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.

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.

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)

2015 Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Horse Show Results

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Photos Submitted Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Horse Show Results The Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Horse Show was held Saturday, July 25. From top to bottom are the local award recipients. Benjamin Bushue of the Moultrie County Longhorns earned Grand Champion in Jr. Horse Showmanship, Trail Class-Jr., Pattern-Jr. Horsemanship, Jr. Flags, and Jr. Poles. Reserve Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse and Jr. Barrels. Blair Monroe of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Halter-Pony Mare and Sr Horse Showmanship. Reserve Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse, Pleasure Sr. Horsemanship, Trail Class-Sr., Pattern Riding-Sr, Sr. Barrels, and Sr. Flags. Chloe Tiarks of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse, Pleasure Jr. Horsemanship, Pattern Riding-Jr., and Jr. Barrels. Reserve Grand Champion in Trail Class-Jr., Jr. Flags and Jr. Poles.  Brett Bushue of the Moultrie County Longhorns earned Reserve Grand Champion in Halter-Horse Mare, Halter-Gelding, and Pleasure Jr. Horsemanship. Amy Monroe of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Halter-Pony Gelding, Halter-Gelding, Pony Showmanship, Pleasure-Pony, Pleasure-Sr. Horse, Pleasure-Horse Showmanship, Pleasure Sr. Horsemanship, Trail Class-Sr., Pattern Riding-Pony, Pattern Riding-Sr., Sr. Barrels, Sr. Flags, and Sr. Poles. Reserve Grand Champion in Sr. Horse Showmanship and Sr. Poles.

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Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Horse Show Results
The Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Horse Show was held Saturday, July 25. From top to bottom are the local award recipients. Benjamin Bushue of the Moultrie County Longhorns earned Grand Champion in Jr. Horse Showmanship, Trail Class-Jr., Pattern-Jr. Horsemanship, Jr. Flags, and Jr. Poles. Reserve Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse and Jr. Barrels. Blair Monroe of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Halter-Pony Mare and Sr Horse Showmanship. Reserve Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse, Pleasure Sr. Horsemanship, Trail Class-Sr., Pattern Riding-Sr, Sr. Barrels, and Sr. Flags. Chloe Tiarks of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Pleasure-Jr. Horse, Pleasure Jr. Horsemanship, Pattern Riding-Jr., and Jr. Barrels. Reserve Grand Champion in Trail Class-Jr., Jr. Flags and Jr. Poles. Brett Bushue of the Moultrie County Longhorns earned Reserve Grand Champion in Halter-Horse Mare, Halter-Gelding, and Pleasure Jr. Horsemanship. Amy Monroe of the Sunnyside Flea Flickers earned Grand Champion in Halter-Pony Gelding, Halter-Gelding, Pony Showmanship, Pleasure-Pony, Pleasure-Sr. Horse, Pleasure-Horse Showmanship, Pleasure Sr. Horsemanship, Trail Class-Sr., Pattern Riding-Pony, Pattern Riding-Sr., Sr. Barrels, Sr. Flags, and Sr. Poles. Reserve Grand Champion in Sr. Horse Showmanship and Sr. Poles.

Sullivan Man Found Dead Friday

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan Man Found Dead Friday Ryan J. Benton, 41, of Sullivan was found dead late Friday afternoon. According to Sullivan Police Chief John Love, his department was called to do a welfare check, and upon visiting Benton’s residence at 504 N. Van Buren, found the 41-year-old dead. Benton was pronounced deceased by Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed at 4:02 p.m. Friday. Sullivan police and Reed’s office are still conducting an investigation into Benton’s death but say that no foul play is suspected. Love declined to provide comment on a preliminary cause of death and instead said that they are awaiting both autopsy and toxicology reports. Pictured are both Sullivan police and officials from the coroner’s office preparing to enter Benton’s apartment.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan Man Found Dead Friday
Ryan J. Benton, 41, of Sullivan was found dead late Friday afternoon. According to Sullivan Police Chief John Love, his department was called to do a welfare check, and upon visiting Benton’s residence at 504 N. Van Buren, found the 41-year-old dead. Benton was pronounced deceased by Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed at 4:02 p.m. Friday. Sullivan police and Reed’s office are still conducting an investigation into Benton’s death but say that no foul play is suspected. Love declined to provide comment on a preliminary cause of death and instead said that they are awaiting both autopsy and toxicology reports. Pictured are both Sullivan police and officials from the coroner’s office preparing to enter Benton’s apartment.

Yard of July

Submitted WHAT’S Yard of July Windsor’s yard of the month winner is Noel and Gloria Helton. Making good use of perennials and annuals in their flower beds makes this a favorite drive by spot of many in Windsor, and the new log siding on their home has been a long awaited goal. The WHAT group, Windsor’s Happenings Around Town, is a mapping group that is working on beautification of Windsor. The group encourages all residents to beautify their homes and yards. Nominations may be made by stopping by city hall or calling  273-5488.

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WHAT’S Yard of July
Windsor’s yard of the month winner is Noel and Gloria Helton. Making good use of perennials and annuals in their flower beds makes this a favorite drive by spot of many in Windsor, and the new log siding on their home has been a long awaited goal. The WHAT group, Windsor’s Happenings Around Town, is a mapping group that is working on beautification of Windsor. The group encourages all residents to beautify their homes and yards. Nominations may be made by stopping by city hall or calling 273-5488.

Trashy

Photo by RR Best Trashy Pictured are several televisions that were dumped in a drainage ditch just north of Wyman Park sometime over the weekend. According to Sullivan road district commissioner Elmo Weaver, the televisions were left in the ditch in what appeared to be a result of complications with the Sullivan citywide electronic recycling event which was held Saturday. According to the city, the recycling company was not equipped to handle the large volume of electronics, which citizens brought to be recycled. “They should have taken them back home instead of dumping it on someone else,’ said Weaver. “It’s not right.” The city does plan to hold another electronics recycling day. Information on that event will be provided in the News•Progress once available.

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Trashy
Pictured are several televisions that were dumped in a drainage ditch just north of Wyman Park sometime over the weekend. According to Sullivan road district commissioner Elmo Weaver, the televisions were left in the ditch in what appeared to be a result of complications with the Sullivan citywide electronic recycling event which was held Saturday. According to the city, the recycling company was not equipped to handle the large volume of electronics, which citizens brought to be recycled. “They should have taken them back home instead of dumping it on someone else,’ said Weaver. “It’s not right.” The city does plan to hold another electronics recycling day. Information on that event will be provided in the News•Progress once available.

Golf Outing Winners

Submitted Golf Outing Winners Pictured is winning team from the 21st annual Okaw Valley Academic Foundation golf outing, which was held July 10. From left to right: Andrew Fultz, Joe Fultz, sponsor Jack Scott, Ben Broadbeck, and JC Fultz.

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Golf Outing Winners
Pictured is winning team from the 21st annual Okaw Valley Academic Foundation golf outing, which was held July 10. From left to right: Andrew Fultz, Joe Fultz, sponsor Jack Scott, Ben Broadbeck, and JC Fultz.

2015 Miss-Mo-Do Royalty

Photo by Keith Stewart 2015 Miss-Mo-Do Royalty Pictured are this year’s Miss Moultrie-Douglas royalty, from left to right: Jr. Miss Mo-Do Kali Pierce of Tuscola, Little Miss Mo-Do Paislee Lorenzen of Newman, and Miss Mo-Do Gabrielle Uphoff of Sullivan.

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2015 Miss-Mo-Do Royalty
Pictured are this year’s Miss Moultrie-Douglas royalty, from left to right: Jr. Miss Mo-Do Kali Pierce of Tuscola, Little Miss Mo-Do Paislee Lorenzen of Newman, and Miss Mo-Do Gabrielle Uphoff of Sullivan.

Talking Education

Submitted Talking Education A group of local educators recently met with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) to discuss education issues in the state. Pictured, inside Sen. Rose’s Capitol office are (back row, left to right): John Harwood, Dan Allen (Sullivan H.S. teacher), and Ted Walk (Sullivan H.S. assistant principal). Front row: Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Steve Poland, Brad Tuttle (Sullivan superintendent), and Erik Young (Sullivan H.S. principal).

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Talking Education
A group of local educators recently met with State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) to discuss education issues in the state. Pictured, inside Sen. Rose’s Capitol office are (back row, left to right): John Harwood, Dan Allen (Sullivan H.S. teacher), and Ted Walk (Sullivan H.S. assistant principal). Front row: Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Steve Poland, Brad Tuttle (Sullivan superintendent), and Erik Young (Sullivan H.S. principal).

Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State

Submitted Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State The 2014 season saw the Mo-Co Rush enjoy one of their most successful trips to the NSA State Tournament with four of five teams placing in the top five.  The three 2015 teams bested that by all finishing in the top four at this year’s tournament in East Peoria.  Both the 18U and 12U finished in third place, while the 10U finished in fourth place.  The 10U had a shot to make it three for three in the top three, but let a 4-1 lead slip away in the final inning.  Regardless all three teams played at an extremely high level and it was a momentum builder heading into the final three tournaments of the season.  The 12U has a record of 46-20-1 on the season, while the 10U has a spring/summer record of 29-20 and 31-27 overall.  Tryouts for the 2016 season are scheduled for August 1 and 2.  For more information on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com. Pictured above are the 10U: L-R: Ryli Kauffman, Mia Harris, Mikaela Moore, Kinley Hill, Keira Hohlbauch, Bailey Bennett, Katie Honchell, Kayla Schippel, Mackenzie Condill, Alaina Moore, Alisha Frederick, and Charley Condill.

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Mo-Co Places All Teams In Top Four At State
The 2014 season saw the Mo-Co Rush enjoy one of their most successful trips to the NSA State Tournament with four of five teams placing in the top five. The three 2015 teams bested that by all finishing in the top four at this year’s tournament in East Peoria. Both the 18U and 12U finished in third place, while the 10U finished in fourth place. The 10U had a shot to make it three for three in the top three, but let a 4-1 lead slip away in the final inning. Regardless all three teams played at an extremely high level and it was a momentum builder heading into the final three tournaments of the season. The 12U has a record of 46-20-1 on the season, while the 10U has a spring/summer record of 29-20 and 31-27 overall. Tryouts for the 2016 season are scheduled for August 1 and 2. For more information on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com. Pictured above are the 10U: L-R: Ryli Kauffman, Mia Harris, Mikaela Moore, Kinley Hill, Keira Hohlbauch, Bailey Bennett, Katie Honchell, Kayla Schippel, Mackenzie Condill, Alaina Moore, Alisha Frederick, and Charley Condill.