OVHS Prom Royalty

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OVHS Prom Royalty
The 2017 Okaw Valley Prom Court (front) King Ty Nichols, Queen Jessica Robinson, (back) Sydney Hagerman, Brendon Lane, Madison Uhlrich, Seth Yeakel, Kailyn Boyer and Taylor Coleman.

Legacy of Leadership Scholar

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Legacy of Leadership Scholar
Christy Allen of Arthur was named the 2017 IAA Foundation Legacy of Leadership Scholar. Allen is the daughter of Dave and Cathy Allen and is entering her junior year at the University of Illinois, studying agriculture communications. Allen was selected for this honor for her leadership qualities and well-rounded academic experience. She will receive a $7,500 scholarship.

OVHS Band Performs

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OVHS Band Performs
Okaw Valley High School band performs “The Marches of John Williams,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Hadrian’s Wall” at Okaw Valley High School Thursday, April 27.

OVHS Job Shadow Program Honored

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OVHS Job Shadow Program Honored
Okaw Valley’s Job Shadow Class had their recognition breakfast Friday, April 28 at Tailwinds in Findlay. Students presented mentors with certificates and talked about their experiences and future plans. The following students participated in the program this year: Evan Blakey - DMH Sports Enhancement Center, Kailyn Boyer - Merle Norman and Babich Skin Care
Kristy Burford - Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development, Elaina Crawford - Graham Veterinary Clinic, Moranda Matheson - Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, Maddie Perrine - Good Shepherd Hospital , Jessica Robinson - Arthur Veterinary Clinic, Makayle Rozanski - Jesek Family Dental and Vita Center for Women, Madison Uhlrich - News Progress, Kayla Wheeler - Good Shepherd Hospital . The Job Shadow class is taught by Bonnie Scott. The photo includes job shadow students and their mentors.

Main Street Gets a Makeover in Findlay

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Ty Phillips and Lathen Hoyer pitch in to clean up Main Street in Findlay.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

Spring is in the air and that usually means spring cleaning, but the Shelby County Economic Development Agency has upped the ante and taken to the streets with its ambitious new program “Main Street Makeover”.

In partnership with Shelby County Partners, the program coordinates volunteers and businesses to work together in giving towns, cities and villages in Shelby County the tender, loving care of a good sprucing up - beginning with main streets.

Jody McCormick, the Findlay coordinator, organized more than 40 middle and high school volunteers into teams with supervisors at the Community Center April 21. She held up pictures of the buildings selected for a makeover and described the tasks to be done - sanding and scraping old paint, scrubbing concrete, washing windows, painting, and cleaning up the community gardens. In the corner of the room were the tools of the day: paint brushes, rollers, sanders, scrapers, paint pans and liners, buckets, drop cloths, ladders and buckets of paint - all donated by local residents and businesses.

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Sunset Planting

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Sunset Planting
Moultrie County farmers have taken advantage of warm soil and good weather to continue planting well past sunset allowing the growing season to begin.

Easter Bonnets on Parade at Mason Point

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Mason Point Choir seated from left: Norma Standerfer, Jackie Grace; back row: Leanna Stickles, Jean Dulik, Marc Hall, Weldon and Judy Brown, Eva Ethington and Evelyn Lane.

•April 26, 2017•

By Ellen Ferrera
for the News Progress

In their Easter bonnets with all the frills upon them, the nine-member Mason Point choir strolled through the audience in the Knights building singing “Easter Parade”, and for the next hour entertained with a program of oldies but goodies for the Mason Point Easter party April 21.

The 13 vocal selections included Over the Rainbow, Sunny Side of the Street, a duet of 16 Tons by Marc Hall and Weldon Brown, It Had to Be You, Side By Side and ending with Take Me Out to the Ballgame with the audience rooting for the Cardinals or Cubbies. Cookies, snacks and fruit punch were served.

Jean Dulik organized the choir and made all the Easter hats for the group. Other members are Eva Ethington, Norma Standerfer, Evelyn Lane, Judy and Weldon Brown, Marc Hall, Jackie Grace and Leanna Stickles. Read More

SHS Prom Royalty

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SHS Prom Royalty
Sullivan High School prom was held Saturday, April 22 in the SHS gym. Court royalty included: Front row (seated) 2017 Prom Queen Shelby Freeman and Prom King Nicholas Carroll. Back row (standing left to right) Cassie Freese, Bretton Crouse, 2016 Prom Queen Kelsey Clark, Winchester Phelps, Jazmyn Jayne, Alex Menke, Bailee Pratt and Kolton Rose www.wurtsphoto.com

Grandfather’s Memory Inspires Boston Marathoner

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Kyle Wickline stands next to a Boston Marathon sign last week.

•April 26, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

Kyle Wickline, a city carrier for the United States Postal Service in Sullivan, decided to pick up the pace last week.

Not during his deliveries through the streets of Sullivan but rather in the oldest annual marathon in the world.

On Patriots’ Day, Wickline ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time.

He ran the marathon in memory of his late grandpa, Dean Fulk, who referred to Wickline as “his marathoner.”

Wickline finished the race with a time of 3:28:18 and a 7:56 pace per mile. Read More