Lovington Village Board

•February 15, 2017•

Jeremy Doggett, water and sewer superintendent, attended the meeting of the Lovington Village Board and distributed handouts from the engineering firm, Farnsworth Group, regarding the chlorine feed modification for the Chlorine Disinfection Exemption Revocation. The cover letter listed the requirements which need to be done by May 1, 2017. Doggett will try to have an estimation of the cost for the next meeting but believes it will be under $10,000. He is of the opinion that Roland Birt and Scott Connelly will be able to do the required work by April 1. Read More

Scary Bus Ride

Photo by RR Best
Scary Bus Ride
Thirty-five passengers on a Teutopolis school bus took an unexpected detour on the way to a ball game Friday. At 3:19 p.m. the bus was struck on the driver’s side by a van driven by Scarlett McKenzie, 36, of Mattoon and turned over on its passenger side blocking Route 32 at the Bruce-Findlay road intersection. Moultrie County Sheriff Chris Sims reported the bus contained the Teutopolis basketball team, cheerleaders and coaches. Five students were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. McKenzie was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur and kept for observation. She was ticketed by MCSD for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield. After her hospital release on Monday she was transported to Moultrie County Jail pending further charges from the states attorney. Robert Bothwell of Teutopolis was the driver of the bus. In addition to MCSD, Sullivan police and fire departments, Illinois State Police, plus ambulances from Sullivan, Lovington, Mattoon, Bethany, Windsor, Findlay and Arthur responded to the scene. Walker Wrecker Service uprighted the bus and towed it away. Traffic was detoured through Sullivan 66, Inc. (Howy’s) parking lot. Students were treated by area EMTs west of the parking lot. Sullivan school district dispatched a bus to transport the Teutopolis students. Surrounding school district administrators were on hand to offer assistance as well.

FUMC Tuesday Pancake Supper

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FUMC Tuesday Pancake Supper
Shrove Tuesday 2016: Pastor Charliam Renner (back) mixed batter and Joyce Shellabarger fried sausage to serve guests at the FUMC Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Sullivan.

•February 15, 2017•

The third annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at the Sullivan First Methodist Church is 4:30-6 p.m. Feb 28 in the Fellowship Hall. This free event marks the end of Mardi Gras and the anticipation of Lent, which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. Everyone is invited to the celebration, which will include pancakes with toppings, sausage and drinks. Since it is a party, all who come eat free of charge. Fellowship Hall will be decorated in purple, green and gold with lots of beads on display.

Trivia questions and festive music will add to the party atmosphere.

Pancake suppers are popular events on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and not just in New Orleans.

Since rich foods are often given up for Lent, the practice is to empty the pantry of flour and sugar by making pancakes. People enjoy the butter and syrup, knowing that during Lent they will eat a much blander diet, some even choosing to fast.

OV Job Shadow: Helping Students Get on the Right Path

Photo by Brycelynn Durbin
Job Shadow students work hard in class and on site to gain experience that will help them in the future. Pictured left to right are Kayla Wheeler, Maddie Perrine, Jesse Robinson, Moranda Matheson, Kailyn Boyer, Evan Blakey, Kristy Burford, Makayle Rozanski, Laine Crawford, Madison Uhlrich, and teacher Bonnie Scott.

•February 15, 2017•

By Madison Uhlrich
for the News Progress

When most people think Job Shadow, they think you go to a business a few times, you watch stuff happen for a while, and you go home and try to figure out if that’s what you want to do with your life.

While that does seem to be the case with some experiences, I have to tell you that my Job Shadow class at Okaw Valley High School has been nothing like that.

This course, which was introduced in the 2010 / 2011 school term, was handcrafted by Mrs. Bonnie Scott and Mrs. Ann Wilson, and offers a much more comprehensive and in-depth curriculum than most schools.

According to Mrs. Scott, current teacher of the Job Shadow class, “My goal is for my students to obtain real world career skills that will give them an advantage in life.” Read More

Courtyard Hosts the Poetry of Valentines Day

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
Mrs. & Mrs. Larry Baker celebrated their 30th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.

•February 15, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Courtyard Estates was the place to be last Friday, Feb 10 for the most anticipated party of the year for area seniors - the annual Valentine’s Day luncheon and poetry contest sponsored by the Senior Center.

Over 100 seniors were greeted by the sight of clusters of pink balloons on the tables festooned with pink placemats and candy dishes overflowing. Most of the ladies had chosen to wear either a red blouse or sweater and some gentlemen sported red plaid shirts.

The traditional meal of beef tips, mashed potatoes, and green beans was served with a dessert choice of coconut, strawberry or chocolate pie.

Seven people submitted or read poems, and the winners were first place - Marilyn Leonard for “Living the Dream”; second - Pamela Mann for “The Golden Years?” and third - Ed Dixon for “I’m Old”.  Read More

Moultrie County Board Regulates Public Comments

•February 15, 2017•

By Mike Brothers

Moultrie County Board met in regular session Thursday, Feb 9 adopting regulations for speaking at public meetings and a local ordinance allowing the county to collect for civil cannabis violations.

County board chairman Dave McCabe explained that a resolution should be in place regulating the right of the public to speak at county board and committee meetings in Moultrie County.

According to the resolution: Any person who wishes to address the board or any other meeting of the county of Moultrie may request recognition by signing in with the county clerk or chairperson or raising their hand during the public comment time. Read More

SHS Presents The Burden of Silence at The Little Theatre

•February 15, 2017•

Sullivan High School presents The Burden of Silence at 7 p.m. Friday

Feb. 17 at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

This original script prepared and performed by Rebecca L. Lawson’s Mirror Images class explores the theme: “If you don’t speak up when you see things that are wrong, you may suffer ‘the burden of silence’ for the rest of your life.”

“We had a lot of ideas for the title and narrowed it down to this one because it fit perfectly,” Colleen Miller said. “Lots of characters in the play were silent and some were for too long.”

Lawson explained that all class members helped with the writing. “ We started writing in October and finished most of the play by December. Read More

New AT&T Antenna

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New AT&T Antenna
The second largest crane in the state with a 400 foot reach hoisted the workers in the cage to the top of the AT&T Cellular tower in Sullivan earlier this week. The company was replacing the antenna at the top with a new and improved version.

WHS Students Placed in Contest

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WHS Students Placed in Contest
Two Windsor High School students recently placed in the regional WYSE (World Youth in Science and Engineering) contest held at Lake Land Community College on Feb 3.  Anthony Curry (right) placed second in computer science and Joel Beck placed third in physics.  Both are seniors at Windsor High School.

The Burden of Silence

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The Burden of Silence
Sullivan High School presents The Burden of Silence at 7:00 p.m. Friday Feb. 17 at the Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan. Rehearsals are underway for this originally scripted play by the Mirror Image students of Rebecca Lawson’s. Pictured above is partial cast: Front row (left to right)- Gustavo Cuevas, Addy Diener, Alexis Rosine, Colleen Miller, Jadon Nuzzo. Second row: Miss Lawson, Jacey Goodwin, Breanna Barrix, Atticus Harris, Laura Tate. Third row: Jona Workman, Annie Hogan, Dayden Gardner, Trinity Munyon, Seth Mayberry. Fourth Row: Jessica Voyles, Jon Taylor, Jonathan Mathias, Jarod Merryman, Josh Ernst. The cast includes: Todd - Dayden Garner, Wyatt - Austin Schmohe, Chance - Jonathan Mathias, Patrick - Jona Workman, Eric -Ethan Neville, Cicero - Josh Ernst, Troy - Drew Kirk, Adam - Jadon Nuzzo, Mitch: Justuss Ramsey, Andy: Nick Carroll, Frank: Drew Hubbard, Mr. Costanza - Gustavos Cuevas, Mr. Harris - JT Taylor, Coach McAllister - Atticus Harris, Mr. Yoachim - Seth Mayberry, Samantha - Addy Diener, Rachel - Alexis Rosine , Jemma - Trinity Munyon, Emalee - Colleen Miller, Penny - Annie Hogan, Katy: Madison Moll, Donna: Kaylee French, Mrs. Moore - Jessica Voyles, Mrs. Yoachim - Laura Tate.