Knights Fall

Photo by Darian Hays Knights Fall Tyler Schuring (no. 2) goes to pass as a Villa Grove player closes in Friday night. Schuring went 8-25 for just 36 yards and one interception while rushing for 140 yards on 20 attempts during his team’s 20-6 loss to Villa Grove. The Knights now begin what is one of four consecutive home games beginning with Martinsville this Friday.

Photo by Darian Hays
Knights Fall
Tyler Schuring (no. 2) goes to pass as a Villa Grove player closes in Friday night. Schuring went 8-25 for just 36 yards and one interception while rushing for 140 yards on 20 attempts during his team’s 20-6 loss to Villa Grove. The Knights now begin what is one of four consecutive home games beginning with Martinsville this Friday.

July Yard of the Month

Submitted July Yard of the Month The W.H.A.T. (Windsor Happenings Around Town)  July Yard of Month belongs to Brenda Kasey. Pat and Brenda Kasey live on the east end of Maine Street in Windsor.  Brenda uses perennial and annuals to create many flower beds around their home.   WHAT gro is a community mapping group working to encourage beautification in and around Windsor. 

Submitted
July Yard of the Month
The W.H.A.T. (Windsor Happenings Around Town)  July Yard of Month belongs to Brenda Kasey. Pat and Brenda Kasey live on the east end of Maine Street in Windsor.  Brenda uses perennial and annuals to create many flower beds around their home.  WHAT gro is a community mapping group working to encourage beautification in and around Windsor.

Man Dies After Motorcycle Collision

Photo by RR Best Pictured are the remains of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze that collided head-on with a 1999 Harley Davidson  last Wednesday evening. The driver of the motorcycle, Leslie Harlin, of Mattoon, was prounounced dead at the scene.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are the remains of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze that collided head-on with a 1999 Harley Davidson last Wednesday evening. The driver of the motorcycle, Leslie Harlin, of Mattoon, was prounounced dead at the scene.

September 3, 2014

Mattoon resident hits oncoming car head-on Wednesday evening

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A Mattoon man that collided head-on with a vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle, was later pronounced dead Wednesday evening.
The man was heading northbound on his 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle on county road 1100E (north of Worth Street) Wednesday evening and later struck an oncoming 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, according to a press release by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department. Read More

OVES Reports Lower Enrollment Than in Past

September 3, 2014

Numbers cited as a concern

by Joash Tiarks
Bethany Reporter

During last month’s Okaw Valley school board meeting, OVES principal Doug McCausland gave his school’s most recent enrollment numbers, which he cited as a concern.
With a class size of just 26 students, “the numbers are a concern,” he stated.
“We’ve been used to the high 30’s, low 40’s numbers.” Read More

Bethany Village Council Grants Public Request for Planning Committee

August 27, 2014

Purpose is to get new business to the area

by Derek Pope
Bethany Reporter

In a move to help bring new businesses to Bethany, village officials this month approved a public request to form a new planning committee made up of local residents. 

The committee, when formed, would be tasked with reaching out to new businesses, as well as determining potential locations and properties for commercial and industrial establishments wishing to open in Bethany. Similar to Bethany’s now well-established TIF committee, members of the group would be appointed rather than elected and would submit their consensus opinions as documented proposals for the village board to consider—the committee would be unable to pass any resolutions on its own.  Read More

Moultrie Sees Lowest Unemployment in Central Illinois Once Again

UnemploymentJuly14-13August 27, 2014

July still sees slight uptick from last two months

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite a slight uptick from the last two months, Moultrie County’s unemployment rate in July was still lower than any other central Illinois county, marking an ongoing trend throughout the current year.

At 5.8, the July rate, which tied for the 10th lowest in the state, was an uptick from 5.5 the two previous months, and so far the county enjoyed its lowest rate of the year in April at 5.4, which was the lowest in Moultrie since November of 2011 when it was 5.3.

Moultrie began 2014 with an unemployment rate of 7.3, which was also the lowest out of its neighboring counties. Read More

Mattoon Boy Drowns at Sullivan Marina Pool Saturday

August 27, 2014

Boy, 8, found in deep end

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An 8-year-old boy drowned Saturday while swimming in the Sullivan Marina Pool.

Reginald Fulton III of Mattoon was pronounced deceased at 7:52 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital according to Coles County coroner Ed Schniers. 

A report by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department states that its office and the Sullivan Fire Department were dispatched to the Sullivan Marina swimming pool at 6:58 p.m. in reference to an unresponsive 8-year-old. According to witness statements, Fulton was seen swimming in the shallow end of the pool before then going into the deep end. Witnesses further added hearing Fulton say, “Look at me, I am in the deep end.” Read More

Civic Center Floods After Water Heaters Misfire Sunday Morning

August 27, 2014

For now, only cold water available for showers

by Barry Featheringill
Sullivan Reporter

Early Sunday morning the Civic Center was flooded when one of the two 90 gallon water heaters misfired, causing steam. This in turn caused a solder joint in the 1-1/4 pipe to come loose and flood the floor in the gym and surrounding area. It is thought that, when discovered, water had been running out for between two to three hours. There were about 16 inches of water collected when the leak was discovered. Civic Center staff and volunteers worked until late Sunday pumping and squeegeeing the water. “Needless to say Ron (Jenkins) will not have to clean the floors for a few days” noted commissioner Mike Mossman.

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Red Apple Fire Ruled Accidental

Photo by Keith Stewart The south side of the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is seen torn wide open after the state fire marshal conducted an investigation into the cause of the July 29 fire, which was concluded last week as accidental and indicating that grease was in fact a potential cause.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The south side of the Red Apple Family Restaurant in Sullivan is seen torn wide open after the state fire marshal conducted an investigation into the cause of the July 29 fire, which was concluded last week as accidental and indicating that grease was in fact a potential cause.

August 20, 2014

Grease the likely culprit in cause

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

An investigation into the fire that ravaged the Sullivan Red Apple Family Restaurant in late July concluded last Wednesday citing the cause as accidental and with grease a probable suspect according to Sullivan fire chief Mike Piper.

The investigation also concluded that the cause did not appear to be linked to anything electrical. 

“It was the hood vent,” explained Red Apple manager Tim Halili. “The grease collects in the vent hood, and it the fire started in the kitchen.” Read More

Despite Plea, ALAH School Board Continues with Demolition of Atwood-Hammond Gym

August 20, 2014

Board cites Illinois school code in denial

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Lovington Reporter

With 48 hours to go before demolition, 1966 Atwood High School graduate, Richard Price, who purchased the land on which the Atwood-Hammond High School sits, made a plea to the ALAH School Board to reconsider the decision to tear down the gym.

“The building has a lot of use in it still,” he noted. “I could save it and use it and return some of the money to the school district for not tearing it down,” Price explained. “I do have the money to take care of it. I was even approached with the possibility of making it a community center,” he further added.  Read More