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

The Challenge of Creating Interest in a School Assignment

Photo by Keith Stewart Zane Dudley tries to keep his focus during the push-up hold.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Zane Dudley tries to keep his focus during the push-up hold.

November 12, 2014

World-record lesson a hit with sixth graders

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

What was destined to become tomorrow’s trash was in fact yesterday’s school lesson for Megan Holt’s sixth grade language arts students.

The Sullivan Middle School teacher recently had her students complete one of the last segments of a multi-project lesson involving the organization and tracking of world record breaking attempts.

Well, Sullivan Middle School record attempts that is. Such feats as how long to hula hoop, how many stairs climbed, and how far one could throw a medicine ball. Read More

Getting Hairy for Cancer

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are members of the Sullivan police department, from left to right: Josh Qualls, Adam Collins, Brandon Beckwith & son Bryson ,  Janet Dirks, Andrew Pistorius, John Love,  and Jim Waggoner.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are members of the Sullivan police department, from left to right: Josh Qualls, Adam Collins, Brandon Beckwith & son Bryson , Janet Dirks, Andrew Pistorius, John Love, and Jim Waggoner.

November 12, 2014

Sullivan PD takes on ‘No Shave’ fundraiser

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Things are a little hairy at the Sullivan Police Department- but it’s all for a good cause.

Through the month of November, the Sullivan Police Department is holding a “No-Shave Fundraiser” to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“November 1-30, police who participate will be allowed to grow a beard, but it must be neat and trimmed-It won’t be like Duck Dynasty!” said Sullivan Police Chief Johnny Love. “Each officer who participates will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society.” Read More

Remembering and Looking Forward

Photo by Barry Featheringill Barry and Karen Golden look at the contents of the time capsule that was opened last Saturday afternoon.

Photo by Barry Featheringill
Barry and Karen Golden look at the contents of the time capsule that was opened last Saturday afternoon.

November 5, 2014

Veterans memorial rededicated, time capsule opened and new one planned

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

On November 11, 1989 the Sullivan Veterans Memorial was dedicated to all those who have served the country starting with the Revolutionary War. Along with the dedication a time capsule was placed to be opened in 25 years. Doris Cazel’s first grade class collected items to be included in the capsule.

“Al Golden, who envisioned the veteran memorial, came to me about doing a time capsule,” explained Cazel. “He came to the class and told the children about it.” Read More

County Veterans Encouraged to Sign Up For New Honor Rewards Program

Photo by Keith Stewart Retired Air Force First Lieutenant Dick Isaacs fills out a form to sign up for the newly offered Honor Rewards Program, which Moultrie County clerk Georgia England (pictured) along with her land records software vendor Fidlar Technologies made available recently for local veterans.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Retired Air Force First Lieutenant Dick Isaacs fills out a form to sign up for the newly offered Honor Rewards Program, which Moultrie County clerk Georgia England (pictured) along with her land records software vendor Fidlar Technologies made available recently for local veterans.

November 5, 2014

Local businesses give back through discounts

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This coming Veterans Day will be marked with an extra special thank you for Moultrie County veterans.

County clerk Georgia England, along with her land records software vendor Fidlar Technologies, has recently made a program called Honor Rewards available here in Moultrie where local businesses sign up with incentives such as discounts on services such as tire repair, flower orders, etc. for local veterans. All veterans have to do is make sure their DD-214 is on file with a county clerk in the U.S. and sign up. For those actively serving, they simply have to provide a copy of their military ID card showing they are still serving. Read More

Bethany Alumni Celebrate Oldest Living Graduate

Photo by Keith Stewart Dora Dean Hudson (center) was surprised last Thursday with a visit by (from left to right) fellow Bethany high school alumni, including alumni association secretary Sandra McReynolds, class of ‘57; vice-president John McLaughlin, class of ‘62; Linda Korte, class of ‘64; and president Jim McLaughlin, class of ‘63.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Dora Dean Hudson (center) was surprised last Thursday with a visit by (from left to right) fellow Bethany high school alumni, including alumni association secretary Sandra McReynolds, class of ‘57; vice-president John McLaughlin, class of ‘62; Linda Korte, class of ‘64; and president Jim McLaughlin, class of ‘63.

September 17, 2014

Hudson, class of ‘29 receives surprise visit
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As the Bethany High School Alumni Association glanced down their list of graduates recently, one in particular stood out.
Dora Dean Hudson, class of 1929.
“One of the things we’re trying to do with the alumni association is to get all the records of everybody that graduated from high school, which we were able to get,” said John McLaughlin, vice-president of the alumni association. “We noticed that she was still on the list, the 1929 graduating list, as still alive. That started the look. Of course, when we heard the name Dora Dean, my brother and I knew who that was. We couldn’t believe it. So we made some calls and got hold of her grandson in Decatur and got permission to come down and have this get-together.”
John and his brother Jim, who was also in attendance and is the alumni association president, grew up across from Hudson up until 1949 when they moved to their family farm. Read More

Reminiscing, Showcasing Antique Tractor Equipment at Inaugural Plow Day

September 3, 2014

Dozens come to watch old plow technique

by Ariana Cherry
Reporting in Sullivan

Every now and then, some need a reminder of what it used to be like when days moved at a slower pace. Technology often makes one forget the feeling of satisfaction from hard labored work and a job well done. When Steven Buxton created “Plow Day” for farmers and agricultural enthusiasts, he had this in mind.
So on Saturday, August 23, antique tractor operators moldboard plowed 50 acres of wheat stubble that was located at Moultrie County Road, 1350 North. Buxton explained that moldboard plowing was a type of plowing that was used in the mid 80’s. It not only cut furrows, but it also turned the soil. Farmers used this technique until about 1986. Read More

Local Scouts Complete Eagle Scout Projects

Submitted Pictured is former Troop 39 scoutmaster Gerry Wood (left), recently promoted Eagle Scout Benjamin Berner (middle), and current scoutmaster Jeff White at the formal unveiling of Berner’s Eagle Scout project, a list of more than 2,000 Moultrie County veterans and current armed forces and a podium upon which the list will sit.

Submitted
Pictured is former Troop 39 scoutmaster Gerry Wood (left), recently promoted Eagle Scout Benjamin Berner (middle), and current scoutmaster Jeff White at the formal unveiling of Berner’s Eagle Scout project, a list of more than 2,000 Moultrie County veterans and current armed forces and a podium upon which the list will sit.

August 13, 2014

High honor now within grasp

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“Congratulations, Eagle Scout.”

Three simple words that so many Boy Scouts hope to one day hear, they perhaps don’t completely encompass the years of merit badges attained nor the hours and hours of work on their Eagle Scout project.

But for two local scouts, Benjamin Berner and Sean Johnson, hearing these words recently were well worth the time, money, and work.

“The Eagle Scout project is the last major requirement before a boy becomes an Eagle Scout,” explained Troop 39 Scoutmaster Jeff White. “He must earn 21 merit badges, 13 of them are required (first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, cooking, personal fitness, emergency preparedness (or lifesaving), environmental science, personal management, swimming, camping and family life), but the remaining eight merit badges are chosen by each scout according to his interests (there are over 100 in all).”

For the 16-year-old Berner, his project involved the collection of service records both for current and past Moultrie County citizens enlisted in the armed forces. Read More

A Trip Worth Taking

Submitted by Troy Rogers Jazmyn Jane feeds a giraffe during a visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., which was just one of several science related experiences Sullivan students encountered on their trip this past June.

Submitted by Troy Rogers
Jazmyn Jane feeds a giraffe during a visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., which was just one of several science related experiences Sullivan students encountered on their trip this past June.

August 6, 2014

Sullivan students embark on biennial science trip to Florida

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

From snorkeling with manatees and feeding giraffes, to dissecting sharks and kayaking on barrier reefs, there’s a trip Sullivan students have taken every other year for the last five years that completely immerses them in a world of science and marine biology over just three days.

Near the beginning of June, 16 Sullivan students from both the eighth and ninth grade classes travelled to Tampa, Fla. and experienced nonstop hands-on science, first beginning with a trip north of Tampa to the Crystal Springs Preserve. There the students swam with manatees and even interacted with a mother and its calf, before then traveling to the Rainbow River, where students enjoyed more snorkeling in the fresh water spring fed river.

“There was a mile and a half stretch we snorkeled in,” explained SHS science instructor and trip leader Troy Rogers. “We saw shoals of tilapia, and there are bubbling springs, so there is bubbling water that is coming up to the surface. Then there are also caverns 20 feet down. It’s just a really neat experience and really my favorite one, but each time it’s different.” Read More

Sparrows to Celebrate 20 Years Sat.

August 6, 2014

Lovington-based outreach group to host public extravaganza

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

Sparrows Unlimited, a non-profit organization, will be celebrating 20 years of service to the Lovington community this Saturday, August 9 in downtown Lovington. The celebration will begin at noon and feature a car and bike show, inflatables for the kids, a DJ, hamburgers and hot dogs and a bags tournament with signups starting at 12:30 at Jerry’s East End. Read More