Burglary defendant waives trial of peers

toulonRobert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon was in Stark County Circuit Court on Friday for pre-trial proceedings for his multiple burglary charges; however, Beard and his attorney Robert McBride surprised the court with a change of plans.
Beard was scheduled to have his trial start in the December 1 jury trial slate, but McBride entered a waiver on behalf of his client Friday that expressed their wish to proceed with a bench trial instead.

New selections at Bradford Public Library


With the weather getting colder, it is a good time to get comfortable and read a good book, listen to an audiobook, or watch a DVD.  Many new selections await the library patron.
The adult patron has many new fictional titles to choose from.  They include:  Gray Mountain, Shopaholic to the Stars, Some Luck, Havana Storm, Pegasus, Burn, Lost Key, Paris Match, Chasing Tomorrow, Deadline, Leaving Time and Winter Street.  Several of the same titles are in audiobook as well.

Wyoming sells houses


The Wyoming City Council sold three houses that it had obtained, during their regular November council meeting.
The only written bid received was opened by Mayor Pat Maher.  The bid was for $3,500 for 909 N Seventh Street.  Auctioneer Joe Orwig took the floor for further bidding.  Bidding for the house at 909 N Seventh St went to  $8,250, while bids for the properties at 114 W Williams St and 507 N Seventh St. both reached $1,000. 

Stark County’s season comes to an end, 33-19

The Stark County Rebels met their toughest opponent yet last Saturday night amongst the cold and snowy conditions.
Forreston came to town looking to avenge their defeat to the Rebels in the 2012 quarterfinals and Stark County was hungry for their third semifinal appearance in four years. There was no question both teams had the will and determination, but advancing would come down to a few key plays.

State Police to take no action


In response to a question from the audience during “public comment” at Monday evening’s Toulon City Council meeting, Mayor Larry Hollis reported that the Illinois State Police had concluded their investigation into allegations that a now retired city employee may have purchased items on the city credit card for personal use.

“The State Police have declined to take any action on the allegations,” Hollis reported.