Main Street Gets a Makeover in Findlay

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
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

Photo by Ellen Ferrera
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

Okaw Valley Prom Candidates

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Okaw Valley Prom Candidates
Okaw Valley High School will hold the 2017 Junior/Senior Prom at Mason Point in Sullivan April 29.  Queen and King candidates include (front) Kailyn Boyer, Sydney Hagerman, Madison Uhlrich, Jessica Robison (back) Ty Nichols, Seth Yeakel, Brendon Lane and Taylor Coleman.

A Memorable Scouting Trip Visiting National Monuments

Photo by Mike Brothers
Mike Rollins remembers his scouting days and a trip that made him a seasoned traveler. He is seated on the left in his Scout photo from the 1960s.

•April 26, 2017•

By Woody Hills
for the News Progress

When Sullivan Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Mike Rollins presented Boy Scout Troop 39 a donation from the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage fundraiser, it brought back one great scouting memory.

Rollins spent years on the road as a truck driver before retiring to Sullivan, but one road trip while he was a Boy Scout in the mid-sixties made him appreciate traveling as he still keeps a camper and truck at ready in his drive.

“During the sixties our Boy Scout troop was fortunate enough to have some parents connected to the Air National Guard in Springfield,” Rollins said of the beginning of the great Boy Scout Road Trip.

He explained that through those connections the scouts learned that prior arrangements would let them stay at military facilities free of charge on a planned trip west. Read More

OV Students Attend NJLB Event

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OV Students Attend NJLB Event
Students from Okaw Valley attended the No Job Left Behind business luncheon April 20 at the Sullivan VFW. Students were able to meet with local business personnel and listen to testimonials highlighting  a variety of local businesses. Pictured are those who attended along with Sullivan Chamber intern Kristy Burford, who is currently a senior at OVHS, participating in the job shadow program.

OVHS Helps CORP

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OVHS Helps CORP
Okaw Valley students helped out with the Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville on Monday. The students spread 30 cubic yards of mulch, cleaned up the flower beds at the visitor center and Coon Creek, and trimmed back and cleaned the trials at Coon Creek. It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity for students to give back to the community.

County Clerk Seeks Reelection

Cautions Politicians About Rumors

•April 19, 2017•

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England announced her run for reelection, while dispelling “coffee shop talk”, at the April 13 county board meeting.

England, who has been the Democrat County Clerk in Moultrie County since 2001, made the announcement while clearing the air of some political rumors circulating the local circuit.

“I am going to run in 2018,” England proclaimed. “I need to clear the air about some coffee shop talk that has been going around for the past couple of weeks,” she said, addressing the eight Republican/one Democrat board. Read More