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.

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.

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.

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

Agri-Fab®, Inc. Launches New Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter With Industry First Features

Submitted Pictured is Agri-Fab®’s new Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter in action.

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Pictured is Agri-Fab®’s new Split Second Kinetic Log Splitter in action.

June 25, 2014

When it comes to splitting wood for home use or firewood sales, having the right equipment for the job can alleviate backbreaking work and a time consuming task. Yet, finding a log splitter that stands up to the tough logs and makes the job not only easy, but also comfortable was hard to find. Until now.

On June 25, Agri-Fab®, Incorporated launched the new Split Second Log Splitter to help “take the time and back bending pain out of splitting wood.” Engineered using kinetic technology, the Split Second log splitter uses rotating twin 90 pound fly wheels along with a high strength heat treated steel rack and pinion gear to generate the splitting force, which allows it to split a whole cord of wood in just one hour. Read More

With Big Act and Entertainment Tent, Celebration Enjoyed by Many

Photo by Stan Smart Members of Sullivan based band “Them Gringos” Lauren Harris (left), Steffen Shook (middle), and Jerry Snyder (right) perform Saturday evening at the Bethany Celebration.

Photo by Stan Smart
Members of Sullivan based band “Them Gringos” Lauren Harris (left), Steffen Shook (middle), and Jerry Snyder (right) perform Saturday evening at the Bethany Celebration.

June 25, 2014

New additions, important aspect

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

From the SOV fundraiser dinner Friday to the firework display Saturday evening, the day-and-a-half long Bethany Celebration was once again a success according to organizers.

“We feel it went over really, really well this year,” said Heidi Ward, the Bethany Celebration chairperson. “We have heard nothing but great feedback from everyone that attended so far. There were people in the park constantly enjoying activities, whereas in the past few years, attendance seemed to die down somewhat during the Saturday afternoon hours.”

But with this year featuring an entertainment tent from which patrons could enjoy an adult beverage as well as a larger musical act in Gracia Harrison not to mention local talent in Slant Six and Them Gringos, the Bethany Celebration enjoyed rave reviews following its conclusion Saturday night. Read More

OV Bass Fishing Awards

Photo by Keith Stewart OV Bass Fishing Awards The Okaw Valley Bass Fishing Team held their award’s banquet May 28, awarding Tyus Brooks (left) big bass of the year and MVP, while Corey Clark (right) received highest finish. Not pictured is Derek Herzog who received most improved.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV Bass Fishing Awards
The Okaw Valley Bass Fishing Team held their award’s banquet May 28, awarding Tyus Brooks (left) big bass of the year and MVP, while Corey Clark (right) received highest finish. Not pictured is Derek Herzog who received most improved.

SOV Boys’ Track Awards

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV Boys’ Track Awards The Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys’ track team held their awards’ banquet on May 28. Pictured, left to right, are:  Alex Harvey, co-captain; Ethan Hill, co-captain; Zane Uphoff, varsity points leader; Adam Davis, co-captain; Ethan Lehman, co-captain; and Reagan Miller, co-captain, most improved. Not pictured is Lucas Morse, co-captain, Redskin award.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV Boys’ Track Awards
The Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys’ track team held their awards’ banquet on May 28. Pictured, left to right, are: Alex Harvey, co-captain; Ethan Hill, co-captain; Zane Uphoff, varsity points leader; Adam Davis, co-captain; Ethan Lehman, co-captain; and Reagan Miller, co-captain, most improved. Not pictured is Lucas Morse, co-captain, Redskin award.