Photo by RR Best Engulfed in Flames Fire had engulfed the front porch and two rooms of a house at the corner of Hunter and Graham streets when Sullivan firefighters arrived at 12:28 a.m. Wednesday. Fire Chief Mike Piper noted Matt and Nikki Nohren, their two kids and dog were alerted by smoke detector and were safely outside at that time. The house owned by Corey Davis received heavy fire, heat and smoke damage. Lovington and Bethany fire depts. assisted until 4:00 a.m. The Red Cross was called to assist the family.
Photo furnished Marshmallows Roasting on an Open Fire Okaw Valley High School students participated in the annual ECO meet Thursday at Camp Camfield and at the end of the meet enjoyed roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Team members left to right are Trey Yarnell, Quinn Brooks, Natalie Jeffers, and Sarah Weber.
Photo furnished OVHS Band Excels The OVHS Marching Timberwolves had a great Saturday at the Effingham band competition. They were awarded first place in General Effects, second in class, right behind Sangamon Valley who has much larger numbers and tied for second in visual with Sangamon Valley. They were third in music and percussion. They travel to the University of Illinois Saturday, Oct 21 for another competition.
Photo by R.R. Best Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Hundreds of hungry people were able to get up early Saturday morning following the first night of Oktoberfest in Sullivan and enjoy breakfast at the firehouse. Above Josh Qualls and Heide Burgess serve up sausage links to go along with Sullivan Fire Department’s pancakes during the seventh annual event held at the Harrison Street fire station.
ILMEA Audition for OV Junior Bella Benning, Okaw Valley junior, auditioned for ILMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) District 5 choir, which is a step toward ILMEA All-state. This is the third year in a row that Benning has been selected. Students are given five musical selections and are required to prepare all five but will be judged on only two pieces. The first All-State selection is announced, but students do not know until the day of auditions what the second selection will be. ILMEA uses a blind audition format with judges only knowing students by an ID number rather than name and school. Benning also had to perform tonal skills consisting of two scales and three triads. She will perform with the District 5 choir November 18 at Eastern Illinois University.
Photo by RR Best Busy Sullivan Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Week was Oct. 8-12 with Sullivan firefighters visiting Sullivan schools. In the above photo students learned about special rescue equipment such as the “Jaws of Life” during the Sullivan Fire Dept. elementary school visit. This Saturday the firefighters will be serving pancakes and sausage at the seventh annual event. Children under five get free pancakes and sausage while adults can make donations during the 6-10 a.m. event at the Harrison Street fire station.
Photo furnished WHS Sponsors Blood Drive Windsor High School National Honor Society and student council want you to donate blood and help save a life. The blood drive is noon-5 p.m.Thursday, October 19 in the Windsor High School gymnasium. The goal is 25 units.
Windsor Schools Students of Month September Students of the Month at Windsor Jr./Sr. High School are senior Kasey Bean, daughter of Todd and Bobbie Bean and seventh grade student Gracie Brownlee, daughter of Gregory and Ashleah Brownlee. Bean is involved in volleyball, Student Council, NHS, Vice President of Spanish Club, Pep Club, WYSE, FFA, and is senior class treasurer. Brownlee will play volleyball this winter.
Photo by Mike Brothers SYATP Sullivan Sullivan District #300 students gathered around the flag pole in front of the middle school Sept. 27 to say a prayer. See You at the Pole (SYATP) is an annual gathering of thousands of Christian students at a flagpole in front of their local schools for prayer, scripture-reading and worship, during the early morning before school starts. It takes place on the fourth Wednesday in September. The events began in 1990 in the United States. It is now an international event; in 2005 more than two million students in the U.S. participated, as well as students in Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ghana, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, and South Africa.
Photo furnished OVHS Marching Timberwolves Compete Okaw Marching Timberwolves competed at the Sage City Invitational in Class C/D recently. Band director Theresa Colclasure; visual coordinator David Hagerman,color guard Monica Maybell, and percussion director Courtney Boyd prepared the 37 member band and six color guards for the competition. The Marching Timberwolves show was The Blues Brothers Movie including Gimme Some Lovin, Minnie the Moucher, Think/I Can’t Turn You Loose.