Council Asked to Take a Crack at the Courts

Photo by Keith Stewart A long crack can be seen running through one of the two tennis courts at Wyman Park.

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
keith@newsprogress.com

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

Bethany Awaits State Action on Police Cameras

December 24, 2014

Camera system estimated around $800

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

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

Bending Birthday Traditions for Christmas

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.

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

Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

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

Harley Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting

Photo by Keith Stewart Harley Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting Sullivan’s newest chiropractor Katie Harley held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house with several local officials December 5. Harley Chiropractic is located at 221 N. Anderson in Sullivan. Pictured left to right: Laurrie Minor, Debbie Hilligoss, Katie Harley, Kathleen Blievernicht, Hollie Atchison, Stepheny McMahon, Ann Short, Mike Kirk, and Chris Harley.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Harley Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting
Sullivan’s newest chiropractor Katie Harley held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house with several local officials December 5. Harley Chiropractic is located at 221 N. Anderson in Sullivan. Pictured left to right: Laurrie Minor, Debbie Hilligoss, Katie Harley, Kathleen Blievernicht, Hollie Atchison, Stepheny McMahon, Ann Short, Mike Kirk, and Chris Harley.

Lady Red Take Sixth at Sectionals

Submitted Lady Red Take Sixth at Sectionals The Sullivan girls’ swimming team competed and finished in sixth place in the Champaign Central Sectional Saturday, Nov. 15.   The team is made up of members Abby Cravatta, Michaela Donnell, Cadisen Nuzzo, and Brynna Sentel. All four girls earned points in their individual events, as well as the two relays in which they were entered.  The girls finished fifth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay, to earn 38 points. Cravatta finished 12th in the 100 butterfly, while Donnell finished eighth in the 500 free. Sentel, meanwhile, earned third in the same event.  Nuzzo took 18th in the 100 backstroke, with Sentel finishing third.  The team rounded out their scoring with Donnell finishing 12th in the 100 breaststroke. Sentel, who swam back-to-back-to-back events in the 500 free, the 200 free relay, and the 100 back, earned the team’s unofficial “Wonder Woman” award. Sentel more recently received second team all-area for girls’ swimming by the Champaign News-Gazette. All four girls are members of the Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim team, pictured above, which took first place at the 2014 Terre Haute Halloween Splash Oct 24-26.

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Lady Red Take Sixth at Sectionals
The Sullivan girls’ swimming team competed and finished in sixth place in the Champaign Central Sectional Saturday, Nov. 15. 
The team is made up of members Abby Cravatta, Michaela Donnell, Cadisen Nuzzo, and Brynna Sentel. All four girls earned points in their individual events, as well as the two relays in which they were entered.  The girls finished fifth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay, to earn 38 points. Cravatta finished 12th in the 100 butterfly, while Donnell finished eighth in the 500 free. Sentel, meanwhile, earned third in the same event.  Nuzzo took 18th in the 100 backstroke, with Sentel finishing third.  The team rounded out their scoring with Donnell finishing 12th in the 100 breaststroke. Sentel, who swam back-to-back-to-back events in the 500 free, the 200 free relay, and the 100 back, earned the team’s unofficial “Wonder Woman” award. Sentel more recently received second team all-area for girls’ swimming by the Champaign News-Gazette. All four girls are members of the Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim team, pictured above, which took first place at the 2014 Terre Haute Halloween Splash Oct 24-26.

2014 Tri-County Shriners Christmas Party

Submitted Tri-County Shriners Christmas Party The Tri-County Shrine Club held its Christmas party and installation of officers for the coming year on Thursday, December 2 at the Berg in Arthur.  The following officers were installed by Noble Ed Camacho, Assistant Rabban, of Ansar Temple in Springfield.  Nobles Tom Wilson, Treasurer; Charles Steck, Secretary,;Frank Lincoln, Vice President; and Jeremy Malin, President.  A check for $3,500 from the club was presented to Noble Comacho for the Crippled Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The Tri-County Club is made up of Shriner’s from Moultrie, Douglas and Piatt Counties. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Wilson, Charles Steck, Ed Comancho, Jeremy Malin, and Frank Lincoln.

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Tri-County Shriners Christmas Party
The Tri-County Shrine Club held its Christmas party and installation of officers for the coming year on Thursday, December 2 at the Berg in Arthur. The following officers were installed by Noble Ed Camacho, Assistant Rabban, of Ansar Temple in Springfield. Nobles Tom Wilson, Treasurer; Charles Steck, Secretary,;Frank Lincoln, Vice President; and Jeremy Malin, President. A check for $3,500 from the club was presented to Noble Comacho for the Crippled Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The Tri-County Club is made up of Shriner’s from Moultrie, Douglas and Piatt Counties. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Wilson, Charles Steck, Ed Comancho, Jeremy Malin, and Frank Lincoln.

2014 ALAH Soccer Awards

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH Soccer Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Eusebio Briseno - most improved player; Omar Martinez - single season assist record & MVP; Jakob Brewer - defensive player of the year; Jovany Martinez - single season scoring record & offensive player of the year

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH Soccer Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Eusebio Briseno – most improved player; Omar Martinez – single season assist record & MVP; Jakob Brewer – defensive player of the year; Jovany Martinez – single season scoring record & offensive player of the year

2014 ALAH Football Awards

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH Football Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Dylan Black - lineman of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC defensive line; Steven Wright - defensive player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC running back and linebacker; Tyler Schuring - offensive player of the year, MVP, all time records for passing, rushing and total offense, selection to the 1A All-State Football Team, and 1st team all-LOVC quarterback and defensive back; Jeremy Plank - most improved; Teddy Poe - coach’s award. Not pictured Kyle Feagin - special teams player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC wide receiver, punter, and kicker; David Rosenbaum 1st team all-LOVC offensive line and honorable mention defensive line; Nathan Rose honorable mention defensive back; Graeme Stewart, honorable mention offensive line.

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH Football Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Dylan Black – lineman of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC defensive line; Steven Wright – defensive player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC running back and linebacker; Tyler Schuring – offensive player of the year, MVP, all time records for passing, rushing and total offense, selection to the 1A All-State Football Team, and 1st team all-LOVC quarterback and defensive back; Jeremy Plank – most improved; Teddy Poe – coach’s award. Not pictured Kyle Feagin – special teams player of the year, and 1st team all-LOVC wide receiver, punter, and kicker; David Rosenbaum 1st team all-LOVC offensive line and honorable mention defensive line; Nathan Rose honorable mention defensive back; Graeme Stewart, honorable mention offensive line.

2014 ALAH XC Award

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH XC Award The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured is Logan Hall - most varsity points

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH XC Award
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured is Logan Hall – most varsity points

2014 ALAH Volleyball Awards

Photo by Sally McCarthy ALAH Volleyball Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Kalli Martin - team spirit award; Kimberly Davis - hustle award; Emily Seegmiller - most valuable player, and 1st team all-LOVC; Elyse Harris - sportsmanship award; and Janette Comstock - Knights spirit award. Not pictured is Makayla Brown - most improved player, and Madison Brown, honorable mention all-LOVC.

Photo by Sally McCarthy
ALAH Volleyball Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team held their awards’ banquet earlier this year following the conclusion of their season. Pictured, left to right: Kalli Martin – team spirit award; Kimberly Davis – hustle award; Emily Seegmiller – most valuable player, and 1st team all-LOVC; Elyse Harris – sportsmanship award; and Janette Comstock – Knights spirit award. Not pictured is Makayla Brown – most improved player, and Madison Brown, honorable mention all-LOVC.