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SC Schools discuss cost saving options

The Stark County School Board discussed a number of cost saving and revenue enhancing measures recommended by the superintendent. There is a  current deficit budget and the potential for another deficit budget next year. 
Some items discussed as possibilities included:  Increasing various fees and athletic ticket prices, Freezing non-essential spending, Pursuing a lower cost water treatment option for the boilers, Freezing the textbook rotation, Freezing principal’s budgets, Reducing extracurricular trips, Reducing professional development for board and staff, Bidding out property/casualty insurance, etc. 

Beard given multiple year prison term

Thirteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections is what Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey handed down as Robert L. Beard’s sentence for numerous burglaries.
Beard, 32, of Toulon was given the maximum number of years called for under a joint county negotiated plea deal, and matched what State’s Attorney James D. Owens suggested for six burglaries of businesses in Stark County.  There also was a count (each) of attempted burglary and possessing a stolen debit card of another person from Stark County.

Hawley claims private counsel to be hired

Peter A. Hawley, 37, of Wyoming made a first appearance Friday before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey without counsel.
Hawley said he was employed by Rumbold and Kuhn when McCuskey inquired if he was employed and able to hire private counsel.

Rynearson has charge reclassified to lower felony

A Kewanee man, Anthony E. Rynearson, 38, listened in Stark County Circuit Court Friday that State’s Attorney James D. Owens has reclassified the felony charge against him from Class 3 to Class 2, a less severe felony.
As a result, Rynearson now faces a maximum penalty of two to five years in prison, a $25,000 fine and one year of parole.

Man from Bradford faces three misdemeanors

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A Bradford man who allegedly committed three Class A misdemeanors on February 19 was arraigned in Stark County Circuit Court Friday.
Dale Robertson Weir, Jr., 23, appeared before Circuit Judge Michael P. McCuskey and was told there was probable cause in the cases Weir faces, which are domestic battery, battery and resisting arrest by a police officer.