the village park. Children from five age groups gathered at the park, hunting for Easter eggs and prizes. Grand prizes included a new bicycle giveaway sponsored by Sparrows of Lovington. Boys’ and girls’ bike winners include Tyler Wulff and Landry Wiley (1-3 yrs); Gavin Wylie and Isabella Black (kindergarten); Owen Hilton and Karah Helmuth (first and second); Zachary Barrett and Kikyo Brent (third and fourth); Colton Taylor and Morgan Walters (fifth and sixth).