2014 ALAH Football Awards

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH Football Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Dylan Black - lineman of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC defensive line; Steven Wright - defensive player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC running back and linebacker; Tyler Schuring - offensive player of the year, MVP, all time records for passing, rushing and total offense, selection to the 1A All-State Football Team, and 1st team all-LOVC quarterback and defensive back; Jeremy Plank - most improved; Teddy Poe - coach’s award. Not pictured Kyle Feagin - special teams player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC wide receiver, punter, and kicker; David Rosenbaum 1st team all-LOVC offensive line and honorable mention defensive line; Nathan Rose honorable mention defensive back; Graeme Stewart, honorable mention offensive line.

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH Football Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Dylan Black – lineman of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC defensive line; Steven Wright – defensive player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC running back and linebacker; Tyler Schuring – offensive player of the year, MVP, all time records for passing, rushing and total offense, selection to the 1A All-State Football Team, and 1st team all-LOVC quarterback and defensive back; Jeremy Plank – most improved; Teddy Poe – coach’s award. Not pictured Kyle Feagin – special teams player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC wide receiver, punter, and kicker; David Rosenbaum 1st team all-LOVC offensive line and honorable mention defensive line; Nathan Rose honorable mention defensive back; Graeme Stewart, honorable mention offensive line.

2014 ALAH XC Award

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH XC Award The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured is Logan Hall - most varsity points

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH XC Award
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured is Logan Hall – most varsity points

2014 ALAH Volleyball Awards

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH Volleyball Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Kalli Martin - team spirit award; Kimberly Davis - hustle award; Emily Seegmiller - most valuable player, and 1st team all-LOVC; Elyse Harris - sportsmanship award; and Janette Comstock - Knights spirit award. Not pictured is Makayla Brown - most improved player, and Madison Brown, honorable mention all-LOVC.

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH Volleyball Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Kalli Martin – team spirit award; Kimberly Davis – hustle award; Emily Seegmiller – most valuable player, and 1st team all-LOVC; Elyse Harris – sportsmanship award; and Janette Comstock – Knights spirit award. Not pictured is Makayla Brown – most improved player, and Madison Brown, honorable mention all-LOVC.

OVES Donates Food

Submitted OVES Donates Food The students at Okaw Valley Elementary have been busy this month trying to make the holiday season of others’ bright.  Casey’s Pizza joined the school in sponsoring a food drive that ran from December 1 to the 12. The students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade amassed over 1000 pounds of food, which was divided between the Bethany and Findlay food pantries. The combined kindergarten classes earned a Casey’s pizza party for donating more items than the other classes. OVES will also be hosting “Dance for a Cause II” and will be collecting new toys that will be donated to the Barnes Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The students have organized a dance for the students and ask that they donate a toy or money to purchase toys.  All OVES students will be attending the dance on December 18. Pictured, left to right: Camille Brown - manager of the Bethany Casey’s, Heidi Vander Burgh - kindergarten teacher and Angie Russell - kindergarten teacher.

Submitted
OVES Donates Food
The students at Okaw Valley Elementary have been busy this month trying to make the holiday season of others’ bright.  Casey’s Pizza joined the school in sponsoring a food drive that ran from December 1 to the 12. The students ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade amassed over 1000 pounds of food, which was divided between the Bethany and Findlay food pantries. The combined kindergarten classes earned a Casey’s pizza party for donating more items than the other classes. OVES will also be hosting “Dance for a Cause II” and will be collecting new toys that will be donated to the Barnes Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The students have organized a dance for the students and ask that they donate a toy or money to purchase toys.  All OVES students will be attending the dance on December 18. Pictured, left to right: Camille Brown – manager of the Bethany Casey’s, Heidi Vander Burgh – kindergarten teacher and Angie Russell – kindergarten teacher.

Semi-trucks Reminded of Restrictions on Parking in Village Limits

December 17, 2014

Ordinance says vehicles over 3/4 ton unable to park in village limits for more than 30 minutes

by Florence Hallford
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The topic of semi-truck parking has been an on-going discussion since a resident asked permission to park his truck over a sidewalk several months ago.

The board members have been looking into solutions since, unable to find a suitable one. During his research, village president Jim Minor located an ordinance that prevents owners of vehicles in excess of ¾ ton from parking in most of the village limits for more than half an hour.

While the board members identified with residents on the issue, there is not much they can do about it, noting that the resident needs to find suitable parking. However, trustee Roger Walker became concerned, stating that many residents drive regular trucks that weigh close to, if aren’t at the weight limit of the truck size the ordinance includes that need special parking. Read More

ALAH Schools Go Ahead with Levy Increase

December 17, 2014

With over $10,000 increase in property value, levy up nearly 8 percent

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

After holding a truth and taxation hearing, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond school board members approved the tax levy for the tax year 2014 payable 2015.

This year’s EAV was estimated at $193, 490,228 while last year’s total was $183,286,949. An increase of 7.98 percent was passed by the board. So far, the district has not received its incentive money from the state, and Schwengel noted that it is possible that they may receive only three out of four payments. The present total of all funds in the district’s accounts is $6,965,024.74. A resolution abating the tax levied for the year 2014 to pay debt service on General Obligation School Bonds (an alternative revenue source) was also passed. Read More

Man Found Dead Sunday in Sullivan

Photo by RR Best Sullivan fire and police personnel are seen at 412. N. Seymour in Sullivan Sunday, where 58-year-old James Helms was found deceased after an apparent house fire.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan fire and police personnel are seen at 412. N. Seymour in Sullivan Sunday, where 58-year-old James Helms was found deceased after an apparent house fire.

December 17, 2014

Apparent house fire to blame, but still under investigation

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan man was found dead inside his residence Sunday afternoon after a neighbor came by to check on him.

According to Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed, James E. Helms, 58, of Sullivan was pronounced dead in his residence located at 412. N. Seymour at 4:20 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy was performed Monday, and a full report on the cause of death including toxicology results is not expected for two to three weeks. Reed did say that, while preliminarily there does not appear to be anything suspicious surrounding Helms’ death, it is still under investigation.

Helms was found by Sullivan fire personnel Sunday after they received a 911 call at 4:02 p.m. that alerted them of a house fire with a trapped individual. However, when Sullivan fire fighters arrived four minutes later, there was no fire.

“The fire was out and had been for some time,” said Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper. “There was no heat smoke and no fire. It appeared that the fire had occurred several hours before, probably when he succumbed to it.” Read More

Sullivan Employees See Bonus Increase

December 17, 2014

Extra $25 added on

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

A discussion was held at this month’s first city council meeting whether or not to increase the Christmas bonus for city of Sullivan employees.

Since about 1999, employees have been given $75. Health and safety commissioner Bill Hagen motioned that it be increased to $100, explaining that $75 doesn’t go quite as far today as it did in the 90’s. Public property manager Mike Kirk seconded the motion, and the council agreed to raise the Christmas bonus to $100.

A TIFF participation loan of $680,000 (including full project fees) was also approved for the Red Apple.

About $250,000 will be financed by First Mid Illinois Bank in an eight year balloon payment. Sullivan has received $700,000 in TIFF funds, but they must be used for TIFF purposes only. All funds must be used by 2022, or they will be returned to their original source. Read More