Sullivan Chiefs Inducted into Hall of Fame

Short-lived softball team recognized for big impact

April 15, 2015

 
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This past Saturday night may have been organized to recognize efforts and performances deserving of hall of fame status, but for the men and women involved, it was about recalling the smell of fresh cut grass, playing double-headers four times a week, and playing fast pitch softball on the Fourth of July.
The Sullivan Chiefs, one of five teams inducted into the Amateur Softball Association 11th annual Hall of Fame held at the Decatur Convention Center and Hotel Saturday evening, may have been last, but they certainly were not the least deserving.
“The Sullivan Chiefs didn’t play a lot of years, but they did win the state championship in 1970 with a truly outstanding bunch of players,” said presenter Joe Snedeker. “Our teams played against them many times, and they could hit, and they could run, and they could do it all.”
Before winning the state tournament in 1970, the Chiefs began as a 4H club that slowly evolved over the next few years.
There was, according to Moultrie County News archives, a Sullivan Merchants softball team that played throughout the 30s but disbanded in 1964. The next year, at just 19 years old, Larry Morrison decided to keep Sullivan’s fastpich softball alive by seeking a sponsor from Ed Dunphy.
“Believe it or not, we started out as the Sunnyside Fleaflickers 4H club,” recalled Morrison, who played first base for the team, including the state championship team. “My dad got sick after my freshman year of college so I came home, and we still wanted to play ball, but we couldn’t play 4H anymore, so we talked to Ed Dunphy, and he sponsored when we started.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are individuals who either played for the Sullivan Chiefs or a team just prior to their formation in 1970 who were present at this past Saturday’s hall of fame induction in Decatur. Back row, left to right: Carl Fieldbinder, Harold Martin, Barry Freeman, manager Ron (Sox) Sutton, Mark Wascher, Danny Green, Jerry Lane, and “Iron” Mike Shelton. Front row: Gary Yoder, Dean Mitchell, Larry Morrison, Richard Maxedon, Charlie Bland, Mike Orris, and Terry Phillips (team announcer and son of the late Joe Phillips). Not pictured is Buster Chumbley.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are individuals who either played for the Sullivan Chiefs or a team just prior to their formation in 1970 who were present at this past Saturday’s hall of fame induction in Decatur. Back row, left to right: Carl Fieldbinder, Harold Martin, Barry Freeman, manager Ron (Sox) Sutton, Mark Wascher, Danny Green, Jerry Lane, and “Iron” Mike Shelton. Front row: Gary Yoder, Dean Mitchell, Larry Morrison, Richard Maxedon, Charlie Bland, Mike Orris, and Terry Phillips (team announcer and son of the late Joe Phillips). Not pictured is Buster Chumbley.

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Zoos Now Allowed Inside Moultrie

Photo by RR Best The Moultrie County Board held its monthly meeting last Thursday in what became a packed courtroom anxious to speak their thoughts about allowing zoos to set up shop in the county. The board eventually voted and approved by a count of 8-1 an amendment that would allow just that.

Photo by RR Best
The Moultrie County Board held its monthly meeting last Thursday in what became a packed courtroom anxious to speak their thoughts about allowing zoos to set up shop in the county. The board eventually voted and approved by a count of 8-1 an amendment that would allow just that.

Ordinance amended Thursday to allow for wildlife parks

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Moving their monthly meeting to a third floor courtroom Thursday to allow for more members of the public to attend, the Moultrie County Board approved by a vote of 8-1 to amend the zoning ordinance to allow for zoos and wildlife parks in the county.
The board’s decision followed more than 45 minutes of public comment, 30 of which were from Urbana attorney Kent Follmer, who is representing 17 landowners opposed to, not only the zoning amendment, but also a specific wildlife project that has been proposed in the county, but that wasn’t up for consideration.
Known as the Aikman Wildlife Adventure, the park would initially span 45 acres and include both a drive-through area where patrons could feed animals and a walk-through that would be similar to a zoo but with much larger habitats. There would also be a 7,000 squared foot walk-through aviary featuring different species of birds that patrons could feed. The park would be located one mile west of the Great Pumpkin Patch southwest of Arthur.
Follmer’s presentation to the board Thursday included objections from the Moultrie County Farm Bureau and local veterinarian Dr. DeWayne Richter.
The Bureau, in a letter to the county board, expressed its stance, saying, “The Moultrie County Farm Bureau opposes production farmland taken out of production for non-agricultural use.”
This was a point that has been and continues to be echoed by Follmer when arguing the intent of the agricultural zoning ordinance and citing its preamble which in part outlines its goal as to “promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare by separating incompatible nonagricultural uses from potentially incompatible agricultural uses…” Read More

Cause Undetermined in Vehicle Fire Investigation

Photo by RR Best Sullivan fire captain Chris Wright looks at the remains of a vehicle fire that spread to a garage Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan fire captain Chris Wright looks at the remains of a vehicle fire that spread to a garage Wednesday afternoon.

Fire spreads to garage of triplex

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A garage belonging to a three-apartment structure suffered damage Wednesday, April 8 from a parked vehicle that previously caught fire.
According to Sullivan Fire Captain Chris Wright, a vehicle belonging to Cynthia Fleming caught fire Wednesday afternoon after being parked and idle for approximately an hour. The vehicle was in close proximity to a garage door belonging to a triplex, which caught fire but did not spread beyond the garage.
Fleming added that she only discovered the fire after a neighbor notified her. A phone call was received by the Sullivan Fire Department at 3:23 p.m., but according to Wright, on-duty personnel were out on two simultaneous ambulance calls, requiring duty crew to come from home. Read More

Foster Takes Seventh

Submitted Foster Takes Seventh Brady Foster of Lovington competed at the 15th annual Midgetstate IKWF championship March 21 and 22 in Danville. Competing in the 66 lb, 9-10 year olds division, Foster came away with seventh place. He is the son of Chastity and Chad Foster.

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Foster Takes Seventh
Brady Foster of Lovington competed at the 15th annual Midgetstate IKWF championship March 21 and 22 in Danville. Competing in the 66 lb, 9-10 year olds division, Foster came away with seventh place. He is the son of Chastity and Chad Foster.

An Incumbent Kind of Night

Nearly every race re-elects candidates

April 8, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In all but one of the five contested races Tuesday incumbents were all re-elected according to unofficial final tallies. Moultrie county clerk Georgia England says that final results will not be available until a canvass is completed on April 21, which will include any provisional and absentee votes remaining. However, England said she does not imagine the canvass to result in any change in the unofficial results. Overall voter turnout came in at just 15.76 percent, which the clerk described as low compared to previous consolidated elections. ElectionTABLE Read More

Aiming High for Food for Golf Day

Fundraiser for the Moultrie County Food Pantry April 24

April 8, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Golfers at the Sullivan Country Club won’t be “puttering around” when it comes to donating food for the Moultrie County Food Pantry later this month. In fact, they will be having their own kind of drive–one that will be aiming for more than just a hole-in-one or under-par as the community will have a chance to enjoy a few rounds of golf while helping donate to a good cause.
“This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said the Sullivan Country Club golf pro Andy Wagner. “I know from personal experiences that there are a lot of unexpected things in life and things get tough so I thought what a great opportunity to help the food pantry so they can help others who are in need. Our community really stands together and helps when called upon. Both the Country Club and I feel this is a way for us to contribute.” Read More

The Calm Before the Storm

Photo by RR Best The Calm Before the Storm Hundreds of kids and adults stand behind caution tape Sunday afternoon at Wyman Park just moments before being let loose to raid hundreds of Easter eggs of their goodies. The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Sullivan Fire District, which also gave the following children baskets after drawing their names: Charlie Conlin, Emma Clevenger, Aidan Coil, Elona Halili, Teagan Born, McKinlee Nunamaker, Lane Nowlin, Josie Herschberger, Trey Grimm, Autumn Shinn, Wyatt Miller, and Maelyn Gaithes. In addition, the following children were drawn to receive a bike: Jesse Russell, Addison Cole, Bryson Beckwith, Sophia Thomas, Nikolas Rubush, Tessla Ashbrooke, Jacob Collins, Kailen Scribner, Rhyland Brady, Kenadi Wyrozumski, Ethan Brinkman, and Kinley Hill.

Photo by RR Best
The Calm Before the Storm
Hundreds of kids and adults stand behind caution tape Sunday afternoon at Wyman Park just moments before being let loose to raid hundreds of Easter eggs of their goodies. The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Sullivan Fire District, which also gave the following children baskets after drawing their names: Charlie Conlin, Emma Clevenger, Aidan Coil, Elona Halili, Teagan Born, McKinlee Nunamaker, Lane Nowlin, Josie Herschberger, Trey Grimm, Autumn Shinn, Wyatt Miller, and Maelyn Gaithes. In addition, the following children were drawn to receive a bike: Jesse Russell, Addison Cole, Bryson Beckwith, Sophia Thomas, Nikolas Rubush, Tessla Ashbrooke, Jacob Collins, Kailen Scribner, Rhyland Brady, Kenadi Wyrozumski, Ethan Brinkman, and Kinley Hill.

2015 Miss Lovington Pageant

Photo by Kent Stock 2015 Miss Lovington Pageant The 2015 queens that were crowned March 28 were Jr. Miss Lovington Kenli Nettles (left), daughter of Ryan Nettles and Christi Yielding and 2015 Little Miss Lovington Morgan Casteel (right), daughter of Brock and Erica Casteel. Outgoing queens (back row) are 2014 Jr Miss Lovington, Natalie Lambdin (left) and 2014 Little Miss Lovington, Halle Wardrip (right).

Photo by Kent Stock
2015 Miss Lovington Pageant
The 2015 queens that were crowned March 28 were Jr. Miss Lovington Kenli Nettles (left), daughter of Ryan Nettles and Christi Yielding and 2015 Little Miss Lovington Morgan Casteel (right), daughter of Brock and Erica Casteel. Outgoing queens (back row) are 2014 Jr Miss Lovington, Natalie Lambdin (left) and 2014 Little Miss Lovington, Halle Wardrip (right).

2015 SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet

Submitted by Emily Neuhauser SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet The SHS girls’ basketball banquet was held March 10 at the VFW. Pictured, left to right: Chloe Riley (most improved award) Emily Neuhauser (most outstanding player award and offensive award) Brittin Boyer (rebound award and Lady Redskin award) Elisss Stewart (hustle and heart award) and Alyssa Marshall (defense award). Boyer also previously received First Team All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, while also being unanimously named to the all-Central Illinois Conference first team. Neuhauser received Third Team All-State from the IBCA and Honorable Mention from the AP as well as unanimous all CIC first team. Stewart earned second team all CIC honors.

Submitted by Emily Neuhauser
SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet
The SHS girls’ basketball banquet was held March 10 at the VFW. Pictured, left to right: Chloe Riley (most improved award) Emily Neuhauser (most outstanding player award and offensive award) Brittin Boyer (rebound award and Lady Redskin award) Elisss Stewart (hustle and heart award) and Alyssa Marshall (defense award). Boyer also previously received First Team All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, while also being unanimously named to the all-Central Illinois Conference first team. Neuhauser received Third Team All-State from the IBCA and Honorable Mention from the AP as well as unanimous all CIC first team. Stewart earned second team all CIC honors.