LGS Jump Rope for Heart 2015

Photos by Keith Stewart LGS Jump Rope for Heart 2015 The Lovington grade school P.E. classes from kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the event April 13-30 and collectively raised  $5,193.85 to donate to the American Heart Association.   From left to right: Chilton Ingram, Xander Barrett, Jaydon Hopkins, Isaiah Bates, Wyatt Hilligoss, Carter Pratt, Devon Barron, Ashylnn Baker, Lucy Duran, Chloe Franklin, Brady Moore, Josie Hale, Cole Wardrip, Caden Schmidt, Hunter Carnahan.  Pictured above are members of Sara Kveton’s fourth grade class who were the top fundraisers with a total of $981.46.

Photos by Keith Stewart
LGS Jump Rope for Heart 2015
The Lovington grade school P.E. classes from kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the event April 13-30 and collectively raised  $5,193.85 to donate to the American Heart Association. 
From left to right: Chilton Ingram, Xander Barrett, Jaydon Hopkins, Isaiah Bates, Wyatt Hilligoss, Carter Pratt, Devon Barron, Ashylnn Baker, Lucy Duran, Chloe Franklin, Brady Moore, Josie Hale, Cole Wardrip, Caden Schmidt, Hunter Carnahan.  Pictured above are members of Sara Kveton’s fourth grade class who were the top fundraisers with a total of $981.46.

Pictured is Daylon Doggett of Pam Boddy’s class, who was the top individual fundraiser with $311.

Pictured is Daylon Doggett of Pam Boddy’s class, who was the top individual fundraiser with $311.

MCRTA’s First Annual Meeting

Submitted by Jim Luedke MCRTA’s First Annual Meeting The Moultrie County Retired Teachers held their first meeting of the year April 18. Connie Miller, a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, presented information about special events taking place this year at the museum. Pictured, left to right are: Jim Barr, IRTA Region 13 Director; Ellen Feeler, MCRTA secretary; Connie Miller, speaker; Dennis Hutchings, MCRTA president; Linda McCabe, MCRTA vice-president; and Larry Jones, MCRTA treasurer. Moultrie County Retired Teachers meet four times a year. An annual scholarship is awarded to a Moultrie County graduating senior who is going into the education field. Also, one or more teacher grants are awarded to teachers in Moultrie County each year. The next meeting of MCRTA is June 6 at 11:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan. Any former teacher who is retired from a school in Moultrie County, or any retired teacher living in Moultrie County is eligible to join MCRTA.

Submitted by Jim Luedke
MCRTA’s First Annual Meeting
The Moultrie County Retired Teachers held their first meeting of the year April 18. Connie Miller, a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, presented information about special events taking place this year at the museum. Pictured, left to right are: Jim Barr, IRTA Region 13 Director; Ellen Feeler, MCRTA secretary; Connie Miller, speaker; Dennis Hutchings, MCRTA president; Linda McCabe, MCRTA vice-president; and Larry Jones, MCRTA treasurer.
Moultrie County Retired Teachers meet four times a year. An annual scholarship is awarded to a Moultrie County graduating senior who is going into the education field. Also, one or more teacher grants are awarded to teachers in Moultrie County each year. The next meeting of MCRTA is June 6 at 11:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan. Any former teacher who is retired from a school in Moultrie County, or any retired teacher living in Moultrie County is eligible to join MCRTA.

Mo-Co Rush Earns Second in Effingham

Submitted Mo-Co Rush Earns Second in Effingham The 2015 Mo-Co Rush 10U competed in their first tournament of the spring/summer the weekend of April 25-26 in Effingham. The Rush came away with a second place finish and qualified for the 2015 NSA World Series in Indianapolis.  The Rush started the weekend against the Mattoon Cobras and one of the best pitchers in the area in Karlie Bean. It was their first outing of the season against Bean, and the Rush lost the opener 6-0. The Rush then won five straight games over Jasper County, St. Anthony, CI Diamonds, Mattoon Pride, and the Cobras. The last two wins came off of last inning come from behind finishes. They trailed the Pride, a team that defeated them twice in the fall, 5-2 heading into the bottom of the third but rallied to score two in the third, one in the fourth, and one in the bottom of the fifth to win.  That win propelled them into the championship where they needed to defeat the Mattoon Cobras twice to win the title.  In game one the Rush were down 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth when they rallied to score four runs to win the game and force the extra game. However, the Rush ran out of gas and lost 9-1 to the Cobras and Bean in the finale. Hit leaders for the weekend were Sullivan’s Kinley Hill and Arthur’s Alisha Frederick, both with seven each, while three others had four hits each. The trio of Arcola’s Keira Hohlbauch, Sullivan’s Katie Honchell, and Arthur’s Ryli Kauffman pitched well all weekend.  Arthur’s Charley Condill also caught in six of the seven games and threw out eight base runners.  The Rush travel to Charleston and Terre Haute in May for their next two tournaments.  For more info on the Rush go to www.mocorush.com. Pictured front row, left to right: Bailey Bennett-Bethany, Alisha Frederick-Arthur, Alaina Moore-Sullivan, Ryli Kauffman-Arthur, Mikaela Moore-Sullivan, Mackenzie Condill-Arthur.  Back row: Kayla Schnippel-Mt. Zion, Mia Harris-Bethany, Kinley Hill-Sullivan, Keira Hohlbauch-Arcola, Charley Condill-Arthur, Katie Honchell-Sullivan.

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Mo-Co Rush Earns Second in Effingham
The 2015 Mo-Co Rush 10U competed in their first tournament of the spring/summer the weekend of April 25-26 in Effingham. The Rush came away with a second place finish and qualified for the 2015 NSA World Series in Indianapolis.
The Rush started the weekend against the Mattoon Cobras and one of the best pitchers in the area in Karlie Bean. It was their first outing of the season against Bean, and the Rush lost the opener 6-0. The Rush then won five straight games over Jasper County, St. Anthony, CI Diamonds, Mattoon Pride, and the Cobras. The last two wins came off of last inning come from behind finishes. They trailed the Pride, a team that defeated them twice in the fall, 5-2 heading into the bottom of the third but rallied to score two in the third, one in the fourth, and one in the bottom of the fifth to win. That win propelled them into the championship where they needed to defeat the Mattoon Cobras twice to win the title. In game one the Rush were down 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth when they rallied to score four runs to win the game and force the extra game. However, the Rush ran out of gas and lost 9-1 to the Cobras and Bean in the finale. Hit leaders for the weekend were Sullivan’s Kinley Hill and Arthur’s Alisha Frederick, both with seven each, while three others had four hits each. The trio of Arcola’s Keira Hohlbauch, Sullivan’s Katie Honchell, and Arthur’s Ryli Kauffman pitched well all weekend. Arthur’s Charley Condill also caught in six of the seven games and threw out eight base runners. The Rush travel to Charleston and Terre Haute in May for their next two tournaments. For more info on the Rush go to www.mocorush.com.
Pictured front row, left to right: Bailey Bennett-Bethany, Alisha Frederick-Arthur, Alaina Moore-Sullivan, Ryli Kauffman-Arthur, Mikaela Moore-Sullivan, Mackenzie Condill-Arthur. Back row: Kayla Schnippel-Mt. Zion, Mia Harris-Bethany, Kinley Hill-Sullivan, Keira Hohlbauch-Arcola, Charley Condill-Arthur, Katie Honchell-Sullivan.

Miss Arthur 2015

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Submitted Miss Arthur  Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From top to bottom: Becca Greathouse, a college freshman who is sponsored by AAEDC Arthur Area Economic Development Corporation and whose parents are Jay Martin & Tracey Greathouse; Gracie Plank, a 10th grader who is sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Mike & Lashelle Plank; and Hannah Leal, an 11th grader who is also sponsored by CHI and whose mother is Liz Garza.

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Miss Arthur
Above are the three young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Miss Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From top to bottom: Becca Greathouse, a college freshman who is sponsored by AAEDC Arthur Area Economic Development Corporation and whose parents are Jay Martin & Tracey Greathouse; Gracie Plank, a 10th grader who is sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Mike & Lashelle Plank; and Hannah Leal, an 11th grader who is also sponsored by CHI and whose mother is Liz Garza.

Jr. Miss Arthur 2015

Submitted Jr. Miss Arthur Above are the five young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Jr. Miss Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Katie Smith, a 7th grader who is sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Tina & Danny Smith; Isabel Harlin, a 6th grader who is also sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Aaron & Leah Dolan; Calista Clark, a 7th grader who is sponsored by Amazing Memory Photography and whose parents are Chris & Michelle Clark; 2014 Jr. Miss Arthur Kayla Hodge whose parents are Matt & Melissa Bernius and Kory & Gina Hodge; Emma Lee, a 7th grader who is sponsored by Delberts and whose parents are Nolan & Cindy Lee; and Kyla Carson, a 9th grader who is sponsored by Erica Carter Live Love Smile Photography and whose parents are Randa Carson & Jamie Carson.

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Jr. Miss Arthur
Above are the five young ladies who will be competing for the crown of Jr. Miss Arthur at the Miss Arthur Pageant Saturday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. From left to right: Katie Smith, a 7th grader who is sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Tina & Danny Smith; Isabel Harlin, a 6th grader who is also sponsored by CHI and whose parents are Aaron & Leah Dolan; Calista Clark, a 7th grader who is sponsored by Amazing Memory Photography and whose parents are Chris & Michelle Clark; 2014 Jr. Miss Arthur Kayla Hodge whose parents are Matt & Melissa Bernius and Kory & Gina Hodge; Emma Lee, a 7th grader who is sponsored by Delberts and whose parents are Nolan & Cindy Lee; and Kyla Carson, a 9th grader who is sponsored by Erica Carter Live Love Smile Photography and whose parents are Randa Carson & Jamie Carson.

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.