Retiree Health Benefits to Remain the Same

Dependents’ costs questioned

March 25, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Discussions got heated when the question of health insurance coverage for retired employees came up during the regular meeting of the Sullivan City Council March 9.
Currently, all present employees pay 10 percent of the premium costs for their dependents (if they have any).
But in the city handbook, there is a clause stating that any employee who was employed with the city on July, 25, 1988 would have “comparable” health insurance paid for after retirement.
In 2013, when the city agreed to a new police union contract, one of the stipulations was that employees would begin paying a percentage of their dependents’ costs. Read More

Juvenile Falls from Third Floor of Courthouse Monday Afternoon

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan paramedics are seen transporting a juvenile to a medevac helicopter Monday afternoon in Arthur after the boy fell from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan paramedics are seen transporting a juvenile to a medevac helicopter Monday afternoon in Arthur after the boy fell from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse in Sullivan.

Boy then transported by
helicopter from Arthur

March 25, 2015
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A boy was being treated for injuries he received after he apparently jumped from the third floor of the Moultrie County Courthouse onto the first-floor rotunda a week ago Monday.
The boy, shackled and clad in an orange jumpsuit, had just left a courtroom about 3:15 p.m. Monday when he went over the railing.
Because the incident involves a juvenile, authorities are not releasing his name.
The boy was treated at the scene by Sullivan paramedics, who then rushed him by ambulance to Arthur, where a makeshift helicopter pad was set up in Eberhardt Park across from the fire station Monday afternoon. There, a medevac helicopter landed and transported the child to Carle in Urbana.
State’s attorney Jeremy Richey, who is handling all media requests regarding the incident, declined to comment about the boy’s condition or provide any details about the incident. Read More

State Behind on Transportation and Special Education Payments

ALAH district still in the black, for now

March 18, 2015

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond superintendent Kenny Schwengel informed the board at its regular meeting last Wednesday that the state was behind on several payments to the transportation and special education funds. The transportation fund has been prorated at 71 percent and on top of that has received just one payment of $126,000. The amount includes one regular payment and a special education payment for Arthur-Lovington and Atwood-Hammond. Payments are still being made to Atwood-Hammond since the state was previously behind on them.
The district has received only one of the four payments that were expected. In the special education fund, only $85,800 of the $246,500 have been received. According to Schwengel, there has been some speculation that only two payments will be received in both the transportation and special education funds. Read More

Lovington Pageant 2015

Photo by Darian Hays Little Miss Lovington Pageant The 2015 Jr. Miss and Little Miss Lovington Pageant will be held March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Lovington Grade School gym. This year’s pageant has three Jr. Miss contestants and seven Little Miss contestants. The competition includes a four minute interview that will take place in the afternoon, on stage introductions, a pop question, speech, and formal wear. This year there will be a People’s Choice Award, where anyone may vote for his or her favorite contestant at the pageant. A 50/50 raffle is this year’s fundraiser, which will be sold at the pageant or by all of the contestants prior to the pageant. Pictured,  in the front row, from left to right are: Abby Turnbaugh, daughter of Jennifer Franklin & Luke Turnbaugh; 2014 Little Miss Lovington Halle Wardrip, daughter of Brad & Andrea Wardrip. Back row: MaKayla Hays, daughter of Tera Newberry & Tyler Hays; Kikyo Brent, daughter of Jennifer Martin & Kevin Brent; Morgan Casteel, daughter of Brock & Erica Casteel; Saveah Gabbard, daughter of Eric & Haylee Gabbard. Not pictured is Krystina Myers, daughter of Nena & Timothy Fridge.

Photo by Darian Hays
Little Miss Lovington
The 2015 Jr. Miss and Little Miss Lovington Pageant will be held March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Lovington Grade School gym. This year’s pageant has three Jr. Miss contestants and seven Little Miss contestants. The competition includes a four minute interview that will take place in the afternoon, on stage introductions, a pop question, speech, and formal wear. This year there will be a People’s Choice Award, where anyone may vote for his or her favorite contestant at the pageant. A 50/50 raffle is this year’s fundraiser, which will be sold at the pageant or by all of the contestants prior to the pageant. Pictured, in the front row, from left to right are: Abby Turnbaugh, daughter of Jennifer Franklin & Luke Turnbaugh; 2014 Little Miss Lovington Halle Wardrip, daughter of Brad & Andrea Wardrip. Back row: MaKayla Hays, daughter of Tera Newberry & Tyler Hays; Kikyo Brent, daughter of Jennifer Martin & Kevin Brent; Morgan Casteel, daughter of Brock & Erica Casteel; Saveah Gabbard, daughter of Eric & Haylee Gabbard. Not pictured is Krystina Myers, daughter of Nena & Timothy Fridge.

Photo by Darian Hays Jr. Miss Lovington Pictured, from left to right are: Ciara Emrick, daughter of Martina Emrick & David Emrick; Kenli Nettles, daughter of Ryan Nettles & Christy Yielding; Jessica Renfro, daughter of Jessica & Jim Erixon; and the 2014 Jr. Miss Lovington Natalie Lambdin, daughter of Tom & Jennifer Lambdin.

Photo by Darian Hays
Jr. Miss Lovington
Pictured, from left to right are: Ciara Emrick, daughter of Martina Emrick & David Emrick; Kenli Nettles, daughter of Ryan Nettles & Christy Yielding; Jessica Renfro, daughter of Jessica & Jim Erixon; and the 2014 Jr. Miss Lovington Natalie Lambdin, daughter of Tom & Jennifer Lambdin.

Yost Arraigned Friday Afternoon

Murder suspect requests public defender

March 18, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Sullivan man accused of first degree murder was officially arraigned Friday afternoon.
With visible stitches appearing on the left side of his neck, Michael S. Yost, 40, of Sullivan, went before the Hon. Judge Dan Flannell Friday afternoon and was formally read the four counts of first-degree murder for which he has been charged.
Friday’s hearing comes after Yost was arrested just three days prior following his release from St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur Tuesday afternoon.
According to court records, Yost was found a week ago Wednesday morning inside a Graham Street apartment in Sullivan with several stab wounds to both the front of his chest and neck, which according to rescue personnel appeared to be self-inflicted. Read More

Sullivan Scholastic Bowl Regional Champs 2015

Submitted Sullivan Scholastic Bowl Regional Champs The Sullivan scholastic bowl team earned the regional title Monday evening with an overtime win over Marshall 130-120. The team started by defeating Shelbyville 220-90, then defeated Stew-Stras 210-60 to make it to the championship. Brent Mauck led the team with eight tossups, while Grace Mauck and Ryan Baker both added six. Luke DeLong added four, and Drew Harris contributed with one.  The team now travels to Cumberland Saturday to play in the sectional tournament.  Their record is currently 36-20. Pictured, back row left to right:  Ryan Baker, Blake Stewart, Nick Kelsey, Dakota Clayton, and Drew Harris. Front row: Grace Mauck, Luke DeLong, Brent Mauck, and Trevor Elder.

Submitted
Sullivan Scholastic Bowl Regional Champs
The Sullivan scholastic bowl team earned the regional title Monday evening with an overtime win over Marshall 130-120. The team started by defeating Shelbyville 220-90, then defeated Stew-Stras 210-60 to make it to the championship. Brent Mauck led the team with eight tossups, while Grace Mauck and Ryan Baker both added six. Luke DeLong added four, and Drew Harris contributed with one.  The team now travels to Cumberland Saturday to play in the sectional tournament.  Their record is currently 36-20. Pictured, back row left to right:  Ryan Baker, Blake Stewart, Nick Kelsey, Dakota Clayton, and Drew Harris. Front row: Grace Mauck, Luke DeLong, Brent Mauck, and Trevor Elder.

Lovington Gives Go-Ahead for Income Survey

March 11, 2015

Will show if village qualifies for grant money to help complete second phase of drainage project

by Florence Hallford
Lovington Reporter

As spring approaches with rain and melting snow, the board heard guests Kelly Lockhart and Kevin McReynolds from the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission (CCRP) speak on the potential to get phase two of the drainage project completed.

The phase two area is east of highway 121. Lockhart and McReynolds requested that they begin an income survey of the area where the work would take place to see whether 50 percent of residents are listed at the poverty level. If so, Lockhart and McReynolds would proceed with a grant application, that if awarded, would earn the village of Lovington $450,000 for the project. The village, however, would be required to put in $150,000. Read More

WHS Team Quest Places Second

Submitted Team Quest Places Second Windsor High School’s Team Quest team recently traveled to Mt. Vernon and placed second in regionals. They advance to the finals in April, which will be held in Chester. Pictured (L to R): Katie Greuel, Uriah Jones, Kristen Morlen, and Melanie Adams.

Submitted
Team Quest Places Second
Windsor High School’s Team Quest team recently traveled to Mt. Vernon and placed second in regionals. They advance to the finals in April, which will be held in Chester. Pictured (L to R): Katie Greuel, Uriah Jones, Kristen Morlen, and Melanie Adams.

Windsor High School Student of February 2015

Submitted Windsor High School Student of February Senior Alexandria Bridges, daughter of Jeff and Amy Bridges, has been named February Student of the Month at Windsor High School. Bridges is involved in volleyball, student council, yearbook, National Honor Society, WYSE, physics club, health occ., and is an FFA officer. Bridges plans to attend Lake Land College and then transfer to Parkland College for radiology.

Submitted
Windsor High School Student of February
Senior Alexandria Bridges, daughter of Jeff and Amy Bridges, has been named February Student of the Month at Windsor High School. Bridges is involved in volleyball, student council, yearbook, National Honor Society, WYSE, physics club, health occ., and is an FFA officer. Bridges plans to attend Lake Land College and then transfer to Parkland College for radiology.

Windsor All-Conference Scholastic Bowl 2015

Submitted All-Conference Scholastic Bowl Uriah Jones, (left) a senior from Windsor High School and Sterling Howard, (right) a sophomore, both received a trophy for making scholastic bowl second team all conference. Uriah competed on the varsity team and Sterling on the fresh-soph team.  They were among the top 10 scorers of the NTC conference for the scholastic bowl season.

Submitted
All-Conference Scholastic Bowl
Uriah Jones, (left) a senior from Windsor High School and Sterling Howard, (right) a sophomore, both received a trophy for making scholastic bowl second team all conference. Uriah competed on the varsity team and Sterling on the fresh-soph team. They were among the top 10 scorers of the NTC conference for the scholastic bowl season.