City council members, attorney meet with States Attorney Owens



Results of the meeting kept private in closed executive session

Toulon City Attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher revealed Monday night that he and council members Donna Lefler and Connie Jacobson had met with States Attorney Jim Owens regarding the alledged misuse of city funds. However, Fehrenbacher held any further discussion for an executive session.
At the February meeting, Mayor Larry Hollis said the council was planning on sitting down with Owens to review expenses and see about pursuing the investigation further with possible criminal charges.

New Bradford police chief takes office


Bradford has a new police chief, with the oath of office taken by Landon Horrie Monday evening during the village’s monthly board meeting.
Horrie replaces his uncle, Pat Horrie, as police chief who resigned last month.  The new chief then presented the board of trustees with a monthly report of activity by the Bradford Police Department.

Before/after school program coming to Bradford thanks to grant


Superintendent Dr. Ellin Lotspeich introduced Kirstin Scott to the board during their February meeting.  Scott will be assigned to the school for a before and after school program being funded by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to the Regional Office of Education.  The before school program will include a breakfast and homework and tutoring help.  The after school program will also include homework/tutoring along with physical activity times and special interest sessions in areas such as crafts, science, gardening, drama and technology.
Lotspeich also thanked the family of Bob Fisher for thinking of the school in directing memorials to the Bradford Grade School to be used by teachers for the purchase of classroom supplies.
The district received a $750 grant for the district’s libraries from the  office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

Bond reduced in domestic battery/assault case

Peter Hawley, 37, of Wyoming received a substantial reduction in his bail bond amount from $300,000 to $25,000 in a case involving alleged domestic battery and aggravated assault with a weapon (shotgun) – both Class A criminal misdemeanors.
Hawley’s legal counsel, Robert H. Rennick, Jr. argued in Stark’s Circuit Court Tuesday February 24 that his client has, “little criminal history and was not charged in Tazewell County concerning a firearm’s charge.”

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.