USDA Service Centers hold informative mtgs. on new Farm Bill

Producers and Landowners will be facing many decisions and program choices in the coming months.  The Marshall, Putnam and Stark County offices are encouraging you to attend a meeting, so that you can make an informed decision for your farming operation.   Between the two offices, we have two scheduled meetings:

Wednesday, January 14th    
McNabb Firehouse in McNabb            9:00 AM

Thursday, January 15th        
State Bank of Toulon Basement in Toulon
9:00 AM

Here are the important dates to remember:

Wyoming Council hears Coffee Bar plans


The Wyoming City Council was asked at its December meeting to consider a TIF application for a new business that plans on opening up in downtown Wyoming this spring.
Melissa Nagode, Stacy Unhold and Sheila Rumbold discussed their plan to open a business called One Eleven Coffee in the former Pour House and Rebel Inn locations.  The trio told the council they will be buying the buildings at 111 and 113 North Seventh Street and plan on doing some extensive remodeling.  They will actually only use a portion of the 113 location and others have expressed interest in opening a business in the portion they won’t be using.

Stark 100 approves “As-Is” agreement for Bradford high schoolers


The Stark County School Board approved a new two-year intergovernmental agreement for consideration by the Bradford School District.  Supt. Klooster said that, “We have served as teachers, coaches, and supporters of Bradford High School students and their families since 2002. We believe that we have honored the trust provided to us by the parents of Bradford students to provide their students a quality educational experience consistent in every way with the experiences we provide to all District 100 students.  We care about and respect our Bradford students and we look forward to our productive relationship with Bradford continuing for many years to come.”
Bradford School Superintendent Dr. Ellin Lotspeich had attended a board meeting earlier in the fall asking the Stark County board to consider some alternative options in the way tuition is charged to the Bradford District.  The agreement approved by Stark County continues to figure tuition as it has been in the past.

A Look Back at 2014

Kirk to headline Lincoln luncheon-1-23-14
Piester resigns from LaFayette village board
Bradford hires another part-time police officer
The Stark County board has initiated talks with Henry County with hopes of joining that county’s 911 system.

The News hosts candidate forum Feb. 26
Children are the Big Winners at Parents Club Dinner/Auction
Toulon’s energy rate to change in May

Cheatham hires private counsel; bond reduced despite concerns


Brandon S. Cheatham, 23, of Bradford, made an appearance Friday in Stark County Circuit Court with his recently hired attorney Martin DeWulf, of Kewanee.
Cheatham is accused of a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, DUI with a blood alcohol test of 0.24, disobeying a stop sign, and speeding 80 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone and 100 m.p.h. in a 55