Little Miss Arthur 2015

Submitted Little Miss Arthur Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Preteen Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Laila Sanchez, a 4-year-old who is sponsored by her mother and father Marchita & Tyler Sanchez; Emeline Hope Greathouse, a 5-year-old who is sponsored by APT and whose parents are Jay Martin & Tracey Greathouse; and Kyndrie Carter, a 3-year-old who is sponsored by Live Love Smile Photography and whose parents are J.J. & Erica Carter.

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Little Miss Arthur
Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Preteen Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Laila Sanchez, a 4-year-old who is sponsored by her mother and father Marchita & Tyler Sanchez; Emeline Hope Greathouse, a 5-year-old who is sponsored by APT and whose parents are Jay Martin & Tracey Greathouse; and Kyndrie Carter, a 3-year-old who is sponsored by Live Love Smile Photography and whose parents are J.J. & Erica Carter.

Miss Preteen Arthur 2015

Submitted Miss Preteen Arthur Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Preteen Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Charliegh Tripp,  a 7-year-old who is sponsored by Arthur Custom Tank and whose parents are Amanda Tripp & Brennon Winskill; MacKenzie Erixon, an 11-year-old who is sponsored by  Vivi Jewelry by Erica Schrock and whose parents are Jennifer & Jim Erixon; 2014 Miss Preteen Arthur Deanna Clark whose parents are Chris & Michelle Clark; and  Brooklynn Colter, a 6-year-old who is sponsored by the Arthur Flower Shop and whose parents are Harley & Ashley Colter.

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Miss Preteen Arthur
Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Preteen Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Charliegh Tripp, a 7-year-old who is sponsored by Arthur Custom Tank and whose parents are Amanda Tripp & Brennon Winskill; MacKenzie Erixon, an 11-year-old who is sponsored by Vivi Jewelry by Erica Schrock and whose parents are Jennifer & Jim Erixon; 2014 Miss Preteen Arthur Deanna Clark whose parents are Chris & Michelle Clark; and Brooklynn Colter, a 6-year-old who is sponsored by the Arthur Flower Shop and whose parents are Harley & Ashley Colter.

Lovington Community Club Donation

Photo by Sally Foley Lovington Community Club Donation The Lovington Community Club donated a total of $2100 to seven area organizations ($300 each), which were represented by the following individuals: seated left to right are Gary Smith (Lovington Ambulance Corporation and the Lovington Fire Department), Rodney Houser(Churches of the Lovington Area), and Leroy Fair (Lovington Alumni Association). Standing left to right are Norma Brust, Linda Alumbaugh(Christ’s Food Pantry), Darlene Barlow (Lovington Library), Jessica Mercer(Sparrows), Pam Nottingham, and Carol Smith. Brust, Nottingham, and Smith represented the community club.

Photo by Sally Foley
Lovington Community Club Donation
The Lovington Community Club donated a total of $2100 to seven area organizations ($300 each), which were represented by the following individuals: seated left to right are Gary Smith (Lovington Ambulance Corporation and the Lovington Fire Department), Rodney Houser(Churches of the Lovington Area), and Leroy Fair (Lovington Alumni Association). Standing left to right are Norma Brust, Linda Alumbaugh(Christ’s Food Pantry), Darlene Barlow (Lovington Library), Jessica Mercer(Sparrows), Pam Nottingham, and Carol Smith. Brust, Nottingham, and Smith represented the community club.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Photo by Jeni Yantis The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Okaw Valley High School drama club will present the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. April 24 & 25 in the OVHS gym.  The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam County. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. For this quirky group of outsiders, a spelling bee is the one place they can fit in and stand out at the same time. Cast members include seniors Olivia King, Maureen Blakey and Kali Forsyth, juniors Gretchen Macklin, Charli Uhlrich and Nick Tipsword, sophomores Brianna Creviston, Sydney Hagerman and Madison Uhlrich and freshman Hannah Landreth. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Okaw Valley High School at 665-3631.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Okaw Valley High School drama club will present the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. April 24 & 25 in the OVHS gym. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam County. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. For this quirky group of outsiders, a spelling bee is the one place they can fit in and stand out at the same time. Cast members include seniors Olivia King, Maureen Blakey and Kali Forsyth, juniors Gretchen Macklin, Charli Uhlrich and Nick Tipsword, sophomores Brianna Creviston, Sydney Hagerman and Madison Uhlrich and freshman Hannah Landreth.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Okaw Valley High School at 665-3631.

Foster Takes Seventh

Submitted Foster Takes Seventh Brady Foster of Lovington competed at the 15th annual Midgetstate IKWF championship March 21 and 22 in Danville. Competing in the 66 lb, 9-10 year olds division, Foster came away with seventh place. He is the son of Chastity and Chad Foster.

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Foster Takes Seventh
Brady Foster of Lovington competed at the 15th annual Midgetstate IKWF championship March 21 and 22 in Danville. Competing in the 66 lb, 9-10 year olds division, Foster came away with seventh place. He is the son of Chastity and Chad Foster.

The Calm Before the Storm

Photo by RR Best The Calm Before the Storm Hundreds of kids and adults stand behind caution tape Sunday afternoon at Wyman Park just moments before being let loose to raid hundreds of Easter eggs of their goodies. The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Sullivan Fire District, which also gave the following children baskets after drawing their names: Charlie Conlin, Emma Clevenger, Aidan Coil, Elona Halili, Teagan Born, McKinlee Nunamaker, Lane Nowlin, Josie Herschberger, Trey Grimm, Autumn Shinn, Wyatt Miller, and Maelyn Gaithes. In addition, the following children were drawn to receive a bike: Jesse Russell, Addison Cole, Bryson Beckwith, Sophia Thomas, Nikolas Rubush, Tessla Ashbrooke, Jacob Collins, Kailen Scribner, Rhyland Brady, Kenadi Wyrozumski, Ethan Brinkman, and Kinley Hill.

Photo by RR Best
The Calm Before the Storm
Hundreds of kids and adults stand behind caution tape Sunday afternoon at Wyman Park just moments before being let loose to raid hundreds of Easter eggs of their goodies. The Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Sullivan Fire District, which also gave the following children baskets after drawing their names: Charlie Conlin, Emma Clevenger, Aidan Coil, Elona Halili, Teagan Born, McKinlee Nunamaker, Lane Nowlin, Josie Herschberger, Trey Grimm, Autumn Shinn, Wyatt Miller, and Maelyn Gaithes. In addition, the following children were drawn to receive a bike: Jesse Russell, Addison Cole, Bryson Beckwith, Sophia Thomas, Nikolas Rubush, Tessla Ashbrooke, Jacob Collins, Kailen Scribner, Rhyland Brady, Kenadi Wyrozumski, Ethan Brinkman, and Kinley Hill.

2015 Miss Lovington Pageant

Photo by Kent Stock 2015 Miss Lovington Pageant The 2015 queens that were crowned March 28 were Jr. Miss Lovington Kenli Nettles (left), daughter of Ryan Nettles and Christi Yielding and 2015 Little Miss Lovington Morgan Casteel (right), daughter of Brock and Erica Casteel. Outgoing queens (back row) are 2014 Jr Miss Lovington, Natalie Lambdin (left) and 2014 Little Miss Lovington, Halle Wardrip (right).

Photo by Kent Stock
2015 Miss Lovington Pageant
The 2015 queens that were crowned March 28 were Jr. Miss Lovington Kenli Nettles (left), daughter of Ryan Nettles and Christi Yielding and 2015 Little Miss Lovington Morgan Casteel (right), daughter of Brock and Erica Casteel. Outgoing queens (back row) are 2014 Jr Miss Lovington, Natalie Lambdin (left) and 2014 Little Miss Lovington, Halle Wardrip (right).

2015 SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet

Submitted by Emily Neuhauser SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet The SHS girls’ basketball banquet was held March 10 at the VFW. Pictured, left to right: Chloe Riley (most improved award) Emily Neuhauser (most outstanding player award and offensive award) Brittin Boyer (rebound award and Lady Redskin award) Elisss Stewart (hustle and heart award) and Alyssa Marshall (defense award). Boyer also previously received First Team All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, while also being unanimously named to the all-Central Illinois Conference first team. Neuhauser received Third Team All-State from the IBCA and Honorable Mention from the AP as well as unanimous all CIC first team. Stewart earned second team all CIC honors.

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SHS Girls’ Basketball Banquet
The SHS girls’ basketball banquet was held March 10 at the VFW. Pictured, left to right: Chloe Riley (most improved award) Emily Neuhauser (most outstanding player award and offensive award) Brittin Boyer (rebound award and Lady Redskin award) Elisss Stewart (hustle and heart award) and Alyssa Marshall (defense award). Boyer also previously received First Team All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, while also being unanimously named to the all-Central Illinois Conference first team. Neuhauser received Third Team All-State from the IBCA and Honorable Mention from the AP as well as unanimous all CIC first team. Stewart earned second team all CIC honors.