Bethany Fire District Leads Procession

Photo by Mike B rothers Bethany Fire District Leads Procession  Sullivan, Lovington, Mt. Zion and area first responders joined family and friends to honor the passing of Jerry L. Clark, Chief Engineer of the Bethany Fire District. Following the 11 a.m. January 12 services at McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan the Bethany Fire District led Clark’s procession to Marrowbone Cemetery in Bethany where Sullivan and Mt Zion Fire District ladder trucks displayed the American Flag at the entry. Bethany American Legion Post #507 performed military rites. Serving the fire district for more than two decades, Clark was also a member of the Okaw Fire Association and Bethany American Legion Post.

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Bethany Fire District Leads Procession
Sullivan, Lovington, Mt. Zion and area first responders joined family and friends to honor the passing of Jerry L. Clark, Chief Engineer of the Bethany Fire District. Following the 11 a.m. January 12 services at McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan the Bethany Fire District led Clark’s procession to Marrowbone Cemetery in Bethany where Sullivan and Mt Zion Fire District ladder trucks displayed the American Flag at the entry. Bethany American Legion Post #507 performed military rites. Serving the fire district for more than two decades, Clark was also a member of the Okaw Fire Association and Bethany American Legion Post.

Windsor Homecoming Royalty 2016

Photo furnished Windsor Homecoming Royalty Windsor High School held its 2015 homecoming dance December 12.   The theme this year was Adventures in Wonderland. Homecoming Royalty: Front Row:  Crown Bearer Ellyn Boyer, 2015 Homecoming Queen Kristen Morlen, 2015 Homecoming King Mitchell Haddock, and Crown Bearer Evan Pfeiffer. Back Row: Queen Candidates Mercedez Austin and Breana Wiltermood, Junior Class Attendant Kaitlyn Armes, Sophomore Class Attendant Mikayla Haddock, Freshmen Class Attendant Carson Cole, 2014 Homecoming Queen Taylor Higgins, 2014 Homecoming Attendant Uriah Jones, Freshman Class Attendant Beau Bennett, Sophomore Class Attendant Charles Farmer, Junior Class Attendant Travis Fox, King Candidates Todd Elliott and Tyler Kemper.

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Windsor Homecoming Royalty
Windsor High School held its 2015 homecoming dance December 12.
The theme this year was Adventures in Wonderland. Homecoming Royalty: Front Row: Crown Bearer Ellyn Boyer, 2015 Homecoming Queen Kristen Morlen, 2015 Homecoming King Mitchell Haddock, and Crown Bearer Evan Pfeiffer. Back Row: Queen Candidates Mercedez Austin and Breana Wiltermood, Junior Class Attendant Kaitlyn Armes, Sophomore Class Attendant Mikayla Haddock, Freshmen Class Attendant Carson Cole, 2014 Homecoming Queen Taylor Higgins, 2014 Homecoming Attendant Uriah Jones, Freshman Class Attendant Beau Bennett, Sophomore Class Attendant Charles Farmer, Junior Class Attendant Travis Fox, King Candidates Todd Elliott and Tyler Kemper.

Fish Hook Burns

File Photo Fish Hook Burns The Kaskaskia Biological Station west of Allenville, commonly known as Fish Hook, received major fire damage during a Sunday, May 3, 2015 blaze. Sullivan, Bethany, Windsor, Findlay and Lovington fire departments extinguished the blaze within two hours of arrival. More from 2015 inside.

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Fish Hook Burns
The Kaskaskia Biological Station west of Allenville, commonly known as Fish Hook, received major fire damage during a Sunday, May 3, 2015 blaze. Sullivan, Bethany, Windsor, Findlay and Lovington fire departments extinguished the blaze within two hours of arrival. More from 2015 inside.

Bethany for the Holidays

Photo by RR Best Bethany for the Holidays It was time for the holiday season celebration in Bethany with the streets lined with craftsmen such as Mark Seely who helped busy Bethany shoppers with their holiday gift decisions.

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Bethany for the Holidays
It was time for the holiday season celebration in Bethany with the streets lined with craftsmen such as Mark Seely who helped busy Bethany shoppers with their holiday gift decisions.

Wind Flips Tractor-trailer on Cadwell Road

Photo courtesy Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. As the wind and rain picked up around noon Wednesday, Dec. 23 trucker Floyd Jones of Cowden was traveling on Cadwell Road near Jonathan Creek.  According to chief deputy Gary Carroll, Jones said he noticed a funnel cloud filled with dust, mud and debris coming toward him in the middle of the road.  Jones told the deputy that he hit his brakes, and the next thing he knew the tractor-trailer he was driving was on its side in the road. Jones was able to climb out the passenger side of the truck uninjured. Carroll also noted that at about the same time as the high wind incident that turned Jones’ truck over, a power pole snapped in Cadwell causing a power outage and traffic delays.

Photo courtesy Moultrie County Sheriff’s Dept. As the wind and rain picked up around noon Wednesday, Dec. 23 trucker Floyd Jones of Cowden was traveling on Cadwell Road near Jonathan Creek.
According to chief deputy Gary Carroll, Jones said he noticed a funnel cloud filled with dust, mud and debris coming toward him in the middle of the road.
Jones told the deputy that he hit his brakes, and the next thing he knew the tractor-trailer he was driving was on its side in the road. Jones was able to climb out the passenger side of the truck uninjured. Carroll also noted that at about the same time as the high wind incident that turned Jones’ truck over, a power pole snapped in Cadwell causing a power outage and traffic delays.

Culvert Upheaval in Sullivan

Photo by Mike Brothers Culvert Upheaval in Sullivan During the heavy rains in and around Sullivan a culvert on Patterson Street failed, taking half the street with it. Chief of Police John Love noted that the road is closed until repairs can be made to the culvert and street, and residents should seek alternative routes.

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Culvert Upheaval in Sullivan
During the heavy rains in and around Sullivan a culvert on Patterson Street failed, taking half the street with it. Chief of Police John Love noted that the road is closed until repairs can be made to the culvert and street, and residents should seek alternative routes.

Water Rising in Bethany

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Photos by RR Best Water Rising in Bethany As in most areas of Moultrie County the rains of the past few days have caused water to rise in the Bethany area. Mayor Bill Ashley Jr. reported that water in low lying neighborhoods was a problem but hadn’t gotten into homes.  He said Illinois Department of Transportation crews have been clearing debris from the highway as water subsides and that the water is still over the roadway along Route 32 in the Lovington area and Highway 128 south toward Shelbyville, besides many of the rural roads.

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Water Rising in Bethany
As in most areas of Moultrie County the rains of the past few days have caused water to rise in the Bethany area. Mayor Bill Ashley Jr. reported that water in low lying neighborhoods was a problem but hadn’t gotten into homes. He said Illinois Department of Transportation crews have been clearing debris from the highway as water subsides and that the water is still over the roadway along Route 32 in the Lovington area and Highway 128 south toward Shelbyville, besides many of the rural roads.

Bethany Legion Poker Winner

Photo provided Bethany Legion Poker Winner Matthew “The Head” Hunter was winner of the Bethany American Legion Post 507 poker tournament that was held Dec 12.  Hunter bested a field of 57 players to bring home the trophy and win the biggest tournament to date.

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Bethany Legion Poker Winner
Matthew “The Head” Hunter was winner of the Bethany American Legion Post 507 poker tournament that was held Dec 12.  Hunter bested a field of 57 players to bring home the trophy and win the biggest tournament to date.