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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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

Another One Bites the Dust as Sullivan Sends A/O to the Cleaners

Photo by Keith Stewart Argenta-Oreana’s Katlyn Gibson kicks the ball back out after being met by three Sullivan defenders down low. Gibson scored 20 of her team’s 34 points on the night, a defensive weakness for Sullivan, who still managed to earn a 34-point margin of victory Friday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Argenta-Oreana’s Katlyn Gibson kicks the ball back out after being met by three Sullivan defenders down low. Gibson scored 20 of her team’s 34 points on the night, a defensive weakness for Sullivan, who still managed to earn a 34-point margin of victory Friday.

Outdoes Argenta for another conference win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

And one, and one, and one.

Sure, that could describe the manner in which Sullivan’s girls’ basketball team has racked up win after win this season (13 in a row), but it more accurately describes the fashion in which they secured their most recent 68-34 victory over conference opponent Argenta-Oreana.

“That hurt us early,” said Argenta coach Jeff Shumate.

Sullivan converted on three of five and-one opportunities in just the first half and were helped along by the aggressive post play of Brittin Boyer, who earned 11 points and seven rebounds in the same stretch.

The Lady Red established a lead early and ran away with the game going on a 9-0 run in just two minutes during the first quarter. Read More

Plank to the Rescue, as Buzzer Beater Earns Lady Red Win Over A&M

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Photo by Keith Stewart
Members of Sullivan’s girls’ basketball team Elissa Stewart (left) and Brittin Boyer (right) celebrate after Maggie Plank (center) hit the buzzer beater, earning the Lady Red a 69-68 win over Central A&M Thursday evening.

Neuhauser adds 21, Boyer 16 in nail biter
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
As Sullivan’s Maggie Plank described it, “Why not?”
Despite a less than stellar first half, the Sullivan senior took over beginning in the third, when she scored eight points, three rebounds, and a timely steal, helping to pull her team within two of Central A&M.
And who else would the game come down to other than the senior?
But Plank had to be relied upon earlier with just 12.2 seconds left in the game when a foul sent her to the line for two. Down 65-67, Plank hit both shots, of course.
But then a foul immediately after sent A&M’s Ryan Dooley to the line. There, she made one of her two shots, leaving 10 seconds left for the Lady Red to make something happen.
Elissa Stewart sprinted up court and dished the ball to Emily Neuhauser, who went for the throat with a 3-pointer that ultimately fell short. But out of nowhere, it was none other than the senior who grabbed the offensive board and then threw it right back up.
Why not?
Plank’s determination paid off when her last ditch effort went in, earning Sullivan a tough 69-68 victory over the Lady Raiders Thursday night. She along with Neuhauser’s 21 point and Brittin Boyer’s 16 point performances go to show that so often it’s not what someone does, so much as when they do it.
“I can’t speak enough about her,” said head coach Sheri McCain of Plank. “She just came through with that senior leadership. It was her night. It was a magical moment for her. She deserved it.” Read More

As Smart as it is Silly, “Spamalot” Sure to Receive Roaring Laughs

Once in every show

Karla Shook, as the Lady of the Lake, is seen in the foreground wielding the Holy Grail, while King Arthur, played by Robert Anthony Jones, motions towards her in the Little Theatre's final production of the 2013 season, "Spamalot."

Karla Shook, as the Lady of the Lake, is seen in the foreground wielding the Holy Grail, while King Arthur, played by Robert Anthony Jones, motions towards her in the Little Theatre’s final production of the 2013 season, “Spamalot.”


There comes a song like this
It starts off soft and low
And ends up with a kiss
Oh where is the song
That goes like this?
Where is it? Where? Where?
A sentimental song
That casts a magic spell
They all will hum along —
We’ll overact like hell —
For this is the song that goes like this
Yes it is! Yes it is!
— “The Song That Goes Like This” from “Spamalot”

By Dan Hagen
NP Theatre Critic

It’s the rare musical comedy that can take you from farce to a treatise on political organization with the speed of a galloping coconut. And this is the show that goes like that.

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Father and Local DJ Organizes Teen Hangout Friday in Wyman

Trial run could lead to more Friday night jamborees

by Christina Whitford
Sullivan Reporter

Drive through Sullivan or any town in Moultrie County on a Friday or Saturday night and you are likely to run across groups of teenagers hanging out in cars, looking for ways and places where their group of friends can hang out together and have fun, most to no avail.

Being the father of teenagers, Mike Marshall is well aware of this dilemma.

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