Local Tennis Association and Member Honored

Submitted The Okaw Valley Tennis Association was recently named organization of the year by the United States Tennis Association, which also named one of the group’s members Joan Dickens of Sullivan, volunteer of the year. Pictured are OVTA participants and volunteers, including Dickens (back row, second from the right).

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The Okaw Valley Tennis Association was recently named organization of the year by the United States Tennis Association, which also named one of the group’s members Joan Dickens of Sullivan, volunteer of the year. Pictured are OVTA participants and volunteers, including Dickens (back row, second from the right).

December 17, 2014

USTA names organization and volunteer of the year to OVTA, and Dickens

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

If local business owner Chris Dobosz had his way every kid 14 and under in Moultrie and surrounding counties would be all smiles and that as a direct result of learning and playing tennis.

And it is this mindset that, at least in part, no doubt made the difference in the Okaw Valley Tennis Association receiving the ‘Organization of the Year’ award from the USTA over all other associations in the Mid-South Illinois District, one of 13 districts spread throughout five midwestern states.

“I just want smiles,” said Dobosz. “As long as they’re smiling, then I think we can progress. As long as they’re having fun, everything else will fall into place.” Read More

Donating a Quarter at a Time

December 10, 2014

Bethany quarter auctions make for fun philanthropy

by Ariana Cherry
Reporting in Bethany

A quarter may just be a mere 25 cents, but over time, it can add up.
And for Noelle Yeakel, she came to possess the good sense that she could make a difference for Bethany and surrounding organizations by holding quarter auctions which started this past August.
“So far, we have raised over $1,000 for charities in the area. I have had experience with quarter auctions for the past two years, and I felt there was a need in Bethany so I decided to start having the auctions. Everyone has a lot of fun, and they really get into it,” she said. Read More

Asa Creek Reunites in Full

Submitted Pictured, from left to right, are members of Asa Creek, a popular local band: Dave Morgan, Scott Phillips, Keith Wood, Tim Gotts and Jan Courtright (original members), Jeff Trower and Jason Gotts, who are now performing with Asa Creek. The band reunited in full last month to celebrate the 60th birthdays of  Courtright, Wood, and Gotts.

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Pictured, from left to right, are members of Asa Creek, a popular local band: Dave Morgan, Scott Phillips, Keith Wood, Tim Gotts and Jan Courtright (original members), Jeff Trower and Jason Gotts, who are now performing with Asa Creek. The band reunited in full last month to celebrate the 60th birthdays of Courtright, Wood, and Gotts.

December 3, 2014

Birthday bash for members brings full ensemble

by Joash Tiarks
Reporting in Sullivan

With a 60th birthday celebration for three of its original members as an excuse, one of Moultrie County’s diamonds in the rough resurfaced Saturday, November 22 at the Sullivan American Legion to reunite old friends and relive some good times.

What started as “the worst garage band in history”, according to guitar player Keith Wood, has developed into something like an extended family over the years, with some players phasing out and others joining in. But one thing has remained constant through all the changes: a deep love of music and a deep joy in playing it together. Originally comprised of Keith Wood on guitar, Tim Gotts as lead singer, Jan Courtright on drums, Scott Phillips on guitar/harmonica, and Dave Morgan on bass, the band has been joined by Jeff Tower on bass, Diane Conner on keyboard and vocal, as well as others. Read More

Moultrie County Counseling Earns 3-year Accreditation

November 26, 2014

CARF International announced that Moultrie County Counseling Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Outpatient Mental Health Programs for adults, adolescents and children.
Accreditation demonstrates to customers that this organization is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the best possible quality of care. Read More

Martins to Host LTOTS Fundraiser

November 26, 2014

Christmas concert to be held Dec. 13

by Ariana Cherry
Sullivan/Arthur Reporter

Every year the Little Theatre on the Square provides a vast variety of entertainment for both the young and the young at heart. It takes a quality amount of time, effort, and money for the magic that the Little Theatre brings each season to come alive. Without the help and dedication of individuals, organizations and businesses, it wouldn’t be possible. One couple, Philip and Nina Martin, especially, hold the Little Theatre dear to their hearts.
“This is a fundraiser at the home of Philip and Nina Martin for the general operating expenses at the Little Theatre On the Square. They open their home to the general public to see a wonderful performance and see the house fully decorated for Christmas,” explained John Stephens, the LTOTS executive director and fundraiser organizer. The Martins are actually quite familiar with putting on such fundraisers, as they had hosted similar events in their home with the Madrigal Singers from Uni High School in Urbana. Read More

Candy Sale to Premier the “Sullie” Saturday

Photo by Keith Stewart Devon Flesor Story, part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, stands with an abundance of treats in her arms, all of which and more will be featured at this Saturday’s candy sale in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Devon Flesor Story, part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, stands with an abundance of treats in her arms, all of which and more will be featured at this Saturday’s candy sale in Sullivan.

November 19, 2014

Another custom-made candy for Sullivan featured at annual fundraiser

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Devon Flesor Story is beginning to spoil Sullivan rotten–almost literally.

The candy maker and part owner of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola will be debuting yet another custom-made candy in honor of the lakeside community at the third annual candy sale this coming Saturday at Cathrine’s Gallery, Gifts, and More, with 20 percent of the proceeds once again going to the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

“Every year we’re getting to know the Sullivan customer better,” said Flesor Story, “so we’re responding to our client base by trying to fashion our sale with the taste of Sullivan people in mind.”

Last year the Tuscola candy maker debuted Sullivan toffee which included, rather than just walnuts as standard English toffee, a wide variety of nuts including hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds. It was then covered in chocolate and sprinkled with yet more nuts. Read More

Taking Some Room to Honor Those Who Served

Photo by Keith Stewart US Army veteran Norman Shoemaker, originally of Findlay, looks at the various military garments on display last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
US Army veteran Norman Shoemaker, originally of Findlay, looks at the various military garments on display last Thursday.

November 19, 2014

Mason Point exhibit brings deep, local connections

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The small side room off the Knights’ Banquet Hall at Mason Point sat quiet Thursday morning.

Decked out in veterans’ memorabilia and with the colors red, white, and blue pervasive, the temporary “Honor Room”, as it is known, was a large part of Mason Point’s ceremony on Tuesday to recognize those who served their country. Dozens of people, some of whom were residents, attended and filtered into the room to take in what spanned nearly a century of US armed service.

“We were honored to be in the presence of 30 of our heroes at Mason Point on Tuesday,” said assistant administrator Johna McFadden. “Our program, scripted by one of our employee veterans Dan Moschenrose,  was created to celebrate a day to honor those who guaranteed our freedom. We were blessed to have several family members who came to enjoy our program as well having our local American Legion provide the 21 gun salute and the always moving Taps. One of our residents Donna Doty was so excited to share the day with her twin brothers- both veterans from Decatur- that she called them the morning of the program to have them attend.” Read More

Renovated New Life Ministry  Still Offering Services to Those in Need

Photo by RR Best New Life members Lester Todd (right) and Sherry Smith (left) restocks shelves Friday morning at the ministry center.

Photo by RR Best
New Life members Lester Todd (right) and Sherry Smith (left) restocks shelves Friday morning at the ministry center.

Thrift store now selling items 50 cents or less

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

At one point or another, an individual or family may find themselves down on their luck. But it is places such as the New Life Ministry Center in Sullivan whose goal is to be “a place where the needy and broken come to find security, faith, and hope in a life giving atmosphere,” that can help lift one’s spirit.

“For 27 years, my mom and dad ran the ministry. They gave about 1.7 million pounds of food and a million and a half of clothing items. My parents were the ones who have overseen it this far,” explained Dave Dolan, pastor of New Life Church of Sullivan. “Today, we have about 25 volunteers and they do incredible. We try to fulfill the needs of everyone who walks through the door,” he added. Read More

Harley Steps in as Sullivan’s Newest Chiropractor

November 12, 2014

Submitted by the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development

There is a new doc in town. Dr. Katie Harley is a chiropractor whose main focus is to find the body’s nerve interferences and remove them with a chiropractic adjustment. This allows the body to function at its optimal level.

She was born and raised in Windsor and attended Eastern Illinois University for three years before transferring to Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo. At Logan, she completed her Bachelors of Science degree and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2005. Read More

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library Purchases New 3-D Printer

Photo by Keith Stewart Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library children’s librarian Michelle Nolen balances the hot plate of the 3D printer before printing a bookmark Friday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library children’s librarian Michelle Nolen balances the hot plate of the 3D printer before printing a bookmark Friday.

November 12, 2014

Hope adults as well as children will use new technology

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Keeping up with technology is integral to any business, community organization or school. It is what builds futures by providing education, new ideas, and opportunities. When the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library purchased a 3-D printer, they had these ideas all in mind.

“It will put us on the same level with larger libraries as far as technology goes, “ said director, Clem Uptmor. Read More