Photo by Keith Stewart
A long crack can be seen running through one of the two tennis courts at Wyman Park.
December 31, 2014
Growing local tennis association calls for need of better facilities
by Ariana Cherry & Keith Stewart
The Sullivan City Council was addressed by a member of the public in their last regular meeting of the year to see whether rebuilding tennis courts in Wyman Park might be a possibility in the future.
Christopher Dobosz, owner of the Okaw Valley Tennis Association, addressed the council with the current state of the courts and how his tennis association, in growing each of its three years, is in need of newer and more courts to continue the program in Sullivan.
“The tennis program, in our third year, is growing every single year,” said Dobosz. “We’re expanding to other cities and other towns around here. We are also doing Shelbyville, Findlay, Bethany, Tuscola. We’re adding Lovington and Arthur next spring. We also sponsor many other actives in the park and at the tennis courts. We do a Nickelodeon world wide day of fun. We do that and all of these at no charge to children to come and enjoy the park and enjoy the tennis courts. We do lessons. We do play days. We have Jazzercise. I want to make this more than just tennis. It’s education. It’s growing the children. Also, a lot of these people that are coming to these programs, coming to these tournaments, they’re all coming from out of town, so we have a lot of people that are coming in, stopping, spending money at the gas stations and at food places, and it’s really been working well.” Read More
December 24, 2014
Camera system estimated around $800
by Derek Pope
At this month’s regular meeting, Bethany village council members decided to delay a vote on the implementation of police body cameras until it is clear whether the state of Illinois itself will act on new legislation concerning them.
Since October, lawmakers have been actively engaged in creating legislation that would govern police use of body cameras, citing an Illinois Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that struck down the state’s current “eavesdropping” law as one of the major hurdles in drafting such legislation. On December 15, however, a new bill that would close the gaps in policy introduced by the Supreme Court’s ruling was sent to the desk of the Governor. Should the bill be approved, lawmakers would presumably resume discussions on police cameras when they return to session January 13 of next year. Read More
Photo by RR Best
Nine-year-old Shalyn Hunter decided to instead of capitalize on her Christmas Eve birthday to donate her presents to the local Secret Santa group. Pictured, from left to right, are Sullivan police chief and Secret Santa organizer John Love, Hunter, and fellow Secret Santa organizer Janet Dirks along with a few of the gifts Hunter donated Sunday.
December 24, 2014
9-year-old donates gifts to Secret Santa
by Ariana Cherry
For nine year-old gymnist, Shalyn Hunter, she just isn’t flexible with her gymnastics routines-she is also very flexible with what she is doing with her birthday presents this year. In fact, you could say, she was bending the rules when it comes to tradition.
“I wanted other kids that don’t have presents to have presents,” said Hunter.
“She’s always had a soft heart and has been sweet,” her mother Siovhan stated.
Hunter did something quite extraordinary with her birthday gifts this year. With her birthday being on Christmas Eve, she wanted to make a difference in other children’s lives for the holidays. Hunter asked that all her guests bring a gift for both girls and boys in the following age groups: two to four, four to six and six to eight. They hoped to collect at least 12 to 13 gifts total. After her birthday party celebration this past Sunday at the gymnastics academy that was to include plenty of tumbling tricks, they loaded all the gifts and delivered them to the Secret Santa Program in Sullivan. Hunter admitted to feeling a bit like Santa Claus because she, too, was delivering presents to children. Read More