GOP biggies converge on Stark for luncheon

Once again, Stark County GOP chair Mike Bigger attracted the state’s top party leaders to Stark County for the annual Lincoln Day luncheon, which was held Saturday at the News Room Bistro in Toulon before a full house.
Illinois Republican Chair Tim Schneider of the Chicago suburbs gave an impromptu speech for the purposes of lauding Mike Bigger for his leadership as a key member of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee.

Bradford approves 2015-2016 calendar


During their March meeting, the Bradford School board spent a long period of time discussing the 2015-2016 school year calendar.  The board started with a proposed calendar that was prepared by the teacher’s calendar committee and some suggestions from board member Wendell Stahl.  After discussing the pros and cons of various scenarios, a calendar was approved.  The last day of student attendance before Christmas break is scheduled to be December 21, 2015 with students returning on January 5, 2016.  A teachers institute will be held on January 4.  Students will attend until March 24, 2016 then be on spring break, returning on March 31, 2016.  The last day for student attendance is estimated to be May 23 dependent on snow days used.  Board member John Murphy voted against the motion.
Superintendent Ellin Lotspiech noted that more than 70 students have registered for the 21st Century after-school program.  She also noted that a summer program will be available.  Lotspiech has submitted a grant request to Monsanto and is asking area farmers to go online and support the district’s application.

Scam artists strike in Stark

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a recent telephone scam affecting many local residents.
Our area was and is being hit by scam artists. They call saying they are with the I.R.S. and that YOU owe them money. Of course that’s followed up by asking for your credit card information and threats of your arrest by Federal Marshalls if you don’t comply.

County may have to borrow money if State doesn’t pay up

The Stark County Board is “much better off than two or three years ago,” according to Treasurer Katrina Rewerts. However, the board is still taking the same steps they have for at least the past four years in case they run out of money before taxes come in.
The process involves the county authorizing a tax anticipant warrant, which means the county can borrow money from a bank up to 85% of the expected tax income for this year.

Wyoming owed $168,000 plus from Pin Oak


During the Tuesday, March 10 meeting of the Wyoming City Council, city attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher discussed the Sheriff’s Sale of Pin Oak Apartments.  The sale would be held on Monday, March 16 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse in Toulon.  Pin Oak Apartments currently owes the city more than $168,000.
The council approved a donation of $750 to the Stark County After Prom organization after a presentation by Paula King and Michelle Storey.  This will be the 13th year that the group has held a safe event for the students following their prom.  According to King and Storey, more than 150 kids usually attend.  The yearly cost is around $6,000 with entertainment and prizes for those attending.  Mayor Pat Maher thanked the ladies and the organization for all of their hard work.