Frying Fish

Photo by Darian Hays Frying Fish Pictured are Steve Fleming(left) and Ralph Zancha (right) frying pollock during the annual Lovington fish fry held June 26 in Tom Conn Park.  According to Carol Smith of the Community Club, which sponsored the fish fry, approximately 140 pounds of fish were cooked, 200 people served, and $800 raised.

Photo by Darian Hays
Frying Fish
Pictured are Steve Fleming(left) and Ralph Zancha (right) frying pollock during the annual Lovington fish fry held June 26 in Tom Conn Park. According to Carol Smith of the Community Club, which sponsored the fish fry, approximately 140 pounds of fish were cooked, 200 people served, and $800 raised.

Salute to Farmer Veterans

Submitted Salute to Farmer Veterans More than 100 farmers and ranchers who previously served in the U.S. military and their respective homegrown products were celebrated at a Salute to Farmer Veterans reception at the Cannon House building in Washington D.C. June 2 hosted by the House Agriculture Committee and sponsored by the Farm Credit Council. The Illinois delegation at the Salute to Farmer Veterans reception featured (from left to right): Gene and Sandy Garver, Macon County farmers; Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Sina Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; Dale Crawford, Farm Credit Illinois Director and Moultrie County farmer; Alan Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer, Congressman Mike Bost; Joe Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; and Beth Bolger, Farm Credit Illinois.

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Salute to Farmer Veterans
More than 100 farmers and ranchers who previously served in the U.S. military and their respective homegrown products were celebrated at a Salute to Farmer Veterans reception at the Cannon House building in Washington D.C. June 2 hosted by the House Agriculture Committee and sponsored by the Farm Credit Council. The Illinois delegation at the Salute to Farmer Veterans reception featured (from left to right): Gene and Sandy Garver, Macon County farmers; Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; Sina Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; Dale Crawford, Farm Credit Illinois Director and Moultrie County farmer; Alan Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer, Congressman Mike Bost; Joe Ringhausen, Jersey County farmer; and Beth Bolger, Farm Credit Illinois.

Miss Moultrie-Douglas 2015 Contestants

Photo by RR Best Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the 53rd annual Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Becca Greathouse, Arthur; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Lauren Cody, Sullivan; Taylor Reifsteck, Tuscola; 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Lexi Sluder, Tuscola; Gabrielle Uphoff, Sullivan; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; and Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured – Morgan Miller, Sullivan; Karla Madden, Newman;  Hannah Leal, Arthur

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Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the 53rd annual Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Becca Greathouse, Arthur; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Lauren Cody, Sullivan; Taylor Reifsteck, Tuscola; 2014 Miss Moultrie-Douglas Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Lexi Sluder, Tuscola; Gabrielle Uphoff, Sullivan; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; and Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured – Morgan Miller, Sullivan; Karla Madden, Newman; Hannah Leal, Arthur

Photo by RR Best Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kali Pierce, Tuscola;Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola; Calista Clark, Lovington; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Janette Comstock, Lovington; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sidney Edwards, Oakland; 2014 Jr Miss Moultrie-Douglas Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Kenli Nettles, Lovington; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Emma Lee, Arthur; Faith Hardwick, Tuscola; Madysen Melton, Arcola; Meyha Evans, Arthur; and Logan Streible, Atwood. Not pictured is Kyla Carson, Arthur.

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Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Jr. Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Kali Pierce, Tuscola;Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola; Calista Clark, Lovington; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Janette Comstock, Lovington; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sidney Edwards, Oakland; 2014 Jr Miss Moultrie-Douglas Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Kenli Nettles, Lovington; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Emma Lee, Arthur; Faith Hardwick, Tuscola; Madysen Melton, Arcola; Meyha Evans, Arthur; and Logan Streible, Atwood. Not pictured is Kyla Carson, Arthur.

Photo by RR Best Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Top Row-Salina Kimberlin, Sullivan; Lilly Evans, Atwood; Chloe Smith, Hammond; Alyssa Adkins, Tuscola; Morgan Casteel, Lovington; Addison Dixon, Atwood; Sawyer Cleland, Tuscola; and Brooklynn Colter, Arthur; Bottom Row-Aymara Leal, Arcola; Gracelyn Johnson, Sullivan; Anna Rawlins, Pierson Station; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; 2014 Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Alyssa Ryherd, Sullivan; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur; Aaliyah Osborn, Sullivan; and Emmersyn Jainnoni, Sullivan. Not pictured is Kate Foltz, Tuscola.

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Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Contestants
Pictured are the contestants who will compete in the Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant , which will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. Pictured, from left to right, are this year’s contestants: Top Row-Salina Kimberlin, Sullivan; Lilly Evans, Atwood; Chloe Smith, Hammond; Alyssa Adkins, Tuscola; Morgan Casteel, Lovington; Addison Dixon, Atwood; Sawyer Cleland, Tuscola; and Brooklynn Colter, Arthur; Bottom Row-Aymara Leal, Arcola; Gracelyn Johnson, Sullivan; Anna Rawlins, Pierson Station; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; 2014 Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Alyssa Ryherd, Sullivan; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur; Aaliyah Osborn, Sullivan; and Emmersyn Jainnoni, Sullivan. Not pictured is Kate Foltz, Tuscola.

Harner Interns

Submitted Harner Interns Lovington native, Maddison Harner (right) interned this spring and summer in the Communications Office of the Illinois Senate Republicans. She worked alongside Republican Senators, like State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) (left), helping the Senators with their communications to the public and media.

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Harner Interns
Lovington native, Maddison Harner (right) interned this spring and summer in the Communications Office of the Illinois Senate Republicans. She worked alongside Republican Senators, like State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) (left), helping the Senators with their communications to the public and media.

Sullivan Baseball Awards 2015

Submitted Sullivan Baseball Awards Earlier this month the Sullivan high school baseball team held their awards banquet, recognizing the following individuals, pictured left to right: Nick Frerichs-offensive award and first team all-Central Illinois Conference; Matt Sparrow-Redskin award and second team all-CIC; Drew Harris-most improved; Zach Hrvol-pitching award and second team all-CIC; Dylan Hart-offensive award and first team all-CIC; and Jacob Piper-defensive award and all-CIC honorable mention. Not pictured is Levi Nadler-Redskin award and all-CIC honorable mention.

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Sullivan Baseball Awards
Earlier this month the Sullivan high school baseball team held their awards banquet, recognizing the following individuals, pictured left to right: Nick Frerichs-offensive award and first team all-Central Illinois Conference; Matt Sparrow-Redskin award and second team all-CIC; Drew Harris-most improved; Zach Hrvol-pitching award and second team all-CIC; Dylan Hart-offensive award and first team all-CIC; and Jacob Piper-defensive award and all-CIC honorable mention. Not pictured is Levi Nadler-Redskin award and all-CIC honorable mention.

Coles-Moultrie Sponsorship

Submitted Coles-Moultrie Sponsorship Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and CoBank recently donated $6,000 in sponsorship funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 26th annual golf benefit scheduled for Friday, June 12, at Meadowview Golf Course. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center. “We are delighted to support Sarah Bush Lincoln in its efforts to enhance cancer care for community members with a new modern facility,” Coles-Moultrie President and CEO Kim Leftwich said. “Coles Moultrie’s $3,000 donation was matched dollar-for-dollar by CoBank, as part of its ‘Sharing Success’ program designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America,” Leftwich said. Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative has been a sponsor of the SBL Golf Benefit since 1990, with donations totaling more than $76,000 over the 25-year period. For more information or to register for the golf benefit, please contact Kim Lockart in the SBL Foundation office at 238-4765. Pictured are: (front, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members Patty Hedges and Linda Neeley; (back, left to right) Mary Bovard, Becky Taylor, Sam Adair, Coles-Moultrie President and CEO Kim Leftwich, Tim Kastl and Kim Lockart.

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Coles-Moultrie Sponsorship
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and CoBank recently donated $6,000 in sponsorship funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 26th annual golf benefit scheduled for Friday, June 12, at Meadowview Golf Course. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center.
“We are delighted to support Sarah Bush Lincoln in its efforts to enhance cancer care for community members with a new modern facility,” Coles-Moultrie President and CEO Kim Leftwich said. “Coles Moultrie’s $3,000 donation was matched dollar-for-dollar by CoBank, as part of its ‘Sharing Success’ program designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America,” Leftwich said.
Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative has been a sponsor of the SBL Golf Benefit since 1990, with donations totaling more than $76,000 over the 25-year period. For more information or to register for the golf benefit, please contact Kim Lockart in the SBL Foundation office at 238-4765.
Pictured are: (front, left to right) SBL Golf Committee members Patty Hedges and Linda Neeley; (back, left to right) Mary Bovard, Becky Taylor, Sam Adair, Coles-Moultrie President and CEO Kim Leftwich, Tim Kastl and Kim Lockart.

Mike Overlot Field Rededication

Submitted Mike Overlot Field Rededication On Tuesday May 26 the Mike Overlot field and sign was rededicated at Crowder Park in Bethany.  Over $4,400 were raised by the Okaw Valley kids and from donations by the Okaw Valley community. The project was headed up by math teacher Shari Bryun and fundraisers included a dodge ball tournament and “hat” day where kids in the district could wear a hat to school for a $1 donation.  The funds were used to replace the 30 year old score board and update the signature, Mike Overlot sign. Pictured, left to right are: Shari Bryun, Tod Jeffers, the Okaw Valley 15 and under boys, David Overlot and Marge Overlot.

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Mike Overlot Field Rededication
On Tuesday May 26 the Mike Overlot field and sign was rededicated at Crowder Park in Bethany. Over $4,400 were raised by the Okaw Valley kids and from donations by the Okaw Valley community. The project was headed up by math teacher Shari Bryun and fundraisers included a dodge ball tournament and “hat” day where kids in the district could wear a hat to school for a $1 donation. The funds were used to replace the 30 year old score board and update the signature, Mike Overlot sign.
Pictured, left to right are: Shari Bryun, Tod Jeffers, the Okaw Valley 15 and under boys, David Overlot and Marge Overlot.

Sullivan Softball All-Conference and Team Awards 2015

Submitted Sullivan Softball All-Conference and Team Awards Pictured are the members of the Sullivan high school softball team that received all-Central Illinois Conference recognition and/or team awards. From left to right: Bailee Pratt, all-CIC honorable mention; Heidi Clements, second-team all-CIC, MVP and Co-defensive player of the year; and Elissa Stewart, second-team all-CIC, offensive player of the year. Pictured, below, is Allison Miller, most improved. Not pictured are Makenzie Ruppert, all-CIC honorable mention and co-defensive player of the year; and Ciara Anderson, hustle award.

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Sullivan Softball All-Conference and Team Awards
Pictured are the members of the Sullivan high school softball team that received all-Central Illinois Conference recognition and/or team awards. From left to right: Bailee Pratt, all-CIC honorable mention; Heidi Clements, second-team all-CIC, MVP and Co-defensive player of the year; and Elissa Stewart, second-team all-CIC, offensive player of the year. Pictured, below, is Allison Miller, most improved. Not pictured are Makenzie Ruppert, all-CIC honorable mention and co-defensive player of the year; and Ciara Anderson, hustle award.

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Check Presented to DMH

Submitted Check Presented to DMH The Okaw Valley Middle School Student Council raised $300 to help support the Decatur Memorial Hospital Mammography Initiative. Last year on October 11 the student council hosted a 5k and mile fun run. The 5k and mile fun run was held in Bethany at the Okaw Valley High School. To help the council with the 5k and mile fun run they had sponsors who supplied prizes for the participants which helped raise $200. Along with the 5k and mile fun run the student council hosted a movie night on March 21st of this year. The movie night helped raise an additional $100 towards the total. The DMH Mammography Initiative is a program the helps to subsidize the cost of mammography testing for underserved women in the community. This was the second year that the organization was able to donate money to the program. The student council would like to encourage anyone who can to come out next year to one of the events as they work to eclipse the amount from this year. Pictured, right, is DMH Foundation representative Heather Ludwig accepting a check from, left, OVMS Student Council President Anna Wooters.

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Check Presented to DMH
The Okaw Valley Middle School Student Council raised $300 to help support the Decatur Memorial Hospital Mammography Initiative. Last year on October 11 the student council hosted a 5k and mile fun run. The 5k and mile fun run was held in Bethany at the Okaw Valley High School. To help the council with the 5k and mile fun run they had sponsors who supplied prizes for the participants which helped raise $200. Along with the 5k and mile fun run the student council hosted a movie night on March 21st of this year. The movie night helped raise an additional $100 towards the total. The DMH Mammography Initiative is a program the helps to subsidize the cost of mammography testing for underserved women in the community. This was the second year that the organization was able to donate money to the program.
The student council would like to encourage anyone who can to come out next year to one of the events as they work to eclipse the amount from this year. Pictured, right, is DMH Foundation representative Heather Ludwig accepting a check from, left, OVMS Student Council President Anna Wooters.