Sullivan Weathers Late Collapse to Earn Regional Title Shot Friday

Photo by Keith Stewart Nick Frerichs drives up and over a Monticello defender Wednesday night. The junior not only had 21 points on the night, but also proved crucial in keeping Monticello's Nick Stokowski to just eight points.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Nick Frerichs drives up and over a Monticello defender Wednesday night. The junior not only had 21 points on the night, but also proved crucial in keeping Monticello’s Nick Stokowski to just eight points.

First title game since 09 for Sullivan

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This year’s season has certainly been measured by the goals Sullivan’s boys’ basketball team has set for themselves. The team has already checked off a winning record, finishing in the top half of the OVC, winning the conference tournament, and competing in all, if not most games.

After Wednesday night’s 56-51 win over no. 4 Monticello, the No. 1 seeded Redskins are poised to mark yet another goal off their list with a trip to the regional championship Friday against host and no. 2 seed Paris.

“They set goals for themselves before the season started, and we’ve accomplished them,” said head coach Chester Reeder. “The seniors told me at the beginning of the year that they wanted to win a regional. After two weeks of practice, I said we couldn’t write that goal down, because we weren’t close to where we needed to be. Believe it or not, after the Warrensburg throttling, we were down on ourselves. It was only one loss, and we acted like the season was over. I told them to bring their notebooks in, get our their goal sheet. I asked them what goal was missing, and they said, ‘Win a regional.’ I said, ‘I believe you can win it.’”
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Students in Arthur-Lovington, Atwood-Hammond Select New School Name

by Keith Stewart
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A new school name has been chosen for next year’s annexation of Arthur-Lovington and Atwood-Hammond school districts, and the victor isn’t much of a stretch.

According to Arthur-Lovington superintendent Travis Wilson, students voted last week on four possible school names, including Grand Prairie High School, Heartland High School, John A. Timm High School, and, the eventual winner, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond.

 

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Eastern Illinois Foodbank Announces “Foodmobile” Food Giveaway in Gays

Eastern Illinois Foodbank will distribute a truckload of food to hungry area families. The distribution will be held at Gays City Hall at  815 Front St. 10 a.m-noon March 22. All Moultrie County, Gays and surrounding community residents who meet income eligibility criteria are welcome.

The distribution is part of the Foodbank’s Foodmobile Program, a system of mobile food pantries designed to help bring nutritious food to areas of chronic or extreme need. Through the program, local companies and organizations are invited to contribute toward a one-day distribution of food and optionally participate in the distribution process. The cost to partner with the Foodbank on a Foodmobile distribution is $2,500.

To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,631 per month for a family of four. Full eligibility criteria are listed below. Other area Foodmobile distributions may be found by visiting the Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org and clicking “find help.”

Maximum monthly income per eligible household:Table2.26.14

Blood Drive in Sullivan March 11

 Sullivan American Legion Post 68  and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Sullivan American Legion Post 68 located at 8 East Strain Street noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday March 11.

For an appointment, call drive coordinator Jeri Davis at 273-9456.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged to ensure enough Red Cross staff is available.

C.O.L.A. Fundraiser March 8

 Sparrow’s Unlimited & Post #429 Lovington American Legion will be collecting monetary donations on March 8 in downtown Lovington.

All proceeds will be given to C.O.L.A. to assist with their programs that help families in the local community.

The collection will be held on March 8 from 9-11 a.m. at the four way stop in front of the Hardware State Bank.

Fishing Seminar in Atwood

The Atwood-Hammond High School Fishing Team will be hosting a fishing seminar on February 23 to raise money for the high school fishing team.  

The team will raffle off many items such as a guided crappie trip for two on Rend Lake, a bow fishing trip for two on Lake Shelbyville, an Atwood Processing breakfast bundle valued at $65, deer processing, and much more.  Tickets may be purchased on the Feb. 23, and winners will be drawn that day.

The seminar will be held at the Atwood grade school from noon-5 p.m. For more information, contact Alan Hingson at 217-840-2464.

Mod II GED class in Arthur

Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district. 

GED classes have been redesigned into six-week modules and students will participate in orientation during the first class meeting.

Tthe upcoming spring 2014 modules in Arthur will be held 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arthur Public Library, 225 S. Walnut St.

For GED classes, students’ tuition will be waived, and all class materials are provided. For more information or to register call 217-235-0361.

Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place donated Christmas trees and artificial porcupine structures into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Volunteers are needed March 8 to help bundle and place the trees in the lake. To volunteer, meet at the Lithia Springs Recreation Area boat ramp parking lot at 9 a.m. A free lunch will be provided after the work is completed. All participants on fish habitat day will receive aerial maps with coordinates detailing where the trees were placed for later fishing reference. Maps will not be supplied to the general public, so those wishing one, should attend on fish habitat improvement day. 

For more information on this fish habitat project, contact Park Ranger Tyler Goble at (217) 774-3951, ext 7019 or IDNR Fishers Biologist Mike Mounce at (217) 345-2420

LLC offering Mod II GED Class in Arthur

 Lake Land College’s Adult Education is offering GED classes throughout the Lake Land College district.

GED classes have been redesigned into six-week modules and students will participate in orientation during the first class meeting.

Tthe upcoming spring 2014 modules in Arthur will be held 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arthur Public Library, 225 S. Walnut St.

For GED classes, students’ tuition will be waived, and all class materials are provided. For more information or to register call 217-235-0361.

Voter Registration Deadline Nearing

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England reminds residents of Moultrie County that the deadline to register to vote or transfer/change registration for the upcoming March 18 general primary election is Tuesday, February 18. Residents may register to vote at the county clerk’s office on the second floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration is also available at all Moultrie County libraries and with precinct committeemen.

Requirements for registration are:

• U.S. Citizen

• Resident of precinct 30 days prior to election day

• Two forms of identification, one showing registrant’s current address

• 18 years of age by election day

Seventeen year olds may register to vote in the General Primary Election only if they will turn 18 on or before the November 4, 2014 General Election and meet the above requirements.

A few circumstances in which a person would need to re-register or change registration are: (1) A person has married or changed their name. (2) A person has moved to Moultrie County from another jurisdiction [county]. (3) A person has moved within the county, even if next door.

Questions regarding a registration, or the upcoming election, should be directed to the county clerk’s office at 728-4389 prior to the deadlines.