Redskins Hold Bulldogs to 38 points in Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Ty Molzen (no. 21) shoots over St. Anthony’s Derek Rios Tuesday. Molzen led Sullivan with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Ty Molzen (no. 21) shoots over St. Anthony’s Derek Rios Tuesday. Molzen led Sullivan with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

December 3, 2014

Sullivan evens record at 1-1

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Managing to hold the St. Anthony Bulldogs to two single-digit scoring quarters Tuesday night, the Sullivan boys’ basketball team came away with a 48-38 victory to improve to 1-1 on the year.

“This is a good basketball team that we just beat, and not a lot of basketball teams are going to beat them on this floor, so I’m proud of them,” said Sullivan head coach Chester Reeder. “Thirty-eight points for them was a testament to how hard we’ve worked on the defensive end.”

Sullivan flitted back and forth between a 1-3-1 zone and their normal man-defense. After the Bulldogs found early success in the paint, Sullivan eventually smothered the lane to force St. Anthony to shoot from outside, where they struggled almost the entire night, shooting 13-of-44 from the field, including 4-of-17 from the arc, three of which baskets came in the second half.

And try as they did, St. Anthony never could get closer than within eight of Sullivan three separate occasions in the second half.

But they, at times, created havoc of their own, when they also switched to a 2-3 zone in the third and fourth quarters, which in turn, helped create Sullivan turnovers.

“We sped up too fast and tried to do things too quick, but I think overall we handled it pretty well. It’s a work in progress for us,” said Reeder. “We were getting whatever we wanted, which is why he went to that zone. Something we have to get better at is our zone offense. We’ll keep working on it.” Read More

Battle of the Bigs in Mt. Zion

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer (left) tries to drive around Mt. Zion’s Tori Johnson (no. 14) and Shannon Probst (no. 21). Boyer finished the night with 21 points, 17 of which came in the first half.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer (left) tries to drive around Mt. Zion’s Tori Johnson (no. 14) and Shannon Probst (no. 21). Boyer finished the night with 21 points, 17 of which came in the first half.

December 3, 2014

Sullivan spreads the scoring to defeat Lady Braves

by Keith Stewart

keith@newsprogress.com

Mt. Zion’s 6-foot senior Shannon Probst may have won the battle of the bigs Monday night, but Sullivan won the war, defeating the Lady Braves 57-45.

But it was certainly a back-and-forth affair as far as the post-game goes, not to mention, highly physical at times.

For the Lady Red, 5-foot, 11-inch Brittin Boyer was the first half highlight, leading all scorers with 17 points. Opposite her was Probst, who up through the first two quarters had 12 points. But Probst would give Boyer and company headache after headache in the second half, en route to a 25-point performance.

“It was Brittin first half kind of, then no. 21 (Probst) in the second half,” said Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain. “I was very disappointed in our post defense because she had 12 at the half and ended up with 25, so I am not at all impressed with our post defense on her. One girl should not score 25 points. She is a very good player, so nothing to take away from her. She is a phenomenal player. I just wish we would have played a little bit better defense on her and challenged her a little bit more. I just don’t think we did. And she was one of those where you double team her and she was going to pass.” Read More

Flood Plains Make for Tricky Situation in Lovington

December 3, 2014

One resident recently escapes flood insurance requirement

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

At the Lovington Village Board meeting in October, the village was surprised when they received a letter from FEMA stating that a portion of property located in the flood plain was lifted. Ron Lamb, owning a residence on West Jefferson, was able to prove that there was a less than one percent chance the property would flood in a 100 year flood. Lamb was unable to be reached for comment, but often times, landowners seek this course of action to alleviate the cost of the additional insurance required of home buyers to have flood insurance.

Insurance is required to get a mortgage, but when the property is in a flood zone, additional flood insurance is required. When seeking a mortgage, each home is determined to be or not to be in a flood zone. If in a flood zone, the property is rated according to levels determined by FEMA. Insurance costs are adjusted accordingly and can be expensive. Read More

Okaw Valley School Report Card Shows Gains and Declines

November 26, 2014

Test results still shaky as state moves towards common core

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

This month Okaw Valley School District’s annual school report card has been made available by the state’s board of education at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The school report card, which is released at roughly the same time every year, is a metric that gauges student academic growth from year to year based on state standardized testing. In addition to this, the school report card also provides useful data to the public such as graduation rates, attendance rates, and even data such as the school district’s racial makeup. The school report card is designed to be a valuable tool internally within school districts for making academic and instructional improvements to school environments, as well as for the public, which may include families considering moving to the area or parents concerned about their children’s education.
The results of this year’s school report card, much as last year’s, are mixed for Okaw Valley—containing examples of both improvements and declines in academic growth. Read More

If We Aren’t Thankful What Else is There?

November 26, 2014

by Sarah Hudson Pierce
Guest Columnist

If we aren’t thankful for what we possess what else is there? What good does it do to have the best of everything if we are discontented?
Having been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, along with my sister Alice, due to having grown up in an orphanage, perhaps we are a little more grateful than some of our peers.
Maybe it takes emotional storms, of having the rugs jerked out from under our feet, to truly understand the trauma of hurting. Having stood on the edge of homelessness as a child and an adult, God has always stepped out of the woodwork to help me. Read More

Sullivan Schools to Hold Tax Hearing, Again

November 26, 2015

Two levy rates presented, but board errs on side of caution

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Earlier this month, the Sullivan school board agreed to schedule a truth in taxation hearing early next month, though presented two different levy rates, one of which will be decided at next month’s regular board meeting.
Citing recent speculation that school districts across the state might be facing a cut in their already cut state aid for this financial year, Sullivan Superintendent of Schools Brad Tuttle presented two tentative tax rates, both of which represent increases over last year’s levy amount, but one that would require a truth in taxation hearing, at an increase of 6.69 percent, and one that would not at an increase of 4.99 percent, just under the five percent limit that decides whether such a hearing is legally required.
“As early as this financial year, we could get a prorated version of our prorated version,” said Tuttle, who had travelled to Springfield earlier that day. “For the first time, I heard from some people that understand in Springfield that there is a legitimate chance we could not get 89 percent this year. They don’t know that,  but that’s speculation that could happen.”
Districts were told earlier this year that they would receive 89 percent of their otherwise full amount for this financial year. In addition to this level of funding being potentially cut further, Tuttle cited “major concerns” about the income tax extension likely to run its course and end come January and the implications that, too, could have on school revenue.
“The only reason I tell you that is because I think it’s important as we think about this tentative (levy), that we talk about this,” said Tuttle, “to guarantee that we would be able to levy the amount to get our maximum rates.” Read More

LLC Honors Glazebrook with Exemplary Trustee Award

September 17, 2014

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees awarded Leland Glazebrook as a posthumous recipient of the Clem G. Phipps Exemplary Trustee Award last Tuesday evening.
His surviving family members – Richard Glazebrook and wife Carol; Roger Glazebrook and wife Sara; Sarah Glazebrook-Perry and husband Todd; and Jim Glazebrook and wife Tena – received the award on his behalf. Read More

Wanted Man Arrested in Effingham Saturday

September 10, 2014

Fugitive that Mo.Co. deputies searched for last week found in K-Mart

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

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A fugitive that sparked a manhunt last Tuesday near Windsor was found and arrested Saturday in Effingham.
Matthew E. Armer, 42, of Trilla, was arrested Saturday just after 8 p.m. at a K-Mart in Effingham according to area authorities.
Armer’s arrest comes after he fled from Moultrie County deputies last Tuesday while they were attempting to serve him an arrest warrant. Armer fled on foot into a cornfield around 3:12 p.m., sparking an immediate manhunt in the area by Sullivan, Windsor, and Mattoon police, as well as Coles, Shelby, and Moultrie county deputies. The Illinois State police also assisted with patrol units and with an aerial unit that was already in the area. Read More

Moultrie County Health Department Officially Relocates

September 10, 2014
Photo by Keith Stewart The new Moultrie County Health Department facility was unveiled at an open house last month. Pictured in front of the new facility, from left to right, are: Ill. Rep. Adam Brown, board of health member Dr. Glen Dust, State Senator Chapin Rose’s chief of staff Landon Stenger, ADG, LTD architects Tim Raibley and Jason Wright, Moultrie County health department administrator Angela Hogan, board of health secretary Vickie Bowers, board of health members Marge Overlot and Kerry Pate, health department building committee chair Ron White, board of health member Mike Reedy, county board chairman Dave McCabe, and former director of the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Doug McDermand.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The new Moultrie County Health Department facility was unveiled at an open house last month. Pictured in front of the new facility, from left to right, are: Ill. Rep. Adam Brown, board of health member Dr. Glen Dust, State Senator Chapin Rose’s chief of staff Landon Stenger, ADG, LTD architects Tim Raibley and Jason Wright, Moultrie County health department administrator Angela Hogan, board of health secretary Vickie Bowers, board of health members Marge Overlot and Kerry Pate, health department building committee chair Ron White, board of health member Mike Reedy, county board chairman Dave McCabe, and former director of the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Doug McDermand.

Open house last month celebrates move

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An estimated 175-200 people came out to see the official public unveiling of the new Moultrie County Health Department building last month.
Relocating to an-above ground and newly constructed facility just south of where it was previously in the basement of the Fields Wright Medical Facility, the county health department began operating out of its new space July 17 but held its open house almost a month later on August 14 with both county board and health department committee members in attendance, as well as architects Tim Raibley and Jason Wright of ADG, LTD.
“The biggest challenge was the lot sloped seven feet,” remarked Raibley. “But once that was taken care of, it went very smoothly. We had a good contractor and an excellent owner to work with.” Read More

Forget spring showers–dedicated downpours solicit flood warnings across central Illinois

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keith@newsprogress.com

Last week’s showers culminated Thursday, pouring inches upon inches of rain on central Illinois and spurring flooding in both rural areas and within city limits.

According to the National Weather Service out of Lincoln, 3.41 inches were recorded at the Windsor Sewage Plant, the most in the immediate area. It was followed by 3.38 inches in Sullivan, 3.28 in Arthur, and 3.06 in Lovington. Read More