Sullivan Preschool Round Up

For those who have a child between the ages of birth to five years old, the Sullivan School district and Project H.E.L.P. will offer free preschool screenings February 24 and 25 at the First United Methodist Church located at 216 W. Jefferson in Sullivan. The free screening is to see how a child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech, and language. The free developmental screening lasts about one hour. For an appointment or more information call Ann Sanner or Susie Murphy at 728-2321.

Sullivan Wins OVC Tourney First Time in Over a Decade

Photo by Keith Stewart Meridian athletic director Eric Hurelbrink hands Sullivan's four seniors the Okaw Valley Tournament championship trophy Saturday night after the Redskins beat Meridian 53-46.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Meridian athletic director Eric Hurelbrink hands Sullivan’s four seniors the Okaw Valley Tournament championship trophy Saturday night after the Redskins beat Meridian 53-46.

Sullivan battles through OV Tourney, defeating host in Championship Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“Why not us.”

What had been a rhetorical question and even mantra became a simple statement Saturday night, when Sullivan, the no. 5 seed, upended no. 7 seed and host Meridian in the Okaw Valley tournament championship 53-46.

After 12 long years, the trophy came back to Sullivan in what is the final year of the Okaw’s existence. Sullivan last won the conference tourney in 2002 when they defeated Monticello 51-43. But it was 14 years ago that a young Chester Reeder, then a jr. on the basketball team, was a part of the 99′ Sullivan group to win the trophy.

Now in his first year as head coach, Reeder and company signed off on the irony with Saturday’s win.

“It means so much. I’m just so happy for these kids, especially these seniors,” said an emotional Reeder after Saturday’s game. “They’ve been told their whole life that they aren’t going to be successful. I was told when I took the job that it was going to be a struggle, that we weren’t going to win very many games. I just kept telling them, ‘Don’t believe what you hear. Buy into being there for each other. Play tough, play together, and worry about the 30 guys that we have in the program and see what happens. Play as hard as you can and see what happens.’”
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Another Upset Stunner by Sullivan, as Redskins Defeat St. T 65-58

Photo by Keith Stewart Alec Ballinger powers his way through the paint Thursday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Alec Ballinger powers his way through the paint Thursday night.

Earn shot at OVC tourney trophy Saturday against Meridian

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“Fight. Fight for these last eight minutes.”

Chester Reeder didn’t want his team letting St. Teresa slip by–not again. Not in the fourth quarter. Not in the OVC semifinals. Not at all. After seeing their lead diminish in the fourth and eventually losing to the Bulldogs two weeks ago, the Redskins were prepared for a different outcome Thursday night, when they, the no. 5 seed in the OVC tournament, took on the no. 1 seed, and not to mention state ranked St. Teresa Bulldogs and came away with their second straight upset of the tourney, winning 65-58.

“It feels awesome,” said Reeder after the game. “I asked them before we left, ‘Why not us?’ We played with them for three and half quarters last time at their place. You can’t have any doubt. You have to believe in yourself, believe in each other, keep playing, and see what happens.”

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Public Test of Election Equipment March 10

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England has announced that the Public Test of the Optical Scan and TSX Touch Screen tabulating equipment to be used at the March 18 general primary election will be held at 10 a.m. March 10 in the elections counting center room, first floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan. This test is open to candidates, representatives of the political parties, the press and the public.

Arthur-Lovington Preschool Round Up

If your child is between the ages of birth to five years old, the Arthur-Lovington school district and Project H.E.L.P. will offer free preschool screenings February 19 at the Lovington Methodist Church, located at 241 S. Broadway St. The free screening is to see how your child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language. The free developmental screening lasts about one hour. For an appointment or more information call Nancy Wildman at 873-4318 at the Lovington Elementary School.

Lovington Library Encouraging Residents to Read

A recent report by Pew Research shows that for the second year in a row nearly a quarter of the nation didn’t read one book, which the report clarified as a paperback, audiobook, or tablet.

In the face of this epidemic, the Lovington Public Library will be encouraging residents to come together and read during the month of February. The library has set a community reading goal of 750 books, and everyone of all ages is asked to participate. All formats of books will qualify to help reach the goal. Stop by the library to enter the weekly drawing and inform the staff on how many books you have been reading. Each book will bring the goal a step closer. The library will feature many new materials for the whole family. Many of the new books were made available through a Libri Foundation grant sponsored by the Friends of the Lovington Public Library. To celebrate the community’s success, a culmination of the event will be held at noon Saturday, March 1. Performing at the library will be Abra-Kid-Abra, a St. Louis magician.

For more information, contact the Lovington Public Library at 873-4688.

A, B, C’s at Lovington Library

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February is thought of as the month of love, and as such, the Lovington Library will host a special event for adults at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11. The event will celebrate all things chocolate. Guests will enjoy an evening of socializing as well as tasting.

The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The event is part of a larger celebration during February of why people love Lovington. Each day of the month, people or places in the community will be spotlighted for their contribution that makes Lovington so lovable for so many. Red hearts will be posted around town recognizing individuals or organizations.

For more information, contact the Lovington Library at 873-4468.

Blood Drive in Findlay Feb. 17

A blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Findlay February 17. For more information on donating blood, visit redcrossblood.org.

Brown Scholarship Available

Application forms and information pertaining to the J. Leonard Brown scholarship fund have been distributed to area high school guidance counselors. Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in Moultrie County and plan to further their education.

In 2013, the J. Leonard Brown scholarship fund provided a total of $5,226 to area students. It is anticipated that a similar amount will be available for distribution in 2014.

Eligible students may contact their local high school guidance counselor.

Basketball Clinics Upcoming in Sullivan

Five Elite Basketball Fundamental Clinics will be held at Sullivan High School beginning on March 9 and held thereafter on each Sunday of the month. The last clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 2. All clinics will be held from 1-3 p.m. at a cost. The clinics are open to boys and girls from 3rd grade to high school. For more information about Elite Basketball, contact Barry Wolfe at 232-4446 or visit www.elite-basketball.net.