Milroy refuses to talk with State Police Report sheds little light on Toulon complaint



A brief, seven-paragraph report (available here) by the Illinois State Police sheds little light on the allegations made by The News in 2014 about possible purchasing irregularities by former city employee Shane Milroy of Kewanee.
The City of Toulon requested that the Illinois State Police investigate the allegations.
The News reviewed purchases at Menard’s made for the city by now retired city employee Shane Milroy during 2012-13 and found more than $6,800 in questionable charges, including $1,593 for click bamboo flooring, $1,500 for three counter tops, $835 for ceramic tile, $239 for pottery vases and $345 for nine area rugs.

City of Toulon: We will continue investigation


Toulon City Mayor Larry Hollis said Monday night that he and the council will pursue the alleged misuse of city funds further, as first reported by The News.
Jim Nowlan of The News was on hand to inform the council that we had received a copy of the Illinois State Police’s investigation report and were releasing an article this week in regards to its substance, or lack thereof. The report came to no conclusions and merely interviewed two people.

Activity bus shortage at Stark Co. District #100

During the January Stark County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jerry Klooster told the board that he had recently become aware of a shortage in the availability of activity buses.  He said that the primary activity bus used by the district is nearing the end of its lease.  Klooster said that with the board’s ok, he will work with a vendor before the next board meeting to make sure that an activity bus is secured for the district for at least the 2015-2016 school year.
During the meeting, the board congratulated the district’s Illinois State Scholars.  Seniors honored by the board were Michael Schott, Blake Ryan, Samantha Kieser, Heather Kieser, Paige Gerard and Colyn Dailey.

STB holds annual stockholders mtg.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, the Stark County Bancorp, Inc. held its 28th Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  Douglas E. Parrott, President of the Bancorp and State Bank of Toulon, reported over forty stockholders and guests were present at the meeting. During the business meeting, Parrott reported total assets of $202 million, total deposits of $163 million, and loans of $128 million, as well as an increase in the bank’s capital to over $21 million.      
Incumbent Directors Parrott and Ronald E. LaDuke were re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors for three year terms.  
Douglas E. Parrott was elected as President, Patrick J. Sullivan was re-elected Vice President, and Bethany R. Winslow was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Stark County Bancorp Inc.    
Officers of the State Bank of Toulon for 2015 will be:  Michael J. Rumbold, Chairman of the Board, Douglas E. Parrott- President & CEO, Mark Rewerts- Sr. Vice President, Douglas Blunier – Sr. Vice President, Bethany R Winslow – Cashier, Ronald Rinkenberger-Vice President, Lisa Barnett-Vice President/Branch Manager - Kewanee, Marque Johnston, Asst. Vice President, Diane DeMay, Asst. Vice President, Phil Daum, Asst. Vice President, Brandon Yaklich, Commercial Loan Officer, Jake Anderson, Commercial Loan Officer, Hillary J. Colgan, Asst. Cashier, Kristine D. Meier, Branch Manager – Galva Banking Center.    
The State Bank of Toulon would like to thank its loyal customers and its staff for helping make 2014 another prosperous year.

Longtime LaFayette board member resigns


Board of trustees’ member Florence Preston  formally resigned as of Monday’s LaFayette village monthly board meeting.
The remaining board members, Larry Townsend, Rick Shipman, Jeff O’Bryant, Vicki McRell and Becky Dalrymple reluctantly accepted Preston’s letter of resignation read by Village President Greg Bartley.