Remember When? 8-19-2015

25 years ago this week

Amanda Howen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howen of Sullivan, participated recently in the Eagle Talent Showcase at the Champaign Holiday Inn. Competing against 20 other area performers, she was chosen to perform on a nationally-syndicated cable TV program called The Nashville Revue Show. She will perform three musical selections before talent agents and record producers. She is a 1985 graduate of the Chicago Academy of the Arts.

Angela Rogers, daughter of Jack and Marilyn Rogers of Sullivan, and Sherry Voyles, daughter of Marvin and Linda Voyles of Gays, recently received diplomas from Robert Morris College during spring 1990 commencement ceremonies held in Springfield.

Tracy Ann Short of Sullivan is among the new initiates into the Indiana University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national freshmen scholastic honorary.

Cherie Joy Belcher of Lovington returned home recently after attending the Chicage National Assn. of Dance Masters Workshop and ballet forum. The daughter of Don and Joyce Belcher of rural Lovington, she was a member of the Decatur Area Dance Co. for six years appearing on PM Magazine, the Children’s Maricle Network and danced in the Decatur Celebration

Bethany High School math teacher Marilyn Jones was installed state president of Alpha Delta Kappa during the organization’s state convention held May 4-6 in Bloomington. Read More

Teeing-Off

Photo by RR Best Teeing-Off Sullivan Joey Davison tees off during Monday’s golf season opener at Angus Links in Windsor. Davison finished 46th overall with a 99. Other Sullivan scores include Caden Ellis’ 83 (tied for 13th), Eric Keller’s 88 (tied for 25th), Adam White’s 100 (tied for 47th), Tom Schibur’s 101 (tied for 49th), and Kaleb Shumard’s 107 (61st). As a team, the Redskins finished with a score of 370, more than 65 strokes better than this time last year. As a result, Sullivan finished ninth out of the 12-team invite, which was hosted by Effingham St. Anthony, who would win with a team score of 328. Neoga’s lone golfer Luke Baker finished atop individually with a 71.

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Teeing-Off
Sullivan Joey Davison tees off during Monday’s golf season opener at Angus Links in Windsor. Davison finished 46th overall with a 99. Other Sullivan scores include Caden Ellis’ 83 (tied for 13th), Eric Keller’s 88 (tied for 25th), Adam White’s 100 (tied for 47th), Tom Schibur’s 101 (tied for 49th), and Kaleb Shumard’s 107 (61st). As a team, the Redskins finished with a score of 370, more than 65 strokes better than this time last year. As a result, Sullivan finished ninth out of the 12-team invite, which was hosted by Effingham St. Anthony, who would win with a team score of 328. Neoga’s lone golfer Luke Baker finished atop individually with a 71.

Sweet Reward

Photo by RR Best Sweet Reward Cookies for Guard-Ladies from Sullivan took  generosity to the next level Saturday. As some 700 National Guard from all over the state gathered in Sullivan for all day training, Teresa Metzger, Jennifer Voegel, Rhonda West, Amanda Titus Bennett, Tara Rice, Shirley Rogers and Becky Lawson made hundreds of cookies.

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Sweet Reward
Cookies for Guard-Ladies from Sullivan took generosity to the next level Saturday. As some 700 National Guard from all over the state gathered in Sullivan for all day training, Teresa Metzger, Jennifer Voegel, Rhonda West, Amanda Titus Bennett, Tara Rice, Shirley Rogers and Becky Lawson made hundreds of cookies.

First Day at Okaw Valley

Photo by Mike Brothers First Day at Okaw Valley Carter McConkey of Bethany is looking forward to his first day at school at Okaw Valley Elementary School. Carter joins his 4th grade class along with the 170 students attending the k-4  school.

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First Day at Okaw Valley
Carter McConkey of Bethany is looking forward to his first day at school at Okaw Valley Elementary School. Carter joins his 4th grade class along with the 170 students attending the k-4 school.

Ode to a Lackthereof

Photo by R.R. Best Pictured are outgoing managing editor Keith Stewart (left) and his replacement Mike Brothers (right), who took over this week.

Photo by R.R. Best
Pictured are outgoing managing editor Keith Stewart (left) and his replacement Mike Brothers (right), who took over this week.

•August 12, 2015•

by Keith Stewart

Yes, I’m leaving. And soon it will be last week’s news.

After four years here at the News•Progress, I have decided to step away as managing editor, editor, sports reporter, designer, photographer, website manager, et al.

Replacing me (and as explained somewhere nearby), is Mike Brothers, who literally trumps me in experience 10-fold.

And I feel good about putting the paper in his hands.

Last week when he and I were in Findlay, Mike, spur of the moment, jumped out of the car and began delivering complimentary issues of our paper door to door in the 90 degree heat. That’s when I knew he was right for this paper and right for this area.

Because he cares.
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Area Arts Get Boost From Bikers

Photo by R.R. Best  Corn bikers -ElliptiGo riders Brandon Simmons and Jordan Trump enjoyed the Sullivan Area Arts Bicycle Tour: Cruisin’ the Cornfields, Saturday. They liked the ride so much they rode to Sullivan from Moweaqua, took part in the 41 mile tour, then rode their bikes back to Moweaqua.

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Corn bikers -ElliptiGo riders Brandon Simmons and Jordan Trump enjoyed the Sullivan Area Arts Bicycle Tour: Cruisin’ the Cornfields, Saturday. They liked the ride so much they rode to Sullivan from Moweaqua, took part in the 41 mile tour, then rode their bikes back to Moweaqua.

Sullivan Area Arts got a boost from a bunch of bikers on Saturday, August 8

•August 12, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

The Sixth annual Cruisin’ the Cornfields bicycle tour fund-raiser sponsored by SAArts had 48 riders.

“The ride went really well this year,” event coordinator Stepheny McMahon said, noting the weather was perfect and all the roads were clear and smooth.

Starting at Wyman Park in Sullivan riders were given two choices for the ride. The 16 mile tour began at Wyman and went to Okaw Valley Orchard.

“The Okaw Valley Orchard is a good rest stop where riders can take a break and have refreshments,” she continued.

Those choosing the 16 mile route return to Wyman Park from Okaw Valley Orchard while those choosing the 41 mile tour continue to Dalton City, then on to Lake City where another rest stop was set. Of the group 27 riders chose the 41 mile tour on Saturday. Ride time for the 41 mile bike tour was about three hours.
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When Ink Gets in your Veins

•August 12, 2015•

Mike Brothers is coming to the Sullivan News Progress to serve the community as managing editor.

With some 30 years of history in area newspapers, Brothers’ return is marked by the fact that once ink flows through a person’s veins they are never the same.

“It’s a business that gets under your skin,” he said. “I enjoy getting local news and taking pictures around the community.” Read More

Quick Acting Teens Save the Day

Photo RR Best YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS- Leyton Burcham (left) and Patrick Owens took quick action and their garden hoses to the Jim Smith house in Country Estates Sunday. Sullivan Firefighters representative Kenny Graven (center) was on hand to present the young volunteers with Sullivan Fire Department shirts.

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YOUNG FIREFIGHTERS - Leyton Burcham (left) and Patrick Owens took quick action and their garden hoses to the Jim Smith house in Country Estates Sunday. Sullivan Firefighters representative Kenny Graven (center) was on hand to present the young volunteers with Sullivan Fire Department shirts.

•August 12, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

Quick action by two young Sullivan teenagers at a neighbor’s house fire Sunday may have saved the day.

Sullivan’s Fire Department decided to honor that brave effort.

“These boys thought quickly,” fireman Dan Baugher said of their reaction to the fire at Jim and Sheila Smith’s house in Country Club Estates.

“They saw a situation that was bad and tried to make it better.” Baugher said, noting the department appreciated that effort and gave them honorary firefighter t-shirts.

Leyton Burcham,14, and Patrick Owen,13, noticed the blaze at their neighbor’s and immediately got a ladder, two hoses and went to work.

“We came around the corner on our way home from church when I saw the smoke,” Leyton said. “At first I thought the smoke was coming from my house.”

“Pulling into the drive I noticed flames coming out the side of their house,” Leyton said.” So I grabbed their hose while Mom went to get a ladder.”

Cheri Burcham called 9-1-1 while fetching the ladder for her young firefighter.

Deb Owens, Patrick’s mom, was standing in her kitchen. “I heard a crash and knew it was close, but I had no idea it was across the street.”  Read More

Queen Pageant Participants

Cutline Macon Co pageant Queen Pageant Participants - The Macon County Queen Pageant was expanded in 2015 to include contestants from outside the county. Pictured with Macon County Queen 2014 Sophie Schwalbach from Decatur/Sullivan are (from left): Ashton Doty of Bethany, Queen Schwalbach, Brittany Rader of Lovington, second runner up 2015 Macon County Queen Pageant, and Carli Plank of Arthur. The pageant was held at the Decatur Civic Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Kristen Batte of Paxton was crowned Macon County Queen for 2015. Retiring Queen Sophie is attending Richland Community College focusing on performing arts. (News Progress photo- Mike Brothers)

Queen Pageant Participants - The Macon County Queen Pageant was expanded in 2015 to include contestants from outside the county. Pictured with Macon County Queen 2014 Sophie Schwalbach from Decatur/Sullivan are (from left): Ashton Doty of Bethany, Queen Schwalbach, Brittany Rader of Lovington, second runner up 2015 Macon County Queen Pageant, and Carli Plank of Arthur. The pageant was held at the Decatur Civic Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Kristen Batte of Paxton was crowned Macon County Queen for 2015. Retiring Queen Sophie is attending Richland Community College focusing on performing arts. (News Progress photo- Mike Brothers)

Video Gaming Revenue Uncertain

•August 12, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

Money from the Video Gaming locations have steadily flowed into Sullivan and Lovington since 2013, but the budget impasse in Springfield threatens future flow.

“The last tax we received from the state was June 19,” Lovington clerk Susan Gordon said. That last amount was $1,479.91.

“Sad that we didn’t receive any notice from the state to let us know they were sending the tax,” Gordon continued.

She noted that since Video Gaming tax was implemented in 2013, Lovington has received $37,626 total.

Lovington has 10 Video Gaming machines in two locations. From January through July Lovington’s share of the tax totaled $8,063.54. That is based on $2,168,503 played with $2,007,233 won.

According to Sullivan village treasurer Myron Salmon Video Gaming tax was good for  $27,000 extra in the city general fund last year.

Sullivan has six establishments offering video gaming which have $3,729,467 played with $3,421,818 won since January of this year.  Read More