Sullivan Baseball Awards

Photo by RR Best Sullivan Baseball Awards The Sullivan baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 22. Pictured, left to right, are this year’s award winners: Shane Atchison pitching award and 2nd team all conference, Levi Nadler honorable mention, Nick Frerichs offensive award and 1st team all conference, Dakota Clayton honorable mention, Zach Hrvol honorable mention, and Jacob Piper Redskin award. Not pictured is Travis Hanson with Most improved.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan Baseball Awards
The Sullivan baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 22. Pictured, left to right, are this year’s award winners: Shane Atchison pitching award and 2nd team all conference, Levi Nadler honorable mention, Nick Frerichs offensive award and 1st team all conference, Dakota Clayton honorable mention, Zach Hrvol honorable mention, and Jacob Piper Redskin award. Not pictured is Travis Hanson with Most improved.

Hydro-Gear’s United Way Campaign

Submitted by Megan Poe Hydro-Gear’s United Way Campaign With nearly a $10,000 increase, Hydro-Gear employees came together making their recent United Way campaign a big success. Employee and corporate campaigns are exceedingly beneficial to agencies that have partnerships with United Way.  The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, RSVP and Peace Meals, for example, will receive funding assistance through the Moultrie County United Way’s Fund Distribution. Pictured, front row, left to right: Debbie Bogle (United Way),  Krystal Sutton (Hydro-Gear), and Cassie Heselton(H-G); Back row: Larry Conlin(H-G), Bonnie Moore (H-G), Amber Kaylor (UW), and, Megan Poe (UW).

Submitted by Megan Poe
Hydro-Gear’s United Way Campaign
With nearly a $10,000 increase, Hydro-Gear employees came together making their recent United Way campaign a big success. Employee and corporate campaigns are exceedingly beneficial to agencies that have partnerships with United Way. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, RSVP and Peace Meals, for example, will receive funding assistance through the Moultrie County United Way’s Fund Distribution. Pictured, front row, left to right: Debbie Bogle (United Way), Krystal Sutton (Hydro-Gear), and Cassie Heselton(H-G); Back row: Larry Conlin(H-G), Bonnie Moore (H-G), Amber Kaylor (UW), and, Megan Poe (UW).

Poe Takes First

Submitted Poe Takes First Amber Poe, 13, of Sullivan, recently earned first place in the district XMA martial arts competition in Lambard, Ill. She also took third place in weapons-kamas and faced competition from across several states. Poe is the daughter of Don and Rhonda Poe and the grandaughter of Bob and Donie Rennels, also of Sullivan. Poe is a part of the American Taekwondo Association and is a recommended black belt.

Submitted
Poe Takes First
Amber Poe, 13, of Sullivan, recently earned first place in the district XMA martial arts competition in Lambard, Ill. She also took third place in weapons-kamas and faced competition from across several states. Poe is the daughter of Don and Rhonda Poe and the grandaughter of Bob and Donie Rennels, also of Sullivan. Poe is a part of the American Taekwondo Association and is a recommended black belt.

Promoted to Major

Photo by RR Best Promoted to Major Jake Hughes of Sullivan was recently promoted to Army Major. His promotion was celebrated with family and friends Sunday, June 8 at Skeeters. Pictured is Hughes with his wife Kristy. Hughes is the son of Roger and Karen Hughes.

Photo by RR Best
Promoted to Major
Jake Hughes of Sullivan was recently promoted to Army Major. His promotion was celebrated with family and friends Sunday, June 8 at Skeeters. Pictured is Hughes with his wife Kristy. Hughes is the son of Roger and Karen Hughes.

Miss Moultrie Douglas Pageant

Photo by Doug Cottle Miss Mo-Do Contestants The Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Dakota Conner, Atwood; Olivia Christy, Tuscola; Shelby Dash, Bethany; Alexandra Minott, Newman; 2013 Miss Mo-Do Christine Fortney, Arcola; Lauren Moses, Newman; Lauren Moss, Tuscola; Sarah Lemke, Tuscola; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured Savannah Moody, Sullivan; Emily Powell, Lovington.

Photo by Doug Cottle
Miss Mo-Do Contestants
The Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right: Kiela Martin, Villa Grove; Maria Meyer, Tuscola; Dakota Conner, Atwood; Olivia Christy, Tuscola; Shelby Dash, Bethany; Alexandra Minott, Newman; 2013 Miss Mo-Do Christine Fortney, Arcola; Lauren Moses, Newman; Lauren Moss, Tuscola; Sarah Lemke, Tuscola; Ashton Doty, Bethany; Michelle VanCleave, Tuscola; Brittany Rader, Lovington. Not Pictured Savannah Moody, Sullivan; Emily Powell, Lovington.

Photo by Doug Cottle Junior Miss Mo-Do Contestants The Junior Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right: Natalie Lambdin, Lovington; Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Abigail Hopkins, Camargo; Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Gracie Hammer, Atwood; 2013 Jr Miss Mo-Do Amaya Abernathy, Arcola; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Allison Powell, Lovington; Moranda Matheson, Bethany; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola. Not pictured is Edith Mora, Arcola.

Photo by Doug Cottle
Junior Miss Mo-Do Contestants
The Junior Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right: Natalie Lambdin, Lovington; Lexie Jaeger, Arcola; Sydney Hoel, Tuscola; Abigail Hopkins, Camargo; Kayla Hodge, Arthur; Gracie Hammer, Atwood; 2013 Jr Miss Mo-Do Amaya Abernathy, Arcola; Brandi Reinhart, Tuscola; Sabrina Alcorn, Tuscola; Allison Powell, Lovington; Moranda Matheson, Bethany; Julia Kerkhoff, Tuscola. Not pictured is Edith Mora, Arcola.

Photo by Doug Cottle Little Miss Mo-Do Contestants The Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right, front row: Addison Wright, Newman; Genevieve Walker, Arthur; Alana Perez, Arthur; Delanie Yantis, Lovington, 2013 Little Miss Mo-Do Addi Erwin, Atwood; Aymara Leal, Arcola; Allyson Abercrombie, Arthur; Karsyn Lyons, Atwood; Halle Wardrip, Lovington. Back row: Haven Hoffman, Tuscola; Danica Bell, Sullivan; Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Kinzie Cleland, Tuscola; Jazmine West, Tuscola; Jorja Lebeter, Arcola; Kathryn Mills, Tuscola; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur.

Photo by Doug Cottle
Little Miss Mo-Do Contestants
The Little Miss Moultrie-Douglas pageant will be held Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Arthur. This year’s pageant contestants are, from left to right, front row: Addison Wright, Newman; Genevieve Walker, Arthur; Alana Perez, Arthur; Delanie Yantis, Lovington, 2013 Little Miss Mo-Do Addi Erwin, Atwood; Aymara Leal, Arcola; Allyson Abercrombie, Arthur; Karsyn Lyons, Atwood; Halle Wardrip, Lovington. Back row: Haven Hoffman, Tuscola; Danica Bell, Sullivan; Brynlee Moore, Lovington; Kinzie Cleland, Tuscola; Jazmine West, Tuscola; Jorja Lebeter, Arcola; Kathryn Mills, Tuscola; Paislee Lorenzen, Newman; Emeline Greathouse, Arthur.

SOV Girls’ Track Awards

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV Girls’ Track Awards The Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track team held their awards’ banquet on May 29. Pictured, left to right, are: Mollie Bowman, co-captain; Emily Neuhauser, co-captain; and Amanda McClain, co-captain, high-point award, and Lady Redskin award.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV Girls’ Track Awards
The Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track team held their awards’ banquet on May 29. Pictured, left to right, are: Mollie Bowman, co-captain; Emily Neuhauser, co-captain; and Amanda McClain, co-captain, high-point award, and Lady Redskin award.

OV Softball Seniors

Photo by Keith Stewart OV Softball Seniors The Okaw Valley softball team’s senior night game was cancelled, but the team boasted seven seniors including, from left to right: Addie Kesterson, Shelby Dash, and Emily Scott. Not pictured are Ashlyn Sutton, and twin sisters Brooke and Shania Whitrock. The team also had two all-conference first-team in-fielders in Kesterson and Paige Harlin. Second team mentions went to Amanda McClain for pitching, Amy Orris at catcher, and Sutton at outfielder.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV Softball Seniors
The Okaw Valley softball team’s senior night game was cancelled, but the team boasted seven seniors including, from left to right: Addie Kesterson, Shelby Dash, and Emily Scott. Not pictured are Ashlyn Sutton, and twin sisters Brooke and Shania Whitrock. The team also had two all-conference first-team in-fielders in Kesterson and Paige Harlin. Second team mentions went to Amanda McClain for pitching, Amy Orris at catcher, and Sutton at outfielder.

ALAH Baseball Awards

Photo by RR Best ALAH Baseball Awards The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 29. Pictured, left to right, are: Jeremy Plank, coaches award; Tyler Schuring, offensive player of the year, pitcher of the year, MVP, and second-team all-conference pitcher; Ross Ryan, defensive player of the year, second-team all-conference in-field; and Logan Conner, most improved.

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ALAH Baseball Awards
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 29. Pictured, left to right, are: Jeremy Plank, coaches award; Tyler Schuring, offensive player of the year, pitcher of the year, MVP, and second-team all-conference pitcher; Ross Ryan, defensive player of the year, second-team all-conference in-field; and Logan Conner, most improved.

Attempted Murder Suspect Leads Police on High Speed Chase

Franklin Lee Small Jr.

Franklin Lee Small Jr.

Updated June 25, 2014

Pursuit goes through Sullivan, Windsor, before ending in Effingham County

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

A man wanted for attempted murder in Macon County led local authorities on a 30 minute car chase last Tuesday afternoon before being apprehended in Effingham County.

According to Lovington police chief Christian Swisher, at approximately 4:54 p.m. Tuesday a Lovington officer was dispatched to the Casey’s General Store for an irate male subject. Officer Jay Clark responded to the Lovington Casey’s and spoke with the complainant about the male subject, later identified as Franklin Lee Small Jr., 33, who is wanted for attempted murder in Macon County. Read More

OV Baseball Awards

Photo by Keith Stewart OV Baseball Awards The Okaw Valley baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 28. Pictured, left to right, are: Joe Jeffers, most improved offense, second-team all-conference outfielder; Stuart Morgan, most improved defense; Peyton Hagerman, Rip-5 award, first-team all-conference catcher; Devon Still, best pitcher, first-team all-conference pitcher; and Colton Sroka, big stick award, first-team all-conference outfielder. Not pictured is Drew Fruchtl who was named second-team all-conference infielder.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV Baseball Awards
The Okaw Valley baseball team held their awards’ banquet May 28. Pictured, left to right, are: Joe Jeffers, most improved offense, second-team all-conference outfielder; Stuart Morgan, most improved defense; Peyton Hagerman, Rip-5 award, first-team all-conference catcher; Devon Still, best pitcher, first-team all-conference pitcher; and Colton Sroka, big stick award, first-team all-conference outfielder. Not pictured is Drew Fruchtl who was named second-team all-conference infielder.