ALAH School Board Approves Amended Budget

Influx of money helps, but still short

July 1, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond School Board approved an amended budget for 2014-2015 at their last regular board meeting after receiving an unexpected payment of $285,000 from the state.
“We are definitely excited about the additional revenue,” said superintendent Kenny Schwengel.
The district received $121,000 for transportation, $122,900 for special education services and $42,000 from the “adequacy grant.” Although the board received the unexpected funding, the state is still short, sending the district about $225,000 due to the 89% proration (11% cut). “Had we not received that money, we would have been about a half a million short of what we should have received,” explained Schwengel. “We continue to look for opportunities to save money due to the financial outlook in Illinois. Purchases have to be reduced. Staffing will be reduced when possible due to attrition,” he added. As of May 2015, the district’s overall balance stood at $1,128,388.12. Read More

BREAKING: Sullivan Teacher Struck by Vehicle While Jogging Tuesday

Submitted Pictured are emergency personnel meeting with a Life Flight helicopter, which transported Christina Sanders from Arthur to Carle Hospital Tuesday evening after she was stuck by a vehicle in rural Sullivan.

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Pictured are emergency personnel meeting with a Life Flight helicopter, which transported Christina Sanders from Arthur to Carle Hospital Tuesday evening after she was stuck by a vehicle in rural Sullivan.

Woman in critical condition

July 1, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
A Sullivan elementary school teacher is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening.
Shortly before 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, Christina Sanders, 30, of Sullivan was struck by an automobile while jogging in rural Sullivan according to a press release from the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department.
The release further adds that the automobile was being driven by Kali Forsyth, 18, of Sullivan. Read More

Lovington Man Stabbed by Son Sunday Night

Taken to St. Mary’s, man in fair condition

June 24, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A 24-year old man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his father at a home in Lovington Sunday night.
Matthew Archer-Newberry, 24, of Lovington was arrested after he stabbed his father Randy Newberry, 54, twice according to a probable cause affidavit by Lovington police officer Jay Clark.
The affidavit explains that Randy Newberry was transported to St. Mary’s hospital for a stab wound to the chest and cuts to his left arm. According to Clark’s statements, Newberry told the Lovington officer that he and his son Matthew were watching television prior to the incident. Archer-Newberry then allegedly went to the kitchen and returned with a knife, which he shoved into the upper left chest area of Randy Newberry. After managing to stand up from the recliner he was in, the 54-year-old was then stabbed again in his left inner forearm. Read More

Boy Drowns in Nearby Pool Last Tuesday

June 24, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A four-year-old boy was pronounced dead last Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in a residential pool.
According to a press release by the Macon County Coroner Michael Day’s office, Seth A. Hilton, 4, of Lovington was pronounced dead at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Hilton had actually been reported missing shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday according to chief sheriff deputy Gary Carroll. A press release by the sheriff’s department states that Hilton was discovered at 7:35 p.m. in a pool located near his home. Carroll added that the pool was located two houses down from Hilton’s residence and that no one was at the residence at which the pool is located at the time of the incident.
CPR was conducted on Hilton prior to being transported to the hospital. Read More

Sullivan Woman in Critical Condition After Collision

Victim of aggravated DUI wreck in Warrensburg Wednesday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan woman endured life-threatening injuries Wednesday evening following a collision near Warrensburg.

According to a press release by the Macon County sheriff's department, a call came in at approximately 6:35 p.m. regarding the two-vehicle wreck. Once on scene, responders had to extricate a 69-year-old Sullivan woman  from her 2011 Chevrolet after it collided with a 2009 Ford pickup truck, driven by Ryan M. Maurer, 41, of Harristown.

The release says that the preliminary investigation "indicates the Ford was northbound on Glasgow Rd and the Chevrolet was westbound on Park Rd.  The driver of the Ford indicated he stopped at the stop sign and upon pulling into the intersection collided with the Chevrolet.  The north-south traffic on Glasgow Rd. is controlled by a stop sign, while the east-west traffic on Park Rd. is not required to stop." Read More

Sullivan Couple Rescued from Kaskaskia River Near Allenville Last Week

After falling out of kayak, couple clings onto tree

June 18, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A week ago Thursday Illinois Conservation Police rescued a Sullivan couple after they became stranded in the Kaskaskia River near Allenville.
According to Captain Jim Mayes with the Illinois Conservation Police, around 1:47 p.m. Thursday, June 11, the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an 11-year-old boy reporting that his grandparents, William and Madeline VanKeuren, had become stranded on the Kaskaskia river after they along with the boy, himself fell out of their kayaks. The boy was able to make it to the shoreline, but the VanKeuren’s could not and instead held onto a tree due to strong currents. Read More

Motorcycle Pursuit Ends in Crash in Allenville

Suspect wrecks, suffers minor injuries

June 17, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A 23-year-old man was arrested in the early morning hours last Wednesday after he fled police on a motorcycle.
Chris Tomasello, 23, of Decatur, was arrested last Wednesday morning for not only driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle, but for also exceeding the speed limit by as much as 35 miles per hour.
According to Sullivan police officer Adam Collins’ report, at approximately 12:53 a.m. June 10, county deputy Clint Walker advised Sullivan PD that a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed was not pulling over and was headed westbound into Sullivan. Collins began to make his way east on Jackson and as he approved Madison Street observed a single headlight approaching. The officer then activated his radar and heard a “loud pitch.” Shortly thereafter, the radar then clocked the motorcycle at 98mph before the suspect turned north onto Calhoun. Read More

Burch Pleads Not Guilty

Former OV coach requests jury by trial

June 17, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A former Okaw Valley middle school coach pled not guilty Monday to counts related to the sexual abuse of an underage girl.
Wade T. Burch, 25, of rural Shelbyville appeared before Judge Dan Flannell Monday afternoon along with his attorney Sean Britton for a preliminary hearing where a plea of not guilty was entered in regard to the two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault he faces. Read More

No Raise in Electric Rates for Sullivan Utility Customers

4% raise in water/sewer while gas rate increase is undecided

June 10, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

At their May 26 meeting, the Sullivan city council voted to not raise electric rates this summer.
“Normally, every year, there is a four percent increase in electric rates, but this year since we are at a good balance, I ask that it be abated,” said Commissioner Mike Kirk.
Although the electric rates did not see an increase, the water rate’s annual four percent increase was allowed.
“Since it is automatic, and it is an annual increase, I pass that we go ahead and raise the water rates,” said Commissioner Bill Hagen. Read More

ALAH Receives Unexpected Payments For Transportation, Special Ed

General state aid still less than expected

June 3, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

A few payments that earlier in the year the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond school district thought were long gone, made their way into the coffers, though still less than originally promised.
“We received a third payment of $200,000 towards the transportation and special ed services,” explained superintendent, Kenny Schwengel to the board May 13. “It was a nice surprise to receive it.”
Schwengel also mentioned that the district received a $42,000 payment from general state aid. “Although, they did cut the amount we were supposed to receive,” added Schwengel, “it was about $10,000 less than what we usually get.”
After discussing the recently received revenue, Schwengel went on to inform the board of some of the expenses that the district still has. Read More